After a whirlwind of activity, and three “big” Sundays, we are now settling into our "new normal" at Emmanuel Church. I so appreciated how seamlessly Pastor Paul moved into our pulpit last week, and I look forward to his focus on “joy in adversity” from the book of Philippians over the next few months.
If you weren’t at last Sunday’s kick-off BBQ, you missed out! In comparison to years past, we were not choked by dust, unable to find the location, or watching our neighbourhoods burst into flame! Instead, approximately 150 people from all ages and stages met at Westbank Town Centre park and enjoyed hamburgers or hot dogs, bouncy castles, crafts, soccer, football, the water park, cotton candy, and popcorn. Many hands make work light, so thank you to the dozens who stepped up for the event to make it a success.
However, our “new normal” is founded on one key word: transition. With that in mind, the pastoral search committee is hosting a town hall meeting at 6:00 this evening. If you haven’t had a chance to read the committee’s excellent work on our church and community profile, grab a copy from the info desk, read it, and then come this evening prepared to help craft the pastoral profile—qualities YOU want to see in our next pastor—this evening.
I’d like to remind you that EHS starts on Wednesday. What is the reasoning behind the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality course? Founder Pete Scazzero believes,
Emotional health and spiritual maturity cannot be separated. It is impossible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. When we ignore the emotional component of our lives, we move through the motions of Christian disciplines, activities, and behaviors, but deeply rooted behavioral patterns from our pasts continue to hinder us from an authentic life of maturity in Christ.
If this resonates with you, I will be giving an overview of the course this Wednesday at the Johnston’s. See Steve, Leah, Val, or me for more details.
Finally, on a personal note: with the teacher’s strike finally resolved, I am back to work, which means I will only be available evenings for counselling appointments. However, don’t hesitate to call—it just may take a bit longer to schedule some time to talk!