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The End is the Beginning

  • By Pastor Del Riemer
Monday, 06 February 2017

“At my age, what can I really do that would make any difference? I’ve paid my dues and have earned the right to coast through the sunset years of my life”. This sentiment is voiced (or insinuated) by many senior adults in our culture who feel that they are well past their prime and besides… they feel that they have little to offer that anyone would want. At Summerland Baptist, we have a Seniors culture that is far different...

Happy Birthday Jesus!

  • By Tammy Van Delft
Monday, 23 January 2017

As I walked through the stores at the mall shortly after Christmas, I noticed that all signs of Christmas are gone and it's already long forgotten. Shelves once packed with ornaments, lights and wrapping paper are now replaced with Valentine’s Day cards, candy and chocolates. It always seems funny to me how quickly we rush to the next holiday, or fun event, to fill our time...

Thanks Mortimer!

  • By Pam Borchert
Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Over the Christmas season, I listened to an online sermon in which the speaker asked the audience, “which character in the Christmas story can you most relate to?” He went on to say that he identified most with Herod. That’s all I remember because I promptly fell asleep (it was bedtime)...

Angel Breakfast 2016

  • By Stephanie Erdt
Friday, 16 December 2016

This year marks the 18th year of Angel Breakfast. My firstborn attended the very first one and I'm not sure if I have missed any since! Between attending with my own children, volunteering or being present as a staff member, I have always found a way to be involved! And the same is true for many volunteers. I received a few phones calls from people who had volunteered in the past... asking to be involved again! We cannot get enough of this day!

Wednesday Church

  • By Pastor Jack Borchert
Thursday, 08 December 2016

Today is Wednesday and…. Pam and I went to church. It was swarming with children, of all ages, some playing, sliding, swinging, running and tumbling while others were doing homework or watching Netflix. They were all waiting for lunch, a nutritious chicken soup laced with fresh vegetables, lovingly prepared by women of all ages in a brand new commercial kitchen. Men and women were engaged in all kinds of activities; laundering and sorting clothing, playing with children, tutoring children and adults, cleaning, and setting up equipment.

We had just driven through their neighborhood, a shantytown shrouded in poverty and hopelessness, people eking out an existence all within minutes of the remnants of a wretched, stinking dump... the place that led to the beginnings of this church.

Sunday Mornings

  • By Pastor Lee Young
Wednesday, 23 November 2016

I wear many hats as a youth pastor here at Summerland Baptist church. It just comes with the territory. I am a worship leader, youth pastor, mentor, friend, preacher, teacher, taxi driver, and most importantly; a husband and father. Whenever I am asked to write blog post I always seem to attack it from the youth pastor perspective and to be fair, that is appropriate. Today I would like to share from a husband and father perspective, understanding I can never really take off the youth pastor hat… even if I tried.

Courage - What is it?

  • By Ken Kunka
Monday, 14 November 2016

Courage - what is it?

That was our lesson in Spudz on October 20. With 38 boys ranging from grades 1 to 5, we learned that courage is being brave enough to do what you should, even when you are afraid...

Precious Preschoolers

  • By Stephanie Erdt
Monday, 31 October 2016

Recently I ordered a book Peter's Perfect Prayer Place. In the book, Peter wants to find the perfect place to pray, just like the room his mother has. He tries out many locations only to realize that God is in ALL OF THEM! What?!!! He hears us wherever we are?!

Understanding Poverty

  • By Pastor Lee Young
Sunday, 29 January 2017

Poverty. It is difficult for many to really understand the reality of poverty in 3rd world countries. It is hard for us to even understand the concept and most often we can find ourselves redefining it because of our own worldview and experience. Poverty is a complicated and diverse issue that is hard to explain to adults, never mind 50+ middle schoolers and high schoolers...

We Stop for One: A Story of Hope

  • By Teresa Braam
Tuesday, 17 January 2017

In October, a few of us on the Hope Aglow team made the trek to the Dominican to show our love and support to New Hope Safe Home + School.

This post, albeit a few months after our travels, is actually very timely as January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. A month dedicated to spreading the awareness of modern slavery. Currently, there are 27 million people in bondage across the globe and the average age of a trafficking is 12 years old...

Our Solas

  • By Pastor Larry Schram
Tuesday, 03 January 2017

In 1517, a Catholic priest named Martin Luther, in protest, nailed 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg Germany. Luther was angry over the sale of indulgences, a practice whereby someone could pay a sum of money to the Catholic Church and supposedly purchase an indulgence that kept a person from punishment for some type of sin. Luther believed that this was a corrupt teaching and practice and a clear sign of how far from true Christianity the church had wandered. So he...

My Bible Faith at Home Event

  • By Tammy Van Delft
Monday, 12 December 2016

Back in October we had our Grade Three ‘My Bible’ Faith At Home Event. What a special day for our grade three’s. We had a great morning games, activities and of course good food. The hit of the morning for the kids was playing sword drill games with their parents and looking up Bible verses...

3 Day All Inclusive

  • By Pastor Del Riemer
Monday, 05 December 2016

When we hear the phrase “All Inclusive”, our minds generally imagine white sand beaches, palm trees, warm water and food laden buffet tables. We love the idea of getting everything and anything our heart desires for a short period of time (since to prolong such excess would result in detrimental health and waistline issues!). God’s love for us is ‘All Inclusive’… regardless of age, ethnic background, past history, appearance or giftedness...

Christmas Fullness

  • By Pastor Larry Schram
Monday, 21 November 2016

Christmas and fullness are completely intertwined. Hearts, homes, Christmas stockings, stores and pantries are always best when full. Likewise – Advent calendars, anticipation and genuine joy are always meant to be fully experienced. Consider the idea that love, laughter, wonder and real peace change lives when they are fully embraced...

Unfinished Business

  • By Pastor Larry Schram
Thursday, 10 November 2016

Dad hated to leave things unfinished.

I heard him say it and expect it countless times: finish what you start. It didn't matter how long it took or how tired you were, always finish what you start. He said it, lived it and expected it of others.

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