BCY Regional Newsletter December 2018

Are You Ready?

I was bouncing around in a pick-up truck on a logging road and since Christmas was just a few weeks away, I asked my companion the obvious question: “So, are you ready for Christmas?”

His response was clear and unforgettable. “I will answer that question this time but please don’t ever ask me again. No, I am not ready for Christmas.”

I was a little surprised by the edge in his response but not by his answer. I have never felt ready for Christmas. 

Maybe it is because Christmas has become so complex and challenging. Maybe it’s because there are just so many activities, sensitivities, events and expenses that, no matter how organized I get, I never feel ready. Never.

I usually find myself on Christmas Eve wondering why I don’t feel ready. The gifts are purchased and wrapped, the church events are organized, and the food is in the fridge. Everything is ready, but I am not. And that sense of not being ready is very disconcerting. 

A couple of years ago I became a grandfather again with the arrival of twin girls just before Christmas. As I was holding them, marvelling at their beauty and the simple joy they bring with their presence I realized something. I wasn’t ready to meet them, and I never would have been. Just like I wasn’t ready to be a husband or a father or a pastor. I prepared for all those things, but I never felt ready for any of them. They were simply gifts of grace I needed to experience. I think Christmas is exactly like that. We can prepare all we want but it’s not something we will ever be completely ready for. It is instead a gift of grace that is best when we simply experience it. When we fail to understand this, I think we turn Christmas into a chore that we are never ready for.  

If I see you in the next few weeks, I probably won’t ask if you are ready for Christmas, but I may ask if you are experiencing the grace of Christmas. I pray that you will experience it in abundance.   

-Larry Schram

A “Gift” of a Youth Retreat

Click through the gallery of photos

A contingent of youth from three BC-Y churches — Olivet Baptist, Southwest Community, and Southside Community — got together for a weekend of spiritual and relational growth at Shuswap Lake in November. With the theme of “Gift” this retreat helped students understand how they are a gift from God to each other and to the world, and how Jesus — the greatest gift — modeled for us how we can live a life of service and love by using the gifts the Holy Spirit gives us. As well as practicing these gifts through times of intercession, prayer, worship and listening, there was also plenty of fun with jam sessions, a giant Dutch Blitz game and outdoor laser tag.

Ricky Stephen from Olivet and Cailey Morgan from Southside are looking to put together another youth retreat in February. Email ricky@olivet.bc.ca before December 15 if your youth group would be interested in participating.

Banff BCY

BCY pastors and leaders had a great time of rest, refreshment and connection in beautiful wintery Alberta at the CBWC Banff Pastors and Spouses retreat in November.

Click through the gallery of photos below

Settlement Report

Changes in the Mountain Standard Region

  • Jeff Logan and Juli Wells Logan are stepping down from their positions at Southgate Baptist Church, Calgary
  • Sebastian Dykstra begins as Associate Pastor of Christian Education at Altadore Baptist Church, Calgary, in January

Changes in the Heartland Region

  • Mel Konkel is stepping down from his senior pastor position at Moosomin Baptist Church
  • Alisa Powers has stepped down from her associate position at Moosomin Baptist Church
  • Kevin Dyck has stepped down from his youth pastor position at Moosomin Baptist Church
  • Scott Elger begins as Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church, Moose Jaw in January
  • Peter Elias begins as Pastor at Strathclair Baptist Church in December

Settled in the BC & Yukon Region

  • Stephen Philips begins as Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church, Nanaimo
  • Brian Munroe as Pastor at FBC Kitimat
  • Brian Carnahan as Pastor to Bethel Baptist, Sechelt
  • Monica McKinlay as Pastor to Kitsilano Christian Fellowship, Vancouver
  • Jason Johnson as Senior Pastor to Summerland Baptist

This regional newsletter is published quarterly within the CBWC’s monthly newsletter, Making Connections. Have a story idea? Want to tell us how great we’re doing? Or how terribly? Email our editor Zoë: zducklow@cbwc.ca or the Heartland office: heartland@cbwc.ca

BC-Yukon Regional Newsletter September

Life in Interesting Times

We had just finished an intense and challenging series of group conversations and I was emotionally drained.

