Newsletter for November 6th, 2022
- Farewell: Thank you Safe Haven
- Sunday's Final Message from Pastor Kratz: Acts 20:25-38. “Renewing Your Mind about Leadership”
- Children & Youth Update
- "Operation Christmas Child": Return by Sunday Nov. 13th
- Financial Update: Current
- Building Update: Updated timetable & costs.
- Care Groups: Current
- Men's Bible Study: Resumed Tuesday September 27th, 2022
- Women's Bible Study: Resumed Tuesday September 27th, 2022
- Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study: On hold.
- Volunteer Opportunities: New Opportunities to serve.
- Right Now Media Great Series of the Week: Updated recommended sample of free resources.
- Excellent Free E-book: New
- Free Devotionals: "Our Daily Bread" & "Tabletalk"
- Safe Haven Digital App & Online Community: Our directory+
"Thank you, Safe Haven"
“For everything, there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven” (Eccl. 3:1)
Over the past four and a half years, it has been a pleasure and an honour to minister to the people of Safe Haven. Being able to listen to your fears, celebrate your joys and answer your questions while worshipping God together has been a tremendous blessing for my family and me. A lot has changed for many this past year, and our family is no exception. Garret has started school in Windsor, Ethan has moved to Vaughan and although change isn't always wanted or easy, we are always most blessed by following the Lord's leading, no matter where it may lead.
This Sunday will be my final Sunday as your pastor. It has been a privilege to be your Pastor and I thank God for the opportunity. I will continue to pray for you all and know that God has something special in store for Safe Haven. May God bless you and may God bless the ministry of Safe Haven!
Your servant in Christ;
Pastor Matthew Kratz
Our Current Preaching Series
The crucial component in any organization, institution, or business is its leadership. Good leadership can lift an organization to the heights of success, whereas poor leadership can plunge it into the depths of ruin. Not surprisingly, a vast amount of material is available for those wishing to sharpen their leadership skills. Leadership is treated as an essential element because it is. God is even more concerned about leadership in His kingdom. The Bible, both in its teaching and the examples it presents, speaks about leadership.
The pastoral epistles set forth the high standards for leaders in the church (1 Tim. 3:1–13; Titus 1:5–9). This should be your first question to a prospective pastor. Ask them how they specifically fulfill the biblical criteria for leadership. All of those requirements are summarized in the requirement that a leader be “above reproach” (1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:6). The standards are high because the responsibility is great. Before giving them the priorities for leading the church, Paul laid a foundation by summarizing his own ministry at Ephesus. Yet, he opened on a sad note, informing them in Acts 20:25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming/preaching the kingdom, will see my face again. The term kingdom encompasses God’s rule in the sphere of salvation (cf. Acts 28:31). Proclaiming/preaching the kingdom meant proclaiming the gospel, the good news that sinners in the realm of Satan, death, and destruction (“the kingdom of darkness”) could enter the realm of salvation, life, and glory (“the kingdom of God’s Son”). Paul preached this gospel thoroughly and clearly, as he indicated in verses 20 and 27. He had served with them for three years, and his work with them was done. Having been taught and discipled by the apostle, they were ready to minister on their own.
Acts 20:25-38. “Renewing your Mind about Leadership”.
Sunday November 6th/2022.
Children & Youth Update
Sunday School: Hello everyone! Just a reminder that our Sunday School is happening each week now! If you would like to teach, please reach out to Alex...all are welcome. Also, we are having a Jr. High Retreat for Grades 5-8 from November 11th-13th. Please get in touch with Alex for details.
Youth: Join us this week for a movie night!!! We will be watching "Overcomer" with Maria. It will be a great time of snacks and fun! The following Friday, the 11th. There will be no youth. A reminder to think about what role you want to fill for our youth service on the 20th.
Operation Christmas Child/Samaritan's Purse Canada
The season has arrived when we look forward to packing shoeboxes, and sending Good News & great joy around the world! The shoeboxes are available for pick-up at the church, just give us a
quick call to let us know when you'll be coming over! We ask that you return the filled shoeboxes by Sunday Nov. 13th, since National Collection Week will be running from Nov. 14th-20th.
