• published a newsletter

    ReadNewsletter for December 4th, 2022
    Sunday Sermon: "Do the Right Thing: Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly" Micah 6:6-8 & Matthew 1:18-25

    From Pastor Chris Platteel

    On this Second Sunday in Advent, we focus on Joseph. Not much is known about Joseph. We encounter him only a few times and we assume that he died after Jesus turned 12, and before he began his ministry. He was a poor “craftsman” (he is often labelled as a carpenter, but the term in the Bible means “builder” or “craftsman”). With wood being scarce in the land he likely worked more with stone and bricks. His son, Jesus, would have followed his dad in this trade.


    One solid clue to his character is found in our scripture lesson for today – Matthew 1:19 “being just” or “being righteous” {dikaios} - one who conforms to and observes the law and customs. This same term is used of Elizabeth and Zechariah (Lk.1:5-7) and Simeon (Lk.2:25).


    We find Joseph confronted by an angel of the Lord four times and he obeys promptly each time.


    Joseph appears to have followed the command expressed in our text in Micah 6:8:

    Do justice: {Mishpat} – decide justly, what is proper, fitting, law-abiding

    Love mercy: {Chesed} – love goodness, kindness, faithfulness

    Walk humbly: {Tsana} – walk/live modestly, in humility



    His Word


    Psalms 40:8

    "I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart".


    The psalms discuss the importance of loving the laws of God in several places. This Psalms is one of them as is Psalms 119:165. "Great peace have they which love the law: and nothing shall offend them". If you follow and cherish God's laws, you can live with no fear and with great peace, because you are certain that you are doing nothing wrong in the sight of God. This shall be all of our aims, but it is of course much easier said than done.


    Source King James Bible app.


    Christmas Service


    We are pleased to announce that Friday December 23rd at 7:00pm will be SHCC's Christmas Service and Celebration of our Lord Jesus Christ's Birth. One of the holiest days for Christians worldwide! Please join us at the St. Francis Centre and bring your friends, neighbours and relatives, all are welcome!



    Birthdays


    Week of November 28th -December 4th, 2022


    Unfortunately, we are unaware of any birthdays this week.


    If you would like to have your name represented in our birthday announcements or if you do not want your name shown, please contact Sid at sid.snider@outlook.com. we do not need the year you were born.



    Fundraising


    There is a Coin Bottle as you enter the St. Francis Centre that bears the sign, "Your Spare Coins Can Be the Change for Safe Haven". If you have any spare change (coins or paper) that is burning a hole in your pocket or purse, we would be glad relieve your burden! At the time of printing this newsletter we have no financial update.


    We may have received some of your keepsakes that were deposited in the bottles. If you are missing a Dutch 10 cent piece, an oval religious medallion or even a U.S. penny you may contact myself (Sid) and I will arrange for their return.



    Christmas Bazaar November 26th


    A complete success!


    Last Saturday was beyond our expectations! Visitors started arriving at 9:30am with a steady stream until closing. The proceeds amounted to $3,500.00 which will be put to good use for the needs of Safe Haven Community Church expenses. There were so many volunteers to thank, and they are as follows (in no particular order):


    Maria Javor, Jennifer & Roy Smyth, Donna and David Welham, Gerrie & Walter Vanderknokke, Doreen and Trevor Hayes, Sandra Phillips, the Shatz and Vanderknokke families, Irveen Powley, Edna and Bert Hayes, Hazel Sanders, Sylvia Diggins.


    If I have missed anyone, please let me know and accept my apologies.


    Items that did not sell will be packaged and donated to The Salvation Army, a firsthand Christian organization which serves those most in need.



    Wednesday Night Services


    Beginning in the New Year we are returning back to our Wednesday evening services. It will be time for everyone to come together to pray and worship. This will be a time to pray together or on one's own, worship and meet the Lord and His Holy Spirit. Please join us on Wednesday evenings.


