Sunday morning breakfast Feb 13

As always, we had an awesome time of fellowship at our weekly Sunday breakfast in Penticton.  We had about 35 or 40 people turn out for pancakes, cereal, toast, boiled eggs, and a variety of Valentines treats.  The weather was awesome, about 5 C, and the sun shone upon us (once it finally rose).  So we were able to spend a lot of time outdoors, and we had an excellent gathering of the church after breakfast was over. 

I had my camera along and took 84 pictures!  I’ve posted a few here, and more over at our new facebook location.  Why not check out the 2 dozen pictures there – and join us while you are at it.

ministry vehicle – answer to prayer

new Another Chance ministry vehicle

Last week Pastor Peter’s old ministry truck finally gave up.  That’s the second ministry vehicle to give up in the past year.  With no cash to replace it, we’ve been praying for a solution.  And Father answered our prayers.  A local resident sold this van to Pastor Peter for 1/4 of the asking price, because he knew it was going to be used in the Another Chance street ministry.  And as Pastor Peter didn’t have any money, the seller told him to just pay in increments whenever he could.  Please pray that the cash will come in.  And God’s blessings on the man who provided the van!

Service and/or Worship

At his blog, The Assembling of the Church, Alan Knox wrote this today:

We can close our eyes while we sing. We can rise early in the morning to pray or pray seven times per day. We can listen to sermons all week long. We can teach Sunday school or even preach sermons. We can put vast sums of money into the collection plate or give to support missions. But, if we are not caring for and serving and helping the hurt and lost and needy around us, then we should not call these things “worship.”

Amen!  Go here to read the rest of the post.

blessings, norma

How to start a ministry to the poor

Just wanted to direct your attention to a really interesting series of posts over at the blog “Subversive1” by Keith Giles.  There are five posts on the topic, “How to Start a Ministry to the Poor in Your Community.” 

While we are delighted to have any and all of the church at Penticton help out with Another Chance Ministries, we also want you to follow Father’s lead in your life.  So if He is calling you to help out the poor (and He is!  It’s a major calling for the church … maybe we’ll discuss it here one of these days), and you just don’t know “how” or “where to start” or whatever, I recommend that you check out this series of 5 posts.  It is really helpful!

blessings, norma

Feb 11/11 update

Greetings all!  Just a quick note to update you on what’s happening with Another Chance Street Ministries here in Penticton.

Pastor Peter, as always, is busy, busy, busy.  If you’ve been trying to contact him on the Another Chance Ministries message line, and you think he is taking too long to answer, please have patience 🙂  He’ll get back to you asap.  Besides walking on the streets of Penticton with Father, seeing what He’s up to and reaching out with Father’s love, Pastor Peter also spends days in other Okanagan communities, from Kelowna all the way south to Osoyoos – lots of driving.

Which is turning out to be a bit of a problem, as his poor old truck seems to be giving up the ghost!  We know Father will provide, and we’re just waiting to see how He’ll do that.  Always an adventure!

Last Sunday, we decided it was such a nice morning that we’d do most of our activities outdoors.  We set up lots of chairs, put goodies onto tables, and fired up the pancake griddle.  And then the snowflakes started to fall.  Biggest snowfall of the season here, so far.  By midafternoon, a good 15 to 20 cm had fallen – and we still have snow piled up all over the place, although roads are clear now.  Anyway, needless to say, folks grabbed their plates of pancakes and dashed inside to eat.  (Thanks again to the Presbyterian Church for letting us borrow their kitchen and dining room space).

Sunday's snowfall

We had a good turn out, and an excellent breakfast.  Not just pancakes, but cereal, porridge, toast, cookies, apples, muffins, and lots more.  And good company.  And of course, Father was there! 

Folks kept stopping in and dropping off clothes and other items, which were quickly spread out on tables, and folks joyfully checked through them, grateful to find warm clothes for these cold winter days and nights.  Blessings on those in the community who are sharing in these ways.

Thanks, too, to Starbucks, who put out a container for folks to donate winter hats, gloves, and scarves.  It’s been filled and emptied and filled again, by all kinds of people.  What a great community!

If you’re in Penticton on Sunday mornings between about 6:30 and 9:00 am, drop by and join us for breakfast and stay for some time gathering together with our Lord.  We’re at the Presbyterian church grounds on Martin Street, just a couple doors south of the movie theatre.  See you soon.

Oh, by the way, yes, we do have videos coming.  Soon.  I promise 🙂

blessings, norma