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CONNECTION: CONNECT CITY NEWSLETTER

FALL 2018
SCARBOROUGH BLOCK PARTY 
The Lord appeared to us in the past saying; "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." - Jeremiah 31:3

We hosted a Block Party for the people in our Warden Underground Church neighbourhood. It was a great day of fun, food & friendship. We clearly experienced the truth that the kingdom of God is a party!!!

Click this link to watch a 1 minute video so you can experience the joy we had on this hot Fall day.  -  
https://vimeo.com/290096990/8bd13faf27
On September 15th Connect City had the privilege to kick off our Fall calendar by hosting a free community wide Block Party in the Warden Woods housing neighborhood in Scarborough for all the families living there. It was a great day with blazing temperatures hovering around 30 Celsius. Man, did I get burned to a crisp!!! Party goers enjoyed all you can eat Farmers Sausages, hot dogs, pop, water and a ton of music and games for the kids and a prayer tent.  We were also blessed to have an amazing youth group from Living Waters church in New Hamburg bless us with a tremendous volunteer force as well as others who took their Saturday to help us out. It was amazing to meet so many people from the neighborhood who came for the free food & who brought their children to enjoy the games we had for them. Many of the Matriarchs in the neighborhood told us that this is exactly what their community needs and from the looks of the children smiling and laughing we could see that the knowledge that these strong women have of their neighborhood was spot on. It was wonderful to have Jordan Thoms and our Warden Underground Church further root themselves in the neighborhood as a church that cares for the community proving their love for the people there via this BBQ Block Party. We all felt that the kingdom of God was present with us that day and why wouldn't it be? After all, Jesus was there with us as he did tell us to; "Let the little children come to him & forbid them not!" 

A special shout out to those who gave so much for this day to be a success:
  • Muskoka Woods Sports Resort - for the inflatable games.
  • Living Waters Mennonite Church - for the free sausages, drinks & amazing volunteers
  • Parkway Bible Church - for the use of their BBQ & speakers
  • Ron Shantz - for the hot dogs, buns & snacks
  • All our volunteers who served
  • Our prayer warriors who upheld us for the day
Please keep praying for this wonderful church as we seek to be Jesus in this part of our Scarborough mission field.
SOULHOUSE: DEPENDING ON GOD
There truly is no hiding in a house church. The intimacy within this form of Christian Community doesn't allow for it. This is especially true for the Pastor of the house church & SoulHouse is no exception. Pastor Judith McCartney knows everyone's business at SoulHouse simply because everyone tells her what's happening in their lives & there's a lot happening in peoples lives. Family struggles, financial battles, sickness & countless other issues that cannot be shared in this newsletter as they are so deep & soulfully painful. It is in the middle of these realities that Judith McCartney takes on some of the pain her congregants go through on a day to day basis. It is hard work but it is also rewarding.

Recently, one of Judith's congregants who is a heavy smoker, shared that she was diagnosed with lung cancer. She didn't want to tell people about her condition right away as she wanted to keep the news away from her two children & grandchildren until she knew more about the diagnosis. Needless to say having to carry this burden alone is a very hard road to walk so she confided in her Pastor - Judith. For Judith it was a privilege to do as Galatians 6:2 tells us - "Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."  Judith loves this lady & had the recent honour to baptize her a year before the bad news of the cancer came about. But now its here - a battle to be fought - a battle not to be fought alone. 

Eventually this lady was able to share with the church what she is going through & SoulHouse's reaction answered the question for me of what a good church looks like? I can tell you from what I saw & experienced - a good church is a family & when someone in your family suffers we all rally around that person to do all we can to help them out. SoulHouse was now in the know & more prayers were sent out on behalf of our suffering sister. Hugs & tears were shared & now she had her church with her along the journey. She was & never will be alone.  For Judith this meant taking this lady to Doctors appointments, medical screenings & sitting in waiting rooms. Waiting, waiting, waiting....

