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

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

Parent Resource: November 2016 Parenting Christian Kids Now Available Online!

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“Combined Worship (English and Korean) – John 3:16” – Service Now Available Online

Check out “Combined Worship (English and Korean) – John 3:16” on the Whyte Ridge Baptist Church sermon page HERE.

Worship By The Lake: A Celebration of God’s Faithfulness – A Reflection by Pastor Kevin Klassen

I first came to Whyte Ridge Baptist Church 21 years ago.  Not really because I wanted to.  And certainly not because I was very interested in finding a church home.  I recall that I visited this church reluctantly, coming here together with someone who had other friends who attended here.  And then I basically never left.

WRBC very quickly became my church family and, ever since then, God has used my time at this church to change my life in some very significant ways.  First of all, it is here that I met my beautiful wife (on the worship team, no less).  And it is also here that I have found and enjoyed many life-giving friendships.  And even deeper than that, God has used the teachings, the relationships, the joys, the challenges and the experiences that I have had in the context of this church family to change me on the inside.  He has used my time in this church to mercifully convict me and lovingly shape me, teaching me about His Word, His grace and His sufficiency.

And in recent years, God has granted me the profound joy of serving as a pastor of worship and care – ministering within the very family that has loved me and walked with me throughout almost all of my adult life.  God is so very, very good!

Because of this history, there are plenty of personal stories that I could tell about God’s faithfulness to us and through us as a church family.  And I know that there are many others who could do the same, whether they have attended for a long time or a short time.

And this coming weekend, September 10th and 11th, we are going to be gathering at our church property on McGillivray Boulevard to Celebrate the Faithfulness of God!  It will be a fun weekend of worship, fellowship and prayer – remembering the stories of God’s faithfulness in the past and asking and thanking Him for His continued faithfulness in the future.

We will be especially be remembering the gift and the purpose of the land that God has given us on McGillivray.  In fact, this weekend will serve as a celebratory kickoff to a Capital Funds Campaign that we expect will move us forward toward the construction of a new church building that God will use to continue to faithfully build His kingdom in and through us.

Worship By The Lake:

On Saturday evening at 7 pm, we’ll have an outdoor celebration that will include much praise and prayer as well as stories that celebrate the Lord and His loving kindness.   Following that will be a bonfire and fireworks.  A few of us are also camping there overnight and you’re welcome to join us (and there are portapotties there, in case that’s a deal-breaker).

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Sunday morning we’ll continue our celebration with an outdoor worship service at 10 am, followed by a BBQ lunch.

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Everyone is welcome!!!  Bring your friends, bring your lawn chairs, bring your mosquito repellent and bring hearts that are ready to worship the Lord.   Prepare your own heart by reflecting upon your own story of how you have seen God’s faithfulness to you and to this church family.  And let us come before Him with thanksgiving and also with anticipation of how He may use this land and building in the discipleship, worship and witness of His church.

For just as we each have personal stories to tell of God’s work in and around us during our time at WRBC, I believe His faithfulness is most greatly reflected in the way that He chooses to include us in the Great Story that He is writing in the building of His Kingdom for His glory.  God is so very, very good!

– Written by Pastor Kevin Klassen, Associate Pastor – Worship and Care

 

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“The Forgiving, Restoring God – John 21” – Sermon Now Available Online

Check out “The Forgiving, Restoring God – John 21” on the Whyte Ridge Baptist Church sermon page HERE.

 

Sermons and Podcasts Available Online!

Miss a Sunday at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church this summer?  All sermons are available online by visiting our Latest Sermons Page, or by subscribing to the podcast via iTunes.   Catch up on this summer’s messages from a variety of speakers on your next drive to the beach or during your commute!

WRBC Prayer Wall

Are you receiving our Prayer@WhyteRidgeBaptist updates?  If not, sign up visit our Prayer Wall to sign up today.

