Articles for this day of September 1, 2017

Opportunities for Giving

All throughout September, there are numerous giving opportunities for us to participate in. Listed below are the offering designations for the weekend of September 30:

North American Division Evangelism
Though the gospel message itself is priceless, there are costs associated with sharing the message. The funds raised will help to support the various methods in which to share the gospel.

You can contribute to this building project anytime online through the Adventist Giving site. Contributions can also be made at church, by indicating ‘NAD Evangelism’ on your cheques or offering envelopes.

Encounter Bible Program
This is a special offering for Adventist education within the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada. The Adventist Encounter Bible curriculum is being introduced across Canada this school year and needs our help.

“How excited I am to take this walk with God along with my students!” wrote one
teacher after the recent Encounter teacher training. We invite you to partner with us—schools, homes, and churches—to provide Bible resources that invite students to encounter Jesus.

That’s the goal of the new Adventist Encounter Bible curriculum. It is designed, not only to
give students content knowledge of the Bible, but to lead them into a personal relationship
with Jesus and inspire a passion to share Him with others.

Though the Bible is the only textbook, the program includes a wealth of resources that help make the teaching of Bible come alive for our children. These represent the best methods and freshest thoughts that Mrs. White was referring to. Please help us and our teachers to share Jesus with our children with these Bible resources in our Adventist schools. Thank you for your generous support!

You contribute to the Encounter Bible Program at any time online through the Adventist Giving site. Contributions can also be made anytime at church, by indicating ‘Encounter Bible Program’ on an envelope.


ADRA Canada Disasters/Famine Relief
This is a special offering, as determined by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. ADRA Canada (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) is working with ACS (Adventist Community Services) to bring much-needed assistance to areas devasted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and most recently, Maria. In addition to emergency supplies, ACS has also been providing emotional and spiritual support. The funds will provide urgently needed support to the relief and recovery efforts resulting from the hurricanes.

You can give to Hurricane Relief efforts this coming weekend at church. Please indicated ‘Hurricane Relief’ on the offering envelope. Cheques can be made payable to ‘ADRA Canada Hurricane Response’. Donations can also be made online at any time at ADRA Canada or by telephone 888 274 2372.

 

 

 

 

 

Please keep praying for these projects. Make giving a matter of prayer. God will always guide us appropriately.

 

Rule of Three

Challenge yourself to talk to people you don’t know well for the first three minutes after the service.

Our previous hospitality idea was the Circle of Ten, where we are encouraged to greet everyone who comes within a ten-foot range of us, multi-directionally. Greeting people can be kept simple: a smile, a handshake, a hello.

The Rule of Three goes one step further by engaging with others. This does not mean that you are limited to mingling with only three people.

Rather, the name of this hospitality idea is a reminder of time. We have approximately three minutes after the service to talk with our guests before they leave. Many people, when going someplace unfamiliar, aim to slip in and slip out. While more comfortable for the guest, it often means that we don’t even have the opportunity to realize that they were there. We would like to catch them before they slip out unnoticed.

Immediately after the service ends, beeline towards the new faces. They may have slipped in after our welcome time at the beginning of the service. Or they may have arrived long after the Greeters have left their posts. A final opportunity to welcome them comes at the conclusion of the service.

Everyone, old and young, who comes through our church doors has a story. We don’t know what led them to Henderson Highway Church for worship. However, we can ensure that they have an uplifting encounter with Christ. There are numerous chances for this during the music, the prayers, the giving, the praise, the children’s story, the message.

And through us.

 

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This is part of our Practicing Hospitality series. Visit the introduction page to read the other articles in the series.