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Join us for online Mother’s Day worship

We thank God that we celebrated church again. Praise the Lord. As you prepare for Church may I encourage you to reflect on your relationship with Jesus.

We celebrated Mothers’ Day. If you have ever had a mother, then we’re saying thank you to God. Without her, you wouldn’t be here! No matter what your relationship with her was like, God used your mother to bring you to the place where you are now.

We’re also continuing our study in Ephesians. The Apostle Paul will teach us how to become mature Christians—a message for everyone.

I’m glad to announce that we’re had our YouTube service again (9th May). Please come and join us as we fellowship “together.”

You can also find our YouTube Channel by clicking here.

This is a wonderful time to fellowship together.

Please make sure you set these dates aside. You’ll hear about them in the service:

On Sundays May 16th, 23rd, and 30th we’ll be hosting our Summer Visits at the Church. We’ll arrange for groups of 10 to visit the church on either one of these days. You can come between 1pm to 3pm or from 3pm to 5pm to visit. You choose which day and time you’d like to visit. Again you’ll have to let me know if you would like to join us. Everyone is welcome. Just let me know.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to call me.

See you at church.

The peace of our Lord,

Bishop Peter (and Jenny) Klenner

604.209.5570


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Join us online

Join us for our online BC Christian Ashram retreat. It will be held at July 9th Friday 7pm to July 11th Sunday 1pm. Our keynote speaker will be Rev Steve Schroeder. Our Bible Teacher will be Rev Dr Rodney Ellis. The Church in Action talk on missions will be given by Beverly Lombard.
The theme for the weekend will be “Thy Kingdom Come”. http://www.bcchristianashram.com

To check out the schedule, just click.
To register, just click.


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Join us for Worship this morning

We thank God that we celebrated church again. Praise the Lord. As you prepare for Church, may I encourage you to reflect on your relationship with Jesus.

We’re returning to our study of the Epistle to the Ephesians. We’ll be challenged to consider the way we live our Christian lives.

I’m glad to announce that we had our YouTube service again (2nd May). Please come and join us as we fellowship “together.”

You can find the Service by clicking HERE.

This is a wonderful time to fellowship together.

Please make sure you set these dates aside. You’ll hear about them in the service:

1. Mothers’ Day Drive By Visit. On Mothers’ Day, Sunday May 9th, between 2pm and 4pm, if you drive by the church parking lot, you’ll receive a blessing and a special gift bag from your church family. All the females who visit will also receive a flower. You’ll have to let me know if you plan to attend. Everyone is welcome. All friends and family are welcome. Everyone will receive a gift bag. Just let me know.

2. On Sundays May 16th, 23rd, and 30th we’ll be hosting our Summer Visits at the Church. We’ll arrange for groups of 10 to visit the church on either one of these days. You can come between 1pm to 3pm or from 3pm to 5pm to visit. You choose which day and time you’d like to visit. Again you’ll have to let me know if you would like to join us. Everyone is welcome. Just let me know.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to call me.

See you at church.

The peace of our Lord,

Bishop Peter (and Jenny) Klenner

604.209.5570


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Join us for worship

We thank God that we celebrated church again this morning. Praise the Lord. As you prepare for Church, may I encourage you to reflect on your relationship with Jesus. Our guest preacher is the Rev. Dr. Ed Hird. He’ll be challenging us not to be too busy for children!

I’m glad to announce that we had our YouTube service again (11th April). Please come and join us as we fellowship “together.”

You can find the Service by clicking HERE.

This is a wonderful time to fellowship together.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to call me.

See you at church.

The peace of our Lord,

Bishop Peter (and Jenny) Klenner

604.209.5570


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Just received the keys to the Church Building

Here is the latest update on the Oikos Project for which we also value your prayers.

• We just received the keys for the church building in Crescent Beach.

• We have raised over $1,065,000 in cash and pledges to date.

• We still need just under $885,000 to pay off the mortgages.

You are also welcome to join us in generously giving to the Oikos Project.  

We have included the links to the short video and website.

Blessings,

Rev Dr Ed Hird

778-881-3857

p.s. Here is a Light Magazine article on the Oikos Project

and in a great Peace Arch newspaper article published about the Oikos Project.

and in a recent Church For Vancouver Magazine.

