Ladies Evening

It is an honor and a privilege to count the women of this church as sisters in Christ. On Thursday, May 18, 2017 almost 40 of us church ladies shared an evening together, sitting around birthday-month themed tables, some young women and others not-as-young, but all of us sisters, even if we were just being introduced for the first time! Titus 2 encourages the older women to teach the younger women - that we would be in fellowship and community together and learn from each other. And we are all both older and younger! Even if we are young, there is still always someone younger than us we can pour into. If we consider ourselves older, there is almost always someone older who can impart wisdom and share life experiences. These relationships matter, especially in a culture that often keeps us separate from each other. It is our desire as a Ladies Ministry that we could provide more opportunities to foster these important relationships.

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The evening started off with Trudy Giesbrecht and Tara Doell leading us in worshiping our God through song. Martha Dyck then shared some thoughts on what God had laid on her heart. As women we need to be seeking hard after Christ. She reminded us that all we do can be ministry. When the apostle Paul was making tents, he was as much in God’s will as when he was preaching and teaching the truths of God’s Word. Martha also shared some various examples of women in the Bible who were models we can look up to.

Lynda Driedger shared her love of tea with us and gave us the opportunity to sip from many different pots! Thanks to those who brought food, baked cupcakes, decorated tables, and Christine Toews for her fabulous job of decorating those cupcakes! It is so beautiful to see how God has gifted us all differently, that when we come together with our unique talents and ministries it really is an amazing testimony and presentation of His unified body for His glory and praise.  

Dawn Bell shared some results from the surveys handed out earlier this year, along with the vision of the women of the Spiritual Advisory Board who are working on structuring the Ladies Ministry. From both the comments on the surveys and in conversation with many of the ladies, there are three main purposes that we heard repeatedly that also echo with the heart of God.

1.       Fellowship – connecting women with each other, developing a sense of belonging

2.      Discipleship – growing in godliness through Bible studies, teaching, mentoring

3.      Service – to others whether in our homes, church, or community, using our gifts for God’s greater glory

The SAB ladies will continue to provide leadership for the interim and will be keeping in contact with Church Council regarding various formal details and to keep us accountable to the larger church. We will also be pulling others alongside in the coming months to help with more planning and the execution of ideas. At present, Dawn Bell is acting as the Team Leader, and also the Discipleship Team Coordinator;  Lynda Driedger, Fellowship Team Coordinator and Secretary; Carol Hiebert, Service Team, and Marianne Peters, Hospitality Team. If you have any thoughts or questions at all, please feel free to contact any of these women. Our hope is to have a couple other women on the Leadership Team and to work on training others to eventually take over some of these roles. At this point we are seeking God in prayer as to who these women should be. We will continue to meet through the summer, planning a kick off for the fall with a tentative schedule of various events and service opportunities for the coming year.

In the meantime, it starts with you and me. Structure and formal events mean nothing if our hearts aren't in it. They are the tools, but the hard work lies with each of us to make use of opportunities to grow in God's Word, serve and connect with each other. We are so grateful for the many of you who have been faithfully plugging away quietly in various areas of the church already. We would continue to encourage you to connect and serve in both formal and informal ways. 

If you missed the evening and wanted to know a little more about what was shared, you can read Dawn's notes here.

Baby Dedication {May 7, 2017}

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Baby dedication took place the week before Mother's Day this year - almost perfect timing, especially since spring and babies go together so perfectly! This year we were honored to look on as Allan and Alyssa Peters dedicated their daughter, Lauren; Andrew and Jenny Dyck, their daughter Lydia, Jonathan and Kim Peters, their daughter Jade, and Jason and Faon Penner, their daughter Teira. Lots of sweet little girls this year!

Each of these parents chose a special verse for their daughters and publicly declared their desire to teach and model Christ for their children, to raise them in God-honoring homes and to pray for them. We would encourage the rest of the church to be in prayer for these families and to walk alongside them where we can.  

Pastor Colin's message on Sunday deviated from the Perfect Ten series to address where our mission needs to start. He encouraged us strongly to remember that it first begins in our hearts and homes. 

Seniors Spring Tea

It might have been snowing today, but we have had a taste of spring and look forward to more with much anticipation!

Monday, March 20th the sun was warm and bright, the sky blue, tulips in the windows, a mixture of pussy willows and fresh bright flowers as centrepieces, paska bread on the tables, song such as How Great Thou Art, Great is Thy Faithfulness, In the Garden and for the Beauty of the Earth were heard - spring was definitely in the air at the Seniors Spring Tea this year! 

We were so honoured to have 68 people from our church and community join us for a short program, food and fellowship. Emcee Jenny Dyck stirred up excitement for the season to come by sharing some favourite signs of spring such as Canadian geese honking as they fly back home, birds chirping, motorcycles, dandelions, buds on trees, the appearance of sandals and flip flops and for some people, the mood to spring clean! It is a beautiful reminder of God's faithfulness - spring always comes after winter. We can remember this for our own lives and look for signs that He is working just like we anticipate the signs of spring.

Then it was time for some spring trivia, congregational singing and special numbers by sisters Stacey Reimer and Alyssa Peters. Carol Hiebert, Shirley Unger and Craig Fehr shared a very entertaining skit that had everyone laughing - poor kitty! Pastor Colin Bell closed off the afternoon with a devotional on three things spring reminds us of - life (Eph 2:4-6), waking up (Romans 13:11) and spring cleaning (Psalm 139:23,24). 

Many many thanks to all those who helped put the afternoon together. It was a lovely opportunity to minister to our seniors and was thoroughly enjoyed!