It Is Never Too Late
Christmas season is fast coming to a close. I trust you all had a great time with your family and friends. As we prepare for the last day of the year, the media is full of highlights and lowlights of 2018. I have read on Facebook, people’s hopes of a better 2019 and of deep disappointment in 2018. One thing is for certain, what is done is done. We cannot undo the past, but we can create our future. It may feel like you are stuck, unable to get past the barriers, the failures, the consequences of dumb decisions, but I have good news for you. Jeremiah, an Old Testament prophet, was having a bad day. Actually, it was a bad life.
During his life he was misunderstood, rejected, beaten, in prison, left to die of starvation in a dry well; yet in every circumstance, God rescued him. His life was so terrible, he wrote a book about it called Lamentations which means a “book of sorrow or weeping”. In the middle of this book of lament, he pens these words:
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23
This is our promise. It is never too late. It is never too bad. It is never too difficult. There is hope, because God’s mercy is new every morning. Meaning, even if you have lived a life of failure, it need not continue. God is extending his mercy out to us each day, faithful to meet us at our very deepest place of need.
Why not make a change this last Sunday of the year? Make a decision to be with God’s people. Seek out a counsellor, develop a strategy with God’s help to deal with that debilitating habit. Start an exercise program. Read the word of God. It is the little (healthy) things done each day that will make a big difference in your life.
This Sunday I am speaking about It is never too late. It will be a great message of encouragement to all. It is never too late to experience his mercy. See you this Sunday.
On Sunday, January 6th we will be having baptism for followers of Jesus. This is for those that are choosing to put their past behind them and follow Jesus. Baptism is a one-time act, but then it requires of us to put our past behind us every day thereafter. If you have not been baptized as an adult and are choosing to make Jesus your Lord and are desirous to be a follower of Him, then you are a candidate for baptism. Email me and we can discuss this with you. email@example.com
Growth Groups start on January 2nd and 3rd. Sign up today.
Here is a great opportunity to try something New and Life Giving for 2019.
Groups meet once a week in home environments on Wednesday and/or Thursday nights. We delve into connecting deeper with each other and God by sharing our personal lives and exploration based on the previous Sunday’s sermon. Times are also designated for service projects and social times.
To sign up, simply call the church office 352.1722, email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up on Sunday at the church information table.
KCF is partnering with Rotary to host the International Dinner which will be held Thursday, Feb 7, 2019, 5:30pm at Mary Hall, Selkirk College. Money raised will go towards a teacher in Haiti and towards food security in Nelson, namely Our Daily Bread and Polio Eradication.
Tickets are available at the KCF office. There is a need for silent and toonie auction items for this event. If you have a service you can provide or have a friend or favourite business you could ask to provide a gift certificate please contact email@example.com.
Our Daily Bread
We are happy report that people have responded very generously to the Christmas mail out campaign. Supporters of ODB have donated over $44,500! God has been blessing ODB surpassing the $40,000 goal that was set.
While the goal is generously met, funds are required ongoing. There is still time to get a donation in for the 2018 tax year. We accept eTransfers, you can call in and give by credit card, or drop by the office.
If you have not donated yet, please consider doing so today. You can make a significant impact with a hungry person by donating to Our Daily Bread in Nelson, BC. We have seniors, children, women, young and older people come for food, community and support. Individual lives have been changed forever by the love shown at Our Daily Bread. Please help someone today by donating $100 or what ever you can online at http://kootenaychristianfellowship.com/dat/?p=odb-donations Our Daily Bread Nelson Hot Lunch program. Thank you for supporting those that need it.
It is so wonderful to see how many people joyously and faithfully support and care for the people of Nelson and area. We want to say a huge Thank You to all those who have donated and that give of their time, prayers and resources to support this vital ministry.
Volunteer Opportunities at ODB
Are you seeking more purpose in your life, and wanting to give back and contribute to the community in a hands-on way?
ODB has an ongoing daily need (Mon-Fri) for volunteers ranging from helping in the kitchen, general building/property upkeep or cleaning up after the lunch. Clean up begins at 1pm and is completed by 2pm.
Why not come in to ODB, enjoy a great hot lunch, good company and then help clean up.
Need a new wardrobe? Looking for some Winter clothes? Want to know how to get a good deal on some great items? WE NOW HAVE CLOTHES AT S.H.A.R.E. Nelson. Check it out!
Follow us on our Facebook page and don’t miss out on any sales.
S.H.A.R.E. is accepting and receiving donations and new items are being put out for sale every day. If you would like to volunteer at S.H.A.R.E. we currently have great opportunities. Call the store at 250.352.1222 or stop by the store to inquire. Click on this link to check out S.H.A.R.E.’s video! Check out our FB page.
Calendar of Events
Visit our website at http://www.kootenaychristianfellowship.com for all the news, sermons, and places to donate.
December 28, 2018
Kootenay Christian Fellowship520 Falls Street (1/2 Block up from Baker Street)Nelson, BC V1L 6B5