News for Friday Sep 28

Hi Parents,

In Sunday School this past week our teenagers learned that Jesus commands them to follow him exclusively, with no reservations. Students were challenged to respond to this definition of discipleship and assess their faith-life accordingly.
As you go throughout the week, help reinforce this teaching in your child’s life by asking these or similar questions:

Are you satisfied with how you are following Christ?
What have been the biggest improvements you’ve made over the years as it pertains to your habits and disciplines?
How can we as a family support you in your growing faith walk?
As a great side night, we received some good news on Sunday. Natasha Landra will be rejoining our teaching team for Sunday School starting next week. Natasha taught all last year, and she makes our team much better.

This Friday Night we are having a massive outreach event that we’ve creatively titled “Fall Blast Party”. The night involves a $2 BBQ (includes Pop, Chips & Hot Dogs), live music from “Vinyl Quartet” (a band from WIlliam Aberhart High School, and a Street Hockey Tournament. Here is the Schedule for the Night

5:30 – Street Hockey Registration

6:00 -Street Hockey Tournament Begins

7:00 BBQ starts

7:30 Vinyl Quartet Takes the stage

The event should go to about 10:00 o’clock (the last game of Hockey will finish at 9:45 if there are 5 teams signed up.

We are looking for parent volunteers for the night to help with the BBQ, hockey registration and being a referee for the hockey game. Please let me know if you are willing to help.

Have a great week!

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Friday Sep 14 Youth Details, & Summary of last Sunday’s Lesson

Hello Parents,

This Friday the youth event will run from 7:00 – 9:30 PM
It is a Life Night which includes, Group Games, Snack, Teaching on “Healthy Friendships”, small group discussion & prayer.
I will put the notes for the talk, along with the discussion questions from the night on our parents blog

Last Sunday we began our Youth Sunday School. Our lesson focused on Jesus’ desire to meet the needs of those who suffer. We challenged students to embrace Christ’s call to be “workers” in a “harvest field” desperately in need of their presence.
As you go throughout the week, help reinforce this teaching in your child’s life by asking these or similar questions as you have the opportunity:

What are some specific examples of physical and spiritual needs people in our world face today?
What might happen if you prayed that God would send you out and use you to meet the needs of people in our community or in other parts of the world? Is that a prayer you would willingly pray? Why or why not?
How can we as a family help people in need in our community?
God Bless You,

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Youth Devotional from Sep 7

Carl Landra put this together for our youth. He presented it during Friday nights event.

When someone uses the word “grace” it can often bring up a number of different feelings. According to, it can often bring up 20 different feelings. This dawned on me yesterday when I thought of what it meant to “show someone grace”. What does that mean to people when I say that, but more importantly, what does that mean to me? Well, according to I would mean:

mercy; pardon; forgiveness of an offense

I think that we can all agree that showing grace is a good thing, even if we think it’s good because we like to receive it. When we miss up and genuinely feel bad about what we’ve done
At times it seems easy to know who deserves grace. I think that we can all agree, that it is a great feeling to have someone forgive you for what you’ve done to them.

But what about when someone does something against us? Sometimes, it seems to be a lot easier to not forgive them. Forgiving someone who’s truly hurt you can be difficult, but it’s also important. How do we know this?

Colossians 3:12-14

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

God has forgiven our sins and our sin has been defeated by Jesus’ death on the cross. That’s huge! It’s so big that God doesn’t want us to take the gift of forgiveness and grace that he’s given us and keep it just for ourselves. He calls us to forgive others like he forgave us. He also wants to share about what he’s done for us.

Luke 19:11-27

11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. 12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas.[a] ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’
14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’
15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.
16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’
17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’
18 “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’
19 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’
20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’
22 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’
24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’
25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’
26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”

This is what our youth group is about. Our name is PYRO which stands for Passionate Youth Reaching Out, and that is what God calls us to do. Like the servants in the story, God wants us to use what he has given us to make it grow. God has forgiven us and wants that forgiveness to grow.

