Luke 2:11-14 "Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
THANK YOU! "On behalf of the staff, I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! I want to especially thank you for the gifts you given us: financial gifts, words of encouragement, and all your prayers have been such a huge blessing to all of us! Thank you! May the Lord continue to lead and guide us into and through this New Year that stands before us. Serving with you" - Pastor Rob
NEW ADDRESS? If you have moved in 2021, please notify the church office with your new address including postal code! Donation receipts will be available by February 28, 2022.
THIS WEEK @ OEFC Please remember that masks are mandatory at OEFC. Thank you for showing kindness to one another by wearing a mask and practicing physical distance while in the building.
Friday, December 24 Christmas Eve services: Let the Light Lead You to Jesus (Matthew 2:1-6) Due to some cancellations, there is still room in all three services. 3PM (The 3PM service will be livestreamed) 5PM 7PM
Sunday, December 26: Mission Possible - Pastor Rob preaching on Matthew 9:35-10:1 9:15AM (NO 11am service) Worship Service (Main Auditorium - contemporary / Fireside Room - acoustic) - NO nursery or children's classes Livestream available HERE
Tuesday, December 28 - Church Office Closed
Thursday, December 30- 7-9PM Celebrate Recovery
Friday, December 31 - Year End Giving: all 2021 donations must be received by or post-marked by December 31 (the church office will be open 8:30AM to 12:30PM). Receipts will be issued by February 28, 2022. Regular giving (pre-authorized donations) can be set up.
Sunday, January 2 - One service at 9:15AM (Main Auditorium contemporary and Fireside Room acoustic) NO classes for Age 3 through Grade 6; NO nursery care
Tuesday, January 4 - Kids Clubs and DivorceCare resume
Thursday, January 6 - Coffee & Crafting resumes
Friday, January 7 - Jr/Sr High Youth resumes
Monday, January 10 - Connexion Cafe for all women! D E C L U T T E R I N G with Cynthia Bueckert and Pam Davis-Wilcox
Tuesday, January 11 - MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers)
Wednesday, January 12 - GriefShare begins new season
Tuesday, January 18 - two new Ladies Bible Studies beginning Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen (facilitated by Jola) $25 Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament by Lysa TerKeurst (facilitated by Lisa) $25
Sunday, January 30 - 7PM OEFC Congregational Meeting (AGM)
MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES Talk to Chris for more information about the following: Sunday mornings (9-9:15AM) Adult or teen to run the check-in (database) system (rotation basis; training provided) Tuesday nights (6:30-8PM) Boys' Club supervision and/or teaching Contact Marion if you have a heart for infants and toddlers and want to help in the nursery on Sunday mornings!
MISSIONARY OF THE WEEK Ernest & Effie serving with Reach Global, based in Georgia
Pray for: Their coaching ministry with the different partners throughout Latin America to continue to be effective and that they can keep engaged as so much is based on relationships and the fatigue from virtual contact requires intentionality on their part. Their planning and setup for ministry initiatives into 2022. Guidance and provision as they look to scaling back somewhat as they approach retirement. This month marks the end of OEFC supporting them for around 30 years! We are thankful to the Lord for them and their many years of faithful ministry in Venezuela and Latin America.
CHRISTMAS EVENTS Thank you to everyone involved with the Senior's Christmas Gathering, the Youth Christmas Party, the Family Christmas Concert, and the three Christmas Eve services! Your work for the Lord at this busy time of year is much appreciated by our church family.
DONATIONS WELCOME Darryl and Kari run a ministry in the Dominican Republic (Hand in Hands) and are requesting assistance with food hampers this Christmas. Although the Christmas season is a time when no one should be without basics such as food, the need is great in the Dominican throughout the year. Food costs are rising and school lunch programs have been canceled by the government. If you are able, any level of support would be most appreciated. They have a trusted partner in the Dominican who personally assembles and delivers the food hampers. You can donate via the website or e-transfer to [email protected]. Thank you so much for your consideration as Hand in Hands tries to spread the Word in the Dominican and alleviate hunger and poverty.
CHECK IT OUT! CHURCH LIBRARY Curl up with a blanket and some tea and enjoy A Pioneer Christmas Collection: 9 Stories of Finding Shelter and Love in a Wintry Frontier. Journey along with American settlers who learn that despite where the trail takes them or how primitive their lodgings may be, Christmas is all about the heart. Determined to honour Christ’s birth, these pioneers find a way to make Christmas happen in places like a cave, a tipi, and a dugout.
LINKS AND INFO LiveStream worship service Sundays @ 9:15AM HERE One-time or scheduled giving to OEFC ; Cash or cheques may be dropped off at the church, T-F 8:30AM-4PM Prayer Chain requests can be submitted by 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).
BIBLE READING PLAN: Copies of our Life Journal Bible Reading Plan are available in the foyer for you to pick up for yourself or a friend.
COMMUNITY NEWS The concerts hosted by OEFC on December 14 and 15 were well-received by our community! So far, over $75,000 has been received in donations, along with donations of food! The concert will be available online until January 3. Did you know? Giving $5 to the Food Bank results in $15 of food distributed (through their wholesale connections).
FAMILY FEUD SURVEY RESULTS Thank you for responding to our survey for the Youth Christmas Party last week. Here are the top five answers for each question (just for fun!)...
Name a Christmas Carol 1. Silent Night 37 2. Jingle Bells 19 3. O Holy Night 18 4. Joy to the World 17 5. Hark the Herald Angels Sing 17
Name a bird mentioned in the 12 days of Christmas 1. Partridge 92 2. Turtle Dove 33 3. French Hen 13 4. Swan 7 5. Geese 6
Name a dish served at Christmas Dinner 1. Turkey 74 2. Dressing/ Stuffing 30 3. Mashed Potatoes 20 4. Cranberries 8 5. Ham 7
Name a character found in a nativity scene 1. Baby Jesus 69 2. Mary 32 3. Shepherds 18 4. Joseph 9 5. Angels 7
Name a character in the story of the first Christmas 1.Mary 42 2. Jesus 31 3. Shepherds 15 4. Magi / Wisemen 14 5. Inn Keeper 8
Name a prophet who prophesied about Jesus birth 1. Isaiah 121 2. John the Baptist 9 3. Micah 7 (the rest were one or two off answers)
What is the first decoration you put up each year? 1. Tree 61 2. Lights 45 3. Wreath 24 4. Nativity Scene 12 5. Star 3
Name something that can be found on a Christmas Sweater 1. Reindeer 32 2. Snowflake 3. Bell 18 4. Santa 14 5. Snowman 12
Name one of Santa’s reindeer 1. Rudolph 60 2. Dasher 37 3. Blitzen 15 4. Dancer 10 5. Comet 8
What is your favourite Christmas movie? 1. Elf 26 2. The Grinch/ How the Grinch Stole Christmas 17 3. It’s a Wonderful Life 12 4. White Christmas 12 5. Christmas Carol 11
What is one of your Christmas Eve family traditions? 1. Attend Church 55 2. Open Gifts 26 3. Open Pyjamas 10 4. Eat Appetizers 7 5. Watch a Movie 7
Name a a dessert people eat a lot of around Christmas 1. Cookies 27 2. Christmas Cake 16 3. Chocolate 14 4. Pumpkin Pie 13 5. Shortbread 10