I had a chance to preach in Avenue Church yesterday. In case you don’t know, it’s our daughter church located in the Parkdale area of Edmonton. They used to meet in an art gallery on 112th Street, but have moved to a community hall a few blocks away as they have grown. What’s more, it’s a larger space with a kitchen and better space for children’s ministry. It was a good size crowd for the middle of summer and you could tell the church had a good vibe. For the third time this summer, I had a chance to preach my “Iconic: Mountain” sermon. By now, I have it down, which is a good thing because as it turns out I was missing two pages from the middle of the sermon. I hate it when that happens. I don’t think anyone noticed. I must tell you, every time I preach in one of our church plants, I give thanks for God amazing faithfulness. To see the vision that Sharon and I had when we arrived here in Edmonton in 2001 (to start a church planting movement) become a reality in such a beautiful way is so inspiring. God is good!
Just so you know, we’re doing some updating of our website over the summer which is a good thing. However, it means there will likely be a few glitches over the new few weeks. Some of you have already noticed that we haven’t been able to post new sermons on-line since the end of June. We ARE working on it, but please be patient. It’s more complicated than you might think. If you spot any other problems, don’t hesitate to fire me a quick e-mail. Thanks!
Can I encourage you to continue to be good stewards this summer? As many people go on holidays over the summer, our weekly and monthly giving tends to fall off somewhat. Please help us to continue to meet our financial obligations by giving consistently, even if your away for a portion of the summer. In case you don’t know, one of the easiest and most consistent ways to give to The River is by setting up an automatic monthly withdrawal. FYI, this is how Sharon and I give every month. Or, consider giving through the website or the app. In any event, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Byron at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s continue to bless and grow The River together!