Pastor’s Pen – January 31, 2016

January 31st, 2016

The Lord has blessed us with a stirring start to the new year! We’ve seen five baptized and a number of new families added to the church roll already. There is a fresh evangelistic fervour among our people with a January average of about fifteen of our people going out to various malls weekly with the good news of God’s grace.

This last weekend of January was a busy one as we held our annual marriage enrichment fellowship on Saturday. Twenty six couples from our church attended this event at our church. The games, food, fellowship, and spiritual feeding all helped to endear us to one another, to our mates, and to our Lord. Besides viewing specially selected marital DVD’s, I spoke on the subject: “My Beloved And My Friend,” from Song Of Solomon 5:16, “This is my beloved, and this is my friend…” I addressed husbands and wives as friends and lovers.

Then yesterday, we held our annual church business meeting following the morning service. It was a membership meeting aimed at reviewing the past year (good and bad) and restarting our engines for 2016 with a renewed focus on God’s glory.

Each Sunday evening at 6pm in February we will be blessed to have some of the men in our church fill the pulpit. The preaching schedule is as follows: February 7th, Brother David Kapauan; February 14th, Brother Samuel Asis; on February 21st, Pastor James Hird; on February 28th, Brother Ron Guinto.

May you have a spiritually prosperous start to 2016. If you have fallen down already, don’t stay down, get up and get going again by the grace and forgiveness of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Paul wrote Timothy, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:3-4). Let’s be good soldiers on the front lines of the spiritual battles, not on the sidelines. As soldiers, let’s hear the certain sound! “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” (1 Corinthians 14:8).

Pastor’s Pen – November 24, 2015

November 24th, 2015

As we begin winter, we look back at a God-blessed fall season.  We celebrated our 24th Anniversary with a great crowd,  enthusiastic congregational singing, and inspiring special music.  The Vaughan Baptist Christian Academy enrolled fourteen students and added a fourth, full-time salaried teacher.  Christal Adams joined the staff as the third teacher we have from Pensacola Christian College with a Master’s degree.

The teen ministry, headed up by David and Marie Belle Kapauan, continues to grow.  We are blessed to have fourteen to sixteen each week involved in our outreach ministry.  Some do discipleships, others make visits, while most are now going to area malls engaging people in soul winning conversations.

Pastor Hird continues to lead our growing music ministry and junior church.  We have been blessed to have had several special missionary speakers over the past few months.

By God’s grace, we have visitors almost every week.  Six families have joined the church over the past three weeks.  An upcoming baptismal service will enable three more families to join.

We have failures and short-comings!  We have ministry holes to fill and work to do in some areas to better do the work of the Lord.  There is a great desire to strengthen these for His glory.

Concerning special upcoming events, here is the schedule:
*      Sunday, December 6th  – Sunday school:10am; annual Christmas Cantata:11am; no evening service
*      Sunday, December 20th – Sunday school:10am; Sunday worship:11am; no evening service
*      Thursday, December 24th – Christmas Eve service:6pm (no Wednesday Bible study this week)
*      Sunday, December 27th – Sunday school:10am; Sunday worship:11am; no evening service
*      Thursday, December 31st – New Year’s Eve service:7pm (no Wednesday Bible study this week)
*      Sunday, January 3rd – all regular services begin again

Last year, twenty five couples attended our annual marriage enrichment fellowship.  This year’s event will be held in January.

We thank the Lord for our sister churches across Canada who stand unashamedly on the precious Scriptures and who diligently endeavour to fulfill the great commission to their communities.

May each of you have a Christ-centered Christmas.  May the beginning of 2016 see all of us setting high and holy goals that will magnify our Saviour in a greater way.  May we yield more of ourselves to the Spirit and see His fruit manifested in our lives.  May our love for the lost and the brethren be deepened. While the moral fiber of our world evaporates and the evil accelerates and while the worldly amusements and appetites deteriorate and while the safety of our world becomes more at risk, and while the spiritual temperature of most people becomes cold, may the flame of our spiritual fire and fervour never die out until Jesus comes or calls us home!  God bless us, each and every one.