A friend leaned in close and whispered, “We certainly live in interesting times, don’t we?”

Later that day, after the evening meal, I opened my Chinese fortune cookie and read these timely words: You will always live in interesting times! I burst out laughing at the timing of this coincidence and then had to explain my reaction.

I am quite sure that fortune cookies are not one of the primary ways that the Holy Spirit leads us, but I couldn’t shake the sense that God was speaking to me through the timing of that small piece of paper. These are days of massive cultural shifts coupled with rapid innovation resulting in unprecedented opportunities and challenges. Accordingly, many leaders are wondering and struggling with the pace and complexities of life, faith and leadership right now. We find ourselves in interesting days, indeed.

I have been praying and thinking about these interesting times ever since that night and while I don’t have a lot of definitive conclusions I do know three things with absolute clarity. While some cultures view living in interesting times as a curse, I don’t think that as followers of Jesus we need to see it that way. I believe that our Lord is with us and will bring us through whatever is to come, and that includes these interesting times. I am also convinced that out of all the branches of the Christian church that I could be in, I am blessed to go through these days with you, my family of churches.

We don’t get to choose the times we live in, but we do get to choose how we live in them. We may always live in interesting times, but I choose to not be afraid, to trust Jesus, and to face these days together with my family of faith.

I invite you to join me in the journey.

Larry

Photos from the BC-Yukon AGM & Retreat

Left: Larry Schram; Above: Dawn Johannesson and Nora Walker
Above: Emmanuel Baptist worship team; Right: David Johnston; Below Alison Fraser and Madeleine Duncan

An update from YVR Chapel

Greetings Friends of the Chapel,

I hope that your summer has been enjoyable and refreshing! Janet and I just returned from two wonderful weeks visiting our daughters and grandchildren in Detroit and North Carolina, so yes, life is good— indeed, because God is so good! I also enjoyed seeing old friends at my 50th high school reunion (still hard to believe that happened!) and meeting up with 18 close relatives at a Kirkley family reunion. Lots of blessings!

Chapel Summer: A great summer highlight for the Chapel Team was our annual BBQ at the lovely home of Darrell & Donna Boyd and his gracious mother, Iris. This year 58 people came out for sunny fellowship, delicious food (including Iris’s butter tarts!) and encouraging music from our friend Jeff Weins. See the pics here for a ‘taste’ of what we did!
Chaplain Emeritus Layne Daggett reminded us at the BBQ of our remarkable foundations, as we were celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Chapel ministry at the Vancouver Airport.

We are also currently saying our goodbyes and words of appreciation to past Board Chair Terry Clements, as he went home to be with the Lord on August 7. His joyful memorial is being hosted by Sunshine Ridge Baptist Church on Sat. August 25, at 1:00 p.m.

Fall Plans: If you happened to miss the Summer BBQ, we’re planning a fall team-building event in early November to increase our team spirit and to motivate us in our ministry at YVR. We want to get excited about our annual holiday drop-in in December, in which we strive to attract many YVR employees to the Chapel for home-made goodies and an opportunity to experience what the Chapel offers them. More details to come soon.

People Stories: Strange passenger stories often occur at the Chapel, and here’s two of them from the summer:

A kind grandmother and her 17-year-old track star granddaughter were stranded at YVR on their way from Dallas-Ft. Worth to an international track meet in Brisbane, Australia (Q1 – why did they come through Canada?). The young athlete had her Australian visa but somehow the grandmother did not (Q2 – how did that happen? Answers FYI: there are always reasons, usually mixed with possible errors and oversights along the way.)

They tried for three days to get the visa from the Australian Consulate in Vancouver to no avail, and slept on chairs at YVR each night! Finally, they were directed to the Chapel where they got a good sleep and a sympathetic ear, but no one was able to change the outcome. I did help them get their Air Canada ticket changed to return quickly to Dallas (free of charge), but we could only pray they might get some of the money returned for their overseas flights.

A tough story, but we were impressed with the faith and resilience of the grandmother and the patience of the dear granddaughter, who never complained a moment about her lost opportunity to compete. God bless them and hopefully she’ll run overseas in the future!

