Sunday Worship Information

Sunday Worship, September 25, 2016

Hello Everyone

Join us for worship on Sunday, September 25

Sunday school for all ages is at 9:45

Worship begins at 11:00

There are 2 speakers this week: Henry Paetkau, area Minister for MCEC who will reflect on “Ties That Bind” and Interim Lead Pastor Gary Knarr who will reflect on “Living Stones”

September 25, 2016 Bulletin

 

Sunday Worship, September 18, 2016

Good morning everyone.

Come join us for worship on Sunday, September 18 at 11:00 am 

Sunday school for all ages will begin at 9:45

Our speaker is Brian Bauman   “God’s Multilingual Church”

You can find the bulletin here: Church bulletin – Sept. 18, 2016

Sunday Worship, September 11

Good morning everyone,

Come join us for fellowship and worship on Sunday, September 11

POT-LUCK BREAKFAST at 9:30 am

                      Worship at 11:00                   Pastor Gary Knarr is preaching “Jesus’ Kind of Revolution”

The bulletin for Sunday can be found here: September 11, 2016 Bulletin

 

Sunday Worship – September 4, 2016

Hello Everyone

    Come join us for worship on Sunday, September 4, at 10 am

Barb Draper is preaching “Walking Through a New Door”

September 4, 2016 Bulletin

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Ponder Anew – August 26

Good morning,

In Deuteronomy 32 and 33, Moses writes a song and gives blessings to the twelve tribes of Israel. He was not allowed to go to the Promised Land, so he offered the words to the community of believers.

In John 13-17, during the last meal that Jesus has with his disciples, he washed their feet at the beginning of the meal. At the end of their time together, he offered to God a prayer of them. Immediately following his prayer, he was arrested.

I offer a prayer of blessing to you, the Floradale Mennonite Church:

Lord of the Starfields, Ancient of Days, Creator of Heaven and Earth,

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be pastor here for 25 years.
Thank you for a deeply faithful congregation, that has lived out its faith on a daily basis everyday.
Thank you for giving me the chance to preach, teach and live among such a generous community.

Bless this place with new energy for the task of living out their faith into the future.
Bless the people of Floradale with wisdom, patience and faith.
Bless this place with your holy presence, so they might be encouraged..

I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Saviour. AMEN.

Thanks for all that you have been to our family, Shirley, Lucas, Alison and Levi, Jared, Hannah and Caleb for these 25 years.

Shalom and strength for our journey of faith and life.

Fred

August 28, 2016 Bulletin

Redekop farewell poster

Ponder Anew – August 19

Good morning,

The community is coming together to worship this Sunday at Gibson Park. The service starts at 10:30. If it is raining, you should make the call whether to go to the park.

This was my day last Sunday….. a service where I preached. Following the morning worship, we had coffee and snacks in the gym. We went out to lunch with some people at church. After lunch, I participated in a burial. After that we went to a comedy play about golf. For supper, we celebrated with a couple who is getting married in a few weeks.

I am an introvert. I gain most of my energy being by myself. I need that time alone, in order to gain strength, wisdom and insight for my work as a pastor. Being a pastor requires me to be in the public. Whether I am in the arena, at Tim Horton’s, in church, or at a town council meeting I am engaged but I need to get away.

I have often described my experience as an introverted guy in an extroverted job/calling. It scares me still to think I get up most weeks to preach to the congregation. I can do it because for me the Bible, the text for the service, is the focus, an not me. It is the only way that I can do it every week. Thank you for allowing me to be an introvert, in an extroverted calling.

I do not know if Jesus, or Paul, or Mary or Lydia were extroverts or introverts. We are all different people anyway. Our Church Council and Elders are made up of both kinds of people, and this is a positive thing. For example, I report a lot at Elders meetings. At Council, if I say three or four things over the course of the meeting, I think I am dominating the discussion. Really.

Who are you in the mind of God? God has created you to use the gifts that God has given you. Talk, listen, listen and talk. All gifts are from God.

