LFTS Nov 2 2011

Looking Forward to Sunday

Wednesday November 2nd, 2011                              By Brent Russett

News

I must live on the wrong street. We only had two groups of trick or treaters Monday night. So now the dilemma is, what do we do with the left over candy? I don’t know if you have noticed or not but Halloween is not diet friendly.

I was excited to welcome Matthew Laker to staff meeting yesterday. He is officially on board today. For that we give thanks. It has been a long process – but I am excited about what can happen on the downtown site. (I am excited about what can happen at the Grosvenor site as well)

We had a great potluck on Sunday evening. I love international potlucks. There was lots of people and lots of food. The award for the most creative dish goes to the person who brought Swedish Berries, with the Swedish flag implanted into them with a toothpick. (You know who you are – Joel) It was a milestone in the Russett household this potluck, because my daughter cooked for it. She made Sushi.

This week we are going to be handing our Operation Child Shoe boxes. They are need to be back no later than November 20th. (That is two weeks from this Sunday)  So if you  want to give a Christmas gift to someone far less fortunate, this is a wonderful way to do it. Some of you may like to give the gift, but you don’t like to shop. Operation Christmas Child has made it easy for you. http://www.samaritanspurse.ca/Operation-Christmas-Child/Virtual-Shoe-Box-Introduction.aspx Follow this link and you can give online and someone will pack your shoe box for you.

Fun fact of the day – The clocks go back this Saturday night/Sunday morning. You can get an extra hours sleep, if you remember. If you forget- well you can sing along as the worship team practices.

Views

It is a strange time to be alive. Europe is in damage control mode, over the debt of some of its member States. The U.S. is struggling to cut its deficit while adding to its debt. The Muslim world seems to be fermenting. Western Christianity is declining. South American, African and Asian Christianity is making such remarkable progress that they outnumber Christians in the west by a vast majority. There are now probably more Christians in atheist China than there is in “Christian” North America. There are tragic earthquakes and floods. There is technological advancement. Disruptive change and upheaval are now the norm. Basing one’s security on that which is inherently insecure, like money and possessions, has a way of making one feel insecure in times like these. Basing our security on the One who does not fail and walking in His ways allows us to live well in spite of disruptive change.

Looking Forward To Sunday

This Sunday, Matthew Laker will be speaking at the downtown site. This is his inaugural  sermon. I will be speaking at the Grosvenor Site. I will be looking at things to come. 1 Thessalonians 4

Links

Grosvenor bulletin

Grosvenor sermon

Sundry Information

Sunnyside Wesleyan Church is located at two sites:

The Grosvenor site is at 58 Grosvenor Ave, Ottawa, ON. The service times at the Grosvenor site are 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. (Map)

The Downtown site is at Alumni Theatre in the Jock Turcot building on the University of Ottawa  Campus. (Map)   The service time at this site is 10 a.m. Services  in both locations usually last about 75 minutes.

We are also located virtually at www.sunnysidechurch.ca, or sunnysideottawachurch.com or swc.on.ca (we are virtually very present)

If you want to be removed from this mailing list e-mail office@sunnysidechurch.ca  If you know someone who wants to be added to this mailing list have them send a note to office@sunnysidechurch.ca  If you want to email me personally write to brent.russett@sunnysidechurch.ca   I love hearing from you.

Announcements

Best Years!  Thursday November 3rd @ 10:30am in the church basement

Daylight Savings Ends @ 12am Sunday November 6th     

Love & Respect:  please sign up before November 7th for Early Bird pricing

Faith at Home:  Sunday November 6th

Board Meeting:  Tuesday November 8th

Please check your Photo Directory Information this Sunday (details will be provided in Service)

Being Downtown Oct 27 2011

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27th Oct – Anna Lewis

:.being downtown.:

(a weekly e-letter to Sunnyside Wesleyan Church’s Downtown Congregation)

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“In him we live and move and have our being.”

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So Halloween is on my mind (funny, I know, given that it is October and everything . . .). When I first came to Canada I was surprised to discover what an “event” it is. In the UK, Halloween gets overshadowed by Guy Fawkes (or Bonfire) Night 5 days later. Initially, I thought it was a bit ghoulish or morbid that Canadians get so into Halloween but then I realised that “celebrating” the execution of someone who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament by making “Guys” out of straw and old clothes and throwing them on bonfires is also pretty macabre.

Anyway, I also appreciate that there are a variety of opinions about Halloween and what it is really all about. I don’t want to enter that debate here. I’m more struck by the way Halloween is another event that divides up our year. You can tell what these events are by watching the way the stores change their decoration and displays. Christmas, New Year, Valentine’s, St Patrick’s Day, Easter, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Halloween . . .We normally get at least a month if not more of gearing up for each of these events which means that the year gets split into periods of anticipation. It can, in fact, become easy for us to always be anticipating the next event rather than being thoroughly in the present.

