Inspiration and Information to Help You "Walk Out" Your Faith Everyday.
Thursday, July 8, 2021
I pray you are filled with the grace and peace of Jesus today.
Tell Your Story
Are you a good story teller? I remember once my Dad was telling a God story about his life, and the grandkids were drinking it in…even asking for more when he was done. People resonate with our life stories. Pastor Robert Ferguson from Hillsong Church had a great piece that arrived in my inbox today, and I thought I would share it with you. It’s a reminder of the importance of telling our stories and reminding ourselves and others what God has done in our lives. I think of Revelation 12:11, when part of the reason they triumphed was “...the word of their testimony...” (Revelation 12:11). Here’s Pastor Robert:
"I attended a boarding school in England between the ages of seven and eighteen. It was, without doubt, the toughest decade of my life.
I was separated from my family, had few friends, and didn’t do well academically.
However, in retrospect, the experience gave me a gift which has proved invaluable – the gift of survival. It is a gift which I believe would benefit this generation, and one that I am keen to impart.
Recently, when I was enjoying a meal with my grandchildren, they asked, “Tell us another story about your school”. Of course, I was happy to oblige.
Tables are an excellent forum for storytelling. Passing on information, wisdom, gifts, and lessons learned are foundational to life. Stories are designed for such occasions. They are God-given vehicles for the dissemination of truth.
It could be argued that without the sharing of life-affirming stories our culture has a bleak future.
What words are you passing on for future generations?
What gifts do you possess with which others could be graced?
What stories can you share which will help this generation?"
(“What are you passing on?” By Pastor Robert Ferguson (https://www.hillsongstore.com/aygt))
That’s a powerful statement; "It could be argued that without the sharing of life-affirming stories our culture has a bleak future.”
Let’s share what Christ has done in our lives with others.
One of Our Own - In The News!
The Premier visited North Bay this week, but we're even more excited that our own Elaine Lebold was in the news! 😊. I was chatting with her today, and it sounds like she certainly held her own with all the "big shots" (as Laverne called them). Way to go Elaine...and we're excited for the new Waters Edge to be built.
Robin & Yoko White - Missionaries to Japan
The latest update is below.
Last Sunday, July 4th - Finding the Lines
Sermon #4 of our “Portraits of the Church" Sermon series.
If you missed, here’s last week’s service online: https://youtu.be/FrEFVCfewcU
This Sunday, July 11th - One Service at 10am!
Join us online or in-person. No registration needed!
We’ll be continuing our “Portraits of the Church” Sermon Series, with the letter to the church in Sardis; Revelation 3:1-6
Visit our website to watch online: www.laurentianchurch.com
Staying Up-to-Date This Summer
I look forward to sharing Part 5 of our “Portraits of the Church” series on Sunday, July 18th. After service on July 18th, Chrissy and I are heading out on vacation. We appreciate your prayers as we travel.
As you know, I currently send out a mid-week “Walk It Out” email, and an “Sunday Update” email on Sunday morning. While away, I will be keeping everybody up-to-date with one email per week. Don’t worry…I am taking some time away...I’ll be scheduling the emails before I go😊. So watch for the “LWC Summer Update” coming soon to an inbox near you and stay in-the-know.
Do you have a heart for missions? 🌍 Do you want to see our church’s heart for missions grow? 🌱
Our church is faithfully generous towards mission and our “change for change” offering. If you see the value in these things, we’re looking for you to help keep us informed, giving and praying for these ministries. Talk to me today if you’d like to know more about being our church’s mission director.
•Pray for friends and loved ones who don’t know Christ.
•Pray for the Celebrate Recovery ministry (CR). CR is for anyone with hurts, habits and hangups. I think that covers everyone! We’ve been getting involved this ministry, which currently meets Wednesdays online, and hopes to re-launch in-person this Fall at First Baptist. Pray for leaders to launch strong. Our community needs CR! You’ll be hearing more about this important and powerful ministry in the weeks to come. I’d love to chat with you about attending the men’s or women’s share groups meeting on Wednesdays via Zoom at 7pm. For more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/Celebrate-Recovery-North-Bay-Ontario-2230414020549919
If you have a prayer request you’d like to share, please let me know.
You can also join and share requests on our “Laurentian Prays” Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/laurentianprays
Backpacks of Love
The Compassionate Committee for the Homeless in North Bay shares this opportunity to help those in need in our community.
Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/compassionatecommitteeofnorthbay
More info below.
Financial Update - Sunday, July 4, 2021
Change for Change: $10
Total: $2795 (Budget Required Per Week: $1,942)
•$1200, Parsonage Rent
•$25 to the Accessibility Project (Total Towards Phase 1 Goal of $100,000 is $64,580)
*Click here to learn about the Accessibility Project
For more information about giving, visit www.laurentianchurch.com/give
Thank you for giving to the ministry of Laurentian!
Stay encouraged and be an encourager.
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