Welcome to the Easter communion service on 21.4.2019. Join in to celebrate the risen Christ at 16.oo in St. Luke’s chapel (Yliopistokatu 7). The sermon will be given by university chaplain Ari Savuoja. There will be Sunday school for kids and afterwards time for fellowship. (BF)


 

New Wine (https://newwine.fihttps://www.new-wine.org) will arrange its ”Encouragement Days” in English in April by means of Rev. Richard Thomas from the UK, see below.

Organised in English (interpretation into Finnish) by Oulu Free Church (Vapaakirkko, Kirkkokatu 34) and the Cathedral Parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oulu (Keskustan srk-talo, central congragation hall, Isokatu 17):

Thu 11.4. at 18 Gospel Evening (Vapaakirkko)

Fri 12.4. at 19 Helmi Young People Evening (Vapaakirkko)

Sat 13.4. at 10-17 Encouragement Day (Keskustan srk-talo)

Topics:

– How do we identify and maintain our identity as Christians in a pluralistic world

– How do we raise a positive interest in Christianity especially in those who think that Christianity is boring and powerless

– How does our faith and love stay alive and truly affect the world we live in

Free entry. Coffee/tea 4 EUR in cash. Lunch at own cost in restaurants downtown Oulu.

Sun 14.4. at 11 Worship Service (Vapaakirkko)

Sun 14.4. at 17 God’s Word & Prayer Evening (Keskustan srk-talo)


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What do you expect from our international Christian fellowship? Here are the results as word cloud!

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Sunday, 9.12.2018
Christmas Carols. Bring your friends and family to sing along the most popular carols in Advent, including music performances and readings to get prepared for the festive season, and enjoy a moment of peace.
Time: 16:00
Place: St Luke’s chapel
After the carols there is glögi and gingerbread for everyone. 

Sunday, 16.12.2018
Worship service with communion led by Pastor Ari Savuoja; message by Niilo Pesonen

Time: 16:00
Place: St Luke’s chapel
During the message there is Sunday school for the children
After the service there is fellowship time for everyone to chat with each other over coffee/tea and snacks. 

Sunday, 23.12.2018– no service with OIEF.

Sunday 30.12.2018– no service with OIEF.

Welcome to explore other churches in Oulu serving in Finnish and/or interpreting into English, e.g. Oulu Pentecostal Church(Finnish, interpretation into English), Oulu Free Church(Finnish, interpretation into English), Evangelical Lutheran Parishes in Oulu(in Finnish) etc. 

Monday, 31.12.2017Potluck New Year’s Dinner and New Year Celebration at the home of Leena Maria and Alpo
Time: 18:00
Address: Koskitie 7B 4
Google link to address: https://goo.gl/maps/Eo36xfYGAEo
Come along to the New Year celebration to give God thanks for the past year and pray for the one to come. Bring along: food/drinks to share for main meal and/or dessert; a small gift (wrapped) 

Sunday, 6.1.2019
Worship service led by Hany Ferdinando
Time: 16:00
Place: St Luke’s chapel
During the message there is Sunday school for the children
After the service there is fellowship time for everyone to chat with each other over coffee/tea and snacks. 

Bible study on break during weeks 51, 52 and 1.
(BF)

 

You are welcome to join this year’s Thanksgiving Potluck on Friday, 23 November at 17.30, Salvation Army, Isokatu 4, 5th floor, Oulu. A potluck dinner is a common meal prepared by people bringing dishes to enjoy together. So, please bring a dish – hot or cold, cooked or baked – from your home country and share it with others :-) The dishes can be stored from 17.30 onwards in the kitchen. We’ll start with a devotion at 18.00 by Patrick Nesbitt, and then continue having a good time together throughout the evening until approx. 20.00. (BF)

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Welcome to join the traditional Christmas Carols on Sunday, 9 December at 16.00 at St. Luke’s Chapel (Yliopistokatu 7, close to the main campus of The University of Oulu). Come to sing the most beautiful songs for Advent and Christmas. Church musician Taina Voutilainen and Quintet will accompany, and there will be possibly other music performances. Glögi and gingerbread will be served afterwards. (BF)

 

Have you been observing the news lately? Is the news always about something new? Or, does the news tell you something new about your life and the lives of people on this earth? Learn more about this topic and read up on Bastian Fähnrich’s devotion from Sunday, 5 August 2018. (BF)

 

You have probably heard of the hymn “Amazing Grace” by John Newton (1725 – 1807). He was an extraordinary man at his life time and beyond. It is worth reading up on his life story. On the one hand, we can learn from his life that it is possible to be freed from the deepest waters of sin by the grace of God, not by our own efforts. Along with Newton we can experience how a sinner can be gradually transformed into a saint through God’s grace. On the other hand, we can learn that living a life as a Christian comes along with struggles against outward and inner forces, of which the worst kind of evil power is the old Adam, our old sinful self that is still living within us throughout our life on this earth. If you wish to learn more about John Newton’s life and “grace boundless as the sea”, feel free to use the devotion by Bastian Fähnrich from 24 June 2018. (BF)

 

Who can follow Jesus wholeheartedly at all times as we walk our path of life here on earth? No one can follow Him wholeheartedly – at least not in our own strength! Our Lord has called us to follow him – and leave behind many things, even family and friends – and set before us His way and aims. But without Christ’s strength and guidance we come short at walking in His footsteps and meeting His aims. Our shortcomings, however, do not justify us to ignore Jesus’s calling, or to go our own ways – once again. Our only help is Christ Himself! Jesus came to this earth and entered our lives to overcome our shortcomings… Read up more about the way(s) to respond to Christ calling to follow Him and overcome our shortcomings from Ari Savuoja’s sermon on Sunday, 10 June 2018, based on Luke 9:57-62. (BF)

 

 

On Sunday, 22 April 2018, we were marvelling at God speaking to us in times of trouble. When we face situations we cannot easily come to terms with, we may turn to God’s word. He will surely bless us through a Bible verse – a word of counsel, comfort or assurance. Just as when Jesus walked over the waters and spoke to his frightened disciples with simple but powerful words, ”It is I, don’t be afraid.” (John 6:20) (BF)