Swift Current Community Baptist Church
Thursday, July 24th is Pastor Joell's 50th birthday. Come Mini Golfing Thursday at 7:00 p.m. with us! He wants to golf 50 holes. Birthday cake will be served after the first game.
We'd love to have you join us this Sunday ... coffee fellowship at 10:30 and Sunday morning service at 10:45. Pastor Joell's sermon is called "God's Good Work In You".
Here is the bulletin for Sunday.
And after the morning service, join us for an informal Picnic In The Park about 1:00 or 1:15 at Riverside Park (weather permitting). Bring lawn chairs, beverages, and whatever you'd like to eat or share. We will have a small barbecue along.
If you'd like to help with the church lawn care (even a week or two) this summer, please contact the church office as soon as possible.
If you haven't had your visit with Pastor Joell (or Pastor Joell & his family), please let us schedule a coffee or meal visit soon.
Contact the church office.
Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
July 23, 2014 - "Turning 50" Edition
OK. So, yes, I'm turning 50 on Thursday and, I suppose, that some reflection is in order, being as it is a bellwether birthday and all.
So, first off, where have I lived? Well, according to my own recollections, and the information I have gleaned from my family, I have lived in Dawson Creek, BC (1 year), Grande Prairie, AB (1 year), Fort St. John, BC (12 years), Langley, BC (4 years), Abbotsford, BC (7 years), Cagayan de Oro, Philippines (1 year), Regina, SK (5 years), Kitimat, BC (10 years), and Swift Current, SK (9 years). By a rough estimate, I have lived in 24 homes (4 of which were dorm rooms in college). I have been in paid Christian ministry since 1990 and volunteered in ministry as far back as 1982.
I have been part of many churches as well: Dawson Creek Alliance Church (so I've been told), Grande Prairie Alliance (I haven't been told that...but I'm assuming), Fort St. John Alliance Church, Langley Evangelical Free (where I was baptized), Seven Oaks Alliance Church (Abbotsford), Regina Evangelical Free, Hillsdale Alliance Church (Regina), First Baptist Church (Kitimat), and, currently, Community Baptist Church (Swift Current).
I've only had one wife. Bonita Michelle Dueck married me on September 5th, 1987 in Regina. Together we've had four children: Matthew Taylor (1992), Dylan James (1994), Emmalina Shawntel (1995), and Joell Dustyn Isaac (2001). We got a daughter-in-law in September 2012... Kirstie Krause married Matthew.
I can remember having many pet dogs too...but can't remember all of their names. Blackie comes to mind (I'm assuming a black dog of some sort), but that's kinda foggy. There was Chipper (run over), Barney (was actually Stan's dog...but he went off to school...she got sent to a farm when we moved to Langley...or so that's the story), Mindy (died of natural causes), Sienna (a dog I got and brought home...then went of to school...and I don't even know what happened to her), Stella I (stolen), Molly (natural causes....led to lethal injection), Stella II (gave her to the Fehrs), Fluffy (run over), and, currently, Sophelia. I'm sure I'm missing some from the early days...we went through a number of pets...including cats...but who cares about cats.
I've only had two parents (Miles and Evelyn) and two parent-in-law (John and Sandra). They all have been really nice to me for some reason.
I've owned a few vehicles too. My first (that I personally purchased) was a 1978 Ford Fiesta, then I was carless while at school (I borrowed various vehicles including one of these), but inherited a car from my wife when I got married, which was a 1985-ish Dodge Omni, then we also bought a 1982 Chrysler LaBaron, and then, our one and only new car...ever, a 1991 Honda Civic. After the 3rd kid we had to move to a 1992 Dodge Caravan, followed, very briefly by a 2000 Dodge Caravan, (the old one died on a trip, we leased a new one...then, after a few months, "bought" the old one back) and then back to previous 1992 Dodge Caravan, and then, here in Swift Current we got the 2001 Ford Windstar and then, finally, our 2010 Ford Flex (this picture is the actual vehicle).
So, those are 50 years of useless details. Having written all those, I must confess that the most important things in my life haven't been the things. My relationships....firstly with Jesus, and then my wife, kids, family, and friends are the things I cherish. In every location God has brought wonderful people into my life...and, by far, the most meaningful encounters with any and all of the people in my life have been the times when I could share Jesus with them. From my kids to the folks in the pews.
God has given me 50 years and, my prayer remains, that my life will be one that connects people with the love of Jesus, a love that, thanks to my parents and churches, I have always known.
PS. And, almost forgot... I have always cheered for the Saskatchewan Roughriders!!! GO RIDERS!
Last Sunday's Service: