Saturday, 29 June 2013

Announcements - June 29, 2013

  • Come and get connected with one another and learn about small group life. All are welcome. Please contact Pastor Gladys if you are interested in joining a small group.
  • Church prayer meetings are held every Saturday at 5:00pm in Room F. All are encouraged and welcome to attend.
  • Don’t go home hungry! Join us for the community meal after Saturday evening worship services. Fees are $6 per person. Please contact Joyce or Jackson to pre-order by Thursday each week.
  • July 1 (1:00pm – 4:00pm) – Come and celebrate Canada Day with us at Westside’s Annual Block Party! It’s a day of family-friendly fun and excitement with face painting, a bouncy castle, cotton candy, refreshments, carnival games, and much more!
  • The semi-annual Financial Report and Congregational Meeting will be presented and held on July 14 right after the Chinese Sunday worship service. All members are encouraged to attend.
  • The WBC Annual Church picnic will be held on August 5 at Belcarra Regional Park between 10am – 4pm. Tickets are now available with Deacon Peter Cheung. $12 per adult; $6 per child of ages 4-10; free for children age 3 and under.
  • The Children Summer Camp at Westside Baptist Church is now open for registration! The camp has been commenced until August 23rd, 2013, Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. We are very excited to welcome children from preschool to grade 3 to join us for songs, story time, arts & crafts, games, outdoor activities, playground time, cooking lessons, special shows, field trips, and so much more! Children can sign up on a weekly basis. The fee is $125/week. 20% off for the second sibling registering together! For more information, please visit http://wbcchildrensc.blogspot.ca/ or contact Grace Ng. Don't miss out!
  • The Youth Gospel Camp will be held on August 30 - September 2 at Alexandra Neighbourhood House. Those aged 16 to 25 are welcome to join.
  • Registration is now open for AWANA in September 2013 - June 2014. The registration fee for the whole season is $35, and does not include handbook and uniform.  For registration and details, please contact Pastor Alan Yu.
  • Mission team is planning for a mission trip to China in November. For those who are interested, please contact Deacon Felix Loo.
  • The monthly bulletin has been posted on the bulletin board in the church foyer. Please check for important church updates.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Alberta Flooding Hits Hard

Unprecedented flooding in southern Alberta since June 20 has displaced more than 75,000 Albertans who have been forced to evacuate their homes. The flooding is estimated to have caused $3-5 billion in damage as many overflowing rivers swept water, mud and debris into people homes and washed across communities.

Much of downtown Calgary is currently closed because of flooding damage and power outages. High River, a town of about 13,000, is among the most battered communities. Flood waters have left a large portion of High River covered by a lake that will be difficult to drain. The town remains underwater and without basic services as of Tuesday.

Flood waters have overwhelmed the basement and filled the sanctuary of High River Baptist Church with five feet of water. It is too early to determine whether the church building can be salvaged from the damage. Many members of the church have significant flood damage to their homes and are facing catastrophic losses. Homes have been filled with debris and muddy water, possibly contaminated with viruses and parasites, ruining everything from furniture to carpets to drywall. Mold can begin forming within days.

Elsewhere, First Baptist in Calgary cancelled worship services on June 23 and postponed the scheduled ordination of Eijiro (Jay) Campo, because of the flooding and power outage in downtown Calgary. In Canmore, houses across from Trevor Sato, pastor of FBC Canmore, have been washed away. The CBWC’s Calgary offices will be closed for about a week because of evacuation orders and loss of power. All other CBWC churches seem to be high and dry for the moment but church members are scrambling to cope with evacuation orders and look after their neighbours and homes in stricken communities. At press time, Medicine Hat, AB was concerned that flooding would move on to its community.

The CBWC is responding.

Pastors of CBWC churches are busy mobilizing their congregations to help out any way they can in their local communities – providing billets, sandbagging, volunteering in shelters, helping in cleanup efforts. Despite the flooding in the church he guides, High River Baptist’s senior pastor, Jason Johnson, has been visiting shelters in Nanton, AB to console victims and offer support, as has Stephen Pike, senior pastor of Nanton First Baptist. Awaken Church in Bowness is working to give relief to people in that hard-hit area of Calgary. Several CBWC pastors serve as reserve chaplains in the military and at hospitals and other organizations. They are on the ground making a difference where they can.

