Monday, November 30, 2009

Visitors, Inspirational Poetry and a FREE Downloadable Craft


I'd intended this blog post to be full of photos. I went all snap-happy over the weekend to try to capture all the wonderful events happening - only get this. I 'took' a whole bunch of photos... with no 'chip' in the camera.

Yes, all the lovely photos I wanted to have - Kaye, home from hospital and home in our Church PRAISING the Lord - and huggin' the CUTEST baby.

Umm hmmm - how bout the dozen photos I'd snapped of Ken and his family as they blessed us with worship?

Imagine my surprise and utter dismay as I sat downloading from my camera. I graciously apologise to everyone - I was working between two cameras and got messed up. Luckily I did come away with a few photos - and with a song even!



I must mention something wonderful that transpired this Sunday. My husband, Miles came to open the church and to practice and when he arrived he was approached by a man in need of a helping hand. As we don't have a food bank at our Church he promised to put something together for him and promised him if he were to return in a few hours we would stock him up with some groceries. I was at home during this time so did not see what this person looked like.

Miles came home and we put together a pretty impressive bag in anticipation of his need.

During the middle of the worship (music) service a man came into the doorway of the sanctuary. I knew Miles could not very well get up from playing the piano so I got Betty and we headed out to present him with the grocery items.

His eyes lit up when I told him we had been anticipating him - in fact we had everything packed up and ready to go. He was delighted and thanked us profusely. We had a chance to talk to him and pray with him before we returned to the service. Imagine our surprise when Miles informed us this was NOT the same man he'd spoken to earlier! LOL!

The first man never did return - but I believe the right man turned up for this helping hand and prayer!



Our church would once again like to thank Ken and his beautiful family - wife Cheryl who sang with him, daughter Vicki who played drums (you sounded terrific and provided a perfect touch to the music!) and to your son William for running the power point (especially impressed how you slipped the scripture into it!) I am truly mad at myself for not getting your photos - NEXT time I promise! You have no idea how much it means to us to have you bless us with your worship and friendship! Park Drive Pentecostal Church from Oliver has been ministering alongside us for the past while and we truly appreciate it.




We are fortunate to have two women in our Church Family who have a nursing background and we were fortunate to have the benefit of their knowledge this Sunday as they presented us with some basic guidelines on protecting ourselves against H1N1 and just all pesky infections in general. Gina and Bev were thoughtful enough to compile and distribute a list for all of us. They had some great advice! If you would like a list of the information please email me and I will send you a copy. Send your email to THANK YOU, Gina and Bev, for looking after us.



What I mean is, we were treated to a visit from Rhonda, Nathan's sister along with her ADORABLE little baby boy. I was sad that Leila missed both the message preached today (which was wonderful, Betty) and also the song which Nathan and Rhonda sang for us. Leila thank you for your faithful ministry with our children.


And so, Leila, I made sure to catch Nathan and Rhonda's beautiful song on the recorder for you to enjoy. Just click on the player below to enjoy!

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Leena and Jussi send greetings our way - they're looking forward to returning in the near future to join us. In the meantime Leena sent me this poem she thought would be a good reminder to us to keep our hearts open to those who might find Christmas a difficult or hurting time of the year. Leena's father passed away suddenly due to a massive heart attack right on Christmas eve about 10 years ago. A friend sent this poem to them and it brought Leena and her family such comfort at that time - and so she would like us to share it with someone who we might know who is hurting. Click the FULLSCREEN feature to view the poem larger (hit your ESC button to come back to this blog screen when you are done) You can also download or print using the features in the window below.

Christmas With Jesus

Thank you Leena, for this touching poem.



It was Saturday night Jam and Crafts this past weekend and what a wonderful time we had. Unfortunately I did not think to "go topside" to the sanctuary to capture some of the music lessons for you (will have to think of this next time) but we had a lot of fun creating in the basement.

This week we made some Pretty Citrus Pomanders - a very simple and easy craft. I'm providing the instructions here - you are welcome to print and share them!

Pretty Citrus Pomanders



We had some clever ideas revealed during our crafts session - Leila added some word art (Awwww, romantic words for her husband Nathan) while our youngest crafter Amber gave me an idea of how to make our pomanders into a "lollipop" decoration by inserting a stick into the end. In my instructions I include directions on how to do this! Have fun!



