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NOVEMBER 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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Remembrance….

November is a good month to take a breath and slow down a little before the Christmas rush. Each year, I try to take a little time to remember those who gave so much for our freedom. You may wonder why? In my opinion… We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand plus Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada. The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument. These wars touched the lives of Canadians of all ages, all races, all social classes. Fathers, sons, daughters, sweethearts: they were killed in action, they were wounded, and thousands who returned were forced to live the rest of their lives with the physical and mental scars of war. The people who stayed in Canada also served—in factories, in voluntary service organizations, wherever they were needed. Today I honor also one who gave his life for us as the example of so many. His name was Jesus Christ. He truly lived the passage in John 15:12-13, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” Before all the Christmas rush begins, let’s take a moment to remember because it would not only honor the men of women of our past but for those who serve today.

We will remember them! PB and Kathy God willing – I’ll be here on earth for many, many, many, MANY years! Having a son, I get nervous and think a lot about how I have the privilege to raise this little man and show him who God is through my life. I have these thoughts, “what would my final words be to my beloved son?”. Because final words are for the living. After forty years of wandering, God used Joshua to lead the people into Canaan and take possession of the land. Years later, after God gave them “rest from all their enemies”, (Joshua 21:44) Joshua knew death was near. So he summoned Israel to give them his final words. I’ve come to believe that Joshua, not only, loved God with everything but he also loved his people. You can tell from the seriousness in his words. This is what Joshua said, “ . . . choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD . . .” (Joshua 24:15) Joshua’s faith was strong and courageous through His God. In battle. And when he truly was the only one who trusted God. With his last words, he encouraged and challenged Israel to remain faithful to the God who had proven Himself faithful time after time (Joshua 21:45; 22:5). It was words to live by. Here’s your encouragement and challenge to live by: Beloved, WHOM do you choose to serve on this day? Remember what He has done and remember that He’s not done. For me and my house, we will serve the LORD, 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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Ages 3– Grade 6

Sunday’s 10:30- noon

GRADUATION: We are so proud of all our PLAYROOM finished the summer curriculum. The “winner” is a participant who has the most points for attendance, bringing their Bible, participating in the activities and have a good attitude. Congratulations to our WINNER!

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Ages 0-3 years 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 by signing them out again.

David: From Shepherd to King

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


We’re all on the same page

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

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.

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Life Small Groups (The Story) Join one of our LIFE SMALL GROUPS as we journey through the Bible.

CONNECT GROW LEARN

A church must grow larger and smaller at the same time. Larger through worship and smaller through small groups. –Rick Warren

November Chapters 9-12 Chapter 9

The Faith of a Foreigner (Ruth) Chapter 10

Standing Tall, Falling Hard Chapter 11

From Shepherd to King Chapter 12

The Trials of a King

Pages 121-173

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Women’s Bible Cafe

Prophets and Kings

By weaving together r the Bible's fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts, historian Ray Vander Laan reveals keen insights into Scripture's significance for modern believers. These illuminating 'faith lessons' afford a new understanding of the Bible that will ground your convictions and transform your life.

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Ladies Fall Tea Our annual TEA was successfully prepared by the TEA TEAM. They did an awesome job, as did the men who gave up their evening to serve us. SUE KEDDY (Director of Women’s Connection for the PAOC), gave a beautiful insight to Psalms 23!


The PlayRoom Harvest Party The PlayRoom teachers and helpers did an amazing job combining fun and learning into one event! The kids explored sensory centres, decorating Rice Krispies, games and a dance part! Good job PlayRoom people!

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Let’s Talk Women’s Leadership Forum Women leaders from all over South Western Ontario gathered in Brantford the forum. We heard a great “Talk” and had a delicious lunch provided by out host Sue Keddy. It was a nice time of being with women leaders from ALCC.

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Since 2006 HOPE A Ministry of self-examination based on the eight principles from the Beatitudes. Step 2 :"We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity." Step Two is often referred to as "The Hope Step". In coming to believe that a Power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity, we will remember what it was like to live sanely and have the faith to hope that sanity can return. "What is faith?" the Bible asks. Hebrews 11: 1 "It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.� The Bible also tells us that the key to this hope is in the nature of the God we look to. We are told that "anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that there is a God and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him" (Hebrews 11: 6). Without Hope we are miserable. Hope is the driving force behind all recovery. If we had no Hope, there would be no possibility of recovery. Understanding who Jesus is gives each of us a Hope that can transcend even our deepest despair. Jesus' resurrection forms the basis of our Hope because in it God demonstrated His power over death. We may have learned a long time ago that hoping only brings disappointment. Our hopes were dashed. The promises we believed were broken. We were left feeling like fools for ever hoping in the first place. But perhaps we were devastated because we put our hope in the wrong place. Turning our life over to God means placing our Hope and confidence in Him instead of people, who will disappoint us. When we place all of our hope and trust in other people, it's like expecting a tree to flourish in a barren desert. People will disappoint us and are unable to satisfy our deepest needs. Trusting God changes everything. In John 4: 14 Jesus says "the water I give becomes a perpetual spring within them, giving them eternal life." When our hope is in God and our life is in His care, we are sustained when we otherwise would be devastated.

Pot Luck November 30 @ 6pm Being a friend

Healing comes in the sharing Thursday’s @ 7 pm Women’s Closed Group Begins November 6 @ 7pm

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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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December Dec. 4 Elders Christmas Dec. 9 CR Leaders Mtg. Dec. 17 Christmas Party Dec. 20 Christmas Tea Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Dec. 31 New Years Party

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