    Neighbourhood Activities


    Many of our neighbouring churches and art studios are providing Christmas videos and plays. The following are just a few:


    Many have travelled to Lancaster PA to see live productions -

    Sight and Sound Theatres are providing one such production at

    www.iheardthebellsmovie.com


    THIS SATURDAY!!

    Amberlea Presbyterian Church 1820 Whites Road will have a live Nativity on Saturday December 3, 2022. Go back in time and experience the 1st Christmas (spread the word).


    Calvary Baptist is sharing a production at www.calvary.on.ca/event/9594909-2022-12-09-jingle-in-the-city-a-1940s-christmas/

    December 9th-11th

    1. published a newsletter

      ReadNewsletter for November 27th, 2022
      Sunday Sermon: "Blessed, Broken, Given, Multiplied" Isaiah 9:2

      From Pastor Chris Platteel


      Looking forward to bringing the Advent messages for the coming weeks, I ask for your prayers as I prepare for these - that the Lord may speak freely and graciously through my thoughts and words.


      I am thrilled to have our online congregation invited to participate in the Lord's Supper on November 27th, the first Sunday in Advent, and anticipate God's rich blessings as we celebrate together. If you are able to join via the internet, just prepare for the Communion Celebration by having a cracker or a piece of bread with some juice ready, as we begin our worship.


      The focus on the Advent Themes and Candle-Lighting will be on Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds and the Wise Men for the four Sundays: November 27th, December 4th, 11th and 18th. Thank you to those willing to participate in the Advent Readings and Candle-Lighting for these services.


      I was keen on noticing that at least 3 of the 4 stained-glass windows where we worship, reflect these same themes.

      That is God's doing.


      By God's grace, Chris and Henny Platteel



      Communion


      This Sunday November 27th, we will be celebrating the Lord's Supper. We will be LIVE STREAMING our Advent Service followed by Communion for our online viewers. All are welcome to participate. As mentioned in Pastor Platteel's message, if you are taking part at home, please have a cracker or piece of bread and some juice ready.


      The Meaning of Communion 


      The words and actions of Jesus at the Lord’s Supper include that of blessing and giving thanks. These two are used interchangeably – eulogeo and eucharisteo (from these we get the English words, eulogy and Eucharist). They both point to Thanksgiving. At the centre of eucharisteo is the word charis = Grace (giving good grace), and at the root of the word charis is the concept of chara = Joy. The body of Christ to be broken and given yields Joy. Not a shallow feeling of happiness, but a deep experience and awareness of being the Beloved of God, being held in God’s hands and purpose, and being filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit. 

      “Do this in remembrance of me” actually means continue to do this in remembrance of me. The Greek word remembrance is translated anamnesis. The Lord’s Supper is not just a recollection or a trivial, symbolic practice. It is a re-living, a participation in the sacrifice Jesus made to set us free and give us life – eternal life. 

      1 Cor.11:26 - “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” 

      As we celebrate Communion, we declare ourselves to be followers of Jesus, identifying ourselves as blessed, broken, giving and providing healing, comfort, and light. 

      So, we do not participate lightly, but genuinely and earnestly, aware of our responsibility toward one another and to the world. 


      Christmas Service


      We are pleased to announce that Friday December 23rd will be SHCC's Christmas Service and Celebration of our Lord Jesus Christ's Birth. One of the holiest days for Christians worldwide! Please join us at the St.Francis Centre and bring your friends and relatives, all are welcome! Stay tuned for the time of the service.



      Birthdays


      Week of November 27th -December 3rd, 2022


      November 28th - Venus Cachuela

      November 28th - Lyneth Henry


      If you would like to have your name represented in our birthday announcements or if you do not want your name shown, please contact Sid at sid.snider@outlook.com. we do not need the year you were born.



