Community Connections – Make Time

Community Connections
Dec. 16, 2015

This is a busy time of year.

Two thousand years ago people in the Roman Empire were also busy.  Many were traveling to their family’s hometown to be registered in compliance with a government census.

When a young couple expecting their first child showed up in a small town with limited hotel space, they found that all the rooms were completely filled.  In those days there was no Expedia to book a room ahead of time, and so the couple had to find shelter in a stable, where their baby was born.

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Whether you’re travelling for Christmas or just busy making preparations for the celebration with family and friends, let me encourage you not to forget the most important preparation of all.  Don’t forget to reserve room in your heart for Jesus.

News & Events:

Friday Dec. 18, 5:00 PM – (Home Alone for) Christmas Dinner at the church was an incredible experience for all. 50-60 people were in attendance along with volunteers. Thank you to everyone who provided this Christmas dinner for those who would have spent Christmas alone.

Sunday Dec. 20, 7:00 PM – Community Carol Fest @ ABC.  Bring a snack for fellowship time afterward.  You’re also encouraged to bring a Food Bank donations.

Monday Dec. 21 Teen Challenge Christmas donations will be picked up.

Thursday Dec. 24, 4:30 PM – Christmas Eve Service @ ABC.  First Baptist Church will be joining us for a joint service this year.  If you want to participate with a song or reading please contact pastor Wayne before Friday (Dec. 18)

A local business is looking for somewhere to donate new & gently used children’s gifts that they’re collecting for Christmas.  If you’re aware of any families in need please contact Pastor Wayne.

Any announcements or prayer requests can be sent to Barb at the church office abchapel@shaw.ca or Pastor Wayne

Armstrong Bible Chapel
2145 Rosedale Ave.
Armstrong BC V0E1B1
250-546-9696 Office
250-351-5761 Cell
sniderman2@msn.com

Community Connections – “Prosperity”

Community Connections 
Nov. 4, 2105

One of the things that I’ve become more aware of as  result of our recent mission trip to Mexico is that the definition of “prosperity” isn’t the same in every culture. Most of us living in an affluent culture equate prosperity with and abundance of material possessions. 

Many cultures where materialism isn’t the driving force look at prosperity through a different lens.  One that is a truer picture of God’s definition of what it means to prosper. 

Some cultures place a greater value on relationship – especially that of family – than on the accumulation of things.  As a result, even though people might be living in poverty by our standards, they have a sense of prosperity and joy in the wealth of relationships they develop through obeying the command of Christ to love one another.

“… keep my commands in your heart,for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity” -Prov. 3:1-2   NIV

News & Events

●   Two tickets to Frank Mills in concert Monday Nov. 9 @ 7:00 PM in Kelowna to give away. Call Judith 250-546-6517.

●   Sat. Nov. 7, 5:00 PM: Don & Edith Reimer have invited the church family & friends to join them for an anniversary celebration at the church. Happy 45th Don & Edith!

●   Nov. 15: Operation Christmas Child: shoeboxes are now available at the church.  

●   Nov. 29: Souper Sunday.  Join us for a simple meal after church and a discussion regarding the church constitution Article 2 – membership.

●   Dec. 18: Christmas meal.  If you’re able to volunteer to cook/serve in providing a meal for singles/seniors who might be alone this Christmas please let Pastor Wayne or Joy McLean know by Sunday Nov. 8. 

●   Tuesdays 7:00 PM: Ladies group meets at the church.  Current study is “Christian” by Andy Stanley.

●   Wednesdays 9:30 AM: Mens coffee @ Leaf & Bean.

Please note that ABC will accept designated giving toward sponsorship of refugee resettlement. 

Announcements & prayer requests can be sent to Barb at the church office abchapel@shaw.ca or Pastor Wayne sniderman2@msn.com

Pastor Wayne Snider

Armstrong Bible Chapel 
2145 Rosedale Ave.
Armstrong BC V0E1B1
250-546-9696 Office
250-351-5761 Cell
sniderman2@msn.com

Community Connections – August Ends

ABC Community Connections 

Aug. 26, 2015
August is quickly drawing to a close and summer is almost over.  The IPE begins next week and I’m sure most of you are looking forward to the exhibitions and events.
On Sunday Sept. 6, we will be joining other believers for a Cowboy Church worship service at the Fairgrounds beginning at 9:30 AM. 
IPE admission is required to access the grounds, however if you aren’t planning on attending the IPE, but would like to join us for church on Sunday morning, the IPE management has graciously offered to provide some passes for that.  Advance notice is needed in order for the IPE to issue the passes so if you need one please let me know asap, as they are limited. 

image courtesy of http://www.thesunonline.ca/

This Sunday will be the last Sunday worship service we’ll be having in the church basement.  I hope you’ve found our summer format fulfilling and thought provoking as we’ve engaged some “hot topics” that I believe are relevant to our lives.  Above all, I hope that you’ve had and encounter with the Lord, He has spoken to your heart, and you’ve grown in your faith.

On Sept. 13 we’ll be back upstairs in the main auditorium as we enter into a new season.  This Fall we’ll be beginning a journey through the Book of Acts.  Also, stay tuned for information and opportunities to join a small group study.  If you’re interested in hosting a small group this year please contact me.

New & Events

  • Friday Aug. 28, 7:00 PM: Music in the Park. (last one for this summer.)
  • Sunday Sept. 6, 9:30 AM: Cowboy Church @ IPE
  • Sept. 18-20:  Road-rider’s motorcycle retreat.
  • Oct. 15-19: Mexico Mission trip.

Groups:

  • Tuesdays: Ladies group (contact Debi Derksen for time & place 250-546-0556)
  • Wednesdays 9:30 AM: Mens time out @ Leaf & Bean
Announcements and prayer requests may be forwarded to Barb at the church office abchapel@shaw.ca or to Pastor Wayne sniderman2@msn.com
Pastor Wayne Snider
Armstrong Bible Chapel
2145 Rosedale Ave.
Armstrong BC V0E1B1
250-546-9696 Office
250-351-5761 Cell

Community Connections – Growing Gardens

Community Connections

June 7, 2015
Missions Garage Sale Success!

Many thanks to all of you who made the garage sale at ABC this past Saturday such a success!  Whether you donated items or your time, or stopped by to shop, your participation is greatly appreciated.

The sale raised $2200 that will go to Growing Gardens for Life to help build and equip garden sheds and greenhouses at orphanages in Mexico.  Even more satisfying than raising funds was how the church rallied to be involved in this event at many different levels – from leadership, to behind the scenes.  There was considerable interest shown in Growing Gardens for Life from people in the community, some even interested in going on a mission trip to Mexico.

The next step in developing our partnership with GGFL will be to host the directors of the ministry, Jon & Elaine Stevens at ABC.  Jon had indicated that they wouldn’t be able to come until mid-August but there has been another weekend open up on their schedule and they will be here the weekend of June 13-14.

Jon will be sharing during our morning worship service and then we’ll plan on a meal together afterward at the church. Details to be announced.

News & Events:

●   Tuesday’s 7:30 PM: note the time change for next week

●   Ladies Group meeting at the church. “Captivating” John & Staci Eldredge

●   Wednesday’s 9:30 AM: Men’s coffee break @ the Leaf & Bean

●   Sunday June 14: Jon & Elaine Stevens here from Growing Gardens for Life
○   Luncheon at church afterward

●   Friday June 19, 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Music in the Park. ABC serving refreshments.  Volunteers needed.

●   June 24: PVSS Grad ceremony. Congratulations Julia Bargery!

●   Happy Anniversary:
○   Garry & Rose Hoogland (June 3),
○   Denis Harvey & Joanne Colleaux (June 25)

●   Birthdays:
○   Randy Derksen (2)
○   Jordan Derksen (3)
○   Rose Hoogland (5)
○   Tim Bartel (7)

Prayer Requests:
●   Hellen Tulaks cousin Ken, recovery & healing from surgery.

If you have any prayer requests, announcements or other needs to share with your church family please call or email myself or Barb at the church office.

Pastor Wayne
Armstrong Bible Chapel

2145 Rosedale Ave.
Armstrong BC V0E1B1
250-546-9696 Office
250-351-5761 Cell
sniderman2@msn.com

Growing Gardens For Life – ABC Missions

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Last week Pastor Wayne took a part of his vacation time to visit Tecate, Mexico and part of the outlying region.

This was an introductory trip to determine whether to, and how best to, team up with the Growing Gardens For Life ministry.

The ministry is an exciting new direction for ABC Church to concentrate its global missions towards.

