by Jolene Friesen
TREESBANK, Man.—In May 2016 we hired a part-time pastor, John McMillan, for a three month period to help us work towards finding and hiring a permanent pastor. As the end of August drew near it was decided that Pastor John would continue in the part-time position for an additional year. Part of his focus has been teaching us about our statement of faith and our church constitution, reminding us why they are important.
On June 26 we celebrated with and supported three sets of parents as they dedicated their children and themselves to godly instruction and parenting. Isaac and Jenny Klassen dedicated Lilly, Mark and Lisa Plett dedicated Asher, and Daryl and Jolene Friesen dedicated Lewis.
Our annual church camping weekend was held in July at Spruce Woods Provincial Park. Attendance was great this year—our group campsite was full—and many of those who didn’t join us for the rest of the weekend were able to come and enjoy our outdoor Sunday morning service in beautiful weather. We enjoyed a potluck lunch together and a wonderful time of informal fellowship.
After an extended period of overlooking the practices of communion and foot washing we were able to take part in both of these ordinances in separate Sunday morning services in August and September. What a blessing it was to partake of the Lord’s Supper together! It was also amazing to experience the humbling act of allowing someone else to wash your feet and to kneel in an attitude of servant hood to wash another’s feet, thus gaining the blessing Jesus spoke of in John 13.
We rejoiced to witness two baptisms on Oct. 1. Sharon Hallam and Jenny Klassen were baptized upon their confession of faith and received into membership. It was so encouraging to hear their testimonies and support them in this step of obedience to Christ. As an obvious reflection of our farming community, the outdoor baptistery was a large, round, blue cattle watering tank.
The planning committee for our 50th Anniversary Celebration has begun meeting to discuss preparations for July 22 and 23, 2017. We look forward to seeing you there!