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BC's New Restrictions

Dec 2, 2021

Dear Cascades Church family,

You have likely heard that Provincial Health Officials introduced two new restrictions for religious gatherings. First, masks are now required for everyone over the age of 5 for any religious gathering. Second, there are new capacity restrictions. We will be following with these restrictions. The good news is that not much will change for us at Cascades. Here’s what it means for us:

  1. Masks are now required at our Sunday Gatherings or any other ministry event at Cascades anyone over the year of 5 years. If you do not have a mask, we will provide you with one at the entrance.
    Masks can be removed for partaking communion.

     

     

  2. The capacity of our services will be limited to 80 people, which is 50% of our capacity. At the moment, we are not at risk over going over this. We have not exceeded more than 80 people in the last 18 months.
     
  3. Our Christmas Eve service will also have a 80 person limit. We are looking into the best way to do this–including the option of requiring registration through Eventbrite as we did for previous gatherings. We will provide you with more information about this in the coming days.

I (Alex) can appreciate that for some these restrictions feel frustrating and discouraging. There’s room for those emotions, yet I would also want to remind us that these new restrictions will not hinder us from gathering to worship Jesus or loving one another. (All these things are still possible!) Nor can they stop us from engaging in the wondrous story of God coming to us and becoming one of us in the person of Jesus Christ. Let’s be a people who live into that story this Advent season. 

Thank you for being a people who seek to keep Jesus front and centre of our community. Thank you for continuing to be a gracious, flexible, and united people.

May God bless you richly,

Pastor Alex on Behalf of Cascades Leadership Team  

3 Weeks of Generosity

Nov 21, 2021

November 21 – December 11

We want to highlight organizations doing great work. These three organizations have different mandates and unique groups they seek to serve, but each one serves groups of people that we believe Jesus cares about. We believe seeing our city renewed requires collaboration with different organizations.

Through these three organizations refugees coming to our city are given material, spiritual, and social support; the poor and marginalized are provided shelter; and churches are equipped to cultivate cultures of prayer, mission and justice in our city. 

These organizations are Journey Home Community, Lookout Society, and the 24/7 Prayer Canada. For the next three weeks we encourage you to practice generosity by supporting these three organizations by giving to their work and praying for their work. 

National Day of Truth and Reconcilation

Oct 3, 2021

This past week was Canada’s first ever National Day of Truth and Reconciliation–A day dedicated to acknowledging the harm done by residential schools and the ongoing effects that Indigenous communities continue to live with. In a spirit of humility and reconciliation let us:

 

Ministry Room Launch

September 19, 2021

Last week we celebrated the dedication of our new Ministry Room. It was great to see so many faces. 

What’s left for us to do? 

We will be installing two new windows in the coming months. We are wanting on the contractors to complete their quotes. 

Thank you! 

As of this past week, you have given over $4200 towards this project. Thank you for responding with generosity. 

How can I help?

If you want to contribute to the remaining amount of this project you can do so through tithe.ly and selecting the “Building Fund” option.
Or with a cheque or cash and a note indicating “Ministry Room Renovation”.


 

May God bless you richly,
Pastor Alex on behalf of Cascades Leadership Team.

Renovation Update 4

September 5, 2021

We’re getting closer to having to completing our new ministry space. Floors are installed, the walls are painted, baseboards are getting installed this week. We are excited about this renewed space, but more than a nice space we are excited for the children and adults who will encounter Jesus and the Good News He brings in this room.

What’s left for us to do? 

  •  install baseboards and paint them. (this week)
  •  install two new windows.
  • purchase new storage pieces for Children’s ministry activities.
  • Prep and paint the walls
  • Install the floors

What will this cost us?  

In all this project will cost approximately $14,000.
As of this past week, just over $3000 have been donated. 

How can I help?

There are three ways to help: Praying, Serving, and Giving. 

  1. You can help by praying for the ministry that will be done in this renewed room. Pray for the kids who will learn about Jesus in this room, pray for the seekers and skeptics alike who will enter into this space that they might like hear of and experience the love and life found in Jesus Christ.
  2. You can help with some of the prep work and labour involved with these remaining items. 
  3. You can also help by giving to this specific project.

    If you want to contribute to this project you can do so through  tithe.ly and selecting the “Building Fund” option. Or with a cheque or cash and a note indicating “Ministry Room Renovation”.


 

May God bless you richly,
Pastor Alex on behalf of Cascades Leadership Team.

