Let children be children! #GivingTuesday 2018 is about children who think it’s okay to be ashamed of themselves, children who are married away, and children who quit school. Will you help them get their childhood back?
GIVING TUESDAY is a day to give. NMS is along to join #GivingTuesday in Norway because we want everyone to experience the joy of giving. Giving Tuesday lands on is November 27th, but the campaign started at the beginning of November. Read more about Giving Tuesday in Norway.
WHAT THE MONEY GOES TOWARD: The church in Norway wants to support Saturday Clubs for minority children in Northern Thailand. Several people groups with their own mother tongues are discriminated against and are forced to become “Thai,” in a similar way to how the Sami people were forced to become Norwegian in Norway in the past. These children are also vulnerable to forced marriage, and receive little education. The Saturday Club gives children a place to be while their parents are at work. While there they receive a healthy meal. They are allowed to speak their own language. They learn about children’s rights. The goal is to change life in the village so that children can attend school longer, and so that girls won’t be married away while they are still children.
On May 27, 2018, we will have a joint service with Bakkehaugen congregation at 1100h. There will be no service at our usual time (1600h). The location will be the same as usual – at Bakkehaugen Church.
On Norway’s Constitution Day, the 17th of May, you’re welcome to celebrate with us at 4pm! We’ll have a hot barbecue, so please bring something to grill, drink, and share. Continue reading “17. mai BBQ”→
It’s OiC Summer Camp time! Every year we gather for a weekend at Sjøglimt Camp for fellowship, good food, and fun.
Our Sunday service will be here instead of Bakkehaugen Kirke that Sunday.
We’ll head to the camp that Friday afternoon, and return on Sunday afternoon. Exact times are negotiable so feel free to come early and leave late or vice versa. Continue reading “2018 OiC Summer Camp”→
Our 2017-2018 annual report draft is now available. This forms the foundation of our annual meeting this coming Sunday, so you’re welcome to come with questions to join the discussion during the meeting.
“As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice,… They are like someone building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.”
If to dig deep into Christ is to get in on his words and ways, then to go deep is to go wide with Jesus. We struggle to do both. We often want our gospel to be a well. Deep, but enclosed and protected, so we can open it and lower our buckets into its depths whenever we feel thirsty. But it seems the Gospel is more like the ocean than like a well. If we dare to go out to the open sea, we will find there’s much deeper waters far away from the shores of our comfort. It’s scarier and riskier, for sure. But it’s deeper and richer. It brings us further into the fullness of Christ. Jesus had arms open wide to embrace, and walked far and wide to reach.
“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” (Ephesians 3.17-18)