We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Charitable Giving Receipts will be available for pickup at KGF this Sunday February 1st. Thanks to our Treasurer Bernie Siebring, Bookkeeper Bernice Witt, and Front Office Coordinator Bethany Smith for their amazing work in preparing these receipts in such a timely fashion! The following letter was written to the hundreds of faithful financial partners from Pastor Mike Penninga.
I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your faithful partnership with Kelowna Gospel Fellowship Church, as together we seek to shine Jesus brightly in this city and beyond. The confidence you have placed in this ministry, as indicated by the support given, is a sign of a trust relationship that I value deeply. Our heart is that you would share in the celebration of what God has accomplished in and through KGF this year.
Because of your generous partnership, together we were able to accomplish the following:
- Introduce a third Sunday morning service (8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am) to see more people come together to Know Jesus & Make Him Known (the mission of our church family).
- Launch of video live-streaming of our services and special events so people are not cut off from church because of distance, illness, circumstances, or simply the fear of walking through the door of a church.
- Reach 1500 people Christmas Eve at the Community Theatre with the Gospel message of God come near.
- Leverage our website, www.kgfchurch.com, to touch 18,000 people from more than 10 countries who visited 38,000 times viewing 113,000 pages of content and spiritual resources.
- Make 1,000 videos of Biblical teaching and spiritual development available online, with more than 70,000 views in 2014 alone.
Being a Youth Leader isn't always EASY...but sometimes it's when we put ourselves outside of the easy spaces that GOD SHOWS UP! That's what happened to one of our KGFYouth leaders, Ania. Listen to her story!
"Yesterday before youth group I was kind of discouraged, and not excited for youth, because I really just didn't think I could connect and relate to my girls, and I've been so tired lately and have so much going on, I was struggling with why I was going when I have so much to do, and I can't connect or relate to my girls anyways.
Last night before youth started, the youth leader prayer gave me some encouragement, and I remember after prayer thinking that was exactly what I needed, then from who knows where, I got a boost of energy for the evening. My attitude changed, and then in small groups my girls completely opened up, and I felt like what I had to say was actually something they could relate to, and they might appreciate. During small group, little stories and memories I had just seemed to pop into my mind to share with the girls, and it was just a great experience. I felt like I was actually there for a reason.
More good news to share (what a week it's been for babies!) Justin & Sue Enns welcomed their third child, and first boy, early this morning (Saturday January 24, 2015). Theodore Daniel Enns entered the world at 7 pounds, 11 ounces, almost 20 inches long, and incredibly handsome. He joins his big sisters, Ellen & Lydia, and a deliriously happy mom & dad. You are an amazing family, and we pray God will overflow His love in and through you and your children. We are with you!
Another first baby to celebrate for Takumi and Rochelle Minagawa. A boy born Thursday January 22 weighing 8 pounds 5 ounces and a full head of hair! Name to come shortly. May God bless your growing family. You are loved.
Wonder if kids pick up what they hear at church? This photo was taken by a mom of one of our 4 year olds, who was doing a bit of window messaging. If they can grasp and share this truth, it'll truly impact the rest of their lives. You Are Loved.
It was one of the most devastating natural disasters in history, and one of our families was right in the midst of it.
On December 26, 2004, the third largest recorded earthquake struck underneath the Indian Ocean. The resulting Tsunami left 230,000 people killed in 14 countries. That could have included the Roy family, on holidays that day on a small Island in Thailand. Here is their incredible story, which we share as together we wrestle with where God is in the midst of pain and suffering and loss. Powerful. Watch the full 30 minute conversation here:
We're so excited to be offering a new season of ALPHA at KGF, starting Wednesday February 4th, from 5:30 - 7:15pm. We gather first for a meal around tables, move into a short video on life's big issues, followed by amazing discussion where your questions are welcome! Sign up for ALPHA, running 8 Wednesdays starting February 4th, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Invite a friend and don't miss out!
More online here, www.alphacanada.org
Spent two days this week at Gardom Lake Bible Camp on a personal retreat and visioning time for 2015. Grateful for this place and opportunities to get away. I love how God has shaped me through this environment since first coming to Christ as a 7 year old around a campfire here. www.gardomlake.ca
Pastor Mike Penninga
After months of conversation and preparation, the Board is pleased to present a proposed KGF facility refurbishment plan that would refresh our church building! It includes upgrading carpet, paint, lighting, washrooms, and work in the Sanctuary to make our ministry together even more effective. Work will be done in the Foyer, Fireside Room, Hallways, and Washrooms, as well as the Sanctuary. We also have some refreshment proposed for the outside of our building, and parts of our parking lot.
We encourage you to stop by the display in the HUB and chat with Board Chair Mel Newth. Full details, including financial implications and proposed time-line, is available at Starting Point in the Foyer.
The congregation will have an opportunity to vote on the refurbishment plan at our Sunday March 22nd Annual General Meeting (mark your calendar, 7pm in the Sanctuary). Exciting days are ahead, and we look forward to all God has for us in this year and beyond!
You can email any questions, comments, feedback to email@example.com
Board Devotional – Pastor Mike – Monday January 26, 2015
Philippians is a powerful letter, one of my favorites, written by the Apostle Paul while he was in prison. And yet it’s a letter of joy! What a reminder that we need to embrace joy not just when the sun is shining, but in the darkness of life.
As a pastoral team, we began 2015 in Philippians, reading, sharing, and praying together over the truths held within. Love how God speaks through us through His very living and active Word!