      Fundraising


      There is a Coin Bottle as you enter the St. Francis Centre that bears the sign, "Your Spare Coins Can Be the Change for Safe Haven". If you have any spare change (coins or paper) that is burning a hole in your pocket or purse, we would be glad relieve your burden! The proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to offset our expenses. To date we have received a total of $274.35. Thank you Safe Haven for your generosity!


      We may have received some of your keepsakes that were deposited in the bottles. If you are missing a Dutch 10 cent piece, an oval religious medallion or even a U.S. penny you may contact myself (Sid) and I will arrange for their return.



      Christmas Bazaar November 26th


      The bazaar is tomorrow!


      Join us on Saturday November 26th, for our first ever Christmas Bazaar! There will be a bake sale, Christmas crafts, refreshments, gently used books, clothing, toys for the kids and other treasures/pictures. If you have any items you would like to donate for this sale, please bring them this Sunday Nov. 20th to 82 Church St., or any weekday next week from 9:30am-3:30pm, except Thursday.


      A lot of amazing volunteers have been working really hard at organizing, arranging and pricing all the beautiful items we have received. Please spread the word, hand out flyers, and pray for this huge undertaking to help raise money for our beloved Safe Haven, so we can continue the Lord's work here in our community.



      Neighbourhood Activities


      Many of our neighbouring churches and art studios are providing Christmas videos and plays. The following are just a few:

      Many have travelled to Lancaster PA to see live productions -

      Sight and Sound Theatres are providing one such production at

      www.iheardthebellsmovie.com


      Amberlea Presbyterian Church 1820 Whites Road will have a live Nativity on Saturday December 3, 2022. Go back in time and experience the 1st Christmas (spread the word).


      Calvary Baptist is sharing a production at www.calvary.on.ca/event/9594909-2022-12-09-jingle-in-the-city-a-1940s-christmas/

      1. announced an event

        Nov
        26
        Saturday, November 26th  •  10 am – 2 pm
        Safe Haven Community Church
        82 Church St S, Ajax, ON L1S 6B3, Canada
        1. published a newsletter

          ReadNewsletter for Sunday November 20th, 2022
          Youth Service Sunday - Sermon - Alex Mitton

          Pastor Chris Platteel

          My wife Henny and I would like to express our appreciation for the warm welcome we have received in your midst. We look forward to participating with you in worship and some of your special activities for this Christmas Season. I value your many responses to my message last Sunday, and I felt affirmed in preaching again after so many years. I also appreciate all the encouragement from the Worship Team, Staff and Elders.


          Looking forward to bringing the Advent messages for the coming weeks, I ask for your prayers as I prepare for these - that the Lord may speak freely and graciously through my thoughts and words.


          I am thrilled to have our online congregation invited to participate in the Lord's Supper on November 27th, the first Sunday in Advent, and anticipate God's rich blessings as we celebrate together. If you are able to join via the internet, just prepare for the Communion Celebration by having a cracker or a piece of bread with some juice ready, as we begin our worship.


          The focus on the Advent Themes and Candle-Lighting will be on Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds and the Wise Men for the four Sundays: November 27th, December 4th, 11th and 18th. Thank you to those willing to participate in the Advent Readings and Candle-Lighting for these services.


          I was keen on noticing that at least 3 of the 4 stained-glass windows where we worship, reflect these same themes.

          That is God's doing.


          By God's grace, Chris and Henny Platteel



          Birthdays

          November 20 - 26th, 2022


          21st - Gloria Johnson-Aldridge

          21st - Reg Peddle


          If you would like to have your name represented in our birthday announcements or if you do not want your name shown, please contact Sid at sid.snider@outlook.com





          Fundraising


          There is a Coin Bottle as you enter the St. Francis Centre that bears a sign, "Your Spare Coins Can Be the Change for Safe Haven". If you have any spare change (coins or paper) that is burning a hole in your pocket or purse, we would be glad to relieve your burden! The proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to offset our expenses.




