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Pastor’s Pen – February 22, 2017

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

On Saturday, January 28th, our annual Marriage Enrichment Fellowship was held with 33 couples attending.  Besides DVD sessions with a Christian counselor, Pastor Adams taught on “Christ And His Bride,” with the emphasis upon Jesus’ actions toward His church acting as a model for marital intimacy.

Revival meetings are being with Missionary to Trinidad and Tobago James Hoffmiester on Saturday, February 25th at 6pm and all day on Sunday, February 26th at 10am, 11am, and 6pm.  We are praying for and anticipating a great Holy Spirit led revival.  Visitors, of course, are always welcome.  There will be a supervised nursery.

On Saturday, March 4th, the Kapauan’s are heading north with our youth group for a day of tobogganing.

On Friday and Saturday, March 24th and 25th, our men will be heading to St. Thomas, Ontario for the annual men’s retreat with churches from throughout Ontario.

On Sunday evening, March 26th, we are holding another Singspiration.  There will be testimonials, special music, and a number of instrumental specials.  Join us for an inspirational time as we worship the Lord through singing and hearing others play and sing.

Pastor’s Pen – November 22, 2016

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

On Sunday, December 4th, our annual Christmas Cantata will be held at 11am.  Our 34 member choir will be joined by a cast performing the Christmas play: “He Gave Everything.”  There is no evening service that day.

On Sunday, December 11th, Missionary to Trinidad and Tobago, James Hoffmeister will be preaching at 11am.

The Christmas season schedule of services are as follows:

Sunday, December 18th – no evening service
Wednesday, December 21st – no service
Saturday, December 24th – Christmas Eve Service, 6pm
Sunday, December 25th – 11am service only
Wednesday, December 28th – Bible Study and Prayer Meeting, 7pm
Sunday, January 1st – no evening service

Merry Christmas to all and may God bless us, each and every one!

“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” (2 Corinthians 9:15)

Pastor’s Pen – October 3, 2016

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

On Sunday, September 18th, we celebrated our 25th church anniversary with a record attendance of 335. The aim was to magnify the Lord for His faithfulness to us through the years. The theme verse was: “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ” (Ephesians 1:12).  We praise Him for 2 souls saved!

Pastor Dennis Seely from Cornerstone Baptist Church in Carbonear, Newfoundland, preached a stirring sermon at 10am while Pastor William Adams preached at 11am on the subject: “The Next 25: Now What?”  His text was based on Jesus’ commendation to the church at Thyatira in Revelation 2:19.

A number of  “old timers” were back to renew the wonderful memories of years past.  Among those items given out were special anniversary coffee mugs and the latest edition of The Anchor.   On the walls and hallways were placed pictures depicting the people of VBC throughout the years.   The food and fellowship were a bountiful blessing.  The 30 member choir special under the direction of Pastor James Hird and pianist Christal Adams was inspiring while the congregational singing was very enthusiastic.

Now that these 25 years are behind us, we press onward, by His grace, endeavouring to fulfill His purposes in the next 25, should He tarry.

On Saturday, September 24th, our church family went to Albion Hills for a time of food, fun, and fellowship.  The highlight of the event was at night hearing the testimonies around the bonfire while we sang and heard instruments play.

On Sunday, November 6th, Missionary to Belize, Daniel Dinsmore, will be with us at 10am and 11am.

On Sunday, December 4th, we will hold our annual Christmas Cantata at 11am.  This is a Christmas play with actors and special music.  All are invited to help us celebrate the birth of our Saviour.

Pastor’s Pen – April 27, 2016

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Revival Services are being held with Evangelist Max Alderman starting this Sunday, May 1st.  There will be choir numbers, special music, refreshments, and a supervised nursery provided at each service.  The times are as follows:  Sunday, 11am and 6pm; Monday, 7pm; Tuesday, 7pm.  There is no mid-week service that Wednesday.  We invite you to come and join us as we all seek the Spirit ’s stirring in our midst.

On Sunday, May 8th, we will celebrate Mother’s Day.

On Sunday, May 15th, we are holding our first Friend Day and BBQ of the warmer season.  There is no evening service that day.

On Sunday morning, June 19th, Missionary in Bolivia Jake Wiebe and his wife will be with us.  He will be teaching the men at 10am while his wife Sharon speaks to our women.  He will preach at 11am.  That evening at 6pm, we are holding the graduation of our grade 8 students in the Vaughan Baptist Christian Academy.  I will be preaching that evening.

We had a number of our people attend the Bible Conference in early April at FaithWay Baptist Church in Ajax and then 12 of our men attended the Men’s Retreat in St. Thomas later in April sponsored by the Bible Baptist Church.  We received true spiritual challenges from each of the preachers in these conferences.

The Vaughan Baptist Christian Academy will be beginning its fourth year.  Enrolment season is now open and we are taking applications for the September, 2016 semester for students in grades 1 – 9.  With a current enrolment of 14, we have 1 new student enrolled so far for September.   Any questions can be directed to Principal Daniel Bousquet.

Finally, let me remind you of our 25th Anniversary Service scheduled for Sunday, September 18th.  We have a number of special things planned for this day as we will celebrate the goodness and grace of God upon us.  We will reflect upon His faithfulness, not our failures.

As I preached this Sunday, may the Lord help us to focus on “that day” (2 Timothy 1:12) and to remember that in “this day,” we are not to be on a pleasure cruise ship but on a barge, toiling, sweating, and labouring while it is day.  May God’s richest blessings be upon you.

Pastor’s Pen – January 31, 2016

Sunday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

Pastor’s Pen – August 18, 2015

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Saturday, 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!!

Pastor’s Pen – December 2, 2014

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

On November 4, 2014, my mother was transported safe and secure into the arms of Jesus in her 90th year.  Mary was saved when a child and leaves behind my sister and me.  She was a widow for about 35 years.  But we are not alone.  My mother leaves behind a strong Christian testimony and example of servant hood.  “Granny,” as she was lovingly known by all, came with my family to Canada 24 years ago and faithfully served her Lord and Saviour at our church fulfilling a variety of much-needed roles.  She was also a faithful grandmother to our children here and a beloved sister in the Lord to our congregation.  Much more was shared at her memorial service and she will be the subject of my Anchor article coming out next month.  No words could express my love for her and to the Lord for giving me such a virtuous woman to be my mother!

On Sunday, December 7th, we will conduct our annual Christmas Cantata at 11am.  Our 33 member choir will be accompanied by the children who will participate in the Christmas play.  Sunday school is at 10am for all ages, from the cradle to the adults.  As with every service, there will be a supervised nursery.  There is no evening service that day.

On Sunday, December 21st, there is no evening service.

We will conduct our annual Christmas Eve service on Wednesday evening December 24th at 7pm.  The service will conclude at 8pm.

On Sunday, December 28th, there is no evening service.

We will conduct our annual New Year’s Eve service on Wednesday evening December 31st at 7pm.

On Sunday, January 4th, all of our regularly scheduled services will resume.

As the world slides further into sin, may we, by the grace of God, stand our ground and remain faithful to our Lord.  May our love increase, not grow cold.  May our faith be stretched to new heights, not become stale and stagnant.  May our hope blossom with high expectations, not be extinguished.  May we be God and other-oriented not self focused.

Let’s set our vision on Him Who sets on high.  Let’s worship and walk with holiness as our standard.  May we have an ever growing hunger for the Holy Scriptures.  Should the Lord tarry or extend our days, may 2015 be lived out in a soberly, righteously, and godly fashion to the good pleasure of His will.  May we join the heavenly host in saying, “Glory to God in the highest.” (Luke 2:14)  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!