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May 22, 2020

To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

May you know God’s love and goodness in these uncertain days.

To listen to a message from Pastor Lyle – CLICK HERE

As we continue to navigate new and changing realities associated with COVID-19, it is easy to sometimes find ourselves stuck in the negative and frustrating aspects of these days.  I believe Paul gives us helpful direction in his letter to the Philippians.

Do not be anxious about about anything, but in prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

  • - Philippians 4:6,7

Paul strikes an important balance here between acknowledging reality and yet not getting bogged down by our difficulties.  He does not deny the presence of burdensome circumstances, but rather calls us to respond to them with intentional prayer directed to God in an attitude of thanksgiving.  The thanksgiving part here is significant.  To thank God is to lift the eyes of our heart upward, enabling us to gain a broader perspective that helps put our circumstances in context.  I would encourage all of us to take some time and make a list of what we’re thankful for in these times.  A good start to the list could include the onset of spring with the fresh green growth all around, the relatively low incidences of COVID-19 cases in our region, and the way technology has allowed us to maintain a level of connection (even as many of us are growing tired of screens).  What else are you thankful for?

Our church leadership has continued to discern how to respond to the government’s guidelines regarding meeting in our facility.  We have had conversations at staff and board levels, as well as with sister churches, and continue to believe that with the level of restrictions still in place, our current best option is to carry on with our practice of making our Sunday service available only through online platforms.  We will continue to monitor and discuss the implications of any updates to the guidelines as they come from the province.

This past Sunday our service time shifted to 10am and we have already received positive input regarding this change.  Services will still be made available on demand, no later than noon on Sundays.  With this time change, pre-service prayer has moved to 9:30am. This prayer time can be accessed at bit.ly/MBCPreserviceprayer.  A prayer time open to the church will again be made available at 2:00pm on Sunday afternoon.  The link to this meeting is bit.ly/MBCZoomPrayer . Please email Pastor Daunavan or Pastor Lyle for the password to either of these meetings.  An online opportunity to discuss the sermon will be facilitated by Isaac Lee at 11:30am.  For a link to this forum contact Isaac at isaac@mckernanbaptist.ca.

We again thank you for your prayers, encouragement and financial support.  For those of you who are able to give financially, McKernan has information on online and electronic giving options on our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca/giving). For those who are sending in your tithes and offerings, please note that we count the mailed in offering twice a month. Financial updates are provided in our online weekly program (CLICK HERE to view).  Within the next couple of weeks, there will be an update from the Board outlining our current financial situation and providing information for our Congregational Meeting that will be held on Sunday, June 14 at 6pm.

Finally, information on COVID-19 can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at: ahs.ca/covid

For the latest information on what is happening at McKernan Baptist Church, please visit our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca) or follow us on Instagram @mckernanbaptist.  We will continue to reach out through the website and via email.

Blessings,

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                              Church Board Chairperson

 


 

 

May 15, 2020

To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

May you know God’s grace-filled presence in these days.

To listen to a message from Pastor Lyle, CLICK HERE

This week has marked a bit of a turning point in the events surrounding COVID-19 as we see the beginning of a gradual return to more normal life.  With some of the restrictions being lifted and more freedoms extended, the following verses come to mind…

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters.  But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.  For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’
- Galatians 5:13-14

While the immediate context involves the freedom of forgiveness and freedom from legalism, I believe there is also application for us as life slowly returns to us enjoying some of the freedoms we took for granted before the pandemic.  It is so easy to fall into a pattern of using freedom to pursue primarily our own interests.  In these verses, we’re reminded that our first thought should be how we extend love to others.  What does it look like to consider others beyond ourselves as we navigate this “relaunch” of our society?  What does it look like to prioritize important relationships?  What does it look like to love our neighbours at this time?

As part of the “relaunch” in our province, you may have heard that there is some provision for religious assemblies to resume.  We have certainly looked at these provisions and have noted they remain quite restrictive, both in numbers (50 people including staff and volunteers) and in the nature of activity allowed (ie. no congregational singing or children’s ministry).  As we’ve considered our response and talked with sister churches regarding their response, we do believe our best option at this point continues to be live-streaming our service on Sunday morning.  We will continue to monitor the guidelines from the province.

We want to remind you that this Sunday we will be shifting our live service time to 10am.  With this change, we hope to be able to include a broader range of people into one service who would have typically attended our 9am or 11am services.  This way, more people can access the live opportunities such as prayer team and live chat.  Services will still be made available on demand, no later than noon on Sundays.  We will evaluate the effectiveness of this time change at the end of May.  With this time change, pre-service prayer will move to 9:30am.  This prayer time can be accessed at bit.ly/MBCPreserviceprayer,  Pastor Lyle will again facilitate an open prayer time at 2:00pm on Sunday afternoon.  The link to this meeting is bit.ly/MBCZoomPrayer . Please email Pastor Daunavan or Pastor Lyle for the password to either of these meetings.  An online opportunity to discuss the sermon will be facilitated by Isaac Lee at 11:30am.  For a link to this forum contact Isaac at isaac@mckernanbaptist.ca.

We again thank you for your prayers, encouragement and financial support.  For those of you who are able to give financially we thank you. For those who are sending in your tithes and offerings, please note that we count the mailed in offering twice a month. For those that would prefer to give via online or e-transfer, you can find those options on our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca/giving). Financial updates are provided in our online weekly program (www.mckernanbaptist.ca/program).  Within the next couple of weeks, there will be an update from the Board outlining our current financial situation and providing information for our June 14 Congregational Meeting. 

Finally, information on COVID-19 can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at: ahs.ca/covid

For the latest information on what is happening at McKernan Baptist Church, please visit our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca) or follow us on Instagram @mckernanbaptist.  We will continue to reach out through the website and via email.

Blessings,

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                                 Church Board Chairperson


May 8, 2020

To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

I trust you are experiencing God’s faithfulness in these days.

To listen to a message from Pastor Lyle – Click Here

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, our pastoral team had the opportunity to get together for a time of fall planning.  Thank you to the many of you who were praying for us during this time.  At one point, we spent time reflecting on a passage from Isaiah 43:16-21 and found great encouragement and direction in this verse.

See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

  • - Isaiah 43:19

While there remains a lot of uncertainty around what the fall will look like in our province, we can be certain that God is not limited, but actually able to bring new “streams” in what we might perceive as “wasteland.”  The challenge for us it to “see” and “perceive” what new things He is inviting us to embrace.   In these times, I believe God is calling us to a deeper place with Him, a time in which we re-evaluate values and priorities and a time in which we again appreciate our need to cultivate healthy relationships with one another, our neighbours and our colleagues. 

As we look forward to the next few weeks here at McKernan, we want to remind you of our plan to shift our live service time to 10am starting May 17.  With this change, we hope to be able to include a broader range of people into one service who would have typically attended our 9am or 11am services.  This way, more people can access the live opportunities such as prayer team and live chat.  Services will still be made available on demand, no later than noon on Sundays.  We will evaluate the effectiveness of this time change at the end of May.

This coming Sunday, May 10, we will continue our live service time at 9am.  We look forward to a special “surprise” from our Children’s Ministry that will help us celebrate Mother’s Day together.  Pre-service prayer will be available at 8:30am and we encourage you to join with others in asking God to work in powerful ways in the lives of those who take in our virtual services.  This prayer time can be accessed at bit.ly/MBCPreserviceprayer. Please email Pastor Daunavan or Pastor Lyle for the password. With this being Mother’s Day, we will not have a prayer time on Sunday afternoon, but will again make this available on May 17.  We continue to provide an on-line sermon discussion forum that is available from 10:30am to 11:30am on Sunday mornings.  For log-in information to this conversation, contact Isaac by email at Isaac@mckernanbaptist.ca.

We again thank you for your prayers, encouragement and financial support.  For those of you who are able to give financially we thank you. For those who are sending in your tithe’s and offerings, please note that we count the mailed in offering twice a month. For those that would prefer to give via online or e-transfer, you can find those options on our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca/giving). Financial updates are provided in our on-line “weekly program.”  The Church Board is planning to send out a letter by email within the next few weeks giving a more complete update on our financial situation as we approach the end of our fiscal year on June 30th.