          Christmas Bazaar November 26th


          Join us on Saturday November 26th, for our first ever Christmas Bazaar! There will be a bake sale, Christmas crafts, refreshments, gently used books, clothing, toys for the kids and other treasures/pictures. If you have any items you would like to donate for this sale, please bring them this Sunday Nov. 20th to 82 Church St., or any weekday next week from 9:30am-3:30pm, except Thursday.


          A lot of amazing volunteers have been working really hard at organizing, arranging and pricing all the beautiful items we have received. Please spread the word, hand out flyers, and pray for this huge undertaking to help raise money for our beloved Safe Haven, so we can continue the Lord's work here in our community.



          Neigbourhood Activities


          Many of our neighbouring churches and art studios are providing Christmas videos and plays. The following are just a few:

          Many have travelled to Lancaster PA to see live productions -

          Sight and Sound Theatres are providing one such production at

          www.iheardthebellsmovie.com


          Amberlea Presbyterian Church 1820 Whites Road will have a live Nativity on Saturday December 3, 2022. Go back in time and experience the 1st Christmas (spread the word).


          Calvary Baptist is sharing a production at www.calvary.on.ca/event/9594909-2022-12-09-jingle-in-the-city-a-1940s-christmas/




          1. published a newsletter

            ReadNewsletter for November 13th, 2022
            Sunday Sermon - Pastor Chris Platteel "A Journey Through Transition" Deut. 31:6

            Pastor Chris Platteel

            My wife Henny and I would like to express our appreciation for the warm welcome we have received in your midst. We look forward to participating with you in worship and some of your special activities for this Christmas Season. I value your many responses to my message last Sunday and I felt affirmed in preaching again after so many years. I also appreciate all the encouragement from the Worship Team, Staff and Elders.


            Looking forward to bringing the Advent messages for the coming weeks, I ask for your prayers as I prepare for these - that the Lord may speak freely and graciously through my thoughts and Words.


            I am thrilled to have our on-line congregation invited to participate in the Lords Supper on November 27th, the first Sunday in Advent, and anticipate God's rich blessings as we celebrate together, all of us if you are able to join via the internet, thank you just prepare for the Communion Celebration by having a cracker or a piece of bread with some juice, ready as we begin our worship.


            The focus on the Advent Themes and candle lighting will be on Mary, Joseph, the Shepards and the Wisemen for the four Sundays: November 27th, December 4,11and 18. Thank you to those willing to participate in the Advent Readings and Candle-Lighting for these services.


            I was keen on noticing that at least 3 of the 4 stained glass windows where we worship, reflect these same themes. That is God's doing.


            By God's grace, Chris and Henny Plateel



            Birthdays

            November 20 - 26th, 2022


            21 Gloria Johnson-Aldridge

            21 Reg Peddle



            If you would like to have your name represented in our birthday announcements or if you do not want your name shown, please contact Sid at sid.snider@outlook.com





            Fundraising


            A Coin Bottle as you enter the St. Francis Centre bears a sign, "Your Spare Coins Can Be the Change for Safe Haven". If you have any spare change (coins or paper) that is burning a hole in your pocket or purse, we would be glad to relieve your burden! The proceeds from fundraiser will be used to offset our expenses.




            Christmas Bazaar November 26th


            Join us on Saturday November 26th, for our first ever Christmas Bazaar! There will be a bake sale, Christmas crafts, refreshments, gently used books, clothing, toys for the kids and other treasures/pictures. If you have any items you would like to donate for this sale, please bring them to 82 Church St. any weekday except Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm or Sundays before November 26th.


            A lot of amazing volunteers have been working really hard at organizing, arranging and pricing all the beautiful items we have received. Please spread the word, hand out flyers, and pray for this huge undertaking to help raise money for our beloved Safe Haven so we can continue the Lord's work here in our community.



