At a spring retreat, pastor Terry Kaethler asked leadership at Mountain Park Community Church, Abbotsford, B.C., whether the church was fulfilling the scriptural mandate, found in 1 Timothy 5, to care for widows. Elder John Friesen answered the question by spearheading a “Practical Help” project. The purpose is “not a free home-makeover, but to [provide] resources for advice,” says Friesen, who identified 14 people in the congregation without family or other caring networks. After hosting a potluck to hear what kind of help they might need, he created lists of expert resources in the congregation to provide advice on home maintenance and repair, automotive issues, finances, and yardwork. “We are to give the Lord all our worries,” says Lynne Taylor, one of the widows, “but he can’t directly fix a leaking toilet.” Because of Practical Help, “I feel loved and comforted by my church family and all the help they provide.”
A multicultural welcome
Approximately 100 people enjoyed an “All Nations Potluck” supper Oct. 25 at Christian Fellowship Church, Lanigan, Sask. Adults and children enjoyed tasting various dishes representing Welsh, Finnish, English, Irish, Korean, Swedish, French, Norwegian, Filipino, Canadian, American, German, and Ukrainian cultures. The church wanted to send the message that CFC not only welcomes those with origins in different denominations, but also those of other cultures. For some 30 new attendees and church leaders, the day began with a breakfast at the church. Care team chair Lori Ediger introduced church leadership to new attendees, described the team’s role at CFC, and welcomed new attendees to the fellowship.
—from Christian Fellowship Church, Lanigan, Sask.