I would like to introduce you to Sarah Bean. Sarah is a familiar person at Calvary as she has been attending and serving here for a number of years. Today I'm introducing her in a new capacity: Sarah Bean is our new volunteer Coordinator of Women’s Ministries at Calvary. With the approval of our Elders, we have asked Sarah to use her gifts and talents to help our women become better disciple-makers. Sarah brings a focus, leadership, and intentionality to the role and we are very excited to see how God is going to use her in the days to come.
Sarah is a trained educator who currently runs her own home daycare in Burlington. She is married to Matt Bean and together have three great kids, William, Abigail, and Ezra. Sarah brings a desire to help our women grow in their faith by providing opportunities for spiritual engagement, evangelism, and equipping. We are thrilled that Sarah said yes to this volunteer role and look forward to see how she will connect with women and encourage them. Please support her and look for opportunities to connect with our Women’s ministries they develop. Join me in welcoming Sarah to this role and please pray for her as she begins.
You can connect with Sarah by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some Quick facts about Sarah
Favourite colour? - Red (if you have met Sarah, you probably already knew this!)
Favourite food? - Cereal
Favourite movie? – The Sound of Music
Favourite country visited? – Thailand
Favourite season? - Fall
Favourite author? - Francine Rivers
Favourite Canadian image? - Mounties
Favourite Bible verse? Philippians 4:6
One thing that energizes Sarah? - "Getting together with an individual or small group to process life together and be able to support those I've connected with through prayer, text messages, helping out in some way."
Welcome aboard Sarah!
I was saying to my wife Jolene over the Christmas break that I just can’t go back to regular radio stations yet. I need some kind of Christmas music buffer before I let go of the holiday and get back into the regular rhythm of the year. Because when December 1st hits, I switch over to our local all-day Christmas radio station, and that’s what I listen to. I watch awful Christmas movies with ridiculous plots and acting. We eat sweet treats and relax on the couch more than normal. But once New Years hits, it’s just over. I gotta stop listening to Christmas music, stop watching the bad movies, and go back to the normal grit and grind of the year.
Or do I?
Before I was a Christian, this was certainly the case. Christmas was over, and it’d be this huge breakdown. As soon as we took the tree out of the house it was like, right…it’s over. I remember feeling so depressed in the early weeks of January, because all the joy, all the happiness, all the suspense was suddenly gone, until next Christmas.
Since becoming a Christian though, I can see that my attitude has changed. Sure, I still wish that the Christmas season persisted another month…or 11. I still wish that I didn’t feel the need for the Christmas buffer post new year. But the joy and happiness of Christmas, doesn’t leave me like it did when I was younger.
I was reminded afresh about the hope that we get in the baby Jesus. The hope that this act of God brings to me, my family, my church, and this world. And that message of hope is not just a Christmas message. We don’t just get Jesus for the month of December, then have the rest of the year to fend for ourselves. No, we get him for the other 11 months as well. Christmas is the arrival of that hope and joy, but afterwards, he’s here, he’s arrived. The hope we’d been waiting for is present. Granted, we’re 2000 years after that arrival. But we remind ourselves of the fact that Jesus is here – He doesn’t go away and come back each December. He is here, He has been here, and He will be here until the end of the age.
I hope you’ve had a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and it is my prayer that you carry the hope of Jesus with you throughout 2020.
Mike Sanders, Youth Director
In June of this year, the men at Calvary had the privilege of hearing Dr Michael Haykin speak at a Saturday morning breakfast. He gave several different stories regarding physical presence as being important for friendship, and one stood out to me. Recently Michael had injured himself so that he could no longer travel. As a professor in a southern US seminary, Michael would travel there to teach but since he could not travel, Michael used Skype to give the lectures. What he noticed was that while he was doing the distance education, no one asked questions or shared comments. It was not until he resumed going to the campus that the two-way dialogue resumed. Can you relate to his experience?
As a church, we need each other. Some members of our church are longing to come to church but cannot because of their health concerns. Do you have a similar attitude of longing, or are you satisfied just listening to a podcast or a video? These things are good for the short term but you need human touch, a friendly hello, to be helping someone, discipling someone and being discipled.
When live theatre, concerts, are lectures still a big part of our society, why do we have such an issue with meeting together regularly as a church? When you listen alone, sing alone, or pray alone you should miss the power and impact of corporate or small group prayer and worship. You should long for it.
I've included a link to an article titled, "Seriously, Go to Church". Please have a read, it is not long. Then let’s meet face to face to discuss why the local church should be important in our lives and what we can do to make it so. I’ll buy the coffee.
Please remember that being a Christian is not a solo event. We need each other ( I Corinthians 12).
Peter Klahsen, Elder Chair
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