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As a church we exist to create pathways for people just like you to know God, love others and serve the world. If we can help you in this journey, in any way, it would be our great honour and privilege.Join our worship services live each week on Saturday at 6:30 PM and Sunday at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM at http://foothillsalliance.tv

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  • For Shepherds

    For Shepherds

    13/12/2020 Duración: 11min

    For Unto Shepherds - Overview: There are few things I enjoy more than a Foothills Worship Arts Production at Christmas! Despite all the chaos and restrictions of our current pandemic, our staff and volunteers have once again, magically and creatively, put together an original presentation. This production offers us a view on Christmas from the perspective of four shepherds. It is creatively called "For Shepherds" and portrays four potential options in navigating the realities of life. Spoiler alert: one is better than the others! Using another Adam Schnell masterpiece of writing, Rebecca Schnell and Mark Holmes have put together a powerful Christmas drama that will draw us into the heart of the story, and specifically, to our response to the story. The gift of Christmas is intended for all people - even marginalized shepherds. The play will, obviously, be presented online. But the impact will not be compromised. I encourage you to join with us this weekend to reflect upon this critical story and message. It

  • For Us

    For Us

    06/12/2020 Duración: 39min

    For Unto Us - Isaiah 9:6-7: Today the sun will set at 4:30pm, and by 5:30pm it will look like it's midnight outside. These dark days reinforce the practices of the Advent season. Reflecting on the darkness around and within us, allow what we discover stir our longing for God to break in with his light. The people of Israel understood that deep longing. In their season of darkness, Isaiah spoke words of hope, the promise of a child to come go them, and for us. I'm excited for our Foothills Kids to join us this weekend. They will help us to answer the questions, "Who is this child given for us?" and "How will he deliver us?" Come, let's gather together to wait for his coming. Pastor Carla

  • The Myth of Self-Control

    The Myth of Self-Control

    29/11/2020 Duración: 31min

    The Garden Path - Eph. 5:8-20: Every day, we face a divided reality. We live with Paul's confession in Romans 7:15, "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate, I do." It's our personal "civil war" - the "every person challenge." Have you ever struggled with this? I know I have. Elie Wiesel brilliantly wrote, "Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself." Is there an area in our life right now where you are most profoundly aware of your lack of self-control? Is there a dimension of your journey where you long for God to give you more discipline and direction? It is my prayer that this week we will better learn how to make great choices in life, embracing every opportunity and pursuing God above everything else. We will examine Ephesians 5:8-20 and what it means to have self-control. This is the last sermon of our series "The Garden Path," and I deeply look forward to what we will learn together. Be blessed, be safe and t

  • The Strength of Gentleness

    The Strength of Gentleness

    22/11/2020 Duración: 40min

    The Garden Path - Matthew 11: This weekend, our Garden Path leads us to the eighth of nine fruits of the Spirit - gentleness. This is something all of us need in these challenging times. Whenever you think or need gentleness, think Jesus. If you feel broken or bruised, God will not step on you or toss you aside. Rather, he is always there, arms outstretched, saying, "Come to me, all who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. I am humble and gentle and you will find rest for your soul." (Matt:11) Jesus is our rest, and we find hope in the everlasting arms of a gentle Saviour. Join us with expectancy, to not only receive a gentle touch, but be motivated to extend gentleness ourselves to those around us who are in need of the Saviour. Pastor Jerry

  • The Gift of Faithfulness

    The Gift of Faithfulness

    15/11/2020 Duración: 39min

    The Garden Joy - Romans 12:9-21: Have you ever allowed doubt and cynicism to dominate your mindset? You may have found yourself saying or thinking, "I'll believe it when I see it." Our world is complicated - our COVID world even more. For many, the government's decision on Thursday was welcome news. For others, it was devastating. It's so easy to lose our sense of trust. It's so easy to wonder or question whether God is truly attentive to the little details in our lives. This weekend, we'll dive into the seventh fruit of the Spirit - faithfulness. We'll examine what it looks like to live a faithful life that honours God. I'm so looking forward to seeing you online for Saturday's service, or in person on Sunday morning at 9 & 11am. Be glad, be well and be faithful. Pastor Ian

