These days we are reading the Book of Isaiah. Even though this was written thousands of years ago it is certainly relevant for now. Beside the many prophecies concerning the 1st and 2nd coming of Jesus it gives wonderful insight into everyday living in these challenging times. Think of Isaiah 1:17: “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widows.” Then again in Isaiah 56:1: “This is what the Lord says: ‘Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.” Micah writes the same truth in his prophecy: “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (6:8).
God loves justice, mercy and humility. Our prayer this week is that He will give us the strength to continue developing these characteristics in our lives as we build relationship with those around us who need our tender loving care.
SUNDAY SERVICE @ 10:00 A.M.– With thankful hearts we give praise to God for the privilege of gathering each Sunday morning for praise and worship together. We look forward to celebrating these special times. It is especially good to have an extended platform through YouTube as we reach out to the world around us. Again, we encourage you to join us at the church each Sunday when you feel comfortable doing so. Of course, if at any time you do not feel well, it is wise to stay at home and take good care of yourself. We certainly miss you, though!!
COMMUNION SERVICE – Next Sunday, November 1, we will celebrate communion once again. If you are joining us via YouTube please prepare the communion elements so you can participate with us “around the table of the Lord.” This is always such a significant time! Let’s “…pray for each other, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16) A number of our congregation and other friends are experiencing illness these days. Let’s pray that each one will receive divine healing and deliverance. May your faith increase and be strengthened.
KIDS’ MINISTRY – We are excited that Kids’ Ministry continues at Evangel. We will be giving opportunity periodically to our amazing children in the Sunday service. Ministry these days has to take a different approach and we are thankful creative ways to make that happen. Play Group had great attendance last week with 20 in attendance. This is exciting and growing! We will keep you posted as to the next date.
YOUTH – 180ᴼ Youth will be on Thursday, November 12 @ 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please note that Youth gatherings will be held every 3rd week. We so appreciate your prayers for them and those who are giving leadership in such challenging times.
PRAYER NEEDS – There are many needs for which to pray: Tim, Laura, Olivia, our youth and leaders, our seniors who are shut-in, Pat, Bonnie, Angela, John, Shawn (seeking employment), Robbie (taking treatments), Andrea, unspoken need(s), Allan, Elizabeth, Linda , Bill, a husband needing the Lord and a physical healing, Paige (15 years of age), Marg, Sharon, Stewart’s granddaughter, businesses and business people, new pastor, unspoken needs, live-streamed church service, Kids’ Sunday School/Ministry, Global Workers. There may be others that we should add to this list. Please let us know if that is the case and we will gladly include them. You may reach us at[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]> or 613-354-4281<mailto:[email protected]-354-4281evangel.com>. There are lots of prayer needs and they all include both the spiritual and physical!
PASTORAL SEARCH & CHURCH BOARD MEETING – There will be a brief Pastoral Search Committee meeting on Sunday, October 25, The Committee continues to check various references as we plan for interviews with candidates on Saturday, October 31. Following the Committee meeting the Church Board will meet with Rev. David Blakely (Eastern Ontario & Nunavut District) for discussion as we look forward to the 2021 budget. Thank you again for your continual prayers.
PRAYER MEETING You are invited to join us at the church on Monday, October 26 @ 6:30 p.m. for our next prayer meeting! These are very encouraging meetings as we gather at the church to pray together. There are so many needs and our world is in such turmoil! Times of prayer bring such a sense of the Lord’s presence and encouragement. We sure hope you can join us for an hour or so.
BIBLE READING – Hopefully you are engaged in reading the Bible these days. For the month of October the suggested daily Bible reading is the book of Isaiah. By now you are moving along in reading and meditating upon this great prophetic book. This is a good challenge for us to read all 66 chapters. Pace yourself to ensure you will complete the reading by the end of the month. Take the time daily to spend in God’s word. It will strengthen you immensely and bring much comfort as you meditate on the Scriptures. It is good for us to remember this verse: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…” (Col 3:16)
ADMINISTRATION – The Local Church Constitution has been approved by the Church Board and will be made available to you very soon. There will need to be a membership meeting to accept this updated version. We will advise you as to when this meeting will be. It is expected that the new shed will arrive on site later this month. A permit has been received from the Town of Greater Napanee to proceed with this project. Thank you for your special donations. It is a blessing indeed to have storage items removed from the 2 overflow sections and have access for seating which is essential in light of the distancing restrictions these days. In the future as COVID- 19 restrictions are lifted these section allow excellent space for church growth!! The new shed will certainly meet our storage requirements. Further, we are pleased that the old shed will refurbished to match the new one and will used by Cornerstone Christian Academy for much needed storage space. The new shed will allow Evangel to move many items from the church building and the parsonage garage – this is a great practical step forward and we are thankful for the Lord’s provisions through you to make this possible!