Betty delivered an inspiring word - I had several people make a comment to me, wishing I'd recorded it. I even had an email with glowing praise. Betty's word encouraged us to remember that we bring Jesus into our work places so we can know that we have the opportunity to be a ministry wherever we are! Well, of course she said it much more eloquently than how I've summed it up.



Kaye - home from the hospital. Still battling some health issues but not allowing it to keep her down and it was sure a blessing for us to have her in church this a.m.

Nathan and Leila - moving into a new home this week. Some of us formed a work party and helped them get their new home whipped into shape and move their possessions. We look forward to seeing you settled!

Rose and Ken - had a special time with family this week. Their relatives came from out of town to have an early gathering together.



Julie - was sick over the weekend. Please pray for her health this week.

Marie and Cecil - health issues

Dale and Florence - for their ministry "down south" in the USA for the next several months.

unnammed - health issues for a person we are in contact with. That we would be able to share in the HOPE of Faith in Jesus.

Jim and Elaine - as they minister at Colwood. For their daughter Melissa as she awaits the arrival of her baby.

Amalia and Alfredo Sommer - from the Baptist church as they do their missions in South America

Jen and Mark Illife - missions in Africa



Tuesday, December 1 - Women's Bible Study. Gathering at Rose's house this week. We are starting into Part 4 of Friendships of Women. Come one, come all - bring a friend!

Wednesday, December 2 - OCC Women's Online Meeting. Got MSN messenger? If you have (or you can download) you are welcomed to join us in a live, online meeting. This is a night when we catch up with each other, discuss whats going on in our lives, upcoming events etc and lift prayer needs. If you need more information on how you can join with us just email me (Barb) at

Saturday December 12 - Crafts and Jam night. We have a fun craft planned downstairs. Bring a friend along. You can email for more information or you can call Barb at 250-495-3516. Miles and Nathan will providing basic guitar instruction in the sanctuary.

Sunday December 20th - Church Family Christmas Dinner. We will be enjoying the 'talents' of the bakers in our church this night LOL! We hope to also have some sort of entertainment rounded up. If you have an idea of something you would like to share we welcome you to let us know.

Monday, November 23, 2009

This week at OCC - Youth Report, Praise Report & "Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!"

While we had no formal events going on this week at Osoyoos Christian Centre lots is happening "backstage". First thing you might notice attending next week is that some of us got together and 'spruced up' the sanctuary!


Yes, just giving you a teensy peek of what you might see - stay tuned for more - decorating this area has given us more ideas for other areas. If you have ideas or would like to join in when we strike next let us know!


We were blessed to have Dale and Florence home with us this past Sunday. As mentioned in our previous post, their brother David, from Calgary went home to be with the Lord just a few short weeks ago. After speaking with Dale and Florence I have SUCH an appreciation for David and Beverley (David's wife who passed on just this summer) Both were young (David was only in his 50's) but what a tremendous ministry they had in their short years!

Dale and Florence were astounded that even as they "said goodbye" to their precious family members - to have revealed the extent of the ministry that David and Beverley established during their missions in Taiwan. In fact, you can read about the ministry they established called RAY OF HOPE by clicking on the picture below.

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The mission of their ministry is: Ray of Hope is a Christian organization dedicated to promoting the sanctity of life, teaching sexual purity, and bringing restoration to women in the midst of a crisis due to an unwanted pregnancy or previous abortion.

This ministry provides many valuable resources to assist - all in the name of the LORD.

What a tremendous comfort and pride it must bring to Dale and Florence to know how many lives are STILL and WILL CONTINUE to be touched by this good work which was the life of David and Beverley.

Florence has promised an audio/visual interview when they return home from their winter ministries in the southern USA for the next several months.

We wish you well, Dale and Florence and we will be praying for you.


We have a report from our Youth who recently went to an EVENT held in Grand Forks BC. Thanks goes to Bart and the Park Drive Pentecostal Church for including our youth in this adventure - our youth are still talking about what a terrific time it was and they enjoyed meeting new friends along the way.

The following is a video of the band Kiros who played at The Gathering which our youth attended! Click on the TRIANGLE play button to listen.

The Gathering 2009 was a very fun and lively event. We had a awesome speaker - Glenn Madden. His time of sharing was followed up with entertainment by the bands Kiros, We Are The City and Stone house 25 (and more!) There were several more events, and if this were not exciting enough the evening celebrations were topped off with great food.

