“Church of God Grill,” read the sign outside the restaurant. That odd name came when a small mission started to sell chicken dinners after church on Sunday to help to pay the bills.
The business continued to grow, so to accommodate, they cut back on the church services and eventually closed the church in order to sell chicken dinners.
The owner explained, “We kept the name we started with.” The chicken survived, but the church died...
Our church too can be busy with many activities. But we must always ask, “Are we truly building God’s kingdom?” Is our “busyness” advancing Christ’s cause?
Sunday, June 5, we celebrate Pentecost - the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to build the Church through the Gospel in Word and Sacrament. By the powerful Gospel the Lord gives us faith in Jesus and keeps us in the one true faith that only Jesus’ holy life and innocent suffering and death could...and did earn forgiveness of sins and eternal life for us!
Continue to hold to the Gospel, live by faith in Jesus, and proclaim the Gospel in our homes, congregation, and outreach efforts. The Holy Spirit will continue to grant us peace with God through Jesus. He will continue to equip us to serve the Lord in love. He will bring about the salvation of others through the Gospel we share!
Pentecost Season of the Church Year
: During this non-festival half of the Church Year, we focus on growing together in the life of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our church colour is green, symbolizing growth in our faith and in our life as Christ’s followers. Our sermons based on the letters from Christ’s apostles, will take us to the letters to the Galatians, Colossians, Hebrews, and Timothy. What a blessing to have the Lord’s warnings and comfort as we learn from His inspired Word!
Growing in God’s Grace - June Bible Study
: Sunday morning, 10:45 for adult & teen - “Congregational Bible Reading Program” Join us to learn how God’s promises through His Old Testament prophets uplifted His people for centuries past, and how they uplift us today!
Christian Youth Fellowship
is planned for Friday, June 3, 6:30 p.m. We’ll enjoy Frisbee golf and our Bible study at Baker park (North of the Bow River across from Bowness Park.) Meet in the west end of the parking lot at 6:30.
Church Spring Cleaning
We invite you to join us Saturday June 4 as our day to come together to maintain our beautiful house of worship to the glory of our Saviour. You may drop in any time after 9:00 a.m. Dedicate an hour or two, and join us for a lunch at noon if you can.
is Saturday, June 11 10:00 a.m. – Noon. Please register by sending an e-mail to Pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org
to receive the blessings of the Lord’s.
is June 14-15 in Watertown, South Dakota. Pastor will be able to attend on Zoom. Pray for the Lord to bless our work together in our WELS – to His glory and the blessing of many souls!
New E-mail for Pastor & Church
Since we’re using the Telus hub for our internet, we’ll lose the previous @platinum.ca e-mail accounts. Please use the following: For the church – email@example.com
; for Pastor – firstname.lastname@example.org
. Thank you!
Vacation Bible School
July 11-15, 9:30 to Noon. Parents, if you haven’t registered your child(ren) and any of their friends who will join them yet, please send in the registration information this week. We’re tentatively planning a VBS planning session after Bible study on June 12th
to coordinate our classes, teachers, and helpers.
Women’s Day Retreat:
we hosted May 27-28 was a tremendous blessing as we encouraged one another in our fellowship in Christ. We thank all our members who helped serve the Lord by serving to host the gathering!
Service Setting Three
Throughout the Easter season we’ve learned Setting Three in our new hymnal for our worship of our beautiful Saviour. After Pentecost we’ll alternate between the three service settings in the hymnal. May God bless our worship as we hear His Word. May our heart-felt prayers and praise be pleasing to our gracious Lord!