Sadness and Joy in Leadership and Youth Changes

By Menno Hamm

MacGREGOR, Man.—Our congregation sadly bade farewell to Dan and Sandra Sawatzky, who have moved to Winnipeg, Man. They actively served the church for over 30 years, including as teachers in Sunday School, and as deacons and small group leaders.

More recently Dan has been our moderator and conference delegate, and lately led the revision of our constitution and policy handbook. Sandra has done much work behind the scenes, keeping everything running smoothly, and in the last year or so she brought renewed life into the Sunday School program. They have served us well and, though we regret their departure, we know the Lord will bless Dan and Sandra and many others through them.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some church elections had been delayed, but recently we were pleased to elect Jeff Thiessen to the position of moderator. Several others accepted their elections as well: Linden Guenther as chairman of the Christian Education committee, Matt Sawatzky as our MDS representative, and Dakotah Guenther to the newly created position of Community Life Facilitator. Also, upon the retirement of deacon couple Sheldon and Linda Giesbrecht, David and Tammy Kruse have accepted and been installed in the deacon position.

During a recent Sunday morning service, Keri Unrau was presented with a study Bible and a gift of $200 for further education, in honour of her high school graduation. We congratulate Keri for persevering in spite of COVID-19 restrictions. She demonstrated her commitment to Christ in baptism a year ago and is now studying at Providence College.

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