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!!
Quarterly Church Business Meeting
Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 pm
Christian Education Centre
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 mornings at 9:30 – the Christian Education Centre
Please visit our link on the left: “Thoughts for 2016”. 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.
Kenaan Family Sponsor September Updates
“The Lord will guide you continually …” (Isaiah 58:11)
Nine months in…….. and God continues to guide us forward.
The family celebrated their Passover holidays (Eid-al-Fitr) with a trip to Yarmouth and Bridgewater visiting friends.
Eid al-Fitr is an important Islamic holiday for the Muslim community in Canada. Many Muslims in Canada celebrate Eid al-Fitr (also known as Id al-Fitr or Eid ul-Fitr) on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar. It marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan and the start of a feast that lasts up to three days in some countries. This event involves many Muslims waking up early and praying either at an outdoor prayer ground or a mosque. People dress in their finest clothes and adorn their homes with lights and other decorations. Old wrongs are forgiven and money is given to the poor. Special foods are prepared and friends or relatives are invited to share the feast. Gifts and greeting cards are exchanged and children receive presents. Eid al-Fitr is a joyous occasion but its underlying purpose is to praise God and give thanks to him, according to Islamic belief.
The last Saturday of August, four ladies from the team, along with Rima and the six children, went on a school supply/clothes trip. It was a fun day trying on clothes and looking for needed supplies. We all went for pizza as a treat later. Special thanks to the men who worked hard at Grace House on that same morning to remove old carpeting in the living room areas. School has started now with Maysa in Grade 1, Maya in Grade 2, Aya and Ayham are booth in grade 7 but n different classes. Supports have been put in place where needed and it seems to be a good start to the school year.
Rima and Shekrallah are attending English classes at The Family Resource Centre four mornings a week. Molham and Saadallah attend childcare during class time. Molham will be starting school in September 2017. In preparation for that, we are looking at enrolling him in school readiness classes. At this time we are waiting for confirmation of start-up classes. The Kenaans all attended the Family Day at the Family Resource Centre.
Shekrallah celebrated his birthday quietly this month. The team recognized his birthday with greetings and a gift card. Shekrallah is waiting for confirmation of surgery to assist him in moving forward to obtain employment.
The soccer banquet for summers’ end was attended by Ayham and a team member and passes were given for the Acadia University play-offs. Fall classes for swimming have been set up for Maya, Maysa and Aya. Aya and Ayham have yet to decide on what/if any school sports they would like to play. The Adult swim lessons schedule has been given to the parents if they wish to participate. The children accompanied the YMCA float in the Scallop Days Parade. They also attended the Scallop Days Fun Run with a team member.
Meetings/visits are ongoing with resource professionals, schools, supporting churches and team members to provide guidance and address concerns. Thanks to our supporting churches and to our team members. We continue to ask humbly for your prayers; both for the Kenaan family and the 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.