Pastor Brad shares about the book "With" and how it has impacted his understanding of the gospel. CLICK HERE to find out more about the book.
Hello Zion Family,
I hope that you're all doing great this week! I know that the weather might not seem like summer, but we are already halfway through July! Craziness! This week I've been reflecting on the challenge of holidays in the midst of a global pandemic.
Now, prior to 2020, I never thought that I'd be taking time to reflect on "the challenge of holidays in the midst of a global pandemic." Nonetheless, here we are! My family and I had plans to go and see friends and extended family this summer. Those plans have changed. In fact, right now most of our summer holiday plans are still in a "state of flux."
Being in a state of flux, of wondering what will be happening, is never easy. However, in the midst of those kinds of challenges, as you wonder what summer and fall will be bringing, as we wait to see how COVID will impact the rest of the year, we can still be assured that God has things under control.
That's one of the great truths of the gospel: God is great. Scripture reminds us that God is sovereign. He is all-powerful. He (and He alone!) is in control. That means we don't have to be in control.
The fact that God is great means you don't have to stress out. You don't have to worry. No matter what happens you are free to rest in His power because He is great.
Job 42:2 speaks of God and reminds us “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted."
I hope that brings comfort! You may not know what is going to happen this summer. You may not know what this fall will bring. Honestly, you don't even know what will happen during the rest of this day... but God is great and He has absolutely everything under control.
This Sunday, as we gather via Zoom, we'll be talking and learning together about prayer. One question we'll be answering is "when you think about prayer, what image comes to mind?"
We'll explore what it means to pray like Jesus and some of the barriers to prayer we encounter (like "I don't know how to pray", "I don't know what to say", "the silence is uncomfortable" and more.
What barriers to prayer have you encountered? How have you overcome those barriers (if you have!). Be ready to share on Sunday!
Summer in the midst of a global pandemic means we have to take a different approach to our Sunday mornings. Here is an outline of what we have planned (more details coming your way for some of these Sunday events):
July 19: Worship Gathering Via Zoom (Focus on Praying Together)
July 26: Outdoor Service at Wayne and Connie Weidner's
Service Starts @ 11:00am
Hamburgers & Hot Dogs for Lunch following the service
Details to follow
August 2: Video Service Via YouTube
A Special Service brought to you by the Terrace Ministerial Association featuring participants from many different churches.
August 9: Worship Gathering Via Zoom
August 16: Worship Gathering Via Zoom
August 23: Worship Gathering Via Zoom
August 30: Worship Gathering Via Zoom
We'll continue to be flexible with our plans, as the situation can change quickly. Our aim is to begin having a combination of livestream and small numbers of people in the church building for Sunday services starting in September.
We're continuing to meet together via Zoom for Sunday morning worship services.
Here is the information for our Sunday morning gatherings. This is now a "recurring meeting" which means this link will work for all our upcoming Sunday morning Zoom gatherings.
Topic: Zion Sunday Worship Gathering
Time: Jun 28, 2020 10:00 AM Vancouver
Do you have some "tech skills"? Are you fairly comfortable working with computers (Zoom, media presentations etc.)? If so, we're looking for your help! Our move to online services (via Zoom, livestreaming etc.) means we need volunteers to help those services run smoothly. If you're interested in helping, please contact Pastor Brad or Melinda Bahr.
Once again, thank you for continuing your generous giving to Zion's ministry. Your donations help us to keep our focus on being "a Christ-centered family who reaches people for Jesus, encourages growth and shows His love through action."
Remember, you can give by:
Debit - Contact Pastor Brad to arrange a time to use the machine at the church building.
Cash/Cheque (including post-dated cheques) - Cheques can be mailed to the church building (2911 Sparks Street Terrace BC V8G 2T4). Cash or cheques can be dropped off.
Online via PayPal. Click on the "Donate Online" button below to access our online giving page.
Zion's board is working to make sure that we're in regular contact with the entire "Zion Family." However, if you need to get in touch, don't hesitate to call or email us.We're ready to help but we can only meet the needs we hear about. Click on a name to send them an email: