2014 was an exciting year for the tech ministries at KGF. The single most exciting part has been the team that we get to work with! Our church is blessed by the skills, dedication,and commitment of over 20 volunteers, who give so much of themselves to keep things humming. This number reflects a growth in our team over last year, but more importantly, shows how the tech department at KGF is creating places of belonging for our people. Every week I'm blown away by each member of our team, who really do make things look easy. I encourage everyone in our church family to say a special thanks to our tech team members! Every Sunday we need five team members, and I am grateful to their commitment.
You may remember last Fall a member of our church family, Delora Lalonde, felt prompted to gather clothes for refugees in Northern Iraq. We now see the impact of her work and your generosity!
Hello Pastor Mike. I just got this email from my son-in-law with another email below and photos of the delivery of clothing. So cool to tangibly see where your donations actually go! Delora Lalonde
Good news, the clothing and warm items were delivered to a small group of Yezidi families living in a difficult environment. This make shift refugee gathering is one of many of the less serviced humanitarian needs in Kurdistan (north Iraq). Please let everyone know their gifts and generosity have blessed several families in a direct way, and small burdens are lifted through these gifts and actions.
What a night of pancakes! “Shrove” Tuesday February 17th was a whipping success : ). It was pretty sweet to gather together and enjoy an amazing pancake meal. Thanks to Betsy Price for her leadership in the kitchen, and to all those who helped make the dinner so awesome. To all those who faced the Lent Trivia and were dowsed in whipping cream—we salute your courage! T’was altogether a fun night. Looking forward to next week. Games and small groups! See you next Tuesday night at 7pm. O, and RUSH is this Friday February 20 at Kelowna Secondary School! See you there!!! More at KGF Youth's Facebook page here:
Over the past few years, we have put together hundreds of videos at KGF, and their reach has impacted thousands. We are pleased to now have a very simple lighting set available so these videos look even sharper than before. Thanks Galen Bond and Curtis Allen for steering us in the right direction with these important tools! Take a look at all our videos on Vimeo here:
How do you prepare for Easter? It’s a funny question because we often don’t think Easter needs much preparation. But for hundreds of years, Christians walked through an intentional 40 day journey to Easter, called Lent (which begins Wednesday February 18). In this message from the KGF archives, Pastor Mike Penninga unpacks what Lent is, and how we can participate in a 40 day journey that could change the way we experience Easter forever.
Each Sunday we provide a fantastic next step resource, based on the messages, for Life Groups and personal study. Thank you Pastor Levi for making this tool available to our church family. You can find these questions for each of our messages online here:
As part of our Annual General Meeting coming up Sunday March 22nd, we have put together a beautiful snapshot of ministry at KGF entitled the Annual Reports. Over the next few weeks we'll be sharing stories from the various ministries and partnerships that we have, as together we seek to Know Jesus & Make Him Known. Associate Pastor Levi Simpson reflects on the various ministries under his oversight.
With our mission being to create places of belonging where people discover Jesus and are equipped to follow him, Life Groups are obviously an important part of our church community. Such groups are more than simply a program, however. They provide opportunities for people in our growing church to make connections with others, to invest in Christian friendships wherein God’s character can be revealed and their faith can mature as a result. There was a strong desire by many to be involved in Life Groups last year, with over 90 people expressing a desire to be involved. While many of those people were able to find a group, there were also many for whom I could not find a group (we had over 15 groups meeting last year).
"A car is made to run on gasoline, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on himself. He himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing." C.S. Lewis
After sharing a message from John 9, the man born blind who encountered Jesus and was healed (watch it here), Pastor Mike Penninga invited the men from Freedom’s Door to complete the following sentence: “This I do know. . .” Their responses below are beautiful.
This I do know. . . God is very patient with me.
This I do know. . . I was a hurt soul, and I am now learning to heal, slowly.
This I do know. . . I feel, I see, and I need Him for my life.
This I do know. . . I was completely lost in sin, and all done, and now I am free in Christ who freed me from myself and sinful ways.
