Bible Passage: Matthew 7:13-14
Message: The Narrow Way
Pastor Tom Baird
Our Church Family: Condolences to Andre & Joanne Leger on the passing of Andre’s mother this past Thursday. Hazel VanderVelde has been diagnosed with cancer. She is facing tests in the next few weeks to determine treatment. Please keep her & Jake in your prayers. She misses the fellowship of Maranatha. Tom Collyer remains at Quinte Hospice. Please keep Tom & Beth & family in your prayers. Henry Huizinga remains in BGH but will be transferred to Hospice in about one and a half weeks. Please keep Henry & Aaltje in your prayers.
Team Today: Lead Guitar: Bill DeVries, Drums: Aidan Van Roon, Bass: Harrison Noble, Rhythm Guitar: Lionel Rae, Vocals: Lisa VanSteenbergen. Interpreter: Jenn Abel.
This Morning we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. All who have publicly confessed the Lord Jesus Christ and are seeking to live out that commitment in repentance and faith are warmly invited to join in our celebration.
Offerings: Each week we hold an offering for a cause and for budget. This week the offering is for Tuition Assistance and next Sunday, March 13 the offering will be for Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Feb 27 Giving: Total: $261,705.42; Budget: $260,690.17, Building: $395.50, UCB Canada: $419.75, Benevolence Fund: $200.00.
The Journey, A New Series of Messages: This morning, we start a new series of messages. called The Journey, the series will focus on our walk of faith through this world to the next and will be tied loosely to the book The Pilgrim’s Progress. The children will be following a parallel curriculum on Sunday mornings, exploring the same themes as the adults each week. How can you make the most of this series personally and as a family? Here are several ideas:
Read The Pilgrims Progress: Purchase a print, electronic, or audio version. (We recommend the modern English version revised by Alan Vermilye.)
Purchase copies of The Little Pilgrim’s Progress for $10 to read with your children, and pick up the Take it Home curriculum prepared by our Children’s Director, Shelley Schamehorn. (Visit the Information Centre in the foyer after the service to get these materials.)
Watch the animated Pilgrim’s Progress film with your kids. It is available on Right Now Media and can be accessed free by any Maranatha community member. Contact Nancy in the church office to register for the service.
Time Change: Next Saturday, March 12 the clocks spring ahead an hour. Remember to set your clocks ahead before you go to bed on Saturday night.
Council Elections: Council is working on nominations for elders and deacons and invites the congregation to submit names of people they believe would be qualified to serve. Names should be submitted in writing to the church office no later than Monday March 14 at 5pm. Submissions should be addressed to Fran Dunford, clerk of council and signed by the person putting names forward for consideration. Elders and deacons should be Christians of mature faith and character, full of the Holy Spirit, with gifts of leadership, wisdom and discernment. Elders should also have gifts such as faith, prayer, teaching and evangelism while deacons should have gifts such as service, mercy and encouragement, (See 1 Tim. 3-1-13 and Titus 1:6-9 for the biblical criteria). To be considered, people must be confessing members who are committed to the vision and mission of Maranatha and have demonstrated their maturity and gifts in ministry.
Protocols: As you know, on March 1 capacity limits were lifted in all indoor public settings, so we have begun replacing the seats in the auditorium. If you are uncomfortable having someone sitting right next to you, just place your jacket on the seat next to you. As a reminder, masks are still required in all public spaces until the mandate is lifted.
Online Church Directory Team Available Today: We will be available in the foyer today to assist with filling out the Consent Forms or to answer any of your questions. We would love to see you!
Library: We would like to open the library soon. Please return all books, DVDs, music ASAP. Any questions? Not sure if you have anything? I have a list, call Nora 613-922-9081.
Post Service Prayer: Prayer teams are available after morning services for anyone who would like prayer or to respond to what God has been speaking to them. Meet in front of the stage on the keyboard side after the service and the prayer team will lead you to a classroom to pray. If you are at home and would like someone to pray with you over the phone, email email@example.com to arrange a time.
The Banner for March is available at the front doors of the church or for those attending church, on a table in the foyer. Also available, Today booklets and Our Daily Bread booklets.
Personal Prayer: If you would like some prayer, encouragement or support throughout the week, prayer teams are available to pray with you between 11:30am-1:30pm on Tuesdays through Fridays. Come in the back door near the chapel anytime during those hours to receive prayer. or simply come enjoy a personal time of prayer and worship in the chapel! For more information, please contact Deborah at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is for everyone!
Women’s Life Celebration: Mark your calendars for our next large group women's celebration on Sat. Mar. 19 from 9-11:30am, for all morning and evening groups as well as newcomers! Come enjoy some fellowship, refreshments, worship and sharing. There will also be opportunity to sign up for a Women's Life group at that time, if you're not yet a part of one. Please register with the office or contact Virginia Wheatley or Deborah Morgante.
Online Church Directory Information Sessions: We want you included in the Online Directory even if you don't have the internet. It's a great way for others to get to know you! Thank you to those who have already signed up! In April, we will be hosting several Information Sessions. At these sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn how to use the program & upload your photos. If you need your photo taken, we will take it for you. Still need to sign up? Consent forms are available in the foyer or you may sign up online at www.maranatha-church.com.
The Quinte Christian Online Auction is LIVE right now! Go to fundraiser.support/qchs or download the Auctria app to get bidding! Share the link with your friends and family to spread the word. The auction closes at 9pm on Tuesday, March 8, so watch your favourite items carefully to make sure you don't miss out!
Thrift Store: All red stickers/tags are $1. The store is looking for men’s jeans, clean plastic bags and good used furniture. You may drop off donations at the back of the store, please ring the doorbell and someone will come to the door. Please drop donations off before 4pm during the week and 3pm on Saturdays. Any questions, talk to Tineke Bouma or Margriet Basaur.