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Pastor’s Pen – August 18, 2015

August 18th, 2015

New VBCA Building

By the grace of God, we have completed the purchase of the property adjacent to us. Work crews are extremely busy preparing the Education Building for the start of school on Tuesday, September 8th.

With one additional student just enrolled, we now have 14 students for the start of the third year of the Vaughan Baptist Christian Academy.   There are still several families prayerfully considering  this school year for their children.

Two of our deacons will be preaching Sunday nights.  This Sunday evening at 6pm, Brother David Kapauan will be preaching, and next Sunday, August 30th, Brother Ron Guinto will fill the pulpit.  Come and you will be blessed!!

Pastor’s Pen – July 19, 2015

July 20th, 2015

Today, we held our second Friend Day and BBQ of the summer.  Between these two special days this summer, we have been blessed with 17 visitors out to the services.

Enrollment season continues for the Vaughan Baptist Christian Academy.  With seven new students officially enrolled and our six returning students, we now have a student body of thirteen with several more prospects still outstanding.   In just two weeks, we transition the VBCA to the Education Building adjacent to our church property.  Many work days are planned as we begin renovations.  We are grateful and humbled by the Lord’s blessings upon the school.

Our 24th Anniversary service will be held on Sunday, September 20th.   At this time, we will also have a dedication service for the Education Building.
To God be the glory!

In light of current events and trends in the world and in the church, the Apostle Peter’s exhortation seems timely: “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” (1 Peter 4:7)

Pastor’s Pen – May 23, 2015

May 23rd, 2015

We closed out the winter season with 25 couples attending our annual marriage enrichment fellowship where I taught on “Finishing The Marriage Marathon.”  We rented the historic building where we first started holding church services about 24 years ago.  We watched videos, ate well, played games, sang, and enjoyed some sweet fellowship together.

We were blessed with a very busy beginning to spring.  In March, 7 of our men attended a men’s retreat with about 300 other men sponsored by Bible Baptist Church in St. Thomas.  In April, we celebrated Resurrection Sunday with a great crowd and salvation decisions.  The following Sunday I baptized 10: 4 teens and 6 adults.

This month, we had 35 out for our first work night of the year to do some much needed spring cleaning around the property.  We have concluded a winter season of weekly soul winning at two local malls and now, with the warmer weather, have started our weekly neighbourhood soul winning.  On Tuesdays, we average about 8 to 10 doing door-knocking with another 4-6 going out on visitation calls.  Others are given calls to make at days convenient for them.

This weekend, 15 of our ladies attended a retreat at FaithWay Baptist Church.

We seemed to have a slower winter with visitors, but the Lord has blessed and just the last few months, He has added 4 new singles and 7 new families.  We have rejoiced with such sweet people!

Evangelist Max Alderman will be holding Revival Services with us starting on Sunday, May 31st at 10am, 11am, and 6pm; on Monday, at 7pm, and concluding on Tuesday, at 7pm.  We invite other Christians to join us on Monday and Tuesday.  There will be a supervised nursery at every service.

As we move into summer, we are preparing to move into the 3 story building adjacent to us.  This education building will be used for Christian school classrooms, a church bookstore, ministry classrooms, offices, and a chapel.

Our regular services are as follows: Sunday school – 10am; Morning service – 11am; Evening service – 6pm;  Mid-week Bible study and prayer meeting on Wednesday at 7pm.

We surely experience ups and downs, good months and bad ones. Praise the Lord, He never changes!!

Vaughan Baptist Christian Academy

March 21st, 2015

VBCA enrollment is open for the 2015-2016 school year. Now accepting applications for grades 1-8! Please call or visit the academy website for more information at www.vaughanbaptistacademy.org

Easter Sunday Service – April 5, 2015

March 20th, 2015

On Sunday, April 5th, we will celebrate Easter Sunday services with Sunday school for all ages at 10:00am and the morning worship service will be conducted at 11:00am. There is no evening service this Sunday. Come and celebrate Christ’s resurrection with us!

No Evening Service on Sunday, January 25th 2015

January 16th, 2015

Because of our annual church business meeting following the morning service on Sunday, January 25th, there will be no evening service on that Sunday.

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