Philippians 1:3-6 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. (read all of Philippians 1 HERE).
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Sunday, October 24, 7PM @ OEFC (in-person attendees do not need to register as we will be well below our 1/3 capacity limit. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting in person or via ZOOM, but only OEFC members may vote. The Congregational Meeting agenda and reports are attached, and printed copies will be available at the meeting. If you wish to participate via ZOOM, please register by October 23. Only those registered will receive the ZOOM link for the meeting. For best results, please use Chrome or Firefox when registering. Phone the church office if you have difficulty (403-938-3311). Registration will remain open until October 23 and ZOOM participants will receive a link to the meeting emailed to them on Sunday, October 24.
CALGARY LEADERSHIP PRAYER BREAKFAST (53rd Annual) Thursday, October 21 (7:30-9AM) Calling our community to prayer during these pandemic times. With COVID-19 numbers surging and many facing uncertain days, everyone is invited to join this VIRTUAL event HERE. Tune in for an encouraging message from Phil Callaway and special music from Hope's Creed.
GIRLS' CLUB Pioneer Girls is returning! Calling all girls in Grades 1-6, join us for crafts, games, Bible lessons, and badges Tuesday nights, 6:30-8PM. We are launching this Tuesday, October 19, so invite your friends and neighbours to register HERE. Hope to see you there! We are still in need of one volunteer to teach a Bible or Activity Lesson. For more information, contact Cassandra or Carolyn
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES Make a difference in the life of a child this Christmas! Pick up a shoebox at the church to fill with school supplies, toys and hygiene items for children around the world! Return filled boxes to the church by November 14. Questions? Contact Lisa or visit the Samaritan's Purse website.
SUNDAY WORSHIP10AM: ONE SERVICE / TWO VENUES (Main Auditorium contemporary and Fireside Room acoustic). Masks and physical distancing are mandatory in the church building. Seating will be limited to 1/3 fire-code capacity for our various rooms. Our Online Church Family can watch the Livestream. NURSERY The church nursery is open on Sunday mornings! Enhanced cleaning will take place. PRE-SCHOOL CLASS A class for Ages 3-5 will be held at 10AM! (Check-in between 9:45 and 10AM) CONNECT SUNDAY KIDS MINISTRY Connect kids ministry is available for Grades 1-6 during the service. The kids will be seated in a socially distanced fashion, and we plan to provide them with our regular content and routines. Please feel free to let us know if you have any specific concerns for your child. We want them to continue to grow closer to God and each other and to provide them with a great time each Sunday morning. Parents, please remember to use the check-in system prior to the service, and pick your child up promptly after the service!
THIS WEEK @ OEFC
Friday, October 15 7-9:30PM Jr/Sr High Youth (offsite). Details on social media (youth hotline 403-938-8888; Instagram oefcyouth; Facebook OEFC Youth)
Sunday, October 17 9:25AM Prayer for the service 10AM Worship Service (Main Auditorium - contemporary and Fireside Room - acoustic) The nursery will be open (0-36 months) 10AM CONNECT Sunday School (Grades 1-6 (check in between 9:45AM and 10AM); Pre-School class for Ages 3-5 as well
Tuesday, October 19 6AM First Watch - Men's Bible Study (for more info, contact Cameron) 8:30AM Chair Team - drop in to stack the chairs in the Main Auditorium 9:30AM Ladies' Bible Studies 6:30PM DivorceCare - Contact Marion to register ($20). 6:30-8PM Kids' Clubs (boys and girls, Grades 1-6) register HERE
Wednesday, October 20 10AM Senior's Bible Study. Please bring your own coffee! 1PM GriefShare - Contact Marion to register ($20). 7PM Grade 12 Girls Bible Study - contact Cathie for details
Thursday, October 21 9AM - noon Coffee & Crafting on hold until further notice 7-9PM Celebrate Recovery
Friday, October 22 7-9:30PM Jr / Sr High Youth - Check social media (youth hotline 403-938-8888; Instagram oefcyouth; Facebook OEFC Youth)
Saturday, October 23 9:30AM Connexion Cafe brunch for all women. Hear how God has inspired four moms to start their own businesses based on the talents and passions God has given them! Register HERE and bring a toonie for your food!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES CONNECT - SUNDAY KIDS MINISTRY Talk to Chris Young for more information or to volunteer! Male teacher for Grade 5/6 boys (rotation basis; lead a full lesson in your own classroom; curriculum provided) Adult or teen to run the check-in (database) system (rotation basis; training provided) from 9:45 AM to 10:10AM KIDS' CLUBS - TUESDAY NIGHTS Talk to Chris Young for more information or to volunteer! Boys' Club supervision and/or teaching Girls' Club helpers
MISSIONARY OF THE WEEK Graeme & Sarena, serving with EFCCM (presently in Edmonton) Pray for Graeme and Sarena as they have taken on the job of EFCCM ministry coach for South East Asia and are encouraging present missionaries and recruiting new candidates The Rattrays encouraging their Thai family Salvation for Jojo who is seeking Sarena making friends with her music students (many internationals) as she teaches piano two days a week at a music school Direction & provision as they wait upon the Lord for His timing in returning to Thailand (Thai government is not yet issuing the visas they need) Kyra to have a healthy pregnancy and for the safe arrival of baby this month
PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH For the past 29 years, October has been set aside as Pastor Appreciation Month as a way to uplift and encourage pastors, missionaries, and religious workers! Find a simple or creative way to let Rob, Steve, Michael, Marion, Dwight and Chris know that you appreciate them!
CHECK IT OUT! CHURCH LIBRARY Improving With Age: God’s Plan for Getting Older and Better celebrates the uniqueness of experience, ideas and energy aging believers bring to ministry. It challenges this generation to step away from the sidelines and fully participate in personal and church ministries. Stuart and Jill Briscoe offer both humorous and biblical encouragement to the mature believer and tackle issues such as fear and isolation that often come with the aging process.
INTENTIONAL CHRISTIAN GRANDPARENTING MINISTRIES October 21-22 in Calgary (several churches are offering this simulcast event).
LINKS AND INFO LiveStream worship service Sundays @ 10AM 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 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).