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Words from the Pastors - Sam Bell

Sharing a bit of encouragement and/or inspiration outside of our regular Sunday Services.

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A Devotional by Sam Bell

In our small group on Monday night we were studying John chapter 5. The chapter opens with a story of Jesus entering Jerusalem passing by a pool. The Bible describes this pool as being surrounded by “a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed”. Jesus takes notice of one man who had been invalid for thirty-eight years and Jesus asks him this question, “Do you want to be healed?”

This statement struck me. Obviously this man wanted to be healed, how could Jesus ask such an obvious question? But it made me wonder about the way that we pray. So many of us we want to be healed, want relationships to be restored, want God to supply our needs, want God to give us direction, and yet we are not direct in what we are asking for.

Maybe you’ve prayed a prayer like this recently; “God, it’s me… I don’t mean to bother you, I know I’ve bugged you about this before, there is this thing I want you to do, but if you don’t or you can’t or you rather have me wait, I’m totally fine with that too”

I think so many times I really want to be the person who asks for exactly what is on my heart at that moment, and yet I get caught in the trap of praying this way to manage my own expectations, rather than understanding that the God who created everything, who yearns for me to talk to Him, already knows exactly what is on my heart.

This week, when we feel that tug to share what’s on our mind and heart with God, would we all find freedom or at least start down the path of praying exactly what’s on our heart. Praying in a way that we believe God already knows what is truly in our hearts. That no matter the outcome:

God knows, God hears, God cares

Words from the Pastors - Rob Inrig

Welcome to our new series of Blog Posts featuring words from a different MRAC Pastor each week. We hope to share a bit of encouragement and/or inspiration outside of our regular Sunday Services.

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Stepping Up or Stepping Out

Rob Inrig, Transitional Lead Pastor

Hearing of atrocities behind the barbed wires of Auschwitz, 39-year-old Witold Pilecki, a member of the Polish resistance, volunteered to be arrested so he could get 1st hand information. Imprisoned in the Nazi death camp, he smuggled intelligence reports out in the outgoing laundry into the waiting hands of the Polish Resistance.  Thanks to Pilecki, horrific rumour was confirmed as unspeakable fact.

His imprisonment ended when, after 3 years of confinement, he and two colleagues escaped by overpowering a guard.

Despite his heroics, Pilecki wasn’t blessed with a long life. Three years after the war’s end, Pilecki was executed by Stalin’s Secret Police due to his loyalty to Poland’s non-communist government. 

It’s been said that, “Courage isn’t the absence of fear rather it is the judgment that something else is more important.”  Few exemplify this truth better than Pilecki whose courage compelled him to step up when all others looked on.

He didn’t do so because his actions would bring great fame. In truth, it’s doubtful any of us have heard his name. He didn’t do so because his courage would bring great reward. It’s doubtful he had any real hope of escape from this barbed wired prison. But while the world stepped out, Pilecki stepped up.

I wonder, how might God be asking us to step up even if fears are shouting, “Step out not needed.”  Not a leap. Just a step - into a place where God wants to accomplish His purposes through us.

Who knows how many prisoners God might want to set free through us?

New Year's Eve Family Fun Night - Dec. 31st

This Year we are doing something different for New Years Eve. We are hosting a family fun night in the Activity Center with games and activities for the whole family. Come on out and have some fun, food, and fellowship. Please bring a treat to share, hot chocolate will be provided.

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Adult Christmas Banquet - Dec 7

Join us for a wonderful turkey dinner with all the trimmings. We'll also be playing "Match Game" - our take on a popular game show. It'll be a hoot!

Friday, Dec. 7, 6:30-9pm
Activity Centre
$15 Tickets will be available starting Nov. 18

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Christmas Crafts 'n More Fair - Nov 24

This is the 3rd annual community Craft Fair at Maple Ridge Alliance Church

Entrance is free
Each person is also entered into a draw for a door prize
Concession available

The Fair will be in our Activity Centre
Enter through the East Doors by the lower parking lot

We have 50+ vendors lined up
Check out our Facebook Event for more details and a full Vendors list

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MAT Program: Nov 1 - Dec 1

For the month of November, we are opening our church gym every night for the MAT Program, for people who need a place to stay during the night. We still need volunteers for the morning 7:00 cleanup shift. We can always use more help with donations, or for the evening meal shift as well. To sign up, or for more info, contact the church office.

