As part of our series, "Center Point" we asked you whether those who work with you would know Christ is in you. . . your response. Full message here:
You are welcome to join us Sundays, 9am and 11am for a time of interactive worship, authentic community, and relevant Bible messages. Full Kids Ministry at 9am, nursery & busy boxes for kids in the service at 11am.
In Part 4 of our series, “Center Point”, Pastor Mike draws our attention to the impact Christ in us has in our workplaces. He shares the story of his first bosses, Eduard & Anne Dueck, a strong Christian couple, who sought to live this everyday as Janitors at BC Tree Fruits. Here are their reflections.
We had parents who taught us the real meaning of honoring and depending on the grace of God In all that we do. In many ways we felt that moving to Kelowna was from the Lord.
We were able to start our small janitorial business with our family, but after some years it became more difficult as the workload increased. We started to hire some young people who attended the church where we were members. We were tested in many ways as to our integrity and to see if we were trustworthy. These were things that we would discuss with our workers.
It was important that a standard of trust was set. We tried to show them how to honour God in the way we did our work. For us it was a Mission to the youth. They would be watching us and we truly wanted to make a difference in their life so that as they would leave our workplace, they would take along what we had taught them regarding Biblical principles that we did not preach to them verbally but rather lived it.
Looking at our life story today we can truly say that we looked at our work place in the light of Colossians 3:16 and Colossians 3:22 "Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for your masters, remembering that it is the Lord Christ who is going to pay you, giving you your full portion of all he owns."
We asked Rikk Kieft, Executive Director at our partner ministry, Gardom Lake Bible Camp, to share a few words in advance of another exciting summer of camp!
Construction is under way! Concrete has been poured and ICF blocks are ready to be set up. We are looking for skilled volunteers to help with this project, as a way to keep the costs down. Please let us know if you have the time, skills or energy to help out in this way.
Run, Walk, Cycle:
In the middle of a rainy, muddy morning on May10th, more than 70 participants braved the weather to complete the 5 km walk, 10 km run or 35-70km bike ride. After a delicious lunch, the sun came out and the afternoon activities of archery, climbing wall, zipline and the beach were enjoyed by many. We are so grateful to our long-time supporters and the new individuals and families that made the day a great success. We have raised $31,500 and some money is still coming in.
KGF's new Children's Ministries Pastor, Jamie Roy, had her last day in the Kindergarten Classroom at Kelowna Christian School Wednesday. Wednesday night the kids ministry team got together to begin planning for Jamie's start at KGF July 15th. Wonderful to hear the exciting plans that are ahead. Grateful to Bethany Schmaling, Jeneah Lightfoot, and Mary Miron, along with the dozens of other volunteers who have done a fantastic job developing a safe, Christ-focused kids ministry. More to come!
We all need mentors in our lives. Those who have gone before us, who have lived with integrity, passion & purpose.
I am grateful for a man named Pete Unrau, who has become one of those mentors in my life. At 77 years young (and I mean that intentionally!) Pete has ministered for 57 years, 56 of those alongside his beautiful wife Shirley.
Each day Pete texts me a verse and a prayer. He is a wealth of knowledge from a ministry perspective, but more important, he has kept his heart soft and teachable. His love for Jesus and His people is so evident.
I said if Pete ever writes a book, it should be called, "How to Grow Old Without Growing Cold." I am grateful for Pete's prayers and influence. Thank you for being an example worth following!
Pastor Mike Penninga
"Yes but how"
May I say this is a very dangerous prayer to pray. My 222 (pausing at 2pm, for 2 minutes that Christ would be our center 2-day) prayer went, "Jesus, show me what it looks likes to be centered in you.” And this week Jesus gently showed me what it is like to not be moving towards Him, and the pain and waves of depression were ugly. The contrast was palpable.
Years ago, I had been taught to write the letters YBH next to certain passages in the bible, standing for "Yes but how?" It is a challenge to work out what it looks like to follow His word. So comforting to read, Love your neighbour, and Praise The Lord oh my soul, but try acting consistently upon it.
Mike has been right on target in encouraging us to make Jesus the center, but I was stuck on the" Yes But How" question, because for me it wasn't a matter of spending more time in scripture or contemplative prayer. It seems for me to be all about understanding what is meant by my soul, and how it is designed to be connected to God.
Last Sunday I found the book, Soul Keeping by John Ortberg and dove in. Halfway through, I found his chapter on "The soul needs a center." In it, Ortberg outlines five indicators when a souls lacks a center.
It was a beautiful night in City Park as two dozen members of the KGF church family gathered to pray over all elements of the KGF ONE Celebration Service, taking place this Sunday June 29th. What a privilege to bring our needs and desires before God, who is above it all. Please take a few minutes this week to pray for all those who will join us, and the divine appointments God has in store!
More online here - http://kgfchurch.com/content/kgf-one
Attention Women of KGF!
Now is the time to Sign Up for our Fall 2014 Breakaway Women’s Bible Study. Breakaway is our Women's Bible Study and is a blessing to so many!
It grows our faith, builds community and creates a sense of belonging. And we don’t want to lose that!
You can be an essential part in making our study happen. Come be a part of our leadership team starting in the fall! We are looking for volunteers in:
Come make a difference in the lives of the ladies within this KGF community!
If God is leading you here, he will give you the strength and wisdom you need!
Fill the info out below and bring to the Breakaway table in the foyer after the services Sunday June 22nd!
Grateful to work with such a great Mission Action Team at KGF!
You may not know, but KGF has six key missions partners (Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Center, Freedom's Door, Errol Martens, Gardom Lake Bible Camp, Compassion Canada, and Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child) We also support short term mission candidates throughout the year.
From left to right, Ken Zeitner, Hermann Matis, Irene Maier, Jayna Lowe, Jeanne Acheson, Chris Albanese (missing John Jansen & Theresa White)
Thanks for investing in such a kingdom building part of this church family! More online here: http://kgfchurch.com/get-involved/kgf-on-mission
At first glance, I missed the beautiful moment captured in this photo. But upon closer review, notice 4 year old big brother Gray in the front row, raising his hand as we prayed a blessing over his little brother Drew. That's just awesome!
As Gardom Lake Bible Camp prepares to enter its 40th summer of ministry, it’s exciting to see shovels in the ground for the much needed Lodge expansion project! Thanks to the leadership board at Gardom Lake for your love and investment in this amazing kingdom ministry. The plan will include a new kitchen, expanding dining hall, and dedicated chapel space. We encourage your continued contribution for this important project, www.gardomlake.ca Gardom Lake’s entire summer team will be joining us at KGF on Sunday June 22nd.