  • The Grace of Goodness

    The Grace of Goodness

    08/11/2020 Duración: 37min

    The Garden Joy - Matthew 6:10: There's been no shortage of definitions or descriptions about the concept of "the good life." We've written books on it, made movies about it, we even named an entire fitness franchise after it. But what does it truly mean to live well? We're in the sixth week of our Garden Path series, and this weekend we'll be looking at Matthew 6:10. It is my prayer that we would come out of this weekend desiring to see the world as God sees it. That we will be compelled to embrace the priorities and passions he calls us to embrace. Come learn what happens when we fully hand over all our dreams, hopes and desires to the One who gave his life for us. I so look forward to seeing you either online for our Saturday service, or in person at our Sunday services. Be blessed, be safe and be good. Pastor Ian

  • A Measure of Kindness

    A Measure of Kindness

    01/11/2020 Duración: 41min

    The Garden Joy - Luke 10:25-37: This weekend on "The Garden Path," we will encounter the fifth fruit of the Spirit-led life - the fruit of kindness. We will be introduced to an old friend we all know of, the Good Samaritan, and an Old Testament hero none of us know about, "Ebed-Melek, the Cushite." We will learn about the power of a kind life from both of them. There are myriads of studies that prove that acts of kindness dramatically increase the quality of life for both the giver and the receiver. It's my prayer that we will be inspired to more deeply depend upon the Spirit, who pours out kindness in our lives, and that this gift will flow more frequently and intentionally out of our lives. Random acts of kindness are good. Intentional acts of kindness are even better! It will be a blessing to worship and reflect on God's presence and purpose in our lives together this weekend, either online or in person at 9am and 11am Sunday morning. Be blessed, be safe and be kind!

  • The Virue of Patience

    The Virue of Patience

    25/10/2020 Duración: 39min

    The Garden Joy - The Book of Genesis: Lord, give me patience, and give it to me NOW!" It's a prayer that we've probably thought of, and maybe have said. Patience is a commodity that we desperately need, but at times find it so difficult to discover. This weekend, we will dive into the fourth fruit of the spirit, the Spirit of Patience - sometimes called Forbearance. Our journey will be anchored in the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis. We'll talk about what happens when patience is lacking, and what happens when patience is discovered. We will do so in the shadow of the communion table, as we remember the One who embodied patience and trust - more than anyone else ever has. It will be great to see you in person if you can come to our service on Sunday, or to visit you in your living room online. Be blessed, be safe and be well. Pastor Ian

  • The Picture of Peace

    The Picture of Peace

    18/10/2020 Duración: 31min

    The Garden Joy - John 14:25-27: Peace in chaos. How have the last six to seven months been for you? One thing after another? Is disruption creating chaos in your home, your workplace, your neighbourhood? Let me ask you a question: if you could, what would you rather have? External peace or internal peace? It's a loaded question - because neither creates the other. But, internal peace can withstand external chaos. This week we're talking about peace as a fruit of the Spirit. I invite you to listen in. Jesus never promised external peace. What we're navigating now is a disruption of our normal. But no matter the chaos, Jesus promised peace accessible in him. We're going to look at that this weekend. Pastor Andrew

  • The Power of Joy

    The Power of Joy

    11/10/2020 Duración: 37min

    The Garden Joy - Philippians 4: One of Aesop's fables, the story of Androcles and the Lion, ends with the moral "gratitude is the sign of a noble soul." There is something powerfully attractive and soul-enhancing in being grateful and being around grateful people. This weekend from Phil. 4, we will examine the second manifestation of the Spirit's work in our lives - the fruit of joy. Whether you join us online this weekend or live in our Sunday 9 and 11am services (please pre-register!), we will give thanks to God for all his goodness, and we will explore a pathway to deeper joy together. Have a blessed Thanksgiving, and may our hearts be filled with the goodness of God in our lives. Be safe. Be blessed, be grateful.

