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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


  • Easter Sunday

    Easter Sunday

    04/04/2021 Duración: 22min

    Easter Sunday: If you spend  any time  in  a  corporate  world,  you'll  be familiar  with  the concept  of annual evaluations where we are often graded with “fails to meet expectations"  or "meets expectations" or “exceeds expectations.” As a student, I remember being evaluated with letter grades,  and,  as  I remember  it,  the  only  A's" I  got  on  my report cards read something like, " A much better effort  is  required  if  Ian  wants to pass  this course." Join us this weekend as we celebrate the risen Christ. We’ll dive into why pursuing Jesus allows us to live a life marked by peace, hope, purpose and passion. I so look forward to seeing you online or in person. Be safe, be well and be blessed. Pastor Ian

  • The Grace

    The Grace

    28/03/2021 Duración: 36min

    Disrupted - John 12:12-19: Our world is full of stories of super heroes who face overwhelming odds, diabolical enemies and come out victorious. I remember the classic Batman movies with tacky captions like WHAM and KAPOW inserted over Batman, as he overpowers one more bad guy. Our lives don’t look much like those stories, but we all want to be saved from an enemy or two. We all need to be saved. But what kind of hero do we really need? This weekend the greatest hero of all time rides into town, but he looks nothing like what we’ve been told a hero should look like. Join us weekend as we encounter and worship Jesus, and begin our journey with him though Holy Week Pastor Carla

  • The Gift

    The Gift

    21/03/2021 Duración: 37min

    Disrupted - Phil 4:14: Dallas Willard writes in his newest book, “Life Without Lack,” that the phrase “the Lord is my Shepherd” is a sentiment that is “sadly carved on tombstones more than it is a reality written in daily lives.” Can we really say, “I shall not want” any more in life? A life free of insatiable desire, a life marked by inner peace, a life where we want for nothing or lack nothing, a life marked by contentment and hope, no matter what happens – no matter what comes our way? Join us this weekend as we dive into “The Gift,” and together we’ll examine Phil 4:14. We’ll see how grace received always results in grace extended. I so look forward to connecting with you online or in person this weekend. Be kind, be well and be gracious Pastor Ian

  • The Secret

    The Secret

    14/03/2021 Duración: 31min

    Disrupted - Phil 4:13: One year ago today we postponed our in-person services. It’s been a year like no other.  Pandemic. Online church. Zoom meetings and our new most common phrase:  “You’re on mute!” For some, it’s been incredibly challenging to experience any form of happiness. But what would it look like if we stopped focusing on what’s happening around us, and instead lived a life of contentment – not dependant on external circumstances? Robert Hughes wrote scathing critique of our culture a few years ago called, “The Culture of Complaint.”  His thesis was that: We live in a society where people perceive themselves to be entitled to having all desires fulfilled.  We take this to be part of our birthright.  We accord ourselves victim status when it doesn’t happen.  We live in the culture of complaint.  It forms our hearts and minds This is going to be an incredibly important weekend, you don’t want to miss it. Whether we connect online or in person this weekend, I am so excited for what we’ll learn toget

  • The Discovery

    The Discovery

    07/03/2021 Duración: 34min

    Disrupted - Phil. 4:8-9: Hey Foothills family, You’re on my mind.  I’ve been wondering how you’re doing.  It won’t be long before I’ll see some of your faces again as we reengage with in-person worship services next week Sunday.  I think of you often.  We miss you all. You know, our ability to feel and reason, to dream and create, to analyze and decide is a fascinating and holy part of our humanity. Having a thought life separates us from other parts of God’s creation. Though we cannot touch it, we all know, that what happens in our heads is real.  So, does what and how we think matter to God?  The Apostles Paul seemed to think that what we allow in our minds matters a lot.  Join me and the team this weekend as we explore Phil 4:8-9 and the importance of navigating the preoccupation of our thoughts in a way that honours our calling as Jesus followers.

