Swift Current Community Baptist Church
Pick up some ComBap 25th Anniversary mugs for yourself or for gifts. Cost is $10 for one, or $9 each if you buy two or three, or $8.50 if you buy four or more. Great mugs for coffee or soup!
The youth will be going on a Progressive Supper this Tuesday. Youth and drivers, please meet at the church shortly before 6:00 p.m.
The College & Career will be meeting Friday evenings instead of Thursdays - 7:00 p.m.
Our Fall Supper is coming up October 25 (Saturday). Tickets are available from the church office or Jake G. - or a limited number at the door. Prices are $12 (adults and teens) and $6 (children 6 to 12). Preschoolers may come for free.
October is PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH! Be sure to "love on" Pastor Joell and his family!
Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
October 16, 2014 - "Fosston" Edition
1971. I was in grade one at Grandhaven Elementary School in Fort St John (as noted a few weeks ago in my life-school rundown). It was also the year that Bill Dyck became pastor at the Elim Evangelical Free Church in Fosston, SK (my Dad's hometown). He started his ministry there in 1971. That's 43 years ago.
Forty-three! Which, by the way, is close to the population (54) of Fosston!
Bill has been bi-vocational for most of that time, running a lumber yard in neighbouring Rose Valley. His two children have since moved on. His lovely wife is becoming frail but still manages to play the organ/piano when called upon. That little church (which was much more little back before they built the new building) was packed for the funeral of my Uncle Paul Farber on Monday. Pastor Bill ran the service without a worship team, without a computer tech running the powerpoint (he did that from the pulpit), and without a sound man (at least I didn't see one). I imagined all the sermons that he's preached in that church over the years. Most were probably not recorded. Many were preached in front of sparse crowds. All were agonized over and prayed over. All were important. All were faithfully sharing the Gospel.
I'm sure there have been many days when frustration, disappointment, and discouragement invaded on a Monday. Days when fear that the little country church might not be able to make ends meet. Doubts as to the logic of sustaining a church in a dying town. But, I'm even more sure that the Holy Spirit whispered in his ear "This is My work"...or something like that...and the ministry carried on.
That kind of service is rare in our world today...and, actually, was rare in the past too! But, surely, if Pastor Bill can minister for 43 years out in the country, we can do the same in whatever ministry roles we have in our local churches...wherever they happen to be! We can muddle through the scheduling issues, the fear issues, and the disappointments.
Oh, and maybe this is also a good reminder that you don't have to be in a big town to have a great church!