Pastor’s Pen – November 15, 2011

On Sunday, September 18th, we celebrated our 20th anniversary with 302 in attendance.  It was a special celebration service honouring the Lord for what He has done!  Specially engraved commemorative key chains were given to those in attendance.

Since then, its been a busy church schedule including youth activities, men’s BBQ’s, Ladies meetings, and several missionaries coming through.

On Sunday mornings, my expository sermon series through the book of Philippians continues.  Sunday evenings are topical messages.  In the adult Sunday school hour, we are studying the book of Psalms while our mid-week Bible study continues from 1 Kings, followed by prayer groups.

The young peoples Sunday school class continues to meet at 10am along with our other Sunday school classes for the children.  The nursery is always open with a dedicated staff of workers.

This Sunday, November 20th, Evangelist Max Alderman will be preaching at 10am and 11am.  A SingSpiration will be held during the evening service at 6pm.

Our choir and play participants have been very busy preparing for our annual Christmas Cantata to be held on Sunday, December 4th at 11am.  Sunday school is at 10am. Following the Cantata, our families are bringing refreshments for a time of fellowship.  There is no evening service this week.

On Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25th, we will celebrate the birth of our Saviour at the 11am worship hour.  It is the only service that day.

Our midweek Bible study and prayer meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 28th, at 7pm.

On New Years Day, Sunday, January 1, 2012, Sunday school is at 10am and the morning service is at 11am.  I am preaching on “VBC: Vision 2012.”  There will be no evening service this Sunday.

Our annual Worker’s Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at a restaurant to be named later.

Then, on Saturday, February 4th, we will be holding another Marriage Enrichment Fellowship.  Our couples come for an afternoon and evening of recharging and refreshing their marriages.

The biggest news over the past several months has been the decision by our congregation to start a Christian school.  As many of you know, it has been a burden and prayer request over the years.  But we have waited for God’s timing in undertaking such a monumental task.  By God’s grace and direction, the time has arrived.  Vaughan Baptist Christian Academy will open its doors in September, 2013.  We have already hired Brother Daniel Bousquet to be our Principal.  He will be arriving here this summer and taking a year to set the school up. God has blessed Brother Bousquet with both academic and practical knowledge.  He has a B.A. in English and a Masters degree in Christian School Administration from Pensacola Christian College.  After having taught for two years at Liberty Baptist Academy in Florida, he became their principal.  For the past five years he has been the principal of a Christian school that now enrolls 490 students.  His wife, Jennifer, is my daughter and she, too, has seven years of teaching experience with a Masters degree in English.  Plans have already begun here while we await Brother Bousquet’s arrival.  Many of our parents are excited about having a school for their children.  By God’s grace, this will be an extension of our ministry into the communities around us.  We covet your prayers for the days ahead as we seek to evangelize, edify, and equip student-servants of the Lord Jesus Christ!

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