As we bring 2014 to a close, we wanted to look back and share links to the top five most popular messages of 2014 (according to views on our website) You can find them here.
Most popular non-message video - The Christmas Story Starring the Kids of KGF
Thanks for watching, downloading & sharing these messages, as together we seek to Know Jesus & Make Him Known.
We had the joy of surprising some of our church family with a short Christmas visit this week. One of the best mornings of the month! Why not take some time over Christmas to surprise someone with your presence. After all, isn't that what Jesus blessed us with at Christmas? www.kgfchurch.com
Wonderful news from our partner ministry, Gardom Lake Bible Camp. They have received a 4 year accreditation with the BC Camping Association, which is the highest accreditation a camp can receive. Way to go Gardom! We are proud of your leadership team and the many amazing volunteers who make this such a special place of memories and kingdom impact. 40 years and counting! More on their website here, http://www.gardomlake.ca/
Proud of our own Pastor Rolly Rangno along with Tanya Ovelson and Caleb Drew McAlpine who helped play and sing for a kids musical album written by our friend Sandy Baldwin from Calvary Chapel Kelowna. Wonderful opportunity for parents to purchase for their kids this Christmas. Take a listen on ITUNES here:
As we prepare for our big Christmas in the City celebration December 24th, 4:00pm & 5:30pm, we wanted to remind you that God can use gatherings like this to draw people to Himself. Here's the story of one of our family members, Nancy Tordiffe, of how it was a Christmas service that made the difference.
It’s December 1997 and I just wanted to see Christmas like a child. I wanted to hear those old Christmas Carols that I sang at Central Elementary. I remember all of us lined up by grade on the old staircases, singing “Away in a Manger”. Life in 1997 was complex and very dark. Despite a successful career in the investment industry with all the bells and whistle money could by, I was lost, hurting and alone. There was no joy or hope because apparently money can’t buy joy and hope at the mall. TV Christmas specials weren’t playing “Away in a Manger” so I decided to try a local church. I’d only been to the church once which was for a child’s funeral, a celebration of joy and hope. So I thought if they could do that for a child’s funeral, what would that church do with Christmas.
I came to a service on the last Sunday before Christmas so desperate for hope and joy that life didn’t seem worth living anymore. If I could only hear the Christmas music of my childhood, maybe the darkness would lift.
My first three months in Nepal have been a remarkable journey. Since my language training finished in October, I’ve been working at the MCC offie, visiting our development projects in rural villages, assisting our partner organizations in developing their communications, and teaching a bit of English on the side. It has been a very enriching and at times challenging experience, and my perspective on life is continually being transformed.
I’m surrounded by what I might once have called poverty, but my idea of what constitutes wealth has changed. I’m in a very different faith environment, but I’ve learned to see Christ in simple acts of love and generosity, and I’m daily inspired by the faithfulness of the Nepali Christians I know. I often don’t understand people’s words, but I can easily understand their gestures of kindness, generosity, and welcome. Life in Nepal is extremely different from what I’m used to, and I still struggle with the feeling that I’m bad at everything – including some things, like crossing the street, that I never even realized it was possible to be bad at.
Grateful for the opportunity technology avails us to make the sharing of the Gospel even easier. Each Sunday we live-stream our entire 8:30am & 10:00am services. We have people connecting in literally from around the world, and you can share the link here:
Here's a photo we received of a "relaxed" viewer being able to take in the service from home. Feel free to share your story, by emailing email@example.com Thanks to Galen Bond and the technical team who helps make this happen each week!
It is preparation day at the Kelowna Community Theatre for our third annual "Christmas in the City" celebrations, taking place Wednesday December 24th, 4:00pm & 5:30pm. Thanks to everyone who is working so hard to make this a beautiful gift to the 1500 plus people who will join us Christmas Eve in person, and the hundreds more online through our Live Streaming! Please be in prayer for all parts of the evening. Come early, don't come alone, and join us as we celebrate the arrival of our Savior!
Are you out of town for Christmas? Can't join us in person for Christmas in the City @ the Kelowna Community Theatre? Want a friend who can't be physically present to experience Christmas Eve alongside you? Here's the good news. We are planning to live-stream both services on our website. Just go online http://kgfchurch.com/stream Wednesday December 24th at 4pm or 5:30pm Pacific Time. Not quite as good as being present, but better than missing out all together! Full Details about Christmas Eve here:
We asked our family (through KGF's YouVersion - http://kgfchurch.com/live) what their favorite part of Christmas is. Here's their response, add yours below!
Join us for Christmas in the City this Wednesday December 24th, 4:00pm & 5:30pm @ the Kelowna Community Theatre.
Our friend Annie Heinrichs forwarded this to me and I asked permission to share it with you!
As I ponder those presents under the tree I like to think of them as gifts to us from God, our Heavenly Father.
The gift of life, eternal life, faith, hope, love, peace, joy, forgiveness, friends, homes, families, church family, retirement, heritage, traditions, learning/growth, health and restored health, work, sleep, our daily food - one could go on and on.
However, the greatest of the gifts is that He gave Himself in Jesus Christ because He loves us. This is worth celebrating with thankfulness!
May your Advent days leading into Christmas and the New Year be a time of contentment in Him.
Arthur and Annie Heinrichs
Praise God for Christmas.
Praise Him for the Incarnation
for Word made flesh.
I will not sing
of shepherds watching flocks
on frosty night or angel choristers.
I will not sing of stable bare in Bethlehem or lowing oxen
trailing distant star
with gold and frankincense and myrrh.
Tonight I will sing
praise to the Father
who stood on heaven's threshold
and said farewell to His Son
as He stepped across the stars
And I will sing praise to the infinite eternal Son
who became most finite a Baby
who would one day be executed
for my crimes.
Praise Him in the heavens.
Praise Him in the stable.
Praise Him in my heart.
Joseph Bayly - Psalms of My Life
Some photos from our friends, Mark & Julie Kent and their kids as they spend a Christmas of Compassion in Honduras with friends Bob & Debby Cowan. This is a Christmas food & gift basket blessing for the people in the area. Way to go Kent family! More in this video - https://vimeo.com/107220654
I’m not sure if worry has a grip on you this Christmas season. There are no shortages of things that could leave our hearts and lives bound up in worry. Family, finances, friends.
The amazing thing is that God invites us to replace worry with trust. He cares for us.
Jesus tells us this in Luke 12.
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!
25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
I saw this on my daughter's classroom white board, and thought it beautiful to share!
Christmas Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson
"Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts. May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake, Amen!"
Loved this! A 7 year old from KGF's kids ministry shares her Christmas list. . . love the first and last especially!
One of our family members, Sandy Campbell, has been named this year's honoree for the Alzheimer's Walk for Memories, representing caregivers of those journeying with this disease. Here's a speech Sandy shared recently on her journey.
I am privileged to be the honoree for the Walk for Memories this year, and to represent caregivers in that role.
You see, Alzheimer’s and dementia are not just about a disease; they are about people. There are spouses, children and close friends who care for loved ones and suffer as they see them gradually disappear in the symptoms of their disease. I am both a spouse and a daughter, and am losing both my husband and my mother to dementia.