In light of today's message on "Navigating the Money Maze", an important reminder of how blessed we really are! Thanks Colin Haines for passing this along. Catch up on Pastor Mike's message online here
You are welcome to join us Sundays, 8:30am, 10am and 11:30am for a time of interactive worship, authentic community, and relevant Bible messages. Full kids ministry at the 8:30am, & 10:00am, with nursery & busy boxes available at 11:30am
Click here to Live Video Stream our 8:30am and 10am Services.
As part of our series, “Everyday Wisdom”, we wanted to find out what the Bible says about one of the most practical subjects – finances! How do we honor God with what He has entrusted to us?
One of the resources we wanted to share is this fantastic booklet, put together by our national Mennonite Brethren Conference office. Planning godly strategy, fulfilling godly goals, building godly dreams. The purpose of this booklet is to help you discover the basic principles of managing your resources and live in freedom and generosity within these principles using the resources God has entrusted to you.
Join us this Sunday, August 17, 9am & 11am as Pastor Mike unpacks the Everyday Wisdom God has in this vital area!
This week we honour Joel Burma. Joel’s passion for Jesus and for kids is evident as he faithfully serves in kid’s ministries. He generously gives of his time and talents, helping out wherever needed. Thanks so much Joel for your kingdom investment!
This week, our hero is Bob Harkness! Bob goes above and beyond, using his hands to serve KGF. He contributed to the Hub renovations and many other projects, seen and unseen. Bob has also helped our new staff settle into their offices. We are blessed by you, Bob!
54 names around the campfire, representing 54 first time salvations at Gardom Lake Bible Camp & Retreat Centre. Excited for the opportunity to Raise the Roof, with a goal of $40,000 for Gardom's 40th celebration. . .Big Give Sunday August 24.
Our staff & families came together for a great-mid summer BBQ at the Penninga's! Perfect weather, great food, and awesome activities. Love journeying alongside these men & women
Why is it we don't seem to heed other people's warnings? Why do we need to experience the pain ourselves? Join Pastor Mike this Sunday July 27th with part 4 of our series, "EveryDay Wisdom", from the book of Proverbs, in a message entitled "Beware: Wet Paint!"
This past September I started going to Break Away and very quickly my Wednesday mornings became a cherished time for me. I was seeking a more intimate relationship with our Abba Father, and Break Away proved to be the launch pad! The accountability helped me to form more consistent habits of studying the Bible in a deeper way and worshiping on my own. Meeting weekly with women of all walks, sharing our lives, pondering His Word, worshipping in song, and laughing together was such a comfort to my soul! I always left feeling encouraged and refreshed. Come and join us in September--I know you will be blessed!
On Tuesday, 22 July 2014, a group of us from KGF had the distinct pleasure of driving north up the Okanagan Valley for a very happy and encouraging day at Gardom Lake Bible Camp. Pastor Mike was our tour guide. The land, about 72 acres, was deeded by a non-Christian man for $1 in 1974, provided it was used for children.
Various churches, including KGF, have banded together to provide funds and volunteer help over many years for this constantly growing paradise. The results are superb and have provided a place where large numbers of children have accepted the Lord, grown in Him, and returned year after year to grow into helpers, counselors, and disciple-makers.
The land itself is a thickly wooded area (mainly fir and cedar) interspersed with cleared meadows for fields, cabin and building sites, cleverly integrated activity stations, and bordered by numerous beaches along Gardom Lake (where motorized vessels are banned, except for fishing boats powered with small outboard trolling motors).
Besides the Bible, the book that has shaped my life more than any other is C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity”. You can pick up your own copy of this classic online here.
And in the middle of this fantastic, eye-opening book is a chapter entitled, “The Greatest Sin”. Any guesses what C.S. Lewis puts there?
“You may remember, when I was talking about sexual morality, I warned you that the center of Christian morals did not lie there. Well, now, we have come to the centre. According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)
Pastor Mike Penninga
We wanted to share about one of our young adults, Katrina Labun, who is heading out for a ten-month missions adventure to Nepal!
From August 2014 to July 2015, I will be serving with the mennonite Central Committee as Communications & Storytelling Assistant in Kathmandu, Nepal, through MCC’s SALT (Serving and Learning Together) program. Over the course of the year, I will be helping MCC Nepal and its eight local partner organizations to improve their communication strategies. These organizations are engaged in vital humanitarian work in Nepal, and with improved communications they will be better able to raise awareness of their impact and garner support for their operations. While on assignment, I will be living with a Nepalese family and attending a Nepalese church.
I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to grow in faith and cultural understanding while using my gifts to serve others. I very much appreciate your support and prayers, both as I prepare to go to Nepal and after I have arrived. In particular, please pray that I would make time to prepare myself spiritually before I leave Canada, that I would make a smooth transition to life in Nepal, that I would find real friends and places of belonging, and that God would prepare opportunities for me to help build his kingdom there. I’m expecting this to be a very challenging, exciting, and educational experience, and I can’t wait to get started!
