Many thanks to all who helped with the planning and carrying out of the dermatology clinic held at the women’s prison on February 22nd. We appreciate the doctors who volunteered of their time to serve in this way, as well as the team who accompanied them to encourage the women, those who donated bars of soap and helped wrap the gift bags, the coordinators and organizers of the clinic and of course, Mme Ndeye Diouf who has faithfully served in prison ministry in the Dakar area for 12 years. Through these people, ICF was able to be a blessing and allow others to encounter the living God.
We hope to see you there!
From today’s sermon:
“Our culture teaches us to do everything possible to avoid pain and painful emotions. What do we do with that stuff when we worship and pray? The hurt, the doubts, the questions, the unanswered questions. Are we just to ignore that for an hour of ‘worship’?”
“The Psalms teach us to come back to the Father with praise and with trust. However, they do not avoid the doubts, pain and grief. They head right into the truth and teach us to find our way back to our Heavenly Father. They give us words to express to God.”
As an example, Pastor Joel mentioned an album called Beauty Will Rise by Steven Curtis Chapman that puts grief and lament into words. For those interested, here is a link to that album.
Thank you to all who helped plan the Christmas Pot-luck and who came to join us! Shinae and her team did a fantastic job with organizing the event and coordinating the food. Seby, thank you for putting together the game to get things rolling. It was a wonderful evening and we look forward to seeing you all again on Sunday!
Hi all ICFers!
It is that time of year for our annual Christmas Choir! Anyone is welcome to join. Just send me your name, mobile phone number, and the voice part that you prefer to sing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you send me your info, I will then begin sending you the songs as PDF and MP3 files so that you can then practice on your own even before our first rehearsal!
We will not rehearse until just two weeks before we sing on the Sunday, December 22 Christmas Service. Our rehearsals will take place at ISD on the following dates:
Monday, Dec. 9 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 16 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 19 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Sunday morning, Dec. 22 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.
Since will be rehearsing in such a tight window of time, it is important that those who want to join try your hardest to make it to each of our rehearsals. However, if you know that you will have to miss one or a few, we would still love to have you join your voice with ours as we prepare to lead others in celebrating the incarnation of our Lord through song. I look forward to hearing from lots of you! Merry Christmas!