May 22, 2022
A Sunday to Celebrate Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven
This Sunday evening we celebrate Ascension Day…
“And Jesus sat down on the throne. He is the Lion of Judah who appears like the Lamb who was slain. He is the one who is worshiped by the church. At his feet, every knee will bow. This is our confession. Ascension Day celebrates the truth at the core of the present universe.”
“….the celebration of this day can be a wonderful occasion to shape our identity in Christ. To confess Jesus is Lord is to remind ourselves of this truth we so easily forget in the day to day demands on our lives.
To confess Jesus is Lord also means that when he speaks we need to listen….”
He makes a difference for how we live. “Listening to Jesus, Lord of our lives, is vital to our well-being.
To say “Jesus is Lord” means our hearts and minds get directed to him. Our lives are called to serve the Kingdom. Our hope is in the one who knows our needs as we serve.
So we remember: Jesus ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God. Remembering we order our lives accordingly.”
Taken from a POST BY Neil de Koning
May 13, 2022
OUR THEME FOR 2021-2022
A Sunday to Celebrate Cadets
This year’s theme is based on Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
This worship service is heavily influenced by that season’s theme. Watch this 2 minute video to learn more about Cadets this year….
If you are interested in joining or having your son(s) join the program, feel free to contact Pastor Frank: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 6, 2022
This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day. Today we share this quote from Amy Young:
- To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you
- To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you
- To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you
- To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you
- To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
- To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you
- To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you
- To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you
- To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you
- To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience
- To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst
- To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be
- To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths
- To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren -yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you
- To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you
- To those who placed children up for adoption — we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart
- And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you
This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.
April 29, 2022
This coming Sunday we open the downstairs Fellowship Hall to the sounds of many voices and the smells of delicious soups. Chairs and tables will be set up, waiting patiently while the God’s people have their souls filled with the bread of life and then come down to fill their bodies with the food that God has provided.
We are reminded, as Paul writes in Hebrews 10:23-25, to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
There will be plenty of Soup, buns, coffee, tea and juice for everyone to come and join!
April 19, 2022
Saturday Morning Prayer Walk in Dunnville
For the past four weeks, a few of us have got up early on a Saturday morning to spend some time together in devotion, to brave the elements walking in and around the Town of Dunnville, to enjoy each others’ company, and to listen to the Holy Spirit’s prompting as we lift our intercessory prayers to our LORD God.
Our devotional guides have been Andrew Kuyvenhoven and Louis Tamminga – both pastors and writers who have a Reformed perspective on life. We huddled together under the roof of the market building or near the flagpole. We listened to God’s Word and began with a prayer.
The weather has been typical for spring – it has shifted between snow and rain, cold and not as cold, cloudy and sunny. The market building has anchored our walks through town. One week we walked east to the Canadian Reformed Church through a bitter wind. We prayed for the unity of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Town of Dunnville. We walked back and enjoyed a coffee and a few Timbits. All totaled, we took about 9200 steps, had a good conversation about the history of the various properties on the east side of Dunnville and broke even on the calories because of our stop at Tim Horton’s.
Another week, we walked north from the market centre through the many subdivisions and streets of the area. We picked up some cans along the way — always looking for an opportunity to recycle and spruce up the streets where we can. We prayed for the children and families of our town wherever and however they received their education. We asked our Good Shepherd – Jesus Christ – to lead us in the way everlasting. It was a sunny Saturday and we took about 8800 steps that morning.
Another weekend, we took a turn to the south. From the market centre, we walked across the bridge into the hamlet of Byng. We walked through the spaces and places, turning this way and that, and said ‘good morning’ to a couple of dogs who may or may not have been happy to see us. We took a slight turn into the Conservation Authority and agreed that we would return again to this place. While in Byng, we felt God’s Spirit urging us to pray for our government in Canada, Ontario and Haldimand County. We didn’t complain; we just placed our governance in God’s hands. Our walk was surprisingly shorter than the last two – we took about 7500 steps and may have burned off about 500 calories each.
We will not be having a walk this coming Saturday (April 23), but continue again next Saturday, (April 30). It is good to begin the day with devotions. It is good to walk and talk with each other. It is good to listen to the LORD … and it is good to support our local Christian School as we start out there, so we can enjoy a wonderful breakfast upon completion of our walk.
Hope to see you soon —
April 1, 2022
The Fellowship Hall filled up with life and laughter following the morning service this past Sunday as we shared in food and fellowship at our Soup Sunday. Soup Sundays are Sundays that are looked forward to and we are so happy to have begun them once again.
Each Soup Sunday is carefully planned and organized by a faithful group of volunteers who coordinate a variety of soups to be made and prepare buns to go alongside the soup. Following the morning worship service, the entire congregation is invited to join in the Fellowship Hall for Soup and Fellowship.
We are looking forward to the next Soup Sunday…keep posted for details!
March 19, 2022:
If you were a duck, this morning would have been a perfect day. A few of us weathered the rain and went for a prayer walk beginning at the Dunnville Market, west along the Grand River waterfront, skimming past the Grandview Lodge, touching the Bethel Christian Reformed Church, walking east along the old rail-line, standing in the front entrance of Grace Reformed Church, walking along the old rail-line once again, making our way downtown to the Dunnville Youth Impact Centre, and then returning to the safety of our dry vehicles parked next to the market pavilion. Our devotions were based upon Romans 9: 2: “I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.” Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven in his devotional book ‘Daylight,’ reminded us of how the sorrow of God and the sorrow of Christ were reflected in the life of Paul. We were reminded that the call to follow Christ will sometimes bring us suffering. When the Holy Spirit moves into our lives, we will share in the sorrow of God just as we share in the love of God. This is so true, isn’t it?
We prayed for our stewardship of God’s Creation, the people of Grandview Lodge, our Bethel Church community and the relationship with our sister church – Grace Reformed, the staff, the students and the board of the Dunnville Youth Impact Centre and finally for the well-being of our Town of Dunnville. We walked in the rain and were warmed by each other’s presence. We took about 7,400 steps this morning and burned up about 600 calories.
Next week, LORD willing, we’ll walk east from the Market along North Shore Drive, then north on Ramsey, then east on Broad Street to the Canadian Reformed Church and then back again to the market pavilion. If we feel up to it, we might even indulge ourselves in a refreshment at TIm Horton’s along the way.
Everyone is welcome to join us at 7:30 am Saturday … come snow, rain or shine.