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Pelly: Anfinsons Honoured for Serving 50 Years as a Deacon Couple in PFC

by Rhonda Brodeur

PELLY, Sask.—It’s not every day you have someone who has done the same job in the same church for 50 years. In August 2017 Lewis and Vivian Anfinson celebrated 50 years as Pelly’s deacon couple.

You do not hear too often a person who does the same position in a church for 50 years, never mind a couple who does the same position together in the same church for 50 years.

On Sunday, August 27, 2017, we had our regular Sunday service. At the end Pastor Frankie Kim made an announcement of a special service. Lewis Anfinson, easy-going as he is, did not seem to have concern. Vivian did not know what was going on. I could see her whisper to Lewis, who shook his head no.

Pastor Frankie Kim led a short service to thank Lewis and Vivian for their 50 years of service as our deacon couple. People joined us from Kamsack, Norquay, Hyas, and Benito.

There was an open microphone. People spoke how Lewis and Vivian were an example for them in one way or another. They admired Lewis and Vivian, and spoke of what a great couple they are. They have given of themselves to the church and the community. Both Lewis and Vivian volunteered wherever they were needed. They were there to help out and volunteered at numerous places over the years.

The Anfinsons were presented with a plaque. People took pictures. Vivian said for the first time she was speechless. She was too moved and touched, and thanked everyone for coming and the lovely words and the plaque. Then Lewis spoke and thanked everyone for coming and for everything. After we all went downstairs for a surprise lunch.

It was my honour to interview Lewis and Vivian for an article. They were both very humble about their position as a deacon couple, and are doing it as to the Lord. Vivian said it is a privilege to serve the Lord and the church in this way. Lewis said he will do whatever work the Lord leads him to do.

Lewis and Vivian were married in 1951. When they and their family started attending what became Pelly Fellowship Chapel, people would gather in each others’ homes for church, a different home each week. Then they rented a house in Pelly and called the church Pelly Fellowship Chapel.

A missionary Benny Eidse, from the Western Gospel Mission, led the church. From that, the church grew to what it is today. Vivian was a Christian when she and Lewis started attending church. Lewis became a Christian back in the days when they were still meeting in each others’ homes.

In August 1967 the congregation of Pelly Fellowship Chapel voted in Lewis and Vivian as their deacon couple; and they are doing such a great job we will not let them step down.

 

Crestview: God is so Good!

by Sharron Straub

WINNIPEG, Man.—On Sunday, Sept. 17, Flo Friesen shared how the Kleefeld EM Church had a vision for church planting and then proceeded to work diligently to bring this vision to reality.

This year marks Crestview Fellowship’s 50th anniversary. We were privileged to have several former lead pastors, youth pastors, and youth leaders join us for the morning service and all had special memories to share. Many former members were also in attendance, and there was much reminiscing and laughter.

Invitations were distributed to the neighbouring community to come for a barbecue upper and enjoy some live music. There was also a huge bouncer for the children. It was a great turnout and lots of fun. We pray that the seeds that were planted will grow.  God has been faithful and we know He will continue to be faithful.

Treesbank Invites You to Our 50th Anniversary Celebration!

by Janet Hamilton

TREESBANK, Man.—Treesbank Community Church invites you to our 50th Anniversary Celebration on July 22-23, 2017. There is fully serviced camping available in Wawanesa. Please book early by calling 204-741-0421 or srrd@mymts.net. There is also lots of space in the churchyard for unserviced camping. Our schedule will start with a bonfire in the churchyard on Saturday at 7 p.m. Our Sunday service will start at 10:30 a.m. with a lunch to follow. There will be an open microphone set up during lunch. TCC will provide snacks for Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Please RSVP to cjanhamilton@yahoo.ca by July 1.

Crestview Will Celebrate Its 50th Anniversary!

by Sharron Straub

WINNIPEG, Man.—Annual elections took place on Nov. 29, 2016. A big thank you to those who have served on various committees this past year as well as to those who have committed to serving for this coming year. Whether usher, maintenance, board member, music, library, auditor or EMC delegate (and these are only a few of the areas that have opportunities for service), each one is important to help things run smoothly.

We at Crestview must say farewell for now to a long-time member of Crestview. Helen Wiebe went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Her husband Isaac predeceased her in January 2015.

Dec. 11 was a day of celebration as Jasmin Reimer gave her testimony and was baptized upon confession of her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. A blessed day, indeed!

Looking ahead to 2017, Crestview Fellowship will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Although no firm plans have been made as yet to mark this milestone, it would be wonderful to see past members and attendees come by for a visit and to share some memories.