WORD FROM THE PASTOR
Welcome to the summer at Evangel!
We are so glad you’ve joined us. If you are visiting with us, please take a moment to fill out one of our comment cards and hand it into the information desk in the West Foyer and we will be happy to offer you a free drink from our cafe. It’s our way of saying, “thanks for coming.” If there is anything that we can do to help you, please let us know.
If you have children, we have great programming for them on Sunday mornings. Children will be dismissed for their classes during the service so you can enjoy the message.
Even though it’s summer time, there are still opportunities to connect with others at Evangel. Take time to read through the newsletter to find out what’s going on at the church. Our website is another place to check out what’s happening. Go to
Whether you are new to Evangel or one of our regular attenders, we are are so thankful for you and want you to know that you are loved by God and your life matters. As you worship with us today, may you sense God’s presence and peace.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
9:00 am Ecclesia Traditional Service (Place of Prayer)
10:00 am Worship Service (Main Sanctuary)
Nursery to Grade 5
Check-in at the Blue House in the foyer. After the service, connect with other families at the Coffee House near the Courtyard.
Grade 6 to 12
Meet at the Collective Corner in the East Foyer 9:55 am and join the worship service in the Sanctuary.
Drop In Prayer
6:30 to 8:30 pm | Connexions Lounge
Ladies’ Drop-In Support Group
1:00 - 2:30 pm | Ushers Room
Legacy Builders Chapel (60+)
6:30 pm | Heritage Room
6:30 pm | Fellowship Room
Doors open at 6:30pm for fellowship, coffee, and snacks.
Meeting is from 7:00pm to 8:15pm.
Everyone is welcome!
The Bible is written with the understanding that the Creator has placed an order in His world that can be discovered. The book of Proverbs captures these lessons in compact, memorable sayings passed down from the wisest among Israel’s elders. Many of these sayings come from Solomon, a king renowned for his wisdom. You can read the story of how he obtained his wisdom in 1 Kings 4:29-34. The proverbs which Solomon and others have written are especially designed to help younger people avoid common pitfalls and find the path to prosperity, health and security.
Each Sunday throughout the summer we will look at a different part of life to see how God’s wisdom is applied. For example: How is God’s wisdom applied to money or friendships or ambition? What does wisdom have to say about how to raise a family or how to speak in a way that people stand up and take note?
As we go through this series, we want to ensure that we are faithful to the theme of the book of Proverbs: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
I hope you’ll join us on Sundays this summer as we seek to apply God’s wisdom to our lives. If you miss a Sunday you can always catch the sermon at: www.evangelkelowna.com/sermons.
We are so excited to spend our summer with God in our EC KIDS Program! Starting Sunday, June 30, kids will join in the main worship service and be dismissed part way through. Please check-in your children at the beginning of the service as usual.
During the summer we give our volunteers who serve on a regular basis some time off. This means we need YOU to help us out over the next two months to sign-up and serve! PLEASE consider helping us out and filling a spot or two (or more!) in our kids classes over the summer. You can spend time cuddling babies, playing with toddlers or being a part of our bigger kids classes. Pastor Castina will be the main teacher throughout the summer, so we just need your support in spending time and sitting with the kids.
We value our young families and believe it takes all of us working together to pour into the lives of our children in our community! Click on the image to pick a date & class or call or email Pastor Castina (firstname.lastname@example.org).
THANK YOU for taking the time to sign-up!
There is a prayer team available to talk and pray with you after each Sunday service.
If you are in need of prayer outside of Sunday, please email us at email@example.com.
Prayer for North Korea
Tuesday, July 9 & Tuesday, August 13
7:00 pm | Prayer Chapel
Tuesday 6:30-8:30 pm | Connexions Lounge
Need prayer? In a confidential setting at Drop-in Prayer, a small group of people will pray for any personal needs you have.
Wednesday 6:00 am | Ushers Room
Hour of Prayer
Wednesday 10:30 am | Prayer Chapel
Ecclesia Prayer Ministry
Wednesday 1:30 pm | Prayer Chapel
Prayer for the Suffering Church
Thursday 10:30 am | Prayer Chapel
Prayer for Canada
Thursday 12:15 pm | Prayer Chapel
Thursday 6:30 pm | Prayer Chapel
JOIN THE EVANGEL PRAYER CHAIN
We are a group of God’s people praying for His people. If you are interested in increasing your faith and being a part of one of God’s wonderful ministries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The coordinator will email you a Confidentiality Form for you to sign and will start emailing you prayer needs from our church, community, country. You can pray anywhere, as you receive prayer requests via email. We ask that you be a member for a year. May God lead you as you consider this ministry.
The Maiers to Mongolia
Jesus said, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). We Christians are God’s witnesses in Kelowna and to the ends of the earth—that’s you and me. God has called us as a family to Mongolia in particular, to share the good news of Jesus Christ and to make disciples. I, Thomas, am planning to teach English part-time, and we aim to teach and preach the Word of God, whether that is among unbelievers, in small groups, through one-to-one conversations, or among the Christians of Mongolia, encouraging them with all of God’s words.
Mongolia is a landlocked country bordering China and Russia. Of the 3.1 million people who live there, approximately 2% are Christians, and some outer regions of the country are yet without any established church. The Church that does exist is vibrant and fast-growing, but is in need of people to train pastors and teach God’s Word. Would you pray for the Mongolian people to believe in Jesus and deepen in their faith?
Over this coming year, we will transition out of leading Recovery Church on Friday nights, and raise up new leadership. In the summer and fall, we have plans to travel to various churches, prayer groups, and missions gatherings to share about the need of the Mongolian people and call for people to pray for them, and for us. Additionally, we will continue to learn the Mongolian language every week, and be ministering among the Recovery Church family and Evangel Church family. Our target date to leave Canada is July 2020. Would you pray for us as we prepare?
My addiction started with alcohol. My whole life was centered around drinking. I thought being popular and partying was where I had found the meaning of life. That was only until, after spending a year drinking until I was blackout drunk, I ended up in a tent in Mission Creek smoking crystal meth.
This went on for two years, switching between crystal meth and alcohol. When I lost a vehicle that I was financing, I began to give up. I started repeating to myself, “It can’t get any worse than this.” It always did. Week by week I started surrendering to my crystal meth addiction, just wanting to die. I thought I had failed at life.
One week before going to Freedom’s Door I was arrested and taken to the drunk tank. Little did I know I was coming down for the last time, crying uncontrollably for my life. I had lost everything: my car, my girlfriend, my job as an electrician, my family and my friends. I left the drunk tank and took the bus back to a broken-down trailer where I was living and dumped the rest of my drugs onto the ground. I was 120 pounds, shaking in the trailer - sleeping for days. When my mom found me, she agreed to let me stay with her until I got into Freedom’s Door, which I entered within the week.
I never had known anyone who had been to treatment, so I had no idea what I was walking into. I thought I was going to a psych ward or prison-type setting. I had no idea I was walking into one of the best communities in Kelowna.
About a week after going into treatment, Lindsey, my girlfriend, stopped by to tell me she was pregnant. I ended up staying off drugs and alcohol and graduated from Freedom’s Door.
About a month after having our son, we moved into my uncle’s basement to live rent free until we could find our own place and everything else we would need for starting out in our new home. After staying there for three months, we were finally able to move into a basement suite in Lake Country in November of 2017. We still live there as happy as ever.
Lindsey and I got engaged that summer and were married in April of 2018. God helped us financially to pay for our wedding, as well as our honeymoon, and to get all the money we needed in less than four months.
We just had our second son this past May, and God continues to do wonderful things in our lives.
If it wasn’t for His help with everything, I don’t believe that I would be here today, sharing my testimony.
With our financial year ending in August, we especially need your continued support this summer to be able to end on budget. We are slightly behind in our missions giving and need a real push on capital in order to cover the required facility overhauls scheduled for this summer. As detailed in the email to the congregation, the facility projects include a sound system and acoustic control upgrade, both in the sanctuary and Heritage room, parking lot repairs and replacement of the roof over the Sanctuary. The total of these required upgrades comes to just under $400,000.
We are so grateful for your support and we need your help this summer to meet our commitments and finish strong. Please prayerfully consider how you can help. Many Blessings.
(WEEKLY target for budget - $26,000)
Fiscal Year Budget (September 1 to August 31) - $607,500
CHURCH OFFICE SUMMER HOURS
Tuesday - Friday | 9 am to 4 pm | Closed 12:00 to 12:30 pm for lunch