by Verna Doerksen
REDCLIFF, Alta.—Amazing, awesome, powerful are words to describe some of this summer’s events.
The first was the May 28, 2017, chartering service of the Gospel Light Fellowship. With a larger meeting room rented, the exciting day began with as many as 120 attending, more than doubling our regular attendance. With singing in between the testimonies of those becoming members, the service went on and on. But nobody seemed to care.
Finally, at 1 p.m., we had to break for our potluck feast—barbecued burgers and hotdogs, and salads galore. No one had room for the desserts, nor was there time. Those could wait until later (faspa, a light supper).
At 2 p.m. we resumed the service for more testimonies. Specially there for the occasion was Charles Koop, church planting coordinator, from Calgary as an EMC representative to install Abe and Anna Bueckert as the pastoral couple. Abe Bueckert in turn welcomed 17 more into membership.
Also present were John and Joyce Dyck from Manitoba who have been involved here from the beginning; John was the speaker at that very first Sunday morning service in November 2014.
Several testimonies included the following verses: “All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son. And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life” (1 John 5:10-12 NLT).
God is bringing a church, a body of believers together!
In June we rejoiced at the baptism of Wili Koethler and Suzy Fehr down by the river. This certainly was another exciting day with visitors and a picnic to top it off. We finished the day with a communion service back at the church.
A huge thank you goes to the EMC for their financial support of the fourth annual gospel music jamboree in July, which was another highlight. Hundreds came to listen to the wonderful music and the gospel presentation. One person said this was his favourite Jambouree of all the ones he had been to. Another attendee was going to come back next year with more friends.
Then came the four-day VBS, not huge in numbers, but big in that mothers came to listen and one boy claimed this to be the best time of his life.
Last of the summer events was a church camp-out, a good time to connect with those in our church fellowship. Softball, volleyball, games, lots of yummy food, and singing were among the weekend’s activities.
We are indeed blessed. God be praised and given all the glory!