The next day a befuddled Vietnamese woman and her 12-year-old son surrendered four large boxes of goods they were hoping to take from Vietnam to Alaska. Officials had not allowed them through Customs, and I wondered why. I was called to the information counter to help a consortium of airport employees decide what to do with the boxes, seemingly no longer wanted by the family. It was a cultural experience, as the embarrassed mother and her equally embarrassed son stood back, watching sheepishly while different YVR personnel  opened and sorted the contents of the boxes. Then I understood why Customs had refused them!

The boxes contained cigarettes, new shoes, loads of sellable nail salon supplies, fragrant artificial flowers and incredibly smelly plastic-wrapped dried fish and crab meat! You can imagine the odors wafting from this scene and why passengers began to avoid the Information Counter altogether. What a sight! I felt for the maintenance employees (from various national backgrounds) who had to deal with the contents, cutting open all the wrappings and separating the meat from the plastic packaging—all part of our ‘western’ culture to properly recycle, eh?

It was quite the diverse scene, even for such an international setting as YVR! In the end I hated to see all of those new items being thrown away, so I was able to salvage a big bouquet of artificial but real-looking tulips, which you can see if you come to visit the Chapel!

Conclusion: Yes, as a Chapel Team, we have many opportunities to serve the traveling public (85,000 per DAY this summer!), and the many thousands who call YVR their place of work. It’s indeed a privilege to show God’s joy and grace to everyone whom we get opportunity to serve, and we’ll only know in Heaven what part we may have played in someone’s journey to discover the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord! Thanks for your part in supporting us through your interest, prayers and gifts. To learn more about this ministry and to support us directly, please visit our website at yvrchaplaincy.org

And remember, you too have opportunity every day to show God’s love and grace to those around you! 

God bless you!

Dennis, for the YVR Chapel Team

Church Anniversaries!

A number of BCY churches have celebrated a 25th anniversary this years. Give God the glory for so many years of ministry at these churches:

Southside Church celebrates 25 years (pictured below)

Qualicum Baptist celebrates 26 years

Westside Baptist celebrates 28 years (pictured below)

Kits Community Church celebrates 30 years

Settlement Report

To see open positions, visit our Careers page: https://cbwc.ca/careers/

New Hires
  • Stephen Carleton, Pastor – Sonrise Community Baptist Church, Calgary, AB
  • Brandon Parsons, Youth Pastor – FBC Red Deer, AB
  • Nathan Harris, Youth Pastor – Brownfield Baptist Church, AB

This regional newsletter is published quarterly within the CBWC’s monthly newsletter, Making Connections. Have a story idea? Want to tell us how great we’re doing? Or how terribly? Email our editor Zoë: zducklow@cbwc.ca or the BCY office: bcarea@cbwc.ca

BCY Regional Newsletter June 2018

We are family 

By grace alone we have been drawn together by the Holy Spirit, saved by Jesus Christ, loved by God the Father and placed into a family of faith. The New Testament uses many metaphors to convey this thought and one of the most repeated and my personal favourite, is the image of family. Because of Jesus Christ, our primary identity is no longer found in cultural terms like ethnicity, socio economic status, or gender*. Instead, as Paul reminds us, our interconnectedness in Jesus has changed everything. By grace alone, we are one in Christ; a family of faith.

Erna and I have experienced this in wonderful ways over these last months. We have been blessed to travel around our province and visit many of our church families. In small gatherings and large, we have seen our family of faith gather to pray, worship, serve, discern and respond to the leading of Jesus. As a result, I am more convinced than ever that we are indeed a family. Not only because of our salvation uniting us in Christ but also because we share a common set of values and presuppositions, which I call our Baptist identity markers. Our local church families, governance structures, worship styles, ministry foci and preaching preferences vary greatly but we are still all interconnected through a common set of assumptions that make us Canadian Baptist. We are indeed a family.

Let’s remember that and strengthen the family relationship. When we gather this July as the Convention of Baptist Churches of B.C. in Victoria, let’s gather as a family and deliberately and personally connect with one another. When we hear that one of our churches has called, ordained or commissioned a new leader or started a new ministry let’s intentionally rejoice with them and join them in the celebration. When we discuss some hard things, experience hard seasons and disagree with one another—Baptists do this well—let’s do so in love as a family. Let’s recognize that our family is larger than our local region and that together we are called to faithfully follow Jesus into the future he has for us in Canada.

We are family and I am glad to be a part of the BCY region of the Canadian Baptists.

Larry Schram

* See Galatians 3:28

Ward and Jane Cowie being recognized by the Berea Baptist Church as Ward officially retired.
Co-pastors, Les Clarke and Clark Taylor being commissioned to lead at First Baptist Penticton
Pastor Axel Schroeber’s commissioning at West Vancouver Baptist Church

Potential Impact 2018

“Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening.” This prayer echoed throughout the weekend of April 26-29 as young adults from across the CBWC gathered at Keats Camps to explore the call of Jesus in their life.

Potential Impact, a three-night retreat, was hosted by the BCY region for young people from the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Yukon, as well as from CBWC’s regions further east.

A well-rounded team facilitated the retreat, diving into the theme of hearing God’s voice as found in the book of 1 Samuel. Speakers included Colin Godwin of Carey, CBWC Director of Church Planting, Shannon Youell and Church Planting Associate, Cailey Morgan, author and teacher Linda Smith, youth pastor Eric West, and CBWC Youth Director, Tammy Klassen.

Beyond studying stories of God’s voice in the past, and beyond even considering the exact life choices these young adults would make, the retreat pushed participants to make listening for God’s voice an everyday rhythm by choosing postures of open-handedness and attentiveness.

CBWC Administrator Sue Hunter, who also serves as a chaplain, took participants through a series of multi-sensory spiritual formation exercises throughout the weekend, such as a silent hike, lectio divina and praying through colour. Local pastor Phil Wambua led worship.

Tianna, a receptionist from Victoria, said that Potential Impact helped her grow in her ability to be vulnerable with others, and with God. “It helped me deepen my connection with God in a way I never really knew I needed,” she said.

Stay tuned for next year’s dates!

Ministry Feature:

North Shore School of Mission

Last September, with help from a CBWC Opportunity Grant, a new school of mission and ministry opened at Hillside Baptist Church in North Vancouver. In partnership with Columbia Bible College, the North Shore School of Mission offers a one-year ministry apprenticeship program, where students earn a full year of credit courses (at a fraction of the cost), and have concurrent ministry learning opportunities at their local church. The credits can be applied to any C.B.C. degree; many credits are also transferable to Trinity Western University.

The ministry placement involves real responsibility for a specific ministry within the church, determined in discussion with the student. Students can serve at Hillside or another nearby church.

The program ends with a one-month short-term missions trip with one of our partner missions: Reachout to Africa (working with orphans in South Africa), Bulembu (holistic community ministry in Swaziland), Himalayan Life (work with street children in Nepal), or Keats Camp.

The School’s hope is to identify and nurture leadership gifts, and to empower, encourage and equip younger leaders to be great servants to their churches, whether or not they take up vocational ministry.

In the first year, there were three full time students who served as ministry apprentices at Hillside Church. They’re going on a short-term missions trip to South Africa this Fall, where they will conduct research work.

The school isn’t just for full-time students; it’s designed to benefit the community as well. Monday evening classes were open for anyone to audit. At times there were up to 90 participants from nine different churches. The school also has a theological library with over 6,000 selected volumes, which has been made available for local church leaders. Recently a local pastor spent a week at the library studying church renewal.

Several CBWC pastors have taught classes, plus four pastors from other churches, as well as John Hall, Director of Missions Fest and Mission Central. Even more great teachers are scheduled for next year.

The three full timers who served as ministry apprentices at Hillside ran evening programs for pre-teens, Sunday programs for middle schoolers, served as youth leaders and in participated in worship ministry. They’ve been a huge blessing to the church as they served and grew in their ministry and teaching capabilities.

The North Shore School of Mission is accepting applications for September 2018. If you know someone who would be a great candidate for a year of post-secondary, ministry-focused schooling, and your church has space for a ministry apprentice, then we invite you to explore this opportunity with us.

Find more details on our website: schoolofmission.org or send us an email: admin@schoolofmission.org.

