February 16, 2017

Whyte Ridge Baptist Church Weekly Update

WRBC Online Church Directory – If you have not yet updated your WRBC Online Directory Profile, please do so either in response to the invitation email that has been sent to you, or at the assistance table in the foyer during the month of February.  If you have not received an email invite but would like to be part of the Online Directory, please click here and request your invitation.  Details regarding how to complete this process can be found here:  www.whyteridgebaptist.ca/wrbc-online-church-directory-profiles/

Once you have created your username and password, you can login anytime at www.whyteridgebaptist.ca and select ‘Church Directory Login’ from the menu at the bottom of the page.

NOTE:  Upload your profile photo during the month of February, and ENTER TO WIN a Subway Gift Card!

Thank you,

The Pastors and Leadership at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church

Summer Student Ministry Worker – Term: maximum 16 weeks May to August 2017. Main responsibilities will include our children’s summer community outreach consisting of day camps held at the community centre, possible neighbourhood adventure clubs, and our SONSeeker summer Sunday program. Other responsibilities will include summer youth activities, Whyte Ridge carnival, etc. Contact church office for a detailed job description. Interested persons should supply a current resume to the church office by February 28.

We are wanting to expand our summer ministry to children within our communities. We will continue with our day camp program at the Whyte Ridge Community Centre, July 24-28, but we would like to provide an opportunity for you to reach out to kids in your own neighbourhood. We are looking for families to host Adventure Clubs at their homes for one week (1.5-2 hours daily) in the summer. Our own youth will provide the program. If you are interested in hosting an adventure club, please leave your name and phone number on the sign-up sheet at the Information Centre by March 12. A sheet indicating your responsibilities will be at the centre. host family responsibilities 2017

Upcoming Events & Activities:

Newcomers Lunch—Sunday, February 19; 12:30p.m. immediately following the second service, downstairs. This is an opportunity to meet and hear from church staff and leadership. To register reply to this email indicating the number of adults and children from your family who will attend. Contact: Pastor Doug Friesen.

Games Night (Adults) – Saturday, February 25; 7:00p.m. Bring your favorite board or card game; snacks and drinks provided. To register reply to this email by February 23. Contact: Pastor Doug

Meadowood Manor Birthday Party—Tuesday, February 28; 1:30p.m. If you would like to serve and assist the residents at the birthday party please reply to this email.

Mark Your Calendar! TERM Seminar – March 8 & 9; 6:30-9:30p.m. – Our ever-changing world is filled with vague morality and clashing worldviews. Amid this fog, we need solid foundations to grow our faith and keen understanding to share the good news with others.TERM highlights both the message and the method that Jesus and Paul used in communicating the gospel with the seeker, the confused and the hardened. Learn how they used the Bible’s historical narrative to overcome objections and enhance clarity. It may well be life-changing. Cost: $30; age 15 and under attend free. Contact: Pastor Doug (489-3875 ext. 25)

Camp Nutimik Family Fun Day – February 20; 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Come out to Nutimik to enjoy all the winter activities of camp! Cost: $12/Adults; $6/Children 3-12 years; $30/Family of four + $5/additional person. RSVP: 1-866-668-4645 and leave a voice mail indicating how many will attend. Cost includes lunch. Bring your own skates.

City Hub —An informational evening with Stu Streeter (NABC VP Ministry Advancement) to hear about our NAB minisries around the world. March 29; 7:00p.m. at Rowandale Baptist.


Adult Bible Study: Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. Tuesdays, February 21-April 11; 7:00-9:00p.m. Location: 126 Sauve Cres.  Cost: $18 for book. WARNING: Participating in this study could lead to permanent life changing affects! If you choose to join, we will be seeking to answer the following: What did Jesus really mean when he said, “Follow Me”? Is it possible for people to say they believe in Jesus but not truly be born again? Is it possible for people to claim the have accepted Christ into their hearts yet not actually be Christians? Not only is it possible…it’s also highly probable! We will seek to understand that the call to follow Jesus is a summons to lose our lives even as we pursue Him. To live as a disciple of Christ is to be transformed from the inside out and personally empowered to make disciples from every nation, tribe, language and people. This is a 7 week study by pastor and author David Platt on Tuesday evenings that requires a serious personal study commitment. Come and join us and Follow Jesus! You will never be bored! You will find purpose! You will never lack joy! But it will cost you. It is a summons to lose your life! Reply to this email to register.

Adult Bible Study – 10 Questions Christians are Asking – Let God Turn Your Question Marks into Exclamation Points; 8 video sessions with Dr. David Jeremiah. First and third Thursday of the month: March 2, 16; April 6, 20; May 4; 10:00-11:30a.m. or 7:00-8:30p.m. at the church.

Manitoba Baptist Association Women’s Weekend Get-Away – SOAR (Strong, Obedient, Alert, Risk-taking) at Elkhorn Lodge; April 28-30, 2017. Guest Speaker is Grace Fox. Details/Registration forms available at the Information Centre or register at www.npregion.org. Registration Deadline: March 31. Information contact: Grace Elke – gelke@mts.net  or Rhea Jenkinson – rmj23@shaw.ca Women’s Weekend Get Away 2017

Women – 4X4 FELLOWSHIP GROUPS  Are you interested in getting to know other ladies in the congregation in a fun, relaxed, social atmosphere? 4X4 LADIES FELLOWSHIP GROUPS are all about connecting with others, building relationships and enabling spiritual growth. Each group of four women, formed by picking out of a hat, will meet once a month for four months starting in March. You will take turns planning an activity with your group each month. Activities can be as simple as a potluck, painting class, or teaching your group a craft. Or you can volunteer at a food bank. Savour the richness of God’s blessing in a 4X4 fellowship group. Learn together, grow together and experience God together. Sign up sheets are at the Information Centre until February 28. Launch date is Thursday, March 2 at the church; 7:00-8:00p.m.

