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
Join us for the Women’s Weekend Getaway, April 28 to 30th at Elkhorn Resort.
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.
As you know, the Building Committee has been working diligently to find a resolution for retention pond / drainage into Lake Muir.
We are reaching out to LaFarge and Fort Whyte Alive to seek an audience with them, with hopes of a favourable resolution to the drainage issue. We are asking you to lift this matter in prayer before the Lord. We are praying that the decision makers at both LaFarge and Fort Whyte will be open to receiving the various supporting documents that we have provided them, that they will be open to working with us, and that they will decide to allow drainage into Lake Muir.
We thank you for your continued prayers as you uphold this particular matter before the Lord.”
WRBC Board of Church Governance Chair
Whyte Ridge Baptist Church Weekly Update
Pastoral Appreciation – As those privileged to be shepherds of the flock here at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church we want to thank the church family for the incredible ‘Pastor Appreciation Sunday’ that you gave us on January 1st. We were both humbled and honoured by the various expressions of gratitude. As we reflected on it at our Staff meeting, we realized that none of us have ever experienced such a meaningful ‘thank you’ in ministry. The beautiful painting by Rosalie Olson combined with Pastor Alf Bell’s sage words are a keep-sake we will treasure as we remember that day for years to come. Thank you all for your love and respect. We praise God for giving us this season of ministry together with you all!
Sincerely, your Pastors: Kevin Klassen, Doug Friesen, Kevin Schular & Terry Janke
Consent to Release – As you are aware, from previous correspondence, the Steinbach Credit Union requires a list of all pledges for the Building program in order to proceed with our request for financing. Thank you to those of you who have returned their pledge consent form as requested. For those of you who have not returned the consent form, please take a minute to complete the form (consent-to-release-form) and return it to Gary Schellenberg’s mail folder. Alternatively, you may email Gary with your permission and that will also be valid. Thanks so much for doing this as this will hopefully expedite a favorable response from the Credit Union.
Scripture Study Notes for the book of Acts are available; notes $3, notes & binder $5. If you would like a copy reply to this email indicating notes or notes & binder.
Care Ministry Directory – Now available Online or to Download – In response to requests to become better aware of our Care Ministry, you can now view our Care Ministry Directory at www.whyteridgebaptist.ca/care or download a copy here.. For general care needs, please email email@example.com.
Copies of Melanie Penner’s book, “Our Hope Adventure” are available. Reply to this email if you would like to receive one; $20 each.
Upcoming Events & Activities:
Family Meal & Equipping Seminar—Sunday, February 5; 5:30p.m. We will hear from four of our WRBC missionaries as they share their stories of how God is leading their lives. Our meal this evening will have an Indian theme and will be prepared by our very own Promila Rose! All donations given will go towards our Building Project. Free child care for children 10 and under. Cost: 10/family; $5/person. To register, reply to this email indicating the number of children and adults from your family who will attend.
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)
Bellissima Sera 2017—An evening in support of the Meadowood Manor Foundation. Saturday, February 11; 6:00p.m. at DeLuca’s Cooking Studio & Banquet Centre, 950 Portage Ave. Tickets: $150 (includes $70 donation tax receipt) For tickets contact Tom Suffield 204-275-5718 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing in Grace Lunch—Thursday, January 12; 12:00p.m. Dig out your 50s outfit, shine up your saddle shoes and let’s go back to the 50s! Remember the food, the friends, the music and fun. Great meal followed by games. To register reply to this email by January 8. Suggested donation $10. Contact: Bonnie (204-489-1482).
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: January 19; February 2, 16; March 2, 16; April 6, 20; May 4; 10:00-11:30a.m. or 7:00-8:30p.m. at the church.
Women’s Bible Study—Entrusted by Beth Moore (2 Timothy) Tuesdays at 9:30a.m., January 17-February 28 at the church. Sign up at the Information Centre. Cost: $25. Contact: Carol Bergmann 204-883-2301; Dale Fast 204-488-4620.
Women’s 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 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7. Contact: Barb Brewer (204-807-5846)
Men’s Breakfast – Saturday, January 21; 9:00-11:00a.m. Radical Obedience (Andrew Friesen, speaker). Cost: $5. To register reply to this email.
