20 בדצמבר 2016

December 2016 Newsletter

“I am the Lord, will hasten it in its time,” ( Isaiah 60:22b )

Much time has passed since the last newsletter of our congregation. For the last seven months we have been wandering with no permanent building, making great efforts to keep up the ongoing activities of our congregation. In this challenging time, we are reminded of the children of Israel’s wanderings in the desert and of Yeshua’s words in Matthew 8:20:” And Yeshua said to him, ‘Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.’” These things remind us of the great grace of God and of the fact that this challenging period is no more than a springboard towards the destination and that God is using it to teach us and make us strong. We want to begin this letter in thanks to God for His faithfulness and to you for your prayers and support of us in this time. We owe a special thanks to Kehilat Ktzir Asher (Harvest of Asher) in Akko, who are opening their doors and their hearts and are hosting us regularly about two to three times a month.

Below are some news and updates about our congregation in the last two months:

The building
7 months ago, when we left the old congregational building, we were hoping that within a few weeks we could move into our new congregational building. But like God reminds us in Isaiah 60:22- He is in charge of our times and is never late. Up to the time of the writing of this update, we are still waiting to receive the keys of the building, so that we can start the necessary construction work to suit the building to our needs. We are expecting the construction to go on for a few more months from the time we get the key.

In the meantime we are continuing to gather in the building of Ktzir Asher in Akko about twice a month, once to twice a month in the yard of the new building (weather permitting) and sometimes in small groups in the various homes. We thank God that despite this challenging period, we are experiencing growth both spiritually and in member number.

Baptisms
In the first Shabbat of December, we held baptisms in the Mikvah (emersion bath) in Ktzir Asher for three members of our congregation. One of the baptized is a new member from an ultra- orthodox background, and the other two are teenaged boys- sons of established members. The baptism was held during a regular Shabbat service and brought much joy and excitement to the members and especially to the families of the baptized. We thank God for the dedicated hearts of those baptized and for their passion to draw near to the living God and to proclaim their faith in Him to others. After the baptism, two members came to us and asked to get baptized, and one other new member asked to pray with us to receive the Lord into her life.

Ongoing activities
Despite this period of wandering and the lack of a building and offices, we are trying to keep up ongoing congregational activities as much as possible. Besides Shabbat services, we hold various study groups like a women’s group, English speakers’ home group, Russian speakers’ home group, Hebrew speakers’ home group, Moms in Prayer group, Pro-life, and more. We pray for the right people to lead the Russian speakers’ home group and we would be happy to receive prayers for that.

Also, last month, we held for the first time a joint prayer and praise meeting with four active congregations in our city. The evening was very blessed with the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit. The evening was dedicated to prayer for our city and the Galilee and we mean to continue doing meetings like these a number of times a year.

Youth and Pre-teens
Because of the wanderings we cancelled this year the traditional youth trip that is held every summer. Also, we worked hard in this period on building and establishing the youth group and we are happy to see the fruit of our labor in the form of a growing and unified group with unity and enthusiasm for the Lord. The group includes now about 15 youths. An exciting testimony to the development of the group is that two of them were baptized recently.

Activity in the “pre-teen” group is continuing as usual and its members are being very blessed from the teaching and the various activities they take part in. Please continue remembering them in prayer.

Health
To our deep dismay, we are experiencing a challenging time also in the field of the health of our members. Four of our members are under active treatments ( biological/chemical) for cancer and are suffering from a vast array of side effects. We thank you for your prayers for the sick of our congregation and we would be glad if you could keep this subject of high importance in your prayers.

Pay-pal and our website
We are glad to say, that after much long effort, we received all the necessary permits and now we have an active pay-pal account through which it is possible to donate to the congregation. You can donate via the following link:

http://www.kehilathaderech.org/דף-תשלום-דרך-pay-pal/

Or directly to the account under the email address: gilad@kehilathaderech.org

At the end of our move to the new building, we are planning to invest time and thought in upgrading the congregational website and we would be glad if you would pray for this issue. Our old site is still active and working and you can find there updates, recordings of sermons, congregational pictures and more.

We thank you again for your love and support and we would be happy to hear from you on any subject.