Book ClubMarch 4, April 1, May 6; 7:00p.m. at the home of Emmie Dryjski, 135 Apple Hill Rd. (204-487-4788). Book TBD at first meeting.

English Conversation Circle is a free eight week program for immigrants and newcomers to Canada to learn and practice their English. Eight weeks: February 22; March 1, 15, 22; April 5, 12; 7:30-9:00p.m. For more information contact the church office.

Growing in Grace – Thursday, March 9; 11:30a.m. Meet at Oakbluff Community Centre for a bag lunch and some fun together! If you need a ride, meet at the church at 10:30a.m. To register reply to this email by March 5. $10 suggested donation.

“Parents of Little Ones” (POLO) meets every week from 10-12 on Thursdays. Contact Natalie Friesen (204-599-2477) for more details or for information about upcoming events.

Youth & Young Adults:

4HG (Grades 5-12) – Friday, February 24; 7:00p.m. – Saturday, February 25; 9:00a.m. Junior High all-nighter. Bring a sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush, etc. Cost: $10. Download Winter-2016-2017-Combined-Consent-the-Wave here.

INTERACt (Young Adults) – INTERACt meets at the church on the first and third Wednesdays of the month; 7:30-9:00p.m. Join us for bible study, discussion, music. Contact Pastor Kevin Schular for details.

INTERACt Retreat—March 3-5 at Camp Arnes. Registration: email or call Kevin Schular 204-294-8455; pkschular@gmail.com. When signing up make sure you have your payment with you; space is limited. Cost: $102 (registration, room, food). Optional: bring snacks


SONSeekers (Nursery to Grade 6) – The latest issue – and back issues – of the Parenting Christian Kids Newsletter is now available online!  Don’t miss this monthly parent resource featuring articles, parenting principles, pointers, and more—all focused on a relevant, monthly theme!

Prayer Ministry:

Pray for Irma Kelm as she recovers at Victoria Hospital from a fall. Visitors appreciated

Pray for Janet Giesbrecht as she recuperates at home after her recent heart attack.

Building Project Prayer Requests:

Pray that Fort Whyte and Lafarge would agree to WRBC’s request for McGillivray property drainage into Lake Muir.

As numbers firm up for the final costs, pray that we are able to lessen the gap in financing and that discussions with the Steinbach Credit Union are favourable.

Pray for the Building Committee as our Church enters into a formal construction agreement with Thomas Design Builders. This will involve decisions regarding sub trades and managing all aspects and costs of construction.

Pray for wisdom upon the Building Committee and Thomas Design as they fine tune/redesign the plans in an effort to meet the budget for the project.

Visit our Online Prayer Wall:   www.WhyteRidgeBaptist.ca/Prayer-Wall

This and That:

A university student is looking for a room/place to live close to the church for the next school year. Contact Sebastian Klassen (204-362-2452 / sebastianklassen98@gmail.com).

First Nations singer, composer, and story teller Cheryl Bear will present a program of music, stories and personal sharing in Winnipeg on 23 February. She has won numerous awards for her music and performed to audiences in over 600 First Nations communities in Canada. She is an associate professor at Regent College, Vancouver and a founding board member of North American Indigenous Institute of Theological Studies.  Cheryl Bear is a passoinate follower of Jesus and a spokesperson for indigenous women in Canada. The Cheryl Bear concert will take place at Filipino Evangelical Church, 977 Spruce Avenue, Winnipeg at 7:00 pm. It is sponsored by Canadian Baptist Ministries.

Community Service Opportunity – We have received a call from a woman living in the Grant Park area who has asked if anyone from our church might be interested in doing some light housekeeping in her apartment for several hours a week.  She is willing to provide financial compensation for this.  If you are interested in an opportunity to serve and connect with a community person in this way, please contact Pastor Kevin Klassen.

Camp Nutimik Foundation Banquet—Saturday, March 11; 5:00p.m. Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Ave. Special guest: Brenda Robinson. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from Erika Cooper, our camp rep, or by emailing dave@campnutimik.com or calling (204) 981-6828.  A free will offering will be taken.  Applications for spring/summer staff and program or staff volunteers are now available at the Information Centre.

Rowandale Baptist welcomes visitors on Saturday, March 4; 6:30p.m. to hear NABC missionary, Rev.Paul Ewing, share about his work in Osaka, Japan.

Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation presents: Is Religion Obsolete in a Scientific Age? Wednesday, February 22; 7:15p.m.; St. John’s College (Room 118), U of Manitoba  Modern scientific theories and methods provide us with powerful models and tools for understanding our world. Riding on the success of the modern sciences as their platform, some popular scientists today downplay the significance of religious questions and attempt to undermine religious truth claims. In their view, science has made religion obsolete. In contrast, the sciences provide us with accurate and effective but not comprehensive knowledge about reality. Science serves humanity best when it is practiced within a broader, holistic framework that includes other means of apprehending truth, including religious ones. (Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation is a non-profit Canadian fellowship of scientists and those interested in science, who want to understand how science should best interact with the life-giving Christian tradition. Part of our goal here at CSCA is to provide a helpful space for young believers who are struggling to reconcile Christian faith and science.)

Copies of Melanie Penner’s book, “Our Hope Adventure” are available. Reply to this email if you would like to receive one; $20 each.

Online Sermons and Podcasts – Miss a recent sermon? All sermons are available online by visiting our Latest Sermons Page, or by subscribing to the podcast via iTunes or Poddirectory.

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