How long have you been hoping for…?

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Tuesday, December 5th

 

Genesis 15:5then {God} took {Abraham} outside and said “Look up at the heavens and count the stars – if indeed you can count them…. so shall your offspring be.”

 

Thought: It had been MANY years since God had called Abram out of his homeland to “go where I will send you”, and promised him that “all peoples on earth will be blessed by you”.  Abram was now about 100 years old, and still he and Sarai had no child. Would God EVER fulfil the promise?  Then comes the reminder that “with God, Nothing is impossible”.  God answers our prayers with “yes”, “no”, and “wait”.  For Abram and Sarai, the answer fell certainly into the “wait” column.

 

Challenge: What promise has God given to you that you are still waiting for? Be assured that if God makes you wait the blessing  will indeed be “worth the wait”.  May we be like the father who brought his son to Jesus: Lord I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.(Mark 9:24)

 

Prayer: Lord, I have slipped.  I have not fully believed that You will do what You have promised to do.  Lord, help me to believe with all my heart.  AMEN

Monday…..

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Monday, December 4th

 

Genesis 3:14 – 15 – (to the serpent) “Cursed are you above all the livestock…I will put enmity between you and the woman…He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.”

 

Thought: God had created a beautiful world, but before long, it was marred forever by sin.  All seemed lost.  How must Eve have felt? All this beauty was changed for ever. Sin had caused mankind to lose hope. The future now seemed bleak.  But in the midst of the darkness, God planted a seed – He gave Eve a promise – that although sin mars our reality, there is HOPE for the future – Although evil wins this round, the ultimate victory is yet to come. Evil strikes the heel, but God will destroy all evil (See John 3: 16-17)

 

Challenge: As you become aware of the presence of sin in our world, may your attitude, words and actions serve to bring hope to those you encounter.

 

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, as I go about my activities today, make me aware of someone who is feeling lost in the darkness. Use me to bring Your light to them through a smile, a word, or an action. Use me, use me Lord! AMEN

 

First Sunday in Advent

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Sunday, December 3rd

Luke 2:1 – ..there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

 

Thought: Even back in the days of Caesar Augustus, people recognized the importance of communication – the giving and receiving of information. Our world today seems to be obsessed with communication of information. We can share information in many different ways – Radio, TV,newspaper, text, email, Facebook, Twitter… and the list goes on… Still, the fact remains that we need to communicate with each other – to give and to receive  information.

 

Challenge: Maybe you take the first week in December to “write” your Christmas Cards.  I would like to challenge you to do this prayerfully this year. Add a personal note to each card, and more importantly, say a prayer for the recipients as you prepare each card. Ask God to be very real in their lives.

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, so often I neglect to pray for my friends as often as I ought. Today I ask that You would be with them, bless them, and show them Your Presence in their personal world. AMEN

Saturday, November 25

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One month until the “Big Day”!

The ladies from the Parish are holding their annual Christmas Bazaar tomorrow – November 25, from 11 am – 2 pm, downstairs at the Church of Christ the King, 2000 Loch Lomond Road.  There will be tables of baking, home cooking, crafts and “new to you items”.  Hot cider is complimentary.

A lunch of sandwiches and sweets with a cup of tea or coffee will be available for $8.

There is surely something for everybody. Come and see what is available to meet the needs of your list.  See you there!

What are your plans for tomorrow?

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I am not certain what your plans are for tomorrow, but whatever they may be, remember WHY you have the freedom to follow your plans.

PLEASE – Take one hour tomorrow morning to attend a Remembrance Day service in your community.

Let us not break faith with those who gave of their days, months, years and entire futures that we might live in this wonderful land, and may each one of us be grateful that we can share our land “glorious and free” with those who have very vivid memories of what it is like to live in war conditions.

May the peace of God the Father reign in our hearts.  AMEN’

 

Day of Reflection

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Koinonia, the Ladies Bible study will be hosting their annual Day of Reflection on Tuesday, October 12, 2017 from 10am – 2 pm, at Threshold Ministries. Special Guest will be Gisele McKnight, Diocesan Communications Officer, will be our special guest. A meal is included, all for the low cost of $9 per person. Planning on attending? Please call the church at 696-1006 and leave a message so that your place can be reserved.  Reservations need to be made by Monday, October 16.  Will we see you there?

Welcome to Fall!

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It seems like we have a very pleasant end to the official summer, and a beautiful beginning to fall.  Trusting that all is well with you.

The bulletins are now (again) being added to the website weekly. Please contact us if there is an issue opening it.  Changes can be made.

The Thanksgiving letters will be available on Sunday. You can collect yours as we gather for a joint service of Holy Communion at the Church of Christ the King (Sunday morning at 10:30 am)

The October calendar is also available for pick up.

If you would like to be added to the email list for bulletins or calendars, please send us an email at apfl@bellaliant.com so that we have your correct email address.

Hope to see you Sunday.

Obituary for Mary Kellier

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It is with heavy hearts that the family of Mary Elizabeth Kellier announce her passing at Ridgewood Veterans Wing on August 3, 2017.  She was the daughter of the late W. Lee and Mabel A. (Roosa) Kellier, and was born in Springfield, Kings Co. NB on August 4, 1926.

After serving in the C.W.A.C during WWII, she attended Modern Business College where she taught for two years before beginning her career in the Insurance Industry.  Mary was employed with Adjustors & Appraisers Ltd. for 32 years.  She then joined the Claims Department of Anderson McTague Insurance Agency and retired from Kent General Insurance Company in 1991.  She was a Secretary of the NB Insurance Agents Association and Insurance Institute of NB for many years, and was also President of the Saint John Insurance Women’s Association and Canadian Association of Insurance Women.  She was a member of the militia for many years spending her summer vacations in Camp Aldershot as an instructor.  She was also a 50 year member of Saint John Chapter #14, Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Canadian Legion for 70 years, Past Warden and Envelope Secretary of Saint James Anglican Church Lakewood, Treasurer of Simonds Lions Seniors and Life member of the Saint John Fundy PC Association, serving as secretary for many years.  She enjoyed gardening, knitting, crossword puzzles, hockey games and playing cards as well as being a friend of all animals and birds.

She is survived by sisters-in-law Jane Kellier of Chatham, ON and Marie Kellier of Calgary, AB, nieces and nephews; Susan (Gordon) Smith of Sackville, NB, William (Deborah) Kellier and Lee Ann Hanuszak of Chatham, ON, Robert (Inge) Kellier of Edmonton, AB, Kenneth (Lesley) Kellier of AB, Marlene (James) Pinchbeck of Whitecourt AB, as well as several grand nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, and three brothers, Francis, Robert and Gerald and sister-in-law Alice Kellier.

Resting at Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road (646-2424) with visitation on Thursday, August 10 from 2-4 and 7-9pm.  Funeral service will be held from the Church of Christ the King (2000 Loch Lomond Road) on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11am.  Interment in Trinity Cemetery, Springfield will take place at a later date.  In lieu of flowers remembrances to the Church of Christ the King, SPCA- Animal Rescue League or any charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.