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Moving to online services only

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In light of the updated Government regulations, the church council

has made the decision to move to online only Sunday services

for the time being beginning this Sunday, May 9, 2021.

Our online services will continue to be posted on our website, sent in the Sunday morning email and posted to our Facebook page.

The council will revisit this decision as we hear more updates from the Province.

Resignation of Pastor Jeff Gooderham

Dear Friends and Family of Breton Faith Covenant Church;

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we share with you that Pastor Jeff Gooderham has resigned as Senior Pastor of the Breton Faith Covenant Church. Pastor Natasha spoke to the congregation during the Sunday morning services on April 18th regarding this news and read Pastor Jeff’s letter of resignation. Pastor Jeff and Ali and their family faithfully served Faith Covenant and the community of Breton for many years and will be dearly missed. Even though we are grieving that their time at the church is now over, we are trusting that the Lord has a plan for Jeff and Ali and their family. We wish them God’s abundant blessings and pray for God’s leading in their lives as He directs them in other areas to minister and serve Him and His people.

Please be in prayer for our church and for the leadership as we discern God’s leading for the fellowship here in Breton. Please pray for Pastor Jeff and Ali as they follow God’s call in their lives. We know that God has a plan for both our church and for the Gooderhams; so we look to Him, trusting He will lead and provide all that we need, offering comfort in our sadness as we say goodbye and hope for what He has in store for us all in the days ahead.

The leadership has asked Pastor Natasha to move to a full-time position in the interim as we wait on God’ direction and she has graciously accepted that role. The Church Council is working towards providing an opportunity for our church family to share their goodbyes and best wishes with the Gooderham Family and will announce those details as plans are put in place. If you wish to speak to anyone concerning Pastor Jeff’s resignation or about future plans for the church, please contact our Church Chairman, Alan Myles.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Only by His Grace,
Jennifer Ellis, on behalf of the
Breton Faith Covenant Church Council

Moving to 2 Sunday Services effective February 28, 2021

Let’s begin by praising God for all He is doing in our midst.

As we continue to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, while remaining within regulations,

we will be returning to 2 services this

Sunday morning, February 28th at 9:30 am and 11:00 am.

 

We ask that you RSVP to which service you would like to attend by one of the following ways:

  1. emailing Shannon at office.faithcovenantchurch@gmail.com
  2. calling the church at 780-696-3669
  3. sending Shannon a text at 604-741-2050
  4. sending us a Facebook message through our Faith Covenant Church Facebook page.

We will do our very best to accommodate your desired service time.

 

All AHS guidlines will continue to be in place, mandatory masks, only sitting with members of your immediate household and a maximum of 15% of our fire capacity.
If you have any questions, please call the church office, 780-696-3669 or email office.faithcovenantchurch@gmail.com.

Making Choices

Making Choices

Submitted by: Gordon Gooderham

2 Peter 3:12, 13

Leaving Egypt in disgrace, Abram travelled with his wife, great possessions, and his nephew Lot, in search of good pastureland for their sizeable herds.  Settling down near Bethel, it wasn’t long before the competition for grazing rights led to quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram and Lot.

Not wanting a family feud to erupt, Abram encouraged Lot to choose an area for his livestock, and Abram would go another direction.  Responding to the counsel, Lot looked out at the Jordan Valley, well-watered like a garden, and, without regard for his elder guardian, chose the best for himself.  “He pitched his tents near Sodom.” (Gen. 13:10-13)
Then God spoke to Abram, “Lift up your eyes … I will give you.”  Abram looked up and saw the promise of all the land and uncountable offspring.  There Abram “built an altar to the Lord.” (Gen. 13:14-18)
Shortly thereafter, God looked down to consider an outcry against the evil in Sodom and Gomorrah.  By this time, Lot had moved in to Sodom.   Was it Lot who cried out to God (2 Pet. 2:6-8) or the polluted land itself, as the blood of Abel cried out to the Lord for justice (Gen. 4:10).
The cities were ripe for judgment, but Lot, his wife and daughters would escape by angelic assistance.  Fleeing down the road, Lot’s wife lingered behind, ignored the angel’s warning, and she looked back.  (Gen. 19:26). The Targum Jerusalem says Sodom was her hometown, and she longed to remain there.  But in that act of disobedience, she was swallowed up by the burning sulphur, encased in the hardening salt.  It was for this reason, when speaking to his disciples of the coming kingdom of God and impending judgment, Jesus warned, bluntly, “Remember Lot’s wife.”  (Luke 17:32)
About thirty years later, Peter wrote to his persecuted brothers and sisters, reminding them of Lot’s rescue from the destruction of Sodom.  Then, concerning the approaching day of the Lord, when the heavens and elements will be destroyed, he challenged the believers, Christians look forward (2 Pet. 3:12), by living holy and godly lives.
This is the kind of people we ought to be, “in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.”  (2 Pet. 3:13)
Praise the Lord!

