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 is time to pack shoeboxes!  Operation Christmas Child is a hands on way for us to bless struggling children in the developing world by filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, clothing, etc.  The boxes are collected at local churches (Albright Church being one of the drop off locations) and businesses and then they are sent to the closest processing center to be checked by volunteers and prepared for transit.  The boxes that are collected at Albright are sent to the OCC processing center in Calgary.  The boxes are then stored there until they are sent out and distributed in the name of Jesus Christ to children in over 100 countries.  The boxes that are collected in Canada this year will be sent to El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

There are still so many people worldwide that still need to hear about the Good News of Jesus Christ.  OCC is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse which exists to follow the examples of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the gospel.  Even before the shoeboxes arrive, Operation Christmas Child equips local churches and ministry partners to provide teacher training to share the Good News of the gospel.  After the shoeboxes have been distributed, the children have the opportunity to take part in the 12 lesson discipleship program called The Greatest Journey.  For every 25 shoeboxes packed, 4 children come to know Jesus as Lord by way of these discipleship lessons.  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.  Churches are being started in places where there has never been a Church before.


Worldwide over 10,000,000 shoeboxes were packed in 2018.  Canada packed 517,437 with 36,164 coming from Manitoba.  Albright collected 164 shoeboxes last year which translates into 27 children coming to know the Lord Jesus through the shoeboxes that were collected at Albright in 2018!  Please pray for Operation Christmas Child and the children that will be receiving the shoeboxes that God's name would be glorified in all the earth through these simple gifts.


Empty cardboard OCC shoeboxes can be picked up free of charge at Albright Church or new for this year we are selling reusable shoeboxes for $4.00 each.  They can be purchased at the Church Office or the Welcome Center.  You can also pack and track a shoebox online.  If you would prefer to just donate some items to be packed into shoeboxes, they can be dropped off at the Church also. 


For more information on Operation Christmas Child, you can check out the website at www.samaritanspurse.ca


"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


Here is a short video about how a shoebox change a boy's life:  Kevin's Story - The Gift of New Life

 
 
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Cameron Asman has been serving with E3 Ministries for over three years now. His work includes pastoral and community visits primarily at three locations: Living Word Temple, Gilbert Park and Turtle Island Community Centre. He also visits and connects with people on reserves in southern and northern Manitoba. 


When Cam meets with others he takes a listening approach to address their needs and concerns as the Holy Spirit sees fit. Much of his work is with the Indigineous community in Winnipeg and Manitoba seeing how he can value and appreciate the In

digenous values and traditions while sharing the gospel.


Praise Reports: 
- Recently, for a church baptism 13 people were planning to be baptized and 20 people were.
- Cam has been working with a church in Moscow, Russia and they have helped form six new churches.
- He has also made connections with a church in Domincan Republic and a team is going out to teach and work with pastors on November 5th.
- Cam started a youth group at Living Word Temple on Thursdays and the youth were given the challenge to go and live out Matthew 25:35-40 and it has been encouraging the stories that the youth have shared. 


Prayer Items:

- Cam is going to the Philippines and Malysia from November 3rd - November 21st to work with a team of seven individuals that is going out to teach and equip pastors and leaders. Please pray for safety while traveling, that the team will make good connections with pastors and leaders abroad and pray for the families that they are away from.
- Lately Cam's work has been extremely busy, so pray that he will take time for self care.
- He still needs $400 per month left to raise.
- In a reservation there is a family where the husband is in jail and they have a baby on the way. Please prayer for the family during this time.
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We surrender, God builds

Newsletter of the Albright Church Capital Stewardship Campaign


Oct. 20, 2019 | vol. 5



Giving Not In Part But The Whole


As we head into the last few days before the “We Surrender, God Builds” Banquet, before we bring our commitment cards and submit our sacrificial commitments, the words of a treasured hymn have come to mind.


A dedicated Christian woman of the 19th century, Frances Havergal was the youngest child of a Church of England minister.  She was a brilliant singer and piano player, and a glittering career in society was open before her.  But she considered all her talents to be only loans from the Lord, to be used in His service.  She would not even sing, except sacred music, and for the purpose of winning souls.  She lavished her strength upon work for the Lord, teaching in Sunday Schools, writing letters, poems, books, devotional tracts, and narratives.  Although always in frail health, she led an active life, encouraging many people to turn to Jesus, and others to seek a deeper spiritual walk with the Lord. 


On the first of February, 1874, Miss Havergal was visiting a home in which some people were not Christians, and some were, but not happy ones.  A great longing seized upon her that all might come to know her Saviour as joyfully as she had.  On February 4th, the last night of her stay, she spent the night writing this hymn, closing with the triumphant line, “Ever, ONLY, ALL for Thee!”  In 1878, four years after writing this hymn, Miss Havergal wrote a friend, “The Lord has shown me another little step, and, of course, I have taken it with extreme delight. ‘Take my silver and my gold' now means shipping off all my ornaments to the Church Missionary House, including a jewel cabinet fit for a countess... Nearly fifty articles are being packed up.  I don't think I ever packed a box with such pleasure.’"May the following words from Frances Havergal become our own prayers, and an absolute pleasure and delight in our own lives as we consider our commitments to the Lord, to Albright and to “We Surrender, God Builds”:


Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.

 

Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.

 

Take my voice, and let me sing, always, only, for my King.

Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.

 

Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold;

take my intellect, and use ev’ry power as Thou shalt choose.

 

Take my will and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.

Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.

 

Take my love; my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.

Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.



Campaign Goal

 

The financial goal of the “We Surrender, God Builds” campaign is to raise $750,000 in three years to enable work to begin on expanding our facility.


We believe in the vision God has given us for Albright Church.  To build up and reach out.  The planned building expansion is a significant part of enacting this vision by offering expanded spaces for connecting, teaching, ministering to, and doing life together with our community.  While we have a financial goal, this campaign is not about money, it is about changed hearts.  It is about lives fully committed to loving, honouring and obeying God.  It is about trusting Him with every aspect of our life and surrendering it to Him with open hands.  It is about letting go of the things we hold on to so tightly, fearing that we can’t do without them, and giving room for God to pour blessing on us - beyond what we could imagine!


God does not want our money, He wants our hearts.  This is the ultimate end to our campaign goal!  Malachi 3:10: “‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.’”

 


Church Banquet


 The “We Surrender, God Builds” banquet will be catered here at Albright this Friday, October 25 at 6:30 pmAll adults and students, Grade 6 and over, are invited to be part of this important event in the life of our church!  Commit to attending this time of fellowship, worship and inspiration by purchasing your $10 ticket at the Welcome Centre TODAY.



PRAY ABOUT IT


Being conformed to the image of Christ includes emulating His sacrificial, giving nature.  As you consider your commitment to this campaign, we encourage you to ask yourself the following questions:


How committed am I to Albright?

Am I willing to rearrange my priorities?

How open am I to generous giving?

Is my commitment born from submissive prayer?

Is my commitment TRULY sacrificial?

Have I surrendered myself to the Lord?

What has God asked me to do?

Do I have faith that God will enable me to meet my commitment?

Is the Lord REALLY the King of my life?


We urge you to continue praying faithfully for Albright, each person at Albright, yourself, and your commitment to the Lord and to Albright.  Continue to submit yourself before the Lord, seeking and surrendering to His will, and act in service and obedience to Him.


“Then [Jesus] said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple

must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it,

but whoever loses their life for me will find it.’”

Luke 9:23-24

 

* Design plans and past newsletters are available for viewing in the hallway outside the prayer room*

 

Albright Stewardship Team:

Len Bobrowski, Sarah Millar, Angela Moore, Jeremy Nickerson, Rob Runtz, Anna Sipinski, Vivian Wesee

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We Surrender, God Builds

Newsletter of the Albright Church Capital Stewardship Campaign

Oct. 13, 2019 | vol. 4



WHERE IS YOUR TREASURE?


Giving back to God is the heart of worship.  It may surprise you to learn that Jesus taught more about money and possessions than he did about heaven or hell.  The word ‘give’ is used over 1,500 times in the Bible, more than the words faith, hope, love or pray.  Why?  Obviously, God doesn’t need our money.  He’s not poor.  But God does want us to become more like him, and that will only happen if we learn to be generous.  God is a giver - the most generous giver in the universe.  Everything you have is a gift from God (1 Chr. 29:14)!


In many churches, the giving of offerings is the low point of the service.  It’s ignored, tolerated, or openly resented by many.  But the Bible teaches that God wants our giving to be a deeply meaningful expression of worship in three dimensions - past, present and future.


First, my giving expresses my gratitude to God for the past.  ‘Thanks’ and ‘giving’ go together.  When we give back to God, we express our appreciation to him for all the ways he has blessed us.  We’re saying, “God, we’re grateful for all you’ve done in our lives, and we love you.”  God wants your giving to be motivated by gratitude.  The Bible says, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7).  A few verses later it says, “...your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Cor. 9:11).


Second, my giving expresses my priorities in the present.  “[Tithing] will teach each of you always to fear the Lord your God” (Deut. 14:23c). The way people spend their time and money reveals what they really value what is really important to them.  It’s one thing to claim we love God, but the Bible says our giving tests the sincerity of our love (2 Cor. 8:8).  When we give the first part of our income to God, on the first day of the week, it is evidence that God holds first place in our hearts. 


Third, my giving expresses my faith in God for the future.  God sees my giving as a test of my faith.  In Malachi 3:10 he says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse (temple)...and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”  It has always amazed me that many people are willing to trust God for their eternal salvation but won’t trust him enough to give.


In 1 Corinthians 16:2b, Paul says, “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income...”  Paul gives us three characteristics of worshipful giving.  First, it is to be regular.  Giving is an act of worship, to be given when you worship.  Second, it is to be planned.  God doesn’t want your giving to be thoughtless, hasty, or impulsive.  He wants you to think about what you are giving.  Third, it is to be proportional.  Tithing is giving back some of what God has helped you earn.  God doesn’t look at the amount you give.  He looks at how much you have, and the attitude with which you give it.

 

Worship is about our total devotion and trust given to God, who has first given everything to us.  It is about pouring ourselves out; ridding ourselves of what the world offers and giving back to God what is rightfully his.  So our giving can be seen as an extension of what is in our hearts.  What does your giving say about the direction and condition of your heart?


(Mostly taken from “Better Together” by Rick Warren.)



GOT QUESTIONS?

 

Entering into a Stewardship Campaign can raise a lot of questions.  We have tried to anticipate what some of those questions might be and have provided some answers.  If you have a question that we have not covered, please contact the church office or one of the Stewardship Team members.


Q: How much money are trying to raise in this campaign?

Our goal is to raise $750,000 in three yearsThis amount of capital is required before we can begin expanding our building.


Q: How do I commit financially to this campaign?

Start with prayer, asking God to show you what and how He would have you give.  Then, fill out the Commitment Card, that was recently placed in your church mailbox, indicating how much you are willing to commit over the next three years.  The commitment entered on this card should be over and above any tithe or offering now being given.  If you do not have a Commitment Card, you can pick one up from the Welcome Centre. 


Q: Will I be asked to commit publicly?

No.  Only God and the Financial Secretary will know what you committed.


Q: When may I submit my commitment?

We ask that you bring your card with you to the “We Surrender, God Builds” Banquet on Friday, October 25 at 6:30 pm.  We urge you to submityourself before the Lord in prayer, seeking and surrendering to His will, before making your sacrificial commitment and submitting it at the banquet.


Q: How do I get a ticket to the banquet?

You may purchase your ticket to the banquet at the Welcome Centre.  All individuals, Grade 6 and over, are invited.  Tickets are $10 each.


Q: When are commitment offerings expected to begin?

You may begin giving towards your commitment as early as Sunday, October 27.  Make sure you mark each of your offerings towards your commitment as being designated to the ‘Expansion Fund’.   


Q: May I give towards my commitment once a year or every month?

Yes.  However, weekly or regular giving instills a continuing sense of stewardship, and most of us could find it easier to keep up this way.  Albright’s giving options include weekly Sunday offering, Bi-weekly or Monthly AutoGiving, and online donations at anytime.


Q: May I make my commitment as part of a larger family commitment?

Yes.  Each commitment card has a section where families may indicate this.


Q: May I revise my commitment?

Yes.  You may revise your commitment at any time should circumstances provide opportunity or make it necessary.


Q: If I should fall behind, will the church make an effort to collect?

No.  The purpose of the Commitment Cards is to have an indication of how much can be expected so we, as a church, can plan accordingly.


Q: In addition to giving, how might I be a part of this campaign?

“We Surrender, God Builds” is more than a campaign for a building.  This campaign is a call for each person at Albright to evaluate their commitment as a whole to our church.  We desire each person to not only express financial commitment to our church and our vision, but to express greater spiritual commitment - in prayer, in service, in doing life together, and in reaching out.  Therefore, we ask that you faithfully read each campaign newsletter, spend time in prayer and reflection, and then act.



PRAY ABOUT IT


In Matthew 6, Jesus challenges us with a choice: accumulate stuff here, or use it in such a way that we are investing in the coming Kingdom.  When we are generous with our resources, talents and time, we are actually sending them ahead into eternity.  And as we invest in God’s Kingdom, our hearts will also be pulled in that direction.


All of us are being asked to surrender, sacrifice, and give generously, knowing it will represent a substantial investment in the building of our own spiritual growth, of Albright, and of God’s Kingdom.  We are being asked to give, believing that it is an act of worship, that to serve is more important than being served, that giving is the believer’s way of life, and that we need to give for the good of our own spiritual vitality.


We urge you to join us in praying for our “We Surrender, God Builds” campaign.  Please pray faithfully:

1. That we, as Albright Church, will continually invest in God’s Kingdom.

2. For the spiritual growth of each person at Albright.

3. For a deeper commitment and involvement from each person.

4. That you will use your resources, talents and time with God’s Kingdom, eternity, and worship in mind.

5. For a successful Capital Stewardship Campaign.


“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:21

 

* Design plans and past newsletters are available for viewing in the hallway outside the prayer room*

 

Albright Stewardship Team:

Len Bobrowski, Sarah Millar, Angela Moore, Jeremy Nickerson

Rob Runtz, Anna Sipinski, Vivian Wesee

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Please click the image below to view a recorded message from a member of the Albright Stewardship Team about our Stewardship Campaign.


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We Surrender, God Builds

Newsletter of the Albright Church Capital Stewardship Campaign


Oct. 6,  2019 | vol. 3



HOW WILL YOU GIVE?


The church of today is not great at giving.  This is a statistical fact:

- Tithers make up only 10-25 % of a normal congregation.

- Only 5 % of people tithe, with 80% only giving 2 % of their income.

- Christians are only giving 2.5 % per capita, while during the Great

Depression they gave at a 3.3 % rate.

Why don’t we give?  The real problem when it comes to our giving is not about money.  The truth is: giving is a heart issue, not a money issue. 


When Paul spoke about the legendary giving of the Macedonian church, he urged the Corinthian church to prove their love like the Macedonians proved theirs: “But since you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you - see that you also excel in this gracious act of giving. I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches” (2 Cor. 8:7-8).


Then he took it a step further and talked about the highest standard in love and giving: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).


The early church understood this; their life together is described in Acts 2:44: “And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything with each other.”  If anyone in the congregation had a need, everyone worked together to meet it, and some were led by the Spirit to sell their possessions and give the money to those in need (Acts 4:34-35).  This is true practical fellowship.  It means admitting that keeping more than we could possibly need is not doing right (2 Kings 7:8-9), and that we should be generous with all God gave us for “if someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion - how can God’s love be in that

person?” (1 John 3:17).  Everything we have is a “good and perfect gift” (James 1:17) from our Heavenly Father, “who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ” (Eph. 1:3).  We give generously because God gave generously to us.


When we don’t give, we’re keeping the community of believers from experiencing the full blessings of God, and we’re being poor stewards of all God has given us.  Most of all, we’re robbing ourselves of the joy of generous living among Christian brothers and sisters.  And there’s another reason we need to learn to be generous with one another: it will build our faith towards being generous with the world.


As we learn to be generous, here are some characteristics to develop:

1. Remember it all belongs to God.  Our harvest comes from God, who even gave us the seeds to grow the crop: “In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you” (2 Cor. 9:10b).


2. Give with a cheerful heart.  God doesn’t want your possessions; He wants your heart (Matt. 6:21).  What motivates your giving?  Paul wrote, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7).


Giving that changes the world is that which is over and above what is required.  And the Bible promises, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Prov. 11:25).  So learn to live generously.  You’ll be richer for it in the end.


(Taken from “...If the Church Tithed “ by Mike Holmes and “Better Together” by Rick Warren.)



Church Banquet


The “We Surrender, God Builds” Banquet will be catered here at Albright on Friday, October 25 at 6:30 pm.  All individuals, Grade 6 and over, are invited.  Commit today to attending this important event in the life of our church!  Tickets are now available at the welcome centre for $10 each.



Ways To Give

  

Someone once said to his pastor, “Give, give, give! That’s all I ever hear from you!”  The pastor smiled and said, “Thank you for the best three-word description of the Christian life!”


Scripture does not simply command us to give, but to give sacrificially and generously whatever kind of wealth, time and talents we have.  “We Surrender, God Builds” challenges everyone to participate in surrendered giving to the work God has for us.


With this in mind, here are a few ideas for how to creatively approach giving to this campaign:

1. First Fruits - give from your salary on the first pay day of the month.

2. Real Estate & Land - sell and give, just as Barnabas did in Acts.

3. Antiques & Collections - sell your cars, jewellery, stamp collections, etc.

4. Garage Sales - give the proceeds.

5. Christmas & Birthday Gifts - reduce gift giving and give the remainder.

6. Give Up Possessions - postpone buying new furniture, cars, etc., and postpone vacations or   

    make them cheaper, shorter, etc. and give that which you were going to spend.

7. Income Tax - give your refund amount.


There are many ways to give.  As to what to give, we urge you to submit yourself before the Lord in prayer, seeking and surrendering to His will.

 

 

Commitment Cards

  

Commitment Cards have now been deposited in each church mailboxIf you do not have a church mailbox, please pick up your card from the welcome centre.


Contributions You Could Make Over a 3 Year Period:


Weekly:

$10

$25

$50

$100

$200

$350

$500

Monthly:

$43

$108

$217

$433

$867

$1,517

$2,167

Annually:

$530

$1,300

$2,600

$5,200

$10,400

$18,200

$26,000

Total:

$1,560

$3,900

$7,800

$15,600

$31,200

$54,600

$78,000



PRAY ABOUT IT


Our God is generous.  He gave us far beyond what we could have ever imagined or asked for in giving us His Son.  He gave us the ultimate gift and it cost Him dearly.  And yet, far too often, we hold back.  We keep a tight grip on the resources and time He’s given us when we are called to live generously.  And true generosity does not come from our excess; it comes from sacrificial hearts.


Generosity is not something that comes after we accumulate wealth.  It is something that we live out wherever we are in life today.  We are to give freely, remembering that all we have comes from God, and the blessings He has in store for us far exceed what we give back to Him.


We urge you to join us in praying for our “We Surrender, God Builds”campaign.  Please pray faithfully:

1. That we, as Albright Church, will be a generous body of believers.

2. For the spiritual growth of each person at Albright.

3. For a deeper commitment and involvement from each person.

4. That you will live generously, surrendering every part of your life.

5. For a successful Capital Stewardship Campaign.


“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share...

so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

1 Timothy 6:18-19

 

* Design plans and past newsletters are available for viewing in the hallway outside the prayer room*

 

Albright Stewardship Team:

Len Bobrowski, Sarah Millar, Angela Moore, Jeremy Nickerson, Rob Runtz, Anna Sipinski, Vivian Wesee

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We surrender, God builds

Newsletter of the Albright Church Capital Stewardship Campaign


September 29,  2019 | vol. 2



WHAT SACRIFICE WILL YOU MAKE?


Serious building requires serious surrender, and serious surrender requires serious sacrifice.  Yet some believers live lifestyles that require little or no sacrifice.  They’re familiar with John 3:16, “For God so loved the world...,” but they need to be equally familiar with 1 John 3:16: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”


Whatever it cost to enrich the lives of others on behalf of Christ, Paul considered it a worthwhile sacrifice (Phil.3:7).  He kept his eyes firmly fixed on the prize (Phil.3:14).  He followed Jesus, who “for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame” (Heb.12:2).  Jesus set aside the privileges of deity and took on “the very nature of a servant” (Phil.2:7), so that those who believed in him would be marked with the Spirit (Eph.1:13).


We all benefit daily from the sacrifices of other believers.  One simple illustration is the building where we meet for our weekly service.  Have you ever considered how many people have surrendered and sacrificed so you would have this specific place of worship? 


Generations before us have sacrificed on our behalf, and now it’s our turn to willingly surrender to what God desires to build in and through us for those in our generation, those who will come after, and all for His glory.  God doesn’t ask us to give any more than Jesus, who came “as an atoning sacrifice for our sins...since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:10-11).


Our Christ-like sacrifices should be:


1. Voluntary.  Jesus said his life was not taken from him, but given freely (John 10:18).  We may not be asked to die for our faith, but Jesus does expect us to die daily to our self-interests (Luke 9:23).


