Connecting Wednesday Night Ministries: Will resume on Wednesday, January 7 @ 7 pm. Ladies’ Coffee Break: Will resume Tuesday, January 13 with a “Pot-Luck Brunch” in the Fellowship Hall from 9 - 11 am. Cost is $2. Childcare is available ($2 per child - maximum $5). Senior’s Ministry: Wednesday, January 28 from 11:30 am to 2 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Our guest speaker will be David Querengesser and he will be giving his testimony. A catered meal for $8 will be served. Mission Emphasis: Gord & Deb White and family. Their goal is to reach the unreached people of Oaxaca, Mexico with the gospel. They would like to see a church planting movement in the Upper Mixteco region. Single or Alone Mom’s Bible Study: Starting Tuesday, January 13 @ 6 to 7:30 pm at 12 Caswell Close. We will be studying “A Women’s Heart”, God’s Dwelling Place by Beth Moore. Childcare provided. For more information, contact Sherri Turpin @ 403.343.0351 or Madeleine Lowery Passion for God, Compassion for People. @ 403.342.5263. Fun Night for Single or Alone Mom’s & Children: Potluck and games night on January 31 @ 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Bring your children, your favorite dish, and a game. For more information, contact Laura Brownell @ 403.309.2538. The last Saturday of each month will be our get together for a fun night. KICK-OFF for Wednesday Night Ministries Wednesday, January 7 - 7 to 8:15 p.m. — Something for Everyone January 2009 Adult Ministries “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life” (Jan. 7 - May 13) - Pastor Paul Vallee. Held in the Chapel area. “Receive Healing” (Jan. 21 to May 6) - Led by Karen Hamilton in Room 5. For more info on these classes, please check out the brochure at the Info Desk. Sunday Morning Services: 9:00 & 11:00 am “Connecting: Healing for Ourselves and Our Relationships” (Jan. 21 - Mar. 11) Sunday Prayer & Testimony: 6:30 pm Facilitated Video Series by Dr. Larry Crabb in Room 7. Living Stones Gospel Choir: (meets in the Sanctuary). For more information, contact Andrew McKay at 403.352.7788. Children’s Ministries “Kids for the Kingdom” (Ages 5 - 11 in Room 2) Drop in registration. Senior Pastor: Paul Vallee “Kids for the Kingdom” (Ages 3 & 4 in Room 6) Must pre-register. Minister of Pastoral Care: Mark Stevenson All Student Ministries Are From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Minister of High School Students & Young Adults: Tomas Belchior Middle School Students (grades 6 - 8) Fellowship Hall Minister of Middle School Students: Nate Parlee High School Students (grades 9 - 12) Located in the Warehouse Music & Fine Arts Pastor: Tom Cameron Church Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. 2020-40 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta,T4N 5E3 The Church Office will be closed Thursday, December 25 through Telephone: 403.347.7311 Fax: 403.347.4959 to Friday, January 2 inclusive for the Christmas Holidays. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: www.livingstones.ab.ca Sympathy is extended to Sherry Watson at the passing of her father. A Message From Sympathy is extended to Shane & Andrea Samson at the passing of Shane’s grandfather. Healing: Twila Milgate, Lloyd Brownell Sr., Bob Studer, Rayma Reid, Tom Cameron, the Pastor Howard, Georgie and Mikayla Nelson, Carol Golden, Barry Weins, Valerie Schellenberg, and Allan Berg. Important Reminder Paul & Patty Vallee Regarding Receipts for 2008 Giving Revenue Canada has established very strict rules regarding dates of receipts for year- We are living in uncertain times. People who are describing the economy are stat- end donations. Please remember that the Church Office is now closed until Monday, ing that most of us have never seen a time like this. References to the Great Depres- January 5. If the donation is mailed, the envelope must be postmarked by December sion of the 1930's are being tossed around. Each month new updates on just how bad 31, 2008. things are getting is revealed, mixed with hopeful antidotes. These, however, are just stop gap measures of false hope. What may be more disconcerting is the response of people to the times. This past month we have had a political crisis that still has not been fully resolved. To say we are living in challenging times is an understatement. While the world Huge Baby Shower around us is shaking, for some even their personal lives are