God bless, Katrina Labun
You can support Katrina online here - https://donate.mcc.org/registry/katrina-labun-salt-nepal
You can email Katrina, firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch a video interview with Katrina & Pastor Mike here:
Raise the Roof – Help Our Community Find Jesus!
Are you looking for a fantastic opportunity to help kids find Jesus? This summer Gardom Lake Bible Camp (GLBC) will share the Gospel with approximately 1,200 kids. Each summer around 200 campers will accept Jesus into their lives and another 200 will rededicate their lives. Wow!!! God is working at GLBC and we believe that he has even bigger plans for the future.
At each meal GLBC can feed 125 kids, but with the expansion, the camp could feed 250 campers at once and with a chapel they will have wonderful place to hear the word of God. The Raise the Roof Campaign is a great opportunity for you to be a part of the growing Kingdom of God and to make a real difference in children’s lives.
Our children need your support. Please donate to the Raise the Roof Campaign today and help kids find Jesus. If you have any questions or have building expertise that you would like to give, or would like to discuss a large donation, please contact Eric Wiens through the church office, 250-763-6553, email email@example.com
We have the special privilege to commission Jamie Roy in her new position as Children’s Ministries Pastor at KGF.
We welcome Jamie and her husband Dave and their two children, Jace & Jinny, to the KGF church family, and are excited for the incredible ministry opportunities that lie ahead for all of us, especially as it relates to our kids from birth to 12 years old.
Encourage you to lean into this important world, and get to know our amazing new children’s pastor!
You can reach her by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the church office, 250-763-6553
We welcome Bethany Smith to our Front Office Support team. Bethany is covering a maternity leave for Laura Clifton, and will be in the office Monday to Thursday, 9am - 3pm. Her email is email@example.com Bethany will also be interning with our Young Adults ministry starting August 1st.
Bethany felt called to ministry from an early age. During her high school years she worked as a Cabin Leader at Summer Bible Camp and as a Sunday School teacher during the rest of the year. In 2006, a year after her high school graduation, she left her home province of British Columbia behind and flew to the small town of Homer, Alaska, where she completed a Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). The school was a turning point in Bethany's life and she remained in Alaska for two more years, serving as a missionary staff member on the YWAM base. Through a series of experiences and key friendships, Bethany began to feel called to study at Bible College. Bethany graduated from Columbia Bible College in April 2014 with a Diploma in Biblical Studies. KGF was instrumental in this achievement, as the congregation supported Bethany through love, encouragement, and bursaries. She plans to return to school in September 2015, pursuing a Masters degree in Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, BC. She is incredibly excited to be spending the coming year serving the KGF church family as both an intern and as Administrative Assistant.
As many of you know, our church family has made a decision to facilitate growth through multiple services on our current campus at Gordon & Casorso. This means we can be ministry rich and mortgage free, maximizing ministry in this current facility, which is awesome!
We will be moving to three, one hour Sunday morning services, 8:30am, 10:00am, and 11:30am, starting Kickoff Sunday September 7. We are committed to creating more opportunities for people to know Jesus and make Him known, and are excited for this next step.
The reality is we can’t do it without each member of the family playing their part! There are three key areas where we are looking to strengthen our volunteer teams.
Kids Ministries – Programs offered @ 8:30am & 10:00am, nursery @ 11:30am
Front Lines Ministries – Greeters, Ushers, Starting Point Desk, Coffee Time
Technical Ministries – Sound, Media, Video
We are having a very important training night on Wednesday August 20th, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm and we’re inviting everyone who is currently a part of these ministries, as well as those who are interested in stepping out in service. Drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know your interest, and then join us August 20th!
Have a fantastic week!
Pastor Mike Penninga
Wanted to pass along a book that has been extremely helpful and enlightening on my own journey. It’s entitled, “Humilitas” by John Dickson, and speaks to the role humility plays in all parts of our life.
Dickson says Humility is not “humiliation” or “low self esteem” or hiding your talents & abilities. Humility is the noble choice to forgo your status and use your influence for the good of other before yourself. Humility: to hold power in service of others. Is this not the perfect description of how Jesus lived on earth?
Great story from our Young Adults this week!
"This past Monday evening six eager and hardworking young adults gave their precious time to change the warehouse space at Food For Thought. We needed to push all the very heavy furniture into one spot, remove the strange piping/hanging racks and make a new doorway. In just 2 1/2 hours, it was done!
Now the space is ready for paint and new flooring. By mid-August we expect to have six freezers, sorting tables, racking and bins and be ready for next years breakfast program. Each week Food For Thought delivers food to 24 schools and feeds 2000+ students. We anticipate adding 8 new schools by December and feeding over 5000 students by June 2015.
Thank you so much for helping us prepare for September. We are on a mission to eliminate hunger one child at a time and KGF Young Adults were a huge part of the mission. Patty Lou Bryant"
More on Young Adults click here: https://www.facebook.com/KGF.Talmid.
More on Food for Thought: www.vimeo.com/41252310