We invite you to join us each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. for our regular time of Worship so we can get to know each other as we prepare to be a light to the world in the weeks ahead.
Junior Church will be held in the Common Room on the first and third Sunday of each month.
(Information for teachers: Schedule for teachers will be available in the foyer. The folders with materials are at the back of the middle pews)
We hope to see you there!!
Impact Youth Group -Ages 11 to 18
Mondays, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Smiths Cove Fire Hall
Contact James Igoe for further information
Walk Thin Exercise – ALL WELCOME!! Classes Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morningsat 9:30 – the Christian Education Centre
Please visit our link on the left: “Thoughts for 2017”. Each week we will be adding a new “Thought or Two” from Pastor Leon Langille. These entries provide us with some food for thought as we venture into the work week ahead.
End of the Year Kenaan Family Update
December 22, 2015 was the day of arrival of the Kenaan family to Digby. It has been an interesting and blessing filled year. When the idea was presented of helping a refugee family, there was mixed emotions of the unknown, but knowing that it was the right thing, we moved forward. The Kenaans have certainly blessed us with their move to Digby. We have made very strong connections with each family member. Two parents that were brave enough to move 6 children across countries, just to have a safe home and future. We commend their ability to do what was necessary for their family.
Shekrallah and Rima are doing well in English classes and are making more independent connections in the community. They have been introduced to all professionals (doctors, dentists, banking, employment counsellors, YMCA outreach) and have made many friends, including local translators. The four oldest children are doing well in school. Supports are in place where needed. Molham has been enrolled three days per week at the pre-school and attends the other two days at Family Resource Centre. As well, supports are in place to help transition him to the elementary school in September 2017. Saadallah continues at the Family Resource Centre while his parents attend class…
The Kenaans have been very busy attending various community events (Christmas tree lighting, meeting Santa, a few Christmas parties, and friends’ invitations). In recognition of their one year in Canada, the team surprised the family with a visit on December 22, 2016. It was a true celebration of carols, fellowship and sharing of food, with gifts for each family member.
The team had the opportunity to participate in a webinar December 19 titled: ‘Moving Ahead….Past the 13th month’. We have been blessed with the continued support through information provided on how to move forward.
Shekrallah continues to wait for surgery on his leg so he can then look towards employment. The team has decided to continue to support the Kenaans for the next six months. The Kenaans will continue to participate in English classes and work towards being active members of the community.
The team has also decided that this will be the last public update of the Kenaan family. They deserve their private life and now can willingly share on their own. We pray that Digby will continue to be welcoming and helpful to them, and we will continue to be emotional supports.
We would like to say a huge “Thank You” to all the supporting churches. We appreciated your contributions, prayers and active interest. To the general public, from helping to ready Grace House to dropping off supplies and continuing support this whole year, we thank you. To all the professionals that have come on board through education, employment, medical, dental and social activities, job well done! To all team members, “Blessings for you ahead”, “It’s been a God-driven year” Thank you so much!
God has led us on His journey with the Kenaans (pushing, prodding and always encouraging) All glory and praise belongs to Our Father
Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
May God’s rich blessings be with you in 2017.
The Hill Grove United Baptist Church Refugee Sponsor Core Team
To Let Go Takes Love
by Dr. Margaret J. Rinck
Several people expressed interest in the poem by
Margaret J. Rinck, used in last week’s message. Here it is:
To “let go” does not mean that I stop caring; it means that I
cannot do it for someone else.
To “let go” does not cut myself off, it is the realization that I
can’t control another.
To “let go” is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural
To “let go” is to admit powerlessness, which means the
outcome is out of my hands. It is in God’s hands.
To “let go” is not to change or blame another, it is to make the
most of myself.
To “let go” is not to care for, but to care about.
To “let go” is not to fix but to be supportive.
To “let go” is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human
To “let go” is not to be in the middle making arrangements for
all outcomes, but to allow others to effect their own destinies.
To “let go” is not to be protective, it is to permit another to
To “let go” is not to deny, but to accept.
To “let go” is not to nag, scold, or argue, but instead search out
my own short comings and correct them.
To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my own desires, but
to take each day as it comes, and cherish myself in it.
To “let go” is not to criticize and regulate anyone, but to try to
become what I dream I can be under God’s guidance.
Blessings to you and yours this week
Pastor Leon Langille
You may have already seen on Facebook or heard about this information report/warning from Dawn Thomas, Digby and Area Seniors’ Safety Program. Please spread the word.
Dawn Thomas of the Digby and Area Senior’s Safety Program has let us know that there may be people going door to door soliciting donations for refugees.
“WARNING: There are no registered volunteers canvassing for money for the Syrian refugee efforts in the Town and Municipality of Digby. If someone comes to your door asking for money, ask for identification and call the police. 902-245-2579.”
ANY time someone solicits funds, make sure you ask for I.D. In Digby groups who are canvassing door to door are suggested to apply for a “canvassing permit” from the town. Ask to see it.
If you would like to donate to Hill Grove Baptist Church Refugee Sponsor Group, please: send by mail to Hill Grove Baptist Church 3301 Ridge Road, RR#2, Digby NS B0V 1A0, contact our Facebook Page or one of our core team members.
With how important this work is and the generosity that has been shown towards our efforts, it would be a shame to have desperately needed money diverted elsewhere. Thank you again for your continued support.