Shalom and strength for the journey of life and faith.

Fred

August 21, 2016 Bulletin

Aug. 21 FMC Announcements

Redekop farewell poster

Ponder Anew August 12

Good morning everyone,

Many funerals.

Many child dedications.

Many weddings.

Many baptisms.

Two buildings.

Much generosity in budget and special offerings.

Many hospitals visited.

Many, many prayers offered up to God.

Much laughter.

Many songs sung on a Sunday morning.

Many short-term mission adventures.

………..

“If everyone of them would be written down, I would suppose that even the whole world would not have enough room for the books that would be written.” John 21:25

Over these last 25 years, we have lived an intense life together. We have loved and respected each other even when we had disagreements and differences of vision. Thank you for everything.

What events of the the congregation will you remember from these years together?

Shalom and strength for the journey of life and faith.

Fred

August 14, 2016 Bulletin

Ponder Anew August 5

“My God, my God why have you forsaken me, why are you so far from saving me.”

These are the words from Psalm 22 that Jesus quotes while he is on the cross, right before he dies. As the church prepares to surround Robb Martin and his children, Erik and Brittany, and his grandchildren, Natalie and Robert Wolfgang, we are feeling the same emotions as Jesus was experiencing.

We are raw and unfocused because of the accidental drowning of Angie. We are angry at the world, and it is okay to lash out in all of our pain and suffering to God, and ask “where exactly are you God?” Life is not fair, and we get angry at that.

But I believe that God will be with the Martins, and with us, in the next grief-stricken days, and weeks and years. In each hug given to Robb, God will be there. In each caring and compassionate word that is offered to Erik and Brittany, God will be there.

Dear God,

We need you today, more than we have ever needed you. We want your presence at the visitation and at the funeral. Please send your Spirit right now to carry us through. Carry us now, because we cannot make it on our own.

In the name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. AMEN

August 7, 2016 BulletinFred

Ponder Anew – July 27

Good morning,

There has been a lot of changes and transitions here at Floradale in the last thirteen months. This week will be another as Angela leaves her position as Music Minister to move to Manitoba. We are fortunate and excited, to welcome Nichelle Bauman to take over the position. We have known Nichelle for many years and have blessed by her musical and leadership skills.

So how have all these transitions helped our congregation? We have gotten very good people to join our staff. The new people bring different skills and a new kind of energy. They have helped the staff that have stayed around. But these are about the staff.

What have the transitions done for your faith? Have you thought of how your skills might be used at Floradale in new ways? Maybe you can step into new leadership roles in the next few years. If God has a plan for the church, then God has a plan for you as well.

This is not the time to coast in our faith (I am speaking to myself as well). Pray that new skills in our church will be revealed. Pray for renewal in all of us.

Shalom and strength for the journey of faith and life.

Fred

July 31, 2016 Bulletin

Ponder Anew – July 22

Good morning,

It is the time of “last things” for me here at Floradale. Someone has mentioned to me that this was the last time you will pick beans, and this was the last baptism service that you will be a part of here at Floradale. Someone else has said how many more meetings do you have to attend before the end of August. I have five more sermons including this Sunday, that I know.

I do think of the last things that I am doing here. I wonder where I will leave my last coffee cup, that is half full, where it makes a huge ring around the cup. I wonder when the last time that I will leave the burner on, of the coffee maker in the foyer, and come into the church, and wonder what is on fire. The last time I forget to blow out my candle or oil lamp in my office. I wonder when the last time will be when I will not put in the code on the alarm for the front door. Sorry about that. I wonder when the last time I will not be able to locate my Bible before I go up to do the sermon. When will be the last time I will will forget my sermon text to bring to the pulpit. Oh yeah, that never happens.

Thank you for enduring my “last things”, but there has been so many great things to remember here at Floradale, that those are the deep memories that will go with me as I move to my next calling. As I enter my last month here, I will remember the first things that we have done together, and the many things that we have done in between.

Blessings in your faith and life… shalom and strength.

Fred

July 24, 2016 Bulletin