Metsku news week 48

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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

Hi,


29.11. at 11 – Sunday Worship Service   
We gather for Sunday Service this Sunday. Pastor Stefan Forsbäck will speak on the important theme “Equipping, to live and lead with purpose and passion”, which is a part of the church’s vision. Note! Unfortunately there is no Himlakul Sunday School for children this Sunday. After the service we will have the annual church conference – feel free to stay for that, more information below. Welcome! 


EVENTS COMING UP:


METSKU YOUTH

Every other Friday at 18-20 in church, for 10-14 year olds. The program consists of playing, teaching, eating, socializing and much more. Welcome to join!

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PRAYER AT ZOOM AND IN THE CHURCH

Welcome to pray together on Zoom on Mondays at 9 and in the church on Wednesdays at 16. The login codes for zoom (for Monday meetings) can be found in our newsletter or in our Facebook group “Åbo Metsku – group”.

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ANNUAL LOCAL CHURCH CONFERENCE

Welcome to an exciting Worship Service and Local Church Conference on Sunday 29th November at 11 a.m. After the service we continue our time of fellowship and the Church Conference (beginning at 1.15 pm if you want to come straight to that) and discuss our future and how we can reach new people with the Gospel.

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CHRISTMAS PARTY – A Christmas Celebration

This year’s Christmas celebration will be arranged on Saturday 5th December at 16. We will gather and share fellowship in different homes and have some programs for everyone through Zoom. The guests will bring different foods and the hosts will provide the drinks. Contact Sandra Peltonen (sandra.peltonen@hotmail.com) if you are interested in being a host – thank you to those who have registered! For more information on how you will be divided into different homes and how to enrol, follow the event’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1055765088275485 – REGISTER LATEST 29.11 (on Sunday)

Note! If you want to participate but must be careful since you are part of a risk group or working with risk groups, you can safely participate from your home. Those who are in the same situation have the possibility to meet and interact through a breakout room on Zoom. You can also gather an own group of people you otherwise also socialize with, just remember to enrol!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TURKU

This year we will again arrange our Christmas help called “Merry Christmas Turku”. The goal is to help 50 less privileged families in Turku by giving them the possibility to wish for one Christmas gift per child, and they will also receive a gift card to a store so they can buy Christmas food. For the second time we are co-operating with Hope Yhdistys, they are the ones who put us in contact with the families. Here are some ways you could help:

–        Buy Christmas gift(s) (you decide if you want to pay them yourself, if not you can give us the receipt and we will pay back the amount). Note – the gifts should be unwrapped when you give them.

–        Wrap Christmas gifts – this will be arranged on Thursday 3.12 at 18-19.30, Monday 7.12 at 18-19 and Thursday 10.12 at 18-19.30. Because of the corona situation you need to enrol, e-mail me or register for example on this Sunday after the Sunday service 

–        Help when we give out the gifts, it will be arranged in the church on Saturday 12th December at 12-18

–        Pray for the families we are helping and the whole project

There will be more details later, but you can already now express your interest in helping by emailing metsku@metsku.fi. For example several families have already given us their Christmas gift wishes. 


EXTRA INFO:

Listen to last Sunday’s message “Thrive in adversity” from Ama Acquah HERE.
After or during listening, think about these questions alone or with your life group:

1. Our faith will not make us immune to trials and tribulations, but what does it give to us? What is the root cause/reason for horrible things happening in the world?

2. What different reasons may there be for trials? For example, what was the difference with the cause of the trials of David and the trials of Job? Have you noticed this in your life?

3. What can we learn about trials in Jake 1:2-4? Why is it so important to make time for your walk with God in calmer seasons of your life, how does this prepare you for stormy seasons? Do you have personal examples? Ama mentioned one disappointment in her life, that made it difficult to draw close to God for a few days. How could you react instead, according to Jake? In what way do you react to disappointments, have you seen a difference?

4. In what way can the armour of God prepare you for trials? Or help you in times of affliction?

5. How can you prepare or react to trials? Ama mentioned ten examples (listed below under the Bible passages), were any of them new to you?

6. In Isaiah 40:30-31 eagles are mentioned. What did Ama teach about eagles? In what way did this speak into your life?

7. What did Ama mention about the support of friends in times of need? Who understands you best? Who should you turn to get someone(s) who can help you? Have you felt disappointed when you have not received the help you needed? How did you move on? In what way did Jesus get and not get help from others? What is dangerous with isolating from others in times of trials?

8. Ama mentioned several persons from the Bible who continued to work in their gifts also in trials. How are these examples for us? What can we learn?

Bible passages: Hebr 12:1-3, James 1:2-4, Eph 6:10-18, Job 1:20-21, Ps 61:1-3, 1 Sam 30:3-6, Jes 40:30-31, Ps 18:2, Ps 21, 1 Thess 5:16-18, Eph 6:18, James 1:3, Job 42:10.

How to prepare for and act when facing trials: Give thanks, take it to the Lord in prayer, draw strength from His Word, remind yourself of whom you serve, put your trust in Him alone, pray about everything, remain in fellowship, lift up praise, humbly learn the lessons and reach out to others.


Remember the Corona restrictions before, during and after church service! Here are our guidelines:

– In the Turku area, we are advised to wear face masks when gathering indoors. Bring your own or take one at the entrance of the church. There are hand sanitizers in the church, please use them.

– Remember to keep a safety distance of at least one meter, both when you stand and talk to someone and when sitting down. We will have papers placed on the church seats to remind you of keeping a distance, you can move these so you can sit with your close friends and/or family, but leave an empty chair between your group and the following person.
– Do not stop in the hallway and talk (it is difficult to keep distance in the narrow hallway), go into the church building and sit down. Remember to keep a distance when greeting others.
– During church coffee we spread out the tables. You can also go outside of the church and eat or take it with you when you leave.
– If you need to cough or sneeze, do it into your sleeve or tissue (then throw it away)
– If you have any flu-like symptoms it is best to not attend that Sunday, this also goes for the children in Himlakul. Most children are not able to do social distancing, that is why they cannot attend if they have a running nose or are coughing
– Remember to keep distance in the queue to the coffee
– We encourage persons of risk groups to think twice before attending public gatherings (such as our Sunday Services) in these times
– It might be a good idea to download the Corona tracking app   

Have a blessed week!

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