This past weekend I was blessed to be able to go to Spokane to see one of my favorite bands in concert, Rend Collective. Over the past year we’ve been listening to their music at youth group, and as soon as we heard they were having a concert somewhat close to us we knew we needed to make this happen.
A group of about 20 middle school girls and a few highschool girls travelled the 5 hour drive to Spokane, but with us girls together, it didn’t feel nearly as long. As soon as we got there, (after a quick stop at Starbucks of course) we made our way over to Olive Garden for a delicious meal of pasta, and how could I forget, plenty of breadsticks to go around! After our meal, which left us stuffed might I add, we were all buzzing with excitement for the concert.
Driving up to the concert we were amazed at how many cars were parked, and couldn’t wait to get inside to get seats! We snagged the last empty pew and managed to find everyone a spot, whether it be on the ground level, or the mezzanine up top.
The concert began soon after with some amazing opening acts, Moriah Peters, and a band called Urban Rescue. After a fifteen minute intermission, Rend Collective took to the stage complete with an explosion of confetti. A few of us girls stood right at the front of the stage, with many other people jumping and worshipping together. One of the things that was really cool, was that Rend didn’t want it to be about them, they put the lyrics up so that everyone could worship together. There was so much energy and emotion to their songs, it was such an amazing thing to just glance around the room to see so many people worshipping our God together. A few of the highlights for me were when they played Build Your Kingdom Here, a song we had been listening to non stop. It was amazing to hear it in person. Another would be the hilarious stories some of the band members told. Their cool accents and funny stories were awesome! There were so many amazing moments to the concert, the last one I wanted to share was when the lead singer Chris said to put our arms around the people around us and jump, it was an amazing feeling to know that even though we don’t know these people personally now, they are all our brothers and sisters through Christ. :)
The concert came to an end, and it was time to go to our hotel, which was very fancy and looked kind of like a castle! I’m not kidding! After a pretty good sleep, and a yummy breakfast the next day, it was time to head home. I am so thankful for this experience, and this time spent getting to know each other in a different environment, growing closer to God.
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
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