Greetings from Norm Sowden at

Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship

Dear CBWC Family,

The key word echoing in my soul just now is gratitude:

  • To the Lord for causing Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship to germinate and come to life in March 2011 under the leadership of Pastor Chris & Lois Naylor with a dedicated core group.
  • To Pastor Chris and the MBBF Church Family for the opportunity to share some of the early services and eventually a call to be their pastor.
  • To Pastor Tom Lavigne for guiding this visionary church family into affiliation with CBWC.
  • To Pastor Tammy Klassen and Rick who, when suddenly without a church home, were willing to trust our vision for a Pastor of Family Ministries and jumped into the deep end without any guarantees or assurances, but faith that the Lord has a BIG plan for this church family.
  • To our BCY Region and the CBWC for support and acceptance in so many ways.
  • To the Baptist Foundation for having faith in our vision and especially in developing 4.97 acres alongside the Trans-Canada Highway… our cross and church home will soon be the first human structure that greets people as they cross the famous Malahat Pass and enter the even more famous Cowichan Valley.
  • To the small group of loving sacrificial Christians who have raised over $400,000 to purchase the land and begin building, and to finance the mortgage the first five years.
  • To those coming out in fair and foul weather to supervise and work and clean so that we can keep the cost of building as low as possible.
  • To our dear Nora Walker and the amazing prayer team she inspires to back up all that we do.
  • To Shannon Youell, Dawn Johannesson and Larry Schram who are always there in a time of need.

Our desire as a church family is to love the Lord, one another, our community and our world. We seek to worship, fellowship and play inter-generationally as much as we can. Our garden has been a real spark plug for that until this year when construction de-railed gardening for a year. It has given an opportunity for seniors to share their gardening knowledge and skills with our children and teens. We also use those times for wiener and marshmallow roasts! We have several music teams who take turns leading worship, so every Sunday in a month can be different from each of the others.

Mill Bay is a very rapidly expanding area north of Victoria as housing prices in Victoria keep driving people north over the Malahat. The Lord has planted us in a very strategic location, right on the edge of several new building developments. As well, we are the only church south of Mill Bay, where most of the residential population is. Outreach is a great opportunity for us. On our eastern edge we are fortunate to be in close proximity to the Malahat Nation. SERVE have twice blessed us by providing teams to work with the Malahat people assisting in some of the needs they have.

Personally, I am blessed to be invited by Pastor Joey Cho to attend and share in weekly services Sunday afternoons with Malahat Grace Church.

QUESTION… Are there any people out there who would like to come and camp on our property for a few days or weeks and help us with siding, suspended ceilings, flooring or finishing carpentry? We would love to have your fellowship and building expertise… If you shoot me an email or text, I will put you in touch with Gord Gonske, our Project Manager.

TONS of thanks to all. Love, hugs, prayers and thanks for all the support you have blessed our MBBF Church Family with.

In Christ,

Norm Sowden

BCY Events

Our regional Assembly and Pastors, Chaplain & Spouse Retreat (conveniently scheduled back to back) are coming up in early July.

Settlement Report

To see open positions, visit our Careers page: https://cbwc.ca/careers/

New Hires
  • Larry Boss, Provisional Pastor, Southwest Community Baptist Church, Kamloops, BC
  • Gordon Patterson, Interim Associate, First Baptist Church, Nanaimo, BC
  • Aaron Cranton, Street Ministry, Strathcona Baptist Church, AB
  • Rob Priestly, Associate Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Saskatoon, SK
Moving On
  • Eric West, Associate (Youth, Children, Young Adults), Gateway Baptist Church, Victoria, BC
  • Eric Scramstad, Family, Children, and Youth Minister, FBC Kelowna, BC
  • Stephen Carleton, Youth and Young Adults Minister, Westview Baptist Church, Calgary, AB
  • Kevin Haugan, Youth Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Sherwood Park, AB
Retiring
  • Greg Anderson, Lead Pastor, Riverdale Baptist Church, Whitehorse, YK
  • Marcel Leffelaar, CBWC Chaplain, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, AB
  • Paul Matheson, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Saskatoon, SK
  • Dave Bonney, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Neepawa, MB

This regional newsletter is published quarterly within the CBWC’s monthly newsletter, Making Connections. Have a story idea? Want to tell us how great we’re doing? Or how terribly? Email our editor Zoë: zducklow@cbwc.ca or the BCY office: bcarea@cbwc.ca

Brian Stelck

crocusflowersAugust 20, 2016 — It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of our dear friend and Past President Rev. Dr. Brian Stelck.

