Did you realize that you may have mail and not even know it? Everyone at KGF is welcome to use the church family mailboxes in the Foyer for communicating. Visit the foyer and locate the first letter or two of your last name to see if someone has left you a card or note, especially after Christmas! How cool is that.
These are some of the resources we are making available for sale this Sunday as we launch our new series, "Thinking". We are inviting everyone to read one new book this month in conjunction with our series, so bring some cash Sunday to grab the one that interests you. See you January 11th, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, or online!
We are returning Baby Dedications to our Sunday morning services, with the next one scheduled for January 18th. If you are interested in dedicating your child, please contact the office, 250-763-6553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Woman's Bible Study is starting a new winter session! Starting date: Wednesday, January 14th, 8:45am – 11:00am in the HUB @ KGF.
We have two study options for you to connect in with.
Crazy Love, with Francis Chan
Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible—even radical—solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. The answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts — it's falling in love with God.
Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ by James Bryan Smith (facilitated by Nancy Tordiffe)
Following the Sermon in the Mount, this follow-up to The Good and Beautiful God will help us to look behind our character flaws & to replace our false beliefs with Jesus' truths about life in the Kingdom of God.
We talked Sunday about leveraging your life for kingdom impact (message here) Here's your first opportunity!
We are inviting you to write a short thank you note to our City of Kelowna crews who are working so hard to keep our streets clear. You can drop the notes by KGF's office Tuesday or Wednesday and we will deliver them along with some treats on Thursday. Are you in?
Due to the major, continuing snow fall, KGF offices will be closed today. As such we are also CANCELLING the City Wide Prayer Night tonight at 7pm. We anticipate the rest of the week to return to normal once crews gain the upper hand on our city streets and roads.
New Year's is a time of reflection, and I am so grateful for the people in my life God has given me to love and pour into this past year, and those who do the same to me. I was drawn back to my own personal mission statement I wrote several years ago.
“I exist to experience the presence and blessings of God in my own life on a daily basis, so that His love and truth can flow through me to others.”
My Vision for my Family: I see my wife shining bright, becoming all she was made to be, and a home where my kids feel loved and inspired, and have a healthy understanding of Jesus’ call on their lives.
My Vision for Ministry: I see being a part of an environment where people are experiencing soul awakening and life transformation, facilitating that through authentic, practical, passionate bible teaching, God-honoring vision, and integral leadership.
So many great comments coming in about the Christmas in the City celebration December 24, 2014 @ the Kelowna Community Theatre. It's amazing to see how far this has come in just three years! Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to present this gift to our community. You can add your experience below.
It was a gift for all of us. Every single part was special and every single person involved please know we are thankful - from the hot chocolate cup stackers to the soloists, from the ushers' red scarves to the absolutely incredible perspective shared by one from a different faith. The songs echo in my heart still, as does the message and perspective shared walking forward. Thank you for your time and a very special Christmas gift. Love Yolanda's comment - Jesus was honoured - yes, He absolutely was/is.
Thank you so much for making Christmas Eve so special. Words cannot express my gratitude and I have not heard an oboe solo in 44 Years. I am so grateful!
Fantastic! Beautiful! Emotional and moving. So glad we attended and so happy majority of family with me...feeling blessed and loved by God.
While being a part of a large and growing church is exciting, it is all to easy to lose yourself in the crowd. While our faith is made up of individuals, we have been brought together by God as members of his family, the body of Christ, his Church. Come by the Hub after each service Sunday January 11th to see the many ways the church body comes together throughout the week! We know that you’ll find a place or places where you can belong, where you can leverage your life, and where you can connect with God and grow together with others!
Some of what you’ll find in the Hub:
As part of our Vision 2015 message, we talked about what we are going to leverage our lives for in 2015. Here’s what our culture says is worth leveraging our lives for. Profit, Popularity, Prestige, Praise, Power, Pleasure.
But the truth is none of those things last. If you wonder what you should put in here, the answer is “People”. Because the only thing that lasts beyond the grave is people. And if you leverage your lives for the sake of people in 2015, you will have an amazing, memorable, fulfilling year.
Here's the response from our live, YouVersion poll, we asked this question.