Financial Update for October 30th:
General Offering: $6,458.81/ Building Fund Offering: $170
Weekly Budget need: $7,260 / YTD General Offering need: $312,160
YTD General Offering: $229,576
YTD Building Fund Donations: $34,154
Here are the remaining costs:
Permits - development fees and building permits $76,720
-Some of these costs have been paid and development fees can be paid over time
General Contractor $30,000
-This is an estimate based on a percentage of the total done by trades so the amt can change
Blinds and drapes $5,000
Excavation, foundation and site concrete $140,000
-This is an estimate
Doors & hardware $11,500
-Depending on the type of system we choose, this amount could be lower
New bathroom, plumbing etc. $41,500
-We need to comply with the Town code
Masonry - front stone and skirt around the north side. We are unclear how much this will be based on the type of material we use etc.
Electronic sign $5,000
-An estimate that hopefully will be lower if possible
Total estimate needed to finish $538,720
Rough amount in our Building Fund $235,000
Final amount needed to finish the building $303,720
We are updating our budget to reflect this, so please pray for how you can support this while we still need to support the ongoing ministry expenses. We are considering borrowing options as a last resort, however, if you have assets to lend that will help us complete the project, please talk to someone on the Finance Committee.
Care Groups: Physical & Virtual Options
Although some may not be ready for physical interaction with others, "Care Groups" are a wonderful way to have either physical or virtual options to interact with God's Word.
As a congregation, we desire a wholistic, intentional care for one another. In order to provide intimate, intentional regular care for one another, we have created several “Care Groups” for everyone to get involved in. The purpose of these groups will be to connect regularly and share together, pray together and study the Bible together. If you aren't yet part of a Care Group joining is easy. When people do, they wonder why they did not do so sooner. Let us not remain where we are, wander off the path, or head in the wrong direction. Let us be clear to follow the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, for no one gets to the Father, but by Him (John 14:6). Our goal is to have everyone be a part of a Care Group. Be a blessing and be blessed!
Men's Bible Study: Tuesdays at 9:30am
Unshakable Hope by MAX LUCADO
In a trembling, unsteady world, learn to gain stability, find peace, and trust in God.
This 12-session video Bible study will help you, your group, and your church stand on the definitive declarations of our mighty and loving God who governs the world according to his great and precious promises.
This world has a tremble to it. There are things that seem unsteady in this life. But when we belong to God, it allows us to filter our problems through the promises of God. We choose to be people of the promise, we choose to build our lives on the promises of God, not the circumstances of life.
The stories of the men and women in Scripture were different, but the theme was the same: they were People of the Promise. Because of God's promises, Noah built an ark on dry land, Joshua claimed the Promised Land, David became king, Peter preached the first sermon, and John caught a glimpse of the future. Like them, we can also build our lives on God's promises, and trust him to keep them.
- You Are Stamped with God's Image
- God Will Win the Victory
- You Are an Heir of God
- Your Prayers Have Power
- God Gives Grace to the Humble
- God Gets You
- Jesus Is Praying for You
- Death Has Been Defeated
- Joy Is Coming Soon
- You Will Have Power
- There Is No Condemnation in Christ
- Justice Will Prevail
Tuesday mornings beginning September 27th, at 9:30 am
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Women's Bible Study: Tuesdays at 9:30am
The early Jewish believers had come from a background of legalism and works. When God came to earth in human flesh as the New Covenant, these believers discovered the freedom they could have in Jesus and the relationship they could enjoy with Him. Yet in the midst of persecution and rejection, they were often tempted to hold on to the former symbols, rituals, and traditions grounded in the requirements of the Old Covenant. The unknown author of Hebrews sought to address this problem by contrasting the Old and New Covenants, brilliantly showing that Christ is higher than any Old Testament character, priest, ritual, or sacrifice. Because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, He is the perfect sacrifice and our own High Priest. And He has given all believers unfettered access to God! The MacArthur Bible Studies provide intriguing examinations of the whole of Scripture. Each guide incorporates extensive commentary, detailed observations on overriding themes, and probing questions to help you study the Word of God with guidance from John MacArthur.
12 Week Study:
1: Christ: Better than the Angels: Hebrews 1:1–2:18. Tue. Feb. 1/22.
2: Christ: Better than Moses: Hebrews 3:1–19. Tue. Feb. 8/22.
3: A Better Rest: Hebrews 4:1–13. Tue. Feb. 15/22.
4: Our Great High priest: Hebrews 4:14–5:10. Tue. Feb. 22/22.
5: Full Commitment to Christ: Hebrews 5:11–6:20. Tue. March 1/22.
6: Christ and Melchizedek: Hebrews 7:1–28. Tue. March 8/22.
7: A Better Covenant: Hebrews 8:1–13. Tue. March 15th/22.
8: A Better Sanctuary: Hebrews 9:1–14. Tue Sept. 27/22.
9: A Better Sacrifice: Hebrews 9:15–10:18. Tue. Oct. 4/22.