I'll never forget that afternoon when my cell phone rang. My wife & her friend just received news concerning how  her lung surgery went. I heard these words on the other end of my phone - "They got it all!".  Great news, wonderful news & we celebrated at a local restaurant with wide smiles on our faces. The next Monday when we had our SoulHouse gathering this lady shared her story of how her suffering brought her closer to God. How could it not? Man, she preached up a storm & once again I saw the power of house churches like SoulHouse.  We are a Christian community where everyone knows everyones business - but isn't that a good thing?  For when we suffer we all get involved & when we rejoice we all rejoice & when one of us shares their experience with God we all listen. SoulHouse is a real & authentic expression of Jesus  - the Body of Christ! 
NEW ZEALAND INTERNS FINISHING WELL  
We are so thankful for the servant hearts & the giftedness in leading worship that our New Zealand interns have given us these past six months. It's hard to believe that they will be heading back to their beautiful home in a few weeks. They will be greatly missed. Yvonne Heng and Louis Pablo blessed so many people while they were here through building a solid worship team & thriving worship ministry at a Scarborough church we are working with. They also assisted our staff in the various community based church plants we are involved in. It was so good to have music as part of our ministry once again. Louis and Yvonne did so much more then lead worship music as they also jumped right into building relationships with the people we love with a Christ - like heart and servants mind set. Thank -you so much Louis and Yvonne for joining our crazy, pioneering ministry. You have brought so many people closer to Jesus because you have served so well.   

Let's pray for Yvonne & Louis as they follow Jesus in the days & years to come. Also, pray that more interns like tham will come & serve here at Connect City. 
COLIN'S SPEAKING MINISTRY
Along with the various speaking opportunities that Colin has we want to point out a few special ones that have taken place recently.

Colin had the honour to speak at a reservation in Alberta. It must be clearly stated that we must both pray for our Indigenous brothers & sisters but also be active in speaking out against any forms of injustice they face. As a nation, & as a church, we have inherited a terrible history of mistreatment towards these wonderful people. As God's children we must repent of our past & stand with the Indigenous people. How we do this is still something I am seeking God for answers to as well as listening to my Indigenous friends to counsel me along the way. 

Colin also had a recent speaking opportunity right here in Scarborough where we saw some people accept Christ as their Saviour!  Whenever this happens we experience such joy but are also humbled by how God's grace works through friendship. As a Speaker Colin has the opportunity to extend a welcoming challenge for people to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus. However, we know that when someone does commit to follow Jesus it has been because of the faithful presence of a Christian friend in their life. It's truly the Body at work. As a speaker Colin just helps harvest a soul that has already had a lot of loving impact through a believer of Jesus. So, keep being filled with the Spirit so you are empowered by Christ to be Jesus to all those around us. 

Please pray for Colin as he heads off on various speaking events. Pray that his words will be drenched in the Spirit as he shares from Scripture God's heart for people & especially for those who are the voiceless. 

In fact if you would like to have Rev. McCartney come & speak at your church or function please contact him at your convenience by clicking this link -https://www.connectministries.org/book-colin-as-a-speaker/

If you want to hear some of Colin's messages feel free to go to this link where you can download some of his messages - https://www.connectministries.org/download-a-message/

WE CAN'T DO ALL WE DO WITHOUT YOU 

Help us build leaders in our city who will lead churches to be beacons of light in the darkness of our urban neighbourhoods. 
Jesus said he is the light of the world and told us to; "Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

We sure do a lot at Connect City & we couldn't do it without God working through us & you. With your help we seek to shine the light of Jesus in our city by being the body of Christ planted throughout neighbourhoods in simple, "New Testament" type churches through hospitality, kindness & Spirit - filled love for Jesus & others. We don't have high tech programs or expensive buildings to maintain but focus on people through loving mission & nurturing relationships meeting in homes, community centers or any other place that welcomes us. We envision that one day we will see hundreds of simple churches spreading throughout our city as beacons of light amidst the darkness & despair that is present in far too many neighbourhoods. This is why we are serious about building young leaders to build inner - city churches that participate in the progress of the Gospel in government housing projects & beyond. 
 
Please consider how you can be part of our simple church movement through supporting us financially or in prayer & volunteering. We depend on God's people to provide the support our pastor / missionaries need so they can be freed up to serve their communities & the people they reach among the poor & hurting. To support our staff, interns & ministries please click on the button below & it will lead you to our on-line giving via CanadaHelps. You can pick a specific Church of ours to support or designate your gift to a specific staff person in that church:

* SoulHouse (Judith McCartney)
* Warden Underground (Jordan Thoms)
* Connect City Ministry Fund to support our interns, programs or Colin McCartney. 
* New Church Plant (Jon Folkeringa) 
* Screenfish

You can also give through cheques at the address below. All gifts are tax deductabe. Thank you for your love, prayers & support.
 
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