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

Our Church Family: Congratulations to Paul & Beth Vreugdenhil as they celebrate their 30th Anniversary on Tuesday,
congratulations also to James & Candice Stickland as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary on Tuesday. Congratulations to Minnie DeHaan as she celebrates her 86th birthday on Saturday. Jenn Abel goes in for surgery this coming Thursday, and will not be back to interpret until February again. Please keep her and all our sick and shut-ins in your prayers.

This Morning we welcome Pastor Dale Melenberg from Hope CRC in Courtice, by way of classical appointment.

Green Section Gathering TODAY: Please note that if you sit in the Green section, your “Meet and Greet” is today, Please come join your Section Leaders, Darrel & Nora Brown to enjoy a time of refreshments and connection-from noon to 1pm in the Youth Hall.

New Members’ Class will be held on Jan. 12 & 13 and Jan. 19 & 20. For more information see the insert in the bulletin.
Invitations to special services at Maranatha during the holiday season are available at the Information Desk. These are a great way to reach out and invite friends and family for a service.

Year-End Giving: Please prayerfully consider how God has blessed you this year and how you can contribute to the ministry of Maranatha as we seek to reach the lost, restore the broken, equip the saints and release the workers. Prayerfully consider both the budget and the building fund to help pay down our mortgage. Donations must be made no later then Sunday, Dec. 31 to be eligible for donation receipts for 2017.

Christmas Services: Please note that on Sunday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, there will be no childcare available or Kids Up program. The rooms will be open and accessible for parents to use, and there is a monitor in the room so that you can watch the service. Sarah Riemersma will be making up a special activity package for children to use in the services. These can be picked up at the Care Corner desk or the Information Desk. Any questions, please take to Sarah Riemersma.

Dinner Theatre: On Saturday, Feb. 10, Maranatha Marriage Ministry will be hosting a dinner theater and presenting the captivating musical “Moses”, filmed before a live audience at the world renown Sight & Sound Theatre. Tickets are $20 each and will be available after the service, or at the church office. They make great Christmas gifts. All adults are welcome.

Griefshare: If you or someone you know is grieving the death of a love one there is caring support available through GriefShare. Starting Thursday Jan. 11 from 7-9 pm GriefShare will again be running its 13 session support group. Excellent videos featuring experienced grief counsellors and people sharing experiences of their grief journey help us to learn that grieving is normal, is different for everyone and provide input on how to handle grief in a healthy way. Caring and experienced facilitators are there to encourage and support during group discussions, and a workbook to be used at home helps us draw near to God as we look at the different aspects of our grief journey. For more information or to register contact: Mary Kaldeway 613 962 8220 or mary.kaldeway@gmail.com

Christmas is Almost Here… and while for some that can be a lovely time of being with friends and family, it can be one of the most lonely times for those without others to celebrate with. Please look around and see who you can include in your Christmas celebrations this year. Let’s love one another by reaching out to include one another, remembering that we are family because of Jesus!