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Let's Do Lunch - Oct 14

Sunday, Oct 14 is "Let's Do Lunch."  Come and enjoy lunch with others from our church.  This is all about making better connections with the people of our church family so we encourage you to sit with someone new or someone you don't know very well!  

Lunch is served in the Activity Centre from 11:30 - 12:30.  Feel free to stay and visit until 1:30.

Cost:  $7/person   $20/family (up to 4 people)

No need to sign up, just come and pay at the door.

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Kickoff Sunday - Sept 9th

Join us as we kick off the Church Year!

We have 2 services with special times of 9:00 & 10:30am. There will be uplifting and exciting music, and an inspiring message.

After church, we have a full BBQ chicken lunch for FREE! Please bring a dessert to share. There will be fun activities for the kids, including a bouncy castle and soccer game.

This is a great opportunity to invite people for this family-friendly event!

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MRAC Picnic - June 24

Join us after our 10am church service for our Annual Church Picnic
New Location: Albion Park

Here's what's going on:
Lunch is provided
Playground area for KIDS
Softball game for ADULTS and older kids age 12+

Bring your own:
Lawn chairs or Blanket
Dessert to share
Ball glove

Albion Park Address:
24460 104 Avenue
Maple Ridge, BC V2W 2E2

Parking:
Small parking lot at the park will fill up fast
Street parking on 104 Ave, west of the park
or 245 St, in front of SRT Secondary

Spiritual Gifts Class - June 3rd

Spiritual Gifts Class with Pastor Neil
Sunday, June 3rd, 2-4pm

Find out what the Biblical Spiritual Gifts are, and how you fit into the Body of Christ.
Sign up at Guest Services on Sunday, or by contacting the Church Office.

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Spring Clean Up Day - June 2nd

Plan to come help out at the Spring Clean Up on Saturday, June 2nd!  We're starting at 9am, lunch will be provided, and we'll work into the afternoon until we get our tasks done.

This is a great way to keep our place looking nice, and have a good time together.

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Appreciation for Pastor Greg & Louella - Apr 30

After 20 whole years at MRAC, we are saying Farewell to Pastor Greg and Louella, following his resignation 2 Sundays ago. We want to show our appreciation by having an event on Monday, April 30, 7-9pm in the Activity Centre. Everyone is welcome!

If you can bring DESSERTS, let the Church Office know ASAP.

If you have any PHOTOS or MEMORIES from over the years that you would like to submit to be included in the event or in the slideshow, please get those to the church office THIS WEEK, preferably by Wednesday at 4:00. info@mralliance.ca

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Membership Class Sunday April 22nd

If you are not a member of MRAC and would be interesting in learning what membership is all about please attend this class. There is no obligation to become a member if you attend the class. Everyone is welcome!

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New Year's Eve Skate - Dec 31

Every year we rent out the Ridge Meadows Arenas in Pitt Meadows and we go skating on New Year's Eve!
On one rink there's regular skating, and on the other we play hockey - all skill levels are welcome (bring your own stick).

Free!
**Different time** December 31, 6:00-8:00pm
11435 Bonson Rd, Pitt Meadows, BC, V3Y 2S3
Free skate rentals available at the rink.
Helmets and hockey stuff is optional - bring your own.
Feel free to bring a dessert or snack to contribute to the snack table.

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Operation Christmas Child - Shoeboxes due Nov 19

It's that time of year again where we participate in Operation Christmas Child! Get your shoeboxes from the Church Lobby and bring it back full by November 16. Instructions are included in the package. Let's help make a difference around the world this Christmas!

Baptism Sunday - June 11

Come and hear testimonies and witness people being baptized during both of our morning services on Sunday!

Acts 22:16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.

Prayer Path Experience - May 23

At this month's Prayer Night, we will be creating a Prayer Path, where we will individually walk through a number of different stations. Each station will focus on a different aspect of our Prayer Life. This will be a meaningful personal journey with God.

Meet at the entrance to the Courtyard at 7pm, and enjoy a refreshment, while each person gets a chance to enter the Prayer Path. You will enter the Path sometime between 7:00-7:45, and exit sometime between 8:00-9:00 depending on how long you spend at each station.