Edith Whitecotton

We mourn the passing of Edith Losie Whitecotton on October 27, 2012 at 92 years of age.

Edith was the treasurer of the former Baptist Union of Western Canada, now the CBWC, from 1965 to 1978.  Known as Edith Losie during her term as treasurer, she married Allen Whitecotton and moved to Red Deer.

Edith was 92. Please pray for her husband Allen during this difficult time.

The time and place of her memorial service has yet to be announced.


New Church Building for Battle Lake

September 14, 2012 — Battle Lake Communnity Church in Westerose will celebrate the opening of its new church building at a special dedication service on Sunday, September 16 at 2 pm.

The new building is just across the street from the original church.   The new church has a larger sanctuary, more office space and more facilities to meet the congregations’s needs.

The church is located at Site 12, RR1 Westerose.  Everyone is invited to attend the opening celebrations.


Ronald Schindel

Ronald Schindel – February 19, 1943 – September 2, 2012

Ronald George Schindel was born on February 19, 1943 to George and Nettie Schindel in St. Catherines, Ontario. He accepted Christ as his savior at the age of  9.

Ron attended the Associated Gospel Church and was active in the Christian service brigade, Youth group and summer camps with the Canadian Sunday school Mission. He received the call to ministry at the age of 10.

Ron and June met in August of 1962.  Each of them of them desired to serve the Lord through their professional lives.  Their wedding was July 10, 1964.  Ruth Melody came early, being born pre-mature in March of 1965.   Baby boy (John Mark) was born in 1966 and did not survive

Bible College was completed in April of 1967.   Ron and June were called to their first church in Leeburn Ontario in October of that same year.

David Paul was born premature in November of 1967.  1968 a baby girl was born (Wanda Fay) and she lived only a few days.

In 1969 Ron founded a Church plant in the near by city of Sault St. Marie, while continuing the church work in Leeburn.   Ron was ordained with the Fellowship Baptist churches during 1970.   1971-1974 Ron was Chaplin, teacher and dorm parent at Albert College in Belleville Ontario. This is when Peter Yeung was added to our family.  Peter was a foreign student from Hong Kong.

In 1974 Parkdale Baptist Church of Belleville called Ron to pastor their congregation. During which time they saw great spiritual growth and building projects to accommodate this growth.

In May of 1977 Daniel Edward was born. September of 1979 Rebekah Joy completed our family.

In 1981 our family moved to North Delta, British Columbia. Ron pastored a church that again grew in numbers and needed a building expansion.

In August 1984 Ruth married Ken Allison.  In the fall of this year we moved to Okanagan Falls, British Columbia.  This was after a 6 month sabbatical and it was a wonderful time of refreshing.  During this time Ron served on committee boards for the district office. He was asked to come and be the area minister but declined.  He felt that his gifts were for developing smaller church bodies.

In 1989 Ron accepted the call to Sechelt, British Columbia.  Bethel Baptist Church was a medium sized congregation.  The growth that came from community outreach and youth programs required a remodeling of this building.  This moved the offices across the street to an adjacent lot that the church owned.  Two services were held Sunday morning and one in the evening.

1997 saw Ron and June with an empty nest and a call to serve overseas in New Zealand.  In this community the church witnessed through the Awana’s program to the children. Many families were touched.

1998 They were back in Canada. Ron worked for a garden maintenance company during the week and Preached in Port Coquitlam, B.C. during the weekend.

In Nov. 1999 Daniel married Cindy Harder in Cochrane, Ab. With Ron officiating.

In 2000 Ron was called to First Baptist Church of Nelson, B.C.   This is where David married Sharon Miklos in Nov. of that year.

He retired from this Church in 2005 due health reasons.

Ron and June relocated to Linden, Alberta. As this was a central location in proximity to their children and families.  It turned out to be a wonderful community to be a part of .  With Ron volunteering at the lodge with Sunday services and small groups meeting during the week in the community.

2006-2007 Ron preached the word as an interim pastor to the Baptist Church in Drumheller, AB.

Ron and June enjoyed wintering in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for the last 17 years. Many great friendships were started there and continue to this day.

Ron was predeceased by his Mother and Father (George and Nettie), his sister (Marjorie Thamer), and his 2 infant children.

Left to await a reunion are his brother, Richard.  His wife; June, sister-in-law; Grace, Brother-in-laws; Eugene and Warren. Children; Ruth (Ken), David (Sharon), Daniel (Cindy) and Rebekah.  Grandchildren; Emily, Joel, Seth, Brenden, Josiah, Micah, Jesse, Jonathan, Emma, Alexander, Susanna, Miriam, Caleb and Leah.  As well as nieces and nephews.

Ron Schindel

September 5 — We mourn the passing of Rev. Ron Schindel who passed away on Sunday September 2nd  in Calgary, AB. Ron served for many years as a pastor within the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (under its former name of Baptist Union of Western Canada).

Ron served as pastor at Okanagan Falls from 1984-1989, Bethel Baptist, Sechelt from 1989-1997 and First Baptist, Nelson from 2000-2005

A memorial for Ron will be held on Thursday, September 6th at 1pm at Linden Mennonite Brethren Church in Linden, AB.

Thank you for your prayers for Ron’s wife June and their family.

Not Again!

Flooding water in Laurier Heights Baptist

August 31, 2012 — Laurier Heights Baptist in Edmonton has just suffered its second watermain break in 13 months. The church is requesting your prayer support during this challenging time.

The church was within 2 weeks of completing renovations made necessary by last year’s major flooding and must now start all over again to repair new water damage.  Most of the water damage is restricted to the south (sanctuary) side of the building.

The church is covered by insurance and will be making a new claim. The latest flooding will set renovations back at least a month and creates the fourth separate list of contents to write off, replace, track, expense, etc.

Pastor Steve Simala-Grant says, “Within about 36 hours we were back to laughing about how ridiculous it all is.

There is a lot of good news.  Pastor Sue Hunter and her husband Ian were at the church and heard the water rushing within a few minutes of the break.  It took about 45 minutes for the watermain to be shut off and contractors and insurance personnel have been able to respond quickly.  The  main insurance adjuster, who is based in Abbotsford BC, just happened to be in Edmonton and was here in less than half an hour.  He had a mechanical engineer on site within about an hour.  The project manager was also here right away, and had an emergency crew here within 3 hours.  Cleanup has already begun.

Upon initial inspection, it appears the plumbers who re-connected the water line after the first break may be responsible for this issue.  Whatever the cause, the damage is covered by insurance.

The church is  hoping and trusting that this is a fairly quick and simple repair.  Walls are being opened as little as possible but as much as needed to properly dry out, and drying equipment is running.  Hopefully this will be quick and effective.  It is not yet known whether the new flooring will have to be replaced or whether the sealing and wax coating has protected it from the water.   Some contents and furniture will need to be replaced (again), but the church  hopes and trusts that will be minimal.

“Of course this is discouraging, and is certainly a set back, but we are going to be fine.  Ministry is going to continue to happen.  God continues to be great.  We continue to trust in God, and will never stop seeking first the Kingdom of God,” says Pastor Simala-Grant.  “We continue to believe God is beginning a new thing, and we continue to believe “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.” (Phil 1:6).  Now while we may wish that day of Christ Jesus’ return is very soon, in the meantime we will be faithful to all God has called us to and will work as hard as we must to be good stewards in God’s Kingdom.  We will continue to love God and love one another, and put God first and Love first.  I am confident that we will get past this latest set back quickly and effectively.”