Rev. 3:7-13 / After correcting a large church with a great reputation, Jesus sends a message to the little church in Philadelphia to keep up the good work. Jesus commends their faithfulness to the Word, His name, and their efforts in the city. Catherine asks the question, what can we learn from this church?
Revelation 3:1-6 / The church is Sardis thought some good stuff they did in their past would be good enough to get them into Heaven. Turns out, faith in Jesus’ good works looks like an actual committed relationship with Him as connected, led and powered by the Spirit of God.
Rev. 2:18-29 / Our feet follow our eyes. Our eyes look to go where it’s easiest on the feet. Yet when we follow Jesus, His path isn’t easy. The great lie of this life is that we can choose our own path and still end up where Jesus is going. Jesus reminds the church to look at Him and hold on to Him because He is the truth, the way and the life.
Parkside's first ever Race for Amazing Charities contained so much good! 12 teams of 2-4 members entered the competition which took them all over town. From jelly belly tasting quizzes to kayaking across Hayward every contestant had a blast. Some threw up when it came time to drink 1L of Perrier. Some found new levels of frustration shooting marshmallow guns. Others simply got lost. The good news was that every team made it back to a delicious taco bar and we raised over $2,000 for the New Beginnings Women's Association (a ministry in Mexico that helps single moms get back on their feet). A bunch of hard working volunteers helped behind the scenes with set-up, hosting stations, and other details. A huge thank you to Maureen, Jessica, and Lynda for planning and organizing this event. Everyone had smiles and is [...]
"A study has just been published showing that ten congregations in Toronto contributed a total of $45 million of economic value to the city based on a combined budget of only $10 million. In simple terms, the dollar value of having a church in a community is about 4.5 times its annual budget. The difference is called the “halo effect”, which is due to the church’s contributions to social capital and infrastructure, its programs for individual impact and community development, and other activities which add value."* Read the rest of the article here: https://www.cccc.org/news_blogs/noteworthy/2016/07/15/economic-value-of-a-church/ *An excerpt from "Economic Value of a Church" by Philip Milley. Jul. 15, 2016. https://www.cccc.org/news_blogs/noteworthy/2016/07/15/economic-value-of-a-church/
The way of Christ is to be a people that love to be generous - that love to support the local church - and give with no strings or ego attached. A people that give their first and best to God. Easy to say, hard to do! We're grateful to the men and women who exercise their faith in the area of arranging their finances to support Parkside. If you've found that giving is either easily forgotten or inconsistent, we have a number of ways to remedy your situation. ONLINE GIVING (PushPay) You can give online right now with Visa or Mastercard (one time or set-up monthly, weekly, etc.) by using the PushPay page: https://pushpay.com/pay/parksidechurch/ PRE-AUTHORIZED DEBIT From the church office or download here, get a Pre-Authorized Debit form, complete it, and attach a void cheque to set-up monthly or bi-weekly giving from your chequing account (you [...]
Churches always want "your" money because it's a practical component to the work of the church and a practical way to exercise the soul. It's Biblical and it's good. Churches also want your time, talents and faith. Why? Because what we do with our body, time, and money are all soul acts. It's why God cares about sex, schedules and "our" stuff. The use of quotes is to reinforce the myth that anything we have is truly ours. Even our bodies are His (He made us and then redeemed us). The notion that our stuff is ours is foolish at best and costly in reality. Everything we are and have is given to us by God - we are blessed to be a blessing - and we are blessed when we become a blessing (though that isn't our motivation, rather a result [...]
Over the last couple weeks our regional Foursquare Summer Camps took place for kids and youth at Stillwood Camp. Every year men and women from Foursquare churches in the Lower Mainland take a week or two off from work to race, cheer, listen, learn, worship, pray, lead and serve Jesus by serving the next generation. For many students God uses camp to make people. It used to be common in the Christianese language to say "God wrecked me" but I don't like the negative connotation - of course they mean it in a good way: God breaks people down so He can rebuild (similar to a doctor that needs to re-break a bone that didn't heal correctly). Camp is a common environment where God makes people - He forever changes the direction of their life because His word [...]
Over the next month or two, Valley Christian School (VCS) will relocate their high school classes to Parkside while they wrap up the installation of four modular classrooms on their campus. School starts on Tuesday, September 6th so don't be surprised to see a bunch of students around the building during school hours. VCS is grateful to the Parkside family for opening our doors and we're happy to host. Rental revenue will be directed to offset increased janitorial, utilities, and general operations. In case this feels like deja vu, Parkside was home to VCS a couple years ago during their first construction project on their new campus. Please pray for students and teachers as they had back for another year of learning and growing in the knowledge of all that God has created and knowledge of God.
Rev. 2:12-17 / The church in Pergamum was brave with external attacks of the faith, but a coward in dealing with internal compromises. Jesus addresses and encourages the church to stand for the truth not only on the outside, but inside as well. Compromise and tolerance are not values of Jesus.