The events were well organized and we were kept "on the move" and entertained the entire time. The organizers brought in drama groups that made us think of our place in the world as Godly people. We enjoyed the improv groups who caused us to to laugh - but with a great message. With Glenn Madden there we also experienced good, serious teaching of "the real God" - the one that isn’t all sugar coated, the one that people seem to forget; Our FIRM and MIGHTY GOD the one that punishes for breaking his law. We needed and appreciated this word.

~ submitted by Nicole



Thank you to Judy (my Sister in Law) from Kamloops, who made enough of these lovely Cross Bookmarks to give to each of the ladies of our church! They were received with gratitude and truly appreciated! We were honoured to have Judy sit in with us for a Women's Bible Study last month and so some of you got to know her and have remained in contact. I know I can say that a BIG HELLO comes with each cross.



Melissa - Jim and Elaine's Daughter who is expecting any day now. She did make it past her 35th week last we heard and I hope by next blog post perhaps we will have an announcement in the PRAISE section?

Jim and Elaine - As they minister in Colwood and also as Elaine helps out with Melissa.

Cecil - Marie's husband has been suffering illness for several years. Please pray for a hand of healing upon him, and for stamina for Marie as she looks after him.

Nathan and Leila - Nathan as he is in training to be a teacher, Leila as they will be moving soon. Nathan is also sick with some sort of 'bug' - that he will recover (and not pass it on! LOL!)

unnamed - A woman who is suffering a deep sickness, that if it's the Lord's will she will be healed. That she will find a comfort, peace and purpose in accepting Jesus - giving HIM reign in her life. That HE would give her hope and peace and guidance at this difficult season. Pray for those who will be ministering to her - supply the words! Please pray for her young family as well.

Keremeos Church - Newly established this Pentecostal church seems to be already making a huge impact in this area. May we lift them up as they continue to "walk in faith" where they have been planted. We look forward to meeting you soon!


Kaye - Home from the hospital AGAIN, Kaye is weak in body but STRONGER than ever in faith. Won't you drop by to see her and encourage her - and be encouraged by Kaye as she is the biggest encourager I know!

Rose and Ken - have family visiting and celebrating a "Christmas Before Christmas" this week. May your time together be a precious time of bonding.

Matt and Lillian - In England, have just moved into a new 'flat' and enjoying the time as a family unit! Wouldn't a Christmas Card sent from here look nice on their walls (hint hint!)



Eileen's Birthday - Eileen is celebrating her 90th birthday this week. Won't you make time to drop in and enjoy all her great wisdom she's gathered over the years? The following is what she told me was the ONE good piece of advice one should take heed to. Just click the PLAY to listen!

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Saturday Night Jam and Crafts - 7:00 p.m.

Miles and Nathan will be on board to help you learn the basics of guitar! Please bring a guitar (accepting donations of functioning guitars too - gratefully!) Though we won't be having a formal 'craft' this week, we do hope to perhaps decorate a bit more. Come join in, I'll provide the popcorn! Call if you need a ride!

OCC Women's Bible Study - At Isabelle's place, 1:30 Tuesday. We are continuing with our Friendships of Women Podcast study. A warm and welcoming place to share an afternoon of fellowship with the women of OCC. All welcome!

OCC Christmas Dinner - Sunday, December 20th. I'll be calling around to organize. What would YOU like to bring? Shirley has offered to do pies - you can email me at to tell me what you can provide!


Looking for some good (and FREE I might add) worship songs for your church? You can find the sheet music for the following songs:

Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground) - Chris Tomlin

All Creation Sing (Joy to the World) - Fee

Sing - Josh Wilson

Born in Bethlehem - Third Day

Here is the King - Worship Together

Glory in the Highest - Chris Tomlin

Love has Dawned - Bethany Dillon and Matt Hammitt

Love Came Down - Ben Cantelon

Remain - Ben Cantelon

Father Will You Come - Unhindered

Jesus Saves - Tim Hughes

You Are My Creator - Unhindered

Born That We May Have Life - Chris Tomlin

Just click on the following picture to download! (You may have to register with Worship Together and you will also have to download the Scorch Viewer)

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Wonderful Worship, Church Family Luncheon, Prayers and Praise, FREE Worship CD!

Our hearts are full and heavy in shared grief with our Brother and Sister - Dale and Florence at the loss of Florence's dear brother, David. After a lenghtly illness and following just a short time-span after the loss of David's wife Beverley this summer. Dale and Florence were able to be bedside until David's last breath - and we are told that it was precious time. Especially deep and significant the time that Dale was able to spend with his brother in law, tending to his physical needs and sharing in a ministry on a completely different level than most of us may ever have to be exposed to. What comes clear in their letters "home" to our church family, is through it all, God is Good - all the time. I know it might seem almost strange to think it, but the following song which was sung this past weekend in Church still holds true, even through the death of a fellow brother or sister.

