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SEPTEMBER 2017

A church wide family experience bringing the Bible into our homes and into our lives. “We’re all on the same page”. 640 Grosvenor St. London Ont N5Y 3T4 519-858-4123 churchalcc1@gmail.com #abundantlife_london Twitter: @LifeALCC

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The Story begins…. Clutching his Bible, Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim says that without it he doubts he ever would have lived through 2 1/2 years of hard labour in a North Korean prison.“It did keep me alive,” he said. The story around Pastor Lim is gripping. Sentence to death and reduced to hard labor is heart wrenching. Yet in a recent interview, he claims the Bible is what kept him alive over the last season of his life. After one year of sentencing, the North Korean government granted his request for a bible. During the interview, he brought it out for all to see the book that kept him alive. Here is a man who understands the reality of God’s scriptures and what it can mean to our lives.

Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” The journey before us will be filled with lots of excitement. My experience has shown me, when a church engages the scriptures and get’s “on the same page”, good things happen. People’s lives begin to change, and we grow and learn more about God. One little challenge: Join a Life Group. These Bible centric groups will focus on what God is speaking to us about over the coming months ahead. May the Story begin…. As we journey ahead, that God’s story becomes our story. Growing with you! PB and Kathy When you read the Bible look for both storylines." - Randy Frazee. What two storylines? The LOWER & the UPPER story. The LOWER story speaks to a specific situation or particular person and the crisis, circumstances and challenges they face. And how they respond to God and others in the midst of it all. The lower story is about specifics. The lower story for Abram and Sarai in Chapter 2, their crisis, circumstances and challenge is that they have no son. In fact, they never had a baby. This was in a culture where having an heir was super important. So much so, that not having a heir was like being cursed. Then God comes along and promises them, not only a son but many, many descendants. The rest of Abram and Sarai's lower story is them facing their crisis, circumstances and challenges. They faced famine, threat of death and separation, then when receiving their promised son, asked to give up him up. Those things are the lower story. On the same page, Tony Mejia


We are glad you are here, and we trust that feel at HOME. It is our hope and prayer that you will join in as we share our lives, struggles and celebrations of faith together. We believe life is about discovering our faith and purpose, and using this discovery to live out His plan for us with passion. We call ALCC our HOME. We are intentional about relationships with God and each other to bring this message of HOPE to our community.

Good Morning Café When we wake up in the morning, we all have our rituals, traditions and “must do’s” before we head out the door. That’s why we offer our to you at 10 am.

Good Morning Café

You will be greeted by a warm and friendly smile from one of our weekly hostesses and you can choose a beverage of coffee (hazelnut or regular), tea (regular or seasonal favourite), juice and not to mention a homemade snack from our dedicated Café Team. So come a little early to enjoy this time of relaxing and the opportunity to get to know your fellow Lifers!

Good Morning Café@ 10 am

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10:30- noon

Welcome Care Givers! Feel free to sign your child in at any time during the service. Some care givers would like their child to stay with them for the music or until they (the child that is) gets restless. Once you have signed them in, you can pick them up at the end of the service discovery| simplicity | empowerment


The PlayRoom and Paradise Kids Are joining us in our journey to Read the Bible from cover to cover so we’ll all be

Interactive Bible story/lesson Music/videos for each theme Games/crafts/art/fun People matter to God


Begins September 17

Life Group Leaders Tony & Bethany at Alicia’s (Sunday 4pm) Paul & Gladys at Joseph & Grace (Saturday) Kathy at Roy & Cathy’s (Sunday 6pm) Pastor Bill at Marty & Marri’s (Sunday 6pm) Kenn & Lisa at Rob & Kathleen’s (Friday 7 pm)

This easy-to-use and fun mobile app will help keep you on track with a video (if you choose to watch), a reading plan and you choose if you want the verse numbers. THEBIBLEPROJECT discovery| simplicity | empowerment


What is it? The Story is an abridged, chronological Bible that reads like a novel. There are no verse references, and Scripture segments are seamlessly woven together with transition text into a single grand narrative. For those intimidated or overwhelmed by the unabridged Bible, The Story helps people understand God’s Word more fully and engage with it more easily. Simple, accessible, and easy to use, The Story is a powerful way to engage us in Bible reading like never before. The Story brings the Bible to life, the broad scope of God’s message will penetrate our hearts. The whole church will be swept up in The Story of God’s love and God’s plan for their lives

Join us as we take these 31 weeks to explore the Bible, learn about God and His plan of salvation, and apply these truths to our lives.

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Sun.Sept.10

@ 10-12:30

Fun for the whole family! Kids Bible Character costume & prizes Family/team games Bouncy Castle Free BBQ

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Begins Wednesday September 13 10:30-noon

Greeters Meeting

Monday Sept. 18 7 pm If you would like to join our team, please see Marri.

Thank you ANGELA BECKFORD for all your hard work maintaining our gardens all summer! They look fantastic!

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Eldon House Tea Our Annual Summer Tea is held on the lawn of Eldon House. We enjoy gathering and doing a favourite thing‌ tea/desserts/scones! Another way we can bring a friend, make friend and be a friend!

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Summer Students

Sarah and Claire made a huge impact on the Wonder Years Daycare. Because of them, Mer and Cathy were able to take some much needed vacation time. The WY Kids were treated the talents and gifts of these 2 young ladies.

The other half of their time was spent creating the artwork for THE STORY, assisting in the preparation of the KIDS STORY& the ongoing events of our IGNITE Youth Group. They have been very busy!

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OUR STORY

Since 2006

Each one of us has a valuable story to tell. We may be shy and feel awkward about speaking. We may think that what we have to share is too trivial. Is it actually going to help anyone else? We may struggle to get beyond the shame of our past experiences. But our recovery story can help others who are trapped back where we were. Are we willing to allow God to use us to help free others? Jesus left us with this vital task: “Go into all the world and preach the Good News of salvation from the bondage and penalty of sin to everyone” (Mark 16:15). The apostle Paul traveled the world over telling everyone of his conversion. He ended up in chains, but his spirit was free. He presented his defense (and his own story of redemption) before kings. King Agrippa interrupted him to say, “Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian so quickly?” Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains”. Within each personal journey from bondage to freedom is a microcosm of the Gospel. When people hear our story, even if it seems trivial, we are offering them the chance to loosen their chains and begin their own recovery. Come and join us Thursday evenings to share your experience, strength & hope with others.

Sept. 28 @ 6pm

Healing comes in the sharing Thursday’s @ 7 pm

Being a friend

Take your first step today to end the cycle of insanity today

Pot Luck

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Doors open 5:30 pm Come early & join in the PRE-YOUTH activities

Student ministry 11– 18 years

finding connecting belonging

IGNITE equips teens with personal faith to take on our changing world. We are taking a journey from Sept-May to read the Bible from cover to cover with THE STORY. We will explore God through history and the world around us. IGNITE is a space where we can be ourselves without fear of judgment. Group activities, music and talks geared to inspire us to live a God filled life. discovery| simplicity | empowerment


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OCTOBER Oct. 2 Servant Council Mtg. Oct. 8 HAPPY THANKSGIVING Oct. 14 CR Leaders Mtg. Oct. 21 Ladies Let’s Talk Group Oct. 23 Ladies Fall Tea Oct. 26 CR Pot Luck

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