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think // fast!

Dear folks,

There are several exciting things coming up in our Next community such as Thomas Peters speaking on 1 Peter 2:4-12 at our morning gathering this sunday, a summer foods potluck (aka nextluck) after THE SERVICE, a tuesday breakfast after prayer time at 7am (aka prayerogies) and more.

There is ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING, however, that needs highlighting and here goes it:

think // fast!

The nextChurch Board, along with the Teen Girl Squad (TGS, also known as the Pastoral Leadership Task Force) is asking Nexters to participate in a day of prayer and fasting as we consider the future of leadership at Next.

why?

As a community gathered by God, we desire to seek God’s direction in our decisions regarding future leadership. The early church set an example for us in the Bible to pray and fast before decision-making and commissioning leaders, so we will do likewise.

Our vision is to see what God is doing, and join in however we can.

when?

Monday, June 17th will be our day of communal prayer and fasting. Please join with the community together in prayer and fasting using the prayer guide and fasting guidelines provided. Monday night (time to be determined) there’ll be an option to gather with other Nexters at 89 Colborne to pray and listen to God together.

what to pray about?

There’s a lot of topics to cover in prayer! Mostly we want to listen to hear what God wants us to do regarding leadership at Next.  As you probably know, The Teen Girl Squad has been praying and considering implimenting an elders based spiritual leadership model, following the New Testament model of leadership in the early church. We’re also in the process of trying to figure out if and when we can hire a paid pastor, and what that will look like for us at this time. Another big issue is finances – we’re currently behind on our budgeted giving for the year, leaving us short on the money we had hoped to put aside to be able to hire a pastor. We’ll be talking more about our plans and process on Sunday, so you’ll know where we’re at with all that stuff, up to the moment.

So pray for wisdom and discernment, pray for folks currently in leadership, pray for the Board and the TGS in the planning process. Please pray that we will grow together as a community, in knowledge and grace, that we will grow mature in faith and our church community will grow in numbers as we live out our calling to make an impact in the lives of others. Pray that God will continue to show us clearly how to move forward as a community, and how to join in as best we can with what God is doing.

We’ve included some verses below for you to pray through as you consider these things:

Matthew 9:38

Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out labourers into the harvest field.

Ephesians 3:16-21

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Colossians 1:9-14

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

what’s Next?

As we prayerfully move together through this process, we are planning to begin implementing the eldership plan and posting the job application for the potential pastor hire in the next few weeks. If you have any concerns or questions about this or anything arises from your time of prayer and fasting that you’d be willing to share with us, please contact the Teen Girl Squad (Lesley & Brendan Lorimer, Steve Schmidt-Stutzman, or Josh Lyon) at next.tgs.feedback@gmail.com. If you’d like a copy of the presentation regarding eldership from the community meeting, please contact Scarlete at infonextchurch@gmail.com. We feel very strongly that we all need to move forward together in prayerful unity regarding in this plan for leadership at Next, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch before we officially launch the elder model, or post the pastor position, if there’s any part of it you want to discuss.

Have a great weekend!

what’s next at Next

Dear friends,

Hope you enjoyed our nExodus journey — from midwives to liberators, wringing out of hearts to great escapes and obedience calls.  Take the next couple of days to let the valuable lessons sink in, have some water and perhaps a bite or two, but don’t unpack your bags because we are going for another exciting expedition.

Brenda Melles will be speaking this Sunday, June 2nd, on the first week of our new teaching series called “The future is now”.  For the next 6 weeks we will be focussing on 1 Peter. You are encouraged to do advanced Scripture readings to get the most out of every pit stop. This Sunday, the passage will be from 1 Peter 1:1-12.  Hope to see you there with your friends and family!

During the service, we will also be hearing a brief presentation on the Musalaha ministry of reconciliation as part of THE FOURS, a collective term for the four opportunities we have at next to give beyond ourselves.  Take some time to read more about the organization here and be prepared to support through prayer and finances.

Also happening this Sunday is the Special Meals Program at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Clergy and Princess.  Shannon and Andrew Cardiff are looking for SOME FANTASTIC folks with a flair for cooking & a passion for loving their neighbours to cook and serve meals.  This is program aims to provide hungry folks (around 30-80 men, women, and children) in the downtown community with a yummy dinner & some lovely company.  DO YOU TO WANT HELP? CAUSE YOU SHOULD! IT’S DEFINITELY FUN. Preparation starts at around 2pm. If you are interested in joining the team, or would like more information please contact Shannon via shannon.hope.gendron@gmail.com or through facebook.

And of course, don’t forget to come by the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market between 9am and 2pm at 303 york Street for fresh produce and organic goods!

Have a lovely weekend!

student dinner 2013

Take a break from the stress of school work and exams.  nextChurch would like to invite every student to relax and enjoy a candle-lit dinner amidst the hubbub of exams. NO STRINGS ATTACHED: JUST COME, EAT, ENJOY, AND GO AS YOU PLEASE. There will be delicious appetizers, mains, desserts and drinks. Word is, a tea guru is providing an assortment of tea (one of every kind) to go with the yummy dessert.  You better not miss it!

community meeting

news flash

Next is having a COMMUNITY MEETING on Wednesday, April 17th, 8pm @ nextChurch, 89 Colborne Street

The Teen Girl Squad (aka Pastoral Leadership Task Force) is getting very excited to update the community on our thoughts and plans for how we are hoping to move forward in the pastoral leadership task we have been given. We have been very encouraged by the responses from the TGS Survey and can’t wait to share some of that vision and encouragement with you as well.

Before the meeting, please continue to pray for the TGS, for wisdom and discernment in this weighty task, and for our church as we move forward together as the body/bride of Christ, nourished and cherished by Christ!

Our vision is to see what God is doing, and join in however we can!

Easter 2013

Come join us this Easter!  Tell your friends, neighbours and loved ones about our gatherings. There will be a labyrinth (on a massive canvas) open to ALL for a time of reflection and meditation.  Sit in the stillness and quiet of that place where helplessness meets hope, where darkness gives way to dawn.

We will also be having a Seder Supper on Thursday the 28th. This will be a restaurant-style family/ group event. Passover food will be provided.  Remember to bring enough dinner and dessert for your group/table. Make it celebratory or just what you all enjoy. Please RSVP to infonextchurch@gmail.com by Wednesday the 27th if you want to come.

And then we shall FEAST on Sunday at 8am (no RSVPs required).  Bring everyone you know!