Blessings from the Lord,
Yossi Ovadia, Liron Shany and the whole Kehilat Haderech family

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26 במאי 2016

Newsletter May 2016

Whenever the cloud was lifted from over the tent, afterward the sons of Israel would then set out; and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the sons of Israel would camp. At the command of the LORD the sons of Israel would set out, and at the command of the LORD they would camp; as long as the cloud settled over the tabernacle, they remained camped.”  (Numbers 9:17–18 NAS95)

We have been overwhelmed with excitement to see God’s work in our midst over the past decade, as He has provided for all our needs and has done great things for us. We’ve been in our current building for over a decade, and over the past few years we began feeling that it has become too small, and has therefore limited our activities. By our Lord’s grace we have found another place to rent, and we plan to move into it in a few months, as soon as its construction is completed. However, we have to move out of our current building by the end of this month, so we are facing a challenging wandering period.

We have been feeling the Lord’s presence with us throughout the entire process, and just like the Israelites in the desert – we too are filled with expectation to follow the Cloud wherever it may lead us. And now, the Cloud has been lifted and has begun to lead us into our wandering period, until our new home is ready. Below are some updates concerning the new building and the near future:

The Planning Of The Building:
We are in the last stages of planning the alterations needed in our new building. We will receive the building with only the bare peripheral walls, and will have to renovate it and make all the alterations. We have hired many consultants apart from the architect (safety, ventilation, air-conditioning, accessibility, acoustics, electricity, plumbing etc’) for the planning in order to avoid any future regrets.

The Wandering Period
Our last meeting in our current building was held on May 21st and a week later the movers will come to carry our building's contents into their storage place. Our desire is to continue our congregation’s community and spiritual life as routine as possible while we are wandering about. We are grateful for “Harvest of Asher” congregation in Akko, who graciously have offered us the use of their facility for our Shabbat meetings. The main bulk of our meetings will be held in Akko. In addition we will occasionally have a meeting in one of the parks of our town, and at other times we will divide our congregation into small groups and meet in people’s homes. We have seven small groups, each has a leader and a helper. This “wandering period” is a complex and a challenging period for us, especially logistically, as the Akko meetings will require transportation, and the park meetings will require carrying many chairs and a sound system, but we see these challenges as a blessing and as an opportunity to unify our congregation. In fact, we have already begun to see fruits of this blessing in the form of many of our members volunteering to help with all the preparations for the move. We are truly grateful to God for giving such a serving heart to our members. We appreciate your ongoing prayers for us for this coming period.

Packing and Storage
We started packing our possessions several weeks ago. However, the packing is quite complicated as we still have to maintain most of our activities in the building until the last service (May 21st). Another challenge was where to store our stuff during the wandering period.

Pre-teens and Teens
The new building and all that is related to it consume most of our attention at the moment. Due to the expected overload throughout this coming summer, we have decided (with a heavy heart) to cancel our annual summer camp for the teens, and instead to try and arrange a winter camp for them. We hope this decision will not harm our Teens groups. At the same time, our Pre-teens group is thriving, and 2 weeks ago had a very blessed activity around the Sea of Galilee (you’ll soon find a link to a video from that day on our website ). We hope to have some more of those one-day activities for our Teens and Pre-teens groups in summer.

Babies Update
On our previous newsletter we wrote about the premature twin girls born to S & D. Praise God the twins are now at home with their parents after many weeks in the hospital. One of the girls has already visited one of our Shabbat services and we all had the privilege of cuddling her. We pray her twin sister will soon get stronger and be able to visit us too. Please continue praying for this family – for health, strength and renewed power for both the parents and the girls.

From the Pastors’ Table
Although we are all immersed in all that is related to our move, the Congregation is functioning as usual with its many activities. Apart from our Shabbat services, we have many small groups, pro-life activities, humanitarian aid ministry etc’. God is encouraging members to serve and initiate, and we are grateful for that. Please keep the congregation’s leadership in your prayers.

Donations
We are happy to inform you that we can now receive gifts and offerings via PayPal directly from our website –  (“Donate” in the upper menu).

The Congregation’s Website www.kehilathaderech.org
We invite you to visit our website and to enjoy updated information about us, sermons, lessons, connections, and pictures from our congregational life. We would be happy if you would spread our website address to your acquaintances. Through our website you can also sign up to receive our newsletters. Please pray that in addition to being a congregational and inter-congregational communications tool, it will also be used as an effective tool for spreading the gospel.

We plan to upgrade our website sometime in the near future, and would appreciate your prayers on this matter.

Please be reminded that this is a short version of our newsletter. Should you wish to receive the full-version, please contact us via office@kehilathaderech.org

We truly appreciate your interest in us as well as your love, prayer and support.

Many blessings and in His Love
Haderech leadership, Karmiel