Carey Theological College, Institute and Centre was led by Brian’s vision and care from 1994 – 2013.

There will be two memorial services. The first will be held in Edmonton, Alberta at First Baptist Church on Friday August 26th at 12 noon. The Vancouver memorial service will be held at Olivet Baptist Church 613 Queens Ave, New Westminster, BC on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 10 a.m..

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Olivet Baptist Church information:

http://www.olivet.bc.ca

http://www.carey-edu.ca

Please remember Brian’s wife Caryn, his family and his friends in prayer during this time of loss.

Valerie Milne

bigstock-Lily-flower-14463593August 10, 2016 — We mourn the death of Valerie Milne, who went home to her Lord on the morning of Tuesday, August 9 after a long journey with cancer.

Valerie was known to many in the CBWC as a generous, warm and friendly woman who served God faithfully and well throughout her life.  She was always gracious, courageous and kind.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 14 at 6:30 pm at Trinity Baptist Church in Vancouver at 40th Ave and Granville St.  All who wish are welcome to attend.

Valerie leaves  her beloved husband Bruce, former pastor at First Baptist Vancouver, her family in Canada and Scotland as well as a wide circle of many friends.

We are deeply saddened by Valerie’s passing but rejoice that she now sees her Saviour face to face.  Please pray for her family and friends during this time of loss.

Rob Des Cotes

crocusflowersApril 8 — The CBWC was deeply saddened by the passing of Rob Des Cotes on Wednesday, April 6 after a long journey with cancer.

Rob was a spiritual director, retreat leader and pastor of Imago Dei, an ecumenical network of Christian faith communities based in Vancouver, BC with sister groups across Canada, the US, UK and Asia.  He had also been the pastor of Fairview Baptist in Vancouver until moving to the A Rocha Brooksdale environmental farm in South Surrey, BC.  He was the author of three books of meditations for spiritual direction, Fan the Flame, Higher Than I and Ultreia! (Go Higher).   He had taught Contemplative Traditions at Trinity Western University as well as courses on spirituality and the arts at Carey Theological College and Columbia Bible College.  He was an active member of Baptist Peacemakers International and directed Imago Dei’s Vancouver Arts Network, a community of writers, musicians, actors, dancers and visual artists who are in creative dialogue with spiritual issues in the arts, especially as they relate to postmodern culture.  He was well known as a flautist and liturgist.

Rob will be much missed for his gentle commitment to encouraging others to deepen their practice of prayer and life of faith that recognizes and welcome God’s transforming work. 

Rob leaves his wife Ruth, three adult children and several grandchildren, as well as many other family and friends who deeply mourn his passing. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 16 at Fairview Baptist Church in Vancouver (corner of Pine and 16th Ave) at 11 am.

Please remember Rob’s family and friends in your prayers during this difficult time.  He will be much missed but we also rejoice that Rob is now with his beloved Jesus, forever.

Petition on Euthanasia and Paliative Care

January 11, 2016 — As a member of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, the CBWC has received the following letter from EFC President Bruce Clemenger concerning the proposed federal legislation on the legalization of euthanasia.  The CBWC is posting this letter on our website to share our concern about an issue that affects all Canadians and to make available a link to a petition concerning euthanasia which has a goal of 10,000 signatures by February 6, 2016. 

Dear Denominational Leader,

We look forward this year to working effectively with you and other denominational leaders.

We are in the midst of a significant national conversation about the duty of care we owe one another at the end of life, the legalization of euthanasia and the protection of religious freedom and conscience.

Last fall you signed a Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide as the leader of your denomination. Thus far close to 2,000 other church leaders and lay people have signed the Declaration, a document drafted by the EFC and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. .

