“What is the Bible good for?” Miro Rak, Nov 8th

Bible coverIn November, we are doing a new teaching series on “Engaging God through the Bible”. Here is Miro teaching from this Sunday on a theological perspective attempting to answer 2 questions: 1 – What is the Bible 2 – What is the Bible good for.

http://www.reallifechurch.ca/sermons/Nov-8-what-is-the-bible-good-for-Miro-Rak2.MP3

We noticed many at church taking pictures of this slide, so here it is: (we’ll hopefully post a better quality shot sometime soon)

What is Bible good for screen shot

 

Archive of sermons we have looked at this Fall

We have recently changed where we store our sermons online. Here are the links to those from the past few months. In the future, we’ll be posting messages here with a link to our Facebook page. Enjoy.

http://www.reallifechurch.ca/sermons/Aug-9-John-Roddam-pt1.MP3

http://www.reallifechurch.ca/sermons/Aug-9-John-Roddam-pt2.MP3

http://www.reallifechurch.ca/sermons/Aug-16-Beth-Van-Houve.MP3

http://www.reallifechurch.ca/sermons/Sept-6-Eze-47-Miro-Rak.m4a

http://www.reallifechurch.ca/sermons/Sept-13-Deeper-into-Mystery-Miro-Rak.m4a

http://www.reallifechurch.ca/sermons/Sept-20-Deeper-in-Christlikeness-Miro-Rak.m4a

http://www.reallifechurch.ca/sermons/Oct-4-Deeper-in-Mission-Miro-Rak.MP3

http://www.reallifechurch.ca/sermons/Oct-11-Thankful-Living-Marilyn-Havill.mp3

Joint Emergency Management (JEM) team

A message from Mayor Waye Mason

Joint Emergency Management (JEM) team | Wednesday, 30 September 2015 at 6pm, Halifax Central Library Lindsay Children’s Room
Come to our information meeting about setting up a Joint Emergency Management (JEM) team.  This is a community-based volunteer organization that works with HRM’s EMO.  This is great way for involved citizens to educate friends, family and neighbours in preparedness for emergencies.  JEM’s motto is “neighbours helping neighbours”.  During emergencies, residents in affected communities need to be prepared to help themselves and to assist others.

We are really hoping some members of faith based groups are interested, as our friends in rural Halifax have said, for this to work we need both people and buildings to help make our community a safer place!

Contra Dancing

CONTRA FEST 2015 – Dance Events Overview

All dances and workshops $10 at the door; giant Saturday dance is $15.

5-event packages for $45 until Sept 15 at: contrafest.brownpapertickets.com

MAIN EVENTS FOR DANCERS:  Festival details & maps at contrafest.ca

Sunday Sept 27 – First Baptist Church 1300 Oxford Street, Halifax
2:30-5:00 pm – Contra Roots and Relatives Workshop
5:30-7:00 pm – Potluck Dinner
7:30-10:30 pm – Contra and Cousins Dance – a dance variety night!

Monday Sept 28 – Prospect Road Community Centre, 2141 Prospect Rd
4:00-5:00 pm  – Hike at High Head (meet in centre parking lot at 3:45)
5:30-6:30 pm – Local flavours dinner at the community centre ($12-$15)
6:30-8:00 pm – Fun-focused, family-friendly dance

Tuesday Sept 29 – Dartmouth High School, 95 Victoria Road
7:30-10:00 pm – Community Fundraiser Dance at Dartmouth High

Wednesday Sept 30 – Wolfville Farmers’ Market, 24 Elm St, Wolfville, NS
5:30-7:00 pm – Farmers’ Market Supper ($12)
7:30-10:30 pm – Valley Harvest Contra Dance

Thursday Oct 1 – All Nations Church, 2535 Robie Street, Halifax
7:30-10:30 pm – “MUC-ky Dance!” (Modern Urban Contra)

Friday Oct 2 – All Nations Church, 2535 Robie Street, Halifax
7:30-10:30 pm – Dress Up & Dance Party featuring local N. S. talent

Saturday Oct 3 – St. Andrew’s Church, 6036 Coburg Road, Halifax
10 am-Noon – Contra Styling Workshop
2:00-4:00 pm – Challenging & Quirky Contras Workshops
5:30-7:00 pm – Potluck Dinner
7:30-10:30 pm – Giant Grand Finale Contra Dance with open band

INNER HEALING TRAINING

INNER HEALING TRAINING
Friday October 16th and Saturday October 17th – Restoring The Foundations Training Seminar (“Keys to Victorious Living Seminar”) at First Congregational Church, 1871 Seldon Street, Halifax. $50 per person.
Issue-Focused Ministry: Strong and mature lay people are trained to support the pastoral care of the Church to augment the ongoing nurture and counseling ministry of the local church.Please pre-register by contacting Claudette at csaintr@yahoo.ca or phone (902) 423-8681. See: http://rtfi.org/

Friday October 23rd to Sunday October 25th – Restoring The Foundations (RTF) Activation Weekend (“Issue-Focused Training”) at First Congregational Church, 1871 Seldon Street, Halifax. $100 per person. Deeper Ministry: In-depth ministry for individuals and couples over a period of days in a retreat format. Several HRM ministry couples have been blessed already! Please pre-register by contacting Claudette at csaintr@yahoo.ca or phone (902) 423-8681. See: http://rtfi.org/ Preparing Issue-Focused Prayer Counsellors.

