On Sunday September 10th our new pastor Zeke Nelson was installed to be the our pastor for the coming years. It was a wonderful worship service with many visitors and guests. We experienced the presence of God and look forward to good years of ministry with our new pastor.
After baptizing and dedicating several infants on Palm Sunday, on Easter Sunday 5 of our grown-up friends were baptized through immersion. On Ressurection Day they were buried with Christ in baptism and raised to walk in a new life. Each of them had a strong testimony about how they found Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, both coming from christian and non christian backgrounds. It was a very special day in the life of our church!
As we had a Service of Ashes and our first Soup & Prayer meeting we remember that we have entered into the Season of Lent. But what is Lent? The word “Lent” comes from the Old English word “lengten,” which simply means “spring” — when the days lengthen and new life springs forth. It is a time in which we anticipate the victory of the light and life of Christ over the darkness of sin and death.
As we journey the 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter, let us remember the reality of our broken humanity, but as days grow brighter, we might experience with greater abundance the reality of God’s redeeming grace. And so, just as we carefully prepare for big events in our personal lives, such as a wedding, Lent invites us to make our hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Traditionally Lent is also a period of fasting. Often fasting has become a bit of a forgotten discipline that is not been practiced by all Christians anymore. Last year pastor Steve guided us into this beautiful discipline as part of the series on the Spiritual Disciplines we did together. Fasting in the strictest sense is going without food and drinks for a certain time, although different people fast in different ways. Some people try and eat very sober, some people fast from certain products while other might fast from social media. Fasting is meant as a way to humble ourselves, sober our lives and focus on God trough meditation and prayer. Here are some New Testament examples of people fasting:
• Anna, the prophetess, is described as serving God day and night with fasting and prayers (Luke 2:37).
• John the Baptist taught his disciples to fast and Jesus Christ said His disciples would fast after His death (Mark 2:18-20).
• Paul and Barnabas prayed and fasted when they ordained elders in the Church (Acts 14:23).
• And Jesus Christ fasted 40 days and nights before facing Satan in an epic battle of spiritual will (Matthew 4:2).
This year I challenge you to try and fast. If this is new to you, you don’t neceserally need to start by totally stopping eating and drinking, but you might want to try and look for ways that work for you. As fasting for a long time was not part of my life I am also exploring this spiritual discipline and I have decided not to eat meat until Easter. To still get some proteins inside I will eat a bit more beans and lentils. I’m going to have a Lentil Lent.
Jan Witsel – Assistant Pastor
We are pleased to announce that Pastor Rodger and Margaret Murchison are coming back the beginning of February for 3 a period of months. We are very thankful to them and to God for that. We all are looking forward to their return to AIPC for another interim period until the Nelson family can come over and become our pastor.
On Sunday November 13 we had a mixed worship service together with the Antwerp International Fellowship as we joined them for worship in their new building. We are thankfull that ACF gave us such a warm welcome and we really enjoyed being with them. Many people were so excited about this event that they suggested we should do this at least every year.
We have exciting news to share with you all! We have a new pastor! After a positive vote from the congregation we officially invited Pastor Zeke Nelson to become our next pastor and he said yes! We are excited about this new chapter for AIPC and very thankful to God.
Please keep the church leadership in your prayers as we continue to work out all the practical things for the Nelson family to come. They will most likely be starting at AIPC some time in the beginning of 2017. Please keep the Nelson family and their current church(es) in your prayers too as they are preparing for their transition and goodbyes.
All praise and glory to God who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will!
We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website and blog.We wanted a new website that would have a fresh appearance, providing you with information about our church. We also added a blog to keep you updated about new activites in our church. We hope you enjoy reading our stories.Please send us an email should you encounter any issues or even have some suggestions to make.
We look forward to seeing you soon!