GriefShare

How GriefShare works

It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel.

This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before.

“Going to GriefShare feels like having warm arms wrapped around you when you’re shivering.”

GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements:

Video seminar with experts
Each week your GriefShare group will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies, dramatic reenactments, and on-location video.

Support group discussion with focus
After viewing the video, you and the other group members will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in your lives.

Personal study and reflection
During the week you will have the opportunity to use your workbook for further personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out your emotions through journaling. Your group will spend time discussing questions and comments from the workbook study.

GriefShare at OCC is facilitated by a medical doctor (Dr. Sandy Tigchelaar) and a chaplain (Rev. John Blyth) and is open to anyone who is working through grief.

GriefShare at OCC begins 9 November @ 7pm

operation christmas child (shoeboxes)

It’s time for Operation Christmas Child
& packing those shoeboxes
We’ve put some resources on this page

  • How to Pack Your Showbox
  • Where Canadian shoe boxes are going
  • downloadable, printable labels
    (in case you didn’t get a folder)

For more information, you can check out
Operation Christmas Child

Shoeboxes are due back at OCC the week
of November 13-19

 



Facing Darkness

As part of the kick-off for Operation Christmas Child
(or as it is often called “Christmas Shoeboxes”
the film “Facing DARKNESS“,
the story of the recent ebola outbreak in west Africa is being shown

Oct 14 @ 6:30pm @ OCC
Free Admission

Case for Christ

LIFE 100.3 movie night

date: Nov 12
time: 7pm
admission: $5 at the door

 

reading the gospels | LUKE

This fall at OCC we are reading through the gospels
…one chapter a day, five days a week,
letting the gospels speak into our lives,
allowing the gospels to shape our thinking,
letting the gospels influence our actions…
so that’s God’s name is glorified and his kingdom is proclaimed.

We are moving into Luke on Monday, 9 October

Reading the Gospels luke

Let me encourage you to post in the comments the verse that struck you the most & why

LIFEGroups

LIFEGroups
evenings
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

afternoon,,,
Wednesday

Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night @ OCC is a fun & exciting time
But it only happens when you everyone gets involved

Sign up at OCC

reading the gospels | tools

There are many online places to read the Bible. Here are some that I recommend:

biblegateway.com
One of the largest collection of bible translations, including some non-english versions. You can easily have multiple translations in parallel. If you want to see how Mark 1:1 is translated check out this link.

youversion.com
A large selection of bible translations. Good support for your phone.

lumina.com
I use this for the NET translation and access to Greek and Hebrew.

biblehub.com
A good collection of translations and resources, the interface is a little out of date.

biblewebapp.com
A limited number of translations.

My recommendation:
If your main goal is to compare English versions, BibleGateway is your best option. YouVersion offers a few more versions, but you can only compare two at a time. If you have some knowledge of Greek and/or Hebrew, I like the Lumina Bible best with its sympathetic highlighting.

reading the gospels | MARK

This fall at OCC we are reading through the gospels
…one chapter a day, five days a week,
letting the gospels speak into our lives,
allowing the gospels to shape our thinking,
letting the gospels influence our actions…
so that’s God’s name is glorified and his kingdom is proclaimed.

We are starting with the shortest of the gospels: Mark
Join us as we begin on Monday, 11 September

Reading the Gospels mark

Let me encourage you to post in the comments the verse that struck you the most & why