Hello Zion Baptist Church! It certainly feels like fall. The leaves are changing colour, the rains have arrived and I've even had to scrape my windshield a few times in the last week or so.
In Acts 2:42 we read "And they [the early church] devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." At Zion we aim for these same things - focusing on biblical teaching, fellowship, breaking bread (meals together and Communion) and to prayers. We have a vision of being a Christ-centered family who reaches people for Jesus, encourages growth and shows His love through action.
Throughout the fall we have a number of things happening that line up with our vision statement and the example of the early church.
For example, this Sunday we have our monthly family potluck. This is an opportunity to gather around a meal following our worship service. It is a time to connect and visit in a different way. I'd encourage you to join us this Sunday and to bring along some food to share with everyone.
Our family meals are an expression of one part of our vision statement: we want to be a Christ-centered family and we recognize that healthy families eat meals together.
On Sunday evening the Salvation Army is hosting a special prayer service for those who are battling cancer, cancer survivors and families impacted by cancer. The service will be held at their church building (3227 Sparks Street) at 7:00pm. We've had a number of people dealing with cancer recently and gathering together to pray is powerful.
Prayer times like this are a reminder of the love of Jesus and also a way for us to encourage growth as we seek to come to know Him better.
October also brings our annual Pumpkin Party! We'll be hosting the party on October 31st from 6pm - 8pm... carnival games, candy, snacks and more! Please let me know if you can help with decorating, candy donations, running a station etc.
The Pumpkin Party is an opportunity to show the love of Jesus through action and to begin the process of reaching people for Jesus. Please be praying that the Party will have a powerful impact in our community.
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Zion's Pumpkin Party is happening on October 31st and that means WE NEED CANDY!! You can donate candy on Sunday mornings or connect with Pastor Brad to drop
it off during the week.