Dear Abundant Life Family
Our city and province have now moved into “Code Red” restrictions, which means the church is back to “shut down mode” as it was in March of this year, when the pandemic response began. This lockdown is tentatively set to end on December 12.
This doesn’t mean, though, that Abundant Life has “shut down”. Jesus is working through Abundant Life. If you need to talk to Pastor Brad or someone freom our care team, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call the church at 204-222-7671 or text Pastor Brad at 204-391-7154.
Throughout this strange time since March, God has been blessing Abundant Life. Our average attendance since we reopened in July has been 77 between our two services. Our livestream averages 88 viewers per week, above and beyond those who are in the building. On October 25 we celebrated the baptism of Nicole, Aden and Devon Gastl, Allana Jelley and Josh Hansen. One of our young adults, Gracia Sawicki, is in her first year at Millar College of the Bible in Saskatchewan. And our youth and young adults programs have grown in the last year. Not to mention that by the end of September, you have generously given $8000 over budget projections.
We’ve also experienced loss this year as Nettie Turko (Amel) and Jean Jones (Art) have arrived in Heaven. Three of our church family are battling cancer righ tnow. These issues, coupled with the lockdowns of many places, have increased the struggles many have with anxiety, loneliness and a feeling of a loss of hope. Call us for prayer and care.
From Dr. David Jeremiah, “Throughout Scripture the people of God are reminded, “Do not be afraid. “ It is not about ignoring feelings of fear, but about focusing on God’s love, power and provision.” (Ever Faithful)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, NIV)
God bless and we are praying for you:
Pastor Brad & the elders’ team: Bill Ehlers, John Almas, Harry Hirsch and Rob Fandrich.