MISSIONS – Last week our ZOOM guests were Raul and Lily Carrasco, Carballo, in the province of A Coruña, Spain. They were very encouraged to join us via ZOOM and are very thankful for Evangel’s support. This Sunday, October 25, Janette Tirado, who is ministering in Peru will join us. She will give us an update regarding her ministry and the challenges she is facing these days. Please continue to pray for our Global Workers and national leadership personnel. Thank you!,
Next Sunday, November 1, Rev. Stephen Hertzog will join us via ZOOM. He is the Regional Director for Eurasia and you will hear current updates from our region. You will not want to miss hearing about the revival amongst the Roma population in Slovakia and other areas…amazing church growth!
It is a pleasure to announce that 2 more people have been added to our Missions Committee – Dele Atteh and Kevin Mutch! Thank you for serving!
The bike-a-thon proceeds will be a tremendous blessing to the Carrasco’s as they reach out to the numerous communities around them. There are 312 communities in their region with more than 240 communities which do not have an evangelical church. Much prayer and personnel are needed. When we reach our goal of $25K a 9-passenger vehicle will be purchased. What this will do to make travel to communities and spreading the good news of the gospel will be incredible! Thank you so much for your kind consideration and doing your very best! Should you wish to contribute to this project, simply write “Bike-A-Thon” on your offering envelope and place it in the box provided. We value your prayers and partnership.
CHRISTMAS SHOE BOXES – Thank you for participating in the “Christmas Shoe Box” ministry again this year. Boxes are still available. Please get one today or, if you have already done so, you may drop them back at the church before November 15, 2020.
TIME CHANGE!!!! – Please take note of the time change next week. Don’t forget to adjust your clock back 1 hour
PRAYER FOR OUR NATION AND WORLDWIDE –
Flash flooding throughout Cambodia has impacted ERDO’s sponsored children and their families. The cities are being hit the hardest, including Phnom Penh, where PAOC global workers Ian and Tiffanie Rowley, and many ChildCARE Plus families and staff live. Please pray for the end to this flooding. Pray for the safety of all the vulnerable people being affected by this flooding. Pray for the child sponsorship staff, working diligently to ensure all families are safe and have what they need during this time.
GLOBALED This spring, our GlobalEd team graduated a class of METP pastors in Nigeria, Africa. Nine METP graduates are now working in a refugee camp. They are ministering to persecuted people who have fled their homes in Northeast Nigeria. Their leadership is transformative in the refugee camp. The local coordinator, Pastor David, detailed his experience, saying, “There were nine church leaders [trained by METP] who are serving in the refugee camps. These camps were established for those displaced by Islamic persecution in the north. Through this training, we believe we are saving the future of the church in Northeastern Nigeria!” Imagine the people, families, and communities that will encounter Jesus for the first time when a thriving church brings them the gospel!
EVANGEL’S MISSIONARIES/GLOBAL WORKERS GWs) Your prayers for our GWs is critical. Thank you for taking the time to include them in your daily prayer times. We remember Travis & Jesse (RAN), Dan & Belinda Collado (ABA, Canada), Jarren & Cindie Hildebrandt (Thailand), Kingston Pregnancy Care Centre (Elizabeth Sacrey), Scott & Melissa Williams (Spain), Janette Tirado (Peru), Laura Benson (Uganda), Deborah Sirjoosingh (Kenya), Cal & June Anthony (Eurasia) and Raul & Lily Carrasco (Spain). Everyone needs prayer and everyone deeply appreciates it!
We continue to pray the same prayers for you this week as described above and in these Scriptures: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7) and “The God of peace be with you all.” (Romans 15:33).