Introducing Team Bolivia 2017

We are excited about the team that will be going to Bolivia this summer to represent Whyte Ridge Baptist Church and Winnipeg Somang Presbyterian Church. The focus of our time is divided between the Seminary in Cochabamba and a small village called Mizque.

At the Seminary we will be engaging in discipleship conversations with the students, staff and local pastors, sharing testimony / teaching, as well as helping with on-site maintenance.

In Mizque we will be working with some Seminary students and the local church in plastering homes for protection against the disease Chagas. There will be opportunities for ministry in the village as well. If you would like to know more, feel free to ask one of the team members!

We value the prayers of our church family as we prepare to share Christ’s love and truth.

Beth Klassen*, Ashley Linklater, Melanie Friesen*, Debbie Hopkins*, Pat Janke, Joni Lee*, Shelly Cumming*, Emmie Dryjski, Kathy Kornelsen*, Kevin Klassen*, Bogdan Dryjski, Barb Morris*, Steve Morris*, Terry Janke* (those with * beside their name are going to Bolivia).

Women’s Weekend Getaway!

Join us for the Women’s Weekend Getaway, April 28 to 30th at Elkhorn Resort.
Theme: S.O.A.R. … Strong-Obedient-Alert-Risk taking – Isaiah 40:31
Speaker: Grace Fox www.gracefox.com
Registration forms at Information Centre

Creation Ministries International

Sunday, April 2:
9 and 11am- Genesis: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

5pm- Family Meal (Sign up is Required!)
6pm- Evolution: What are the Facts?
* Followed by Q&A

Monday, April 3:
7pm- Living in the Real World

*No Registration Cost
** CMI brings with them resources to purchase

Garden Hill Mission Team – Summer 2017

Note that the deadline for the WRBC Missions experience to Garden Hill is Sunday, March 26th.

Missions dates are July 30th – Aug 5th

Applications Now Available at Info Centre.

March 2, 2017

Whyte Ridge Baptist Church Weekly Update

Family Meal & Equipping Seminar—Sunday, March 5; 530-7:3p.m. Learning to Share the Good News: The Power of Personal Evangelism Cost: $10/family; $5/person. Child care provided for children 10 years and under. To register reply to this email and indicate the number of adults and children 10 and under from your family who will attend.

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.

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

Garden Hill 2017 Mission Team; July 30-August 5 –  We hope to send a team of nine people to Garden Hill this summer, July 30-August 5. The cost is $750/person; $350/person contributed by the church and $400/person contributed by team members (tax deductible). Training will take place in May and early June. For more information contact John or Wendy Bergmann @ 204-261-6715 or jwbergmann@mts.net. Applications for new and returning volunteers to Garden Hill are available at the Information Centre. Both new and returning volunteers must complete a Criminal Record Check, also available at the Information Centre. Pathway Criminal Records Check Consent Form Feb 2017    Pathway NEW VOLUNTEER APPLICATION 2017 Pathway RETURNING VOLUNTEER APPLICATION 2017

The funeral for Marlene Piel’s father, Philip Kaplun, will beon Friday, March 3; 11:00a.m.at Mission Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Meadowood Manor Foundation 102 – 575 St. Anne’s Road, Winnipeg, MB, R2M 5B2

Upcoming Events & Activities:

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)

Curling Bonspiel—Sunday, March 12; 2:00-6:00p.m. La Salle Curling Club We encourage curlers 12 years and older to sign up at the Information Centre ASAP as space is limited. Questions can be directed to Darryl Penner 204-269-1934. Cost $5.00 is due when you sign up. Clean indoor shoes must be worn; if you have brooms or sliders please bring them.

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.

Camp Nutimik 2016 Annual General Meeting – Monday, March 20; 6:30p.m. at Mission Baptist Church.

Child Evangelism Fellowship—Faith In Action Fundraising Dinner – Tuesday, March 14, 6:00-8:00pm at Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church. CEF has been reaching thousands of children for 79 years in our province. Come hear stories and hear from Featured speaker and Guinness World Record Holder: Arvid Loewen. RSVP needed: 204.663.3300

Pathway Camp Ministries—Dessert Night ; April 9; 7:00p.m. at The Bridge Church   This will be an evening where you can enjoy some delicious desserts while hearing what God is doing in and through Pathway Camp Ministries, and to hear the direction God is leading PCM into the future. It would also be a great opportunity to bring some friends and introduce them to the ministry of Pathway! Any questions and an RSVP can be left at info@pathwaycampministries.com or (204) 449-2370.

Adults:

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 16 – Why Don’t My Prayers Get Answered? 10:00-11:30a.m.at the church.

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. 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.

Women:

Women of Integrity Ministries invites women of all denominations to Priscilla Shirer Simulcast – Saturday, April 8; 8:30a.m.; Caboto Centre, 1055 Wilkes Ave. Tickets: $40 includes lunch www.woiwinnipeg.ca/ 204-403-8126.

