New Life News
Switchlife Youth is going to be back in full swing starting September with our first youth event being a denominal wide youth retreat called Re:Activate on September 9-11. Switchlife is for anyone grades 8-12 and runs on Thursday nights. Please register for Switchlife using the button below and you can also register or learn more about Re:Activate using the button below. If you want to stay up to date on all things youth follow @snapswitchlife on Instagram.
GEMS & Cadet registration is open for the 2022-2023 ministry year! They each run from October-May every other Tuesday for kids in grades 3-7. GEMS is our girls program & Cadets is a boys program. If you have any questions about this program or the registration please email Sam Postma. Registration will close on September 1, 2022 and the programs estimated start will be October.
The Celebration of Life for Donald Cronan is taking place on Tuesday, June 28 at 1pm at New Life Church. This celebration is open to anyone who would like to attend and for those unable to attend this event will also be live streamed.
Donald Lary Cronan, beloved husband, father, Papa and friend, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, June 20, 2022. Don was born in Coranach, Saskatchewan on January 12, 1945, to James and Louise Cronan. He was the fourth of five children. Don enlisted in the Air Force in 1963 and after he moved on from there, he went to school at STI in Moose Jaw to pursue a career in electrical technology. Don was hired at BC Hydro and moved to BC where he met Sharalyn in 1972. Don and Sherrie were married on May 5, 1973 in Terrace, BC. Once they were married Don made the decision to go back to school to become a Professional Engineer and worked with BC Hydro for many years. They adopted two children, Amy and Ian and enjoyed a life of love, golf and spending everyday together. Donald is survived by his wife Sharalyn and Children Amy (Nathaniel) and Ian (Michelle) and his nine grandchildren.
You’re invited! Join us at Delair Park this summer to connect & have fun with our community on July 11-14 and August 8-11 from 10am-12pm. We always bring awesome activites like giant jenga, giant bowling, free face painting, bubbles, daily crafts and much more. It will be something for all ages and a great way to connect with your neighbours. You can come check it out for one day or hang out for all 8 days. Spread the word!
The Celebration of Life for Jack Koning is taking place on Wednesday, June 1 at 1pm at New Life Church. This celebration is open to anyone who would like to attend and for those unable to attend this event will also be live streamed.
Jacob (Jack) Koning peacefully went home to be with his heavenly Father on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at the age of 67, after a hard fought battle with metastatic melanoma. He will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife Sieglinde; his children, Heidi (Dustin), Nathan (Nomi), and Daniel (Laurel); Jon (Teresa); his grandchildren, Alexis, Dominic, Dylan, Oliver, Noah, and Benjamin; and his brothers John (Helen) and Adrian (Marlene). He has joyfully reunited with his beloved daughter Julia; and his parents, Frans and Adriana Koning.
SAVE THE DATE Our year end ministry celebration, the June Jubilee, is taking place on June 26. This will be celebration of our year together with food, fellowship and fun. This is also a great opportunity to invite someone to church in a relaxed and fun setting.
NEW LIFE LIVE is happening on Wednesday, June 8 at 7pm, this is one of two annual meetings for New Life Church members.This event is in person in the New Life Church auditorium and will also be live streamed and available at newlifecrc.online.church. We would love to see our Church Family gather that evening to stay informed and receive information pertaining to the proposed budget and nominations for the Board of Elders that requires your affirmation. View the New Live Life Package below, hard copies will be available on Sunday at the info booth. Please submit all questions you would like addressed before the meeting to the New Life Church office via email. Voting on these motions will take place via email after the meeting until June 14, more details on voting to come.
Saturday, April 30 we will be hosting a dessert and comedy event, featuring local comedian, Leland Klassen. This is a fundraising event for sponsoring the Kalombo family, refugees from the Congo. We’re seeking to raise $30,000 to support this family of five when they settle into our community. The event starts at 6:30pm and capacity is limited, so register right away. Child care will be available the entire evening for ages 0 to grade 5. Kids can be checked in downstairs before the event begins.
Come out for a great night of laughs and support this work of mercy.
Dear New Life Church Family,
The Board of Elders has a strong desire to keep our church family well informed in regards to the activities of the board and church leadership.
We are in a season of renewal, following 2 years of the pandemic crisis and the many restrictions that have interrupted our activities as a church, particularly our ability to gather as a church family and to experience community with one another. It is so refreshing to have regained that privilege. The pews are slowly filling up, it’s wonderful to sing praises without masks, and we can once again enjoy each other’s company with coffee after the service. It is a time of excitement and anticipation.
As many of you know, members of New Life have been gathering Monday evenings for prayer for the past year, led by Tim and Rachel Vandenberg and Taylor Visser. Over the past few weeks, I believe the Holy Spirit has stirred us to an increased focus on this prayer night by inviting Marvin Bravo to partner with the Prayer Team leaders with a four week prayer series focusing on “WAIT” (Worship, Adoration, Intercession and Testimony). This series has been promoted by the Board of Elders who wish to call our members to pray for New Life during this time of renewal. What a blessing the first two have been. While Monday Night Prayer is an on-going weekly event, the next two prayer meetings in this particular series will be on April 25th and May 2nd, 7:30pm in the auditorium.
We are moving forward with filling some staffing positions. This past year we have been blessed with the work of Janessa Gritter and Jacob Visser in youth ministry. We’ve also been blessed with the work of Esther DeWaal and Michelle VanEgmond in children’s ministries. We are currently posting for applications for a youth pastor and for a position in children’s ministries. We also hope to have someone to lead young adult ministry in the fall. We are excited to see who God will call into these positions and very enthusiastic to see these faith formation ministries thrive. Please pray for the Lord’s guidance as this process unfolds.
New Life remains on solid financial ground as our giving to New Life remains strong and stable. We are blessed with church family members who faithfully give back to the Lord through their tithes. Thank you for your commitment. Our pews are slowly filling up and we are monitoring that trend via our counting team. We are seeing some of our members that have left return, and we are seeing more guests attending and people who are coming to New Life for the first time. One couple, for instance, started watching New Life On-line services and enjoyed Nathan’s series on the Fruit of the Spirit, and are now attending full time. Pastor Nathan will be leading a new members class this fall and this class is a large class compared to previous years. This is indeed exciting to see.
The Board of Elders is in the process of selecting new board members through our nomination process. This is an unusual year in that we will be welcoming four new board members. Three will be replacing board members Eric Hoogenraad, Heidi VanWeelden and Diane Kampman, whose terms will be ending in June. We are adding a fourth person to bring us to the maximum number of board members in accordance with our by-laws. In this time of renewal, another person at the table contributing their wisdom and discernment is desired. Please pray for our selection process, and thanks to those of you who have provided nominations.
Many of you may have heard that our brother, Bernie Huizing, who is also a member of our Board of Elders and has served previously in that capacity for several terms, is in the ICU in very serious condition due to a sudden illness. We continue to pray for healing for Bernie, and for Kathy and their children Alex and Moira. On the board, we will miss Bernie, who serves as treasurer, and faithfully offers so much experience, wisdom and discernment. Our hearts break for the Huizing family, and pray for God’s grace and mercy upon Bernie and his family.
Eric Van Egmond
New Life Board Chair