I Timothy 1:14-17 "The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen." (read all of 1 Timothy 1 HERE).
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE You are invited to a special Good Friday service with Communion on April 2 at 7PM. Register HERE to attend (the first 105 to arrive will be seated in the MAIN Auditorium; the last 35 to arrive will view the LiveStream service in the FIRESIDE room). The service will also be available online through our website.
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).
OILFIELD BIBLES If you know someone with ties to the energy industry who is having a tough time and could maybe use a bible, contact Barry or stop by the church to get a free oilfield Bible. They are very easy to give away!
OEFC WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
Online Church Family: the 9:15AM service will be livestreamed and is accessible HERE.
9:15AM in-person services in the Main Auditorium (Register HERE) and the Fireside Room (Register HERE). (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 only (Register HERE). 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
THIS WEEK @ OEFC
Tonight (Friday, March 19) - Jr/Sr High Youth @ 7PM Because of the resurrection John knew God is love (1 John 4:9-10, 16a) (Small Group Night)
Sunday, March 21 Worship Service @ 9:15AM & 11AM (with Children's Service @ 11AM)
Monday, March 22 Men's Bible Study @ 7PM. Facilitator Ray.
Tuesday, March 23 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 24 GriefShare (new time: 10AM to NOON). 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.
Prayer Meeting (7PM) in the Fireside Room (first meeting)...will be offered the first and third Wednesday nights of each month!
Thursday, March 25 Celebrate Recovery @ 7PM Friday, March 26 Jr/Sr High Youth @ 7PM Because of the resurrection, Mary knew she mattered (John 20:11-19)
MISSIONARY OF THE WEEK Rich & Lynn Peachey, serving with EFCCM in Langley
Praise God that Rich’s open heart surgery went well on March 15 Pray for good rest, healing and recuperation for Rich; recovery time is 3 to 5 months Pray for two couples beginning ministry in Mexico and Kenya and another couple preparing for Paraguay Pray for new EFCCM office staff hiring in the fall Pray for continued provision and support for Rich and Lynn
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. Need help understanding a passage in the Bible or just want to know more background? From Genesis to Revelation, The Bible Exposition Commentary series by Warren Wiersbe is an easy to understand exposition with practical application.
SABC UPDATE Southern Alberta Bible Camp is looking for a full-time Communications Director. More info HERE. Click HERE to be added to the camp's monthly email prayer list!
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 21 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 35 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!