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December 3 & 4, 2022

We hope that somewhere in these links, descriptions, stories and videos you find a next step for yourself into the richness of life together as we step into the fall season and seek to learn from Jesus. If you are unsure where to begin, please contact one of our pastors; we’d love to help you! Let’s begin with a note about our December Giving Challenge:

Living Generously | December 2022 Giving Challenge

Each week over 2500 people join with us onsite or online and are impacted in numerous ways through our collective ministry. As we near the end of this calendar year, would you prayerfully consider making a year-end financial gift beyond your regular giving to enable our ministry to continue to move forward? Last year your generosity resulted in December giving that allowed us to balance our budget for the entire year.

We began this year with a bold mission to expand ministry as we moved out of the pandemic, trusting that God would provide as He saw fit. We set our budget accordingly and our goal for this year’s December Giving Challenge is $585,000. This amount reflects our regular giving pattern for the month of December and serves to cover any monthly shortfalls to bring us back to a balanced budget by the end of the ministry year.

Although this is an ambitious goal, your generous giving provides much more than merely meeting a budget number! The budget number expresses our church being enabled and empowered to step into the mission and the life of ministry to which God has called each of us: seeing lives changed through Jesus Christ. Your giving funds the daily operations of the church, fuels special projects, and supports the many core and outreach ministries impacting the lives of those in the communities around us.

God’s Word tells us that living with a generous spirit is one of the most powerful decisions we can make. Luke 6:38 (The Message) puts it beautifully: “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”

An Evening of Remembrance

December 5 | 7:00 pm

If you’ve lost a loved one in the past year, or if you were unable to attend a funeral during Covid, or it’s been a few years and you still find the Christmas Season difficult because you’re grieving, we invite you to join us for “An Evening of Remembrance” on Monday, December 5 in the Worship Centre.

This candlelight evening will give you time and space to grieve, reflect, and receive comfort through music and the Word.

ALPHA Team Leaders Needed

Launching February 2, 2023

Our winter ALPHA session will launch on February 2 and we’re looking for Southview family members to help serve. ALPHA explores the big questions of the Christian faith in a relaxed and informal environment. 

If you would like to serve in 2023, we’re currently seeking 2-3 key leaders, 10 table leaders, and small groups to provide meals. Please contact us if you can help!

A Note from Craig About Grace Givers Christmas Hampers

For those who’ve been around Southview for some time, you’re probably familiar with the Grace Givers Christmas Hamper ministry. I’d like to take a moment to share how this ministry has evolved over the past couple of years. 

In December of 2020, it was difficult to provide this ministry due to Covid regulations. As a result, some changes were made. Hampers were still offered, but the choice was given between receiving a hamper of groceries for a Christmas meal, or gift cards for groceries. When given the choice, we found most people chose gift cards. Last year, again, we provided the option and roughly 85% of people chose gift cards.   

As we anticipate this coming Christmas, we looked to the past couple of years and once again to our Southview Church family, and those we’ve been journeying with through our benevolent fund this past year. We have also decided to offer the choice of gift cards or a hamper, since so many people were choosing gift cards. Due to this change, and the reality that once again the high majority are choosing gift cards, we no longer have the need for a church-wide hamper packing event.  

Another change over the past couple of years has been a desire to intentionally build bridges with our First Nations neighbours. Last Christmas we had a Backpacks for Kids campaign, where we encouraged you to donate and fill backpacks with gifts and supplies for children in the First Nations communities around us. When those backpacks were delivered, we learned about the Food Bank at Stoney Nakoda that serves three First Nations communities in the Calgary area. This Food Bank aims to supply their communities with hampers and turkeys at Christmas. This year, we’re hoping to strengthen this relationship with our First Nations neighbours, and Fernando and his team developed our “Pack the Pantry” Advent Outreach (to provide essentials to Stoney Nakoda). As part of the Pack the Pantry Outreach, we’ll be hosting a Packing Party (much like the Grace Givers packing event of the past), on Monday, December 12. This will be a great opportunity to serve as a family, small group, or individual, and in many ways, will have a similar feel to the former Grace Givers Packing parties. So – if you’re missing the Grace Givers big serve event, I strongly encourage you to participate in the Pack the Pantry packing party on December 12! It will be a great opportunity to serve. 

If you’re wondering how you can give towards the Grace Givers Hampers and gift cards, we’d still appreciate your donations towards this ministry.  It looks like we’ll be helping somewhere in the neighbourhood of 80 households.  Donations can be given to the Southview benevolent fund for this ministry. 

Thank you for your participation in the past, and also in this new reality we are finding ourselves in as we seek to come alongside people in meaningful and helpful ways. And thank you for considering your involvement in the relationship we’re seeking to develop with our First Nations neighbours.   

May the peace of Christ be with you this season as you seek to serve those around us! 

Craig

December Ministry Dates

We’re excited to create opportunities for connection, serving, and discipleship this year at Southview. Please be sure to watch our Upcoming Events page and keep up to date on Realm for all the latest info.

Jr & Sr High Youth: Escape the cold for a tropical-themed Christmas party!

Volunteers are needed to help run our Alpha program in 2023. Please contact Adult Ministries if you can help.

We would love to have you join us to celebrate Christmas!

Our Advent Outreach Project is currently ongoing and we hope you’ll consider being a part of it! This year’s project will support the Stoney Nakoda Food Bank. As we enter the Christmas season, please prayerfully consider donating items, serving at our packing party, or making a monetary donation in support of our neighbours to the west.

Upcoming Events

Summer fun for Walden and surrounding communities. Join us to kick off the 2022-23 ministry year!

Community Hub

New resources are available for our June seminars. Follow this link to view seminar videos and notes for past events.

Beginning in September, we will have access to laptops, printing, and tutoring for Grades 5-12: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Help is offered in math, language arts, writing, biology, physics, and chemistry. Pre-registration is required in accordance with current Alberta Covid 19 guidelines.

Southview Media Centre

Weekly sermon livestreams for those joining from home.

Latest Financial Update

View our most recent financial update here.

Those are the updates for this week! If you would like to connect with us further, learn more about our ministries, or submit a confidential prayer request, we encourage you to get in touch.