Maranatha - Join The Journey



December 25, 2022

Scripture:  Matthew 1:1-21
Message:  The Weird Thing About Christmas

Pastor Tom Baird

Prayer Chain: Please email your prayer chain requests to prayer 

Prayer Request Box: Prayer Cards are also available in the back of the chairs. Feel free to fill them out and drop them in the box at the Welcome Centre.

Drop-in Prayer: Join in prayer with others Tuesdays from 12:30-2:30 pm; Wednesdays & Thursdays from 11:30 am-1:30 pm in the Chapel.

Post-Service Prayer: Prayer teams are available to pray with you after every morning service.

Family Prayer Group: Pray with others for your loved ones and family members every Thursday morning from 7:00-8:00 am in the Chapel.

Prayer Appointment: Contact Deborah at to make an appointment.

Offering:  Maranatha Ministries: supports the ministries of this church.

Next Week’s Offering (Jan. 1st):  Maranatha Ministries

Our Church Family:

Willy Wever was admitted to the ICU at Belleville General Hospital after being found unconscious in her home Thursday. She has only regained consciousness for moments at a time since then. Doctors are not sure what is causing her condition. Please pray for Willy.

Continue to pray for Robert Guppy. He is still in BGH, awaiting transfer to a nursing home.

Gerrit Tammel is unable to walk for reasons doctors do not completely understand. Please keep Gerrit and Wilhelmina in your prayers.

Please continue to hold Laurie Wood, Glen Arendt, Marten VanderWal, Eve Kugel, Andy Jongenotter, Rick Foulds, & our shut-ins in your prayers.

Today’s Team: Bass: Lillian Ashley; Lead Guitar: Lionel Rae; Vocals: Deborah Morgante; Percussion: Powell Slimmon; Acoustic Guitar: Adam Stickland; Interpreter: Evelyn Batelaan

Christmas New Years Worship Schedule:

· January 1st – 10:00 am as usual.

· There will be no New Years Eve service.

Junior High is on BREAK for Christmas! See you all on Jan. 13th! Enjoy making memories and having fun! 

Senior High: is on BREAK for Christmas! See you all on Jan. 13th!

Young Adults: is on BREAK for Christmas! See you all on Jan. 10th!

Christmas Gift Cards: Every year Benevolence helps many who are struggling financially by giving them grocery gift cards for Christmas. They are from our church community and those who are referred to us through a connection in the church. If you would like to help by donating to this cause, please fill out the bulletin insert. Cheques should be made out to Maranatha but marked as benevolence gift cards. Forms must be filled and returned today.

Classis Quinte: is seeking a Stated Clerk; the position is available immediately; the start date is flexible. Each Classis Clerk attends three classis meetings per year as well as three interim committee meetings to record the minutes and complete follow-up tasks. The duties involve tasks such as working with the Classis Ministries Committee to prepare the agendas for meetings as well as handling the correspondence and administrative duties of the classis.  An honorarium is provided for this position. Please contact Rev. Rita Klein-Geltink at to apply or for further information.

Outdoor Skating Rink on site: We are excited to announce we will be having an outdoor skating rink on our property. If you like to join the "rink rat team," by helping to keep our ice clean please contact Wanda Thompson @ or (613) 743-5293.

Meal Train: Mike & Loretta Nanninga, and sons, Seth and Paul are thrilled with the arrival of Daniel Detlef. Mike & Loretta would appreciate some provided meals over the next few weeks as she gains her strength back and as they settle into a new normal. Please go to this meal train link to see more details and to sign up for a meal. If you are not able to access this link, call Linda Wattam (613) 848-7083 and she can sign up for you, on your behalf.

Looking to Rent: A couple in our church community are in urgent need of a place to rent. They have a budget of around $700 - $1000 and are looking in Belleville or Trenton. Only one parking space is needed. If you think you can help, or for more information, please call Jobin at (613) 970-8007 or Acsa at (343) 889-2778.

Year End Giving: We are asking the congregation to prayerfully consider how you have been blessed financially this year and to give as you are able to help us finish the year in good shape. Donations must be received by Dec. 31th to be eligible for a tax receipt for 2022.

All e-transfers must be done by Dec. 30th.

Lost & Found: If you or someone you know has lost an item here at the church recently or in the past couple months, please take some time to check out the Lost & Found bin, now located at the Info Desk. All items not claimed by December 31st will go to The Belleville Thrift Store.

Special GriefShare Event - Maranatha Church will be hosting a special 2 hour GriefShare seminar called Loss of a Spouse on Sat, Jan. 28th, 2023 from 2 - 4pm.  If you or someone you know is grieving the death of a spouse you are welcome to attend or encourage someone else to attend. A special guide book will further help you through your journey of grief. For more information, or to register, call Darrel Brown, 613-922-5622 or email

Library: The library will be closed Sun, Dec. 25th, 2022 and Sun, Jan. 1st, 2023. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

Holiday Hours: The church office will be closed from Mon, Dec. 26th to Wed, Dec. 28th, and Mon, Jan. 2nd to Tues, Jan 3rd. Otherwise, office hours will remain the same.

Council & Staff wish everyone a Blessed Christmas and a joyful New Year! God’s blessings on you this season!

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