TV Interview

April 9 2020

Hi Parents,


I wanted to share this TV interview with you because I thought the Rabbi made some good points.


I’m trying to find things that are informative, helpful and encouraging as we make our way through this journey together.


Lisa


Rabbi Steve Leder helps make sense of a tough time

Click here for the video

A Song to Encourage You during Covid19

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Lord, I Need You!

As we begin another week, some of you may be feeling like you don’t have the strength to carry on.


Sometimes the most powerful prayer to pray is ‘Lord I need you’.  May this song be your prayer for today and every day: https://youtu.be/LuvfMDhTyMA.

Happy Easter - April 12, 2020

Hi Everyone   

                      

Happy Easter!  Christ the Lord has risen today!  Hallelujah!!  May you be blessed today as you remember how precious and loved you are.  Jesus proved that to be true by coming to die for us and taking the punishment we deserved.  Death couldn’t hold Him.  Hallelujah, what a Savior!


Just wanted to share a couple more songs that speak of all we have to be grateful for.  Today and every day.


Lisa


https://youtu.be/cJc-HrfLqtM


https://youtu.be/f26P1ftbCco

Good Friday April 10, 2020

It is Finished!

Hi Everyone,


Wishing you a day filled with God’s peace as we remember the incredible sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf.


I want to share one of my favourite songs with you.  It’s called ‘It Is Done’.  It might not be your style of music, but please take time to listen to the incredible words that tell what the Lord Jesus did for each and every one of us.


https://youtu.be/nHKRQkr_LsI


It is finished."  John 19:30  

Three words that changed the world.

Three words that changed every Christ-follower's destiny.

Three words of agony and victory as our Savior bore the full weight of our sins.

In the original language this phrase is similar to the accounting term "paid in full." How fitting! 

May we never forget that it was our debt that was paid, not Christ's.

On the day we call "Good Friday," we celebrate the most gruesome act of suffering and the most sacred act of love in all of history. 

As we face the challenges of each new day, may our thoughts, words and hearts focus on those final words Christ spoke from the cross.

"It is finished." 

Our debt has been paid in full! Hallelujah!     

Easter Devotion & 50 Games

April 7, 2020

Hi Everyone,


Just wanted to share this Easter devotion with you as we’re preparing our hearts to celebrate Good Friday and Easter Sunday in a few days. I’ve also put a link to an article that has 50 Game and Activity suggestions to do with your kids. Hope this is helpful.


Lisa


An Easter Devotion


From Alpha to Omega, El Shaddai to Prince of Peace, the many names of God highlight His attributes, each lighting up a facet of who He is. As I have studied these names, I have been impressed with how many pairs of them stand in stark contrast to each other! God is the Lord and the Servant. God is the Lamb and the Lion and the Lioness. God is the Shepherd and the Lamb.


During the Easter season, I am especially drawn to the image of God as a Lamb. The lamb has a long history as a symbol of Easter, and continues to endure even in secular depictions of the holiday.


Scripture refers to God or Jesus as a lamb numerous times throughout the Old and New Testaments.


The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” — John 1:29


[You were redeemed] with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. — 1 Peter 1:19


He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. — Isaiah 53:7


They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd. — Revelation 7:15, Revelation 7:17


The lamb, even today, symbolizes innocence and purity. Only a pure unblemished lamb could be a sacrifice. A spotted lamb was not acceptable. The sacrificial lamb could not have any flaw or deformity. It could not harbor a parasite or suffer from any ailment. It had to be the firstborn of its mother.


All the animals sacrificed in the time of the Old Testament were object lessons, pointing toward the one sufficient, worthy sacrifice. We celebrate Easter today because of the ultimate sacrifice that was made on Good Friday. Because all of us have sinned, the only One who could provide an acceptable sacrifice was God himself.


God’s lamb, holy, pure, perfect, and altogether worthy, shed His blood as an offering to atone for our sins. For us, the Creator of the galaxies became a Child, who became the Lamb of God.


The wonder is that “we are called by His name”! What does it mean for me, today, that I am called a lamb? What does it mean for me, in light of Holy Week, that Jesus is the Lamb?


Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!

— Revelation 5:12


Worthy Lamb of God, receive our praise and gratitude today for your great sacrifice on our behalf.


50 Games and Activities to do with your kids

Click here for the 50 games and activities.


April 6 2020

Hi Everyone,


I hope you all had a blessed Palm Sunday even though we couldn’t be together at church. It’s going to be hard again, this coming weekend, not being together for Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Hopefully you’re watching on line.