"The Lord is Gracious and Compassionate"
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Hokayyyyyy - the song does NOT seem to want to upload so I have substituted a YouTube version of this song. Sorry - may upload our own version later.

So hard to comprehend in the light of the loss of a loved one - especially a loved one who devoted his entire life to missions and loving the Lord. "The Lord is Gracious and Compassionate" means that David is now HOME with the Lord, and it means that the Lord has His loving arms of comfort around Dale and Florence and the family at this time. It means that we, their church family - are waiting to enter into praise of thanksgiving with them when they arrive home. Won't you please take a moment to listen to the following song and pray for a safe trip home for Dale and Florence please?


We had a great luncheon this Sunday - it was a soup and sandwhich theme and wow, what deliciuous soups there were! We had crocks of Beef with Barley (thanks Ken, the only GUY who cooked), a light and delicious Vegetable (Thanks Leila) a Healthy and Hearty Carrot and Ginger soup made (Nummy Felecia) and I concocted a Robust French Onion Soup (which I will be featuring the recipe on my personal blog). Dessert was DELICIOUS apple pies, baked by Shirley - ok, Shirley, this is almost impossible to believe, but your pastry rivals that of my Mother in Laws, and she's the Queen of Pastry in my books!

The next BIG food event will be our Church Family Christmas dinner - which we will be having mid-December so that it does not conflict with family plans. We will keep you posted - but start dreaming up your BEST gourmet recipes!

THANK YOU also to the folks from Park Drive Pentacostal who are our "partner" church - but I especially want to send a word of gratitude to the FAMILIES of the members who have been assisting us. Without the support of the wives and patience of your children this would not be possible. Your sacrifice means a tremendous amount to us.

Also, especial thanks to Jussi and Leena for once again providing The Word and wonderful Worship in Song.



Kaye - as she is back in the hospital - still having fluid on the lungs and in some discomfort. If you can, please visit!

Melissa - Jim and Elaine's daughter in law - that she may carry the full term with her baby.

Jim and Elaine - for their ministry in Colwood, for Elaine as she helps out with Melissa and also for her studies.

Florence and Dale - and the family as they make arrangements for David - and for a safe trip home.

Ralph and Krista - in their ministries on the Island.

unnamed - for two son's to walk once again with our Lord.

unnamed - a young man who's brother commited suicide - the young man has decided to accept the Lord as his saviour after seeing how hard his brother was trying to seek the Lord before he took his life.

YOUR prayer request could be here. Send us an email,



Some time ago a dear friend of mine was telling me of her struggles with her neighbors. Turns out the neighbors were extremely loud - you know, music at all hours, thumping away, and not the type of music that is in any way uplifting. Yes - she tried it all, talking to them, etc. Finally in desperation having to call the authorities and despite their warnings it seemed an unresolvable issue. And its not like it was JUST the noise - my friend actually suffers from a physical condition of suffering CAUSED by loud sounds!

So, I asked if we might pray together about it - I told her I was confident the Lord can do what we are not able to do, so she allowed me to pray with her on the spot.

Well, just yesterday she seeked me out to tell me our prayers were answered. Not only were the offending neighbors removed, but my friend tells me the new neighbors are a family with children (my friend has children) and the woman is a Christian and they get along famously. Wow!

YOUR praise report could be here - just email us at



OCC Women's Bible Study - Tuesday at Isabelle's place. Email if you need directions, or just phone me. We will be extending the time from aprox 1 p.m. to 3. We will continue with Part 3 of Friendships of Women. It has been an extraordinary time of connection for our women. Thank you for all who have been so faithful to attend each week. Thank you to Rose for picking our senior women up and to your family for the use of your vehicle.

Church Decorating Day - To Be Announced. Got ideas? Want to help? email us at to tell us how you can help!

OCC Family Church Christmas Dinner - To Be Announced. What would YOU like to contribute? Shirley has promised to bake more pies (I'm starving myself in anticipation already!)