Finally, information on COVID-19 can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at: ahs.ca/covid

For the latest information on what is happening at McKernan Baptist Church, please visit our website or follow us on Instagram @mckernanbaptist.  We will continue to reach out through the website and via email.

Blessings,

 

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                              Church Board Chairperson


April 30, 2020

To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

I trust you are experiencing God’s faithfulness in these days.

To listen to a message from Pastor Lyle – Click Here

In recent updates from the government, we have heard that physical distancing restrictions will very likely continue at least through the summer and quite possibly longer.  As we anticipate further disruption to life, the following passage comes to mind.

6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia… 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

  • - Acts 16:6,9

In this passage, Paul has a plan that gets disrupted.  His response is to wait on God for direction which does come in the form of an invitation to follow into new territory.  In the challenging disruption, there was opportunity for something new to emerge.  Might God be asking us to wait on Him for new direction in this time?  Might He be inviting us to more intentionally go deeper in our relationship with Him?  Might He be asking us to take a hard look at our priorities and values?  Might He be asking us to focus in a new way on relationships…with family, friends, neighbours and/or colleagues?  What new thing might God want to birth in and through your life because of this time?

While it is not the same as physically being together, God has shown us that the church is so much more than a building on a corner.  It is the people of God, praying for one another, gathering through technology, and reflecting the presence of Jesus in our communities.  We are grateful we can gather on Sunday mornings on-line and want you to know that we are planning to shift our live service time to 10am starting May 17.  With this change, we hope to be able to include a broader range of people into one service who would have typically attended our 9 or 11am services.  This way, more people can access the live opportunities such as prayer team and live chat.  Services will still be made available on demand, no later than noon on Sundays.  We will evaluate the effectiveness of this time change at the end of May.

This coming Sunday, May 3, we will continue our service time at 9am.  Given that it is the first Sunday of the month, we will celebrate Communion.  We are asking you to provide grape juice and bread in your homes and we will lead you in partaking of these elements together.

We continue to provide the following opportunities for your involvement.  An on-line sermon discussion forum is available from 10:30am to 11:30am on Sunday mornings.  For log-in information to this conversation, contact Isaac by email at Isaac@mckernanbaptist.ca.  An open prayer time is provided Sunday afternoons from 2-3pm. The link to this meeting is bit.ly/MBCZoomPrayer.  We also continue our opportunity for you to join others to pray for our Sunday service just prior to its start.  You can join this on-line prayer gathering at 8:30am on Sunday mornings by using the link bit.ly/MBCPreserviceprayer.   If you are new to these prayer meetings, please email Pastor Lyle (lyle@mckernanbaptist.ca) or Pastor Daunavan (Daunavan@mckernanbaptist.ca) for the passwords.

We ask you pray especially for our Pastoral Staff and Church Board in these days as we are in the process of closing our current ministry and fiscal year at the end of June and planning for the year ahead.  With the many uncertainties facing us, we are glad that God knows the future.  We desperately need His wisdom and ask for your prayers as we look ahead.  The Pastoral Team is meeting for fall planning on May 6 and 7.  The Church Board will meet on the evening of Wednesday, May 6.

We again thank you for your prayers, encouragement and financial support.  For those of you who are able to give financially, McKernan has information on online and electronic giving options on our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca/giving).  A number of you are mailing in your giving and we are grateful for this.  We want you to know that all giving received through mail or dropped off at church is counted and deposited once every two weeks.  Financial updates are provided in our on-line “weekly program.” 

Finally, information on COVID-19 can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at: ahs.ca/covid

For the latest information on what is happening at McKernan Baptist Church, please visit our website or follow us on Instagram @mckernanbaptist.  We will continue to reach out through the website and via email.

Blessings,

 

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                              Church Board Chairperson


April 23, 2020

To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

May you know God’s grace, peace and leading in these days.

