Looking Back on God’s Faithfulness so far…
a Fall Update
A Letter from our Lead Pastor, Milissa:
Can you believe that we’re already nearing the end of October, the month of unpredictable weather, beautiful changing trees, and pumpkin spice? After a great launch to our Redwood ministries and the completion of the third quarter of the year, this is a great time to reflect on the faithfulness of God and share with you some of the ways we’ve seen Him working over the past months.
Over the past few months…
Every week, we meet people who are either new to Redwood or returning after being absent for a few years. We are seeing people accepting Christ for the first time and others rededicating their lives to Him.
We are also seeing people seeking to go deeper in their faith. Our Alpha Course has 30 wanting to know what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus. The Bible Course has launched with 46 people excited about reading their Bibles. In Emotionally Healthy Relationships, 28 people are learning to live in greater friendship with Jesus and others every week.
Our Redwood Young Adults has been so exciting these days! Joel Brigham, our Family Pastor reports that between 30-40 young adults and wiser “Spiritual Parents” show up every Sunday night to study the Bible and grow in relationship with God and each other. They even had a Thanksgiving Dinner together a few weeks ago.
Along with some other Redwood folks, on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, our family participated in the Honouring Our Children Run to support Mazinajiim Children’s Foundation. When I was picking up the race packet, the woman working at the desk said “Oh you’re from Redwood! That church does such good work in the city. I look forward to bringing my son to your Christmas Eve service every year. See you in December!” This was a great opportunity to invite her to join in with services or other gatherings before then. I’m praying I’ll see her around soon.
Looking Ahead at the Rest of 2022
We are hosting a workshop called “Vocation, Work, and Career” with Dr. Gordon T. Smith, the president of Ambrose University and Seminary on Saturday, October 29th. This seminar will consider how we can grow in our capacity to discern well and how we can help and encourage others who are making decisions about work and career – whether young people, those in mid-life, or in our senior years. Click here to register.
As October closes, Christmas planning is underway. Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, so instead of a Sunday service, we will gather as a community to eat Christmas Dinner and bless those of us who may not have a family in town to eat with. We are assembling a team to begin planning and then preparing the meal. Email Kim Horton, email@example.com if you’d like to be a part of that. We’ll give more details closer to Christmas about RSVPing if you just want to come and eat!
Thank you so much for your faithfulness to invest in the impact our church is having in individual lives, as we seek to join God in reconciling people to God, ourselves, each other and the earth!
If you would like to see your year-to-date ministry investment, we encourage you to login to Church Center and click on the “Me” tab. If you scroll down you can review your Donation History.
If you are a regular part of the Redwood Park family and you haven’t yet begun your generosity journey, now is a great time to start! Everything we do is funded through the generosity of our community. Visit redwoodpark.ca/give for more about joining God in His work through your generosity and stewardship!
Blessed to serve such a generous church, for His glory,