This fall, the SBC Youth went on an adventure to Myra Canyon, which is an outdoor ropes course in Kelowna. We all had a great time and many laughs were shared, some at my expense (see video above!). The kids found it particularly humorous to watch me encourage them in these climbing feats and then attempt them myself. Needless to say, it looks easier than it is. There was one particular challenge that seemed quite simple – however, once I got started I realized how difficult it was going to be. And despite my willingness, gravity, as always, had the last word. Fortunately, each challenge had a net to catch you if you fell.
I have reflected on that and thought of how many times I have attempted to make things happen on my own. It is way too easy to fall back into well-tried ruts of self-determination. Yet, that old path is contrary to the path of Jesus. Time and time again I read about Jesus modelling a life of rest. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28: “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
I want to know that rest. I asked Jesus “Why don’t I feel that rest?” And He said, “Because you are trying to do it on your own.” How often do we forget that we are not on our own and that the Lord of creation is willing and able to dispense everything that we need to do what he’s asked of us? Rather than trying to make things happen on my own, it is always best to rest in Christ and trust in the presence of the Holy Spirit to empower me to do what He’s called me to.
This letter is both the background for and an invitation to our Congregational Meeting to be held on Monday, October 20, in the gym at 6:30. Childcare will be available for children in grade 5 and younger.
Dear Summerland Baptist Church Family,
DID YOU KNOW that there are some very important issues facing our church family and that these need to be addressed? Please be assured that they are “good” challenges resulting from the ongoing growth of our church family and its impact on our community.
As was previously outlined in a Sunday morning service, we want our church’s vision to be fulfilled according to what God calls us to and not to be shaped or restricted by our facility. But, doing nothing is no longer an option.
So…. We need to talk, dream and of course, pray.
DID YOU KNOW…
That the fireside room and gym is in use EVERY WEEKDAY (AND SUNDAY)?
That we have 72 girls in our bi-weekly SPARKS Girls club and they are running out of room?
That we have no meeting rooms available on Sunday morning for additional classes or discussions?
That we have no place to hold newcomers’ or church lunches on a Sunday morning?
That our staff spends many hours each week setting up and taking down for each event?
We want the church family to come together in an open discussion regarding the opportunities and challenges facing Summerland Baptist Church. We invite EVERYONE who attends our church to come out on October 20, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Childcare will be provided for children Grade 5 and younger.
We will use a table discussion format that allows for everyone to have an opportunity to speak and share ideas. The goal of this night is discussion only and seeking the mind and heart of God. No final decisions will be made.
In preparation for our evening together, we encourage you to pray, think and talk about the following questions:
Each of these questions will be introduced and framed by an introduction that will help us understand the issues/options. Discussions will follow and all of the results will be collated and made available to the church family.
Please remember that this discussion is relevant to everyone, of all ages and stages of life – our WHOLE church family. What an amazing opportunity to enter into God’s future for Summerland Baptist Church! Please take the time to invite or encourage others to come.
Blessings in Christ,
Your Leadership Board
Do you (or someone you know) have something to celebrate? A birth in the family? A milestone birthday or anniversary? A special award?
Let's celebrate the good things that are happening in our lives!
What a great show of generosity and support at our Hot Dog and Ice Cream Fundraiser and our Annual Harvest Sale. The proceeds from these two events will enable the first group of students who are completing their elementary years (grade 8) to continue on with a high school education. This is a major key to breaking the cycle of poverty, enabling students to pursue further training and receive gainful employment.
Presently, the Father's Heart School is only funded to provide education up to Grade 8. The funds raised from these two events will be enough to hire a teacher for a full year and provide the necessary curriculum, books, school lunches etc. Thankyou for your amazing generosity and your continued support and prayers.
Here are a few great photos from the BBQ fundraiser (thanks, Erna!):
A big thank you to Alex and Gordon who made and sold their special creations to help raise support!
Here is a video of four of the girls who will now have the opportunity to receive a High School education:
It was a beautiful day and we are so touched and thankful for the love and generosity the SBC family continually pours out. Thank You!