The CBWC’s Disaster Relief Fund is accepting donations to help provide emergency shelter and food and to support CBWC churches that are providing emergency service. Any churches or individuals wishing to make a donation to assist the High River recovery effort or to support churches like Awaken that are working to speed recovery can contact Louanne Haugan at the CBWC’s head office in Calgary or lhaugan@cbwc.ca. Once the Calgary office is functioning again, we will make online donations possible – check www.cbwc.ca. Canadian Baptist Ministries, our national missions arm, is also inviting its partners to participate in raising funds to relieve victims of flooding. We are extremely grateful for their support in this time of need.

Dennis Stone, the CBWC’s Regional Minister for Alberta/NWT is in almost daily contact with all afflicted CBWC churches to monitor their needs. The Alberta CBWC office has been actively recording names of people willing to help out at High River Baptist, the church with the most pressing needs. Volunteers would be responsible for their own food and lodging. Anyone interested in helping out should email abarea@cbwc.ca to provide:

  • Name and primary phone numbers.
  • The person’s building experience, skills, and equipment that can be utilized. Any professional ranking should be noted.
  • dates that the person may be available up to the end of July.
  • If a team leader, the number of people on the team and a list of relevant experience, skills, and equipment.

Praying is another very practical way to help. Pray for the safety of all people in the path of the flooding and for the safety of first responders. Please pray especially for the people of High River and their safety and for the members of High River Baptist that God will help them face the many facets of their losses and move them forward through recovery. Pray for all communities affected by the flooding as they face a massive cleanup effort in the coming days, weeks and years.

Other opportunities for ministry will be posted as they come in. Watch the CBWC website www.cbwc.ca
and ‘facebook/Canadian Baptists of Western Canada’ for more news.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Announcements - June 22, 2013

  • Come and get connected with one another and learn about small group life. All are welcome. Please contact Pastor Gladys if you are interested in joining a small group.
  • Church prayer meetings are held every Saturday at 5:00pm in Room F. All are encouraged and welcome to attend.
  • Don’t go home hungry! Join us for the community meal after Saturday evening worship services. Fees are $6 per person. Please contact Joyce or Jackson to pre-order by Thursday each week.
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation of BC received the most votes from our fathers who attended the worship services on June 15 and June 16, a total of $30 will be donated to this charity and we thank all the fathers for casting the votes.
  • July 1 (1:00pm – 4:00pm) – Come and celebrate Canada Day with us at Westside’s Annual Block Party! It’s a day of family-friendly fun and excitement with face painting, a bouncy castle, cotton candy, refreshments, carnival games, and much more!
  • The WBC Annual Church picnic will be held on August 5 at Belcarra Regional Park between 10am – 4pm. Tickets are now available with Deacon Peter Cheung. $12 per adult; $6 per child of ages 4-10; free for children age 3 and under.
  • The Children Summer Camp at Westside Baptist Church is now open for registration! The camp will be from July 1st to August 23rd, 2013, Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. We are very excited to welcome children from preschool to grade 3 to join us for songs, story time, arts & crafts, games, outdoor activities, playground time, cooking lessons, special shows, field trips, and so much more! Children can sign up on a weekly basis. The fee is $125/week. 20% off for the second sibling registering together! For more information, please visit http://wbcchildrensc.blogspot.ca/ or contact Grace Ng. Don't miss out!
  • The Youth Gospel Camp will be held on August 30 - September 2 at Alexandra Neighbourhood House. Those aged 16 to 25 are welcome to join.
  • Early Bird registration is now open for AWANA in September 2013 - June 2014. The registration fee for the whole season is $35, and does not include handbook and uniform. If you register on or before June 23, 2013, you will enjoy an Early Bird discount of $10. For registration and details, please contact Pastor Alan Yu.
  • Mission team is planning for a mission trip to China in November. For those who are interested, please contact Deacon Felix Loo.
  • The monthly bulletin has been posted on the bulletin board in the church foyer. Please check for important church updates.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Announcements - June 15, 2013

  • Come and get connected with one another and learn about small group life. All are welcome. Please contact Pastor Gladys if you are interested in joining a small group.
  • Church prayer meetings are held every Saturday at 5:00pm in Room F. All are encouraged and welcome to attend.
  • Don’t go home hungry! Join us for the community meal after Saturday evening worship services. Fees are $6 per person. Please contact Joyce or Jackson to pre-order by Thursday each week.
  • In lieu of a Father’s Day gift this year, we will be making a donation on behalf of Westside’s fathers to one of the following charitable organizations: 1) Big Brothers; 2) Food Bank or 3) Prostate Cancer Foundation of BC. Fathers can cast their votes to choose their preferred charity during worship services on June 15 and June 16.
  • July 1 (1:00pm – 4:00pm) – Come and celebrate Canada Day with us at Westside’s Annual Block Party! It’s a day of family-friendly fun and excitement with face painting, a bouncy castle, cotton candy, refreshments, carnival games, and much more!
  • The WBC Annual Church picnic will be held on August 5 at Belcarra Regional Park between 10am – 4pm. Tickets are now available with Deacon Peter Cheung. $12 per adult; $6 per child of ages 4-10; free for children age 3 and under.
  • The Children Summer Camp at Westside Baptist Church is now open for registration! The camp will be from July 1st to August 23rd, 2013, Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. We are very excited to welcome children from preschool to grade 3 to join us for songs, story time, arts & crafts, games, outdoor activities, playground time, cooking lessons, special shows, field trips, and so much more! Children can sign up on a weekly basis. The fee is $125/week. 20% off for the second sibling registering together! For more information, please visit http://wbcchildrensc.blogspot.ca/ or contact Grace Ng. Don't miss out!
  • The Youth Gospel Camp will be held on August 30 - September 2 at Alexandra Neighbourhood House. Those aged 16 to 25 are welcome to join.
  • Early Bird registration is now open for AWANA in September 2013 - June 2014. The registration fee for the whole season is $35, and does not include handbook and uniform. If you register on or before June 22, 2013, you will enjoy an Early Bird discount of $10. For registration and details, please contact Pastor Alan Yu.
  • Mission team is planning for a mission trip to China in November. For those who are interested, please contact Deacon Felix Loo. The monthly bulletin has been posted on the bulletin board in the church foyer. Please check for important church updates.
  • The Yard Sale fundraiser on June 15, 2013 raised $457.25. A huge thank you all who made donations and participated in the event!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Financial report of January - May 2013


Offerings

ActualBudget
Income
Offerings$108,023$110,833
Rent & Others$25,359$23,598
Total$133,382$134,431
Expense
Admin & Facility$125,055$130,621
Ministries$1,864$1,579
Others$1,211$2,104
Total$128,130$134,305
Net Operating surplus (loss)$5,252$126
Restricted Fund-($523)
Net surplus ( loss )$5,252($397)



Loan

 Balance CBWC Loans Congregational Loan Total
December 2012 $22,014 $465,928 $487,942
May 2013-$454,141$454,141

Summary of June 2013 Deacon Board Meeting

  • The new registration fee for Awana has been amended as follow: Administration fee: $35 or $25 for early bird registration. Uniform and handbooks will be charged separately.
  • Deacons Felix Loo, Justin Chen, Tsz-Lam Mak and the pastoral staff have formed a committee in planning for the redevelopment of the facility downstairs. The goal is to have a proposal drafted within a year.
  • Block party will be held on July 1 subject to the approval of the heritage fund from the government.
  • Church picnic for adult is $12 per person; ages 4-10 is $6 (BBQ lunch included); ages 3 and below is free.
  • Hospitality team training for the Chinese congregation will be held on July 7 right after worship service.
  • The board has given permission for Brenda Leung to sell handicraft products as a support for the ministry operated by the missionary organization she currently serves. Details are to be announced.
  • Amendments of the Administrative handbook
    Voting in the Deacon Board (p.11)
  • A resolution must be passed by at least 75% 67% of the board members, regardless of the number of the board members present during the voting procedure. 67% of the current year’s board members must be present to form a quorum for the monthly board meeting.
  • Previous year’s deacons must be present at the January meeting in order to pass the minutes of December meeting of the previous year.
  • Pastors Gladys and Anders will take their annual leave from July 17 – July 31, 2013.

