ALPHA Reflections - Alice

ALPHA Reflections - Alice

Alpha provided us with a unique opportunity—a chance to have conversations about faith with a diverse group of people, who are at different stages of their faith journey. I came away from it feeling how it was great that we could all learn from one another.

We don’t get many opportunities to talk about some of the questions that the course addresses—such as how can I have faith, how can I pray, etc. It was nice to be part of a forum that encourages asking questions.  Some participants were revisiting these questions and others were considering them for the first time, but for all there was time to think about these things.

It was a privilege to share thoughts and experiences about these questions with the people at our table. I felt encouraged and strengthened by our discussions and I hope that was true for the others at our table also. We all agreed that the new video series put together by Alpha is really good. Some of the interviews with the people in those videos were so good and have also stayed with me (Corrie ten Boom, Paul Cowley).

Alice

More Than a Kids Story - Summer 2017 @ KGF

More Than a Kids Story - Summer 2017 @ KGF

There are certain stories that find their way into every kid Bible.  David & Goliath, Noah & the flood, Moses and the Red Sea, Adam & Eve, Daniel and the Lions Den.  We love these stories for so many reasons, and often they have been with us from a very young age. 

But what if these are more than kids stories?  What if God wants to reveal something about us, about faith, about following Him, about trust, about prayer, through their lives? 

This summer we are taking 10 weeks to unpack 10 of the most famous “kid stories” of the Old Testament.  Because these stories are meant to impact our lives today! 

Join us Sundays 9:00am, 10:45am and live online, www.kgfchurch.com/stream starting Sunday July 2nd.  

All our messages can be found online here: 

Camp Sunday @ KGF - June 25th with Gardom Lake 2017 Summer Staff Team

Camp Sunday @ KGF - June 25th with Gardom Lake 2017 Summer Staff Team

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We're so excited to have the 2017 summer staff team at Kelowna Gospel Fellowship for Camp Sunday June 25th! It's amazing to see how this partnership between KGF and Gardom Lake has developed over the years, and we are honored to be able to "adopt a summer staffer" as a way of ongoing support through the summer. We'd love to have you join us in person, 9:00am, 10:45am, or live online, www.kgfchurch.com/stream  Hot Dog lunch available after each service (and really, who doesn't want hot dogs at 10:30am!!)

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KGF's Impact on Our Lives - Jeff & Kelsey Chan

KGF's Impact on Our Lives - Jeff & Kelsey Chan

KGF has been a pillar of support amidst the unpredictable, and often chaotic, changes in my life. The church family, lead by an incredible and inspirational staff, never fail to live out the most important values of Jesus: to love God with all your heart, and to love others.

The pastors at KGF played paramount roles in my marriage, as well as our baptisms; still, they continue to provide wise counsel and powerful prayer whenever we need.

There are also other ministries at KGF that make it all the more amazing: a Kid's ministry that offers daycare/classes during service times, a talented Worship ministry that leads the church in song and prayer, and Coffee Time for us to snack and mingle with the rest of the church family after service!

Come join us for a Sunday service and see for yourself (9:00am & 10:45am) or, if you prefer, check out the live stream, www.kgfchurch.com/stream made possible by our Tech ministry!

Jeff & Kelsey Chan

Welcome Devan Scollon - Youth Ministries Assistant Fall 2017

Welcome Devan Scollon - Youth Ministries Assistant Fall 2017

We are pleased to be able to see Devan Scollon move from Youth Ministries Intern to Youth Ministries Assistant starting August 1, 2017.  Devan has been part of our family for several years, and a blessing all along the way.  These past 10 months he has come alongside Pastor Marcus and our Youth team as Youth Intern, pouring into so many of our young people in awesome ways.  The hand of God is clearly on Devan’s life, and we are excited to see him continue his ministry here at KGF with our growing youth group.  Devan & Corrie Knapp will be getting married in July.  We celebrate these significant chapters in the journey of this gifted and Godly young man.  Pastor Marcus shares his own reflections on this exciting news below.

Pastor Mike Penninga [email protected] 

Mike Marcus Devan June 2017

“Well it is with a massive amount of joy that I share the news of our youth intern, Devan Scollon, being offered a full-time position in our growing youth ministry in the role of Youth Ministry Assistant. I have known Devan for 4 years, and we have journeyed together in ministry for a couple years now, in both youth and in young adults.
This past year has been the best year by far in KGFYouth, and this is in large part because of Devan’s commitment, creativity, and love for our teens. He has been an indispensable part of our ministry, bringing a whole new life and vitality to our Junior High ministry especially.  As we bring in over 100 kids in the next three years (coming through KGF’s Kids Ministry alone), we are going to need his leadership and vision to help create structures where we can help all our teens encounter Jesus and grow in Him.
Please join me in congratulating Devan and praying him into this much needed role in our youth group!

Pastor Marcus Schmaling [email protected] 

Watch Devan's latest message online here:

KGF Youth LEaders Spring 2017 

Welcoming our 6 Member Syrian Refugee Family

Welcoming our 6 Member Syrian Refugee Family

It has been a really big week for our Refugee Lead Team, as we were able to welcome our Syrian Refugee family at the Kelowna International Airport on Tuesday night.  Our team dressed up for a truly “Canadian” welcome, complete with banners, flags, hats, balloons and more.  Our family is comprised of Dad & Mom, Omar & Chadea, 15 year old girl Nasheda, 13 year old boy Yousef, 3 year old girl Remas and 1 year old boy Mohammad.  Needless to say they were exhausted from 34 hours of travel from their temporary home in Jordan to Kelowna.

Our team has done a great job of preparing for all the details, from accommodation, translation, paperwork, education, and more. This sponsorship is in conjunction with MCC, and in partnership with the Canadian Government.  Our responsibility for this family is for their first year in Canada.  KGF’s generosity means that the resources required for this are already in place, praise God.

We are looking for some handy construction type people who could help with a few small projects in the home that our Refugee Family is living.  We have an incredible partnership with the family that is hosting them, and want to help make this space functional for our newcomers.  Do you know how to mud drywall, paint, or lay floors?  Would you let us know your availability and we'd love to use your skills for this project?  Stop by the table in the foyer to find out more, or email [email protected]

Thank you for being a church family that lives faith in action.  It’s a beautiful testimony to so many.

Pastor Mike Penninga

Summer 2017 Kids Ministry Adventures!

Summer 2017 Kids Ministry Adventures!

Our kids ministry begins a summer series in Romans, and there are amazing button verses each week! We begin in Romans 1:16, which is a great verse for 2017 @ KGF as we embrace living "Unashamed". "For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes." See you Sunday June 25th 9:00am Full Kids Ministry, 10:45am Families Worship Together, and live online, www.kgfchurch.com/stream 

Team Building Day @ Seton House of Prayer

Team Building Day @ Seton House of Prayer

Twice a year our KGF staff team gets away up to Seton House of Prayer for a day of team building, sharing, and listening conversations. So grateful for this team who pours so much into so many through the KGF church family and beyond. You guys are loved and appreciated!

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New Creative Art Display in the HUB - Wendy McAlpine Photography

New Creative Art Display in the HUB - Wendy McAlpine Photography

We encourage you to check out the new creative art display in the HUB, entitled “Faces” by Wendy McAlpine.  You can view more of her project, '365 Portraits' on Facebook here:

"But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him." 2 Corinthians 3:18  

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