From the Elders - July 2018
Dear members and friends of Trinity
The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. [Prov 1:1-7]
Solomon intends for his readers to grasp the purpose of the book from the very start. He states that knowing and understanding instruction / wisdom / insight will allow us to be wise when it comes to dealing in righteousness / justice / equity. These are essential elements of our calling as believers and cannot be dealt with properly without God giving us the sufficiency in thought, word and deed. Not only is this wisdom of benefit to the simple and the young, but even the very wise can and must continue to learn. Then he reveals the source of all wisdom of any value; it begins with a proper understanding of who the Lord is and what He expects from us. We bow before Him with both adoration and reverential fear and awe. If we find ourselves short on this precious commodity perhaps it’s because we fail to ask of the Lord in a way that displays a seriousness about both receiving it and putting it into practice. Ask of the Lord and He will grant us the needs of our hearts.
It is good to be able to claim progress on several fronts in terms of our facility needs. First, we are thankful for the new home we have at Ebenezer where the Lord showed Himself faithful again in providing a place for us on short notice. The folks at Ebenezer experienced their own fire many years ago; their entire old structure burned and had to be replaced with the present one. They are sympathetic to our needs on a personal level as well! Second, if all goes well, Phase 1 (oil remediation) should wrap up by the end of July. The hole left at the back of the church has been filled and compacted to a level that will allow for the rebuild of the 1890 structure. Plans are being developed for this new building through discussions with several church committees. Third, the permit application to tackle Phase 2 (renovation of the 2004 addition) is now with the city committees. We thank the Lord for the steps that have been taken; your prayers have been greatly appreciated!
Peter and Anna Pikkert will be moving permanently back to Canada at the end of July. Peter will be traveling back to the Netherlands at least three times in the year to teach some courses at Cornerstone. After an appropriate settling in time they will be exploring other areas of mission related service in the area. Please continue to pray for Roland and Susan as they look to the Lord for guidance with respect to future living arrangements and how and where they should pursue their next block of mission work.
The 40th annual Carey Conference is just around the corner. There is a short waiting list for cabins but there is lots of room for camping; day visitors are always welcome, though there is a day fee charged by Braeside to help cover their own costs. Our main evening speaker is Dr. D.A. Carson and his topic is ‘Jeremiah Speaks Today’. He and the other speakers are well worth hearing. As well, there are programs for the children throughout the week, a particular blessing for us when we have had to put so many of our own children’s programs on hold. As usual, we will cancel our evening service August 19th and prayer meeting August 22nd with an encouragement for everyone to join us at the Carey. For details and registration please go to http://www.careyconference.net/
Please pray for Carl and Heather and members of the family as they plan to go to Europe for their vacation this year. Their departure date is set for Monday July 16th! We thank God for Carl’s faithful ministry throughout his first 20 years as our pastor.
On behalf of the elders
Mark Hudson (Admin. Assistant)