Tag Archives: Baptism

Baptisms, Summer Programs, and Renovations

by Janice Harder

BLUMENORT, Man.—On May 26, 2019, we had a baptism service officiated by Pastor Anthony Reimer. Katherina Sawatzky committed her life publicly before the Lord through baptism. Angela Doerksen gave her testimony, and both young ladies became covenant members here at Blumenort EMC. Continue reading Baptisms, Summer Programs, and Renovations

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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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

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.

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.

Pansy Chapel: Picnic, Baptisms, Dedication, Adoption, and Pavement

by Betty Barkman

PANSY, Man.—Many things happen in a church. Sometimes God surprises us by adding to the mix even more then for which we might have bargained. On Sunday morning, July 1, a beloved daughter of the church suffered a heart attack in the middle of our prayer time.

Amid qualified attendees quickly applying resuscitation, and countless tears and prayers all over the sanctuary, suddenly she started breathing again. By the time the professional emergency people arrived she was doing better, and, at the time of this writing, much better. Thank you, church. We don’t know why this happened, but we choose to thank God regardless. He is amazing.

The Sunday before, on June 24, we were blessed by the baptism of five candidates. There is a wonderful spirit of joy watching the couple of hundred guests at the river site cheering on their loved ones who were taking this vital stand for their faith in Jesus Christ. May God give each of you his guidance, courage and joy in the days ahead!

On June 17 we held our annual picnic. When you get to have perfect weather, no bugs, a best-all-around park, food and well-planned activities together in a happy crowd—can you think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

To commemorate the re-paving of Pansy Road—something that was worked hard for and is much appreciated—we held a prayer walk early Sunday morning on the July 10. Each mile was walked along, in groups, as we prayed for the people travelling this road, for its longevity and special thanks to God Who alone made this possible.

May highlights included a parent-child dedication service on June 13. Involved were Dorian and Chantelle Friesen with Hailey, Daniel and Kayla Goertzen with David, Jason and Brianne Preteau with Hazel, and Arvid and Manuella Zacharias with Gabriel. We pray for you all. May you have joy and wisdom for the parenting journey.

On May 11 we hosted “Solitary Refinement,” the Voice of Martyrs Canada presenting incredible true stories from the persecuted church. It was eye opening to say the least.

Before that we had had Compassion Canada, with a special speaker, Kiwi, telling her story. She had been a sponsored child and was now in a position to help us help others. A few weeks earlier we’d heard the story from Rob and Sharon Steeves about their amazing journey toward finding their three Ukrainian orphans who are orphans no more. Surely there are few things more worth talking about then our learning to hear and obey the voice of our Lord, whatever shape that takes.

Blumenort: Eight Baptized, Ladies’ Programs Thrive

by Janice Harder

BLUMENORT, Man.—On Nov. 26 2017, Pastor Anthony Reimer performed the baptismal ceremony for eight candidates. Rachel Cox, Jayda Brandt, Clarissa Brandt, Kailey Schroeder, Kristi Nerbas, Morgen Penner, Laticia Peters, and Adrian Petkua dedicated their lives to be servants of Christ through baptism. Prayers for strength and direction for these new followers are always appreciated.

In other church news, our ladies’ programs have been thriving this past year. We have done a secret prayer sister program for the past year and will have a reveal pizza party at the end of January 2018. As a participant myself I have found it very enjoyable and rewarding to keep a specific person in my prayers as well as uplifting her with notes and gifts throughout the past 12 months.

Mom’s Morning Out is a time of fellowship that we host in our church basement every other Tuesday morning. We invite moms with young children from the congregation and community to spend time in fellowship, devotions, and lots of fun activities, including meal preps, crafts, and testimonies.

Also there will be a ladies winter retreat on March 2-4, 2018, at Camp Cedarwood. We pray that it will be a time of rest, encouragement, and fellowship for the ladies of our congregation.

 

Pansy: 6 + 16 = 22 Baptized in One Service

by Betty Barkman

PANSY, Man.—A winter baptism on Jan. 14, 2018, planned for six people turned into an impromptu baptism for an additional 16. After the six candidates (Sarah McQuade, Ginette Morgan, Sandy Gobeil, Brad Wiebe, Jordan Reimer, and Aaron Barkman) had been baptized, as per our custom of many years the invitation was given to anyone else who would like to take this important step.

It didn’t take long and people starting coming forward and, upon confession of their faith, an additional 16 received baptism that morning, a mix of regular attenders and some visitors. As the stage became littered with towels, shoes and dripping clothes, and people went home in dry shepherd costumes, it made us wonder what it was like in Acts 2:37-41. When 3,000 were baptized in one day, there must have been a lot of wet clothes and shoes lined up on the beach. Our hearts were full. What a privilege to be a part of the work that God is doing.

Our baptisms typically take place in summer (including a five-week New Life Class leading up to the service) when the creek behind the church property can be used. This winter several people expressed an interest in winter baptism, so with the use of a baptismal tank (thanks to Urban Life) a winter baptism was planned.

There are, of course, many other ways God is working in our midst. We could tell about the pre-Christmas rush of sending shoeboxes in record numbers or of the regular Christmas concert that turned to a highlight this year. Or we could describe the seven-week Hearing God study that amazed us. There is so much to learn about hearing God throughout the Scriptures as well as in life.

One surprise happened with that that none of us could remember seeing before: a midweek traffic jam on Road 21N. Plus the sessions may well have been the catalyst preceding the unusual service on Jan 14. Who knows what God may do?

Or we could recount the Ensenada Missions stories involving YUGO and building homes for the needy in Mexico. It thrills my heart to think that God is able to use us to go build house after house for someone deserving and waiting. And again, that God could use us to help certain other groups who did not yet have the blessing from their own church to go, but together we could make it happen. Wow! I remember a time way back when our churches were not blessing missions yet and someone helped us move forward, and look to where we have grown. So now it is our turn to help move others forward.

The thought of missions makes me wish I was young again and I could go. And do more. Perhaps I would choose to go to Cuba with ASSIST. Their needs are so great. Wouldn’t it be neat to get involved hands on?

Portage: Baptisms in 2017, God’s Faithfulness in 2018

by Catherine Epp

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man.—The year 2017 has passed. Many things happened and were celebrated. We welcomed children born, adopted and dedicated to the Lord. We celebrated weddings, graduations and baptisms and so much more!

One highlight was Dec. 24, 2017, when three young ladies asked to be baptized at Christmas time. It was a great time to remember for Clara Baer, Rebecca Wiebe, and Hailey Wieler. May God guide and bless each one of them for the decisions they made. They all shared their testimony and their mentors were there for their support.

As we continue to seek God and support one another we can find our hope being ratified by faith-building memories of God’s unchanging character and dependability. As we look ahead to the New Year 2018 let’s remember that God has always been and always will be faithful.