From the Elders - May 2019
Dear members and friends of Trinity,
‘So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.’ [Lu 24:28-35]
It is a wonderful reality for believers that, when we are near to the Lord, the very centre of our being experiences the warmth of His presence. As these disciples traveled a road they had undoubtedly traveled many times before, with the Lord opening the scriptures to them on this occasion, the result was very different. Not only were they informed intellectually by His teaching, but they experienced His compassion and His love; the perfect love of a Saviour who had just suffered and died on the cross for their sins. They, and the other disciples, were struggling with the thought that it was all over; Jesus was there to confirm that, since His resurrection, it was all just beginning! Let us strive to walk closely with Jesus on the everyday road of our lives that we too may sense, in prayer, in the reading of the Word, in Christian service, that burning within our own hearts.
We are thankful for our pastor’s willingness and desire to travel to the Philippines with COM to help men develop their local ministries as pastors and teachers. The need is great; the insights and lessons offered by men such as Pastor Carl go a long way in alleviating some of those needs. Please pray for the fruit of these efforts; may they be seen in the growth of the church in terms of new believers, but also in the strengthening of those who already love and serve the Lord.
We are also thankful for the many members who contribute time and effort to the varied ministries of the church. Much is done in a way that only the Lord sees. The members of the Board are usually a little more visible and they are grateful for the support shown them by the wider congregation as they look to fulfill their responsibilities and duties. Jonathan Sommer, our newest Deacon, appreciates the support shown in bringing him into this office; his contributions, added to those of the others, will be a blessing to us all.
The special missions offering displayed the generous spirit of giving so often seen in this congregation. A total of $15200 was received and will be sent to COM for the work in Cuba. The laptops, literature translation and building efforts will do much to encourage our brothers and sisters there.
The annual church picnic will take place at Rehoboth School on Saturday June 8th, starting at 2:00 pm. The afternoon and evening will involve games for all ages, a BBQ supper and lots of time for fellowship and conversation. Contributions to the dessert table are always welcome. Please let Clara Brokking know if you plan to attend, either by signing up at church or sending her an email.
Evan Sommer and Taylor Schenk would like to remind the church family that they are all invited to their wedding service on Saturday May 25th. They will be married at Bethel Baptist Church in Fergus at 2:00 pm.
If anyone is considering baptism or church membership, please let Pastor Carl know as soon as possible; he is planning on setting times for classes in these areas in the near future.
Please remember our nation in your prayers. Interceding on behalf of our leaders is a privilege and responsibility for all believers. We would love to see those in power converted, for the sakes of their own souls, but we also know that, in spite of themselves, God will use them and direct them so that His will is done!
On behalf of the elders