P.p.s. Our US friends who want to donate to Project Oikos can send a cheque to:

New Covenant Anglican Church

Attention: Bishop Buffington

800 Tuskawilla Road

Winter Springs, FL 32708

Please make the cheque out to the Anglican Mission International and put “Project Oikos” in the memo line.

They’ll make sure that USA 🇺🇸 donors receive a tax receipt.

⁃ Canadians (and others around the world) can donate though CanadaHelps. (Only Canadians will receive tax receipts through CanadaHelps.)

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/51680


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Join us online for Palm Sunday

We are celebrating church again. Praise the Lord. As you prepare for Church, may I encourage you to reflect on your relationship with Jesus. We are celebrating Palm Sunday: the day Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time of His earthly ministry. Come and join us as we wave our palms, and welcome the Messiah to Jerusalem!

I’m glad to announce that we’re having church again (Palm Sunday the 28th March) at 10:45am PST. This service will be the first anniversary of our “underground Church”; we’ve been doing church via YouTube for 1 year!

You can find the Service by clicking HERE.

This is a wonderful time to fellowship together.

Don’t forget that during this Holy Week, we invite you to join us for:

• Maundy Thursday at 7pm on our YouTube Channel

• Good Friday at 11am on our YouTube Channel

Of course, if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to call me.

See you at church.

The peace of our Lord,

Bishop Peter (and Jenny) Klenner


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George Williams, Father of the YMCA

How many today realize that George Williams was the Billy Graham of the 19th century? When he crossed the Atlantic Ocean, he made a point of personally sharing Christ and giving out literature to everyone on the ocean liner.(1)

Powerful movements, especially those touching youth, can usually be traced to one visionary individual who sets the “genetic code” of the future movement. Lord Baden-Powell did that for Scouting. Sir George Williams, at age 22, also did that as founder of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). (1) Sadly, many today have no idea what the “C” in YMCA even means. Williams was a leading proponent of the Muscular Christian movement, which sought to holistically integrate body, mind and spirit. Basketball and volleyball were both invented and popularized by William’s YMCA movement. The YMCA motto “That They All May Be One” is take from the Gospel of John 17:21.

YMCA Logo - History - YMCA International - World Alliance of YMCAs

For many Canadians, the name “Sir George Williams” stirs a memory of the former name of Concordia University in Montreal. (2) The very first YMCA in North America was started in Montreal on November 25th, 1851 (two weeks before the American YMCA began in Boston).


Paul Dampier, who wrote the Centennial book Courage and Conviction about the Vancouver YMCA, comments that his:
great grandfather used to visit Sir George Williams…when he travelled from London, Ontario to England. On one of these trips, Dampier’s great-grandfather took along his son, to whom Sir George presented a small pocket Bible inscribed with a prayerful hope that the promises of this book may be His joy.(3)
In the first Annual Report of the Vancouver YMCA, activities described included Bible classes, Sunday afternoon Gospel meetings, and street meetings.(4) Before each gym class began, a five-minute prayer service was held.(5)

The YMCA & YWCA in Vancouver have always been part of my family’s heritage. My mother worked as a secretary for the Downtown Vancouver YWCA in the late 1940’s. I attended the Alma, Cambie, & Downtown Vancouver YMCAs, as an active member of the Stamp Club, the Coin Club, the Chess Club, and the Flying Shark junior life- saving team. In the summer, I went as a YMCA camper to Camp Howdy on the Indian Arm, and Camp Elphinstone on the Sunshine Coast, where I ended up working as a handyman and camp counsellor. I even gained first-hand YWCA experience, by doing a Social Work field placement at the inner-city Pender YWCA.


Sir George Williams was the youngest of the eight sons of Amos & Elisabeth Williams, of Ashway Farm, Dulverton, in the county of Somer- set. He was born on October 11th, 1821. George Williams represented the massive 19th century shift from the rural to the burgeoning English cities.