At our last Women's Bible Study Isabelle had us laughing with this list of Hymns as matched with Professions:

Dentist: Crown Him With Many Crowns
Weatherman: There Shall be Showers of Blessings
Contractor - The Churches One Foundation
Tailor - Holy Holy Holy!
Golfer - There's a Green Hill Far Away
Politician - Standing on the Promises
Optometrist - Open My Eyes That I Might See
IRS - I Surrender All
Gossip - Pass It On
Electrician - Send the Light
Shopper - By and By
Realtor - I've Got a Mansion Just Over the Hilltop
Massage Therapist - He Touched Me
Doctor - The Great Physician

and then there's the ones for people who speed:

over 45 mph - God Will Take Care Of You
over 65 mph - Nearer My God To Thee
over 85 mph - This World is Not My Home
over 95 mph - Lord, I'm Coming Home


And lastly - I came across a website for Kristi Northrup, Christian Recording Artist. She's offering a FREE download of her CD - You See Beauty. She would like her music to be a ministry to all - you have the option of also donating to one of the good causes if you feel led to do so. You can visit her website by clicking HERE - just fill out your information and you will be offered a download link. I really enjoyed her music - she has a very bold and refreshing style. Share her link with all your friends and I know she would love to hear from you if you take the time to email her. Thank you Kristi, for your permission to link you here.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Talented Guests and Getting to Know - OURSELVES!

It was an exciting week and weekend for Osoyoos Christian Centre!

We were very blessed to have guests visiting with us - Jussi and Leena, from Delta. Jussi delivered word from the pulpit. A powerful message and as one of the congregation mentioned to me, some entertaining and amusing observations (one part drawing a parallel between someone 'speeding' in this day and age which might mean going 110 mph in a car compared to 'way back then' the same may have been true of a young man racing on a camel!) But the underlying message being a subject of relevance delivered in a timely manner for our church body. Thank you, Jussi.

Jussi and Leena

And it seems Jussi's lovely wife
Leena is gifted as well, for she blessed us with her singing of "Standing on Holy Ground. For those of you who missed it, you may listen to her by clicking PLAY button on the audio player below!

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Saturday night
our church was filled with music and activity. It was a Crafts and Jam night and we had instruction happening in the sanctuary. The rest of us could be found in the basement assembling shoeboxes for children as part of the Operation Shoebox ministry of Samaritan's Purse. We had several young ladies (Asia, Amy and Amber) who helped create an assembly line which allowed us to fill the boxes in record time.

Our women's group met for bible study on Tuesday, covering some of Part 2 of "Friendships of Women" of an 11 part series from Midday Connection. I was honoured to be able to host it at my (Barb) house for this particular one and it was a special time of getting to fellowship. Rose will be hosting this week - please call if you need information or a ride. More details in the EVENTS section of this post. Angie has allowed me to share the following poem here on the blog - it's called LISTEN and it reminds us that one important quality of being a good friend is to be a 'good listener'. I remember someone pointing out to me at one time that God gave us ONE mouth and TWO ears and that should remind us that we should LISTEN twice as much as we SPEAK.


When I ask you to listen to me and you give me advice,
You have not done what I asked.

When I ask you to listen to me and you tell me I shouldn't feel the way I do,
You are trampling on my feelings.

When I ask you to listen to me and you feel you have to solve my problem,
You have failed me, strange as that may seem.

When you do something for me that I can and need to do for myself,
You contribute to my fear and weakness.

I can do for myself. I'm not helpless.
Maybe discouraged and faltering, but not helpless.

Listen! All I asked, was that you listen.
I did not ask you to talk or do, just hear me.

Advice is cheap:
A buck will get you both Dear Abby and Billy Graham
in the same newspaper.

But when you accept my irrational feelings as simple fact,
Then I can begin to understand what's behind them.

When that is clear, the solutions will come,
And I won't need advice.

Perhaps that's why prayer works.

God does not give advice or try to fix things.
He just open minds to new ideas
and lets people work it out for themselves.

So please, listen and simply hear me.
If you want to talk, please wait a minute for your turn -
then I will listen to you.

~ anonymus



Kaye - still recovering from illness

Jussi and Leena - as they travel, coming to us again from Delta this coming weekend

Jim and Elaine - as they minister in their new location at Colwood

Nathan - as he works towards becoming a teacher

Marie and Cecil - for Cecil's health, and for Marie as she looks after him

Amalia and Alfredo Sommer - as they begin their missions in Argentina

Unnamed - for a woman, suffering a terminal illness. She has given two members of our church permission to pray for her and WITH her in the coming weeks.


Our church was able to fill about a dozen boxes for underpriveledged children!


