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Starting Local/Going Global Wrap Up Report
For the 17th year we celebrate another “Starting Local AND Going Global” Christmas campaign. Locally, we continued the support of our own New Life Ministry by providing gifts for the women and their families. In addition, we provided gifts for our friends who attend Third Sunday Supper, and families from our ongoing Benevolent Ministry. Globally, we have allowed our dollars to make a lasting impact on the lives of children and women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
On four Sundays in November and December the Giving Trees were set up in the Connections Center with nearly 280 gifts on offer. About 240 of these were signed out at an estimated value of $3,750 (adding up the suggested purchase price for each gift taken). All of these gifts were purchased and brought back to the church for the Hanging of the Greens Service on the second Sunday in December. In addition, the church family provided $4,398.05 in donations which was used to purchase the
remaining gifts, an additional Christmas treat (in addition to a $10 Tim’s card) for our Third Sunday Supper participants, and to provide Superstore gift cards to the families in New Life and those sponsored through our Benevolent Ministry. So, a conservative estimate of giving to the Local Project is $8,148.05!
In the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recurring wars and insecurity between several African countries and armed militia groups have
made women and children extremely vulnerable to sexual violence. Rape is used as a weapon of war by the Congolese army and militia groups, but there have also been an increasing number of civilian men committing these crimes against women. This year your giving will help in two ways: (1) Medical Care for Survivors of Sexual Violence and (2) Train Rape Counsellors. By giving $8,810.75 you have helped restore hope and dignity to survivors, protect the most vulnerable, encourage prevention of sexual and physical abuse for women and children and sent a clear message of our support for André Sibomana, our latest Partner in Mission.
A conservative estimate of giving to Starting Local/Going Global for 2019 is $16,958.80! To God be the glory, great things He has done! As a church family and as individuals many of us have great blessings to count…the greatest of which is Jesus’ love in our lives. May the impact of this project lead others to give God thanks for His faithfulness and love.
Couples Connection Sunday School Class
Alyse Wilton invites you to join our Couples Connection Sunday School class, which meets at 9:50 a.m. in the Family Room! Most weeks a married couple from our congregation shares significant moments from their marriage, and the impact their faith has had. This term, about once a month, we’ll be studying “You and Me Forever” by Francis and Lisa Chan starting on January 19th with a video covering the introduction and first chapter of the book.
If you are interested in this study and would like to read ahead, you will be able to find a few copies of the book in our Church library. Please promptly read and return them so that others can read along before the next study week.
Meet the Family
Denise Mersereau invites you to join her in the Family Room on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., to get to know a member of our church family who will share their “story” of life and faith. All are welcome to attend.
Small Group Palooza
Are you a member of a small group? Would you like to explore membership in a small group? Join us in the gym Sunday, Jan. 30 for our Small Group Palooza. We’ll start at 5:30 p.m. with a potluck supper and then engage in activities designed to encourage growth in the effectiveness of your small group experience—or help you understand the benefits of being a small group member. We’ll also be sharing about some of the great materials available to you (personally or corporately) from Right Now Media. It’s going to be a great evening—you’ll enjoy yourself and be on the way home before 8 p.m.
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