I love how Paul begins his letter. It’s a beautiful reminder to me on the gift of helping lead the KGF church family. I read this through that lens.
Philippians 1:3-6 “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
When we think of our church family, are we thankful for them? Do we pray for them with joy? Do we recognize them as partners in sharing the Gospel, advancing His kingdom? Are we confident that the same God who began a good work will finish it? What encouraging words!
On Sunday January 25, Pastor Marcus spent part of the morning participating in one of our Kids Ministries classes, and shares some of the amazing things he experienced here. Thank you to all who give so much of themselves to pour into this upcoming generation. You are our heros! Pastor Mike
Hey friends. I believe I may have witnessed the most amazing Sunday School experience on planet earth today. Lesser mortals would have lost their composure or thrown together a haphazard teaching time in the face of such energetic, sub-attention-span, and wild creatures known as grade 4-6lings.
But Laurie Stantic had these young ones seated, listening, contributing, and smiling. I felt like I had entered a safe haven when she greeted each kid and said some specific blessing. It reminded me of Jesus inviting the little ones to come. When it came to grappling with the content of Exodus 5-7, and the 10 plagues, Laurie orchestrated a wonderful melodrama.
Each kid had a part in the story. I had the pleasure of being pharaoh. Somehow I made it through the 10 plagues, but near the end I was almost willing to let the kids go to worship on Black Mountain (but the 10th plague is for next week!). Frogs were leaping, my magicians were doing their miracles, and hail was pelting me.
Laurie made the story come alive, even brought us all into it, and with this beautiful refrain that God is good, powerful, and at work in our world—even today!
Join us this Sunday evening for a very special presentation on a subject that is receiving a lot of attention these days. Dr. Paul Chamberlain, one of the leading Canadian Christian thinkers, will be with us for an interactive workshop entitled, "What in the World is Going on With Religious Fanaticism: Is Religion, Including Christianity, Dangerous?" If you wonder how to respond, then please join us and invite a friend.
Dr. Chamberlain will also be sharing Sunday January 25th during our 8:30am, 10:00am, and 11:30am services on the topic, "Communicating Jesus in an Age of Pluralism" as part of our KGF series, "Thinking".
We like to make you aware of opportunities in our city that may be beneficial for those in our church family. This is one of them!
Our friends at First Baptist Church on Bernard are hosting a Parenting Workshop with Darlene & Kim Unrau, designed to help you talk to your children about sex and pornography.
Saturday March 7th, 11am - 3pm.
Interested? Contact First Baptist, http://www.fbckelowna.com/
Wanted to pass along some good news from the Walsh family this week. Cody & Angela welcomed their first child, a son, Beau Micah Walsh, Friday January 16th. Beau is healthy and happy, weighing 8 pounds 3 ounces. The mohawk is awesome, a fashionable baby already! May God's love and joy fill your home, and may He give you the grace and wisdom you need for all the steps ahead. We are with you!
We love seeing God's hand moving in our city in creative and kingdom building ways, and that's just how we'd describe Third Space. Loved hearing from Scott Lanigan and Sharlene O'Reilly about how this space came to be, and why it's about a lot more than coffee! From counselling to coaching to a safe place to have real conversations.
If you haven't stopped by, you need to do so, in the Landmark Building, website here. http://www.thirdspaceculture.ca/
Keep going team, we're with you!
We broke a record on our website on Sunday January 18, with 546 people jumping on www.kgfchurch.com at some point of the day. We have been blown away by the impact of LiveStreaming our services, and are grateful that technology allows us to do this every Sunday at 8:30am and 10:00am.
We experienced some challenges with our internet speed as we tried to LiveStream our Sunday night Apologetics Q&A time, and we apologize for those of you who wanted to join in and experienced spotty video. We are correcting the problem, and will be posting the entire Q&A night on our website here.
We invite you to share the good news about the LiveStream with family and friends, those who would like to come to church but are intimidated or nervous. Just pass along this link and have them "join you at church" this Sunday! http://kgfchurch.com/stream
It was great to have Eric Wiens and David Wiens (not related but equally handsome!), KGF Church family members who sit on the Gardom Lake Bible Camp board give an update to our Mission Action Team. So many exciting things happening with our partner ministry, from the kitchen / chapel / lodge expansion (more than 8,000 square feet), a new 8 month internship program, camper stories and God's provision.
Don't miss out. . . register your kid / grandkid for camp this summer, or step forward to serve. Details online, www.gardomlake.ca
As part of our new series, “Thinking”, we are pleased to share these past messages, workshops & resources from the KGF website. Feel free to look through and find those that address what you are facing. Then join us Sundays in January, 8:30am, 10:00am, and 11:30am, and online, for this important journey through the big questions of faith. Feel free to submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Mike Penninga
“God. . . I Have A Question” Series:
Video, Audio & Message Transcripts, from April 2013 @ KGF
God I Have A Question - Part 1 - Are You There?
God. . .I have a question. Are you even there? Am I crazy to believe in you? How can I know for sure that you exist? We start with a big one. The big one. Is God Real?
God I Have A Question – Part 2 – Don’t All Paths Lead to You?
God. . . I Have A Question. Don’t all paths lead to you? I mean, it seems pretty crazy that one religion would be “right” and the others wrong. And Christianity seems to be the biggest offender in this area, with this talk from Jesus, that he is the way the truth and the life, and that no one comes to the father but by him. No other name under heaven by which we may be saved. That sounds so narrow minded, so exclusive, so closed. God, there can’t just be one way, right?