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ABM Announcement

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Our Annual Business Meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 24th at 7PM in the Auditorium. Please mark this date in your calendar and make every effort to join us on this evening as we share important matters of the church and vote on our 2021 budget. If you are not a member, you are welcome to attend this meeting, but only members may vote.

As with all of our events, anyone who want to attend the ABM, either in person at the church or online, will have to pre-register for the event (click here to register). All of our current COVID-19 related safety measures will be applicable to this event including the limiting of the event to fifty people or less. If we have more than fifty people register for the ABM, we will open up the Chapel to host an additional group of up to fifty people. We have checked with the provincial health authorities to ensure that this is safe to do so.

For those of us who are still uncomfortable attending a gathering like this, we will be live-streaming the ABM on our Church Online platform. This is the same platform that we use for our Sunday morning services, so you can click on the same link on our website (or click here) at 7PM on November 24th, and you will be able to join the ABM online. If you choose to attend the ABM online, you can use the chat feature on our Church Online platform to ask questions or make comments, and the moderator and staff will facilitate the chatroom so that the online participants can communicate to those who are meeting in person.

The printed ABM packet will be available on Sunday. You can also pick up a copy from the yellow "bus" just through the 56th Street entrance doors, Monday through Friday, 9AM-4PM. You can download a PDF of the packet by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you on November 24th!

Posted by Jordan Scott

In-person Service Update

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This past Sunday we announced that we would begin offering the balcony as a secondary 50-person space for our in-person services. Essentially, the balcony would function as a separate event with its own entrance, check-in area, and washrooms with no interaction with the main floor 50-person gathering. We put this plan together based on the most up-to-date guidelines and protocols issued by the Provincial Health Authority and received approval. However, this week we received further information and instruction from the Provincial Health Authority regarding our in-person services that have now made it no longer possible to offer the balcony as a secondary 50-person event space. This shift may be a result of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases along with tighter restrictions being placed on gatherings. While we are extremely disappointed by these tighter restrictions, we are thankful that we are still able to open the main floor for in-person services while continuing to engage online.

Moving forward, we are still keeping the 8:30AM morning service start time to allow for fellowship and cleaning between services and we will be opening the Chapel space once again as a Watch Party event during the 11AM service (we still have approval to offer the Chapel space as a separate event). Please pray for wisdom and discernment as we continue to navigate forward during a challenging and uncertain season of life and pray that we would see a decline in cases and an end to COVID-19.

For further information on our services, or to register for one of our in-person services, please click here.

Posted by Jordan Scott

Missionary Update: Jack and Carolyn Teeter

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This week we get to hear from Jack and Carolyn Teeter about their life and ministry in this season of COVID-19.

What is your current location and missions work?
Our current location is Blaine (Birch Bay), Washington. We serve with NAIM (North America Indigenous Ministries) in member and pastoral care, and also do pastoral care ministry with two First Nations organizations. I (Jack) also sit on the board of InterAct Ministries and do some member care with them.

How is God working in and through you during this unique and challenging season?
It seems like the Church is well situated to deal with the uncertainties and anxieties of this pandemic. We have the answers the world is searching for during this time. Both Carolyn and I are involved in marriage and family counselling and encouragement ministry, and are ministering to ailing NAIM staff in Washington state.

How have you been impacted by COVID-19?
While we have not been impacted by COVID-19 physically, it has certainly impacted our ability to visit staff and First Nations friends in Canada face-to-face. Connecting through Zoom and by telephone has been a blessing for contacts, workshops, etc., but it doesn't take the place of face-to-face visits.

How can we pray for you?
Please pray that we would maximize the positive benefits of the COVID-19 restrictions for both ministry outreach and personal growth. This is the time for the Church to shine to a world in need. Pray also for Carolyn's grand-nephew, Journey, who is living with us, and his schooling during this challenging time. Pray that he would make wise choices and concentrate on his grade 11 school year.

Please remember Jack and Carolyn in your prayers this week. You can email them encouragement by clicking here.

Posted by Mary Grierson

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