            Neigbourhood Activities



            Many of our neighbouring churches and art studios are providing Christmas videos and plays. The following are just a few:

            Many have travelled to Lancaster PA to see live productions -

            Sight and Sound Theatres are providing one such production at

            www.iheardthebellsmovie.com


            Amberlea Presbyterian Church 1820 Whites Road will have a live Nativity on Saturday December 3, 2022. Go back in time and experience the 1st Christmas (spread the word).


            Calvary Baptist is sharing a production at www.calvary.on.ca/event/9594909-2022-12-09-jingle-in-the-city-a-1940s-christmas/





            1. Due to technical difficulties we are not able to stream today's service on YouTube.
              1. published a newsletter

                ReadNewsletter for November 6th, 2022
                Sunday's Final Message from Pastor Kratz: Acts 20:25-38. “Renewing Your Mind about Leadership”

                Newsletter Contents:

                1. Farewell: Thank you Safe Haven
                2.  Sunday's Final Message from Pastor Kratz: Acts 20:25-38. “Renewing Your Mind about Leadership” 
                3. Children & Youth Update
                4. "Operation Christmas Child": Return by Sunday Nov. 13th
                5. Financial Update: Current
                6. Building Update: Updated timetable & costs.
                7. Care Groups: Current
                8. Men's Bible Study: Resumed Tuesday September 27th, 2022
                9. Women's Bible Study: Resumed Tuesday September 27th, 2022
                10. Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study: On hold.
                11. Volunteer Opportunities: New Opportunities to serve.
                12. Right Now Media Great Series of the Week: Updated recommended sample of free resources.
                13. Excellent Free E-book: New
                14. Free Devotionals: "Our Daily Bread" & "Tabletalk"
                15. Safe Haven Digital App & Online Community: Our directory+
                1. published a newsletter

                  ReadNewsletter for October 30th, 2022
                  This Sunday's Message from Romans 5:1-5a "Unwavering Faith".

                  Newsletter Contents:

                  1. Devotional: New
                  2. Our Current Preaching Series: "Life in His Name"
                  3. Children & Youth Update
                  4. "Operation Christmas Child": Return by Sunday Nov. 13th
                  5. Financial Update: Current
                  6. Building Update: Updated timetable & costs.
                  7. Care Groups: Current
                  8. Men's Bible Study: Resumed Tuesday September 27th, 2022
                  9. Women's Bible Study: Resumed Tuesday September 27th, 2022
                  10. Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study: New series
                  11. Volunteer Opportunities: New Opportunities to serve.
                  12. Right Now Media Great Series of the Week: Updated recommended sample of free resources.
                  13. Excellent Free E-book: New
                  14. Free Devotionals: "Our Daily Bread" & "Tabletalk"
                  15. Safe Haven Digital App & Online Community: Our directory+
                  1. published a newsletter

                    ReadNewsletter for October 23rd, 2022
                    This Sunday's Message from Romans 4:18-25 "Hoping Against Hope".

                    Newsletter Contents:

                    1. Devotional: New
                    2. Our Current Preaching Series: "Life in His Name"
                    3. Congregational Meeting: Sunday October 23rd.
                    4. Children & Youth Update
                    5. "Operation Christmas Child": Return by Sunday Nov. 13th
                    6. Building Update: Updated timetable & costs.
                    7. Care Groups: Current
                    8. Men's Bible Study: Resumed Tuesday September 27th, 2022
                    9. Women's Bible Study: Resumed Tuesday September 27th, 2022
                    10. Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study: New series
                    11. Volunteer Opportunities: New Opportunities to serve.
                    12. Right Now Media Great Series of the Week: Updated recommended sample of free resources.
                    13. Excellent Free E-book: New
                    14. Free Devotionals: "Our Daily Bread" & "Tabletalk"
                    15. Safe Haven Digital App & Online Community: Our directory+
                    1. Oct
                      23
                      Sunday, October 23rd  •  11:30 am – 12:30 pm (EDT)
                      St. Francis Centre