  • The Promise

    The Promise

    28/02/2021 Duración: 38min

    Disrupted - Phil 4:6,7: If there was a condition that describes us all during this global pandemic, it would be one of anxiousness. Sociologists claim that a breakdown in social connectedness and the presence of external environmental threats only intensifies our feelings - go figure!   But in such a time as this, God’s word speaks volumes into our lives in such a dynamic and practical manner. Our message focuses on Phil 4:6-7 where Paul contends that we should “not be anxious in anything.”  But how can he say this, when being anxious seems to be part and parcel with the experience of simply being human!? As we dig into this text we will consider ‘was Jesus ever anxious?’ If so, how did he deal with his feelings? We will also unpack the provision of God’s peace to help us find calm in our chaotic world.

  • The Destiny

    The Destiny

    21/02/2021 Duración: 38min

    Disrupted - Phil. 3:15-21: Thirty years ago City Slickers arrived on our big screen. The movie follows a group of guys from New York who were disillusioned with life, career, kids and marriage. Mitch, a guy who has never left the city, has this profound moment with Curly – the poster child for a cool, rugged, rough cowboy. As Mitch tries to make sense of his disappointing life, Curly asks him “Do you know what the secret of life is?” Mitch shrugs “no” and Curly holds up one finger.  He says only one thing matters in life. When Mitch asks what that one thing is, Curly responds “That’s what you have to find out!” This weekend we will examine Phil. 3:15-21. We will be challenged to define what our one thing is, and what it ultimately should be. I can’t wait to “see” you online this weekend. Be safe, be well and be focused on the One who loves us most! Pastor Ian    

  • The Passion

    The Passion

    14/02/2021 Duración: 40min

    Disrupted - Phil 3:11: John Maxwell defines success as “when those who know you best love you most” and while that’s a good start, is success only about being loved by others? Isn’t there a higher standard to strive for? A greater legacy to leave? A higher purpose to give our lives to? Many of us use the image or metaphor of climbing the ladder of success … but I wonder if some of our ladders are leaning up against the wrong wall? This weekend, we will continue through the book of Philippians, looking at Phil. 3:11. We'll look at a very powerful expression from Paul's life, a page from his journal where he talks about what success in life looks like. I'm so excited to "see" you online this weekend. Be blessed, be well, be safe!

  • The Concern

    The Concern

    07/02/2021 Duración: 38min

    Disrupted - Phil. 2:19-30: Have you ever considered how many different people there are in the world? Morning and night people, those who believe camping includes tents and people who believe it involves five-star hotels. There are dog people and cat people, people who love coffee and those who trust Jesus for motivation. There’s even people who love sweater vests, and people with poor fashion sense. Humans are immensely diverse with a plethora of interests, aptitudes, temperaments and passions. And yet, there is one interest we all share: self-interest. This week we’ll examine what it means to be “all in” for Jesus. Please join us for an incredibly important message that will challenge us to live a life marked by having a servant heart. Together, journey through Philippians 2:19-30 and hear from Foothills Family International Workers. You can join us at Be blessed, be well and be kind!  

  • The Challenge

    The Challenge

    31/01/2021 Duración: 34min

    Disrupted - Phil. 2:13: How many of you have a love/hate relationship with exercise? We know it’s good for us, but it’ so hard to be motivated and disciplined to stay the course! Well, in our text in Phil. 2:12-18, Paul uses an athletic metaphor when he challenges us to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.” What does that mean? Are we to work for our salvation? Obviously no, we’re saved by grace and grace alone. But we are to “work out” our salvation and this weekend, we’ll talk about what it means. Just a heads up to free you from unnecessary guilt … try not to complain or grumble this weekend. It will be better for you when you engage in church! It really is going to be an awesome and inspiring weekend! I so look forward to being together online. Great things are happening! Be safe! Be well! Be connected! Pastor Ian

  • The Example

    The Example

    24/01/2021 Duración: 33min

    Disrupted - Phil. 2:1-11: Disruptions impact us deeply in almost every area of our lives. But few match the emotional complexity of a disruption at home. It seems we can navigate bumps in life with courage and grace, but when they happen at home, they leave a much deeper mark.  This week's message from Phil. 2:1-11 teaches us how to treat the people God brings across our paths. It also addresses our fundamental need in life, to learn to care for others over self. This weekend, we’ll talk about what an other’s first orientation looks like, and how to find that in a "me first" world. It will be encouraging and challenging, and I so look forward to visiting with you in your home as we gather for church!   Be safe, be blessed, be connected!   Pastor Ian