This I do know. . . I was a thief and a liar, but now I have integrity.
Grateful to Shari Laurie & Cassie Haines for using their artistic gifts and color wisdom to help prepare the Sanctuary @ KGF for Easter. The "Mozart Blue" looks fabulous on the wall behind the cross. And Wayne Laurie, you know how to keep everything aligned! What a team. Join us this Sunday, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am and online, http://kgfchurch.com/stream
It has been a privilege for us to serve the Lord and you on the KGF Church board this past year.
The scripture says ‘where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’ and unity, mutual respect, and submission to the leading of His Spirit have characterized the board in 2014. On your behalf, I thank each board member for their servant leadership and faithful service.
Continuity, affirming our values, going deeper, and accommodating growth with the introduction of a third service, have characterized 2014. We rejoice with those who have come to faith in Christ, obeyed the Lord in baptism, who have found ‘places of belonging’ at KGF Church this past year.
February 18th, the Young Adults @ KGF launched LENT with a traditional Ash Wednesday service! For many this was a new experience, but we pray that God met with everyone where they are at. Special thanks to Wayne Laurie for leading the liturgy and sharing with us his heart. And thanks to Aaron and Dan for leading us in music. May we all take these next 40 days of LENT to really seek the Lord in a new way. We're in this together, friends! No one walks alone! Download a 40 day devotional booklet for Lent here: More about Converse / Young Adults on their Facebook page here:
You are invited to the Table, an awesome potluck event taking place this Sunday February 22nd, 5pm in the HUB @ KGF. This is a great place to meet people, chat with the pastoral team, hear the heart of KGF, enjoy some good food and laughs. Open to the whole family. Whether you're brand new or have called KGF your home for years, this is an event for you! Bring some food to share with 6-8 people, and join us at The Table this Sunday! Watch a 60 second promo video with Pastor Mike & Pastor Levi here:
Two members of our KGF staff team are currently on maternity leave, and we missed them so much we invited them to join us with their kids for a catch up time today! Laura Clifton (Front Office) and Bethany Schmaling (Kids Ministry) are a blessing, and we are with them as they give themselves to the most important ministry with their families! You are loved.
We have been so blessed to be part of the KGF church for the past five years. We arrived as a young couple with a baby on the way, and now it’s time to go. Jonathan is starting a new job in Alberta, so we will be moving to Fort Macleod (the Lethbridge area) in the next few weeks. It’s been wonderful to be part of a loving, multigenerational church family that prays together and serves each other well. We will miss this church family so much, and are sad to say farewell! Please be in prayer for us as we follow God’s leading on this new adventure!
Love from Jonathan, Judith, Ella and Raya Henrikson
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SEASON OF LENT
The Season of Lent originated in the 4th century. This year Lent begins on February 18 (Ash Wednesday) and ends with the celebration of the resurrection on Easter Sunday. The purpose of Lent is to prepare our heart for authentic spiritual renewal. So when entering the true spirit of the season of Lent, on a personal basis, we can benefit greatly from understanding and applying the biblical truths. However, the Season of Lent does not receive equal attention in all Christian churches.
Authentic spiritual renewal is an ongoing process. However, periodically it is good to make it a special focus in our journey with Jesus. It is good to humble our hearts and come before God. The Psalmist said, "Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." (Ps 26:2, 139:23-24). The Apostle Paul also exhorts believers to "examine" themselves (2 Cor 13:5-6).
The Annual Reports are compiled as a snapshot of the ministry God is doing in and through His people at KGF. We pray they are a blessing and an encouragement to you that He is on the move in our midst! Inside you'll find reports from all our pastors and key ministry leaders. Download the full report here: Join us Sunday March 22nd for our Annual General Meeting, where we look back and ahead in the life of this church family.
What would Valentine's Day be without an engagement story. . . So excited for Curtis Allen and Rebecca Dalhuisen, who got engaged Saturday February 14th. "Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony." Colossians 3:14