THANK YOU

... to those who participated in Highway Cleanup last weekend, both for OEFC Youth and Hand in Hands mission. Your hard work and great attitudes were deeply appreciated!

SIGN UP FOR SUNDAY

Join us on September 27 for our in-person Worship Service! You will also have the opportunity to join the LiveStream Watch Party, a new type of Growth Group (info below). Register HERE 

Please arrive by 9:45am to sign in at the front kiosk and find your seat. For the past few weeks we've had approximately 140 people attending, which requires a little extra time for signing in! Please note that we are opening up the Fireside Room as an overflow area. If the Main Auditorium and balcony reach capacity, everyone else will be seated in the Fireside Room to view the LiveStream service on the screen.

Each person attending needs to pre-register and practice physical distancing. Singing will be allowed for those wearing a mask. The LiveStream will continue to be accessible through the church websiteAttached is the sermon-based study for personal or Growth Group use.

LIVESTREAM WATCH PARTY

We have a new option for those not currently in a Growth Group. When you register for church (above), you will have an opportunity to join a LiveStream Watch Party. In our church building we have designated rooms available for people to gather (socially distanced of course). Together you can watch the LiveStream, then go immediately into a sermon-based Bible study, helping you apply the content of the morning to your life, pray together, and talk about faith-related issues with other Christ followers. You can email Pastor Michael for more information. 

THIS WEEK @ OEFC

Tonight (Friday, Sept 25) 

  • Jr & Sr High: NO youth event tonight; please PRAY for the youth leaders as they meet tonight to decide how to run OEFC youth in a covid-compliant way going forward!

Tuesday, Sept 29

  • Men's Prayer & Study - 6am (contact Cameron Olson if you would like to commit to this 10-week study)
  • Ladies' Bible Studies - 9:30am (sign up HERE; pre-registration required)
  • DivorceCare - 6:30pm (email Marion to register)

Wednesday, Sept 30

Thursday, Oct 1

  • Coffee & Crafting - 9am to Noon drop-in format
  • Celebrate Recovery - 7pm

Friday, Oct 2

  • OEFC Youth - details to come...

ANOTHER MEN'S STUDY

Ray Wolf will be leading a men's Bible study, discussing men from the Bible. It will be held in the evening (either Monday, Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the best day for those who sign up). Contact Ray for more information or to let him know you are interested!

MISSIONARY OF THE WEEK

Daryl & Molly Porter serving with EFCCM (formerly Ukraine, now in Medicine Hat) 

Pray for:

  • Rest and refreshing as they settle back in Medicine Hat
  • Direction for the future as they retire from EFCCM on December 31
  • The Lighthouse Ministry Centre in Krivoy Rog to be completed (work teams are welcome!)
  • A Ukrainian pastor for The Bridge Church in Krivoy Rog
  • Someone to go to Krivoy Rog to do follow up of Summer English Institute and assist in ministries there

DAVE'S MEALS ON THE HOUSE

Southern Alberta Bible Camp, in partnership with the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta, is providing FREE Dave's Meals (frozen entrees) to those negatively impacted by Covid-19 including front-line workers, unemployed, self-isolating, care-givers and seniors. You may sign up HERE on behalf of someone you know who needs a meal (i.e., you deliver the meal to them).

CONVERSATIONS THAT MATTER

Faith Beyond Belief is holding an online Christian worldview conference next weekend, October 2 and 3. Speakers include Biola University's Dr. Craig Hazen, Dr. John Bloom, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff, and Elizabeth Urbanowicz. More info and registration ($80) at bereadyalberta.ca.

Also available is a FREE online session on Thursday evening, October 1, with JoJo Ruba. As Alberta cities ban “conversion therapy,” FBB’s executive director Jojo Ruba says they are also banning counseling that Christians and others want. He says these bans make no distinction between coercive counseling and counseling consented to by patients. Ruba says these life-saving conversations are worth protecting both from a pastoral perspective and from personal experience. For the first time in public, Ruba will walk through three kinds of conversations that helped him deal with the issues of sexuality and gender in his own life, and show how God uses everyday conversations to save lives. Info and registration HERE.

VIDEO & LIVESTREAM

  • Sundays @ 10am (9:50am for prayer time) "LIVESTREAM" button at www.okotoksefc.ca 
  • Family resources to go with the Kid's Story on Sunday, September 27 HERE.

GIVING

Online or scheduled giving to OEFC can be found HERE; Cash or cheques may be dropped off at the church, T-F 8:30am-4:00pm; Cheques can be mailed to OEFC, 28 Westland Road, Okotoks AB T1S 1T2.

PRAYER & SUPPORT

Prayer Chain requests can be submitted via email [email protected] or phone 403-938-3311. The church office is open T-F 8:30am-4:00pm and staff are available at [email protected] (if you need assistance, have a confidential prayer request for staff only, or just want to talk with someone).