Zion Baptist Church seeks to be a Christ-centered family who reaches people for Jesus, encourages growth and shares His love through action.
Last week my two older kids, Carlon and Noah, officially started their summer holidays - 2 whole months without the rigours of Grade 3 and Kindergarten! Since then the constant question has been "when do we leave for Edmonton"?
My family and I have planned a big road trip for this summer. Our itinerary includes Edmonton, Drumheller, Armstrong, the Lower Mainland... and many stops in between. We'll be connecting with old friends, staying with family and hopefully having a great time on our trip.
Summer vacations and road trips are a big part of our "Canadian experience". I have great memories of some awesome trips with my family as I grew up. And, to be fair, there are some not so great memories as well! Now that I've got a family of my own I always look forward to our vacations and trips - to see what kind of adventures we'll discover.
My impending road trip got me thinking about holidays, vacations and journeys. I realized that a lot of the stories in the Bible deal with trips of some kind: Adam and Eve had to leave the garden of Eden, Abraham was called to a far off country, Moses led the people on an epic road trip out of Egypt.
The theme carries on into the New Testament: Many (if not most!) of the people who encountered Jesus met Him on the road. The gospels present Jesus as a man who was constantly "on the move" as He obeyed God the Father. He journeyed from place to place in order to declare the Good News of the gospel.
Then, he "turned his face toward Jerusalem" and journeyed to the cross so that the way to God would be opened for us.
The book of Acts describes early Christians as the "People of the Way". I like that description of faith in Jesus because it gives the sense of action. If you're "on the way" then you're moving towards a destination.
I'm hoping that as my family enjoys our vacation we will catch glimpses of how God is at work in this world. I know that He is at work... but there is something about getting away from our "regular lives" that can help us to see more of what He is up to.
I hope that everyone has a great summer... and that this summer isn't a "break" for our church... but a pause that will help us to prepare for what God has planned next!
Keep an eye out for various events happening @ Zion Baptist Church!
Aug. 24th - 27th
@ Lakelse Lake
Our annual church campout is planned for August 24th - 27th at the Lakelse Lake Group Campsite.
Registration is free but we do ask that you consider contributing towards some of the group meals.
Zion's Missional Communities are officially "on break" over the summer (as many people are away on vacation). However, keep an eye out for info about fall plans.
Talk to Pastor Brad if you're interested in getting involved in a community.
Pastor Brad and Ministry Coordinator Melinda Bahr both have summer vacations planned
Brad will be away July 14th - August 9th.
Melinda will be away July 4th - 12th and August 6th - 20th.
While Brad is away please contact Melinda Bahr or (if Melinda is also away) board member Alanna Barker. Their contact information will be available on the church voicemail message (just call 250-638-1336).
Note that Pastor Brad will not be checking his Zion email while he's on vacation!