Ephesians 1:3-6 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves (read all of Ephesians 1 HERE).
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME Remember to SPRING FORWARD one hour on Saturday night!
THE NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU! There's one more week to let us know your suggestions for leadership positions at OEFC (Elder's Board; Finance & Property Committee). Your responses can be placed in Don's mail folder in the church foyer, emailed HERE, or through Survey Monkey (deadline March 21). There are printed copies of the instructions on the table in the foyer. Thanks for your participation!
COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS: ONE YEAR LATER It has been one year since we first started hearing words like lockdown, restrictions, quarantine, isolation, masks, ZOOM and hand sanitizer on a daily basis! We would like to find out: How are you doing? What have you learned? Where have you seen God at work? Any changes you've made to your life that will remain after the pandemic is history? We would love to hear your stories and comments (funny / spiritual / thought-provoking / encouraging / serious)! Send them HERE by March 31 (your email will serve as permission for us to publish your comments verbally or in writing, either with or without your name).
OEFC WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
Online Church Family: the 9:15AM service will be livestreamed.
9:15AM in-person services in the Main Auditorium and the Fireside Room. (If the Fireside Room registration is closed due to being full, could you let Pastor Steve know that you wanted to attend? We may offer another service down the road if the Fireside Room is consistantly full). 11AM in-person service in the Main Auditorium. Children in Grades 1-6 (first 30 to register) will be dismissed after the worship time to meet in the Fireside Room for their own physically distanced worship and teaching time. If you are trying to add a VISITOR to your household when you register, please note that Date of Birth is required Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the service to sign in FIRESIDE ROOM attendees may enter by the South door for sign-in Wearing a mask in the building is mandatory Thanks for keeping your coat with you
THIS WEEK @ OEFC
Tonight (Friday, March 12) - Jr/Sr High Youth @ 7PM (Change Your World)
Saturday, March 13 - Turn your clocks AHEAD one hour!
Sunday, March 14 Worship Service @ 9:15AM & 11AM (with Children's Service @ 11AM)
Monday, March 15 Men's Bible Study @ 7PM. Facilitator Ray.
Tuesday, March 16 Men's Bible Study @ 6AM. Facilitator Cameron.
Ladies' Bible Study (9:30-11:30AM) Facilitator: Jola.
DivorceCare (6:30-8PM). Contact Marion to register ($20).
Wednesday, March 17 GriefShare (1-3PM). Contact Marion to register ($20).
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.
Ladies' Book Club (7-9PM). Facilitator: Mary Minken.
Thursday, March 18 Celebrate Recovery @ 7PM
Friday, March 19 Jr/Sr High Youth @ 7PM Because of the resurrection John knew God is love (tentative Small Group Night)
MISSIONARY OF THE WEEK Colin & Shelby serving with AIM (presently at JAARs Training Centre in North Carolina)
Praise God that the Gilmore family made it to JAARS in North Carolina and were given the use of a van for the four months they will be there!
Pray for Colin’s energy levels to stay up and that he will be assertive enough to ask for rest when it is needed
Pray for Eloise and Ezra as they make new friends
Pray for Shelby as she homeschools and connect with new friends
CHECK IT OUT! LIBRARY NEWS The church library is open during Sunday church services and weekday office hours. When signing out books and DVDs, please fill out a Borrowing Slip on the desk. A Haven on Orchard Lane by Lawana Blackwell In difficult circumstances, Charlotte Ward, once a famed stage actress, tries to restart her career--only to experience disaster. Against her better judgment, her estranged daughter, Rosalind, comes to her mother's rescue and moves her to a quiet English coastal village. For Rosalind, it's time away from teaching--and now she must care for the mother who wasn't there for her. Together, mother and daughter discover that healing is best accomplished when they focus less on themselves and more on the needs of others.
BRANT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Open House, Thursday, March 25 (4-8PM, call 403-684-3752 to book your visit time). Brant Christian is an inter-denominational Christian school under the Palliser School Division that teaches the Alberta Curriculum in small, teacher-taught classrooms by Christian teachers for students in K–12, focusing on the 3 A's (academics, athletics, arts). They are located east of High River, offer bussing from Okotoks and High River, and have the lowest school fees for a Christian school in Alberta!
LINKS AND INFO LiveStream worship service Sundays @ 9:15AM HERE Family resources for Sunday, March 14 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).
CURRENT RESTRICTIONS OEFC is limiting registration for our Fireside Room service to 30 people and our Main Auditorium services to 90, based on 15% of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance. We continue to follow provincial guidelines by wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, and maintaining physical distance. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding! The church building will remain open during regular office hours (T-F 8:30AM-4:30PM). Some staff members may be working from home, so if you want to stop by to see someone, just call ahead to make sure they are in their office!