From the Elders - October 2017
Dear members and friends of Trinity
‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.’ [Eph 1:3-10]
Paul focuses our eyes on the glorious work of the Triune God in our lives. We feel incapable of grasping the depth of so many great truths, such as God blessing us in Christ with every spiritual blessing, our election before the foundation of the world, our adoption by the Father, redemption, forgiveness, His riches of grace lavished upon us; and all according to the purpose of His will and to the praise of His glorious grace! Paul is right in pronouncing blessings on God the Father and His Son Jesus; how appropriate and necessary for us to do the same!
Ever since the fire we have rejoiced in the fact that the Lord is the One who, in mercy, grants unity and oneness of purpose among a people. We have been so thankful for the excellent spirit we have seen in you as we have had to adapt to many changes, not the least of which is keeping track of where we are meeting for any given service! We thank God for the kindness and generosity of His people who have opened their doors to us in this time of need. By His grace we will continue to trust Him throughout the process of building restoration.
We are still awaiting final approval to take down the old church building. We are hopeful that will soon be in our hands and we can get on with the cleanup of contaminated soil and start to shift from demolition to reconstruction. Realistically, it may be spring before we can return to services in our own building. The rebuild of the old building (in whatever form that takes) will take longer.
We were greatly blessed by our brother Jeremy Walker as he brought the Word of God to us in power over the weekend. Please pray for him while he is in the US and when he returns home to his church in England.
Pray for the believers in Cuba as they recover from the recent hurricane. Carl and Heather will be travelling there in early November; pray for Carl’s preparation for his teaching and preaching sessions, that they will be just what the men need to hear.
We are excited to see our brother Jerry deHann proclaim his oneness with Christ in the waters of baptism on October 22nd. He and Louis Tuininga will be coming into membership the first Sunday in November.
Before the end of the year Crossroads Centre will be sold to a private individual. They will then lease back the portions of the facility they need for their ministries. We have been assured that we will still be able to use our present facilities after that point, though a reasonable rental fee will probably be applied.
One of the disappointments of our present situation is the inability to offer Sunday School and, as a result, there is no children’s Christmas program. A plan is being made for a family Christmas gathering on Saturday December 16th starting at 5:00 pm. This would include a pot luck supper, games for the children, a carol sing and a message from the pastor. Please pray for those looking to organize this event and be prepared to offer your services if needed.
For those who need to get police checks done, we would like to have these in place ASAP. As well, some still need to fill out their Volunteer Application forms. The audio-visual presentation that outlines volunteer responsibilities will be available to view online soon.
On behalf of the elders