  • The Power of Love

    The Power of Love

    04/10/2020 Duración: 36min

    The Garden Path - Galatians 5:22-23: Theologians say one of the critical capacities that reveals us being created in the image of God is the ability to make choices in life. Many of the choices are mundane and trivial, such as, what will I have for breakfast? Can I wear socks with sandles? (the answer is no). But others have much longer lasting implications. A good friend of mine constantly reminded his kids: "Show me your friends and I'll show you your future." These kinds of choices truly shape our destinies in significant ways. But there is one choice that matters more than any other in life: "What will we do with Jesus?" This choice has both eternal and temporal consequences. In many ways, this choice ultimately shapes every choice we will make in life. We are beginning a new teaching series that will take us through the next nine weekends. It is called "The Garden Path," and in it, we will dive deeper into the nine fruits of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5. This weekend we will touch on "love." Toge

  • Captured

    Captured

    27/09/2020 Duración: 38min

    Dreams and Visions - Eph. 3:1-21: I'm old enough to remember the days before "self-service" gas stations emerged. We called them "Gas Jockeys" (or when they wanted to appear to be important: "Petroleum Transfer Engineers"). At the time, self-serve stations began to emerge, and people weren't sure they liked the idea. It seemed like a way to eliminate jobs and for gas companies to make more money. Yet what happened at the gas station took off in our culture. Other industries started adapting and cutting positions. Personal Banking arrived, which largely eliminated the need for tellers. Drive-through restaurants eliminated the need for servers. Automatic car washes emerged. When I was young, I woke up at 6am and ran milk to houses for the local milkman during summer. At the end of the day, he would pay me 50 cents and a pint of chocolate milk for my efforts. (I haven't thought about that for decades!) In so many ways, the self-serve industry has become the defining metaphor of our culture. We so often focus on

  • Convinced

    Convinced

    20/09/2020 Duración: 38min

    Dreams and Visions - Galatians 5:13-15: No one would be surprised to learn we live in a "me first" world. Looking out for number one is a common mantra, and we all know how to count! This weekend we dive into the third pillar of our mission statement - the call to "reach neighbours." Jesus clearly, consistently and compellingly taught that the greatest life is one that serves others. We are truly called to be a "for others" church. In a world that mandates physical distancing, we'll spend some time from Galatians 5 focusing on what it means to love our neighbours. I do look forward to seeing you in church or online. If you plan to join us in service, remember to register to speed up the welcome process! Be safe, be blessed and be a blessing! Pastor Ian

  • Connected

    Connected

    13/09/2020 Duración: 33min

    Dreams and Visions - 1 Corinthians 12:12-27: Over the past six months, we've lost a lot of famous people who made an impact in this world. In March of this year, Bill Withers died of heart failure. Most of us don't know who Bill was, but we know some of his music. Songs like "Ain't no sunshine" and "Just the two of us" easily are memorable, but his best and most enduring work is the classic "Lean on me." The song has been recorded dozens of times by some of the music industry's greatest artists. Why? I think it's the message. For, "Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow," we need to be able to say: "Lean on me, when you're not strong, and I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on." The song ends with the admonition "Call Me" that is repeated 24 times! Do you have someone in your life to call? Are you someone others know they can call? We're going to focus on being connected in a physically-distant culture, and why it matters. Be blessed, and good luck getting this little song out of y

  • Compelled

    Compelled

    06/09/2020 Duración: 37min

    Dreams and Visions - 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 Isaiah 6: I don't know if you've ever seen one of the Western Canada Lottery Corporation's brilliant advertising campaigns for their Lotto Max called, "Dream to the max." In the commercial, one lucky woman who had won the lottery was asked what she planned to do with all the money. When she suggests going on a vacation, she's told her dream isn't nearly grandiose enough. In the end, she ends up settling on buying a villa in Italy she names after herself, with a block of cheese that will last her village an entire year. "Why dream little when you can dream to the max?!" What kind of dreams do you have? What do you find yourself pursuing in life? This weekend, we will consider our greatest pursuit in life - to know God. This weekend we'll be reading from 2 Corinthians 5:11-12 and Isaiah 6. Join us as we start our new series "Dreams and Visions." I so look forward to seeing you online! Be blessed, be safe and be well.

