Canadian Baptist of Western Canada

Archive for June, 2017

News & Notes Vol 13 No. 26

Adieu… loosely translated “to God” Dear friends, …for so I have begun to call so many of you over these last 12 years. Summer is finally arriving for so many of us. Under Tammy Klassen and her able team SERVE begins next week in Brandon, MB. Rob Ogilvie, our new Executive Minister has been overlapping […]

News & Notes Vol 13 No. 25

Directions Dear friends, Not all of you have access to the annual Assembly Report nor for that matter reports to the CBWC Board. I thought it would be of interest to share with you my gratefulness for having worked over this last 12 years with the following outstanding BUWC/CBWC Presidents: Sam Chaise, David Simpson, Jan […]

News & Notes Vol 13 No. 24

Your Governance is Showing Dear friends, We take great pride in congregational governance but very few of us know what that means in theory or in practice. Often, we describe ourselves as what we are not rather than what we are. We are not like those folk down the road who are always having church […]

News & Notes Vol 13 No. 23

Transitions and Stories Dear friends, First, I would like to thank so many of you for your prayers, cards, notes, thoughts and recollections of my father Roy Bell who passed away on May 11. My father passed on a Thursday but his condition had begun to worsen on the previous Friday so while he was in somewhat poor health […]

News & Notes Vol 13. No. 22

Items for Prayer Dear friends, The camping season is beginning a full earnest now as staff prepare for the summer onslaught of students at all our camps: Keats Camps, BC – Ryan Friesen, Executive Director Zao Outdoor Ministries, BC – Mattias Morrison, Ministry Coordinator Gull Lake Centre, AB – Steve Roadhouse, Executive Director Mill Creek […]

Farewell Jeremy Bell

At the end of June, we will say goodbye to the irreplaceable Reverend Jeremy Bell at the completion of his term as CBWC’s Executive Minister, a position he filled, invigorated and strengthened for 12 years. His leadership and loquaciousness are legendary. His humour and deep love of people are cherished. His historian’s mind that effuses […]

The church abounds in prison ministry

Imagine being a teenager with abusive parents. You tag along with a local gang, finding a sense of family there. One night, you’re out late, you’re high, and someone ticks you off. You lose it on them and attack. You’re a young offender, but the damage is bad enough that they try you as an […]

In memory of Roy Drysdale Bell, 1925-2017

Roy passed away two days after he and Elizabeth’s 65th wedding anniversary in the presence of family, amidst great care, love, prayers, and thanksgiving. He is survived by his beloved wife Elizabeth, sister Evelyn McWha, children Jennifer (Uriel), Gillian (Steven), Rosemary, Joanne (Mickin), and Jeremy (Kerry), 16 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Roy served at St. […]