Welcome To Our Website
As Senior Pastor and on behalf of the family of the First Baptist Church, I want to thank you for visiting our website. At the First Baptist Church, we believe God calls each of us to be engaged in a passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ. There is no higher calling than to seek the Lord with all your heart, and in so doing, to glorify Him. We welcome you to join us in this pursuit. The fact that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and then rose from the grave is our fundamental belief. He lives today and stands ready to give abundant and eternal life to all those who repent of sin and place their faith in Him. We invite everyone to receive Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
What a joy it is to introduce you to our church! At the First Baptist Church, our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey.
One of life’s most beautiful words is ‘family’. At the First Baptist Church, we take seriously the Bible’s teaching that Christians are the family of God and therefore brothers and sisters in Christ. As a “family of faith” we seek to worship and serve God, share the good news of the gospel message, and provide the spiritual environment necessary for the believer’s spiritual growth.
In short, you will find us to be a God centered, caring community of individuals who are excited about having the opportunity to extend to you the same love, hope and joy we have received from the Lord. We extend to you a cordial invitation to join us this coming Lord’s Day as the family meets to draw near to God through prayer, thoughtful contemporary songs, traditional hymns and inspiring relevant messages from God’s Word. After the worship service we linger over refreshments, so please take a moment to get to know us better. God bless you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Pastor Keith Axford
The sermon from May 1st. is posted. This sermon, as well as previous sermons, can be played back from the Website.
This Week in Our Church:
- Monday, 6:30 p.m. – “Alpha Course at the Inn”. For more info: Ross & Val @ 780 656 3532
- Monday, 5:00 p.m. – Leadership Team meeting at the church.
- Monday, 6:00 p.m. – The last three lessons of Generation Change will be held at the church, followed by pizza. For more information contact Lorrie Verspeelt (656-3522) or Noreen Easterbrook (656-2114).
- Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Work Bee at the new church. All men are urged to come and help.
Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. – Men’s Ministry at the Smoky Lake Inn Banquet Room (between the restaurant and the lounge), with breakfast to follow for those who can stay.
- Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. – Midweek Service: Praise and Worship, Bible Study and Prayer. Please come and join us.
- Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – Marriage Course is finished for the season.
Please also Note:
- Thank you to everyone who came to the Work Bee last week.
- The latest issue of Thriving Family is available in the entry.
- Smoky Lake Food Bank: Todays’ requests were canned meat and fish. Please leave your donations in the entry; there are crates under the table. Next week please bring dry cereal. (All items are welcome except those in surplus: soup, pasta and juice.)
- Rod and Cheryl Hooper plan to be back in Canada soon, and will bring the trailer to pick up donations. Our church has already purchased a supply of regulation clothing for the women prisoners. A list of other needed items will be posted when received..
- Wednesday Evenings - 7:00PM
- Sunday Mornings - 11:00AM
Children's Ministry - for ages 2-11 during service time. All children welcome to attend. The Nursery is available for children under two.
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Our New Church Building
Here are two video presentations:
- Our Old Church - a view of our current building with a few video clips of a Sunday morning and pictures of the clutter and lack of space
- Our New Church - Our vision for the future
FCSS Smoky Lake
We partner with FCSS Smoky Lake in welcoming newcomers to the community. Anyone wishing to contribute promotional literature and/or gifts from his/her business, please see Michelle.
News from Cheryl and Rod Hoople
Find your purpose make a difference!
Thousands passed through the doors of Mission Fests Vancouver, Winnipeg and Edmonton to be challenged and educated about global missions. How exhilarating to see people intently visiting exhibitor’s booths, worshiping, listening to key note speakers, catching the vision for global missions and reconnecting with friends with a heart for missions. It was inspiring to hear Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth with a Mission, relay his passion to see the lost come to know Jesus as he shared about the mighty move of God worldwide and how millions are being reached with the gospel. He learned at an early age that earthly possessions and accomplishments are meaningless compared to serving God.
Our time in Canada is always well spent representing YUGO Ministries and reconnecting with family and friends. Seeing our grandchildren sprout up and mature is always amazing to us. We are so grateful for the many family and friends that hosted us and kept us well fed. There is nothing quite like Canadian hospitality.
And a special THANK YOU to our Recovery Ministry team for picking up the baton and running with it in our absence. Celebrate Recovery Step Studies are in full swing in Calvary Chapel Rosarito, the Ensenada Prison and at Calvary Chapel Tijuana. Rod and his training coach Alfredo met with the pastors in East Tijuana to present the CR program. Our greatest hurdle at present is the cost of Celebrate Recovery Participant Guides for those in great need. One set of participant guides cost $20.00 US which is equivalent to a week’s worth of groceries for many in the families in the Colonias of East Tijuana area. Please keep the Recovery Ministry in prayer as we expand. We are praying to raise more monthly prayer and financial partners for the ministry. If this is a project you may be interested in becoming our partners with, please contact us.
“People who are obsessed with Jesus aren't consumed with their personal safety and comfort above all else. Obsessed people care more about God's kingdom coming to this earth than their own lives being shielded from pain or distress." Francis Chan.
