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    • Jan2Tue

      Last Musing for 2017!

      January 2, 2018 Pastor Terry
      Pastor's Ponderings
      My last musing for 2017!  Next week I am away for a few days as we head out east to visit some of our family.  Therefore, there will not be a ponderings next week.  So, let me finish the year by saying thank you.   We have been here for 18 months and it is wonderful to see all that has happened at Heart Lake in such a short time.  We have added 2 part-time staff.  We have put things in place to increase our fellowship, our connectedness.   Fellowship time after the services, a pictorial directory, major events like our fall launch and international Sunday have helped us get to know one another better.  Re-starting small groups, launching a 1729 group (for young adults) and a Young at Heart group (for our seniors) have also increased opportunities for fellowship. 
      2018, Lord willing, will see us add an associate pastor which will strengthen our children's ministry.  Introducing an alternative Sunday morning worship service will enable us to grow and invite more people to become part of HLBC.  We are praying this will be ready to go September 2018.
      Brenda and I are enjoying it here in Brampton and we have felt God's love through this church.  Thank you for your love, support, words of encouragement and acceptance of these "East Coasters".   May you & your family experience God's peace at this time of the year.  Merry Christmas and may you experience a blessed New Year.
      Love to you all
      Dr. "T"
    • Dec14Thu

      Join Us This Christmas

      December 14, 2017 Pastor Terry

      ADVENT SEASON

      HOPE       PEACE      JOY      LOVE    CHRIST

       

      Join Us on Sunday December 24th!

      Special Worship Service  10am

      Our children will be leading us in worship to remind us that God's love for all was demonstrated clearly when Jesus...

    • Dec7Thu

      Less is More

      December 7, 2017 Pastor Terry
      I love little quips and quotes - pithy sayings  that cause me to reflect and remember.  
      Take these for example: 
      "You don't get two chances to make a good first impression."
      "If your mind goes blank, don't forget to turn off the sound."
      "God will either lighten our load or strengthen our backs."
      "Kindness is a hard thing to...
    • Nov30Thu

      Psalm 90

      November 30, 2017 Pastor Terry
      I love Psalm 90.  It is jam-packed with some great wisdom  and verses that many of us are familiar with.  Verse 4   "... 1000 years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by."   Verse 10   "The length of our days is 70 years - or 80, if we have the strength..."   Then we come to verse...
    • Nov23Thu

      Gen Z

      November 23, 2017 Pastor Terry
      Last Sunday Night we held our annual meeting  and I challenged those in attendance with the fact that  there is a new designation of generations and they are called GenZ, those born between 1998-2016, 2.4 billion strong.   (view video below) The previous generation, the Millennials (born between 1982-1997) grew up in the church...
    • Nov9Thu

      Praise & Prayer Request

      November 9, 2017 Pastor Terry

      Many of us have been involved in our church-wide study on PRAYER and so for this week's ponderings I want to share a praise item and then 2 specific prayer requests.

      Prayer should always involve praise and thanksgiving and I want to say to you and to the Lord thanks.   October is Pastor Appreciation month and HLBC showered us with cards...

    • Oct26Thu

      Thankful Heart

      October 26, 2017 Pastor Terry

      Once a year our convention puts on an event called "Reignite.   This is what is written on our CBOQ website:

      "Reignite is a CBOQ pastor and ministry workers' conference sponsored by the Leadership Development office.   Our goal is to encourage, inspire, connect and refresh all our ministry workers.   Growing year by...

    • Oct19Thu

      Pot luck with Barb & Gerry

      October 19, 2017 Pastor Terry

      This Sunday evening 
      October 22nd  at 5:30pm

      ...

      we will be gathering in the gym for a pot luck supper to welcome Gerry & Barb home from Guatemala.   I want to encourage as many as possible to come that evening to enjoy a meal, some wonderful fellowship & then hear about the on-going ministry in Guatemala.

      Gerry &...

    • Oct3Tue

      Let’s Be Thankful

      October 3, 2017 by Pastor Terry
      A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin (5) and Ryan (3).  The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake.  Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson, so she said "If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'" Kevin turned to his younger brother and...
    • Sep27Wed

      Success By God’s Standard

      September 27, 2017 Pastor Terry
       
      Martin Buxbaum, an American poet , wrote this little verse which has a lot of truth to it:

      You can use most any measure
      When you're speaking of success
      You can measure it in a fancy home
      Expensive car or dress
      But the measure of your real success
      Is one you cannot spend
      It's the way your child describes YOU
      When talking to a friend.
      ...