I’d like to let you know that our church council has decided to move our regular Sunday services online until the Corona Virus Pandemic has been resolved and

we can safely return to regular congregational worship. Our Lord and Shepherd, Jesus Christ, is leading us into an unknown territory but let us not panic because He is the Way and He has good plans for us. To get through this dark tunnel, the Lord wants us to listen to His leading voice and follow Him closely: “The Lord is my Shepherd; I have everything I need” (Ps 23: 1). 

These are some highlights of the changes: 

Our online Sunday service is at 10 a.m on Sundays. If you can, we’d like to recommend you visit our church’s YouTube link on Sunday at 10 a. m so that we can all worship the Lord together as one body. If you can not do it for some reason, you could find a suitable time for your worship. YouTube link for our Sunday worship is this:   “https://www.youtube.com/user/blessings2us”   

For our communion service, which is on the first Sunday of each month, please prepare a piece of bread and a small glass of red grape juice for yourself, family, or friends before the service; we can celebrate the Lord’s Table together through my instructions on the video.  

For your offering, you can present it to the Lord during the offering time on the online service, and then, give it to the church in your method: online giving-PAR is recommended but if this doesn’t work for you, you could do the e-transfer to the church email:  stjohns@shaw.ca or drop it off at the church office or call someone to deliver your offering to the church. 

Let us remember that your church needs your faithful and generous financial contributions even during this new season to support our ongoing missions locally and globally and to pay the bills.   

I’ll record for the worship & sermon at the sanctuary on Saturdays at 11 a.m with a few volunteers from the Council and Worship Committee to get the worship video ready for Sundays at 10 a.m. 

Let us remember that the key to true worship that God accepts is not about physical location but all about our sincere heart to God through the work of the Holy Spirit: Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4: 23, 24).”

To provide ongoing pastoral care, the council has developed a phone support network.  Please expect regular phone calls from fellow congregants to check up on how you are managing and to hear any concerns you may have. 

Please watch for our bulletin for weekly service information and direction and extra details about our response to this emergency. 

I will be maintaining regular working hours at the church: Tuesday, Wed., Thur., Fri.. (10 a.m – 3:00 p.m.) & Saturday (10:30 a.m. to Noon; no Sunday). Colleen’s work schedule has changed slightly: Tue. : 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. : Wed: 12:30 – 3 p.m. : Thur, & Fri. : 9– 3 p.m.  Please note that I am here to support all who have the need to share, talk and/or pray.  Also, apart from my office hours, I can be reached on my cell phone (250-443-4013) or at my email  ( js0343@gmail.com ) at any time.

In closing, I’d like to encourage us to see this dark time as an opportunity to shine the light that you and I have in the Lord, God’s unconditional grace, to others around us in some practical ways to be the presence of Christ Jesus to them: “Dear children (children of God or disciples of Christ), let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” (1John 3: 18). 

Let us do not lose humour and love each other like Jesus but wash our hands like Pontius Pilate. 

May God bless you, keep you, shine His face upon you, and give you peace. Amen. 

In Christ, 

Rev. Joshua J. Kang

 

A WELCOMING CONGREGATION is one that:
smiles and encourages laughter; is inclusive, authentic, and respects diversity; displays openness to choice and questioning; asks, listens, and invites; does not assume I know my way around; engages and cares for all ages; accepts ME for who I am; feels honest, open and safe for real conversations; helps me feel at home; has worship services that are authentic, powerful, and grip you with a feeling of the sacred; gives me a reason to be there; gets to know each person as an individual; knows who it is and is comfortable with itself; wants to know who I am and what I am about.

 

Rev. Joshua Kang

We, in Boundary Pastoral Charge, continue to be grateful that Rev. Joshua Kang has joined us to become our full-time Minister!

Joshua, as an experienced and passionately prayerful person, is well qualified and prepared to lead and support our congregation during this difficult time.