From the Elders - October 2017
Dear members and friends of Trinity
‘Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.’ [Phil 4:4-9]
As Paul draws the Philippian letter to a close he offers some specific encouragements to the people. He identifies several spiritual endeavours that will help manifest the ‘peace of God’ that emanates from the ‘God of peace’ in the lives of His children. Rejoicing, being reasonable and being prayerful are essential, but if we focus on the phrase ‘do not be anxious about anything’ the secret of true peace is revealed. We spend most of our time thinking about something. Much of that thought process and energy is often directed to things that make us anxious: ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? Paul looks to shift our focus to things that offer peace instead of anxiety; things that are honourable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise. A rebalancing of our thinking, the substance of those things that most occupy our thoughts, is at the root of experiencing the true peace of God.
To this list we might add the question ‘Where will we meet?’, but the Lord has that well in hand. We are thankful to Him for the city granting us the much-anticipated permit that allows the work of underpinning and oil remediation (phase 1) to get underway! This work will begin immediately and marks a real turning point in our efforts to get back into our building. Details of the work required to renovate the inside of the 2004 addition (washrooms, nursery, kitchen, narthex, etc), (phase 2) and some initial conversations on the rebuild of the ‘old building’ (phase 3), are also underway. Please continue to pray for safety and expediency as the work proceeds.
Our Missions Conference will be held Saturday April 28th and Sunday April 29th. Details are on the website! We will hold our annual special missions offering on three Sundays: Apr 29, May 6 & 13 ... these gifts will be split between Galcom and the work in Cat Lake. Please pray for this to be a time of renewal in our focus on the work of missions around the world and may we give to that work generously!
We will not have the pleasure of hosting an intern this summer. Our main candidate has chosen to serve as intern in his own church. Please pray for Josh Mills who will be interning at Bethesda Baptist in Delhi, under the watchful eye of pastor Stephen Kring.
Members, please plan to attend our church business meeting on Wednesday April 18th at 7:30 @ St. George’s. We will be voting on the continued service of two deacons, Justin Dokter and Jeremy Schofield, and three elders, Jonathan Wellum, AJ Whitehead and Mark Hudson. As well, the board will make a proposal that they be given permission to spend up to $100000 as the repair work goes forward. This money would be used to cover costs of upgrades and changes that go beyond the replacement amounts expected from the insurance company. Details will be offered at the meeting and a vote for approval will take place at a later date. Please give prayerful attention to these important matters.
There are three upcoming SGF retreats: Ladies on May 11/12, the Youth on May 25/26 and the Pastors on June 4-6. Please pray for each of them to be a beneficial time for all who attend.
Praise the Lord for the safe arrival of Ellen Bev, a younger sister for Ian and Luke!
On behalf of the elders
Mark Hudson (Admin. Assistant)