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Fall 2012 Calendar (Friday Night Events)

Fall 2012 Friday Night Events



September 7 – Youth & Parent BBQ

September 14 – Life Night

September 21 – Evangelism Training

September 28 – BLAST Outreach Event



October 5 – No Youth (Thanksgiving Weekend)

October 12 – Life Night

October 19 – Evangelism Training

October 26 – BLAST Outreach Event



November 2 – LIFT (Youth & Young Adults)

November 9 – Life Night

November 16 – Evangelism Training

November 23 – BLAST

November 30 – Open



December 7 – LIFT (Youth & Young Adults)

December 14 – Christmas Event

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Youth & Parent BBQ on Friday Sept 7

Our first official event of the fall is one for our youth and their Parents. Come out for supper at 6:30, on Friday, September 7. After supper the parents will come inside to find out the plans and programs for the year. Youth will stay outside playing wide games and having a devotional. Then at Sunset we will all enjoy a movie outside together. This is a great event to invite new families to, as it will be very informative for parents.
Please RSVP to or call 403 239 6200

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Shake the Lake – Aug 11

Hi Parents,

Our youth group is attending the “Shake the Lake” festival in Sylvan Lake on August 11. This festival was started a few years back by some of my friends in youth ministry, and has since grown. It is an alcohol free festival that has no cost for us. The festival includes live music, a BMX and skateboard competition and a family zone. I am renting a van to drive everyone up. However, I would like to get a head count as soon as possible so that I will know if I will need to rent a 2nd van.

We will leave the church at 12 noon and return that evening around 10 pm. Students should bring lunch to eat on the way. They should also bring some cash to buy their own dinner in Sylvan Lake.

If you would like more information on Shake the Lake you can go to the official website at

Please let me know if your teenagers are planning to attend.

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Moral Boundaries

Hi Parents,

I wanted to give you a headsup on the topic for the teaching part of Friday nights’ youth event. We are talking about “Moral Boundaries” which is #3 in our 7 Checkpoints that we cycle through on Life nIghts.

1 – Authentic Faith
2 – Spiritual Disciplines
3 – Moral Boundaries
4 – Healthy Friendships
5 – Wise Choices
6 – Ultimate Authority
7 – Humility & Service

Here is a preview of my ROUGH notes for the teaching time, if your students are bringing friends (& I hope that they are), we do need to make an effort to make sure that their parents know that we are addressing moral boundaries. Thanks for your help.

Genesis 2
7 Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.
Point 1 – God Breathed his Breath into us. We are made in his image!
-Originally, made to live in paradise

15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. 16 But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
-Point 2 – The tree represented a desire, a check
-did Adam want Knowledge of Good and Evil
-Why would that have been tempting?

21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs* and closed up the opening. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
-What are some of the ramifications of woman being formed from man’s ribs?
-Same substance, Same creator,

25 Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.
-This is how God originally planned for us to be,
-obviously our response needs to be thought through though,
-why is their shame, why do we need to cover up, what changed?

The answer is in the next Chapter

5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
-Do you think that the world would be a better place if we didn’t know both good and evil?

The thirst for that knowledge was all that it took to convince Eve, she wanted the wisdom.
- What does it take to convince person to disobey, to go against God?

7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
-What changes when your “eyes” are open to the realities of sin

Our Culture today seems to express no shame when it comes to sex. We are told that it is common, that it can happen anywhere and that you don’t need to be married. We see the damaging effects of pornography and we see the pain of adultery.
Yet for each individual person that God has created, we still have an innocence about us, an “eyes closed” sort of a state where even though we know what culture says, there is a part of us that is protected from the fallout of immorality as long as we don’t participate.
Much like the serpent of Genesis 2, our culture tells us about the pleasures without mentioning the problems that are caused.
-The serpent said that they would get wisdom, that they would no good from evil, and that is what convinced Eve.
-But the serpent didn’t say anything about how that would change their world
-Didn’t mention that they could no longer just appreciate beauty for what it is, without having to turn away in shame.
– Didn’t mention to them the side effects of disobedience (Gen 2:14-19)
-Didn’t mention that they would have to leave paradise, for their own safety ( to live in a state of sin for eternity is hell. God had to protect them from the tree of life)

But in spite of their disobedience, God loved and still loves Adam and Eve. God made them in his image, they still had his breath within them, they still had eternity in their hearts.
-And so God made them clothes
And even as they were walking out of paradise, God was planning a way to bring them back to a perfect place. They were now living in a sinful world, but God would rescue them. God would send his own son to come and bear the weight of their sin. Even as they pushed themselves away from God, he knew that one day he would send his son, to come, restore, redeem and renew them, giving new life to the human race.

