James 4:6-8a "But He gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble." Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you."
COVID-19 UPDATE FOR OEFC The church is open! Thanks for following the new guidelines and extending grace to each other. We will be evaluating everything on a weekly basis and will notify you of any changes. Please read the following carefully as there is a lot of new information!
SUNDAY WORSHIP 10AM: ONE SERVICE / TWO VENUES (Main Auditorium contemporary and Fireside Room acoustic). Masks are mandatory for those attending in-person. We will practice physical distancing with those outside our households. Registration is NOT required. 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 will be CLOSED on Sundays and during weekly events until further notice.
PRE-SCHOOL CLASSES There will be NO Age 3 class or Age 4-5 Sunday school classes this week.
CONNECT SUNDAY KIDS MINISTRY Connect kids ministry will still be available for Grades 1- 6 during the service. All kids and volunteers will be required to wear masks (along with anyone who is in the building) and we will plan to have the kids seated in a socially distanced fashion. Otherwise, we hope 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 due to these changes. We want them to continue to grow closer to God and each other and to provide them with a great time each Sunday morning. Hope to see many of you Sunday! Parents, please remember to use the check-in system prior to the service, and pick your child up promptly after the service!
YOUTH NO Youth tonight. Updates can be found on social media (youth hotline 403-938-8888; Instagram oefcyouth; Facebook OEFC Youth) for updates.
BIBLE STUDIES Our various Bible Studies will continue to meet at the church, practicing physical distancing and wearing masks.
BLANKET & JACKET PROJECT Drop off new or gently used blankets or jackets for men and women! The Calgary Drop-In Centre and Spud Buds are supporting those in need of winter warmth. Please bring items to the church by September 26. For more information, contact Rob L
GOOD NEIGHBOUR FUND Thank you so much for contributing financially to our Good Neighbour Fund! As a church family we want to do what we can to minister to the needs of people in our midst. If you know of anyone who we might be able to come alongside in a practical way, please contact the church office.
FINANCIAL UPDATE Attached is the financial update as of August 31, 2021. Thank you for your faithful and generous giving!
THIS WEEK @ OEFC
Sunday, September 19 9:25AM Prayer for the service 10AM Worship Service (Main Auditorium - contemporary and Fireside Room - acoustic) NO nursery 10AM CONNECT Sunday School (Grades 1-6 (check in between 9:45AM and 10AM) PLEASE NOTE THIS WEEK THERE IS NO GRADE 5-6 BOYS CLASS DUE TO LACK OF TEACHERS (see below for volunteer information!)
Tuesday, September 21 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 (NO childcare) Elijah (facilitated by Jola Hanhart) - Pricilla Shirer's study shows how Elijah's obedience to God kept him anchored, sharpened his faith, broadened his impact and invited heaven's fire to fall. $25 register HERE and pay online or by cash/cheque. Nothing to Prove (facilitated by Lisa Branch) - Jennie Allen's study reminds you that even when you don't measure up, God does, so you can cease struggling and rest in His completeness. $25 register HERE and pay online or by cash/cheque. 6:30PM DivorceCare - Contact Marion to register ($20). 6:30PM Kids' Clubs - registration night
Wednesday, September 22 1PM GriefShare - This group meets weekly to help you face the challenges of grieving and offer support as you move forward. Contact Marion to register ($20). 7PM Grade 12 Girls Bible Study - contact Cathie for details
Thursday, September 23 9AM - noon Coffee & Crafting on hold until further notice 7-9PM Celebrate Recovery Friday, September 24 Jr / Sr High Youth - stay tuned for details! Check social media (youth hotline 403-938-8888; Instagram oefcyouth; Facebook OEFC Youth)
COMING UP... Monday, September 27 (7-9PM) CONNEXION CAFE watch for further details about this event
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES CONNECT - SUNDAY KIDS MINISTRY Talk to Chris Young for more information or to volunteer! Pre-school teachers for age 3 and age 4-5 class (rotation basis; lead a full lesson in your own classroom; curriculum provided) 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 Registration Tuesday, September 21. Talk to Chris Young for more information or to volunteer! Boys' Club supervision and/or teaching Girls' Club leaders
MISSIONARY OF THE WEEK Norm & Michelle Smith, serving with EFCCM based in Vancouver Pray for: Norm’s team and all the RG Europe missionaries. Life and ministry during this pandemic has be very difficult for most of their staff and families. The Food Pantry ministry Norm is helping with at their church. The weekly support group Norm is helping with for anyone in their church who would like prayer support, encouragement, or just a listening ear. Pray for wisdom, discernment and grace as he looks for ways to help others struggling with the realities brought on by the pandemic. Michelle as she is back in a Grade 3 classroom
MISSING Two white tablecloths (60x120) are missing from the church kitchen. Please contact Lenore (403-271-7174) if you know their whereabouts!
EFCC BUILDING DEDICATION Our national EFCC office in Langley will be dedicating their new office building on Saturday, September 18 and you are invited! Find all of the details and links HERE.
MEN'S HOCKEY Looking for men of all skill levels who want to get together for shinny hockey (partial equipment with goalies). Grade 7 and up. Bring-a-friend is encouraged as we’d love to make this an opportunity for others to get to know men from the church. Contact Barry Throness 403-807-0399 or Tyson Brown 587-226-2340 for details on time, location, etc.
CHECK IT OUT! CHURCH LIBRARY New from Robert Whitlow: Trial and Error A small-town lawyer has been searching for his daughter for eighteen years. Now another young woman is missing, and he’s determined to find them both—no matter the cost.
FAITH BEYOND BELIEF CONFERENCE Be Ready 2021 Conference - A Faith Worth Sharing, October 1-2 with speakers Becky Pippert, Os Guinness, Andy Bannister and Logan Gates. Attend in person at Falconridge Family Church in Calgary, online, or organize a Watch Party with some friends! Registration between $60-95 (depends on format; special student pricing). More info HERE.