by Helen Boschman-Dyck
LEAMINGTON, ONT.–“Rejoice in all of the good things the Lord your God has given you and your household” (Deut. 26:11). We as the Leamington EMC household have truly been blessed and have much to rejoice about.
On Feb. 28, 2016, our church had a baptism and membership reception. Theresa Dyck, Stephanie Penner, and Justin Klassen were baptized upon their confession of faith. Franz and Helena Guenther were accepted as members as well.
Another baptism was held on Nov. 27, 2016. Aaron Froese, Ryan Fehr, Shannon Fehr, Amy Wolfe, Emily Penner, Courtney Klassen, Jenny Neufeld received baptism. Tommy Enns was also welcomed as a member.
Our church building has been a blessing as well; it seems as though there is always something happening. We have special events like our Annual Couples Date Night Challenge, an evening where couples from our church and local community are able to enjoy great food, games and fellowship.
We have regular Sunday School and Sunday morning services in English; and on Sunday afternoon, as well as Tuesday evenings, a Spanish church meets in our sanctuary.
The week is filled with men’s volleyball on Monday nights, along with men’s and women’s Bible studies on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We have a growing youth program in our church; Junior Youth meets Wednesday nights and Senior Youth on Friday nights. We also have two homeschool groups regularly utilizing our building.
We have been able to reach out farther to our community through hosting many other events such as Sunday potlucks, Men’s and Women’s ministry events, Youth and Young Adult Group events, meetings and weddings. We also host Berean Schools annually; this year it was in March.
We are called to be a light to those around us and we feel blessed to be able to do so as we serve our community.
“The church is the church only when it exists for others, not dominating, but helping and serving” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer).