A Message from Pastor Chris.
[Click on the image below to access the Virtual Congregation Zoom feed on Sundays]
In addition to the Live Sunday Service Broadcast, we are also launching a Virtual Congregation via Zoom, where you are invited to worship ‘together’ in this time of pandemic. It can be a helpful way to cultivate a greater sense of sacred time, accountability, and community, as we join and see/know that others are singing, praying, taking notes together, and simply ‘being together’ during our Sunday worship service:
- The room will be available starting 10am.
- You may join any time to greet and chat with one another freely before service begins.
- A separate prayer room will be made available at 10:15am for those who wish to pray for the service.
- The worship broadcast will remain the same through our Facebook page. So you may have two windows open (Facebook broadcast and Zoom).
*Note: In order to access the Virtual Congregation, you will need to have Zoom installed and register an account (free). Visit Zoom website if you need to install and sign up for an account.
Please adhere to the following guidelines:
- Use your real name in the Zoom call
- Do not use a distracting Zoom background
- Refrain from eating
- Refrain from inappropriate attire
- Once the service begins please mute yourselves
- You are free to write brief and edifying comments during the worship service
- Be conscientious of the fact that we are all online and can see one another, so refrain from distracting behaviour
If you are experiencing any difficulties joining the room, please send us a message.
Join us online this Friday on our Facebook Page for a time of reflection and prayer as we remember what Jesus has done on the Cross. This will be a prayerful and meditative service. Please prepare appropriately by joining us online in a quiet space, free of distraction.
In light of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus, and the government’s guidelines, we have chosen to act with responsibility and faithfulness to mitigate the spreading of the virus. Therefore:
Until further notice, we will not be meeting in-person on Sunday mornings, but will continue with hosting our services online via livestream on our Facebook Page at our usual 10:30am worship time. You do not need to have a Facebook account in order to view the livestream. Simply visit our Facebook Livestream Page to join the service.
In addition to the livestream of our worship service, you are also invited to join our virtual congregation via Zoom while attending our live worship service broadcast on Facebook. Details here.
TITHES & OFFERING:
If you would like to send in your offering, the best way given the circumstance is to give online from our website (“Supporting Our Ministry“).
Small groups are continuing online via Zoom Meeting; for more details please visit our Small Groups site.
(Also, please if you can, do not gather in groups other than with your families and roommates. This is not about being fearful, but being careful and prudent. We must be wise and proactive in curbing the spread of the virus, until we reach a time when the statistics start to level off and we are in a safe and healthy period.)
SATURDAY PRAYER NIGHT:
Prayer meeting on Saturdays will be held online from 7:30-8:30pm via Zoom. Contact Rebecca Hall for Zoom invite.
The Psalms course will also be put on hold, unless we can set up a streaming service for that as well.
We strongly encourage people to exercise vigilance, common sense, and loving responsibility (self-isolate if you exhibit flu like symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has traveled coming from effected regions)
Please keep in mind the elderly or those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk.
As Christians we are neither given to excessive fear, nor are we to be reckless. Faithfulness means taking loving responsibility. We must act with an abundance of care for our neighbours by being vigilant, washing our hands regularly, and if you exhibit any flu like symptoms self-isolate.
We are also reminded to trust. God is sovereign(Is 41:10). Therefore we need not panic. This is a cornerstone of our faith and it gives us peace. Fear should not control us, rather faith in his sovereign control over all things. So we pray to embrace his sovereignty. We reassure those who are fearful. We point one another to God’s perfect control and grow in our trust of him who holds all things together (Col 1:17). We grow in thankfulness that God is on his throne.
We are reminded to pray and help those in need. Not only are we to be concerned for those who are near to us, we are reminded to pray for all who are suffering. Pray for God’s comfort and healing (Je 17:14). Pray for the leaders of the land –to lead with wisdom and strength (1Ti2:1-2). Pray for the healthcare workers who are on the front lines. And be courageous to offer help as the need arises.
This epidemic also reminds us of our idols and the frailty of our lives. Situations like these sharpen our sense of what is truly important. The rise and fall of economies will reveal our idols (Lu 12:20). Our lives are but temporary (Ps 103:14), so we are reminded of our eternal future. We seek more than temporary relief, but eternal things. We long for people to come to saving faith in Christ. We have opportunities to offer hope to others. So we want our hearts to be turned heavenward, and to be emboldened more to live for his glory.
May we be fearless and loving. May we trust, and pray that through times such as these, hearts would be turned to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling…The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. -Psalm 46:1-8
Join us for our Thanksgiving Potluck on Sunday October 13, 2019 after service. If you would like to bring a dish, please sign-up here. If you are a guest, feel welcome to join us and share in our meal.
We are delighted to inform you that our next Outdoor Service and Potluck will be on August 18th at 11am ET at Parc Angrignon.
We are expecting about 40+ attendees. Ergo, kindly ask your team to prepare adequate food portions, if possible. The deadline for submitting the allocations will be August 15th at 5pm ET.
If you are a guest, please feel welcome to show up and share our picnic with us. If you are part of the GMC church, below is a summary of the duty allocations and also here is the signup sheet.
Side dishes/Appetizers (Pastor Chris’ group)
Side dishes /Appetizers (Phil’s group)
Desserts (Jon’s group)
Please contact Diana for more information.
Shaded circle shown on the map attached. To best describe where it is, it’s right across from the washrooms. If you get lost, simply ask people where the washroom is and you should be able to find us (we’ll be a large group of people so it should be easy to spot!)
By metro: Angrignon station on green line (final stop). You can either join the people at the metro station at 10:45am to go to the meeting point together, or simply follow the map.By car: Various parking options are available; see “P” in the map. The paid parking is right across from the metro station, and it’s probably closer to where we meet. Parking fee is probably around $8 for the day. If you decide to park there, take the Boulevard des Trinitaires entrance (where you can see the metro sign). There is also a free parking lot (gravel ground) and is located at the de la Verendrye entrance. See map to get to the meeting location. Street parking is also available; see map for details.
*bring fun games that we can play together e.g. frisbees, soccer balls, water guns etc
*You can contact Diana at 514 8062028 if you have any questions or get lost.
Just a reminder that there is a Finance meeting this coming Sunday immediately after service. At this meeting, there will also be updates about leadership changes that are taking place this year.
Also, this Saturday, Shuyun is organizing a soccer game for the older kids and youth. Please contact her for details.
Have a great rest of the week!
Here are some announcements for this week:
– Membership classes are happening on Sunday after service. Please contact Pastor Chris if you are interested.
– Mother’s Day: We have some GMC members offering to babysit so that moms and dads can have a Saturday evening off this coming Saturday, May 11th from 17:00 – 20:00 at GMC.
We are having a pyjama party + movie night with the kids. We are planning on building a fort and get comfortable so feel free to bring blankets and pillows!
We will have pizza and popcorn, but please let me know if your child/children has any dietary restrictions. Please contact Shuyun for details.
– Finance and congregational meeting will be coming up later in May: there were be a few announcements regarding leadership change. We will keep you posted!