Weekend Handout November 7/8

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Welcome! November 7/8


Things you need to know...

Prayer Retreat

You’re invited to a morning dedicated to spending time with God through

prayer. Participate either onsite or online. Saturday, November 14, 9:00 am.

Cornerstone Marketplace

We’re so excited that our bookstore has re-opened! Drop by Tuesday-Friday,

10:00 am-3:00 pm, using the dedicated door on the east side of the Deerfoot

Campus. Saturday/Sunday, for 30 minutes after the service. Check out the

devotional books, Bibles, stationery, giftware, and Christian growth books.

Because You Give

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Because we give our time and our dollars here at FAC, people in Calgary are

being fed and cared for and are finding hope in Jesus Christ – through online

programming and partnerships with local organizations doing good in the

name of Jesus. Who doesn’t want to be part of that?

You can give securely on the Giving page of the website, or check the

Practicing Generosity section of this handout for more ways to be part of

bringing help and hope to a world that needs it as much as ever.

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Practicing Generosity

Volunteer Opportunities (all include AHS-compliant safety protocols)

• Camera Operators (FAC Deerfoot): Detail-oriented, visually-minded

volunteers required to operate cameras during weekend services; training

will be provided.

• Set-up and Tear-down Team (FAC Southwest): Be part of a team that will

transform Glenmore Christian Academy from a school to a church, then reset

it for school afterward. Some heavy lifting required.

• Worship Team Member (FAC Deerfoot & FAC Southwest): Want to

serve with your gift of music? We’re currently auditioning for vocalists and

instrumentalists.

To learn more or to sign up, please contact Cindy Bartlett serve@faccalgary.com

/ 403-258-4355.

Donations for Families

FAC is partnering with other local organizations to collect gently-used or new

winter coats, boots, snow pants / snowsuits, gloves, hats, and scarves for kids

of all ages, but especially 8 years through teens. Label for “Briana” and drop

off in the Mustard Seed donation bin at the east entrance of the Deerfoot

Campus. We’re also accepting basic furniture donations to help families in

need. Email Carter Reimer creimer@faccalgary.com to arrange drop-off.

Operation Christmas Child

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A hands-on way to bless children living in desperate situations in developing

countries, by packing shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, and more, so

Samaritan’s Purse can distribute them as a tangible expression of Jesus’

love. National Collection Week is November 16-22. Deerfoot Campus:

Pick up boxes at the east entrance October 17-November 15: Monday-

Saturday, 9:00 am-6:00 pm; Sundays, 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Drop off boxes at

the east entrance only November 16-20, 11:00 am-7:00 pm or November 21,

12:00 pm-4:00 pm. Southwest Campus: Pick up boxes at the Info Desk on

Sundays, 11:15 am-12:30 pm. Drop off boxes at the Info Desk on Sundays

until November 22, 11:15 am-12:30 pm. Online Campus: Pack a box here.


Living [Within] Your Means

Together, we’ll look at some financial “best practices” as found in the Bible

for managing finances wisely. Build a step-by-step approach for creating

a spending plan, paying off debts, making wise spending decisions, and

saving for the future. Mondays, November 9-30, 7:00 pm. Register online

faccalgary.com/registrations.

The Shared Shelf

In Women Rowing North, Mary Pipher offers a timely examination of the

cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. Discussion will

be on Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 pm.

Soul Care Introduction

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This Soul Care Introduction class will walk you through 4 key spiritual disciplines

that will help you learn God’s truths, so you can move toward freedom.

Saturday Zoom class will meet on November 21 and 28, 10:00 am. No cost.

Attending an In-Person Service with Kids?

DiscoveryLand Activity Packs are available online or at the entrance to

the Deerfoot or Southwest Campus auditorium for kids not attending

DiscoveryLand in person. Deerfoot Campus has also designated a space for

families to go with their kids during the service. Activity packs are available for

the kids and parents can continue to engage in the services while maintaining

physical distancing. Capacity is limited; to learn more speak to an usher!


DiscoveryLand In Person

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Grades 1-4 and grade 5&6 are now gathering in person. Let us know

you’re coming!

DiscoveryLand Online

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Toddlers & Twos:

Every week features a new video, parent guide, activity, memory verse,

and story.

Preschool:

Every week features a new video, parent guide, activity, memory verse,

and message.

Grade School:

Every week features a new video, parent guide, Bible Bucks, and GodTimes.


Practicing Generosity – Being Rich

Let’s get the obvious out of

the way first off … Being

generous does not come

naturally. It isn’t easy to give

things away. And the more we

have, the more difficult it is to

give anything away.

Giving is hard in Canada.

According to a study done by

the Fraser Institute in 2019,

Canadians gave an average of

0.54% of their income as an

aggregate to charitable causes,

while Americans gave 1.52%.

And if you want to get into

comparisons, Australians put us

all to shame, coming in at just

over the 3% mark.

The point is not to debate which nation is the most generous. Those 3 nations

would all be among the most wealthy on earth – in the scale of incomes and

net worth, all 3 would find themselves in the top 3% of the whole planet.

That means 97% of all the rest of income-earners and owners of assets in

the known economy of the earth have less. And yet the amount they give to

people groups or causes that have need of resources is a pittance of all they

have. It seems the richer a person or people group becomes, the less they

find it a priority to give to those less fortunate than themselves.

Just to belabour this point a little further, giving by individuals has been

decreasing in Canada from 1990 (being the high) to today. According to

Statistics Canada, giving has been increasing by gift amount among Baby

Boomers, but decreasing by overall number of givers. Giving by Gen X,

Gen Y, and Millennials has been decreasing by gift amount as well as those

who regularly give to charities of any sort in that same time frame.

So what? Giving is down, and dropping consistently … Why is that a concern? …

As members of FAC’s Financial Freedom Ministry team, Dale Dyck and Rick

Robson are committed to sharing principles, practical steps, and individual

assistance toward a healthy approach to our finances. Read more in this week’s

blog post! Living [Within] Your Means meets Mondays, November 9-30, 7:00 pm

online. Learn more and register here!


Giving Update

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Budget

(to Nov 30, 2020)

General $ 1,872,000 $ 1,338,534 $ 533,466

Capital/Debt $ 272,100 $ 148,561 $ 123,539

Missions $ 373,400 $ 195,540 $ 177,860

Total $ 2,517,500 $ 1,682,635 $ 834,865

Thank you for giving towards building lives that honour God through

FAC. Donations can be made securely online: faccalgary.com/giving.

Questions? Contact John Siebring jsiebring@faccalgary.com /

403-212-8850.

Congregational Care

Received

YTD

Required

(by Nov 30, 2020)

For hospital updates or to request congregational care, please contact

Anne Freeman afreeman@faccalgary.com / 403-258-8290. We’re here

for you! Learn more about available support groups: faccalgary.com/

care. If we can help with needs related to COVID-19, contact us through

the I Need Help button on our homepage.

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