  • My Story with Self Reliance

    My Story with Self Reliance

    30/08/2020 Duración: 37min

    My Story - Season Three - 2 Chron. 20: Have you noticed lately that life is hard sometimes?! Overwhelmingly hard, actually. Sometimes my own strength and my own wisdom seems so ridiculously insufficient. This weekend, we will hear a couple stories of the inadequacies of self-reliance. We'll also hear a powerful story of a God-dependent life that will bless and inspire is. I truly hope you will be able to join with us as we end Season Three of our series, My Story. Be blessed - be safe - be hopeful and take care if each other! See you online!

  • My Story with Temptation

    My Story with Temptation

    23/08/2020 Duración: 33min

    My Story - Season Three - 1 Cor. 10:13-2 2 Chron. 7:14: There's lots of humour around the subject of temptation, "I can resist just about everything - except temptation." My secret to dealing with temptation is to just give in. We can laugh about it, but it is a daily struggle for all of us. Many of our temptations are minor and seemingly inconsequential. "Will I have two cookies, or three? Do I watch one more episode of my favourite Netflix show, or go to bed on time?" But sometimes the consequences of giving into temptation are much more severe. This weekend, we'll consider how to navigate a world full of temptations that draw us from God, rather than to him. We'll consider how Jesus himself navigated temptation. And we'll think through some strategies on staying strong in the journey. This is week 24 of online church, and while we're all a little weary, I'm still so grateful for those who make these services happen. Have a blessed weekend, and we'll see you online. Pastor Ian

  • My Story with Loss

    My Story with Loss

    16/08/2020 Duración: 33min

    My Story - Season Three - Eccl. 2:1-11: Dear Foothills family, If you're anything like me, you've probably experienced some disappointment, suffering or unexpected negative impact on your life in the last five months; maybe on more than one front. I actually believe we're living in a season of collective grief. For most of us, habits, routines and opportunities we took for granted are just gone. And some have been more intensely affected than others. Relationally, we may be under strain or feeling alone - or a confusing combination of both. So, how do we make sense of our losses? The book of Ecclesiastes is all about the search for meaning. And, you might be surprised how connected loss is with the search for meaning. Join me this week as we hear Donna Elford's story. She'll dive into how the disappointments in life can be a catalyst for learning how long, high, wide and deep Jesus loves us. As we gather, even though apart, let's remember that he is for us! Rebecca Schnell

  • My Story with Spiritual Indifference

    My Story with Spiritual Indifference

    09/08/2020 Duración: 28min

    My Story - Season Three - 1 Cor. 3:1-9: When it comes to the high calling we have in Christ Jesus, the calling never changes - but sometimes we do. Often, INDIFFERENCE is the culprit. We become disconnected, ineffective, inactive, uninvolved and unsympathetic. INDIFFERENCE is a menace to all areas of life, and we always pay the price for it. It robs you of joy, accomplishment, fulfillment and growth. It is a thief. But when it is spiritual indifference, which will be our focus this weekend (and my 20 years of living with it), the price is much higher and robs you of so much more - kingdom production and victorious living, and all God intended you to be. Join us this weekend and be challenged to move beyond average, lethargy, complacency, inertia, procrastination and ineffective living. In God's eyes, you were meant to soar like an eagle, not a barnyard duck - blanks on those metaphors to be filled in this weekend! Hope to "see" you there! Pastor Jerry

  • My Story with Isolation

    My Story with Isolation

    02/08/2020 Duración: 28min

    My Story - Season Three - Romans 12:1-10: Six months ago, I bet you’d never have imagined that you’d have a story to tell about isolation. But today, each of us have a version of this story to tell. As COVID-19 entered our world, so did experiences that left us feeling separated from each other in new and uncomfortable ways. And it has been challenging to say the least! Yet, as Jesus’ followers, who we are is rooted in being united in Christ. How does our identity in Christ and our current reality fit together? As we hear God’s word and Theresa and Ryan Reed’s story with isolation, we are reminded that, by God’s grace, nothing this world throws at us can hinder God’s work in and through us. And as we celebrate communion together, we will receive and give thanks for Jesus, the One who makes us one. Pastor Carla

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