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Pastor’s Pen – November 8, 2012

November 10th, 2012

We have truly been reminded of the brevity of this life as we have had five present or former members go onto glory.  I have had four funerals over the past several months.  We have had our front lines thinned as some good soldiers have been called home to heaven.  Though these are gone, our faith and focus must be on the Lord Jesus Christ and the work He has entrusted to us.  We are trusting the Lord that He will raise up some faithful disciples to fill the gaps that have been left.  Though they are no longer with us on earth, their testimony and sacrificial labours still speak loudly for the Lord (Hebrews 11:4; 2 Peter 1:12-15).  Let me add that, during these difficult days, so many of our people sacrificially, tenderly, and lovingly ministered to the needs of friends and family members.  Their gracious gestures were a genuine mark of Christ-likeness.

On Sunday mornings, I am continuing a preaching series on Jesus’ call for true discipleship: “Journeying With Jesus: Don’t Walk Away” based on John 6:66.  On Sunday nights, Brother Blair Cassidy is preaching an excellent, inspiring series entitled: “The Inexhaustibility Of The Bible.”  We have purposefully made Wednesday evenings our most important service.  We come for Bible study (1 Kings) but it is our prayer groups that are the focus of the evening and underpin our church families and ministries.

With a rapidly growing choir, Pastor Hird continues his God-honouring music ministry along with his much-loved children ministries.
Sunday school is held each Sunday at 10am for children, teens, and adults.  Our staffed nursery is open for every service of the week.

Principal Dan Bousquet is very busy as we progress with the necessary plans for the opening of The Vaughan Baptist Christian Academy in September.  Interested parents should contact the church for further information.
The upcoming schedule for Christmas related services is as follows: Christmas Cantata, Sunday morning, December 9th at 11am with refreshments and fellowship to follow; there is no evening service; Sunday school is at 10am.  On Sunday evening, December 16th, there is a Christmas Singspiration.  On Sunday, December 23rd, there is Sunday school and a morning service only.  On Monday, December 24th, there is a Christmas Eve service at 6pm.  There is no Wednesday evening service on December 26th.  On Sunday, December 30th, there is Sunday school and a morning service only.

Other special church events, activities, fellowships, and marriage seminars are announced at church services.

In these perilous days where self is the center of so many lives, may we Christians love God and our neighbour.  May the fruits of the Spirit permeate our attitudes and actions.  Though we must aggressively and unashameably contend for the faith, may we not be contentious.  May we distinguish ourselves as children of God by our goodness, gentleness, and graciousness.  May faithfulness, forgiveness, and forbearance mark our relationships.  Finally, may we humbly and passionately pursue the glory of Him Who has called us with a high and holy calling!

Pastor’s Pen – September 22, 2012

September 22nd, 2012

Last Sunday, with 315 in attendance, we celebrated our 21st Anniversary.  We were blessed by the preaching of Pastor Dennis Seely from Cornerstone Baptist Church in Carbonear, Newfoundland at 10am.  The special music was inspirational while the congregational singing was enthusiastic and worshipful.  Hands were raised for salvation and the altar was well attended.  Our families provided lunch after my preaching with the biggest and best food selections we have ever had!  It was a wonderful day to reflect upon the goodness and grace of God through the years.  I could some up the day with the last hymn we sung: “How Great Thou Art.”

Now we’re back to regular services.  On Sunday mornings, I am preaching a series on Jesus’ call for discipleship: “Journeying To Jerusalem: Don’t Walk Away” based on John 6:66.  Sunday nights are reserved for topical messages.  We have purposefully made Wednesday evenings our most important service.  We come for Bible study (1 Kings) but it is our prayer groups that are the focus of the evening and underpin our church families and ministries.

Sunday school is held each Sunday at 10am for children, teens, and adults.  Our staffed nursery is open for every service.

Other special church events, activities, fellowships, and seminars are announced at church services.

To all of our Christian friends and brethren churches, may we remain faithful to the Lord Who has entrusted His truth and glory to us!

September Anchor Newsletter

September 16th, 2012

Please visit our multimedia page for the latest Anchor Newsletter: “Heaven: A Prepared Place For A Prepared People”.

21st Anniversary Service – Sunday September 16, 2012

September 7th, 2012

Everyone is invited to join us in celebrating 21 years of God’s blessings on Sunday September 16.  The Anniversary service will begin at 10am with special music and then Pastor Dennis Seely from Cornerstone Baptist Church in Carbonear, Newfoundland, will preach. Our main service will follow at 11am with Pastor Adams preaching. There will be a lunch provided by the church. As always, there will be a staffed nursery and children’s church for each service.

Daniel Bousquet, Principal, Vaughan Baptist Christian Academy will be available for any questions concerning our forthcoming school in 2013. The service is not about us; we have accomplished nothing! It is all about our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for Whom we seek to honour and glorify! Looking forward to seeing you in the Lord’s house on this special occasion.

Friend Day & BBQ – Sunday August 19, 2012

August 13th, 2012

Join us for our final Friend Day and BBQ of the season! 10am Sunday School and 11am Morning Service. Please stay for great food and fellowship after the morning service. We will not have an evening service due to the BBQ.

Please visit our Multimedia page for the latest Anchor Newsletter

July 8th, 2012

Link to July Anchor (Undercover Christian)

Link to April Anchor (The Pledge of Parenthood)

Pastor’s Pen – June 18, 2012

June 18th, 2012

As we have entered the summer season, the Lord blessed as we have seen salvation decisions and seven baptized several weeks ago.

We had a blessed four day Bible Conference with Evangelist Max Alderman last weekend.  The altar was packed each service with standing-room only.  The theme was: “In My Life, Lord, Be Glorified.”  The special music was God-honouring, the congregational singing enthusiastic and our hearts were spiritually stirred for righteousness.  It is our prayer that this theme will be acted out in our everyday lives!

