2019-2020 … Decidedly not your average ministry year, right? But make no mistake – God has been at work in and through FAC – and He’s not done! Because through it all – even through a pandemic – His Church is still His Church … and we’re still called to be part of what He’s doing … We’re still called to continue to serve our community and our world. This year’s Annual General Meeting will be different, and you don’t want to miss it.
If you’re part of the Deerfoot, Southwest, or Online Campus, don’t miss a time to look back with celebration and gratitude, and to look forward with anticipation … This year’s meeting of the members of First Alliance Church of The Christian and Missionary Alliance will be held in person Sunday, October 25, 7:00 pm at FAC Deerfoot (12345 40 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta) for the purpose of:
- receiving financial and other reports
- electing members to the Board of Elders
- electing members of the Nominating Committee
- appointing an auditor
Members attending the meeting in person are eligible to vote, but everyone is welcome to attend – you can register here. Can’t make it in person? Watch the livestream – and members can send a proxy ballot with another member to be part of the decisions that will be made.
The Annual General Meeting is a great time to celebrate what God is doing in and through FAC … And you won’t want to miss this weekend‘s services (sign up to attend in person, or join the online campus) as Pastor James unpacks the journey we’re on these days.
A Note from Pastor James
Who will ever forget 2020, the year of the great plague? And who could have foreseen the enormous impact of the pandemic? Our lives were shaken personally and corporately. Yet in so many ways, God had already prepared us at FAC; He was not caught off guard. Our technology upgrades, our online campus led by Pastor Cory, our amazing team of staff and volunteers – everything was in place to allow us to adapt at a moment’s notice.
We quickly embraced a theme of Thriving today … Shaping tomorrow with 4 key priorities: staff health, ministry capacity, financial stability, and adaptive innovation. Ministries were digitized, a volunteer army mobilized, risks managed, operations adapted, complexity reduced, collaboration enhanced, resilience improved, and costs controlled. Not one member of staff was infected. Despite the challenges, we fed the hungry, housed the homeless, and proclaimed the name of Jesus.
COVID-19 is not the whole story, though. In Fall 2019 we launched our brand new FAC Southwest Campus, led by Pastor Jeff. Over 200 people call this campus home. Meeting at Glenmore Christian Academy, we have already developed a strong presence in the surrounding communities. This fall we have opened our new mid-week ministry centre and offices that gives us even more presence and opportunity.
Our financial planning has allowed us to weather the storm and lean into the future with optimism. We still dream of continuing to be a multiplying church. God has been laying a fresh burden on our hearts for the east side of the city. Would you join with me in prayer and ask God what part you might play?
Many things have changed but we still have the same mission: Building lives that honour God … all for Jesus! We are in this for the long haul. And so we look to Jesus. We read in Hebrews:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3, NIV)
Read more from FAC leadership in the 2019-2020 Annual Report!