Praying for each other is a key part of doing life together, and this is a way to support each other in this way.  Once you sign up, you will receive prayer requests as they come in and have opportunity to send a ‘prayer notification’ email to the individual requesting prayer by selecting ‘I Prayed for This’ on our Prayer Wall.

If you have any questions, please contact our new Prayer Coordinator, Irene Toews, at prayer@whyteridgebaptist.ca.

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Update – Selina Giesbrecht, Leadership Director, Camp Nutimik

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Good Day!

It was not that long ago that I was on the Manitoba lakes with my 7 CITs on our canoe trip as we begin our summer camp season here at Nutimik. I am currently buried in piles of schedules, sessions to prepare, team building activities to finish planning, emails from campers and parents and staff, paperclips, highlighters, etc. and it is fantastic! I was praying this morning about camp and I felt the excitement God had towards what was going to happen this summer. I created a team building activity for CIT (we call them GITs – Group Initiative Task… we really like acronyms here at camp…) which is basically an escape room where some of the campers are blindfolded and they get to work on communicating well and problem solving to escape! It was quite a challenge to create but some of the other spring staff were gracious enough to let me test it on them and it worked very well.

Prayer is very critical right now as we are all running around getting things finalized before camp begins. I am excited for all that God is getting ready to do (as well as all he has already done in us with school groups and spring preparation)!

A couple of weekends ago I got my boaters licence (technically my pleasure craft operators card… sounds less exciting though) and yesterday evening one of the fellas on maintenance embarked on the rocky journey of not only teaching me how to launch, operate, and retrieve the camp boat, but also how to hook up the boat trailer, back it down the boat launch, and back the boat trailer back at angle down some narrow roads into the bushes where it lives while not in use. No one was injured and our friendship is still intact. I call that a success!

This year we have bonus staff (or family of staff) at the camp. Kim and Adam (as well as their 3 boys) were leaders on my DTS in Alberta/Philippines in 2012, and on their sabbatical this year, they ended up here in Manitoba operating as Camp Pastor (Adam), and Worship Team Lead (Kim). They have settled in well and taken on the role of full time encouragers of the rest of us staff. This morning they lead a session on how to spiritually prepare for camp season and it was very practical, refreshing, and a great way to lead us into staff training and the beginning of CIT.

Peter, the Camp Director was in the hospital for about a month and a half, diagnosed, and with limited mobility as well as other serious symptoms. He recently was released and returned home to camp, but still is not working and recovering. Please pray for continued healing and that whatever caused the paralysis of his legs would not return and he would be able to fully serve here and engage in camp this summer.

Please pray for unity among staff and patience as we organize, teach, mentor, make schedules, and communicate with one another.

Pray for CITs and campers that God would already be challenging them, loving them and speaking to them and that we would be able to encourage them and help their faith grow and be strengthened.

Pray that we would have many non Christian campers, that they may come here, feel safe and loved and accepted. May their hearts be open to learning about who God is and desiring a relationship with him.

Selina Giesbrecht
Leadership Director, Camp Nutimik

“The True Servant – John 13” – Sermon Now Available Online

Check out this week’s message, “The True Servant – John 13”, on Whyte Ridge Baptist Church HERE.
 
 

My God Story – Katy Hollander

291573_10150801668450346_1780175920_oHi, my name is Katy and I’m a missionary with Youth for Christ Winnipeg. I work as a counsellor at Turning Point Youth and Family Counselling Services. YFC is a non-profit organization that exists to help young people reach their full potential by combining healthy relationships and faith-based programs and services. As an extension of YFC’s mission, Turning Point offers professional and affordable counselling to teens and their families.

I have always been interested in connecting with people, hearing their stories, and walking alongside those who find themselves in difficult times. I have had a long time interest and involvement working with youth in ministry settings. It is as a youth leader in the church that God lead me into counselling several years ago.

Photo Collage Spring 2016I started my ministry at Turning Point YFC as a student intern in the spring of 2012, while working on my Masters in Counselling degree at Providence Theological Seminary. In addition to the counselling ministry, I also help run after-school and evening clubs for teen girls; a sewing club and an art club. Both clubs emphasize building relationships with peers and mentors and developing a positive sense of self through activities and meaningful conversations on influential topics relevant to the girls’ age and development.

As a missionary with YFC and as a counsellor at Turning Point, I have a unique opportunity to minister to teens and
families through counselling as well as through our girls’ club programs. I have a passion for connecting with young people and seeing lives changed and restored by the power of Christ. I consider it a privilege and an honour to journey with teens and their families on the road towards hope and healing.

Check out Turning Point’s website at www.turningpoint-yfc.com to learn more about this ministry.

“The Good Shepherd – John 10” – Sermon Available Online

Check out “The Good Shepherd – John 10” on Whyte Ridge Baptist Church at the link HERE!

“Healer of the Blind – John -9” – Sermon Now Available Online

Check out this week’s message, “Healer of the Blind – John -9” on Whyte Ridge Baptist Church HERE.

“Jesus; Liberator of Slaves – John 8” – Sermon Available Online

Check out this week’s message, “Jesus; Liberator of Slaves – John 8”, on the Whyte Ridge Baptist Church website on our sermon page HERE.

Financial Update: WRBC 2015 Externally Prepared Financial Statements

Hard copies of the externally prepared WRBC 2015 financial statements are available at the Information Centre at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church (201 Scurfield Blvd).

Syrian Refugee Project Update – May, 2016

A Syrian Refugee Project Update from Soul Sanctuary and WRBC Syrian Refugee Project Coordinator, Heather Warkentin:

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Many of you have been asking for an update on the Syrian refugee family that is being sponsored by Soul Sanctuary, with support from Whyte Ridge Baptist Church.

We want to sincerely thank you for being a part of this project and for your generosity. The Family is doing well and settling into life in Canada. The parents have completed their four-week orientation program with Manitoba Start and are scheduled to start English classes later this month. Both of their daughters are in school and doing very well. They love going to youth on Fridays at Soul Sanctuary and are forging new friendships there.

Because of generous donations, all funds have now been raised to support this family for one year. Since we have met this financial goal, we are excited to tell you about our newest opportunity! When the family came to Canada, they had to leave behind their 26-year-old nephew in Jordan, as he had not yet found a sponsor. SRP was asked if we would consider becoming this young man’s sponsor and Soul Sanctuary has accepted.  Soul Sanctuary has started the paperwork process and must now raise $10,000 for this sponsorship. WRBC is supporting Soul Sanctuary in this endeavor and we look forward to working together.

Here are a few ways that you can personally be involved as we look forward to reuniting this family:

1. Silent Art Auction – May 22, 2016 at Soul Sanctuary
Looking for some new artwork? Several pieces of original artwork donated by local artists will be displayed in the atrium for silent auction. Bidding will be closed following the gathering.  Contact refugee@soulsanctuary.ca for details!

2. Meal Auction – June 5, 2016 (Soul Sanctuary at 12:30 pm)
How does it work? Decide if you would like to host a meal in your home or bid on a meal that someone else is hosting. If you choose to be the chef extraordinaire, decide what you will cook and for how many people you would like to host and then sign up through Heather Warkentin or refugee@soulsanctuary.ca and we will auction your meal experience to the highest bidder in a live auction. If you would like to host, please respond by June 1.

For more updates and needs, visit http://soulsanctuary.ca/refugee or follow the Syrian Refugee Project on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Syrian-Refugee-Project.  For more info contact Heather Warkentin or refugee@soulsanctuary.ca.

To make a personal (tax deductible) donation directly to this project online, visit: www.soulsanctuary.ca/refugee

Jesus: Teacher Sent From God – John 7 – Sermon Available Online

Check out this week’s message, “Jesus: The Bread of Life – John 6”, on the Whyte Ridge Baptist Church website on our sermon page HERE.