in incredible upheaval. Attention All Ladies Medical, relational, and financial pressures are causing a deeper reflection on the meaning of life. Yet the most pressing issue is our response to these things. Are Join us for an evening of celebration, as we these challenges undermining our confidence and trust in God? host a HUGE baby shower for the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre! When people lose hope, despair sets in. The question is asked, in light of the out- On Monday, January 19 @ 7 pm we’ll gather ward circumstances and realities of life, “Is God really in control?” Or is this world out together in the LSC Fellowship Hall for food, fun, of control, and we are finding ourselves hanging on for dear life wondering how long it fellowship, and help stock the storeroom at the will take before we fall off or fall apart. Centre. Casmire Dabrowski, who once taught at the University of Alberta, wrote a number of Please bring NEW up-to-date gifts of diapers, books around a concept he called, ‘positive disintegration’. As Ron Rolheiser points baby wipes, baby lotions, diaper rash cream, out: baby bottles and/or bottle liners, baby toys, baby food or infant formula (with expiry dates “Isn’t that an oxymoron? Isn’t disintegration the opposite of growth at least 6 months away), or NEW up-to-date and happiness? It would seem not … human experience tells us that maternity clothes. Cash donations are also we usually grow by falling apart.” appreciated to help towards a storage solution While that may be true for some; for others, it buries them into addictions and project and other needs of the Centre. despair. In times of perplexity, confusion, despair, and a sense of hopelessness, we must fix our gaze on Jesus. Having just celebrated the Christmas season, let’s remember that with God there is always hope. God’s great step into our world was to address the human problem. As Paul wrote to the Colossians, it’s in Christ that all things hold Small Groups??? together (cf. Col. 1:17). It’s not through human ingenuity and self reliance that we Are you interested in leading, joining, hosting or learning to lead a small make it. It’s by humble acknowledgment of our need and our dependency on God that group? Contact Jon Epp at the Church Office (Mondays & Tuesdays) for we not only survive, but thrive in the process. more information. When we gain an understanding as to our identity in Christ, we have the resources to live through life’s greatest challenges. As we trust Him, we will find strength, cour- age, and hope that will sustain us in these times. Hospital Visitation: Please inform us when you are aware of anyone from LSC who is convalescing. Flowers are sent on behalf of the Church and visits are arranged. Your servant in Christ, Paul Vallee URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS may be called to our Prayer Chain. Contact Marlene Cabelka (403.748.2516), Bea Mearns (403.342.1249) or call Ronald Rolheiser, “Let the pain take you where you need to go,” Western Catholic Reporter, December 2006. Sandy Bodwell at the Church Office. Children’s Ministries at Living Stones... Learning And Growing Winter Age Level & Classroom Assignments 5 to 23 months: Nursery #1 Discovery Series: Helping you connect to the body of Christ 24 to 36 months: Nursery #2 Ages 3 & 4: Room #4 Do you like the adventure of discovery? Would you like to learn more about Living Stones Church, your personal faith, and how God has uniquely Ages 5 & 6: Room #6 shaped you for ministry? The Discovery Series is designed to help Ages 7 to 11: Room #2 you connect to Living Stones Church, to grow in your Christian faith, and to find a place of meaningful service. Check out Please note that all rooms are open at the brochure at the Information Desk. 8:45 am & 10:45 am, respectively, to sign your child/ren in for Kids’ Church. You may collect your child/ren’s name tag and join in the worship Small Groups Provide a Safe Place where you can connect, share, and grow portion of the Sunday Services. with others in an environment of acceptance and care. Experience fellowship, encouragement, and support. A new brochure with information regarding groups being offered throughout the winter will be available in the near future. Minimal Time Commitment = Extraordinary Results The Children's Ministry Prayer Team is looking for those who Stephen Ministry is a complete system