We want to encourage more to sign, from all walks of life. Our goal is to have 10,000 sign by February 6th, the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that opened the door to physician-assisted suicide. 

As the issue moves to Parliament Hill, we want to use the Declaration publically and in meetings with Parliamentarians as a statement of support for the protection of life, the promotion of palliative care and the defense of conscience.

Please consider helping us by encouraging your pastors and church members to consider signing the Declaration by going to www.euthanasiadeclaration.ca. Below is a paragraph you may find helpful in encouraging other to participate. 

Looking forward to your response,

Bruce J. Clemenger

President, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

Join the call to protect vulnerable Canadians and improve palliative care by signing the Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, at www.euthanasiadeclaration.ca. Reaching a target of 10,000 signatories by February 6 will demonstrate to federal and provincial legislators that there is cross-Canada support for limits to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. This declaration was developed by The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Engage — Together!

IMG_2639Once again, the CBWC is planning a series of Celebration Dinners so worshippers from local and regional CBWC congregations can build relationships with each other and discover together how God is calling us to serve Him together.

Four Celebration Dinners are being planned for the spring, while more will be scheduled in other locations in the fall. The spring Celebration Dinners are:

· May 19th in Winnipeg @ The Maples Evangelical Church, 1575 Inkster Blvd.

· May 20th in Neepawa @ First Baptist Church, 219 Hwy 5N, Neepawa.

· May 25th in Victoria @ Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2121 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria

· May 26th in Vancouver @ Royal Oak Ministry Centre, 7175 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby

Regional Minister Mark Doerksen will be the keynote speaker at the Winnipeg and Neepawa Celebration Dinners. Shannon Youell, the CBWC’s Director of Church Planting will speak at the Victoria and Vancouver Celebration Dinners.

More events will be planned in other centres for the fall.

Celebration Dinners are complimentary but a freewill offering will be taken to cover costs and to support the work of the CBWC. Prior registration is essential so we have enough space, seating — and food.

Register Today!

George Munchinsky

flower #5September 24, 2014 — We were saddened to learn of the passing of George Munchinsky, a man of God who had pastored several CBWC churches.

George died on September 18 at the age of 79 in Olds, AB of complications due to cancer.  George had served as pastor of three CBWC churches:  Grace-Kildonan Church in Winnipeg MB, First Baptist Church in  Prince Albert SK and First Baptist Church in Olds AB.

George leaves to mourn him his wife Darlene and many friends and family.  His memorial service will take place on Friday, September 26 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church in Olds AB.

Please keep George’s family and friends in your prayers.

 

Warren Hale

bigstock-Single-Red-Rose-Flower-44599210September 18, 2014 — The CBWC mourns the death of Warren Hale who went home to glory on September 15 at the age of 95.

Warren Clifford Hale was born in Eureka, Kansas on December 20, 1918 to John and Ruth Hale. He was the oldest of four children.  When Warren was a teenager, his family moved to Seattle where he finished high school.  At this time he also received Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour. After high school, and being called by God to become a pastor, he enrolled in Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon (now Multnomah University).  Upon graduation, he moved to Salem, OR where he became a pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church.  At this time, on March 20, 1942, he married Susanne Esau.  They had their first daughter, Sharon, before moving to Seattle to further Warren’s education at Seattle Pacific College. Their second daughter, Charlotte, was born during this time.

Warren was then pastor to three churches in Washington:  Honeydew Community Church, Shelton First Baptist and Winlock First Baptist.  In 1968, he and Susanne moved to Nanaimo BC where he served as pastor for nine years. After their ministry in Nanaimo, they moved to Naples, Italy, where Warren was pastor at the Service Men’s Centre for one year. Ministry continued as they moved back to Canada where  Warren became pastor at High River Baptist in Alberta before becoming the Minister to Seniors at White Rock Baptist Church. He held this position until retiring from the ministry.

Warren was preceded in death by his wife Susanne, his brother Harold Hale and Lynn Marie and Scottie DeBoer.

Warren leaves a lifetime legacy of faithful service to the Lord.  A memorial service will be held at White Rock Baptist Church at 2 pm on September 18, 2014.  Please remember Warren’s family and many friends in your prayers.