The Ketch family (Jim, Bridgitte, Amanda & Daniel) are heading to Ecuador for a medical missions trip (full story here) Here is an update on the preparations!
In preparation for our Ecuador trip, we were asked, (if possible) to sew some "Pharmacy Bags" or medical bags, (cloth Draw string bags.)
As each family seen at the clinic usually gets medications, health education cards, and gifts, it is very helpful to be able to present these to families in a "Pharmacy Bag".
We are VERY appreciative of their amazing progress, they achieved their goal of approximately 400 bags. All materials were donated.
We had some people cutting the cloth, some sewing the bags, some crocheting the cords, while others inserted the cords into the bags. They look fabulous, and we are so proud to be able to take these lovely tokens of Christ’s love, and the GREATER community to Ecuador.
KGF is excited to welcome a traveling worship ministry team from our partner school, Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford. They will be joining us for Sunday March 16th, and we are looking for a few families to billet these students Friday & Saturday night.
What a great way to encourage and get to know these up'n'coming leaders.
Our whole church family is encouraged to join us Sunday March 9th for our Annual General Meeting, 7 – 9pm in the Sanctuary.
We have important family decisions to make, including a vote to call Levi Simpson as Associate Pastor, reviewing and affirming a 2014 financial framework, agreeing on three new board members, and more.
You can download an agenda here, (financial reports will be available Sunday @ Starting Point)
Thanks for the part you play in this amazing church family!
Pastor Mike Penninga
You may have seen a high gloss, 8 page Christian Newspaper entitled "Apples of Gold". Now with three editions under its belt, "Apples of Gold" is the work of one of our KGF family members, Don Graston. Here, Pastor Mike takes a few minutes to discover the heart behind this endeavor.
More online here - http://www.applesofgoldnewspaper.ca/
We are going to spend six weeks leading up to Easter on the six hours Jesus hung on the cross. We are going to camp on the seven final phrases, the seven final words of Jesus before He died, because in them, we discover a great deal about our Savior and God.
Join us Sundays from March 9 until April 13, 2014, 9am & 11am at KGF corner of Gordon & Casorso. All messages will also be posted here - http://kgfchurch.com/messages
Wanted to share an exciting update from one of our key missions partners, Errol Martens, as God continues to open doors for him to share a Pain of the Heart ministry around North America.
Joyce and I enjoyed a great time at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii. I was ministering in the Foundations Counseling Ministry School (FCM) for 2 very full weeks with teaching and one on ones with 22 of the students and staff.
I want to share a few comments from the students so you can rejoice in God’s work through the ministry you partner with.
“Dear Errol and Joyce, This has been the most spiritual life-changing 2 weeks of my life. I will be forever grateful for what God is doing through you! Thank you thank you.”
“Dear Errol and Joyce, I’ve been so incredibly blessed by the two of you. Thank you for bringing Jesus.”
“Thank you Errol for putting us in touch with our deeper longings and desires...for showing us how we fall to wrong strategies (to fulfill these) and showing us how to release these, for pointing us to our crucial longings which only He can fill.”
“Dear Errol Thank you for your incredible ministry this week. It has changed a lot of things in my life and equipped me for helping others. Very happy. Bless you Joyce.”
As part of our new series, "Final Words", focusing six weeks of the six hours of Jesus hanging on the cross, our team has created a powerful visual of a Mercy Tree.
The Bible says (in Deuteronomy & Galatians) that anyone who dies on a tree is cursed by God. We wanted to tie this together with our understanding of Christ's sacrifice on our behalf. Beautiful job team!
Join us starting this Sunday March 9th for Final Words @ KGF!
This is a picture that I think should be titled, "What you see depends on what you're looking for".
A friend of mine snapped it out her front window of her driveway. Some may just see the tire tracks of a car having turned around. I like to see two hearts.
Begs the question, what am I looking for in life? Sometimes we see what we are looking for.
Thanks Lenetta Parry for snapping this picture as a reminder to look for love in all things!
Our most recent Volunteer Information & Training Night @ KGF was such an encouraging night, as relationships among team members were strengthened, vision was clarified, and new volunteers stepped out. Tony Markoff was one of the more than 120 who joined us for the evening, and we asked him to give some reflections on the evening.
Arriving at the KGF parking lot Monday March 3rd at 6:45 pm was an exhilarating event. Why? The parking lot was full of vehicles, representing so many whom came to serve our church and our God.
In the lobby I was greeted by so many smiling eager faces and in the sanctuary attentive listeners to Pastor Mike's message. I really felt that a force so much larger than is humanly possible was a work at KGF
I was very moved by Pastor Mike's vision of a church moving forward with a vision to the future (as opposed to one continually looking into the "rear view mirror") and all of the possibilities and opportunities it presents for us. Giving is much more rewarding than receiving, and it was so evident at the Volunteer Training Night by all the staff and volunteer team leaders.
I look forward to 2014 at KGF with a renewed energy and passion!
As KGF continues to discern our Children's Pastor candidates, the Leadership Board has moved to provide interim support for this important ministry. Jeneah Lightfoot has agreed to a four month (March 1 - June 30), part-time position on our team as Kids Ministry Coordinator of Volunteers. Jeneah will work alongside Bethany Schmaling and the rest of our amazing volunteers to help prepare KGF for moving to three services by overseeing the development & training of our new kids workers. We encourage you to get to know Jeneah and her family, as she helps shape places of belonging where kids can discover Jesus and be equipped to follow Him! Video with Jeneah & Pastor Mike here:
My husband Aidan and myself along with our 3 girls started attending KGF in September of 2012 after moving to Kelowna from the Lower Mainland. I currently stay at home with our girls and Aidan works full time as the Store General Manager for Sport Chek. When this position presented itself, both Aidan and I thought it was a great fit with the previous experience I have acquired over the years.
Our family attended Jericho Ridge Community Church in Langley, BC for 7 years before moving to Kelowna. During that time I served on the front lines ministry team and took over as ministry leader for our last 3 years there. Recruiting volunteers, training and scheduling were my main responsibilities.