Dear RAC Family,
We praise God for the end of another week and for His faithfulness. What a great week we have had so far coming together as a community at Call to Prayer, exploring the topic of Connection!
We have new updates and opportunities to tell you about. Please read to learn more.
DISCIPLESHIP AND MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
Call to Prayer Family Event Tonight
Fri. Jan. 27, 7:00 p.m, in-person at RAC & online
Many of you have gathered with us this week as we have examined the theme "Connect" in prayer. Join us again tonight as we "Connect to the Mission". There will be some family-friendly prayer stations this evening so we are encouraging children and youth to come and take part.
Although it will be easier to participate in the the prayer station portion of the evening in person, the event will be streamed online at the time of the event: https://youtu.bA/N4RNuBqC554.
After this evening's event, we encourage you to fill out this short RESPONSE FORM, also accessible using the QR code on the back of your Call to Prayer booklet. We will be compiling responses to look for common threads of the Spirit's leading for our community. Thank you in advance for your submission!
Youth Joining Call to Prayer Tonight
Fri. Jan. 27, 7:00 p.m., RAC
Those who attend our usual Youth gathering are invited to join us at Call to Prayer. Please see previous item for more details.
Young Adults: Alpha Continues Saturday
Sat. Jan. 28, 7:00 p.m., Fireside Lounge
Tomorrow we gather for the second week of the Alpha series: Who is Jesus? Enter through the back doors and join us in the Fireside at 7pm for a meal, video, and conversation.
Easter Choir Practice Begins this Week
First Practice on Mon. Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m., RAC
Singers! It’s not too late to join the choir preparing for Easter. Even if you can’t make all of the scheduled rehearsals, please reach out to Pastor Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Schedule:
- Monday, January 30th 6:30-8pm
- Monday, February 13th 6:30-8pm
- Monday, February 27th 6:30-8pm
- Monday, March 13th 6:30-8pm
- Monday, March 27th 6:30-8pm
Dress Rehearsal & Service:
- Thursday, April 6th 6:30-9:30pm
- Sunday, April 9th 8-11:30am
BEDLAM Jr. High Retreat This Weekend
January 27-29, Joy Bible Camp
BEDLAM Junior High Winter Retreat is an off-site, overnight weekend for grades 6-8. We join several Alliance churches in our district at Joy Bible Camp (Bancroft, ON) for a weekend of fellowship, worship, and amazing memories. Bedlam has been an important part of our district's history and has led many students closer to Jesus and one another. Registration is closed.
"Connected & Protected" Parent Workshop
Wed. Feb 1, 7:45 p.m., Fireside Chapel/RAC
Join us for a coffee and discussion as we join the 'Connected & Protected' webinar together. Technology can be useful and powerful. How do we better prepare young people for their experiences in the online world? This session will use current research to show the powerful interaction between insane technology and vulnerable, developing brains. Led by Chris McKenna, founder of Protect Young Eyes, we will discuss the challenges our kids are contending with in online spaces the erosion of their attention spans, sense of identity, and resistance to sexual exploitation. Answering the question of how to better prepare our children with practical solutions so that you and your family might feel prepared, balanced, and protected online. Please let us know if you plan on joining us by registering here.
BLIZZARD Sr. High Retreat
Feb. 10-12, Muskoka Woods Bible Camp
Blizzard Senior High Winter Retreat is an off-site, overnight weekend for grades 9-12. We join several youth groups at Muskoka Woods Bible Camp (Rosseau, ON) for a weekend of fun, worship, and great memories. This year, the theme is Road Trip where faith, life, and community intersect. It's not too late to register! You have until Feb. 1 to do so, here.
Starts Sun. Feb. 5, 8:15 a.m., Fireside Chapel
The Praxis is starting up again. Our new session will be focusing on John 15. Everyone is welcome! As usual, there will be coffee and muffins to start!
RexMen Dinner & Fellowship
Mon. Feb. 6, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
RexMen: Join us for fellowship and a meal together! Reserve your spot here.
Monthly Evergreen Meetings
First Meeting: Wed. Feb. 15, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
To all Evergreens (55+): we will be meeting on the third Wednesday of each month. The first meeting will be held on February 15 from 11am to 1pm and will include a hot lunch—a freewill offering will collected. Pastor TJ will join us to present his vision for the Evergreens. In order to better prepare, please REGISTER. On March 15, we will hear from Miriam Charter, a former pastor at RAC.
ANNOUNCEMENTS, FAMILY NEWS, PRAISE AND PRAYER REQUESTS
Please Pray for Upcoming Youth Retreats
We ask you to join us in praying for all 13 junior high students and the four leaders going to the BEDLAM retreat this weekend, Jan. 27-29. Please pray for safety, softening of hearts and lots of FUN!
We also ask for prayer for the upcoming senior high retreat BLIZZARD, happening Feb. 10-12. Please pray more would sign up and students would have an encounter during the weekend.
Meals for Young Adults During Alpha
We are looking for people willing to donate or cook meals for the Young Adult Gatherings while we are in the Alpha Series, for which conversation over food is an important factor. Meals can be whatever you’re up for preparing for 15 people and will need to be dropped off to the church building in time for the young adults arriving at 7pm. The dates of our meetings are as follows: Feb 11 and 25, Mar 11 and 25, April 8 and 22, and May 13 and 27. Please email email@example.com to sign up for a week. Many thanks in advance!
A Family in Need
A refugee family of three is moving from the shelter to an apartment on Feb. 3. They have nothing in the apartment. As of Jan. 31, their immediate needs include: 2 heavy blankets, queen bed sheets, towels, carpet, iron and ironing board. Since we first met, this family has been attending the RAC service every Sunday. If you are able to help, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bopoma Villages – What’s Next?
Since 2010 Bopoma Villages has been a partnership between people from Canada and Zimbabwe working to bring health, opportunity, dignity and hope to vulnerable children and families in rural Zimbabwe. Birthed out of Rexdale, we have seen the Lord do wonderful things through this charity and its volunteers. Over the years, our congregation has been in prayer for this ministry, provided thousands of dollars in financial support – particularly through “Less Under the Tree, More for the World” and “Share Hope” – and given of their time in many practical ways. Bopoma Villages is in the process of transitioning its key programs to local leadership for a lasting impact. As such, Rexdale Alliance Church will no longer be receiving donations towards this ministry. Please visit the Bopoma Villages website to get more information about this transition: https://www.bopomavillages.org/
SERVICE AND PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES
Join us this Sunday for our morning service. We will be hearing a message from Pastor TJ on the topic, "Call to Prayer 2023 Part 2 - What does it look like?" Whether you choose to join in person or online, we look forward to worshiping with you at 10am on Sunday!
If you know someone who does not have internet access, please let them know they may call 647-374-4685 and listen to the service with the meeting ID 849 6287 9924. If you have questions please contact Pastor Melad at email@example.com.
Opportunities to Pray Together
- Tuesday Church Online Prayer at 7:30pm. Join here.
- Immediately following, 8:30pm on Tuesdays: Prayer for International Workers.
- Men's Prayer on Wednesdays at 7am. Join here. For those without internet, call 647-558-0588 and use meeting ID 853 3549 7782.
- Send a prayer request to our dedicated prayer team here.
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