We have already had more than 240 questions submitted for our new Apologetics series entitled "Thinking", starting this Sunday January 11th. Thanks to the amazing Liz Stewart, who volunteers in our front office Tuesday mornings, for typing out every single one of those questions!
Is there something about God or Faith that you have wrestled with? Wondering how it all fits together? You can email us email@example.com.
As part of our series, we are making resources available in the form of books, website, and articles. Several of my Master’s papers addressing some of these big questions of life, God & faith, are online here:
Question of the day (submitted by you!) “Is there an unpardonable sin?”
Join us each Sunday in January, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, or online for this brand new series. Going to be an amazing journey!
Pastor Mike Penninga
Our youth leaders had a great meeting tonight at The Bean Scene, praying together, sharing ideas, mapping out the winter season, and gearing up for another exciting semester together! Kickoff is next week...January 13th @ KGF, 7pm to 9pm. See you then! More on KGF Youth Facebook page here:
We are open again today (9am - 3pm Tuesday January 6th) after closing the office Monday due to the massive dump of snow. Here's what it looks like around the church! If you are able to drop by the office today or Wednesday with a thank you card for our city crews, who are working so hard to keep the streets passable, that would be great. We will be delivering these notes and some treats on Thursday.
As we move into the New Year I am looking forward to seeing everyone over the next week as we all come together for our Week of Prayer Jan 4th to 9th. Truly the unity in our city shines forth when we gathered for prayer, leaders and congregations. Each year I look forward to praying with "The Church of Kelowna" followers of Jesus Christ. Each year I look forward to the different styles of music and the prayer focus each church takes on:
On Sunday, Jan 4th, 6 pm at Willow Park Church on Hwy. 33 our Payer Focus will be on Christian Unity.
On Monday, Jan 5th, 7 pm at Kelowna Gospel Fellowship, 3714 Gordon Dr. our Prayer Focus will be on Kingdom Impact.
On Tuesday, Jan 6th, 7 pm at First Mennonite Church, 1305 Gordon Dr. our Prayer Focus will be on Missions.
On Wednesday, Jan 7th, 7 pm at Kelowna Christian Centre, 905 Badke Rd. our Prayer will be on Marriage & Families.
On Thursday, Jan 8th, 7 pm at Metro Community, 702 Bernard our Prayer Focus will be on Shalom & The Poor.
On Friday, Jan 9th, 7 pm at the Korean Bethel Church, 1470 KLO Rd. our Prayer Focus will be on The Suffering Church.
I pray that you have been able to invite your congregations and those in your ministries to join us.
Can I Trust the Bible?
Is Jesus the Only Way?
Are Heaven & Hell Real?
If God, Why Evil?
Doesn’t Science Contradict Faith?
What About Other World Religions?
Is Religion Dangerous?
For three Sundays starting January 11, 2015, we are going to be addressing some of the biggest questions of God and Faith. We’re calling this series “Thinking”, which for some of you sounds ironic because you were raised to believe that faith didn’t require thinking, and that to be a Christian you had to turn off your brain.
We received this awesome email this week from a new family at KGF, and had to share it with you.
"This year for Christmas my 7 year old daughter asked to sponsor a child. Santa surprised her with a Compassion Child from Togo. She is 5 years old and her name is Amen...how perfect! The look on my daughter's face was pure joy when she opened her gift on Christmas morning. You can update the number of children sponsored through Compassion Canada from KGF to 251"
How awesome! Thank you for being such an amazingly generous church family. Keep going in 2015! https://www.compassion.ca/
Looking to start 2015 in God's Word? Wondering where to find a great reading plan? We love the resources and ideas available on YouVersion. Perfect for any time frame. Check them out here, and may God bless you as you start this year with Him! https://www.bible.com/reading-plans
We love how technology brings our church family together despite the distance. Every Sunday morning we live-stream our 8:30am and 10:00am services so you can catch them anywhere in the world. Or you can pass on the link for others to join in your church family from wherever they are. Here's another photo taken from a KGF family member who was in Edmonton over Christmas, but was able to join in with our Christmas in the City celebration services. Awesome! Just go to this page every Sunday and be part of the live-streaming experience.