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Crestview: Joint Good Friday Service Held, Baptism Celebrated, Lent Explored

By Jenaya Groen

WINNIPEG, Man.—“From every nation, tribe, people, and language” (Rev. 7:9). This verse perfectly suits the coming together of neighbouring churches on April 19, 2019, for a lively Good Friday service, which was hosted by us this year. For many years now it has been the Crestview Park Free Methodist Church and our pleasure to enjoy an annual event, where we reflect and praise our Saviour on this prominent Friday.

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Teresa Enns Zehr Invited to be Pastor

by Marilyn Funk

WINNIPEG, Man.—In 2018 the Aberdeen congregation strongly affirmed the work of Teresa Enns Zehr as Aberdeen’s Ministry Coordinator and invited her to a new three-year term with a change in title to pastor, which better reflects Teresa’s ministry to our congregation. Continue reading Teresa Enns Zehr Invited to be Pastor

Blumenort EMC: Baptisms, Eagle Lake Bible Camp

by Janice Harder

BLUMENORT, Man.—On Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, Thea Reimer, Karalee Reimer, and Tyler Reimer committed their lives to the Lord by way of baptism. Pastor Anthony Reimer administered the baptism. Amy Lange, who was baptized at Eagle Lake Bible Camp earlier this summer, also became a covenant member. Prayers for these young people would be appreciated as they continue on the path of Christian life. Continue reading Blumenort EMC: Baptisms, Eagle Lake Bible Camp

Crestview Fellowship: Outreach Events Held, Challenge Made

by Jenaya Groen

WINNIPEG, Man.— At the beginning of the month of February 2019, Crestview Fellowship Church experienced two prominent events. One of them brought the community, congregation, and youth group together to enjoy an evening full of fellowship on Feb.1, 2019. The event was held on a Friday night, starting at 6:30 p.m., where we were able to enjoy a tasty taco dinner before we settled in for a movie in the sanctuary.

I Can Only Imagine was the movie being viewed that evening, and it definitely brought some interest in from the community. Crestview Fellowship loves these events for reasons of outreach and, fortunately, God’s hand was at work again with another successful opportunity. Without the thought and time put in from the volunteers, these types of events would not be possible. The church is very thankful for the working hands and willing hearts within it; they truly go the extra mile.

The second event was on Feb. 3, 2019, where we celebrated with the Triskle family, as they committed their second baby to raising them in the love of Christ. The church is eager to watch baby Allistair Triskle grow in his faith, as we will be supporting him, whether that is through prayer or helping out with Sunday School. The future of Crestview Fellowship Church is continuing to strengthen as we watch our family grow and use their gifts to benefit our Lord’s kingdom.

CFC enjoyed many Christmas blessing and outreach events during December 2018. Three of the many highlights this Christmas included Christmas hampers, the L.O.F.T. Christmas party, and the second annual Christmas Eve service and potluck.

This year Crestview blessed nine families with a Christmas hamper. The church was very generous and the hamper assembly and deliveries were able to run smoothly.

The L.O.F.T. stands for Living Our Faith Together, where youth from the church and around the community meet on Friday nights, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., and study God’s Word and enjoy playing exciting games. The L.O.F.T. Christmas party consisted of delicious homemade pizza, surprising youth leader trivia, extreme white elephant gift exchange, tasty sugar cookie decorating, and a game of capture the flag in the dark. The youth that attend are grateful for an awesome and welcoming Friday night every week.

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Pastor Darrel Guenther said in a Christmas Eve sermon that believing in Jesus as the Messiah without any evidence is similar to finding, while blindfolded, a certain coloured penny among hundreds of other pennies. Then he went into O. T. prophecies that reveal why we can trust in Jesus. Credit: Crestview

The Christmas Eve service and potluck was another year of outreach success with many smiles of members and visitors enjoying each other’s company and sharing in joy of our Saviour’s birth. The message was called, “Is He the One?” Our eyes were opened to seven of the many prophecies of the coming of the Messiah, in the Old Testament, being fulfilled many years later. We can all trust in God’s Word and celebrate His faithfulness this year. Pastor Darrel Guenther challenged everyone, “He is the One. Is He your Saviour?”

On Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, Crestview officially welcomed Adam Schmidt has our youth pastor. Adam Schmidt grew up in the Crestview Fellowship community, and many in the congregation have watched him grow and express his faith in Jesus Christ. Adam has a servant heart that is always eager to help and encourage. He went to Steinbach Bible College where he learned a lot about himself and God through four years.

Connecting with youth, both inside and outside the church, is something that is so important to Adam and his efforts in these relationships are evidently huge and so cool. Adam connects through his own experiences, whether it’s on the court or reality. It’ll be exciting to see how God uses Adam as he serves as youth pastor in the Crestview Fellowship community.

On Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, Crestview enjoyed reaching out to the community with a free sale and free breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. The church had been collecting items for the free sale since early spring; therefore, we had endless things to share with the community. From boots to books, from couches to pouches, we had it all. The breakfast was served: orange juice, hot coffee, fluffy pancakes drizzled with maple syrup, and savoury sausage, all cooked right in front of the community. This outreaching event touched the hearts of many, both the ones serving and receiving.

Stony Brook: Special Service for Retiring Pastoral Couple

by Lisa Bergen

STEINBACH, Man.—On Jan. 27, 2019, SBF held a special service for Pastor Earl and Caroline Unger as they retire from serving at SBF. Pastor Earl has worked at SBF for 20 years and three months. We had an emotional and bittersweet kind of morning together as a congregation. We celebrated them at a come and go retirement party on Sunday afternoon. We wish them very well in their future endeavours. SBF says a great big thank you for all your service, dedication and sacrifices you made for us!

Blumenort: Two Ministers Ordained, Baptisms Held

by Janice Harder

BLUMENORT, Man.—We have celebrated many exciting events in the church. On April 22, 2018, we celebrated the ordinations of Alain Reimer and James Driedger in a wonderful service where we encouraged them to keep on learning and serving the Lord wherever He plants them.

On May 6, 2018, five candidates participated in the Sunday morning baptism service. Austin Kehler, Leanna Giesbrecht, Daniel Mandel, Justin Reimer, and Kyra Sawatzky publicly declared their faith and trust in Christ and were baptized.

One short week later, on May 13 we had 13 families participate in a parent-child dedication ceremony. It was a joyful occasion for the church family.

We have a full summer of Bible Camp coming up in a few short weeks at Eagle Lake Bible Camp in Ontario. We are once again running a Summer VBS program from June 24-28. The theme is Time Lab: Discovering Jesus from Eternity Past to Eternity Future.

We also have our annual church in the park event together with the Ridgewood EMC at the community fair days on July 1. We thank you for your prayers as we celebrate these events together as a church, and as we work together to be the hands and feet of Jesus wherever we go.

Rosenhof: Remembering a Revival Felt 60 Years Later

by Marvin T. Allan

ROSENHOF, Sask.: Aug. 11, 2018, was an incredibly hot day in Rosenhof, Sask., with the temperature over 37C.

It was a pleasant surprise that a large crowd gathered at the Quonset at the Cornelius Wieler farm where the original revival meetings were held sixty years ago. In 1957 preacher Ben D. Reimer with the EM Church (later Conference) from Steinbach, Man., was coming to Swift Current, Sask., to hold evangelistic meetings with the General Conference pastor Hans Dyck.

Henry Toews came along with Ben Reimer in order to visit relatives in the Mennonite villages south of Swift Current. Mr. Toews was originally a rancher from Paraguay, South America.

Mr. Toews was able to get permission from the Sommerfeld bishop to preach only once in each of the five Sommerfeld churches in the area. His preaching began a movement of the Holy Spirit with the Low German-speaking Mennonite people. Meetings were held in the Quonset at the Corny Wieler farm every night, often lasting as late as 11 p.m.

Three Sommerfeld preachers were brave enough to lead their people into the new EMC fellowship. David Froese, Peter Schlamp, and Abram Leiding experienced a great deal of opposition as they stepped forward in faith to lead this revival.

Cornie and Bernie Plett were called by Ben D. Reimer to come to the Wymark area to help in the new church movement. They began a youth choir and taught them to sing in four-part harmony. The Pletts taught Vacation Bible School at various locations in the district.

Both Cornie and Bernie were able to attend the reunion on Aug. 11, 2018. Both of them spoke and Bernie sang a solo. The entire event was planned and hosted by the grandchildren of Corny Wieler. David and Ron Wieler, Lorraine Funk, Roseanne Poffenroth, Audrey Schlamp and Lois Martens all worked on this project.

The Wieler family have built a stone monument (denkjmol) in their farmyard (see Joshua 4: 21-24) to remember the events that took place here 60 years ago.

Archie Neufeld from the Wymark EMC led the congregational singing, with three other groups singing in Low German and in English.

Several people gave wonderful testimonies of how the revival of 1957/58 changed their lives and the lives of their families. The meeting ended with a light supper (faspa) provided by the Wielers.

The people left refreshed and rejoicing for they remembered what God hath done for them (Joshua 4:24).

Five Members Received into Rosenort EMC

by Anita Peters

ROSENORT, Man.—Every church loves to celebrate! Sunday, April 29, 2018, was a day of celebration for Rosenort EMC. On that day we rejoiced as three young people were baptized and two others were received into membership.

Hearing the testimonies brought the Good News to life as each of the five shared about the transformative power of Jesus in their journey. The amazing grace of God was magnified. Many visitors were in attendance and the celebration continued over a potluck noon meal.

Each of our baptismal candidates are matched with a mentor from the church who will meet regularly with them over the course of a year to encourage and disciple them.