Even before you sinned, God has already acted on your behalf to take the weight of that sin
Even before you were born, God had already put a plan in place to rescue you.
And even though we live in a broken world, far short of the paradse that God created, this isn’t how its always going to be.

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Where’s Waldo

Hi Parents,

We are getting ready for a really exciting Friday.  We have been planning this night for about 2 1/2 months now and praying that many will get saved.
Our students have been inviting friends.  I encourage every family to talk about who they are inviting, and to spend time praying for them and the event.
Here are the details for you.
Starts and Ends at Hawkwood Baptist Church
7-9:30 PM
We will be going to Market Mall where different volunteers from the church are dressed up in diguise.
We will come back to the Church at 8:50 and have a short program and snack.
Thank you for your prayers and support for this event,
Please let me know if you have any questions.
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We are now accepting applications for Summer Students

Hi Parents,

Here is an opportunity for your teenagers to get REALLY involved with the Church this summer.



POSITION: Junior Summer Student Ministries Assistant
DATE: July 2 – August 26, 2012
HOURS: 40 hours per week
WAGES: $9.60 per hour


Help to plan and deliver various events for community and church events.
Participate with other members of the team to deliver quality education and sporting programs.
Organize and promote the activities with children.
Participate in all staff meetings and general sessions.
Assist with program preparation, implementation and evaluation.
Help in general maintaining of working areas.
Develop leadership skills through training sessions and hands on learning.
Attend safety training module for policies and procedures.


Full-time student in previous academic year and intends to return to school on a full-time basis in next academic year
Communication Skills: coordinate with church leadership staff; oversee and motivate volunteers.
Leadership Skills: guide and mentor children and youth throughout activities; encourage and motivate all participants in group settings; respect diversity among participants.
Personal Skills: caring and compassionate disposition to others; reliable and committed to serving others, takes initiative, self-motivated, reliable, responsible, responsible, enthusiastic, able to address the needs and concerns of churches and committed to Christian values and principles.

If your interested in this position, please submit resume to the Church Office

Phone : 403 239 6200
Fax : 403 239 6225



POSITION: Senior Summer Student Ministries Assistant
DATE: July 2 – August 26, 2012
HOURS: 40 hours per week
WAGES: $10.00 per hour


Help to develop day camp programs for children aged 4 – 12
Participate in day camp programs as a leader
Oversee set up and tear down for day camps
Assist with implementation and delivery of weekly summer children’s worship program
Assist with special youth events
Help to deliver special fellowship events for families
Assist with volunteer training/orientation
Preparing material for next day program.
Help in general maintaining of working areas


Leadership Skills: assume responsibility for assigned tasks; work productively; work in a team; lead children in activities
Teaching Skills: work with children aged 4 to 12; communicate in group settings; share the Gospel
Administrative Skills: organized; basic working knowledge of Microsoft Office
Personal Skills: love of children and youth, team player, responsible, accountable, friendly, enthusiastic, good time management, able to address the needs and concerns of churches and committed to Christian values and principles.
Student: Full-time student in previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in next academic year

If your interested in this position, please submit resume to the Church Office

Phone : 403 239 6200
Fax : 403 239 6225

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Preparing for April 22 Sunday School

Hi Parents,

Here is a preview of this week’s Sunday School lesson.
You might it very beneficial to read up on the lesson, and then begin talking with your students about it before Sunday. That way they will be able to add to the conversation, have questions ready for the teachers and most of all take more time to have the Word of God impact their lives.
I trust this will be a blessing to your family.

This is the second lesson in our Sunday School study on Isaiah, and this week our students will discuss prophecies found in Isaiah 9. In this chapter, Isaiah talks about the hope that the coming Messiah would bring to people, along with some of the names the Messiah would be known by, including Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace.
These prophecies were written around 700 years prior to the birth of Christ. In our lesson our teenagers will discuss how these prophecies give confidence in the accuracy of Scripture, as well as Jesus’ identity as the Messiah. We will challenge our students to think about how Jesus, the promised Messiah, has impacted their lives and what it means to truly follow after him.

Here are some questions that we will be discussing;
How do these prophecies affect our view and understanding of Scripture?
How can studying Old Testament prophecies help strengthen our faith in Christ?
What impact do Jesus’ life and message have on us as individuals and as a family?

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