Newsletter for April 7th, 2023
Safe Haven Community Church News
Message from Pastor Chris:
Dear Safe Haven Family in the Lord,
This Sunday we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. A highlight in the Christian year and an occasion to join together in worship, praise and prayer - in person and on-line.
The Lord has led me to prepare a message about his Glory: "Glorify Thy Name - Along the Road to Glory", taking us through the scriptures to view the "Kodak moments" of God's Glory shining through. May the Lord richly bless all of you, as you celebrate together in your homes and families. And for those who miss loved ones, may the Presence of our Risen Lord comfort and encourage you as you remember them.
Henny and I wish you all a glorious Easter!
A Song Worth Listening To:
On YouTube there is a marvellous hymn available if you would like listen to it. It is by Phil Wickman and titled "Sunday Is Coming".
Well worth the listen!
Annual Members Meeting Highlights:
The March 26th Annual Members Meeting produced the following major items:
1) Approval to continue further discussions and construction of the new building.
2) Acclamation to allow Roy Douglas and Huntley Cowie to serve as Elders effective immediately.
3) Approval to have Doug Hill serve as Trustee for Safe Haven Community Church.
On behalf of the Elders a warm thank you to all members for your attendance.
Care Groups and Bible Studies:
Our Ladies' & Men's Bible Studies are every Tuesday @ 9:30am.
The ladies have started a second study on the book of Esther!
The men's group is continuing their study, "Unshakable Hope".
Doug Hill's Care Group is on Sundays, with a study on the book of Philippians.
Roy Smyth's Care Group is on Mondays, with a study on the book of John.
Pastor Chris' next Life Care Group is on Thursday April 13th, every second Thursday.
As announced last Sunday, Safe Haven is preparing to host a Pancake Breakfast on April 15th at 9:00am. There will be pancakes, sausage, coffee and tea, plus the fixins! The cost will be $10.00 per person. With grocery prices ever increasing, whatever profit is achieved will be directed to the Building Fund.
Mandarin Senior Fellowship:
An opportunity has become available for a senior fellowship get together - 11:30 on May 26th. David and Irveen Powley have indicated that they would like to have this fellowship for Safe Haven seniors. Details as follows:
Mandarin Restaurant on Kingston Rd., Pickering
Seniors 65 plus
Price is $24.00 each (cash only) and includes the full luncheon.
To register please advise David or Irveen by the first Sunday in May.
Since there was no newsletter last week, below are the birthdays between April 1st thru April 14th.
April 5th - Kendra Loney
April 11th - Hazel Sanders
April 13th - Donna Jacome
If you would like to have your name included in our birthday announcements or if you not want your name shown, please contact Sid at email@example.com. We do not need the year you were born.
Wednesday Night Prayer & Praise Meeting:
This last Wednesday Night Prayer & Praise Meeting was very encouraging as our numbers continue to grow, and we had some guests come in off the street to pray with us! Remember to pray for this ministry and join us if you can. Our average attendance is around 17, but we can accommodate more! ALL ARE WELCOME!
Join us on Wednesday Nights at 7pm at 82 Church St., for a time of prayer and some worship. We are so excited to see God moving on Wednesday nights so far! It is very encouraging and we would love to see you there.
Basement Flood at 82 Church St.
On Sunday March 26th, we discovered a flooded basement when we came into the church. It appears that the problem may have been a disconnected sump pump or float. We are also investigating if there is anything else that could have contributed to this flood.
St. Francis Centre July and August:
During the months of July and August, the St. Francis Centre will be closed for window renovations. If you have noticed, the church that occupied the St. Francis de Sales school behind us is no longer being used by them. Safe Haven has secured this space for the 9 Sundays during these months.
Your Safe Haven Volunteers:
Trevor & Doreen Hayes
Maria & Jozef Javor
Edna & Bert Hayes
Roy & Jennifer Smyth
Volunteer Contact Information:
Roy & Jennifer Smyth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Walter Vanderknokke (email@example.com)
Carlos Mejia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sid Snider (email@example.com)
Icy Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lisa Hettich (email@example.com)
Trevor & Doreen Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Doug & Janet Hill (email@example.com)
Edna & Bert Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Maria Javor (email@example.com)
Leona Slomka (firstname.lastname@example.org)
John Bije (email@example.com
Roy Douglas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Huntley Cowie (email@example.com)
God bless you all!
Youth & Sunday School:
FRIDAY NIGHT YOUTH
Hey everyone! Thanks to all who came out on Friday for some great fun and some bowling! Just a reminder that we don't have youth this Friday, but we will return at 7pm next Friday April 14th.
Hey everyone! We are really happy that the numbers for Sunday School have been consistent and even growing! Please continue to pray for the kids and the teachers, so the ministry can be as successful as possible. There will be NO Sunday School on Easter Sunday, in order to allow the teachers to enjoy the service.
Financial Update for April 2nd, 2023:
General Offering: $8,182.93 / Building Fund Offering: $638.65
Weekly Budget need: $5,482.00
YTD General Offering need: $74,174.00
YTD General Offering: $74,589.37
YTD Building Fund Donations: $2,318.65