Arrowhead 2015 Circle Summit

Here is a message from Arrowhead:
“Arrowhead is hosting some very important meetings  in October, and I wanted to take the opportunity to remind you of them. The fall tends to be a season when many churches will turn their attention to missions and consider some very important aspects of ministry related to fulfilling the Great Commission. With this in mind, we have invited several keynote speakers to join us for three days in October to look at the role of the Church in the Great Commission and just what can be done to fulfill it here in Atlantic Canada, cross culturally, among our First Nations people.
The conference is planned for Thursday afternoon to Saturday at lunch time (October 22-24) to make it as accessible as possible to pastors and church leaders; though the conference is not limited to those folks – we would encourage you to send along lay people from your churches as well.
What a better way to consider missions this fall than to come and hear from some local pastors and First Nations believers about just how desperately the Gospel is needed right here – and what can be done.
Space is limited – so register as early as possible to ensure you don’t miss out. You can read more about the Circle Summit on our event page HERE:

Hong Kong English Camp Mission 2015

The Hong Kong English Camp Mission:
We’re looking for ten young Christian adults aged 18-28 for a five week mission trip in July and August.The Objectives;
1.  To provide the Hong Kong students with the opportunity to come in contact with young people whose native language is English.
2.  To allow the students a chance to practice conversational English with young people from overseas.
3.  To create an environment where learning English is fun and exciting; and to allow the students a chance to learn from the leaders…their culture, customs and beliefs.
4.  To tell the students about Jesus.
5.  To value the students by allowing them to share  with the leaders about their culture, customs and habits.

The cost is mostly covered by the Hong Kong Schools, ie. the cost of the plane ticket , accommodations and food.  Each leader needs only provide $750 plus spending money ($300 to $500) which can easily be fundraised.

Training begins soon so all interested in knowing more  please come to the 2nd information session on Sunday March 15th, from2pm to 4pm at the Halifax Vineyard Church, 1129 Sackville Drive.

Halifax Prayer

Halifax Prayer is part of a citywide initiative to encourage churches and para-church organizations to come together outside of their familiar surroundings to be a public witness for Christ in Halifax. We have a unique privilege of being welcomed by the city into their City Hall to pray. You are invited to be part of this by bringing a delegation from your organization to City Hall one Monday in the coming year. We are hopeful that your people will be excited by this event and choose to return every month.

Your group is invited to bring a core group of intercessors who have a heart for prayer and anyone else from your organization who would like to see Jesus lifted high in our city.

Participants should familiarize themselves with their local councillor and be praying for them specifically. (If they do know the councillor the City of Halifax website will help them to identify

the person. http://www.halifax.ca/councillors/. They will also find it helpful to be noting topics for prayer beforehand. Be up to date on the current issues in our city. These can be prayers of praise or petition.

History

Halifax Prayer is a group of Christians who come together monthly to pray for the City of Halifax and our provincial and federal government. This prayer initiative has been ongoing for over 20 years. In June, 1999 the group began to meet in City Hall. Prior to that there were monthly gatherings in churches or in various public venues. (In 1999 it was called Pray for Halifax. This later became Pray for Metro or HRM and now Halifax Prayer.)

Scriptural Mandate

The scriptural mandate for Halifax Prayer is found in 1 Timothy 2:1 ff: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.8 Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.”

We believe in the power and the mystery of prayer and that God will answer the prayers of His people.

Meeting

The Halifax Prayer meeting convenes at 6:30 PM in City Hall and finishes between 8:00 PM and 8:30 PM. (Enter by the main doors off of the parade square and the commissionaire will give you directions.) City Hall is wheelchair accessible by the side entrance on Argyle Street. A member of the Halifax Prayer team will host and provide leadership for the gathering. Your assignment is simply to pray in advance and to join us in praise and prayer. (No need to be in charge of anything.)

Meeting format

Our deep desire is to be led by and experience the presence of the Holy Spirit. A typical evening might include:

? Opening prayer

? Brief Introduction

? Brief reports on encouraging signs in the community

? Worship in singing/music

? Scripture reading

? Prayer

? Contemplative music (optional)

? Summation

The prayer time will typically include:

? Prayers for mayor and city councillor members by name (Lists provided)

? Prayers for city council agenda and current city issues

? Prayers for the churches in Halifax and for the unity of the churches

? Prayers for provincial and federal governments

? Prayers about issues presented by the visiting church or para-church group for praise or

petition.

Jesus to the Nations 2015

Jesus to the Nations is a wonderful yearly Missions conference that unites churches in Halifax and beyond under the banner of Jesus and to make him known throughout the earth.

It is happening March 27-29, 2015

check out their website for more information:

www.jesustothenations.com