Mike Penninga is first a foremost a son of God, a husband of Michelle, a father of 3, and a pretty good tennis player. A grad of Trinity Western University and ACTS seminary with a background in broadcast journalism, Mike has a passion for sharing the life changing news of Jesus Christ in understandable and captivating ways. He has been the lead pastor at KGF since March 2009.
Kelowna Christian School has been providing opportunities for students to experience short-term missions since 1997. This year, fifteen grade eleven and twelve students will be travelling to South Africa and Zambia for three weeks. While there they will be engaging in a number of service projects and activities.
In Zambia, these projects will include: working with orphans, presenting school programs, construction to meet community needs, and working with Special Needs children.
In South Africa, students will be assisting with feeding the homeless in a squatter’s camp, as well as working with Victory4All in the township of Tokyo Sexwale. Victory4All has training programs, clinics, childcare, schooling, and health care in a camp where there is extreme poverty. For example, in this community up to 100 families will share a single outhouse.
Thank you for extending to us the opportunity to serve the Lord and you on the KGF Church board this past year. We have sought to discern and submit to God’s will and remain true to KGF Church’s Vision, Mission and Values. On your behalf I thank each board member for their leadership and faithful service.
Mobilising our people for ministry, going deeper and accommodating growth have characterized 2013. What a joy it has been to see so many came to faith in Christ, so many obey the Lord in baptism and for so many of you who call KGF Church ‘home’.
In October 2013 church members took the significant move of embracing the ‘Opportunities for Growth & Impact’ plan presented by the board as follows:
1. Outreach, discipleship, mentoring and shepherding are essential for healthy and sustainable growth
2. The importance of family, belonging and fellowship is a guiding principle and value
3. The Senior Pastor's passion and giftedness need to be optimized and focused for long-term sustainability, health, and impact. Example: preaching, vision, leadership, and mentoring
As part of our Month of Love @ KGF, we had 160 people fan out across the city for AGAPE Day Saturday February 15th. It was amazing to love in tangible ways (photos here) We asked Janice Gatenby to share her experience.
I worked at the Soles 4 Souls project. This project was something I was interested in because I know that in the third world many children can't go to school if they don't have shoes. So you are not only providing a pair of shoes to a child, you are helping them to achieve an education.
The best part of the day was working together with so many people of different ages. The age range was five years and UP. Everyone there worked so quickly and co-operatively that 7,500 pairs of shoes were prepared in just two hours.
A group of young people from Evangel were helping our team from KGF. Over Spring Break they will bring one hundred pounds of shoes to Central America. It was wonderful to know that the work you were doing that day would be put to use by those in need so quickly.
When I think of Agape day I think of the scripture where Jesus washes his disciples feet. Just before He died Christ was showing us the greatest way to really love is by serving. I am thankful to have been given this opportunity and will go back to Soles for Souls.
As part of our Month of Love @ KGF, we are encouraging our church family to lean into the "Coldest Night of the Year", a unique initative of the Kelowna Gospel Mission. Several in our church family are connected with the Gospel Mission, including Brian Penner, who has done a great job providing pastoral support & oversight to the area of Life Groups since September. Here's a great way to support Brian & the Gospel Mission at the same time!
This coming Saturday, February 22nd, Margaret and I will be joining many others in “Coldest Night of the Year”, walking to raise funds for select Canadian charities who serve the hungry, homeless and hurting locally. We are walking in support of the ministry of Kelowna’s Gospel Mission. Kelowna's Gospel Mission serves people living with poverty in Kelowna. Your involvement in this walk impacts hundreds of lives in a positive way, helping build a bright future that once seemed out of reach.
If you would like to donate towards this great cause please click on this link.
Thanks for your support - it's cold out there.
More details on their website, http://coldestnightoftheyear.org/location/kelowna
As part of our Month of Love @ KGF, we have brought in a great resource that is free to you, and we pray, will be a blessing to your marriage.
It's called "The Marriage Renovation", and it's a 30 day devotional for married couples. We have 100 copies and you can pick up yours Sunday from Starting Point.
Every house could use some work to make it better. Whether it is painting the walls in a new home, fixing a leaky basement, adding an in-law suite or dramatic renovations on an older building, our homes often require us to invest our time and money. When homeowners neglect these needs the results may not be obvious at first but left long enough they become apparent to everyone.
Homes and marriages have a lot in common.
Find out more about the booklet here, and stop by Starting Point to get your free copy Sunday!
Happy Valentine’s Day, from your family @ KGF.
Pastor Mike Penninga
I actually didn’t believe it when I first read it. But a quick search proves it is true. Belgium is now the second country (along with the Netherlands) to allow for children to be euthanatized. The title on CBC News reads, “Children would be able to decide whether they should 'bid farewell to life' under new law.”
End of life issues are complicated, and I can only imagine the pain involved with people who truly do see ending their life as the best option. And yet is this where we as a society really want to go? What are the implications, especially on the vulnerable? Are we in fact a “disposable” culture?
This is a crucial issue that is not going away. My own journey led me to write a master’s paper on this very subject, and you can read it here.
I also had the opportunity to share with 125 nurses at a UBCO philosophy of ethics classroom on the subject, and the video from that interactive discussion is here.
Our confession of faith (as part of the family of Mennonite Brethren Churches) reads as follows.
AGAPE Day is this Saturday February 15th! We have over 130 people planning to take part, and there's room for you. We are so excited about all that God is doing through simple acts of Love. (Video with Kristi & Pastor Mike here:)
We have some wonderful opportunities and ways to serve our community. I have outlined them below. Please look at which area you think you would be used, and email me back I will do my best to accommodate. firstname.lastname@example.org
Also I would love if we could also do a collection for the Food Bank at the same time. So if you'd like to bring canned goods or non-perishable items to the church with you that would be wonderful.
See you Saturday, 2pm @ KGF. Thank you for your willingness to serve!
Every year we take time to reflect on the goodness of God, His work in our midst, and what lies ahead. We call these our Annual Reports, and they are now available here!
These reports are part of our Annual General Meeting, taking place Sunday March 9, 2014, 7pm in the Sanctuary @ KGF.
We stand in awe of a God who loves us and has good plans for His church!
Pastor Mike Penninga
In advance of our March 9, 2014 KGF Annual General Meeting, we wanted to introduce you to three nominees for our leadership board. Here we meet Sandra Robertson, who is being presented as our Human Resources representative on the board.
It has been almost 20 years since I turned to follow Jesus. He captured my mind one day when I accidentally showed up at a Baptist church, and after a few months of learning and listening and reasoning, He captured my heart.
His plan was simple – He showed me a video in my mind of all the times in my life when He had been right there with me, and I hadn’t noticed or cared. How much more would He be there if I watching Him!
I was a self-sufficient, walled city of one. I have become a more open, more human and confident woman. My life was always steady and consistent, and that has not changed, but my approach to each day is so much different having chosen to follow Christ. I have peace and confidence for the simple trials that come my way each day knowing that as I lean into God, He leads me, and my part is to be obedient.
There are always times that are more difficult when I wrestle with the things of life and with God; He is faithful in those times to bring the right words, the right people and the right circumstances to bring me peace during the struggle.
I have been at KGF for more than 10 years and I am excited at how God is moving in our midst. I want us as a church to stay focused on the simple truth of Jesus and to build community together, both inside our walls and out. I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the board.
You are invited to join us Sunday March 9th, 7pm in the Sanctuary for our Annual General Meeting