On Father’s Day Sunday, we prayed for each Dad as they have been entrusted with the Scriptural and spiritually sobering responsibility of leading their families.  God bless them!

On Sunday, July 1st, we have another Singspiration scheduled for the 6pm worship service followed by a trip to Dairy Queen.

On Sunday, July 8th, we will have our second Friend Day and BBQ of the summer.  There is no evening service that day.

Please note our 21st Anniversary Service is on Sunday, September 16th.  Missionary Pastor Dennis Seely will be preaching at 10am and I will be preaching at 11am.  There will be a large book table and a presentation by Principal Daniel Bousquet of our new Vaughan Baptist Christian Academy.  80 pizzas will be delivered by the end of the service.  We hope you will join us as we celebrate God’s goodness and faithfulness!

Pastor’s Pen – April 27, 2012

April 27th, 2012

Never in our 21 year history have we met with such sickness as our church is undergoing at the present time.  Because our congregation is primarily young and middle-aged, we have not faced the number of serious illnesses that older congregations encounter.  I felt led to teach a 3 part series on “Scriptural Sickness” on Wednesday evenings to help our people understand the Lord’s purpose and plan in the midst of these afflictions.  If you would, please remember specifically the following in prayer: Frank, Valentina, Blair, and Carol.

The Lord has blessed us with a great group of new visitors over the past few months. Of them, five families have been regularly attending.  All the adults have professed salvation with some now scheduled for baptism.

This week, a number of our families are delivering John and Roman booklets to a predominantly Muslim community.  Pray for the salvation of these precious souls for whom Christ died.

On Sunday mornings, Sunday school classes are held at 10am for toddlers, children, teens, and adults.  My adult class is in the midst of a study of the Psalms.  I am continuing my expository preaching series on Sunday mornings through the book of Philippians.  This Sunday, I am continuing a 6 part sermon series on Christian thinking from Philippians 4:6-9 entitled “Protect Your Mind.”  By guarding our thinking, God’s peace will permeate our minds!  On Sunday nights, I am preaching topical messages.  Wednesday evenings are dedicated to our prayer groups and a Bible study.  I am currently teaching an expository study of 1 Kings.  In each of our four regularly scheduled services we have a nursery and children classes.

On Sunday, May 13th, we celebrate Mother’s Day.  We have a potted flower for each mother in attendance.

There is a work night on Friday, May 18th.

On Sunday, May 20th, there is a Singspiration in the evening service.  There will also be a child dedication segment with baptisms to follow.  Right now we have four to be baptized.  Following the evening service, we are off to the Toronto waterfront for an evening of fellowship.

On Friday, May 25th, our ladies are headed to Ajax for the annual Ladies Retreat.

On Saturday, May 26th, there is a church-wide bowling activity.

On Sunday, May 27th, we are having our first Friend Day and BBQ of the year.  There is no evening service that day.

Then, on Thursday evening through Sunday evening, June 7-10, Evangelist Max Alderman will be back with us preaching: Thursday: 7pm; Friday: 7pm; Saturday: 6pm; Sunday: 10am, 11am, 6pm.  We invite you to join us for these soul-stirring services!
May the Lord bless you.  It is solely by God’s grace that all of us are saved and sustained!  God help us to remain faithful to Him in these perilous times!

Easter Sunday April 8, 2012

April 2nd, 2012

Please join us for Easter this coming Sunday and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!!

Pastor’s Pen – February 18, 2012

February 19th, 2012

We began 2012 with our annual Worker’s Banquet in January. About 60 of us packed the “upper room” of a Swiss Chalet restaurant for about three hours where we enjoyed a delicious meal and some good-home fellowship. I preached a message on three marks of the early church that stand as a pattern for us today. It was great time to strengthen and to sustain ourselves in the great work of the Lord.

In early February, we held our annual Marriage Enrichment Fellowship. With 15 couples
present, we spent an afternoon and evening working on our marriages. The topics included “Being Valiant For Our Vows” and “Maintaining Intimacy In Our Marriages.”

On Sunday mornings, I am teaching an expository study of the Psalms to our adult class. The young people’s class begins again on Sunday, March 11th, as Blair returns from an illness. There are children classes and a supervised nursery.

At the Sunday morning worship service, I am preaching an expository sermon series through Philippians. This Sunday will be message #27 from Philippians 3:12-18. Sunday nights are topical sermons. Pastor Hird continues his oversight of all our children at Junior Church. On Wednesday evenings, before we break into prayer groups, I am teaching an expository study of 1 Kings. There are children classes and a supervised nursery at all our services.

On Sunday morning, March 4th, Missionary to Bolivia Jake Wiebe and his wife will be with us. Brother Jake will teach the men at 10am and then preach our morning service. His wife Sharon will teach our ladies at 10am. I have known the Wiebes for many years and you will be blessed by the preaching and teaching of these veteran servants of the Lord.

On Wednesday, April 4th, Missionary Pastor Dennis Seely from Cornerstone Baptist Church in Carbonear, Newfoundland will be our guest preacher for the mid-week service at 7pm. He is always a favourite of our people.

Easter services will be observed on Sunday, April 8th at 11am and 6pm. Sunday school will be held as usual at 10am.

Be sure to mark your calendars for June 7th – 10th. Evangelist Max Alderman will be returning with his wife for a series of meetings. On Thursday evening at 7pm, his wife will meet with our ladies and Brother Max will be with the men. Then he’ll preach on
Friday evening at 7pm, Saturday evening at 6pm, and all day on Sunday.

Our Christian school preparation continues at a high rate of speed! More information will be forthcoming soon.

May the Lord bless you. Let’s continue to work as we wait His coming!