Announcements - June 8, 2013

  • Come and get connected with one another and learn about small group life. All are welcome. Please contact Pastor Gladys if you are interested in joining a small group.
  • Church prayer meetings are held every Saturday at 5:00pm in Room F. All are encouraged and welcome to attend.
  • Don’t go home hungry! Join us for the community meal after Saturday evening worship services. Fees are $6 per person. Please contact Joyce or Jackson to pre-order by Thursday each week.
  • Youth Gospel Camp fundraiser event -- YARD SALE -- will be held on June 15 (Saturday) between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Donations of resalable items are greatly appreciated and will be collected today in Room G. Please note that prices will be set by the committee, and unsold items will NOT be returned to the donors. For donations of large or heavy items, please contact Joseph Ng, Jason Kwok or the office prior to dropping them off at the church. The committee reserves the right to decline donations of items deemed unsalable. Thanks for your support!
  • July 1 (1:00pm – 4:00pm) – Come and celebrate Canada Day with us at Westside’s Annual Block Party! It’s a day of family-friendly fun and excitement with face painting, a bouncy castle, cotton candy, refreshments, carnival games, and much more!
  • The WBC Annual Church picnic will be held on August 5 at Belcarra Regional Park between 10am – 4pm. Tickets are now available with Deacon Peter Cheung. $12 per adult; $6 per child of ages 4-10; free for children age 3 and under.
  • The Children Summer Camp at Westside Baptist Church is now open for registration! The camp will be from July 1st to August 23rd, 2013, Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. We are very excited to welcome children from preschool to grade 3 to join us for songs, story time, arts & crafts, games, outdoor activities, playground time, cooking lessons, special shows, field trips, and so much more! Children can sign up on a weekly basis. The fee is $125/week. 20% off for the second sibling registering together! For more information, please visit http://wbcchildrensc.blogspot.ca/  or contact Grace Ng. Don't miss out!
  • The Youth Gospel Camp will be held on August 30 - September 2 at Alexandra Neighbourhood House. Those aged 16 to 25 are welcome to join. The car wash fundraiser on April 28, 2013 raised $985. A huge thank you all who made donations and participated in the event!
  • The monthly bulletin has been posted on the bulletin board in the church foyer. Please check for important church updates.
  • Mission team is planning for a mission trip to China in November and December. For those who are interested, please contact Deacon Felix Loo.
  • Early Bird registration is now open for AWANA in September 2013 - June 2014. The registration fee for the whole season is $35, and does not include handbook and uniform. If you register on or before June 22, 2013, you will enjoy an Early Bird discount of $10. For registration and details, please contact Pastor Alan Yu.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Announcements - June 1, 2013

  • Come and get connected with one another and learn about small group life. All are welcome. Please contact Pastor Gladys if you are interested in joining a small group.
  • Church prayer meetings are held every Saturday at 5:00pm in Room F. All are encouraged and welcome to attend.
  • Don’t go home hungry! Join us for the community meal after Saturday evening worship services. Fees are $6 per person. Please contact Joyce or Jackson to pre-order by Thursday each week.
  • Youth Gospel Camp fundraiser event -- YARD SALE -- will be held on June 15 (Saturday) between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Donations of resalable items are greatly appreciated and will be collected on June 1 and June 8 in Room G. Please note that prices will be set by the committee, and unsold items will NOT be returned to the donors. For donations of large or heavy items, please contact Joseph Ng, Jason Kwok or the office prior to dropping them off at the church. The committee reserves the right to decline donations of items deemed unsalable. Thanks for your support!
  • The WBC Annual Church picnic will be held on August 5 at Belcarra Regional Park. Please mark your calendar for this event! Stay tuned for more details.
  • The Children Summer Camp at Westside Baptist Church is now open for registration! The camp will be from July 1st to August 23rd, 2013, Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. We are very excited to welcome children from preschool to grade 3 to join us for songs, story time, arts & crafts, games, outdoor activities, playground time, cooking lessons, special shows, field trips, and so much more! Children can sign up on a weekly basis. The fee is $125/week. For more information, please visit http://wbcchildrensc.blogspot.ca/ or contact Grace Ng. Don't miss out!
  • The Youth Gospel Camp will be held on August 30 - September 2 at Alexandra Neighbourhood House. Those aged 16 to 25 are welcome to join.