2. Costly.  Israel’s King David said he would offer no sacrifice to God that cost him nothing (2 Samuel 24:24).  Surrendering to God and serving Him is costly, and the cost is more than just financial.  We may be asked to give up our dreams, our expectations, our reputations, our retirements – whatever God asks of us in order to serve His purposes. 


3. Steady.  We’re to be “completely humble and gentle...patient, bearing with one another in love” (Eph.4:2), doing for others what they cannot do for themselves; we’re to do this consistently.


As believers, our role in life has changed.  Our job now is to represent the interests of Jesus.  We are to be His face and hands and feet - we function as ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor.5:14-21); we serve at the will of King Jesus.


Our ambassadorship is more than a mere job; it is our highest calling.  But in order to be built up as true ambassadors, we each have to make a critical decision: how much are we willing to sacrifice?  Are we truly willing to surrender all to God, or not?


(Mostly taken from “Better Together” by Rick Warren.)



CHURCH BANQUET


To remember our past, celebrate our present, and inspire our future, a “We Surrender, God Builds” Banquet will be catered here at Albright on Friday, October 25 at 6:30 pmAll individuals, Grade 6 and over, are invited.  This advance notice gives you just over one month to make arrangements to be in attendance.  You are urged to mark your calendars now and commit to attending this important event in the life of our church!  Tickets will be available starting on October 6 for $10 a piece.



WHAT IS YOUR PART?


“Just what, exactly, is my part in ‘We Surrender, God Builds’?”  This is a good question to be asking, and actually, is a question that only you can answer.  No effort will be made during this campaign to instruct anyone as to the specific amount they should or should not give.  You will not be told the dollar amount you are expected to give.  This decision will rest with you. 


But quite frankly, there is only one way for each of us to determine our commitment.  It should be large enough to represent a real sacrifice.  Our commitment should show our willingness to do without something we had planned otherwise to have.  Of course, this will be different for each person.  Our giving will not be equal, but our sacrifice should be.  This is so that all may equally share in this great undertaking.   


Starting the beginning of October, each household will have the opportunity to make a commitment to this campaign in the form of a commitment card.  The commitment to be entered on this card should be over and above any tithe or offering now being given.  In order to reach our goal and what is needed to begin our expansion, it will be necessary to increase what we are now giving to our church.


Earnest prayer is essential as we each reach a decision about this kind of commitment.  We know it takes courage and trust to make a sacrificial commitment, and courage and trust come to those who pray.   


Therefore, we encourage and will continue to encourage you to submit yourself before the Lord in prayer before you make your sacrificial commitment.  We encourage and will continue to encourage you to evaluate and re-evaluate your level of commitment to Albright.  We encourage and will continue to encourage you to fully surrender yourself to the Lord.



CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVE


Our goal is to raise $750,000 in 3 years for our building expansion.  It is important to note that this amount of capital is required before we can begin expanding.  Continued information regarding your involvement in this campaign will be given in future newsletters over the next weeks.

 

 

PRAY ABOUT IT


Sometimes knowing God’s will is not our struggle, but doing God’s will is our real struggle.  Many times when we say we are seeking God’s will, what we are really wanting to say to God is this: “Ok God, here’s what I’m planning to do. Now I need you to rubber stamp this, all right?”  But God’s will is what HE Commands, NOT what WE plan. 


We need to act upon HIS plans for us.  We are to seek the will of God and obediently do it.  Before God even begins to reveal His will to us, we must be surrendered to doing whatever it is that He desires for us to do.


We urge you to join us in praying for our “We Surrender, God Builds” campaign.  Please pray faithfully:

1. That we, as Albright Church, will do God’s will.

2. For the spiritual growth of each person at Albright.

3. For a deeper commitment and involvement from each person.

4. That you will surrender to what God wants you to do in obedience to Him, even before He shows you what His will is for you. 

5. For a successful Capital Stewardship Campaign.


“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy,

to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God -

this is your true and proper worship.”

Romans 12:1

 

 

*Design plans and past newsletters are available for viewing in the hallway outside the prayer room*

 

Albright Stewardship Team:

Len Bobrowski, Sarah Millar, Angela Moore, Jeremy Nickerson, Rob Runtz, Anna Sipinski, Vivian Wesee

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