Prayer Chain Requests: Please e-mail your prayer requests to prayermaranatha@yahoo.ca or call Barb Huiskamp (613-393-1585).

Our Church Family: Condolences to Arnold Groenewegen and family on the passing of Leslie-Anne this past Thursday. Visitation will be held at Steele Funeral Home (30 Moira St.,) on Wednesday evening from 5-8pm and the funeral will be held here on Thursday at 11am in the chapel. Congratulations to Lionel & Carolyn Rae as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary today. Congratulations also to Erna Fricke as she celebrates her 85th birthday on Friday, and also congratulations to Egbert & Jean Couperus as they celebrate their 62nd Anniversary on Saturday. Jennifer Allison had surgery on Friday, as did Mary Lynn Foulds. Please pray for them both as they recover after their surgeries. Henk VanStraten hurt both his legs jumping into water, please pray that he will recover quickly. Dave & Evita Botting will be on holidays until Sept. 3. Shelley Schamehorn will be on holidays until Sept. 4, Mike Mathewson will be on holidays until Sept. 12.

Summer Connections: If you signed up for a church-based Summer Connections group – please check out the insert in the bulletin for details.

New Address: Mike & Sharon Mathewson’s new address as of Sept. 1, will be 47 Robertson Lane, Belleville, K8P 4C2.

Volunteers Needed: This is your opportunity to get more involved in the day to day operation of keeping our church community running smoothly. If you can spare an hour per week or just once a month, please talk to Hans Devries. There is also an immediate need for a short term paid position, if you are interested call Hans at 613-392-3133.

Kids Up will be prepping classrooms and supplies for the Fall program, therefore there will be no kids up program offered on Sunday, Sept. 3. There will also be no nursery, but the rooms will be open for parents to use with their children, but you are responsible for your children. Any questions, please talk to Sarah Riemersma.

Retirement: A number of events are being planned to celebrate Pastor John and Michelle as he retires the end of November this year. Set aside the last weekend of November – a program is planned for Saturday night, Nov. 25 (for adults) and a special worship service for Sunday morning, Nov. 26 (for everyone, including children).

GriefShare is a support ministry for those challenged with the death of a loved one. Excellent videos featuring experienced grief counsellors and people sharing experiences of their grief journey. There is a $20 charge for the workbook that goes with the video series. The next session begins on Sept. 6 at 10am here at Maranatha. For more information or to register contact Ken VanSchelven 613-779-1253 or kwvans7@gmail.com

Pioneer Club will be ministering to children, JK – grade 6, again this year, starting Wednesday, Sept. 20. Club will run from 6–7:30pm each Wednesday night. We are looking for adults and teens to serve on this ministry team. This ministry provides a great opportunity for teens to receive community service hours. If you are interested in being on this team, and have attended Maranatha for at least 6 months, please contact Linda Wattam, 613-848-7083.

Maranatha Birthday and Event Calendars for next month are in mailboxes and at the Information Centre. If you would like  your birthday on the calendar, please contact the church office.