Jeremiah 29:12-14a (NIV) "Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord."


NEW RESTRICTIONS
In keeping with the new Government of Alberta health measures, OEFC will be limiting our Fireside Room service to 25 people (down from 40) and our Main Auditorium service to 90 (down from 140). This is based on 15% of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance. 


The church building will remain open during regular office hours (T-F 8:30AM-4:30PM), but some staff members will be working from home over the next weeks. If you want to stop by to see someone, just call ahead to make sure they are in their office!


In case you don't know: the church library is OPEN when the building is open! Please record the items you are borrowing at the library desk. Starting in January we'll highlight NEW books in the e-bulletin each week.


At OEFC we continue to follow mandatory guidelines by wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, and maintaining physical distance. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding!


FINANCIAL STUFF
Year-End Giving: all 2020 donations must be received by or post-marked by December 31. Receipts will be issued by February 28, 2021. You can check your donation history HERE. Options for one-time or scheduled giving can be found HERE. Thank you for your continued generous support of OEFC ministries!


2020 Expenses: all expense claims need to be submitted by January 5, 2021. The expense form must be signed by the respective ministry leader. Attach a void cheque if you want to be reimbursed electronically.


OKOTOKS FOOD BANK VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
For the past few years, OEFC has hosted the annual OFB concert. This year the concert is going virtual, available online from December 15 to 28. Tickets start at $20 and are available HERE. More information about the concert can be found HERE. You can also support the Food Bank with donation drop-offs at Safeway, Sobeys, No Frills, WalMart and Costco. 


REGISTER FOR CHRISTMAS EVE @ OEFC
We are offering three services on Christmas Eve (3/5/7PM) and each will be similar to Sunday mornings @ OEFC (mask required, physical distance maintained) and will be limited to 90 people per service (spots are filling up!). If you have difficulty registering guests, please CALL the church office (403-938-3311) so we can assist you!

3PM service - register HERE (the 3PM service will be livestreamed as well)

5PM service - register HERE

7PM service - register HERE


WORSHIP WITH US THIS SUNDAY
Two Venue Options! Register HERE to attend the Main Auditorium service, HERE for Fireside Room (live acoustic singing with livestream teaching on the big screen). Registration will remain open until Saturday night or until 15% capacity is reached (25 for the Fireside Room, 90 for the Main Auditorium).

  • Please arrive by 9:45AM to sign in
  • FIRESIDE ROOM attendees may enter by the South door for sign-in
  • Wearing a mask in the building is mandatory
  • Keep your coat with you

The LiveStream is accessible through the church website.

CHRISTMAS IN ANOTHER WORLD
Our Advent series continues...

  • Sunday, Dec 13 (10AM) Christmas in a World of Searching (Magi)
  • Sunday, Dec 20 (10AM) Christmas in a World of Surrender (Mary)
  • Thursday, Dec 24 (3/5/7PM) Christmas in a World of Sharing (Shepherds) (3PM service will be livestreamed as well)

THIS WEEK @ OEFC
Tonight - Jr High / Sr High Youth changed to ONLINE only

Tuesday, Dec 15
DivorceCare @ 6:30PM (contact the church office to register)

Wednesday, Dec 16
ASK Prayer Network (1:15-2:30PM) Praying with every generation for all nations asking God to do what only He can do and doing whatever He asks of us.

Thursday, Dec 17
Celebrate Recovery @ 7PM


MISSIONARY OF THE WEEK
Rob & Kara Bustin (Madi, Charlotte, Tessa) serving with Wycliffe (Ethiopia) 

Pray for:

  • Peace and grace among people groups in Ethiopia
  • Ethiopian Prime Minister who loves the Lord and is doing his best but has his hands full
  • The girls to enjoy life in Okotoks now, but for Rob and Kara to help them continue to look towards returning to Ethiopia, which will be another transition
  • Balance in life and good time management
  • Wisdom to know how to support colleagues in Ethiopia and around the world

STAFF CHRISTMAS GIFT
This Christmas season we again have the opportunity to show our appreciation to our OEFC staff  by blessing them with a monetary gift. If you would like to contribute, please place your gift of cash (no cheques) in an envelope marked Staff Appreciation Gift. You can place the envelopes in the collection plate or drop them off at the church office during business hours. The last day to contribute will be Sunday, Dec 20. The Finance and Property Committee will be distributing your gifts among our staff members. Please note your gifts will not be eligible for a tax receipt. If you have any questions please contact Ray. 


TECH reCREWtment!
We are expanding our tech crew (camera operators, content editors, production directors and presentation projectionists). All training is provided and there are no significant age restrictions. Contact Pastor Michael.


LINKS AND INFO

  • Stop by the church to check your mail folder for Christmas cards!
  • LiveStream worship service Sundays @ 10AM HERE
  • Family resources for Sunday, December 13 HERE
  • One-time or scheduled giving to OEFC can be found HERE; Cash or cheques may be dropped off at the church, T-F 8:30AM-4PM
  • Prayer Chain requests can be submitted HERE or phone 403-938-3311. Staff are available at [email protected] (if you need assistance, have a confidential prayer request or just want to talk with someone).