Metsku news week 52-53

Hi!

We are heading towards a long awaited Christmas Holiday and we want to wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a blessed New Year!


CHRISTMAS SERVICE
On Christmas day 25.12 at 11 you are welcome to join the Christmas service via Youtube. You find the link HERE.


SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE (via Zoom and Youtube)  There will be a short break and we will gather again for Sunday Service on Sunday 10.1.2021 at 11 via Zoom and Youtube. Welcome to join the service! You will find the login information for Zoom in the Åbo Metsku group on Facebook.


The link to the Youtube-streaming is found on Facebook in the Åbo Metsku-group right before the service starts.

PRAYER AT ZOOM AND IN THE CHURCH

There will be no prayer on wednesday 23.12. We gather for prayer again at Monday 11.1.2021.

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:

  • Give money to the project 
  • Pray for the families we are helping and the whole project

BANK AND MOBILEPAY INFORMATION

In December we are arranging our Christmas help called “Merry Christmas Turku”. The goal is to help about 50 less privileged families in Turku by giving them the possibility to wish for one Christmas gift per child, and to receive a gift card to a store so they can buy Christmas food. If you want to give a gift to “Merry Christmas Turku” you should use the reference number: 2600 or give through MobilePay

Bank: Andelsbanken
NAMN: Åbo svenska metodistförsamling
IBAN: FI35 5716 9020 0523 25
BIC: OKOYFIHH
Reference nr: 2600 (Merry Christmas Turku)

Mobilepay:
You can also give your offering or donation to us by using the app “Mobilepay” and following these instructions.
After you have installed the app, opened it and added a payment option, you just write the sum you want to give us press next, write the number “11834” press next and just swipe to pay.  

NEWS FOR 2021

ENTER – Metsku School of Leadership

Exciting news: On February 8, Metsku launches its brand new school of leadership, which will run every three weeks throughout the spring! 

 The school of leadership is intended for every Christian who wants to grow in his discipleship, discover his talents, and be equipped for his mission in the kingdom of God. We believe that EVERYONE is called to serve as a leader on some level in life: in the family, in a relationship, in a small group, in an entire organization. Everyone can also grow in his or her leadership. We long to see people find their place in God’s great plan and see the body of Christ function and grow strong in Metsku. All of this begins and has its basis in our daily discipleship and our relationship with Jesus Christ. This is the point of departure from where we may move on to an exciting journey of growth and equipping. Mark the dates in your calendar now! Every third Monday, beginning on February 8. (1.3, 22.3, 12.4, 3.5, 24.5) 

An evening of gifts – discover your gift and your calling, 25.1.2021 at 18-21 

This evening is intended for you, who want to discover, understand, and reach a deeper understanding of the gifts God has given you and the service He calls you to in His kingdom. We continue on the theme from Camp Metsku, which dealt with the five different services/areas in which we, as Christians, have been given the grace to serve with our unique calling and mission. The evening will consist of discussion and practical guidance during which we can continue the process of finding our place and our tasks.

LAST SUNDAY’S SERMON  
Please feel free to use these questions to dig deeper into bishop Christian Alsteds important message, “Jesus changes everything.” You can go through them alone or in a group, after or as you are listening to the sermon. You find the link to the sermon HERE.

1. In both the Bible and in Christian history, people have often encountered God in the wilderness. Why do you think this is the case?

2. Bishop Alsted mentioned the smartphone as something that occupies much of our attention in our time and in our part of the world. Are there other things that occupy too much of our time and our focus?

3. Do you, in your life, have a specific place, or perhaps a particular time of the day, that serves as a “wilderness” or a “desolate place” – i.e., a place where you can meet God?

4. Why does Jesus use the Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Parable of the Leaven (yeast or sourdough) when talking about the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 13:31-33? What does he want to say with that parable?

5. Christian Alsted urged us as Christians to be awake and pay attention to what God wants to do and in what way He wants to use us to pave the way for Him. Think about what this means and how we can stay awake.

Bible passages: Luke 1:67-80, Matthew 13:31-33

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