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December 1st, 2021
As you may have heard, the health orders declaring a full exemption of health orders for worship services was lifted Tuesday November 30, 2021. Meaning that, as of now, there is a mask mandate in effect to attend Sunday Morning Worship Services until further notice. There is also a mandate stating that churches can operate at 50% of their building capacity or greater than 50% capacity where proof of vaccination is produced. We will not be asking for proof of vaccination to attend our worship services, and if necessary, we are prepared to use our Gym as an overflow space again.
We will continue to cooperate with health orders. I know we all have differing opinions on the government’s leadership through the pandemic and the ever-changing regulations. My door is always open to hear you speak about your thoughts and opinions. Having differing opinions will not define how we treat each other! We will continue to worship God in person and online with the freedom He gives us to praise Him together!
This Sunday’s Advent theme is Peace. There are many things around us these days that could cause division. Division and dissention are not new social norms that are only present now. Things that cause separation have been present for centuries and what Jesus has done in his coming to earth, is to bring peace. We will maintain our trust in him during this time and pray that the cases of COVID continue to drop. Jesus is to be praised for the peace he offers us through his blood.
“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
Colossians 1:16-20 NIV
From Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Canada:
Our Church in Abbotsford has been responding to those affected in the area. We continue to pray for all involved, both those impacted and those responding.
If you would like to make a donation in response to “the flooding in BC” and would also like a charitable tax receipt you can do the following:
Mail: Church of the Nazarene Canada 3657 Ponytrail Drive, Mississauga, ON L4X 1W5 Memo: “B.C. Disaster Relief” Tel: 1-888-808-7490 / 905-602-8220 Ext 2 (to speak to Yara)
Online: https://www.ncmcanada.ca/donate Please Specify: “B.C. Disaster Relief” E-Transfer: email@example.com (no password required)Message: Be sure to indicate “B.C. Disaster Relief” in the comments box along with your mailing address if you wish a charitable receipt.
Note: Hanging of the Greens has been postponed until December 12th.
Recently we welcomed Nora Hajian to share about her missions work in Tanzania as a member of Wycliffe Canada.
Click here to be directed to Nora’s Website where you can sign up to receive regular current updates about her life and ministry: https://www.whitehorsenazarene.org/nora.html
Hello Hello Hello!
We have learned that the restrictions have been lifted for our Sunday Morning Gatherings as of this Sunday and going forward. What this means is we are able to sing, have Communion, and have no limits on the amount of people who attend. Masks can still be worn if people so choose. As of now, mask-wearing is optional. Our Pre-Registration on www.abbynaz.com is still up and operational, however, you are not required to pre-register to attend the service this Sunday and subsequent Sundays going forward. If you have registered for the Service July 4, no problem at all, we are glad to worship the Lord with you! We will be removing our Pre-Registration form from the website following this Sunday’s service.
With this new news, I want to communicate with thanksgiving to God, and my love for you! We will continue to worship and praise Him together! Our Livestream will still be operational. We will not be having an ‘overflow’ space in the gym…all are welcome to come into the Sanctuary. I ask that we demonstrate care for those who wish to continue to wear a mask and who may feel unsure about the sudden loosening of restrictions. This transition will be a learning experience for everyone. Our hope is that we will continue to be a community that loves God and loves others with the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. I look forward to Praising God with all of you!
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:6 NIV