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.

Manitoba Baptist Association Mission Brunch – Saturday, March 5th

Saturday, March 5; 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. at WRBC; Cost: $10/person. 

Speaker:   Tony Dunaway

Tony Dunaway (in partnership with NAB) who oversees ministry operations in Zambia will be our guest.
His ministry involves 12 My Father’s House orphan homes for 85 children, a poultry project for 60,000 birds annually and summer camps for orphan children- Camp Hope.

Please sign-up at the Information Centre by February 28th. Payment must accompany sign-up.
Everyone is welcome to this event!

Mom’s (and Mom’s-To-Be) Drop In – Wednesdays, 10 am to Noon

Welcome Moms (and Moms-To-Be)!!  

YOU ARE INVITED to get out of the house, bring your kiddos, have some coffee, hang out with, and meet other moms in Winnipeg!

To start, we will be meeting once a week on Wednesday mornings from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. for drop-in group. While it is still chilly outside we plan to meet on Route 90 at McDonald’s (because they have great coffee and a sweet play place for those momma’s with kids who need to play and get out some energy).

Come warmer weather (CAN’T WAIT!) we plan to move outdoors to meet up at a park or splash pad– TBD once we know where people are primarily located in the city. This group is open to anyone with children who need some mom-time, a mid-week break, and/or a community of other moms figuring out this whole fun and wild parenting thing! Please invite anyone you know who has kids or who is expecting and looking for a place to connect! 

For more information contact Natalie Friesen (natalie.christyn@gmail.com) or Jill Schular (kjschular@gmail.com)