On the August long weekend, a bus load of 15 Seniors headed out to the Keremeos Grist Mill. This heritage site boasts a working water-powered flour Mill which was originally built and operated in the 1870’s. The property is a beautifully manicured garden complete with picnic area, museum, herb & flower patches and tea garden café. This field trip was attended by folks from SBC, other local churches and those from the greater Summerland community.
After wandering the grounds and a tour of the water-powered wheel and flour mill, we sat near the meandering creek and enjoyed a picnic lunch and good fellowship.
After supper, we set up our chairs under the old Oak tree just in front of the rustic wooden stage where The Sweet Lowdown group from Victoria, BC sang old time songs accompanied by guitar, banjo and fiddle. What a wonderful way to spend part of the Holiday weekend: among good friends, in a tranquil setting, serenaded by good music popular in years gone by… all as the sun went down and the air cooled.
Such is the richness of time spent here in the Okanagan Valley among our SBC family!
I recently had the opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Summit organised by Willow CreekChurch. I really had no idea what to expect, I’d never been to a conference like this before and wasn’t sure what I would be in for. What I didn't antcipate was the feeling of being on a family road trip. There was Mom and Dad who were the responsible, organised ones, making sure we got where we needed to be on time and in one piece. We had the older brother who was quiet and thoughtful and a calming presence, balancing out the younger brother who laughed uncontrollably and slept a lot! No road trip however would be complete without the two crazy uncles who never really grew up and get up to all kinds of mischief. It was with this motley crew that I set out into the unknown.
The summit was held at Life Center Foursquare Church in Spokane which is a beautiful facility in the north of the city. The speakers were amazing, each one imparting wisdom on a different topic. I was amazed at the calibre of the speakers, many of whom are published authors and lecturers at universities such as Harvard. The first day began with the opening speaker, Bill Hybels, who spoke about the intangibles of leadership such as grit and self-awareness. This set the tone for an awesome day of input that included sessions with Jim Collins, Adam Grant and Brene Brown and an interview with Ed Catmull, the head of Disney Pixar animation.
There was a lot of information to absorb and I frantically scribbled down notes. Luckily there was a break between each session that was either filled with food (of course) or stories of leadership in action. These stories are perhaps what touched me the most, seeing how God is moving in incredible ways globally. We heard of a prison warden from a maximum security facility in Louisiana who established a seminary in the prison and transformed what was once known as the "Bloodiest Prison in America" into one of the safest and most progressive in the nation. Leaders of industry in agriculture and pharmaceuticals shared their stories and the transformational power of Jesus was undeniable.
By the end of day one I was exhausted and emotionally drained to be honest. I'd laughed, cried and been challenged in so many ways. I'd heard from 7 speakers and we were only halfway through the summit! All I wanted to do was curl up in bed and sleep for a week, but not before dinner at Applebee's, which was a first for me.
Day 2 came quickly and I settled in for another intense day. We began hearing from Horst Schulze from the Ritz-Carlton Group, who really struck me with his passion for service, seeing the value in being a servant to others. From there we learned about the importance of feedback from author Sheila Heen and resilience from Brian Houston founder of Hillsong Church. As we broke for lunch all I could think was how on earth can I eat more food, what is it with christians and food?
The final 3 sessions passed quickly and before I knew it we were heading for home. The two days passed in somewhat of a blur and now that I'm home I am thankful for all those notes I took. I really didn't know what to expect from the Summit but I certainly didn't anticipate learning so much and I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to go and for friends who took on my children to allow me this experience.
I see this church as my family but this was the first time I’ve ever really had the opportunity to experience our senior leaders outside of church. Getting to interact with them and gettting to know them on a different level was a time I will treasure. The main thing that I will take away from this experience is not the wisdom of the speakers, although that was considerable, but the love I have for this church family.
Sunset photo credit: Erna Schram
We are entering an exciting time for SBC and our youth programs, as Lee Young will be starting his leadership role as our Youth Pastor on September 1, 2015.
Lee comes to SBC with the education, the experience and the passion to lead our youth program and share the hope we have in the saving love of Jesus. Lee’s desire and gifting to teach and disciple youth, and multiply leaders to do the same, will certainly have an impact on our youth, our church and our community.
Lee has over 16 years of Youth Ministry experience and just recently completed his Masters in Youth and Family Ministry at Briercrest Seminary. His latest post of 11 years was in Waldheim, Saskatchewan (apparently this means he bleeds “Rider football green” - please don’t hold this against him).
Lee loves to keep active with many interests that include coaching basketball, playing hockey & golf and heading out on the lake anytime possible, especially for a ski. We hear he can also play a few instruments!
Lee has been married to his wife Bree for 18 years and she has been a constant partner with Lee in all of their ministry endeavours. Bree is very active as well and is currently a Refit Instructor.
Bree & Lee have 4 children, Brin (daughter age 12), Everett (son age 10), Isaiah (son age 8), and Levi (son age 6). The Young family taxi service will certainly be busy!
We look forward to the Young family being a part of our SBC family for many years to come!
Please take an opportunity to welcome Lee, Bree and family by leaving comments on this blog…
Our beloved Joan Morand has been struggling with cancer for the past 3 years. She has endured surgery, chemo, poking, prodding, lost hair, good news and bad news. As of today, Joan is in Moog House, unable to eat or go home. Joan has been a shining beacon of hope, faith, gratefulness and godly perspective throughout her ordeal and provides a wonderful example of how to surrender one’s will to the Lord … even in difficult times. To encourage and honor her, Back Porch Gospel smuggled a few instruments into the facility and set up in her room for an impromptu mini concert. We sang of the hope we have in Jesus, the place He is preparing for those who love and trust Him and the joy that comes in having assurance and confidence in His forgiveness, indwelling life and eternal destiny.
As we sang, Joan smiled, closed her eyes and sang along… she looked like an angel that was washed in the presence and love of her Lord. Since we were even more than 2 or 3 gathered together, we are assured the Jesus was in the room with us and we sang with joy and the peace and assurance provided amply by God’s Holy Spirit.
We continue to pray for Joan as she suffers, reminisces and looks ahead to a glory yet to be revealed… and we also pray that we would handle the challenges of life with the grace and assurance we see in her!