Albright Church

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Sundays: 10:00am

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Begin, Belong, Become

Phone: 204-334-5873    Email: info@albrightchurch.com

415 Maxwell King Drive, East St. Paul, MB - View Map

It seems safe to say that this week, Spring has finally arrived.  The sun has been breaking through the clouds and warming up the earth below.  The melting snow revealing all that it has covered up over winter.  As the seasons change we also begin to see, if only from a distance, neighbours that we have not seen all winter long. We may have a deep relationship spanning many years with some of these neighbours; some we may not even know at all.  But regardless of how long we have known our neighbours, it should be our desire to build relationship with them so that we can love them in the way Christ has loved us.


“This is the message that you have heard from the beginning. We should love one another.” 1 John 3:11


As we celebrate this Easter season, we are reminded of what had been done for us.  We have been redeemed from an eternity apart from God and all of His goodness.  We have been shown an abounding love by our Saviour Jesus Christ.  A love that is as wide as outstretched limbs nailed to a tree.  “For this is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.” 1 John 3:24.  Through His sacrifice, He has conquered sin and death; He has made a way for all who believe in His name to be saved.


The truth of Easter weekend is not just for us.  As much as we receive the good news of Jesus Christ with joy in our own lives, we are not called to stop there.  As we have come to know what love is by the servant sacrifice of Jesus, we are called to reciprocate that love to others.  “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us.  For God is greater than our hearts and He knows everything.” 1 John 3:17-24.


As we have experienced the love of Jesus in our own lives, we are called to love others in a way that addresses their needs physically, emotionally, and spiritually through action, not only in words.  As we continue in our journey together as a church body, we seek to not only begin and belong, but to BECOME more committed followers of Jesus; and this is what Christ has asked of us, “…to believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded.” 1 John 3:23.  It is my prayer that collectively we grow in our willingness and ability to love others in all areas of our lives.  Whether among co-workers, our neighbours, our families, or strangers, we are called to look beyond ourselves to see the needs around us.


How do we discover the needs?  We need to first be growing in our ability to listen.  As we talk to people in all of our relational spheres, we can serve them by listening to them.  Hearing about their past, inquiring about their families, asking about their hobbies and interests, being concerned for their well-being, celebrating their victories.  Listening is the beginning of building any trusting relationship. Intentionally building relationships is so important as we seek to share the life and love of Christ with others.  As we build relationships continue to pray that God would soften the heart of those you are walking with and that, by His Spirit, they would begin to explore the truth of Jesus.


So, wherever you are over this Easter Season, take time to consider ways that you might build relationships with those around you who are uncertain what the Gospel means in their lives.  Seek ways to bless those you have relationship with.  The goal being that they would know the love of Christ alive in us, for this is where we are called to start in relationship with those who do not know Him.  As we seek to be active in blessing, we will continue to rely on the work of the Holy Spirit in those around us; that God will build His kingdom as we open ourselves up to be part of His work.


- Nathan Wachal, Associate Pastor Community Initiatives and Worship Arts

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Operation Christmas Child is a hands on way for Canadian's and other countries to bless struggling children in the developing world by filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, clothing, etc.  The boxes are collected in November, checked and prepared for transit at a local processing centre and then distributed in the name of Jesus Christ to children in over 100 countries throughout the year. 


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There are still so many people worldwide that still need to hear the Good News and Great Joy of Jesus Christ.  Operation Christmas Child's mission is to do that by distributing gift filled shoeboxes in the name of Jesus Christ to children in over 100 countries.  OCC is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse which exists to follow the example of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the gospel.


Operation Christmas Child equips local churches and ministry partners to provide teacher training to teach the 12 lesson discipleship program called The Greatest Journey.  For every 25 shoeboxes packed, 4 children come to know Jesus as Lord through the follow-up discipleship lessons.  Worldwide over 10,000,000 shoeboxes were packed in 2018.  The Lord is doing great things as we share the gospel with these beautiful young souls.  Many of the children that have received shoeboxes have gone on to minister to their own communities and continue to make an impact for the gospel. 


Last year in Canada,  517,437 shoeboxes were packed, with 36,164 coming from Manitoba.  At Albright Church, we packed 164 shoeboxes, which translates to 27 children coming to know the Lord Jesus through them!


Please continue to pray for Operation Christmas Child and the children receiving the shoeboxes that God's name would be glorified in all the earth through these simple gifts.  If you are interested in packing a shoebox, they can be done through the year on-line or during the fall collection time.  Operation Christmas Child also has many other volunteer opportunities available on their webite.


“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”    Matthew 28:19-20

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