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

Youth & Young Adults:

4HG (Grades 5-12) – Friday, March 10-12—Sr. High Retreat at Camp Arnes  Please bring bedding, pillows, board games, flashlight, overnight clothing, etc. 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

 Children:

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:

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:

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Manitoba Baptist Association Choir will perform on May 7 at Rowandale Baptist Church. If you would like to join the choir come out to the first practice on March 5; 4:00-5:30p.m. at Rowandale. Further practice dates to be discussed on March 5. Contact: Lilly Radke (glradtke@shaw.ca).

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.

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

Far East Broadcasting—Friendship Dinner – March 21; 6:309p.m. at Canad Inn Polo Park; RSVP by March 16; March 26; 1:15p.m. at Caboto Centre; RSVP by March 21. RSVP at 204-233-5374. Dinner is complimentary—reservations required.

A Christian young man who is working construction in the south end of the city is looking for a room to rent with access to a kitchen. He would only be around week days after work; he will  go home to Altona for weekends. If you are open to having a tenant please contact Irene Toews.

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).

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.

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.

Ladies 4 x4 Fellowship Group

 

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 4 people who are formed by picking out of a hat, will meet once a month for 4 months starting in March. In your group 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 Welcome Centre until March 5th. Launch date is Thursday March 9th from 7-8 pm.

WRBC Online Church Directory Profile

Click here to be directed to our WRBC Online directory!  Please bookmark for future reference.

If 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 or the Whyte Ridge Baptist Directory logo near the home button on this page.

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 at the Information Centre.

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 or contact Chris Schroeder (WRBC Communications Coordinator) or Pastor Kevin Klassen.

Details regarding how to complete this process can be found here:  www.whyteridgebaptist.ca/wrbc-online-church-directory-profiles/ 

If you have already updated your Profile but have not yet set your username and password that allows you to view the Directory, please do so through the invitation email, or contact Pastor Kevin and he will happily visit you at home to help you get set up.

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 or the Whyte Ridge Baptist Directory logo near the home button.

Thank you,

The Pastors and Leadership at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church

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Team India Update – 8 Great Connecting Questions

 

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As our team prepares to come home, they will be thinking through 8 Great Questions from a book by Tim Dearborn. These questions have been revised for your use below in order to help you connect with the team members when they return.  If you haven’t already thought of a specific question to ask them, we encourage you to use one or two of these questions to help our team members share some highlights of their experience with you.

  1. What have you learned about yourself?
  2. How has your understanding of God grown?
  3. What have you learned about community and the church?
  4. How has your perspective of life and the Gospel changed?
  5. What have you learned about justice, poverty, and the causes of suffering?
  6. What have you learned about discipleship?
  7. What insights have you gained about your lifestyle?
  8. What might God call you to do and be as a result of this experience? What can you learn about your vocation?

Bonus “Tell me about . . . ” Statements!!

  1. Tell me about a special person you met and why they are special to you.
  2. Tell me about one cultural difference you experienced and how it made you feel.
  3. Tell me about the most challenging thing you faced working on a team.
  4. Tell me about an unfulfilled expectation you experienced.
  5. Tell me about a disappointment you experienced.
  6. Tell me about how you felt the first time you were “thrown into” the culture.
  7. Tell me about how you felt saying good-bye to your new friends.
  8. Tell me about how this experience has changed your perspective of your country, God and yourself.
  9. Tell me about the way you hope this experience is going to make a difference in your life.
  10. Tell me about how you feel now that you’re back.

For past updates from the Team India team, visit www.whyteridgebaptist.ca.

 

 

Team India Update – November 21, 2016

Greetings to our church family;

We have completed the first two parts of what I call the trilogy of our mission. Part one was the conference in Siliguri which went very well. We stayed at a Christian conference centre along with the participants. For three days (Monday – Wednesday) we taught, fellowshipped, and worshipped together. We made some good friends and felt very privileged and blessed. Each of us from the team taught three sessions (one per day) of 50 minutes of content… with translation they were 90 minutes!

We felt well received and in turn learned a lot from these pastors, leaders, and women.

Part two was a time of learning more about the various ministries and projects that Far Corners Ministries has been in partnership with a local foundation led by Shakti…… it was so interesting to learn how they are making such a difference in some local villages with providing training and employment opportunities for people that are so poor and in need of help. They are doing an amazing job helping people fish rather than just giving them fish! We saw a weaving operation in process where women are given employment weaving special scarves and carpets. We saw a poultry operation where they are buying and feeding out chicks for broilers. They are also In the process purchasing sewing machines so women can be taught to be tailors… to sew their own clothing and for others also. There is a small school for young children and a few other initiatives.

