Category Archives: Taber EMC

Taber: Deacons Commissioned on Mother’s Day

by Tina Dyck

TABER, Alta.—At the beginning of the year we began the search for new deacon couples. We spent time praying for God to reveal the right candidates to the members as we began the nomination process, and God answered our prayers. We elected two new deacon couples, Nick and Mary Enns and David and Agatha Reimer, into our ministerial team.

The Deacon Commissioning service was held on Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017. The church benches were full of family and friends that came out to support our new deacon couples. They shared their heartfelt testimonies and the church stood behind them in support of the ministry to which they have committed.

Our Sunday School children blessed us with a special number during the service, followed by a Mother’s Day lunch for the congregation which is always well received.

Our church life is always busy; some days we might even say it’s too busy. But it’s during these busy times that we experience the Lord’s blessings in many ways.  Our Sunday School committee and teachers have been a blessing to our children and parents again this year. I’m sure they all looked forwarded to their summer break to refresh and rejuvenate for the following school year and have benefitted from it.

We are busy here at the Taber EMC planning and preparing different activities to strengthen our fellowship and faith in our Almighty God so that we may be a blessing to our families and our community.

Taber: Dedications, Baptisms, VBS, and Landscaping

by Naomi Klassen

TABER, Alta.—Spring and summer have been busy and exciting here in Taber. In May we had baby dedication that included 12 families!

April and Andy Klasen dedicated their daughter Sydney and their son Zachery; Peter and Marianne Neufeld dedicated their son Donavon; John and Linnea Dyck dedicated their son Dominick; Jake and Susie Quiring dedicated their son Emmett; Rudy and Sandra Friesen dedicated their daughter Alysha and their son Colton; Lyndon and Naomi Klassen and their daughter Carmen; Jake and Eva Koethler and their son Lucas, Benny and Darlene Penner and their daughter Sofia, Abe and Eva Klassen and their son Ivan; Ike and Margaret WIebe and their son Caylan; Henry and Anna Klassen and their son Adam and Jaime and Susie Thiessen and their daughter Sophie.

It was a very busy baby dedication and although the babies didn’t always cooperate, it made for an entertaining dedication service for those watching. All the families were presented with a framed photograph and certificate of dedication for their child.

We also had the pleasure of having a large baptism class this spring with 10 new members and another two people transferring their membership. It is always encouraging to see these young people take this public step of declaration and dedication for their faith in God. The baptism candidates were John Zacharias, Martha Bueckert, Martha Friesen, Henry Zacharias, David Dyck, Cornelius Fehr, Verna Fehr, Mary Wiebe, Heinrich Peters and Susie Neustaeter. Membership transfers were Peter and Susanna Neufeld.

This summer we also held Cave Quest VBS at our church during August. We had the pleasure of teaching 116 children about God and the ways that Jesus helps us through giving us hope, courage, direction, love and power. The VBS committee did an amazing job decorating the church to look like a cave, complete with stalactites and all! There were many hard working volunteers that helped make our VBS a huge success again this year.

The other project that has been going on this summer is the landscaping around the church. In spring the church received a donation specifically to complete some much needed landscaping on the churchyard. The church voted to match the donation and a committee was created to take on the large task. They have put many hours into making the churchyard look beautiful.

Improvements include planting perennials around the outside of the church building, creating a lawn and seating area and also planting trees and new grass on the west side. The project also included adding an in-ground sprinkler system to keep all these beautiful new additions looking green.

The project is now complete and we are waiting for our new grass to grow. We are hopeful that by next summer we will be able to see the children outside playing on the lawn and maybe even add some picnic tables so we can use it for summer potlucks.