The basis of the ministry is coming alongside young children and training them in gardening and agriculture. To provide them with the tools to succeed and survive when the age out of the Children’s Homes (orphanages).

ABC will be discussing ideas amd options to further connect and support this ministry.

For more information please visit:

Website: http://www.growinggardensforlife.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrowingGardensForLife

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Community Connections – Faithful in the Details

Community Connections
April 8, 2015

Faithful in the Details 

“What does God want from me?”  That’s a question we all ask at some point in our lives, and we almost always connect it to some kind of imagined task or assignment. 

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Source: liveluvcreate.com

But what pleases the Lord isn’t the size of the job or what we achieve.  What pleases the Lord is our faithfulness, especially in the little things. 

We all like to be recognized for the doing great things, but it’s the things that happen out of the spotlight that God notices.  What are those little things in your life that seem mundane and tedious that you’d just as soon give up on or ignore? 

Be faithful to see them through to the end, and in the end you will find joy that only God can give.

“Well done, good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master” – Matthew 25:21

  

News & Events:

   1. Tuesday’s 7:00 PM: Ladies Group meeting at the church. Looking at “Captivating” John & Staci Eldredge.

   2. Wednesday’s 9:30 AM: Men’s coffee break @ the Leaf & Bean

   3. April 12: Souper Sunday and Church family meeting to begin review of our constitution. If you’re able to bring a pot of soup of some buns please call Edith Reimer.

   4. April 21: FEB Friendship dinner

   5. May 9: Gardom Lake Walk, Run or Cycle fundraiser. Begins @ 10:00 AM

Happy Anniversary: 
   1. Wayne & Barb Hoogland (April 9), 

   2. Alf & Marj Giesbrecht (April 10)

This Sunday morning we’ll be finishing up our study in the Gospel of John with a message on the “Freedom to Fail.”   New series starting next week on “Desires of the Heart.”  

If you have any prayer requests, announcements or other needs to share with your church family please call or email myself or Barb at the church office.

Pastor Wayne

Armstrong Bible Chapel 
2145 Rosedale Ave.
Armstrong BC V0E1B1
250-546-9696 Office
sniderman2@msn.com

Community Connections – Reflections

Community Connections 
March 4, 2015

It’s good to be back after a week of vacation.  During my time away I visited with our aging parents in Golden, reconnected with a friend in Cranbrook, spent an afternoon in Spokane, had a lovely drive across Washington State, and had a good couple of days with my friend and mentor in Seattle. 

Although I can’t say it was physically restful, my time away was renewing for both my spiritual and emotional health, and I was able to recognize God’s presence daily.  Part of that experience was making a missions connection that I feel was one of those “divine encounters” only God could orchestrate.  As a result, we as a church, have been given the opportunity for a direct partnership with a couple who are doing mission work in Mexico, teaching and helping orphans to grow sustainable organic gardens & orchards, along with the sharing of God’s Word. 

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You’ll hear more about this opportunity on Sunday, or you can check it out online at growinggardensforlife.org

I’ve also been following Marj Giesbrecht and May MacAulay’s pilgrimage to Israel as they travel with my friend, Pastor Jeff and the group he’s leading from from Campbell River.  They arrived safely on Monday and so far have they’ve visited Petra in Jordan. Today they were at Bethany by the Jordan near the Israeli border.  If you want to follow their journey check out Jeff’s blog at http://www.crbaptist.bc.ca/blog

News & Events

Thursday March 5, 7 PM: Baby shower for Oksana Mohr @ Darlene Konrad’s

Tuesdays 7:00 PM: Ladies Lifegroup @ the church.

Wednesdays: Men’s coffee time  9:30 AM @ the Leaf & Bean

Wednesday evening Lifegroup  @ Don & Edith Reimer’s cancelled until after Easter

Friday March 6: World Day of Prayer,  hosted by St. Andrews Presbyterian church @ 2:PM

Friday April 3:  Community Good Friday Service held at ABC

Sunday mornings we’ll be continuing our series in the Gospel of John.  This week the message will be “Loving to Be Hated” John 15:17-16:4. 

If you have any prayer requests, announcements or other needs to share with the church family please call or email myself or Barb at the church office.

Pastor Wayne

Armstrong Bible Chapel 

2145 Rosedale Ave.
Armstrong BC V0E1B1
250-546-9696 Office
250-351-5761 Cell
sniderman2@msn.com