that equips members are concerned about our children and youth and who believe of our church to provide one-on-one care for individuals experiencing all kinds of life’s needs, crises, and circumstances. in the power of prayer. Contact Don Lindoff @ 403-342-0614 or Roxanne Paquette We pray Sunday morning from 10:40 to 11 am in Room 8 . @ 403.347.7899, if you or someone you know would be interested in receiving this support. All are welcome to join us in prayer. For more information, please contact Marcia Martin @ 403.342.4819. Stephen Ministry Supervision Group meeting: Sun., Jan. 11 and 25 @ 5:30 pm. Thank you to all our faithful volunteers that come each Small Group Leaders Training month to teach the word of God to our children. You are Sunday mornings at 9 am. Starts February 8. Leaders: Pastor Mark & Karen Stevenson truly loved by the kids and by us. What a blessing you are! This is a 14 week course and the cost is $50 Upon completion of the course, the $50 cost will be reimbursed. Bring a Friend Challenge 2009 Living Stones is committed to train and equip leaders with the tools they need to confidently and effectively lead a small group. You will be given the opportunity to Ages 3-11 3- learn how to facilitate spiritual growth and group discussion, but also how to handle challenging situations and dynamics which may arise. Our new contest “Invite a Friend“ begins. Consider bringing a friend to church with you. Men’s Ministry Your friend may not know Jesus and this could be an opportunity for them to hear the word of God. Men, we invite you to join us as we grow and seek to do God’s will as the men of Each friend will receive a little gift and a prize will be given out Living Stones Church. Feel free to contact me, Pastor Mark, at the Church Office or email me at email@example.com. at the end of each month. Men’s Breakfast: Tuesdays @ 6:30 am at the Warehouse. Please note that Men’s Breakfast will resume on January 6. “Excited for God, Caring for People!” Student Ministries Grades 6 – 12 Two Groups for Young Adults Middle School Students (Grades 6, 7, 8) Wednesdays 7 – 8:30 pm Relationships for Life In Room #2 Young Adults (18-25yrs.) The theme is “Heroes” We will be looking at and all about “Heroes”. What is a hero? Why do we like them? Tuesdays @ 7 pm at the Warehouse. We will also be looking at what God considers to be a hero. January 7 - David (Warrior hero). What makes a hero different than a bully? “If you are between the ages of 18-25, we would love to have you join us in our January 14 - Special Guest Speaker Young Adult’s Ministry. Check our Young Adult’s page on our church website.” January 21 - Samuel (Judge hero). Who does a hero have to listen to? January 28 - Michener Hill Tobogganing Night (dress very warmly) ~ Tomas Belchior Sunday School on January 4, 11, and 18 (begins after the worship part of the 9 am Sunday Service and is located in the Warehouse). On January 25 Young Adults (26yrs+) there will be no Sunday School, as we will be joining the 9 am Sunday Service. January 4 - The 10 Lepers and Thankfulness Mondays @ 7:30 pm at the Warehouse. Led by Pat & Rosalyn Brown, 403.886.5802. January 11 - The prodigal son’s brother and demanding your rights. January 18 - Moses’ mom and trusting God. High School Students (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) Wednesdays 7 – 8:30 pm “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be Meets at the Warehouse pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.“ Psalm 19:14 January 7 - Misconception 1 - What you must be. . . January 14 - Misconception 2 - What you must do. . . January 21 - Ice Skating - Details to come. January 28 - Misconception 3 - Who you must follow. . . Special Dates Sunday School: ***Please note that there will be no Sunday School for the month of January.*** January 7: Winter Kick-Off for Wednesday Nights. February 20-22: “Escape” Winter Retreat (forms will be available soon). March 7: Ski and Snowboard Day. For more details on events, check out the Student Ministry on our web page at www.livingstones.ab.ca Check the Web, www.livingstones.ab.ca, for more information on what If you want to know more about High School Student Ministries here at Living is happening with the Young Adults Ministry at Living Stones Church. Stones Church, contact Pastor Tomas @ 403.347.7311 for more information.
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