Coping with Challenges

Do you like September?

I don’t know about you, but I find September really stressful.  Actually I find September and October to be some of the most stressful times in the year.  So, while I love the beauty of the leaves changing colours and the coolness of the fall air in September, I can honestly say that it isn’t one of my favourite months.

From the lazy days of summer we move into the bustle of September as the kids go back to school and life returns to the routine.  The problem is that all the things we put off because of summer vacation are still waiting for us back in the office when we return.  On top of that, with the kids returning to school you know that soon the requests for payment of school fees, dance fees, sport fees, just because fees, will start pouring in.  Our calendars go from empty to overloaded, and our bank accounts go from full to empty in September.  Sounds like a perfect recipe for trouble, doesn’t it?  I haven’t always coped with the challenges of September very well. How about you?

How we deal with the stress, troubles and challenges in life matters all year round, not just in September.Coping with the challenges of September and all of life has a big impact on who we are and who we are becoming.  How are you doing with the challenges in your life right now?

In week two of our ‘Becoming’ series we are going to take a look at how to deal with the challenges life may throw at us.  As we explore James 1:2-18 this week we are going to discover that challenges are really an opportunity for us to become the person we were created to be.  I hope you’ll join us this coming Sunday as we continue exploring how to become what Jesus envisions.

See you Sunday!

Pastor Kirk

Did you miss last week’s message?  Check out week one of our Becoming series online.

Connect with other families next weekend!  
Join us for lunch after the weekend service on Sunday September 24.  Catch up with old friends or meet some new families in the church.  Tickets are on sale after the service this Sunday.

Holy Spirit Encounter
Who is the Holy Spirit? Why does he matter? Join us September 29 & 30 to explore who the Holy Spirit is and what his ministry is in your life. Each session begins with singing and includes Bible teaching time followed by a practicum so you can put into practice what you have learned. Registration is free.

Global Leadership Summit
Join us October 19 and 20 for The Global Leadership Summit, a world class Christ-centered leadership conference, featuring Sheryl Sandberg, Angela Duckworth, Bill Hybels, Andy Stanley and many more. Tickets are regularly $189 each. We have purchased a limited number of tickets so that our church family can still purchase tickets for $99. Check at the Info Desk or email the church office at to get one of these tickets.

Upcoming Events

September 22 Kids Camp Reunion
September 24 Kids Connect Lunch
September 24 Prayer Summit
September 29-30 Holy Spirit Encounter
September 29-October 1 Junior High Retreat (Camp Kadesh)
October 14 Quiz Meet
October 19-20 Global Leadership Summit
October 29 Prayer Summit