OPC Mini-Newsletter September 25, 2020
“Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7: 14
To a newspaper inquiry asking of its readers: “What is wrong with the world?” author G. K. Chesterton sent back the shortest letter the editor had ever received: Dear Sir, regarding your article “What’s wrong with the world?”—I am. Yours truly, G. K. Chesterton
Chesterton’s response demonstrates a humility that is lacking in many people. When you come to think of it, most of us would much rather note someone else’s shortcomings or sins than our own. This is the easy way. The first step towards transformation is to be aware of our faults and face up to our sins, rather than going into a state of denial about our failures and getting defensive about the foolish choices we’ve made.
The road to God is a narrow road and often not followed. It’s easy to be lured away from the straight path by choosing the easy way (the wider path). Here are some examples of taking the wider path: making personal comfort your main life goal; being prideful, pursuing materialism; sensual satisfaction, etc. When we follow the wide road, we live with little influence from God as we make our daily decisions. We can then find ourselves alone. Also, when we seek to continue to carry our own burdens and not ask Christ to help carry them, we can be consumed by anxiety and worry for the future especially during this time of Covid uncertainty.
To avoid these and more, we have to name sin for what it is and not allow its influence to sidetrack us. Let’s turn to Psalm 23 (NIV) which gives us divine joy and encouragement and peace as we follow God’s way:
1. The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters,
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Prayer: Lord, may we be quick to repent from being sidetracked. Lead us in your way and may we always be ready to follow your path and rest in the faithfulness and joy of your grace. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
Blessings, Pastor Ed
Sunday Mornings - We continue to have our Youth lesson on our YouTube video. Plan on joining us there.
Wednesday Evenings @ 6:30pm - Our Zoom meetings are continuing. It is very exciting to see one another again. Contact Jeff to get the link to be part of the zoom call.
Zoom Bible Study will be continuing this Sunday as we study the book of Acts, Chapter 13. Email Jeff to get a link to be part of the study.
PASTORAL / ADULT MINISTRY NEWS
WEDNESDAY MORNING CAFÉ met in a new and safe way – outside
*PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME*
"Bring-your-own beverage & snack Café" (ONLY IF WEATHER PERMITS)
Tables and chairs will be set out (a safe social distance) or bring your own lawn chairs.
This is a wonderful opportunity for us to start re-connecting in person. Thank you all for the many caring ways you have connected with each other over the past 6 months. It is a blessing!
This Sunday, September 27th we have will have services at: 9:15am and 11:00am
Spots are still available for both services. Register today!
Your health and well-being is very important to us. Here are a few things that we want you to know before joining us.
*Registration opens on Monday morning for the next Sunday. The link is the same each week so please save it on your computer. Or go to the OPC website www.oakridgechurch.ca and click on the link. Register early, seating is limited.
If you are unable to register yourself online, please contact Kathy MacDonald to get registered. email@example.com or 519-471-2290 Ext. 221
OPC Reopening Team
Is it safe to come to church?
Why doesn’t Rev. Ed wear a mask when he preaches?
Why does the praise band wear masks?
Can I change seats after I am seated?
Can I come after the service has started?
When does the live stream occur?
If you have any further questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Reopening Team”.
1) WEC (Women’s Evening Connection)- Tuesday, Sept. 29th from 7-8:30pm Upper Room
All women of Oakridge are invited to come. We are planning a time of sharing, discussion and encouragement. We will need to wear masks and be socially distanced. We are not able to serve drinks or food, so please bring your own! Looking forward to getting together again!!!
2) Assistive devices - available to someone who needs them: commode chair, walker and shower chair. They have all been sanitized. Contact Taesang Ahn at (226) 378-7637
3) Wallet found - If you have lost yours please contact Kathy MacDonald in the church office.
The staff is still working hard and wants to support you. Please call 519-471-2290 and our extensions are listed below.