Here is what's happening at Grace!
Sunday November 26th, 2017
Hebrews Chapter 113
Location: Guelph Bible Conference Centre chapel (485 Waterloo Av, Guelph).
This will be necessary because our building will be fully actualized as A Night in Bethlehem set. Thanks!
December 24th Services
Celebrate with us this Christmas Eve during our two MORNING services – 9:15am & 11am. Please note: we will NOT be running an evening service on December 24th . Happy Holidays!
Less than a week 'til ANIB!
A Night in Bethlehem is a tremendous way to introduce your friends and family to the story of the birth of Christ and our church community. Plan to come as a guest one night and bring your friend(s) with you! Invitations are AVAILABLE to take and use to invite friends and neighbours! In the meantime, share the Invitation on Facebook, Instagram or feel free to direct friends to the ANIB page on the Grace website. When inviting friends please note that we are starting one hour earlier on the Sunday night this year.
A FEW SPOTS LEFT TO VOLUNTEER and important dates
There are a few spots left to volunteer to help with ANIB if you have gotten busy with life and have forgotten to volunteer!
Yes we could still use your help. Please email Sheryl at email@example.com or look for her after service today!
ANIB Dress Rehearsal – Wed. Nov. 22 – 7 pm – For all actors, please advise Sheryl if you can not attend.
ANIB Prayer Walk – Thurs. Nov. 23 – 5 pm- Join us as we walk through the sets of Bethlehem and pray for our guests, volunteers and the upcoming event
We will set up Sunday, Nov. 19th – 12:30 pm. Lunch provided for all set-up helpers. Many hands make light work! Thanks
Christmas Hamper Deliveries
On Thursday December 21st Grace church will be helping brighten some people’s Christmas by delivering Salvation Army Christmas hampers for the Canadian Mental Health Association and PGNG. Drivers with vehicles and helpers are needed. Please contact Bryan at 519 831-3497 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist. Thanks!
Ecuador Missions Experience 2018
This is our 10th anniversary of our partnership with Ecuador! Join us, July 22-31 for an amazing missions experience! Application forms can be found at GraceYouthGuelph.com/Ecuador and are due, with a $200 deposit by Nov 5.
We are looking for gently used coats, boots and hats to give to our partners at Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood Group. We will be collecting before both services for three weeks in November. Please being what you can - so we can show them a lot of love.
Kids Night Out!
Dec 1st 6:30-9:00 - We can’t fit all of the fun in on a Sunday morning! Join us for an evening of fun and games! Gym games, food and a Christmas movie is how we will spend the night! See you then!
RSVP at Gracecommunity.ca/children
Delicious coffee and mornings go hand-in-hand, that goes for Sundays too! Please pray and consider joining our current coffee team - Lead Position specifically. Help us continue providing enjoyable and exceptional service to all you coffee drinkers! Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Have you been into the GRACE LIBRARY lately! Come on in and check out what awesome resources we have. DVD’s, CD’s (one week loan). Great reads both YOUTH & ADULTS. Did you get to see ‘A Case For Christ’ at the movie theaters? We have it and many more! Why don’t you drop in and check us out. Last door on the right before exiting the building. Get to know the Lord Jesus Christ through our sacred library resources.
Bracelets of Hope - Candice's visit to see Ithabeleng and her baby in Lesotho
"I wanted to let you know that I spent some time with Ithabeleng* while in Lesotho. She was very scared, tired and sore, as a new mother would be. She is living in her aunt's house right now and feels very isolated. We are working on getting her back into school for hopefully January. The funding that Grace has provided will give her the opportunity to return to school and finish high school to get a good job and support her new son.
She has named her son a name that translates to "Important Star".
He is a healthy, tiny little baby boy. She delivered him on the Sunday, and I have the privilege of visiting him only three days later.
*name changed for privacy & safety*
Mafusa: Grace Community Church saves two precious lives - written by Anne Marie Zajdlik, founder of BOH
This is a great story. I think it should be told to everyone out there who is feeling more and more hopeless about the state of the world.
Bracelet of Hope supports 6 foster homes in Lesotho and a total of 39 orphans, most of them orphaned by AIDS. Mafusa (name changed for her privacy), was 17 years old when she attended a party with other teenagers. One interaction, one time, and she became pregnant.
Teenage pregnancy is still very stigmatizing in Lesotho. For the health and safety of the other children in the foster home, she was moved to the home of an aunt, her only remaining relative. The aunt has children of her own and is barely able to care for them. While we were in Lesotho two weeks ago, Mafusa gave birth to a tiny, healthy baby boy. She delivered at home.
Tracey and Candice, two of our team members visited with Mafusa last weekend. She was suffering from the complaints that most new mom's experience. She was tender and sore and overwhelmed by the constant demands of this new babe. She sleeps on a mattress on the floor in an old, dingy room. Bracelet of Hope has provided her with all of the necessities. She has diapers, blankets, clothing, formula, pads and so on; but, she is entirely alone. She was not able to complete her high school studies and without this her chances of meaningful employment are next to none. Mafusa is very bright. Given the opportunigy to complete her education, she will have a very good chance of finding a job that will support her and her child.
Life is very fragile in resource poor countries. One difficult circumstance, one unexpected problem can change the fortune of an individual overnight and forever. Death of a caregiver loss of a job, an unexpected illness, an unplanned pregnancy; a person's security is so tenuously held together that one event can send them spiralling into extreme poverty.
Mafusa has lost both her parents. She is unwanted by the one family member she has left. She is hopeless and despondent. She misses the only family she has known; her foster mother and the foster siblings she lived with.
I can't even imagine that kind of aloneness or the fear Mafusa must feel.
Mafusa no longer meets the criterion for support received by Bracelet of Hope. She is not a child in one of our foster homes. But her situation breaks us. Broken people can do one of two things : we can stay broken and give up or we can stand up and do all we can to change the circumstances that broke us.
Candice had a meeting with Bryan Bitton before our trip to Lesotho. He is one of the pastors at Grace Community Church in Guelph. Bryan was looking for other ways to help Bracelet of Hope. The church is already a monthly donor. Bryan and the leaders of Grace Community Church have offered to support Mafusa with monthly income that will provide her with a child caregiver who will care for her son so that she can go back to school. The funding will provide her with formula, diapers and baby's personal items With this kind of support, Mafusa may be able to return her foster home. That is what we are working towards.
A good friend recently reminded me of a quote that I used to use in my speeches years ago.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing.
Sir Edmund Burke
I don't know what kind of emotions her rescue stirs in you but I know personally, that rescuing Mafusa makes all the difference in the world to her and to us. The work we do will not bring about world peace. It will not change the actions of super-powered narcissists who threaten global security with their careless and ridiculous antics. It will not solve world poverty or the ever increasing threat of global warming. Our efforts are just a tiny light in a very dark world.
But here's the beauty about light. It is recognizable in the darkness. It gives direction and hope. One tiny spark of light can burst into even the darkest places on earth. The small light that Bracelet of Hope and Grace Community Church has held out to Mafusa is not just for her, it is for us and for everyone who is watching. It is for every person young and old who has started to believe that there is no hope for a world as messed up as ours. And if every person young and old responds with other acts of courage, compassion and selflessness, well, then our world becomes a beacon of light and nothing is impossible.
What a joy it will be to watch this beautiful young lady as she grabs onto a brighter future. Well done team! If you would like to help support Mafusa or one of our other beloved foster children, please consider becoming a monthly donor. Follow the links on our web-site at braceletofhope.ca. If you'd like to watch me gasping for breath after a 100 km cycle, sponsor me here: http://bit.ly/2fj1pzO
Cheers and thanks