Women's Bible Study - at Rose Johnson's house. Please call me if you need directions. 250-495-3516. "homework" from last weeks meeting includes sharing a prayer need for YOURSELF, and also a poem, scripture or thought of your own on the subject of Friendship. We will pick up the final secion of part 2 of the audio series.

Potluck Luncheon - Sunday, November 15th. This will be a simple sandwhiches and soup buffet. If you can provide a soup or a plate of sandwhiches it would be appreciated. I will call all on our church registry for those who do not have email. Shirley will be providing her yummy pies for dessert.

Speaking of Lunch, Luncheon, Food ... (my mind goes ahead of me, imagine what my husband has to put up with! LOL) Leila has now provided the recipe for the delicious Butternut Squash Soup she made for the last get together. I've typed it all out, added a picture of it and you can click on the PDF format recipe below to view it or hit the PRINT at the top of the viewer!

THANK YOU Leila, your soup was impressive and I know I will be attempting it in the future!

Butternut Squash Soup

Monday, November 2, 2009

Thanks To Park Drive, Kaye is Home and Upcoming Events at OCC

Thank you to Peter who is Pastor to the seniors at Park Drive Pentecostal in Oliver, for bringing us the message this past Sunday. His sermon title was "My Brother's Keeper" and it was an insightful and valuable word.


Thanks as well to Ken and Cheryl who blessed us with worship music. Your singing and playing anointed us with gladness and surely we were brought into the Grace of Jesus with the words sung of praise, hope and gladness. Words cannot express just how much it means to us to have you come and minister to our church family. Your faithfulness to us is inspiring. I completely appreciated your words which reflect that we are ALL family!



Kaye is home from hospital! YAY! I spoke with her this morning and though she is still somewhat weak she feels strongly she is on the mend. She recently enjoyed a celebration of her 85th birthday - her (large) and loving family put together a wonderful party for her. Kaye mentioned to me that Pastor Jim and Elaine called her in the past day to say hello, and how much that comforted her.

Ken and Marg - who are at their home at the coast. Ken and Marg are able to stay in touch with us via this blog and have submitted inspirational materials for this blog. We miss you both and are thankful for having us in our family.




Kaye - though she's on the mend we need to continue to pray for a complete healing.

Jim and Elaine - as they settle into their new ministry in Collwood, BC

Nathan - as he is learning to be a teacher (is this an oxymoron? And no, Nathan, I did not just say you were a moron :) Please pray for Leila (his lovely wife) as she keeps things running at home and encourages him. We know with certaintly Nathan, you will be a wonderful teacher!

Amalia and Alfredo - (Osoyoos Baptist Church) as they head to Argentina tomorrow for 4 months. May their missions in the community and surrounding area where they grew up in be successful. What a beautiful thing for them to 'give back' to the country they grew up in. This area has a lot of poverty and they keep returning to help alleviate suffering and better the circumstances. They do this all the while showing the love of Jesus.

Jen and Mark - who are in Ethiopia Addis Ababa. Jen used to attend OCC. She and Mark are newlyweds and she and husband Mark have a heart for missions. At the present the area they work in is seeing a people practice witchcraft etc being converted to Christian - which puts lives in danger. So, they must be very careful about what we can publish about them, in regard to details. We need to pray for the Lord's protection upon them.



OCC Women's Bible Study - meeting this Tuesday November 3rd at my (Barb's) home at 1:30 - 3. Please call if you need directions. 250-495-3516. We are following the "Friendships of Women" audio series from Midday Connection.

Jam and Craft Evening - Saturday, November 7th.

Come join in on an evening of music and fun. Basic instruction in playing Guitar provided in the sanctuary. There's also a keyboard available, or bring your own instrument. If you have an old instrument kicking around and might consider donating it to our Saturday night Jams, let us know.

There will be crafts happening downstairs. Bring your items for shoeboxes along and we will 'pool' our resources to make some boxes! We've had donations so we will be able to fill a few extra. I'll be contacting Florence to find out which is the last day to get the boxes together. If we find ourselves with extra time we will have a good 'visit' together.

Guests Jussi and Leena will be visiting November 8th. Won't you please attend to give them a big welcome!


Sorry this post is a bit shorter than most. It was my husband's birthday this past weekend and we took three days 'away'. Ha, away for us meant staying at home, not answering phones. It was wonderful to just turn off all technology and spend time together. Thats exactly what our FATHER in heaven would like us to do with Him, too.

I will leave off with this video - I hope it leaves you feeling uplifted!