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February 17th – A pastoral approach to holy sexuality

A Pastoral Approach to Holy Sexuality

 

In an ever-changing society, human sexuality has become a hot topic of our day, and pastors find it challenging to address issues like pornography, premarital cohabitation, marital infidelity, abortion, or the issue of same-sex marriage to name a few.   Wilna Van Beek will be our special guest at our next meeting of the Saskatoon Evangelical Minister’s Fellowship, where she will incorporate her own personal journey as a former lesbian, and share how she felt separated from God as she practiced and lived a homosexual life.  She will address several dilemmas that pastors and Christian leaders face, and present a much-needed fresh approach to dealing with homosexuality in the day we live in.  

 

Here are the details about our February meeting….

·       THEME:                     A Pastoral Approach to Holy Sexuality

·       DATE/TIME:             Tuesday, February 17th, 2015, 12noon – 1:30pm

·       LOCATION:                         Holy Covenant Church – 1426 Alexandra Avenue

·       COST:                       Our lunch together is just $5/person.  

·       Please RSVP to:        semfellowship@gmail.com

·       If you are planning on coming, do not forget to RSVP.  If you do RSVP, please make sure you show up! 

 

God bless …

 

Brad Mayer (SEMF Chair)

SEMF Christmas banquet highlights:)

Our 2014 SEMF Annual Christmas dinner was a blessed time to connect with other leaders and guests and to celebrate the reason for the season: “Jesus! The Gift that keeps on giving!” It’s always exciting visiting different churches and ministries around the city! There is nothing more beautiful than being welcomed in each others ‘Homes” as we work together in faith as “one”.Here are a few highlights from the luncheon as they say: “pictures share a thousand word”s:

Decadent desserts- At Christmas, there is a wee more effort put into the presentation of the meal- Thanks so much JP for the lovely buffet- give thanks to your crew!

Our Swedish Chef gives us the lowdown on what we were eating- such creative fun for a bunch of faith filled leaders who appreciate good food, fun and fellowship!  Thanks Rock of Ages Church for hosting our 2014 banquet! We love going to different churches each month to host our monthly fellowship gatherings… ROA and the fireside lounge was a great place for this year’s event:)

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Service project after the meal and carling was assisting with Stephens Backpacks- Thanks Larry and Becky for putting this together with us and for the kids! Grateful for this opportunity to serve together in a tangible way amidst our own full schedules!

Incredible meal:)

Beautiful food- amazing presentation! We have a bit more special service and ambiance for our Christmas banquet and this meal truly was enjoyed by all! (even with those who had the inner voices say “Eat your brussel spouts!”

 

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Nov 18th Highlights! (Survey reminder)

Our Nov 18th meeting on “Church and Technology” was engaging and we thank Gil Klassen and the staff at YFC for hosting November’s meeting and leading us in the conversation. Here is the link to those areas covered for you to dive into the resources further. If you have other resources you’d like to share with our faith community, feel free to email Gil and they can consider adding! Here is the link for reference: http://yfcsask.com/media Gil’s email: gil@yfcsask.com

SEMF SURVEY:
We’ll keep this open for another month and will report the results at our Jan. Meeting! There are only 10 questions that will take no more than 10-15 minutes of your time. Thank you in advance for your participation (and to those who have thus far!) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XSMCGLK

DECEMBER SEMF MTG:
Save the date! An invite will be going out soon for our December 16th Christmas luncheon! It will be held at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church catered once again this year by Jakob and there will be an service opportunity during our luncheon to bless local children in need through our efforts. More information to come!

PLUS:UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

1) The End of Life workshops on November 26th and 28th (addressing the topic of Euthanasia and the call for the Church to be a voice for all those in our care and influence to “live with dignity” at each stage of life), see attached invitations and personal letter from Bishop Don Bolan on our Google Cal- side link.

2) Evangelical/ Catholic Dialogue mtg: “We Acknowledge our Differences” on December 4th at 7pm is the second set of community dialogue addressing the second section of the 3 part document within community relations between Evangelicals/ Catholics in our city. We encourage you to attend these gatherings (or send another from your church/ ministry) as they require our attention and prayerful input/ discernment as we walk together in truth and grace. (See invite on our Google Cal- side link)

 

 

November 18th “Technology and the Church”


Did you know that…. images-1

  • here are more mobile devices activated every minute being than there are babies born each and every day?
  • 6.5 Billion people have a mobile device! 93% of the entire globe has gone mobile
  • Some 65% of online adults use some form of social media and the percentage is even
  • higher for youth.
  • Almost 1.5 billion people are monthly active FaceBook users around the world.

How are we as ministers of the gospel utilizing technology and social media to reach people for Jesus Christ? Do we see technology as a hindrance and distraction to ministry or do we see it as a tool to minister more effectively in this ever pervasive technological world? From social media to websites, email, smart phones, apps, church software integration systems, and more – it is overwhelming to say the least for just about anyone to keep up! With all the options out there for us to utilize, it can be so overwhelming for some of us that we just don’t bother. Where do we find the balance between being consumed by it all and ignoring it all together? When it comes to technology, can we consider the admonition of Paul to ‘become all things to all’ so that we can win some for Christ?

Join us on Tuesday November 18th at our monthly lunch meeting to discuss this very topic. Here are the details for our November meeting….

THEME: Technology and the Church
DATE/TIME: Tues. November 18th, 2014, 12noon – 1:30pm
LOCATION: Youth for Christ, 1338 Avenue B North
Seeing that parking is a bit tight at the YFC building in a residential area, the “Carpenter’s Church” 2 blocks west of their building has a parking lot on the corner of Avenue D and 35th Street and you are welcome to park there in the event you have difficult parking on the street by the YFC building. http://yfcsask.com/contact/
COST: The meal is just $5.00 per person.
Please RSVP to: semfellowship@gmail.com so we can prepare for the meal.
If you are planning on coming, do not forget to RSVP. If you do RSVP, please make sure you show up!
Each SEMF meeting, regardless of the topic always comes with opportunities to meet, share and connect with others in ministry throughout our community. Every relationship we build outside the four walls of our own church or ministry is an opportunity for the kingdom of our King to be expanded. We hope to see you out on November 18th!

God bless you…

Brad Mayer (SEMF Chair) bmayer@citycentrechurch.ca http://www.semfellowship.com

PS: If you haven’t already done so, we will once again be providing opportunity to renew memberships with SEMF for the year ($30) as well as a few different options where one can cover the costs of the meals at our meetings for the year.

P.S.S: If you have an event or notable announcement you’d like to have us mention, we can do so on our SEMF Google Calendar & at our upcoming meeting with a brief verbal mention if you are a member and the announcement fits our criteria, feel free to send to us to announce/upload to www.semffelowship.com  (Check out events on the Calendar on this site).


SEMF SURVEY Reminder:

Our executive committee has been encouraged by the first two monthly meetings this year together! We look forward to growing together in faith, unity and purpose as we serve our city together! At the same time, our monthly meetings don’t allow us to garner adequate feedback from you so we have developed a simple survey (10 questions) that will take no more than 10-15 minutes of your time. Thank you in advance for your participation!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XSMCGLK