Renovation Update 3

August 27, 2021

Great news! Floors are almost done and walls are getting painted. We’re getting closer to having a new ministry space the important work for caring for and teaching our kids on Sundays, serving people who are exploring Jesus, and helping people know Jesus and embrace His Way. 

What’s left for us to do? 

  •  install baseboards and paint them. 
  •  install two new windows.
  • purchase new storage pieces for Children’s ministry activities.
  • Prep and paint the walls
  • Install the floors

What will this cost us?  

In all this project will cost approximately $14,000.

How can I help?

There are three ways to help: Praying, Serving, and Giving. 

  1. You can help by praying for the ministry that will be done in this renewed room. Pray for the kids who will learn about Jesus in this room, pray for the seekers and skeptics alike who will enter into this space that they might like hear of and experience the love and life found in Jesus Christ.
  2. You can help with some of the prep work and labour involved with these remaining items. 
  3. You can also help by giving to this specific project.

    If you want to contribute to this project you can do so through  tithe.ly and selecting the “Building Fund” option. Or with a cheque or cash and a note indicating “Ministry Room Renovation”.


 

May God bless you richly,
Pastor Alex on behalf of Cascades Leadership Team.

BC's Mask Mandate

August 26, 2021

This week BC health officials announced the reinstatement of the mask mandate for all public indoor spaces. For the time being BC’s mask mandate does not apply to churches–all worship services are exempt.

Despite the mask mandate not applying to us, we still want to take every step possible to make our worship gatherings safe for all people. We love the opportunity to worship together, it is a great gift.
Here’s how we will be moving forward at this time:

  • Masks are strongly recommended, but not mandatory. Our leadership team will be wearing masks throughout the service unless singing or speaking from the front.
  • We will have extra masks available if upon arrival you don’t have one and you would like one.
  • We ask all people who are exhibiting cold/flu symptoms to stay home.
  • We will continue to livestream our Worship Gatherings each Sunday at 10am.

The past year has been a trying one for many. As we transition into a fall that seems uncertain, let us continue to be a people who are gracious to one another, to our neighbours, and to co-workers. In a time division seems to be the norm, may we pursue another way; the Way of Jesus, our Lord. I (Alex) am reminded the words found in the book we spent much of the past year studying, Ephesians 4:1-3:

“I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

May God bless you richly,
Pastor Alex on behalf of Cascades Leadership Team.

Renovation Update 2

August 15, 2021

Work has begun on removing the carpets, preparing the floors for new flooring as well as prepping and priming the walls for a new coat of paint. 

We are working to renovate our ministry space downstairs. We want to create a space that is hospitable for our children’s ministry on Sundays and evening ministries like Alpha.

For those who would like to contribute to this project directly you can do so via:
(1) On tithe.ly 
be sure to designate “Building Fund” as where you want the gift to go;  Or
(2) With a cheque or cash be sure to include a memo indicating “Ministry Room Renovation”. The Offering Envelopes in the Foyer also have an area where you can designate your gift.


Renovation Update 1

August 8, 2021

We are working to renovate our ministry space downstairs. We want to create a space that is hospitable for our children’s ministry on Sundays and evening ministries like Alpha. Among other things, we intend to repaint walls and doors and replace the flooring. Much money has been saved through the work and time given by members who have cleaned, organized and taken things down themselves.
One item we want professionals to do is the installation of commercial laminate flooring. We anticipate the work costing our church about $13,000. While this is a significant expense, the size and needs of the room require professionals to ensure it’s done properly. We’ve seen a number of you give your own time, energy, and sweat to help with this. The new floor coupled with your efforts will go a long way in creating a welcoming and bright space we envision.

A number of you have given in various ways, but others are only hearing about this. This update is also an open invitation. If you want to contribute to this project directly over and above what you normally give you can do so via two ways:
(1) On
tithe.ly be sure to designate “Building Fund” as where you want the gift to go.
(2) With a cheque or cash be sure to include a memo indicating “Ministry Room Renovation”. The Offering Envelopes in the Foyer also have an area where you can designate your gift.

How We're Responding to Phase 3

July 1, 2021

As the province enters the Phase 3 on July 1st, here is how we will be responding to the new guidelines:

1. Registration for Sunday worship services is no longer required.
2. Masks are recommended for people 12 years of age and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. (If you do not have a mask and would like one, we can provide it for you).
3. We will be singing.
4. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
5. Once you arrive at the church, you will be receiving a shot of hand sanitizer.

If you would like to know more about the details of the Provincial Phase 3 guidelines, click here

Thank you for your support in this. If you have questions don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email.