Williams said, “I entered Bridgewater a careless, thoughtless, godless, swearing young fellow.”(6) But the town of Bridgewater where he first learned the draper(clothing-goods) trade had a lasting impact on him:

“I first learned in Bridgewater”, said Williams, “to love my dear Lord and Saviour for what He had done for me…I was on the downward road…I said, ‘Cannot I escape? Is there no escape’ They told me in this town of Bridgewater how to escape—Confess your sins, accept Christ, trust in Him, yield your heart to the Saviour. I cannot describe to you the joy and peace that flowed into my soul when I first saw that the Lord Jesus had died for my sins, and that they were all forgiven.”(7)


From that moment on, Williams’ motto became: “It is not how little but how much we can do for others.”(8)
J.E. Hodder said: “it was impossible to resent his cheerful, unaffected sincerity; his manly directness; his courageous simplicity.”


Williams not only shared about Jesus Christ, but also fought for improved conditions for labour. The lives of the 150,000 London shop assistants in 1841 were still little removed from that of a slave. They were penned up in the unhealthy atmosphere of the shop from six or seven o’clock in the morning until ten or eleven o’clock at night.(10) Everywhere men were looking for a leader. The success of the early-closing movement owes much not only to the support Williams gave, but also to the example he afterwards set as an employer.(11)


Williams was a keen and brilliant businessman, who understood the art of delegation and ongoing accountability. From his growing and prosperous clothing-good business, he regularly gave away two-thirds of his income, in order to help others.(12) Williams once said:
What is my duty in business? To be righteous. To do right things between man and man. To buy honestly. Not to deceive or falsely represent or colour.(13)


Williams notably prayed:
Oh Lord, You have given me money. Give me a heart to do your will with it. May I use it for you and seek to get wisdom from you to use it aright.(14)
In Williams’ room hung a framed card illumined with the words “God First.”(15) George Williams had learned from Dr. Charles Finney that everything worth doing needed to begin with, and end with prayer.(16) His very last words, which he spoke while at the 1905 World YMCA Jubilee, were:
…if you wish to have a happy, useful, and profitable life, give your hearts to God while you are young.(17)
He was then carried to his room and died.


My prayer for those reading this is that the example of Sir George Williams may inspire each of us to make a difference in someone else’s life.


Rev Dr Ed & Janice Hird

Co-authors of the Blue Sky novel

Sir George Williams, Father of the YMCA | Light Magazine — Read on lightmagazine.ca/2021/03/05/sir-george-williams-father-of-the-ymca/

Footnotes

  1. J.E. Hodder Williams, The Life of Sir George Williams (New York: YMCA, 1906), 27, 249 “When (George Williams) crossed the Atlantic, he made a point of speaking to every soul on board from the Captain to the stroker, from the poker players in the smoking room to the emigrants in the steerage.”
  2. World YMCA Website, “Williams was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1894, and after his death was commemorated with a stained-glass window in the nave of Westminster Abbey. Sir George Williams is buried in St. Paul’s Cathedral.” (accessed 03-o5-2021).
  3. Sir George Williams University History website, “The history of Sir George Williams University began with the establishment of the Young Men’s Christian Association in Montreal in 1851. (…) In 1873, the association inaugurated evening courses in vocational and general education. This system was known as the Educational Program and, later, the Montreal YMCA Schools. In 1926, the Montreal YMCA Schools changed its name to Sir George Williams College in honour of the founder of the YMCA (London, England, 1844) (…) In the late-1960s, Sir George Williams University severed ties, financial and otherwise, with the YMCA. (…) IN AUGUST 1974 SIR GEORGE WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY MERGED WITH LOYOLA COLLEGE TO FORM CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY.” (accessed 03-05-2021).
  4. Paul Dampier, Courage and Conviction: The YMCA in Vancouver 1886 to 1986, (Vancouver YMCA, 1986), https://www.abebooks.com/products/isbn/9780969240105?cm_sp=bdp--ISBN10--PLP (accessed 03-05-2021), 9.
  5. Dampier, 12.
  6. Dampier, 23.
  7. Williams, 21.
  8. Williams, 27.
  9. Williams, 27.
  10. Williams, 53.
  11. Williams, 90.
  12. Williams, 83.
  13. Williams, 90.
  14. Williams, 90.
  15. Williams, 248.
  16. Williams, 32-33.
  17. Williams, 305.