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
Long-time KGF members, Harry and Martha Koop (who use their gifts of creativity and hospitality to bless the KGF Church Family in many ways, including serving at Coffee Time!), are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year! We want to celebrate with them, thanking God for the blessing they are to us and for His faithfulness in their lives. The KGF Church Family is invited to a celebration in their honour, Saturday, July 25, from 7-10 p.m. Please RSVP to Deborah (778.753.0204). If you are unable to attend the celebration, make sure to congratulate Harry and Martha when you see them!
Parents! There's lots of fun in store this Summer for kids @ KGF.
Every Wednesday morning in July and August, KGF will be running a Summer Kids Club. This is for kids who are going into Grade 1 next Fall all the way up to those in Grade 6.
We'll be meeting @ Camp Wonder (the Stage Room upstairs at KGF) Wednesday mornings from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Summer Kids Club is drop-in, meaning you don't have to commit to having your kids there every Wednesday, but please let us know in advance when your kids will be attending--we want to be prepared for them! Sign-up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't miss out!
Mark Kent, a member of Kelowna Gospel Fellowship, is also one of our valuable Guest Services volunteers. Mark has been volunteering for a year and a half. When he heard we had a need for volunteers in Guest Services Mark felt the call to step out and see how he could fit in.
Mark says “It always is a two way street, as I step out with availability I’m always blessed with growth and relationships. Meeting the clients and building a connection with people has been so real. We all have stories and we’ve all come from different places. To some, KGM is their home, family and they take real ownership. I think that speaks volumes to the ministry and the people who work at KGM.
"One day a young man told me things weren’t going well. He had lost some things and had a number of disappointments, but he was so upbeat. He was happy to share he had made a commitment to follow Jesus and his outlook on life had changed so much. He knew everything would work out and he had patience to manage his situation. Sometimes the blessings and reflections of a conversation are for my own growth!”
Mark has been an absolute blessing to the Mission!
There's something amazing that happens when the creativity of our kids is freed to declare God's glory. Part of our recent Kids Ministry morning saw our young artists use cedar branches to paint beautiful expression of God's creation. You can see the finished products in our HUB. Thanks to Shari, Sue & the amazing team that makes these experiences possible! More photos on our website here - http://kgfchurch.com/uncategorised/photos
We wanted to celebrate some of the amazing men and women in our church family who have walked with God for decades by sharing some of their stories. Here, Theresa White takes time with Agnes Hofmann.
The youngest of ten children, I was raised on a prairie homestead. Mother had the gift of hospitality and always kept a room for visitors. When I was seven a missionary from China was passing through our area and stayed with us. I listened to the adults talking at the dinner table and was excited to hear him say that his seven-year-old son had recently accepted The Lord. I thought to myself, “I’m seven. I could get saved!” But still I was left to wonder how. No one told me how!
It seemed wherever this missionary spoke people got saved. When the day came for him to speak in our church I was ready. He presented a clear gospel message and then gave an altar call. Three benches of boys and girls of all ages went forward and I was right there with them. But he didn’t lead us in a prayer to accept Jesus. Instead he said, “I’m going to pray for you and then I want you to go home and ask your parents to forgive you.”
Perfect weather, amazing setting, wonderful people for the Grad BBQ & Blessing night, with family & friends. Such a powerful time of encouraging these grads to step into all God has for them in this new chapter. Love this group. You are not alone! Keep going! Much more on KGF Youth Facebook page here:
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
As a church family we want to celebrate a significant accomplishment in the life of Phil Whatman, a key leader in our CONVERSE (young adults) ministry. After four years of study he has finished his Masters of Divinity through Taylor Seminary! We trust his labours in the books will translate into significant and powerful ministry in Kelowna and abroad, through his work at one of our key missions partners, Kelowna Gospel Mission, and here at KGF! Phil, thank you for being dedicated to God’s Word, His Church, and His Kingdom. We look forward to this next chapter of ministry together!
We love hearing stories of our young adults serving at camp! Here's what Jenica Mckenzie is doing:
"This summer I had the chance to work at camp Winfield, an easter seals camp for kids with disabilities. It is an incredibly exhausting, challenging job but the rewards make it all worth it. These kids spend their lives caught up in custody battles, full of meds, and scheduled for endless surgeries, but this camp is the light at the end of the tunnel. It is the one week where they can truly be kids again. They are no longer defined by their disability and they can experience being kids in a place where labels don't matter.
Seven years ago last Easter, Gail came from the prairies to live at Harmony House. She was only 93 pounds when she arrived and as her father told her, its Harmony or death. We’re very glad she choose Harmony and life.
When I first met Gail three years ago, she kept very much to herself. She was clean and sober for more than 4 years; she’d put on weight. Physically she’d achieved a lot of healing, but there was still more to her journey. She rarely left the Harmony property except to go to church or the grocery store. Even then, she preferred to be accompanied by staff.
While the KGF Church Facilities underwent renos, Shari Laurie took the opportunity to "renovate" a painting she and the church produced back in 2011, "Deep Roots & New Shoots". As she now explains it, "The Tree of Life in the book of Revelation is all about the leaves." And the leaves were for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:22. Want to lean into art at KGF? email email@example.com to talk to Shari.
Join us for our 10 week Summer series, starting Sunday, July 5. What if the purpose of prayer was to remind us that there is a God and we are not Him? What if there is something that happens in us when we bring our everyday needs and joys to God? What happens in us when we include Him?
So excited to take the 10 weeks of summer to dive deep into the gift of prayer, by studying men and women who prayed and who were changed. We encourage you to bring $10 July 5th to pick up a great book we are making available in conjunction with this new series.
What an amazing Sunday morning as we celebrated five baptisms, welcomed ten new members, and cheered on six grads. A beautiful picture of a truly multi-generational local church celebrating life's milestones. Way to go Pastor Marcus & team. Keep going. You are having a kingdom impact!