STCOver the holidays, you can serve our less fortunate friends by providing them with toiletries, food, and winter clothing to bring some warmth in their life.

As part of Plaisirs de Servir, Serve the City is collecting items to fill 1000 gift-wrapped boxes for volunteers to assemble and distribute to those in need on 6 December on Saint-Nicholas.

To fill the boxes for Plaisirs de Servir, Serve the City is collecting items in the following categories:

Hygiene products – examples:
toothpaste; toothbrush; shampoo; shower gel; liquid soap; deodorant; shaving cream; razors

Clothing (only the items below for the boxes):
hats; scarves; gloves; socks

Ready-to-eat food, easy to open (no pork products) – examples:
canned tuna; canned ravioli in tomato sauce; canned couscous chicken; canned fruits; dry fruits; chocolate; biscuits; waffles; soft drinks

Winter coats, shoes (only for men) and sleeping bags/blankets are always welcome to donate for our friends on the street.

We are also looking for 6 Christmas trees and Christmas lights for decoration!

Big or small, your donated items will empower us to reach our goal of gifting 1.000 boxes to Brussels residents in need on 6 December

Where to put the items you bring? At the IBC prayer room (level where the secretaries office is)

IBC Christmas Weekend for the Persecuted Church

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Download the program by following this link: Open Doors

Register Now – 8 November, Focus Day

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More than 100 people each month serve in Brussels on a STC Focus Day – now in 5 neighborhoods around the city.
We call it a Focus Day because we want to see more clearly the needs of people who are homeless, asylum seekers, disabled, elderly, children in need, and victims of abuse. We partner with local social-profit associations serving people in need and create projects in which volunteers can get involved.

Please join us! Many people doing small things together can make a big difference!

Please Register Here

Call for Pictures for the IBC website!!

Dear IBC Family,

Do you have high quality pictures of IBC events that you could share to be used on the IBC website? We want to update the banner at the top of the page and possibly rotate these images from time to time so the website has a ‘fresh’ look.

Please send your images to greg[at]ibcbrussels.org.

Thanks in advance,

Greg

From the Pastor’s Heart …

Dear IBC Family,

I am blessed beyond anything I deserve to be set apart to study God’s Word for preaching Sunday by Sunday.  In it all I face a danger – and so do you!  We can become so accustomed to Jesus can’t we that we may think that while others need to know Him more, we not so much perhaps as we have been on the road with Him for a while?  God forbid!  If we settle for a Christianity that stays as it is, that seeks to make Jesus more like us than to be more like Him, then we will end up more like the lukewarm Laodiceans than those who should be white-hot with zeal for Jesus and the gospel.   John Piper says “Desire that your life count for something great! Long for your life to have eternal significance. Want this! Don’t coast through life without a passion.” 

This Sunday 26 October: (NB Please don’t forget to turn your clock back this Saturday evening!)

Adult Bible Class   With Ron Michener away this weekend I will lead the class in a study ‘ The Assurance of Salvation: So how can I know I am saved?’   (Fellowship Hall)  Please aim to start at 9.52 am  At the same time Basic Evangelism course takes place in IBC Youth Room.  See Juan Alvarez  alvarez7@juno.com or Mattias Demaerel mattiasdemaerel@gmail.com

  • Life is always full of danger but what is most dangerous for the Christian?  … As we look at the twelfth and final deliverer in Judges, Samson and the Israelites can teach us many lessons.  Join us at 11.00am Judges 15 :  ‘Are you Fearless or Spineless? (Lessons from Jawbone Hill)’
  • Do take the opportunity after service to register at the Welcome Desk for the IBC Retreat at Wegimont:  21 to 23 November – Here is a great way to connect deeply with others in our church family,  while enjoying excellent food, exhilarating activities and above all edifying teach­ing on Ecclesiastes with Jon Gemmell. We have kept costs down and there is a ceiling figure for large families.  Only 120 spaces so get your registration in quickly – only 4 weeks to go!

Dates to Diarise:

  • Sat 25 October , this weekend!   Calling all Fathers and sons : new ministry to boys (10 to 15 years)
  • Brian Hughes and Glen Smith invite those interested to a meeting typically twice a month on Saturday afternoons 3-5 pm.  The content is based mainly on two books “Raising a Modern Knight” by Robert Lewis and “Character Quest” by Sharon Berry and Ollie Gibbs.
  • Sat 8 October 8.30 to 10.15   Learning To Lead Together’ Mens Fellowship – Please see me if you would like to join our group of men or get further details of our group meeting every second Saturday.
  • Sat 6 and Sun 7 December   Winter Outreach Weekend – We have opportunity over this weekend to connect with the community through an exhibition on the Huguenots of Modern Times (Persecuted church), an International Christmas market and musical concert.  We need your help! Please contact Linde De Vries should your child wish to participate in the Children’s choir. If you can equip and assist with a stall on the Saturday  (funds to Open Doors), please see Tullie Le Court de Billot.

…and if you are looking for opportunities to serve Jesus within IBC, please see me or  contact Sorin Dan  dansorinadrian@gmail.com

Thought for the week:    PSALM 97:11  Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.

Remember.. “ Don’t coast through life without a passion.”

May Jesus continue to be the joy of our hearts and motive for service

Your pastor and friend

Roland

Roland

Register Now! – 11 October, Focus Day!

stc_logoMore than 100 people each month serve in Brussels on a STC Focus Day – now in 5 neighbourhoods around the city.

We call it a Focus Day because we want to see more clearly the needs of people who are homeless, asylum seekers, disabled, elderly, children in need, and victims of abuse. We partner with local social-profit associations serving people in need and create projects in which volunteers can get involved.

But we also want to see our neighbourhoods more clearly. Where do we see beauty in our neighbourhoods? Where do we see brokenness? Attention is action! Each project is a part of a neighbourhood group of projects. Currently we are active in the Marolles, Ste Catherine, Schaerbeek, Ixelles, and Etterbeek. More neighbourhoods to come!

Choose a neighbourhood and then a project. The day begins with an optional time of prayer. Then there is registration and a briefing for all volunteers, after which volunteers go to their projects. The day concludes with a debrief.

Please join us! Many people doing small things together can make a big difference!

You can REGISTER HERE!

Portes Ouvertes (Open Doors) Special Presentation – Sunday 21 Sept at 10:00

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Join us in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 for a special presentation by Portes Ouvertes.

Want to know more about what really happens on the field? Come to listen to the testimony of a special witness from the far and middle east.

We meet for coffee at 9:45 and the program will begin at 10:00

Isaiah 21:11 “Watchman, what is left of the night?

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