A couple of us did some training with a great group of young adults that meet 2 Saturdays per month to be disciples and trained for ministry. We enjoyed and participated in a wonderful worship service on Sunday morning and then the women had a meaningful time of sharing with the women after the service. It is so inspiring to see what God is doing through the work done here in north east West Bengal.

We have also been so impressed with the emphasis on leadership training and especially discipling young men and women for future pastors. They believe if they train up 100 young people, 10 will become pastors.

We have grown to love our translators… especially Biplab, a pastor from Siliguri who has been travelling with us along with Shakti. Their hearts are so full for reaching the lost people of West Bengal. They say there are .06 Christians in the 100,000,000 population of Bengalese. Shiny, who has done much of the women’s translating, does a wonderful job connecting with the women and provides inspirational commentary at the end of each session.

Our challenges are mostly around food. We also find the pace a bit gruelling. We are busy with very little time on our own to recharge. The “Indian stretch time” means we spend a lot of time waiting… this feels quite unproductive to us North Americans!

Please continue to pray for us as we move into the last two days of our second conference as well as for our health and strength to finish well.

Thanks so much… knowing you are praying is very encouraging!

On behalf of Team India 2016,
Bob & Dale Fast

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Team India Update – November 15, 2016

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Greetings from India!

We left Canada on a warm November day, surrounded by a circle of friends who prayed for our safety. We flew to Toronto where we boarded our flight to Delhi, India. Unfortunately, our first airplane had mechanical difficulties and we had to de-plane and re-board another aircraft. After a three-hour delay, we were safely in the air. Our flight to Delhi was almost 14 hours. It was a very full flight and we didn’t get much sleep. We were so thankful to land and get to our hotel. It took us two hours to get through customs, retrieve our baggage, and exit the airport. We stayed overnight at a hotel quite close to the airport.

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The next morning, we returned to the airport and boarded another airplane for the trip to Bagdogra airport. We were able to see the majestic Himalayas as we drew closer to our destination. Shakti met us at the airport and brought us to the Siliguri Christian Centre. He gave us a tour of this large facility where we would spend the next six days.

On Sunday, we attended an amazing worship service at Jalpaiguri Baptist Church. The church greeted us warmly with flower necklaces. They fondly remember all the previous team members from Whyte Ridge Baptist Church and enquired about each one. We were so humbled to be asked to pray for various members of the congregation who came forward with concerns. Doug gave a message on unity. Later that evening, our retreat participants began arriving. They came by train and bus.

On Monday morning, we began our first retreat. Each team member has a teaching slot every day lasting an hour and a half. We have a translator for the women – Shini – and another for the men – Biplap. They are excellent translators and often add their own flavour to what we say. As I write this, we have nearly completed two full days of retreat.

We are enjoying meeting many new friends, sharing what we have prepared, trying new foods, and coming closer as a team. We are learning to eat and enjoy new foods including something called daal and a vegetable called Bitter Gourd. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? We have also learned that Andrew is the most likely to be mistaken for an Indian; someone even said that he looks like a Punjabi rap star. We can’t quite figure out how he passes as Indian with those blue eyes.

We so need your prayers for us each day. There are things that we struggle with including sleep, unfamiliar food, and discouragement . Many of you may have heard on the news about the currency crisis here in India. The government decided to eliminate the 1000 rupee notes and are replacing the 500 rupee notes with a newer version. They are also adding a 2000 rupee note. Unfortunately, the new notes have not reached the part of the country that we are in. It is a concern because our accommodations and drivers need to be paid in cash. Shakti also needs to reimburse the pastors for their travel. Please pray that God provides the money we need in a miraculous way.

This evening we had the privilege of enjoying some of the culture of India as many of the different groups at the conference shared a dance or a song. It is a special blessing to see how they worship in this way.

Wednesday was our last day of the first retreat. It was sad to see the pastors and women depart as we made many special connections with them. God moved through each of us on the team as we poured our hearts out in the teaching sessions. It was a humbling and learning experience as we depended on God to speak through us each day. Our prayer is that God uses the teaching from our sessions to transform these leaders and their churches over the coming years.
On Thursday we will be taking an early train to Alipurduar at 6:45am. We are looking forward to experiencing transportation as the people of India do on a daily basis. It should be a scenic ride through the beautiful rural countryside of West Bengal.

Team India

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Women’s Precept Bible Study

Women’s Precept Bible Study – Theme: Genesis (David Arthur). Part 1 & 2: Mondays, October 24–February 6; Parts 3-5: Mondays, February 13– May 29. Time: 7:00– 9:15p.m. Location: 125 Girton Blvd. Cost for Part 1 & 2: $30 (for Workbooks).  This is an Inductive Bible Study with 3-5 hrs. homework each week.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED.  Contact Barb Brewer by email  or call 204-807-5846 for further information!

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