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Stay Connected for Nov 30-Dec 9

PARENT / CHILD DEDICATION Pray for the children and parents dedicated to the Lord in recent weeks:

GROWTH GROUPS Want to connect with others at OEFC in a deeper way throughout the week? Consider joining a Growth Group in the New Year! These groups are made up of 8 to 12 people and meet in homes weekly or bi-weekly to study, fellowship and serve together. Contact Dave Bustin for more information or to sign up!

For those who experience scent sensitivities we have designated the balcony as a scent-free zone.

CHECK IT OUT
OEFC Library News
Grace in Chaos: Feeling Seen and Valued in the Trenches of Motherhood From the transformations that pregnancy brings, through the miracle of childbirth and the “world-rocking” changes that follow, Kamloops author Leah Scott shares her joys and struggles as a mother. This book is a tribute to motherhood, while presenting a frank assessment of the challenges that women face with postpartum depression, endless exhaustion, marital conflict, pervasive “mom guilt,” and feelings of failure. The era of Instagram influencers adds another dimension to this pressure, where picture-perfect social media feeds contradict the sheer daily grind of motherhood. Grace in Chaos hopes to bless mothers everywhere and bring the message that they are seen, understood, valued, and wildly loved.

THIS WEEK @ OEFC
Thursday, November 30
7-9pm CELEBRATE RECOVERY: Do you need someone to talk to?  Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find freedom from the hurts, hang-ups and habits that are controlling your life.

Friday, December 1
11:30am YOUNG AT HEART Christmas Banquet
5:15-10:15pm YOUTH GIRLS 14+ and parent drivers - all spots are filled to help with shoeboxes
7-9:30pm FRIDAY NIGHT YOUTH - GRADE 7-8 only this week (More info: Facebook OEFCYouth / Instagram oefcyouth / 403-938-8888403-938-8888 youth hotline)

Sunday, December 3 - COMMUNION SUNDAY (note: all communion wafers are gluten free)
9:30am PRE-SERVICE PRAYER in the Prayer Room to the right of the platform
10am WORSHIP SERVICE in the Main Auditorium (contemporary) and Fireside Room (traditional) Pastor Rob will begin our Advent series with "Jesus as Prophet." Nursery 0-36 months; Preschool ages 3-5; CONNECT Grades 1-6. Live-stream available HERE.
6-8pm GRADE 9-10 GIRLS BIBLE STUDY

Monday, December 4
7pm VOLLEYBALL for all adults (18+)

Tuesday, December 5
6-7:15am FIRST WATCH men's Bible study (last study until February 6)
9:30-11:30am LADIES BIBLE STUDIES (last study until mid-January)
6:30-8pm LADIES BIBLE STUDY (last study until mid-January)
6:30-8pm SHEPHERDING A CHILD'S HEART at Pam's house (last study until mid-January)
6:30-8pm KIDS CLUB (last clubs night until January 9)
6:30-8pm DIVORCECARE - SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS (last meeting until January 9)

Wednesday, December 6
10am WEDNESDAYS IN THE WORD (last study until January 10)
6:30-8pm GRIEFSHARE - SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS (last meeting until January 11)

Thursday, December 7
9:30am-NOON COFFEE & CRAFTING (adults only) Bring whatever you're working on, or just come for coffee and connection! Drop in, come and go format, meeting in the Fireside Room.
7-9pm CELEBRATE RECOVERY  Do you need someone to talk to?  Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find freedom from the hurts, hang-ups and habits that are controlling your life.

Friday, December 8
7-9:30pm FRIDAY NIGHT YOUTH (More info: Facebook OEFCYouth / Instagram oefcyouth / 403-938-8888403-938-8888 youth hotline)

Saturday, December 9
6pm ADULT CHRISTMAS BANQUET sign up HERE for tickets by Dec 3; click HERE to volunteer your time or baking!


CHRISTMAS SEASON @ OEFC
ONE SERVICE ONLY For the Sundays of December 17, 24, and 31, we will have ONE combined service in the Main Auditorium! (Services in the Fireside Room will resume on January 7.) There will be no Nursery, Preschool or CONNECT (Grades 1-6) classes on December 24 or 31.
CHRISTMAS EVE falls on a Sunday this year! We will have our morning service at 10am, with our special Christmas Eve services taking place at 3:30pm and 5:00pm. Pick up a few postcards (like the one above) at the Info Kiosk to hand out to friends and neighbours.

MISSIONARY NEWS
Larry & Diane Willems in Thailand
Pray for:

Many people to attend a Christmas outreach in Maesai Nalaw village and respond to the gospel. Indigenous Karen evangelist Pracha will bring other villagers and youth to join in the outreach with food, songs, games and gifts.

A Christmas outreach in Mae Wang church on Dec. 23. Many Buddhist villagers will come to this outreach which includes gifts, food, and games/music as well as a Christmas message.

Non-believers to be touched by God's love and that the Word of God will transform lives so they may be followers of Jesus Christ!

The Holy Spirit to draw villagers to follow Christ. Many are open to celebrating Christmas festivities but in general are opposed to changing their religion. Their hearts and minds have to be convinced by the power of God speaking through His Word and miracles in order to see that Jesus really is the Saviour of the world!

OUT & ABOUT
THE CHOSEN For the first time, THE CHOSEN is releasing their beloved Christmas special in Canadian theatres. CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHOSEN: HOLY NIGHT ticket info December 12 to 17. Watch the trailer HERE.
SERVE IN ZAMBIA 2-3 individuals needed to plan and lead a children's program for 10-15 children ages 2 to 14, March 24-27, 2024. Food and Accommodation covered by Flying Mission Zambia. For more information or to volunteer, contact Colin & Shelby HERE.

OKOTOKS FOOD BANK CONCERT limited tickets remaining for Tuesday, December 12 HERE. The concert on December 13 is sold out!

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