I wanted to share my Palm Sunday story video, for the kids, in case they didn’t see it yesterday. (Click here to watch)


I also wanted to share a few pictures of palm branches that were displayed on some homes. Thanks Brian Louw, Audrey Webster and Brianna Anderson for sharing your pictures with me.


Click for picture 1

Click for picture 2

Click for picture 3


I also wanted to share this prayer, with you, and thought it would be a beautiful way for you and your family to pray for all of us as we enter another week.


Click for the prayer


Lisa

A Beautiful Idea For Palm Sunday

April 2, 2020

Hey Everyone,


Let’s decorate our doors and give our neighbours the opportunity to ask us, from a safe distance, why we have branches on our front doors and then we can share about Palm Sunday with them.


Click here for more information.


Lisa

Care Packages Update

March 30, 2020.

Hi Everyone


Watch a video from Pastor Jennifer on building a care package.

(Click here to watch)


I've got an update from Michelle Krahn regarding the delivery of care packages to Evergreen Heights. Two important changes have been made:


1) Delivery must be between 1 - 2:30 pm, on Monday - Friday. The administration at Evergreen are very strict now about visitors and I guess even about people coming onto their campus. If it is not possible for you to drop your package off during these hours, please drop them at the church office and I'll deliver them for you. We are open 9-12, Mon-Fri.


2) Michelle is not able to put a cart outside the door (the carts are in great demand for meal delivery), so there will be 2 large bins instead, with her name on them. Please place your gift bag(s) into those bins.


Lastly, please note that The Heights is the building you want (1501 Everall St) NOT The Terraces, The Manor or The Pointe. If you have any other questions, please email me! lisa@whiterockbaptist.ca


Thanks so much,

Lisa

Care Packages

Hi Parents and Kids,


I am thrilled to share with you an exciting opportunity we have to serve the seniors in our community! As I'm sure you know, visiting in senior's care facilities is being restricted. As of yesterday, there are no visitors at all allowed at Evergreen Baptist Campus of Care, and all activities led by visiting community groups have been cancelled. Soon they expect to have to serve meals in people's rooms rather than in the dining rooms. This means that those seniors who are without family or friends outside of their building, who depend on the social activities provided, are going to be increasingly lonely and isolated. Michelle Krahn, who works at Evergreen Heights, has come up with a great idea! She would like us to help her provide individual "care packages" for lonely seniors which she will make sure are delivered to the most needy residents. What a perfect opportunity to show the love of Jesus in a practical way to people who are craving connection!


Here are the details of when/where/how to make and deliver a care package if you'd like to participate. Children are encouraged to be creative and add their contributions as well! This could be a really fun family activity while everyone is stuck at home together!


What you could include:


- The most important thing is a personal note or card, with an encouraging message, and perhaps a photo of you and your family if you have one handy. You could include your phone number if you are comfortable being contacted. Please write in large print and dark letters for those who have visual impairment.


- Children can draw a picture, write a card, or make a craft such as a bookmark, beaded bracelet, painted rock, seashell art, hanging ornament, mosaic, wood carving, etc.


- Personal hygiene items such as small kleenex packs, hand lotion, shampoo, soap, lip balm.


- Tea bags, cookies, hard candies, or other small sweet or salty treats.


- A small potted plant, or plant kit (a pot, a little bag of soil, and seeds that can be planted), or a "chia pet" style plant kit


- Small puzzles, solo card games, large print crossword puzzles or word searches, a joke book.


- A helium balloon


- You may think of other items....if you're not sure it's appropriate, just email Jennifer Friesen at jennifer@whiterockbaptist.ca


- Please put all items into a small or medium-sized gift bag for easy delivery.


What NOT to include:


- Gospel tracts or booklets. Evergreen residents are presented with the gospel and religious activities regularly, and those who are not believers get tired of it and some get quite offended to have it pushed on them. It is ok to mention Jesus' love for them, or to say you are praying for them, but this is not the time for in-depth witnessing. We will make it known that the gifts are from White Rock Baptist Church.


- Perishable items like fruit/vegetables/dairy


- Please do not spend more than $10 - $15 on items for one care package. Homemade items and new items you may have at home that you can give away are best. The point is not really the gift but the sense of care and connection.


When and where to drop it off:


- Since the feelings of isolation will worsen as time goes on and restrictions increase, please plan to deliver your package(s) on or after March 30th.


- Michelle will place a cart outside the main doors of Evergreen Heights (1501 Everall St) from 1 - 4 pm, Mon - Fri. Leave your packages on the cart and they will be delivered the following day.


I hope you will enjoy this fun activity! God bless you all, may you stay safe and healthy!


"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." Galatians 6:10


Blessings,


Lisa and Jennifer