From the Pastor’s Desk June

June 7, 2016

I really shouldn’t be surprised, but once again I am amazed at how fast we have arrived at the end of another school year! Speaking of school, the Carmel New Church School’s commencement ceremony is on Thursday evening, June 16th, followed by the last day of the school year on Friday, June 17th. Then the students are off for Summer Break!

This is a special year for me, as our youngest child Reyana will be graduating from 8th grade at the Carmel New Church School. Now, having had all 6 children complete their elementary education here, I wanted to add a note of thanks. Words cannot express the extreme amount of gratitude I have for the administrators, teachers, ministers, support staff, the CNC Board, and all the volunteers over the years who have made this remarkable education possible!

I am absolutely thrilled with the positive instruction they have received from the Word and the daily encouragement to live the kind of life the Lord would want them to, and to take responsibility for their own choices. So thank you all from the bottom of my heart, I truly believe our children could not have had a better education than they have had at the Carmel New Church School, and Cathy and I will for ever be grateful!

Last month, Cathy and I had a great time as usual at the Victoria Day BBQ at the manse; around 90 people showed up and seemed to enjoy themselves as well. It was especially great to see the kids and adults having fun and playing so well together! Once again, the delicious desserts and salads were amazing, and for a change we had GREAT weather to go along with the tasty food, good conversations, and exciting games! One special highlight for Cathy and me every year actually happens on the day after the barbeque when we walk to our car and see all the beautiful chalk art work with which the children have adorned our sidewalk.

There are a number of other important events happening in June that you won’t want to miss. First is the Men’s retreat happening June 3-5th up at Mary Lake; we will be discussing the need to be willing to fight in temptation.

This year our June 19th New Church day celebration happens to fall on Sunday so there will not be a separate adult vespers service this year. Instead, we are hoping that everyone will come out for the New Church Day pageant and service at 11:00 a.m. outside, back behind Waelchli Hall. This year’s pageant will feature a beautiful replica of the Holy City New Jerusalem built by the students as part of this year’s theme, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain who build it.”

As usual, the ushers will be handing out New Church Day flags and children are invited to bring them up and place them in the flag holders. Immediately after the service we will have a picnic lunch for everyone so bring whatever food and drinks you need, and there will be a BBQ grill if you want to cook something.

Entering into July, we have our Canada Day Picnic July 1st which will likely be a somewhat subdued event this year because to date no one has volunteered to organize it. I do have some youth who are willing to run games, throw candy, and judge the bicycle parade, but we would love someone to step up and take charge!

Finally, from July 7-10th the “Living Waters Family Camp” will take place in Paisley, Ontario! PLEASE register as quickly as possible so that we can communicate approximate numbers to the camp; this information is vital so plans for the food can be made. If you have any questions at all, please call me because we REALLY do want you to come!

Wishing you all a Happy New Church Day this June and hoping you take some time to reflect on whether you have been spiritually thirsty enough lately! “Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Rev. 22:17). “Living waters” are often mentioned in the Word, and by them are meant truths that come from the Lord and are received. These are living because the Lord is Life itself, as He Himself teaches, and that which comes from Life itself is living (AE 483:1).

~Rev. Brad Heinrichs

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