• Deacon Greg Ventura

On January 13th , Pastor Lafferty spoke to us about the giants in our lives. Your giant could be anything that prevents you from being the person who God wants you to be. This could be things like fear, depression, lust, pride, finances… Your giants will scream at you in order to intimidate you. The giant wants to make you fearful in order to shut you down! You may recall from the story of the David and Goliath, that Goliath did this very thing. He taunted the Israelites. 1 Samuel 17:8-9

He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” But we need to remember that our Lord will fight for us. We need to remember that God has helped us in the past, he will help us now and in the future. 1 Samuel 17:37

And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” David goes into battle with a sling and five smooth stones, likewise we will look on 5 things that will help us deal with our own giants.

1. Vision: Giants look larger than they are. We need to  remember that God is bigger. This reminds of a VeggieTales song that goes like this: God is bigger than the boogie man. He's bigger than Godzilla, or the monsters on TV. Oh, God is bigger than the boogie man. And He's watching out for you and me." You can find that on YouTube. It is really funny, but also VERY true.

2. Valor: We win by training. This mean partially we have the skill, but also that we have the confidence. The men were afraid, but David was not afraid. 3. Venture: We need to remind ourselves of the stories of the bears and lions that we have faced. We need to share those stories. We need to remind ourselves of the bear and lion, when we go up against the Goliath of cancer or unemployment, or whatever your giant might be. 4. Victory: Remember, that you and I do not fight in our own strength. The battle is the Lord’s! 5. Value: Keep a record of how God won the battle. It may help you in the future, but it will also help your heart stay close to God and finally you may someday draw someone else closer to God with your story.

  • Deacon Greg Ventura

Every year as the New Year approaches there is always a countdown. Probably the most common are radio stations doing the top hits.

See below the greatest hits of CANA East, the information comes from our Bishop, Julian Dobbs. As a diocese - CANA East had a superb year!

  • almost 250 people gathered for our annual missions' conference and synod

  • new men have been ordained to holy order

  • a growing number of seminarians have committed to study.

  • new congregations like Christ Church, South Bend, Indiana have been planted.

  • lay leaders have been commissioned for ministry.

  • Bishop Seabury Church has a new building and was named as a pro-Cathedral.

  • almost 85 clergy and spouses gathered for the annual CANA East clergy and spouse retreat.

  • bible teaching, baptism and discipleship have been seen from Maine to Miami, FL and from Tulsa, OK to Long Island, NY

When CANA East was inaugurated in April 2013 there were 23 congregations. Today, we give thanks to God for the GROWTH of 38 congregations and 4 additional church plants. Give thanks to God for such blessings! Pray for how you can help the Lord in the harvest of 2019!

  • Deacon Greg Ventura

Teaches us forgiveness

 Is where we find deeper meaning in our lives

 Helps you heal

 Connects us with God

 Gives us a chance to reflect on gratitude

 Gives a message that helps

 Gives opportunity for fulfilling worship

 Connects us socially

 Helps us better connect with our spouse

 Allows us to feel reverence

 Provides plenty of opportunity to give back

 Helps us “Find the Lesson” in our trials

 Fills our hearts with song