  • The Calling

    The Calling

    17/01/2021 Duración: 39min

    Disrupted - Phil 1:27: Decision Making 101. There ought to be a course taught at every post-secondary institution on how to make great decisions that result in great legacies. I don’t know too much about Maya Angelou (other than the fact that she wrote seven autobiographies, which seems slightly narcissistic to me!) but I love her thought that, “We may not control all the events that happen to us, but we can decide not to be reduced by them.” We are not the sum of our circumstances, but we are deeply shaped by the kinds of choices we make in life.  Paul’s words to the Philippians in chapter 1, verse 27 begin with “whatever happens.” It’s not a fatalistic statement of resignation but rather a strong statement of resolve to trust God no matter what comes our way. Out of that resolve come three fantastic truths that will serve as a great foundation for our lives. We get to look at them this weekend! I look forward to joining you in your living room as we worship Jesus together and follow the prompts of the ble

  • The Legacy

    The Legacy

    10/01/2021 Duración: 37min

    Disrupted - Phil. 1:12-26: How are you doing with these restrictions? If the word “restrictions” triggered an emotional reaction in you, I want you to recognize it. Why does it make you feel that way? What’s at play in your soul? Why do these restrictions have the effect they do? My best guess is because they have disrupted the way we live. Our comfortable lives that we’ve grown to love and depend on have been changed. So, here’s what we’re going to do in our time this weekend: anchor ourselves in the Bible and change our focus. I’m going to give you tools to help you flourish in restrictions and outside restrictions. Not so everything goes away. Not so that emotions stop being felt. But, so we are fixated on the One who needs to be focused on. Here’s why: the restrictions placed on us do not restrict God of the universe. He will not stop moving because we have. It is possible to flourish amidst restrictions because of the One who cannot be restricted. See you this weekend! Pastor Andrew

  • A Prayer, A Plan, A Partnership

    A Prayer, A Plan, A Partnership

    03/01/2021 Duración: 27min

    Disrupted - Philippians 1:1-11: With 2020 behind us, we look forward with great expectation to a New Year. Not only is it a new year, it brings hope to an end of the devastating impact the COVID-19 virus has had on our world. There is no better place in God’s Word to commence our New Year, than in the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi… and a new series of messages entitled ‘Disrupted.’ Paul writes these words, socially isolated from his dear friends, in very much the same manner we have had to experience this holiday season. Our lives, traditions and rhythms of everyday life have been disrupted. It is within this experience however, Paul offers hope that through the love of God we can ‘discern what is best’ for the coming year. God has a plan and a partnership for us to embrace in 2021! Join me this weekend, as we dive into Philippians. I can’t wait to “see” you online! Pastor Tim

  • More Than Enough

    More Than Enough

    27/12/2020 Duración: 31min

    For Unto Us - 2 Peter 1:1-11: We'll also gather online for Church on Sunday. I'll get to teach one of the greatest passages of the Bible, which I’ve sadly never taught here before: 2 Peter 1:1-11. Here, we will discover that God is more than enough for whatever we face in life! Be blessed. Be safe. Be grateful. Be amazed! Pastor Ian

  • For Hope

    For Hope

    20/12/2020 Duración: 28min

    For Unto Hope - Isaiah 53: I love celebrating communion at Christmas! It builds such a remarkable bridge between the wonder of Christmas and the sacred hope of Easter. Hope is a bit of an endangered species for us all these days. We're all struggling with Christmas plans, how to care for loved ones, what we can do and what we cannot do. I've fallen in love with the line from "O Holy Night" that because of Jesus, even this "weary world rejoices!" There still is reason for joy - there still is cause for hope - there still is the gift of peace. I hope you'll be able to join us for online church this weekend and for our Christmas Eve services on Thursday. We will do our best to sing the carols, read the scriptures and remember why Jesus came and how he still comes to us today. Have a blessed week of Christmas! May whatever ends up under our tree remind us of the greatest gift of all, the One who hung on a tree so we could truly find joy - even in a weary world! Be safe. Be blessed. Be well. Be joyful! Pastor Ian

  • 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

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