From Pastor Tim

Ebb-_-FlowEvery week has its ebb and flow. For me, this week feels a bit slower for whatever reason. Maybe it’s the gradually warming weather or perhaps it’s because I know that I will soon be on vacation.

This week we began planning for what will become an annual church survey. The survey is being held after worship on Sunday, May 26 and will involve a cross-section of thirty people from our congregation. The church survey will provide a snap shot of our health as a congregation and enable our leaders to begin planning to improve congregational health and spiritual growth.

Today, I held our monthly worship service at Reid Manor and yesterday at the Ponoka Hospital. I’ve also been in contact with people who are home-bound. I want to thank those who visit such people and care for them.

I also attended with Trevor the annual volunteer lunch at Northcott Personal Care Centre. I was amazed at how many United Church people are involved there.

This is National Volunteer Appreciation Week and it made me wonder whether we ought to find ways to say thank you to the many people who serve through our congregation. THANK YOU! And maybe we can be a little more intentional about it next year.

Pastor Ted, Pastor William and I met to plan out the next “Ponoka Worship Night” on Sunday, May 5 at Sonrise Christian Reformed Church. This will be the last service before the summer break. We’re looking at a dialogue message involving all three pastors and a combined music team to lead worship. The theme will be something like: “What’s IT got to do with IT?|

Don’t forget the youth bottle drive this Saturday!

This coming Sunday Pastor Bill Flath from St. Albert will be our guest preacher while I am away on vacation. Pastor Ted Hill will provide pastoral presence in case of any emergencies.

HEADS UP…We’re planning a community event sponsored by Wilderness Ranch Camp and ourselves for Tuesday evening, May 28. In addition to pony rides we’re looking to cook up a few hotdogs. If you can BBQ a mean hotdog (or even a friendly one) and would like to help in some way please call the office.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21