We are looking for several volunteers to help out with some interior painting projects @ KGF Thursday & Friday July 30 & 31. Interested? Email email@example.com Thanks for the ownership you take in our church facility!
You are welcome to join us Sundays, 9:00am and 11:00am for a time of interactive worship, authentic community, and relevant Bible messages. Full kids ministry at the 9:00am, with busy boxes available at 11:00am
Click here to Live Video Stream our 9:00am and 11:00am Services.
I recently returned from Nepal, where I did a ten-month term of service with Mennonite Central Committee through the SALT (Serving and Learning Together)program. I worked in the MCC office in Kathmandu, doing various kinds of communications work for MCC and the eight Nepali NGOs we partner with. I was (and am) very excited about MCC’s work in relief, development, and peace building; and I was proud to be a part of an incredible team of Nepali and foreign staff. Through my work with MCC, I learned a lot about Christ’s call to care for others and to work for justice and peace, a call I feel strongly in my own life.
So grateful for these women, Tamara Casorso, Karen Wiens, and Martha Koop, for their faithfulness in making such beautiful cards. Each year, more than 250 kids receive personalized birthday cards, signed by the team here at KGF, reminding them that they are special and that they are loved! Interested in being part of this important team? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
As KGF's newest key mission partner, we wanted you to get to know Kelowna's Gospel Mission. Watch a video overview of the ministry here, and an interview Pastor Mike had with some of the key leaders here.
Kelowna’s Gospel Mission believes it is God’s heart to feed and clothe those in need, so we offer a meal, a hot shower, haircuts, clothing, laundry and a safe place to stay to anyone who comes to our doors.
We believe to choose help, people need to understand there is hope. Clients Staying at Kelowna’s Gospel Mission will meet with a case worker. Our staff take time to understand the next steps to best help each person move away from homelessness.
As many as 70% of those who enter our Emergency Shelter take steps toward a new life. Our men’s recovery program and women’s transitional housing are designed to help individuals overcome life-controlling issues.
Prayer for the day
Father, Keep us close to your heart that even our dreams are peaceful, and that we may see things more and more from your point of view. A prayer by Corrie Ten Boom
Psa. 1:1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
4 But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly.
6 For the LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
A longer comment than usual for the first Psalm: The Psalms provide us with a variety of example of about 4 ways of speaking to God. First, we say to God “You are great!” (ex. Ps 8). Second, we say to God “Help!” (ex. Ps 3). Sometimes we may feel less desperate, and so a third way of speaking to God is to say amid our circumstances “I trust you.” (ex. Ps 23). Finally, we have the experience of God taking action to deal with our situation. Then naturally we say to God “Thank you.” (ex. Ps 30). These four types of psalms are all words spoken to God, rather than by God. About 15 psalms are dominated by God’s speaking or by a priest or prophet speaking – these psalms speak to us. Psalm 1 is such a psalm, speaking blessing over those who meditate on Yahweh’s teaching.
What a gift to walk with each of these people as shepherds & key leaders in the KGF Church Family. Grateful for each one, the heart they bring and abilities they share with each of us!
From left to right: Mike Penninga, Levi Simpson, Jeanne Acheson, Mary Miron, Rolly Rangno, Bernice Witt, Sue Gagnon, Bethany Smith, Curtis Allen, Galen Bond, Colleen Enns, Marcus Schmaling.
As our church family grows, so too do our mission partnerships. Excited to introduce our 7th missions partnership, Kelowna's Gospel Mission. Here, Pastor Mike introduces some of the key leadership team, who share awesome stories of God at work leading people to wholeness. Much more on their website, www.kelownagospelmission.ca
We got another camp story! Joel Burma is serving over on the Sunshine Coast at Camp Sunrise this summer! Here's a little update from him in his own words:
"I am currently working at a bible camp as a counselor in Gibson’s on the Sunshine Coast. My couple of big goals for the summer was to change lives and to try new things, such as zip-lining and attempting high ropes courses which are 30-40 feet off the ground. Another thing I have been trying to do is to be open about my past and encourage the kids and the other staff through my flaws and brokenness. Even though it has only been a couple of weeks, I have definitely noticed that I am growing spiritually."
Let us know if you are serving at camp so we can share the adventures and encourage one another, or if you serving in some other capacity. Want to know more about the camp Joel is at? Find out more about Camp Sunshine here: http://www.campsunrise.ca
Wanted to share this update from one of our key missions partners, Errol Martens, who is currently in Greenland to film a documentary on God’s work in that country over these past 30 years, and what may lie ahead. Follow him and this project on Facebook here – www.facebook.com/greenlandfilmproject
Just to let you know it has been a super time here in Greenland. Teaching, preaching, connecting with Greenlandic leaders about the youth emphasis, and of course the film project. People here are so grateful to be saved out of their old hopeless lives of dark living. We have had the privilege of capturing amazing testimonies of heart transformation, as well as unusual miracle stories.
