November was a quiet and bizarre month for Sonoma Church. A month of weight loss. Spiritual weight loss, that is. Sonoma Church encouraged our congregation to lose some spiritual weight. Let go of things, habits, even people who are dragging you down. Delete them from your phone, your facebook, your life. It’s hard to go as high as you can in life when you are weighed down by many burdens isn’t it? And it’s even harder when you accept burdens that are fully optional to take on.
Jesus said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26, NIV)
We had to cancel our worship night and small groups night, yet we grew in numbers, lol. We did a soup kitchen night where we volunteer at a local church that prepares over 100 meals for the local community. People are always so grateful for the delicious meals and the good company. We chat with a lot of people and hear their stories. As usual cleanup is the hardest.
Prayer night involved walking up Conestoga drive from Bovaird, to Sandlewood, back down, and around a small park. The weather is getting much colder so we won’t be having many more of these outdoor prayer nights, but we are glad that the young people in our church like it.
Outreach. When was our last bus stop outreach at Bramalea City Centre? Around May of 2009. And we weren’t Sonoma Church back then, so this would be our first official Bramalea City Centre outreach as Sonoma Church. When was our last outreach where we gave away donuts? January 2011. The time just goes by so fast.
We handed out donuts, candy canes and testimonies, praying for people, at least 30 I would say. Was such a sweet night. As usual we prayed for family, finances, safety, health. Some people laughed, some people cried.
One security guard was happy that we were there, but then another security guard got very angry when he found out that we were talking about Jesus, he yelled at us, and kicked us out. He made quite a scene.
We went over to the Bramalea City Centre mall. The group split up into 3 groups. We prayed for more people, and then around 930pm we finally all met back up at the Civic Centre.
When we got there, there were 2 young teen girls sitting at the bench. They ate donuts and when we got into a circle to hold hands and pray, they joined us. I almost cried.
Ice skate night at Jim Arch was fun, some of us skated and some of us sat and watched.
Sonoma Church is one year old! For a while I think some of us thought we wouldn’t make it. We’ve still got a far way to go. 🙂
Some of our favorite twitters for the month:
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” Steve Jobs
Sometimes we’re pushing on the door we want God to open, while his sign says “Pull.” – Martha Bolton
See you all in December, and God bless!