Book Club—February 4, March 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 8, 15, 22; March 1, 15, 22; April 5, 12; 7:30-9:00p.m. For more information contact the church office.
Youth & Young Adults:
4HG (gr. 5-12) –Monday, January 9; 7:00-9:00p.m. In-House – Worship, devos, friends, games and likely some food! 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.
SONSeekers – Regular children’s programming will resume on January 8.
Building Project Prayer Requests:
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 favour in the eyes of the City of Winnipeg Water & Waste as approval is sought for a site drainage plan. Also ask the Lord for good relations between our Church and Fort Whyte and Lafarge to discuss an agreement for draining into Lake Muir. If approved this would allow us to lower costs considerably and maintain the current plan for a second floor and the current parking plan.
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.
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.
Visit our Online Prayer Wall: www.WhyteRidgeBaptist.ca/Prayer-Wall
This and That:
Online Sermons and Podcasts – 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 or Poddirectory. Catch up on this summer’s messages from a variety of speakers on your next drive to the beach or during your commute!
This Sunday, December 18, we will have a special offering to raise school funds for our 13 children in India ($3,000 total). Money received beyond $3000 will assist youth from Garden Hill (Pathway Camp Ministries) attending Youth Quake in February.
Please prayerfully consider how you can participate in our special offering to show love to these children.
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
On December 3; 5:30 p.m., we will be holding a special Family Christmas Dinner at WRBC. Everyone is invited to attend a festive celebration that will include a delicious pulled turkey dinner from Danny’s Whole Hog and a Variety Night of music and entertainment from our own church folk.
If you would like to attend, please sign up in the church foyer on Sunday morning. Cost is $15.00 per adult, $7.00 for ages 5-12 years, and kids ages 4 and under are free. Payment due when you sign up.
And we would love to have many of you involved in the evening’s program! If you, as an individual or part or a group, would like to provide music, a readings, a skit (or whatever else you might think of), please contact Pastor Kevin Klassen.
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.
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.
Church Family Prayer Time – Tuesday, November, 15; 7:00p.m.
Please join us for a time of prayer this Tuesday as we lift up to the Lord the decision we will be voting on next Sunday, November 20 at the Congregational Meeting concerning the selling of our current building and the construction of a new one on McGillivray Blvd. “Call unto me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jer. 33:3)
General Meeting—Sunday, November 20; 12:30p.m.
While the general meeting will include the normal business of setting the operational budget, elections and membership, we will also have a motion from the Board regarding our decision to proceed with building and the potential sale of our current building. To encourage attendance, the meeting will be held immediately after the second service. While the members’ votes will determine acceptance of the motion, all adherents will be asked to vote to show their acceptance of this decision.
Advance Voting / Mail In Ballots
Your vote is important! Mail in Ballots are currently available at the Information Centre for both members and adherents who are unable to attend this meeting, or by contacting email@example.com.
Please note that the Hymn Night that had been scheduled for this coming Sunday evening has been postponed until January.
In the meantime, we look forward to a Church Family Christmas Dinner together on Saturday, December 3rd at 5:30 pm. This will feature a variety of music from people in our church family.
Please pass this information along to others, particularly those who may not have access to email / the internet.
With thanks to God for His blessings and to the people of WRBC for their faith and service, we have $2,805,101 in pledges towards our goal of $3,000,000 (as of Sunday). We will leave the campaign open until November 20th for any who have not yet made a pledge.
The Board met this Tuesday, November 8th to decide on how to move forward and the motion from the Board will be announced by Sunday, November 13th. Let us continue to praise and glorify our God together.
The November 2016 edition of ‘Parenting Christian Kids’ is now available to view and download online!
Dear Church Family,
It’s been a great privilege to be a part of the campaign. All of us who are a part of the planning have sensed God’s leading every step of the way.
This past Commitment Sunday brought the public phase of the campaign to a close. We praise God for over 100 family and individual pledges received and we are very thankful for the total accumulated pledge to date.
Since some of you were not able to participate this past Sunday, you can still turn in your pledge to the church office by this Friday. The total of gifts and pledges will be announced this next Sunday in both of the services.
On behalf of the staff and campaign committee, we would like to thank the Church and all those who have participated for the privilege of serving in this way.