10: All about Faith: Hebrews 10:19–11:40. Tue. Oct. 11/22
11: Perseverance: Hebrews 12:1–29. Tue. Oct. 18/22
12: Christian Behavior: Hebrews 13:1–25. Tue Oct. 25/22.
All ladies are warmly invited and welcome to join us for our continuing study on the book of Hebrews.
Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am
At Safe Haven Community Church
82 Church St. S. Ajax, On.
For More Information: Janet Hill
Mid-Week Video Series & Bible Study
While a new discussion leader is being chosen, the Wednesday prayer and Bible study time is temporarily on hold.
Progressing through the implementation of our building program, there are a lot of pieces needed to come together for us to move forward in the next phases of our ministry together. Everyone has something that God has equipped them to serve with. Our ability to serve one another and welcome guests to our ministry, depends on people willing to use their gifts and talents in the service of others. Please click the picture above or link below, and help make Safe Haven a place that truly ministers to the needs of our people and reaches out with Christ's love for others!
Right Now Media Great Series of the Week
Avg Session - 5 Min
Do you want to be part of an incredible, transformational, talk-about-it-the-rest-of-your-life kind of small group? Your group should be the best part of your week. But for most of us, it's not. Too many of us have experienced groups that felt awkward, forced, and, well ... boring. It doesn't have to be this way. In fact, it shouldn’t be this way! Our groups should be bursting with life, depth, and the kind of authentic community Jesus modeled.
Robby Angle, President of Trueface, brings us Embark, a six-part study to launch or re-ignite your small group based off The Cure for Groups. Through videos, discussion questions, and group applications, your group will build a foundation for an amazing group experience.
After spending years as a Professional Counselor and leading one of the largest small groups ministries with Andy Stanley at North Point Community Church, Angle guides your group to implement these five Core Components that differentiate amazing groups from mediocre ones. Embark on this six-week journey to discover the kind of life-changing group you can’t wait to go to.
What sets the historic Christian faith apart from all other religions and worldviews? Nothing less than the good news of God’s saving grace in Jesus Christ. The Protestant Reformers boldly declared the marvelous message of the gospel: Salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, as revealed in Scripture alone, to the glory of God alone. Together, these “alone” statements are called the five solas of the Reformation.
In this book, Dr. Gabe Fluhrer explains how the five solas give us the heartbeat of the gospel and the road map for the Christian life. By knowing these core biblical truths, we can cultivate deeper delight in God’s grace and greater devotion to His glory.
Our Daily Bread
The September-November 2022 Our Daily Bread small print devotionals are now available for pick up.
Large print devotionals are on hand for October-December 2022.
Stop by Safe Haven anytime during the day (Monday to Friday) to get a copy, or pick one up when you come for worship on Sunday.
Tabletalk Online & Print Devotional
Tabletalk is a monthly discipleship magazine written by today’s leading theologians and pastors to help Christians grow in the knowledge of God. Daily devotionals make up over half of the content and typically exposit a book of the Bible or a specific topic over the course of the year. A third of the content is themed, dealing with a particular issue, and the rest consists of featured columns addressing a variety of issues ranging from theology to Christian living. The print version is digest-size, formatted to fit neatly into most Bibles and notebooks. Tabletalk, along with fresh online-exclusive content, is also available at TabletalkMagazine.com.
Safe Haven App & Digital Community
Safe Haven has a digital app and community called "Faithlife". On it you will find our directory, a calendar of events, a link for giving, sermons, announcements, bulletins, Faithlife TV, the ESV Bible, our COVID-19 Waiver form for services, and the ability to communicate between congregation members for prayer requests and keeping in touch. Just with Faithlife TV, it has free original documentaries, live streams, mobile education instruction, kids programming, Bible study tools, biography presentations, presentations on Christian living, dramas, group studies, information on health and wellness, historical presentations, information on marriage and parenting, movies, music, Our Daily Bread, programs on science and creation, sports, teens, travel and so much more.
On Faithlife you can have video chats like Zoom etc. and the good news is it doesn't have the cost or limitations of Zoom or other platforms. Also, by not using a secular platform we have less to worry about getting cancelled for being Christian. To use this feature, look on the left side of Faithlife platform and go to Group Chat. Then on the bottom right is a button that looks like a video camera. They can click on that and that creates a link that they can send to whoever they want to video chat with. https://support.faithlife.com/hc/en-us/articles/360040848532
Join for free by clicking here. You can also download the Faithlife App and have access to everything through the app. If you have any problems, contact us so we can help you get started.