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                                                                          Why does bad stuff happen to me?


 When you suffer loss or pain, do you wonder, “Maybe God does not love me?”  “Maybe he is punishing me for something?”  “Is God really in control?” 
 Your faith tells you those can’t be right. But you’re still left wondering, “Why do bad things happen to me?”
    The answer is staggering: “God is LOVE” (1 John 4:20).  What?  How can that be?  How can there be so many bad things in my life if God is love?  Wouldn’t a loving God just erase all the bad and only give me good?
Well…no.  You need surgery.  It’s going to hurt and take some time to heal. Is surgery “bad? A coach tells the team to run sprints.  Their legs ache and lungs burn. Are the sprints “bad?” 
So much in our lives looks like “bad,” but it is really “good.”  It certainly looked like “bad” on Good Friday, didn’t it?  Jesus was falsely accused, whipped, mocked, and executed on the cross.  It seemed “bad” for Jesus, but we still call it GOOD Friday.
Because of what happened on Good Friday, Jesus removes all of our sin and guilt. He says, “I took those for you.  I made them mine.”  Because He earned eternal life for us, Jesus has the power to work in all for our good.
While the trials and sufferings we endure in this life make us wonder, “Why?” God gently points to Jesus and answers: “God is LOVE.”
We need the Holy Spirit’s power to keep us believing in Jesus and knowing God’s love through Him. What a blessing to have our Christian congregation where in preaching, teaching, liturgy, song, and communion the Lord grants us His Spirit.
Continue to faithfully hear and learn the Gospel to grow in God’s perfect love for you. Trust he uses all the “bad” in your life for your good.  Continue to invite your friends and family to learn of the Savior too!
Fall Sunday School resumes September 8th. Parents, regular home devotions and attendance at Sunday school ensure your children know their Saviour, have knowledge of the Bible, and can let their lights shine. Our lessons include something for you to review at home for the entire family to grow in faith together.
Sunday School Teacher/Helper/Subs needed  Our Sunday School is an important part of our ministry to bring Christ’s gifts to children. To use your talents to teach, substitute teach, or help in any way, contact Roger Zavagnin (403) 284-4808). We’ll have a regular teacher for the age 3-4 level this year, so ask parents of our students to consider working into our grade 1-2 classroom schedule this year.
Regular Sunday Adult/Teen Bible Study resume September 8th, 10:45 a.m. Join us to grow in faith, encourage your brothers and sisters in our discussion, and enjoy Christian friendship and love.
Sundae Sunday church picnic is September 8th after worship.  Hamburgers, buns, ice cream, and beverages will be on hand.   Please bring a salad or other side dish to pass & your favourite ice cream sundae toppings.  Please sign the list on the news counter so we can plan how much food to purchase.
 
Midweek Bible study Pastor will be busy the18th & 25th for district ministry. We’ll therefore resume in October for our topic, “Hard Sayings of Jesus”
Springbank Community Fair is Saturday, September 7th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Please sign on the list in the church entrance for a time you can spend at our display.
Ministry Meetings in September:
Council Monday, September 9, 7:00 p.m.
Elders Tuesday, September 10, 9:30 a.m.
Sunday school Teachers – Sun., September 29, Noon.
 
Women’s Bible Study begins Friday, Sept. 27, 9:30 a.m. See Cheryl Schultz for further information.
Pastor Schultz’s – September Ministry Pastor will be at our seminary September 16-18 for the pastor-mentor leadership training session as he serves as partner with our new pastor in Missoula, MT. Pastor will also attend our Rocky Mountain Pastors’ Conference September 23-25 
Seminar – September 21, 10:00 – 4:00. 
Is life in my hands, or God’s hands?
Medical assistance in dying (doctor assisted suicide) brings many questions. Join us to learn:
•             The Christian view.
•             Loving God and others gives you purpose.
•             Overcome the fear of suffering and death.
•             A medical directive can demonstrate your faith.
•             Live your Christian faith in our world today.
Our presenter:  Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources.  He will also serve as our guest preacher and Bible study leader on September 22nd   for Questions and Answers on any life issues. https://christianliferesources.com
We’ll have further information & registration information in a brochure for you and for you to share with friends & family.  The cost will be $15.00 per person ($40 max per family) to cover the refreshments and noon lunch.