I'm going to attempt to post daily on Facebook from now on if possible, on the Greenland film project page.
Unending love and strength to you. Brother Errol
Wonder whether your care packages make a difference to the staff @ Gardom Lake Bible Camp? Take a look at these faces and you'll know the answer for yourself! Thank you for everyone who has taken the time to bless these amazing young people who are giving their summer to advance God's kingdom here at camp. Pastor Marcus is coming up Sunday afternoon July 26th, so you can drop off care packages at the office 9am - 3pm until Thursday, or Sunday morning at church. More online, www.gardomlake.ca
Celebrating with Jake & Juliana Loewen on the safe arrival of their first baby, a boy, Benjamin Kole Loewen. Benjamin was born Saturday July 18th weighing in at 7 lbs 5 oz. 21" long. What a gift God has entrusted to you, and we know you are going to be AMAZING parents to this beautiful little son. Raise him to know the same God who you love and who first loved you!
So fun to watch kids create, interact, laugh and learn at week 2 of our Summer Kids Club @ KGF. Wednesdays, 9am - 10:30am for elementary age kids. Room for you! Email email@example.com to let us know you're interested. And it's free! Thanks to Sue and the great team that is making this happen.
We are so excited to introduce our newest staff team member at KGF, Curtis Allen. Curtis will begin a new position at KGF in September as Video & Media Director. Curtis will be giving 10 hours a week to this growing ministry at KGF that reaches thousands of people beyond the walls of our church building.
I’m very excited to be joining the staff at KGF as the new Media and Video Director. I’ve been attending KGF since I moved to the Okanagan from Kamloops in 2011 and have loved being a part of the KGF family ever since. This church has always been a special place, in fact it was through KGF and the young adults group that I met my wonderful soon-to-be wife, Rebecca, who enjoys being a part of this church as much as I do. We both love the sense of belonging we feel here, and developing relationships with the amazing people that fill this building throughout the week.
On Friday, July 10, after a brief battle with cancer Chuck was welcomed into Heaven by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His memory will be forever stored in the hearts of his many friends and family.
He is remembered as a kind and loyal man always willing to lend a helping hand. Whatever the situation if there was a need he was happy to help in any way he could. He was easy to talk to and enjoyed visiting with others. He enjoyed his family, working, golfing, watching sports, camping, gospel music, playing cards, social gatherings, road trips with Jean, and helping others. Although cancer took Chuck much too young he lived a full life, a life that didn’t include any regrets. He loved and served all those he called friend.
We love sharing tangible needs of our key mission partners, and we just got word from Gardom Lake Bible Camp that their Encounter truck has kicked the bucket, and they are in need of a good used working vehicle.
From Camp Director Rikk Kieft "We are in need a 4X4 with a long box preferably in good working order." If you can help out, call the camp, 250-838-6645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow the latest from Gardom Lake on their Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/GLBCRC?fref=ts
Awesome morning and incredible ongoing kids' ministry. Jesus did many miracles but this summer we can camp at 4 different places and lean in, listen and learn about them. We all became part of the story - His story, ongoing. Join us Sundays 9am, and Wednesday mornings 9am, as we dive deeper in God's heart for each of us!
Bringing a beautiful Saturday to a close at the lake. . . enjoying the break in the clouds and the descending "fingers of God". Thank you for these daily simple reminders of Your presence & power!
One day before we had any kids (newly married) I was sitting in our apartment reading my Bible in the Psalms and at the end I read "SELAH". I remember stopping and looking / staring at the word "Selah" and thought "WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORD!!!
It was at that moment it dropped into my heart that one day if I had a baby girl I would name her Selah! It stood out to me like it was in bold print, of what a beautiful girls name it would make!! It was like the Lord spoke to my hearts desire and told me that I would have a baby girl one day and her name would be Selah!!!
I just love how the Lord is sooo ahead of us, he is already in our future!!!! I was so excited about this, I remember calling my husband Christian right after my time with the Lord and telling him the name "Selah" for a future baby girl! He loved it too!
Hello KGF Church Family. I hope all is well in this hot weather!
We had our first full week of summer camp at Gardom Lake, it was a blast. We had a total of 79 campers. Chris Neufeld (Main Camp) and Tim Scarrott (Encounter) were our camp speakers. They engaged and challenged the campers well. We had 59 Spiritual commitments-24 first time commitments and 35 recommitments to serving Christ and growing in the Word.
We are at 1000 campers already, which is over a week ahead of where we were last year. We have space left in most of our camps but they are filling up. You can register online, www.gardomlake.ca