The news inspires fear and hopelessness as it focuses on Mexico’s corruption and violence. As things get desperate, there are many more opportunities to share the gospel. Bringing the Celebrate Recovery program to destitute areas of Mexico gives us the opportunity to reach the lost and broken and bring them the Good News. YUGO Ministries believes that God desires to bring hope to the people of Mexico. He sees the depth of their suffering, and He has not turned a deaf ear to their cries to be released from the cycles of violence, abuse, depression, victimization, neglect, poverty and hopelessness. We would love to have you join our YUGO family in short term or long term missions. Getting involved in global missions is a great way to find your purpose and make a difference.
We are grateful for those that cast their fears aside and joined us in serving “Our Girls” on the inside for a craft event. Jerri brought a powerful message and craft challenging each of us to follow the Ten Commandments, Fanny shared her testimony and the rest of us served where needed. We had a beautiful time worshiping, partaking in communion together and sharing a luncheon.
Thanks for being our partners in ministry, your prayers and generosity are making a difference in the lives of the Mexican people for eternity.
In His Service,
Rod & Cheryl
Click here to see more about YUGO.
Consolacion Baptist Church in the Philippines
The second floor on the church is nearly finished. What a difference we can make when we reach out to others with our offerings! Click here to see more
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- Generation Change – The last three lessons of Monday, May 2 . For more information contact Lorrie Verspeelt (656-3522) or Noreen Easterbrook (656-2114will be held at the church, followed by pizza!
- May 12 – Watoto Children's Choir - at 7:00PM @ the National Hall. If you are willing to provide overnight accommodation for 1 adult and 2-3 children, please see Alicia Fox or phone/text her @ 403-360-7380.
- Coming in June – Our annual Clothing Swap. Start bringing gently-used clothing for men, women and children, as well as babies’ items. You may leave your donations in the Sunday School room by the office.
- Developing Young Leaders summer courses for Grades 4-6 and 7-9, at Koinonia Retreat and Learning Center (near Thorhild) – earlybird discount ends April 30. See more info on notice board.
- July – Summer Camps begin at Pioneer Bible Camp. Early Bird Registration Deadline is June 1. The downloadable registration form is not quite ready, but you can print the brochure which contains a registration form (email@example.com). A few brochures are available in the entry.
- Watoto's Children's Choir is coming....
Regularly Scheduled Worship Times:
- Wednesday Evenings - 7:00PM
- Sunday Morning at 11:00 AM, including Sunday School for the children
Church Family Notices
- Items stored in the new church bldg. been donated for giving to anyone who needs them. They are available to the church family and to the community at large. To view and/or obtain an item(s), contact one of the Leadership Team members.
Quote of the week
“No other right takes precedence over it. It is not simply one right among others, all of which are equal. No, the right to life is paramount. If you don’t have a right to exist, who cares if you have a right to a job, or health care, or housing, or anything else. There is no life there to which you can apply those rights. The right to life is fundamental... And when it is not respected, we are not living in a civil society anymore: It’s the new barbarism that we’re living under.” ... Fr. Paul Burchat
Recent Discussion Points
Medical experts rip Alberta’s ‘reckless’ and ‘dangerous’ transgender mandate
Friday, 29 April 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Steve Weatherby
The Alberta government’s new guidelines promoting transgenderism in the province’s schools have not only sparked a parental revolt, they have triggered a stinging rebuke from two medical professors at the University of Alberta, who call the them “incredibly misguided,” “reckless,” and “dangerous” to the youth involved.
The two U of A professors are Dr. Blaine Achen, MD, FRCPS, FASE, associate clinical professor in Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, and Dr. Theodore K. Fenske, MD, FRCPC, FCCP, FACC, clinical professor of medicine, as well as staff cardiologist at the C.K. Hui Heart Centre.
In a paper published on the Alberta Parents for Choice in Education website, they dissect and eviscerate the New Democratic government’s recently released “Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions” with surgical precision.
Donna Trimble, Parents for Choice in Education’s executive director, says the paper “expresses the views of many doctors, but these are the only two so far with enough courage to speak the truth and contradict political correctness.”
The guidelines in question ape ideologically-inspired policies enshrined in law in Ontario and California and other states and provinces. They not only unquestioningly endorse but enforce the gender-identity assertions of youth by allowing them to use the washrooms and school teams of their chosen “gender,” by affirming gender dysphoria in the curriculum and by keeping their cross-gender identification from their parents.
In their analysis, the two medical experts state, “This document is flawed both in the most basic assumptions it rests upon, and the conclusions thereby reached.” They implore Education Minister David Eggen “to reverse such an incredibly misguided and illogical statement and policy.” Apart from the governing NDP, the guidelines have been endorsed by the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives but not by the Wildrose Party.
The first premise the experts demolish is the assumption that a child’s so-called “self-identification” cannot be questioned but is the “sole measure of an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”
On the contrary, explain the professors, gender is a social construct based on “subjective perceptions, relationships, and adverse experiences from infancy onward,” and as such is the rightful subject of psychotherapy and family therapy when it differs from biological reality.
Click here for entire article: (LifeSiteNews)
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