Ephesians 1:3 "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" (read all of Ephesians).
TAKE NOTE BRIDAL SHOWER for Jessalyn (bride-elect of Tyler) on Saturday, June 4 (2-4PM) in the Fireside Room! We would love to have you join us for refreshments and sweet fellowship! We're thankful for anyone who wishes to bless Jess & Tyler with a gift, however, that is certainly not expected! Questions? Please contact Kiersten.
CALGARY PREGNANCY CARE CENTRE Happy Mother’s Day! This year OEFC is supporting Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre again. This ministry reaches out to teens, youth, women, and men experiencing challenges related to an unexpected pregnancy. Baby Bottles will be handed out today to fill with spare change, or donate online. You can also support them by praying for the ministry and sharing the campaign with your family and friends. Your donations mean that those facing an unexpected pregnancy have the support they need to thrive, not just survive.
UPDATE ON AFGHAN REFUGEES Good news! The sponsorship application for Qadir and his family was submitted to Immigration Canada this week when the hold on new applications was lifted. Qadir is in Iran at this time trying to secure an official student visa. His wife and children are continuing to stay with relatives in rural Afghanistan and are preparing to travel to Iran when they have the proper documentation. Thank you for continuing to pray for their daily provision and safety. If anyone would like to be added to the email update group, please contact Jeff and Leah.
RIDE FOR A REASON George, Lyn, Tracy, Lindsay, Breanna-Lynn, Kevin, Tanis will be riding or running between June 3 and 12 in support of camp scholarships for Southern Alberta Bible Camp! Sponsor one of them or to sign up to complete your own ride or run.
LAST REMINDER to watch video updates from our missionaries (password: Global). Thanks to our Missions Committee for a great week of events! $5,500 was raised at the Missions Breakfast for the Gilmore family's outgoing expenses (includes matching amount from Missions Fund). And nearly $1,500 was raised for Hand in Hands ministry by those who attended Valentino's Dessert Cafe! Thanks to the youth for a fantastic job serving, and remember to pick up your pie or cake plate in the kitchen if you donated baking.
POSITION AVAILABLE Brant Christian School is looking to fill their chaplain position for next year. Job description is attached. Prospective applicants can contact [email protected]
THIS WEEK @ OEFC
Saturday, May 7 HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP 9AM Meet at the church for instructions and safety equipment What a wonderful opportunity to serve our community this spring! We would love to see many people get involved with this one-day event to bless our neighbours AND raise money for OEFC Youth! The Government of Alberta pays $100 per kilometer, and our group has 13KM between Okotoks and Calgary. This is a great time to get outside, serve with others from OEFC, and love on our community in a practical way! Consider participating as a family, growth group, or even just a group of friends. Must be 9 years old and up (9-12 year olds must be supervised by a parent). FREE BARBECUE to follow for all participants! Questions? Contact Chris.
Sunday, May 8 Parent / Child Dedication in the 9:15AM service Baby Bottles will be distributed (to collect spare change for the Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre's annual fundraiser) (or give online) Pastor Rob will continue the series "Where is God in All This?" with a sermon based on Malachi 2:15 and Ephesians 1:3-6 "God's Purpose for the Family" 9:15am Worship Service (Main Auditorium - contemporary /Fireside Room - acoustic) - Nursery, Preschool, and Connect Sunday School (Gr 1-6) Morning Worship Livestream available 11AM Worship Service (Main Auditorium only)
Monday, May 9 6:30PM INFLUENCE & LEGACY Ladies Spring Tea Bring your daughters, mom, sisters, or friends to a special tea and be inspired as our youth and slightly more senior ladies share how others have influenced them or how they have had an influence on others. It would be helpful if you sign up to let us know you plan to attend. Contact Dianna if you have a tiered tray and/or teapot we could borrow. Donations will be graciously accepted to offset the cost of the event.
Tuesday, May 10 9:30 to 11AM MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Breakfast for the moms and childcare for the kids is provided at no cost! 6:30PM DivorceCare - contact Marion to register
Wednesday, May 11 10AM Senior's Bible Study 11:30AM-3PM SENIORS SING AND DINE at SABC Register by noon on Monday, May 9!. Enjoy a great meal served by chef Dave and worship in song with the hymns of old. No bussing this year; please plan to carpool if possible. Even young seniors are welcome! There is no charge, but an offering will be collected in support of the ministry at Southern Alberta Bible Camp. RSVP 403-792-3644. 1-3PM GriefShare Contact Marion to register.
Thursday, May 12 9:30AM to NOON Coffee & Crafting - Come & Go drop-in format 7-9PM Celebrate Recovery For more information, email [email protected] 7PM Grade 12 Girl's Bible Study
Friday, May 13 7-9:30PM Jr/Sr High Youth (Details on social media: youth hotline 403-938-8888; Instagram oefcyouth; Facebook OEFC Youth)
COMING UP Sunday, June 5 (7PM) Congregational Meeting and Elections
MISSIONARY OF THE WEEK Mike and Kathleen serving with Worldwide Resource Group in Idaho. Pray for Mike as he... Finishes writing The Circus, a not-so-ordinary book for ordinary people in extraordinary times! Makes a number of missionary training seminars available in an online format Starts a new non-profit organization. WRG is retiring end of 2022, then a new organization will be formed. Holds training seminars. Has a seminar available for local churches regarding North America’s current situation as explained in The Circus.
OEFC LIBRARY NEWS Faithful by Kim Cash Tate Cydney Sanders thought she knew God's plan for her life. She'd marry, have kids, and then snap her body back into shape. Her best friend Dana appears to have the perfect marriage--until she discovers her husband's affair and her world goes into a tailspin. Then there is Phyllis--who is out of hope and out of prayers after asking God for six long years to help her husband find faith. When she runs into an old friend who is the Christian man she longs for, she's faced with an overwhelming choice. Life-long friends with life-altering struggles. Will they trust God's faithfulness...and find strength to be faithful to Him?
SUMMER CAMP @ Southern Alberta Bible Camp: Registration is open for all ages! Contact the camp 403-792-3644 or [email protected] for more information.
WORK DAYS- Blue Bronna Wilderness Camp May 20-22 and May 27-29 Help the camp get ready for a summer of ministry! Register @ https://bluebronna.org/events/
LINKS & INFO LIVESTREAM worship service Sundays @ 9:15AM GIVING One-time or scheduled giving to OEFC; Cash or cheques may be dropped off at the church (NEW donation boxes) Sunday morning or T-F 8:30AM-4PM
POINT OF SALE TERMINAL Interac payments are now accepted at the coffee bar (debit, Visa and Mastercard) for coffee bar purchases, donations, event registrations, etc! When making payments for anything OTHER than coffee bar purchases, please be sure to fill out an envelope at the terminal and deposit it - along with one of the provided receipts - into the donation box in the Main Auditorium or Fireside Room.
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). The Prayer Room (to the right of the Main Auditorium platform) is available to use whenever the church is open.
COFFEE BAR PRICE CHANGES specialty beverages $3 (hot) and $4 (cold). Baker’s Dozen punch cards (13 beverages) $36. And as always, regular and decaf coffee and tea is complimentary!