Did you know…

Did you know that, as a church body, we try to encourage our brothers and sisters with meals when they have experienced a significant loss, have had a major surgery etc.

Fellowship & Service has a short list of willing volunteers to provide a meal.

If you are interested in providing either a homecooked, take-out or store bought meal when the need arises, please let Shannon in the church office know, 780-696-3669 or office.faithcovenantchurch@gmail.com and we will add you to the list.

Also, we encourage you to let us know, in the church office, when you hear of someone that may need a meal or two.

Week of Prayer

Please join us at the church each evening this week, February 1 to 6, 2021

at 7:00 pm for a time of prayer.

Everyone is invited to join.

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”      2nd Chronicles 7:14

 

 

The Year of the Lord’s Favour

“… the year of the Lord‘s favour “

Submitted by: Gordon Gooderham

Mark 1:36–39

The excitement and enthusiasm of the Sabbath day and evening, charged by healings and deliverances at the rabbi’s command, energized the disciples as they awakened to a new day. Already the crowds were gathering at their home seeking Jesus. But he was not to be found! The perplexed disciples, almost in panic, took off in search, pursued by the townspeople. Knowing his preference for isolated places of retreat, they finally found him engaged in his practice of prayer. Their first words, almost a scold, “Everyone is looking for you! “

Overnight Jesus was a celebrity, his popularity was off the charts, and Simon and company were eager to make the most of it. Who knows where this could lead!

Jesus quickly burst their balloon, countering, “Let’s move on. We will visit other villages and preach the kingdom of God. That is why I have come.” Driven by the Spirit of God into the wilderness, and on into Galilee, Jesus continued to preach and work under the Spirit’s anointing. His life was swallowed up in the God-given words of Isaiah (61:1-2) “to preach good news to the poor… to bind up the brokenhearted… to proclaim liberty for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord‘s favor…”.

Capernaum had experienced God’s favor. And so would the other villages.

Jesus came to all mankind, sent by God, to help the helpless. Surrounded by the mighty and the weak, those who would help couldn’t, and those who could help wouldn’t. Jesus came to lift the lowly, and to humble the haughty. To anyone seeking compassion, mercy, favor, Jesus reached out by word and touch and delivered.

But many renounced and rejected him.

Whether suffering underlings or superior overlords, all were in need of God‘s favour – “for all have send and fall short of the glory of God.” ( Romans 3:23) God‘s favour to the suffering was fully expressed in Christ’s suffering in crucifixion. The reality of sin and its consequences, death and judgment, were faced and overcome by the death, resurrection and exaltation of Jesus Christ. The wonderful healing and deliverance Jesus provided by his physical presence, are surpassed by the healing and deliverance experienced by the helpless and hopeless in repentant prayer – “God be merciful to me a sinner. “

The People Were Amazed

The People Were Amazed

Submitted by: Gordon Gooderham

Mark 1:21, 22

Accompanied by the men he had just called from their fishing businesses, Jesus, immediately on the Sabbath, entered the synagogue in Capernaum. Since the time of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, the deported Jews had started gathering in such halls. Wherever they were forced to settle in Babylon, an assembly of Jews formally met together to offer prayer, and listen to the reading and exposition of the Old Testament Scriptures. When the Jews returned to Israel by permission of king Cyrus, synagogues were built in all the cities and villages. Meeting every Sabbath and Thursday, the presiding Elder would read the assigned Scriptures, then invite any who desired to teach to do so.

Responding to the invitation, Jesus stood to read from the scroll of Scripture, then sat to teach. He was unknown to the people in attendance, and so they listened with curiosity. But very quickly their usual dull attention turned to amazement. Here was no ordinary teacher of the law, the Sofrim, citing the writings of the elders passed down over the centuries. So much repetition, they had heard it all before.

This was different. They set up straight, they looked at one another, they took a deep breath and strained to hear every word. Who was this man? Where did He come from? Why was He different? He spoke with authority. Never had they heard teaching as He gave it. The power in His voice, in His words, in His manner was commanding, challenging everyone to obey.

From childhood, as did every Jewish boy, Jesus studied the Law, Prophets, and Wisdom books, committing long passages to memory. Jesus “grew and became strong, he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.” (Luke 2:40). But, unlike all the other boys, Jesus saw in Himself the fulfilment of those Scriptures. They spoke of a King, and He was that King, of a Priest, and He was that Priest, of a Prophet, and he was that Prophet. He had authority, because he was under the authority of the Scripture being fulfilled in him. And they were amazed!

Are you amazed by the teachings of Jesus? “God with us.” He reveals God, He radiates truth, He requires obedience. “Come, follow me.”