I think the annual events and festivals are important. The Bible talks about the seasons and the patterns and rhythms of time and of our lives. The church calendar is divided up into specific periods, each of which have their own focus and purpose. I just hope that we can also cultivate an ability to mark each day and be engaged in the moment, the present, a day we get to spend with a friend, a relative, a neighbour, or a spouse, and a day we get to spend with God. THURSDAY 27th OCTOBER 2011! That’s a special day; it’s a once in a lifetime event.

Have a good Thursday.

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Links

Downtown bulletin

Downtown sermon

Miscellaneous Information
Sunnyside Wesleyan Church is a multi-site church:  one church in two locations.  For more information, please visit our website: www.sunnysidechurch.ca.
The Downtown location is at the Alumni Auditorium in the Jock Turcot University Centre on the University of Ottawa campus. The service time is Sunday at 10 a.m. (Map)
The Grosvenor location is at 58 Grosvenor Ave.  The summer service time is 10 a.m. (Map)
Services in both locations usually last about 75 minutes.
If you wish to be removed from this mailing list, please e-mail office@sunnysidechurch.ca .
If you know someone who would like to be added to this mailing list, please have them send a note to office@sunnysidechurch.ca.
You may email Joel Windle (Downtown Worship Pastor) at joel.windle@sunnysidechurch.ca.

Announcements

This Sunday is the last Sunday to have your picture taken for our church directory

Missions Night is October 30th @ 5pm in the church basement

November 7th is the last day to buy your Love and Respect tickets @ the early bird price

Sunnyside’s 90th Anniversary Banquette is Nov. 12th @5pm in the Church Basement

LFTS Oct 25 2011

Looking Forward to Sunday

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011                              By Brent Russett

News

Life is full. There is lots of things happening. I checked online for my school work today, and realize I have a 2000 word essay due on Friday that I didn’t know about. I missed that one. Oh well, what is a little sleep deprivation.

Matthew and family were able to move in last Saturday. Thank you to the eight of you who helped him move in. I am sure it was appreciated. Matthew takes on the role of downtown site pastor November 1st.

I was happy to perform Duana Dupuis and Greg Bergman’s wedding on Saturday at Bean Town ranch. It was a semi outdoor wedding, and the sun started to shine right when the wedding began. It was a grand day.

This Sunday night there is a missions potluck happening at 5 p.m. It is always a great time to sample international food, and hear about some of the missions we support. I would encourage you to take the time to come out and enjoy both the food and the fellowship. If you happen to be in residence, or in a place where you can’t cook, you are still welcome to come and partake.

On November 13th we are going to be celebrating our 90th anniversary as a church. It will be a time of celebrating what God has done, and moving into what we believe that God is calling us to do. On the Saturday evening we are going to be having a potluck supper and celebration. If you are gifted in music and would like to share a song in the 45 minutes program after supper, let me know. Drop me an email.

This is the last Sunday to get your picture taken for the photo directory – help us to help you to get to know people at Sunnyside.

Views

I am on my third volume of Systematic Theology by Thomas Oden. Usually Systematic Theology is a little dry. But Oden has painted a picture of God that has captured my imagination. It is a wonderful thing when one can do school work and be blessed at the same time. If you are looking for an in depth look at what historic Christians have believed about God and his work in the world, I would recommend this 3 volume set.

Looking Forward to Sunday

This Sunday Mike Tapper is preaching at the Grosvenor Site and I will be preaching at the downtown site.

Links

Grosvenor bulletin

Grosvenor sermon

Sundry Information

Sunnyside Wesleyan Church is located at two sites:

The Grosvenor site is at 58 Grosvenor Ave, Ottawa, ON. The service times at the Grosvenor site are 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. (Map)

The Downtown site is at Alumni Theatre in the Jock Turcot building on the University of Ottawa  Campus. (Map)   The service time at this site is 10 a.m. Services  in both locations usually last about 75 minutes.

We are also located virtually at www.sunnysidechurch.ca, or sunnysideottawachurch.com or swc.on.ca (we are virtually very present)

If you want to be removed from this mailing list e-mail office@sunnysidechurch.ca  If you know someone who wants to be added to this mailing list have them send a note to office@sunnysidechurch.ca  If you want to email me personally write to brent.russett@sunnysidechurch.ca   I love hearing from you.

Announcements

This Sunday is the last Sunday to have your picture taken for our church directory

Missions Night is October 30th @ 5pm in the church basement

Baptism Group meets October 30th @ 12:30pm in the church basement

The Book of Acts Bible Study has been change to the first and the third Friday of the month

November 7th is the last day to buy your Love and Respect tickets @ the early bird price