Pathway Camp Ministries Update

Thank you so much for supporting Pathway with your time and finances! The involvement and relationships you have with Garden Hill is incredibly valuable. You bring more hope and joy and love to that community with each passing summer, and it does not unnoticed!

It was also a pleasure to participate in your service with your children! We all had a lot of fun talking with them and interacting during and after the presentation!

Thank you  Whyte Ridge Baptist, and may God bless you as a community.

The Pathway Team

“Jesus: The Bread of Life – John 6” – Sermon Available Online

Check out this week’s message, “Jesus: The Bread of Life – John 6”, on the Whyte Ridge Baptist Church website on our sermon page HERE.

“Lord of Life: This Life and the Life to Come – John 5” – Sermon Available Online

Check out this week’s message, “Lord of Life: This Life and the Life to Come – John 5”, on Whyte Ridge Baptist Church’s website on our sermons page HERE.

“Jesus: Saviour of the World – John 4” – Sermon Available Online

Check out “Jesus: Saviour of the World – John 4” on Whyte Ridge Baptist Church’s website on our sermons page HERE.

Prayer@WhyteRidgeBaptist: Attawapiskat Suicide Crisis

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Attawapiskat is a Cree First Nation Community in northern Ontario with a population of approximately 2000 residents. The community has declared a state of emergency as they deal with an epidemic of suicide attempts among its young people. Since September 2015, over 100 suicide attempts have been made with 28 being in the month of March alone. Both provincial and federal government response teams have been sent to the community to deal with the crisis. While these measures will assist the community in dealing with the emergency situation that exists today, a long-term plan must be developed to address the suicide problem.

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE ON THE WRBC PRAYER WALL

What to pray for….

*The people of Attawapiskat particularly young people who have a sense of hopelessness and consider suicide a solution to feelings of desperation.

*Health workers in the community who have been working tirelessly in the community. Pray for strength, wisdom and insight as they address the immediate needs facing the community.

*Long term solutions to address the problems faced by Attawapiskat and so many First Nations communities which include poverty, inadequate housing, contaminated water and a lack of educational and employment opportunities.

*Sensitive and compassionate hearts for those of us in the non-Aboriginal community toward our fellow First Nations citizens.

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE ON THE WRBC PRAYER WALL

Revised Pre-Authorized Debit Offering Form Now Available

 

Pre-authorized withdrawal from your bank account is a convenient way to maintain regular giving of your tithes and offering.  We have recently updated our pre-authorized debit offering form, which is now available on our website at http://www.whyteridgebaptist.ca/giving/.  For those who wish to take advantage of this option, please visit our website or pick up a paper copy of the form at the church welcome centre.

Please note that completion of this new form is not required for those currently using this service. If you have any questions regarding tithing or offerings, or the pre-authorized withdrawal option, please contact Dave Barton (Chair of Finance) or Shirley Wynne (Financial Secretary).

Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Update

For those looking for additional information on the EFC ‘Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide’, details can be found at the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada site.

‘Equipping the Body of Christ’ message series available online!

Missed this weekend’s service, or a previous message in our current series ‘Equipping the Body of Christ’ series?  All sermons are now posted on Facebook and online!

FEARLESS:  Promise Keepers Men’s Conference – March 4 – 5

Fear often plays a greater role than we realize. The fear of the unknown; fear for our jobs, our relationships, leaves many of us anxious. The fear of failure leaves other men stuck rather than pursuing the life God has called them to.

Far too many men are either held back by fear or afraid of nothing and leaving a trail of damage in the lives around them. Discover the freedom that comes when we fear only God. Walk in the fear of the Lord as a daily lifestyle. Consider the great things God has done for you and allow Him to do great things through you.  

Location:  Church of the Rock, 1397 Buffalo Pl, Winnipeg.

Get more information or register HERE or call 1-888-901-9700.