The Week Ahead

So can you believe we are less than a month away from launch?  Pretty amazing.  If you think about all that has to be done between now and then it's enough to either make you want to take an early vacation, or actually lean hard into God and roll up your sleeves.  I like the second option, personally, and that's what I'll be doing. 

Hope you had a great Sunday in private or public worship.  I heard it was an encouraging Sunday at Trinity, and it was awesome that Connexus people were there to encourage and participate on Sunday.  I was watching it snow in Calgary as I caught a connector flight home from BC, but managed to get to a pretty powerful evening service at a great church in Barrie.

Here's the latest on what's happening at Connexus.

  • Our first real Sunday gathering happens this Sunday, November 11th at 10:00 a.m. at the Galaxy in Barrie.   If you are going to help out at any campus, be there.  We'll pray together and then get a basic orientation to the ministry you'll be serving in.  If you haven't signed up to serve, there are three ways to let us know you're in!
    • Return the volunteer card you got at our launch meetings (we paid the postage, shouldn't be that hard!)
    • Email us at [email protected] to tell us you're in and where you would like to serve.
    • Show up on Sunday and sign up then.
  • While any of the above three options is fine, knowing you're going to help before Sunday helps us tremendously in organizing the teams this week. Remember, we are starting our data base from zero (no data base information was transfered from Trinity to Connexus at the Presbytery's request). So if at all possible, drop us a line.
  • We love kids (okay, that's not really an update).  But since this Sunday is a volunteer training event, we still want families to come. Children birth – preschool will be cared for and older kids (up to grade 5) will watch a special private screening of the Bee Movie, while mom, dad and older siblings pitch in to train and serve.
  • We'll be opening a means for people to give to Connexus in person this coming weekend.  Thank you for your incredible generosity in this last month.  We know there are still many families considering what they will give to help launch Connexus.  Thanks for all you are doing!
  • The portable church gear is ordered and on its way for late next week in time for soft-launch in Barrie on the 17th/18th and in Orillia on the 24th/25th.
  • Watch for this blog to change into a pretty kickin' web-site by mid month!  In the meantime, I've launched a personal blog that talks about a lot of things Connexus and faith-related.  Feel free to visit and share your views!
  • Watch for a media campaign to begin later this month, telling your friends and neigbhbours about Connexus.  But remember, it's no substitute for personal invitation…so invest and invite!

Thanks for the daily flow of encouraging emails and for your steady prayers.  Let's ask God to make this all He imagines.  Nothing more, but certainly nothing less. 

Grateful to be in this with you!

Carey Nieuwhof
Lead Pastor
[email protected]



  1. Gregory Wengren says, November 6, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Has Connexus completely forgotten about Remembrance Day? This day is now disgracefully not a holiday, but can we at least acknowledge it’s importance by not scheduling training right on the eleventh hour?

    What should people do? Most would like to serve at both locations – a Rememberance Day ceremony and Connexus.

  2. Carey Nieuwhof says, November 6, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Greg…thanks for your question. No, we are very much aware of remembrance day. I will pause in my prayer time for silence. But then it is actually a work day where we need to get ready for the soft-launch next weekend.

    I believe there are cenotaph services in various communities all day, as most churches are meeting Sunday morning.

    Hope this helps.

  3. laurie lamb says, November 7, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    Have you any posters designed? I would like to put one in my store, it's just around the corner from the Galaxy. See you Sunday. Laurie

  4. Carey Nieuwhof says, November 7, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Laurie…what a kind and thoughtful gesture. Thanks!

    Posters…not sure. Flyers, for sure. We want to buy some ad space at the Galaxies themselves, which would necessitate some poster production, so it's possible. We'll let you know!

    Many thanks!

  5. Gregory Wengren says, November 9, 2007 at 10:47 am

    I guess I'm just curious about why the training was not scheduled on Saturday, or earlier in the morning on Sunday so people could be somewhere at eleven.

    Where are these cenotaph services that are being held all day?

  6. Carey Nieuwhof says, November 9, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    Gregory…I appreciate your concerns. Honestly, we have not held a remembrance day service in years. It is more a civic service than a religious holiday. We always remember our veterans in our prayers on Remembrance Day. Other churches do less, some do more. You may want to be at a church that has a more formal service. So our practice this year is not inconsistent with what we have done in the past.

    Unfortunately, the Oro cenotaph service was held last weekend and I could not get an answer from the City of Barrie website or by phoning the city as to where they are holding their service.

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