To listen to a message from Pastor Lyle – click here

As the reality of social distancing and disruption continues, this passage comes to mind…

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

  • - Galatians 5:22

One of the fruit listed (indeed one we don’t talk about as much as love, joy and peace) is the fruit of patience.  This is a quality that we may sense ourselves increasingly needing as the window between now and any return to “normal” seems to be getting longer.  Let us notice that, according to this passage, patience is not something we manufacture on our own.  It is a fruit flowing from our relationship with God through His Spirit.  So, instead of gritting our teeth in frustration and willing ourselves to be patient, let’s admit to God it’s getting long and ask Him for patience.  In the process, we may be surprised at the opportunities He shows us in the midst of these challenging times.

Let me outline a few opportunities that are available to us.  First, we have the opportunity to stay connected.  One way we can do this is by sharing our stories.  I encourage you to reflect on the question, “What is God doing in and/or through my life?”  As answers come, share them with one another as you connect virtually, either informally or in your small groups.  Also, consider sharing them with the pastoral staff by going to the “Stay Connected” tab and clicking on the “Stories” icon.  In our “Stay Connected” tab, you can also let us know about prayer requests, answers to prayer and any practical needs you may have.

Another opportunity arising in these days is having time to discuss the sermon using the questions we make available each week.  While many of you are doing this in your families or small groups, we recognize this opportunity is not available to all.  As a result, last we we launched an open on-line sermon discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 on Sunday mornings.  For log-in information to this conversation, contact Isaac by email at Isaac@mckernanbaptist.ca.  

We also want to take the opportunities made available in this time to pray, either individually, informally with one another, in your small groups or through the forums we are making available.  We are hosting a weekly prayer virtual prayer gathering from 2-3pm on Sundays. The link to this meeting is bit.ly/MBCZoomPrayer.  We also continue our opportunity for you to join others to pray for our Sunday service just prior to its start.  You can join this on-line prayer gathering at 8:30am on Sunday mornings by using the link bit.ly/MBCPreserviceprayer.   If you are new to these prayer meetings, please email Pastor Lyle (lyle@mckernanbaptist.ca) or Pastor Daunavan (Daunavan@mckernanbaptist.ca) for the passwords.

We ask you pray especially for our Pastoral Staff and Church Board in these days as we are in the process of closing our current ministry and fiscal year at the end of June and planning for the year ahead.  With the many uncertainties facing us, we are glad that God knows the future.  We desperately need His wisdom and ask for your prayers as we look ahead.

We again thank you for your prayers, encouragement and financial support.  For those of you who are able to give financially, McKernan has information on online and electronic giving options on our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca/giving).  Financial updates are provided in our on-line “weekly program.” 

Finally, information on COVID-19 can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at: ahs.ca/covid

For the latest information on what is happening at McKernan Baptist Church, please visit our website or follow us on Instagram @mckernanbaptist.  We will continue to reach out through the website and via email.

Blessings,

 

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                              Church Board Chairperson


April 17, 2020

To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

May you know God’s grace, peace and leading in these days.

To listen to a message from Pastor Lyle – click here 

In this week after Easter, we want to express appreciation to all of you who contributed to our church’s ministry this past weekend.  To the many small group leaders who facilitated on-line gatherings and prayer times, thank you!  To those who contributed to the elements of the service, whether behind the scenes on technology or up front leading or being part of a video, thank you!  To those who contributed art to our Easter Exhibit, thank you!  To the many of you who shared the link to the services with friends and family, thank you!  We pray and trust that God has used and will continue to use our ministry to impact lives.

As I think of the active presence of the Risen Christ, these verses come to mind,

“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

  • - Philippians 1:4,6

As a staff, it is encouraging for us to hear stories of how God is continuing His “good work” in your lives, even in these difficult times.  We would like you to consider sharing with us your answer to the following question, “How are you experiencing God at work in you and/or through you during these unusual days of Covid-19?” You can either call one of us on staff or simply go to the website, click on the “Stay Connected” banner and then go to the box marked “Stories.”  We will be considering ways to appropriately share some of these stories in the weeks ahead. For some of you, this may be a very difficult time where God seems quite distant.  We would appreciate the opportunity to connect with you as well.  Our “Stay Connected” banner also has opportunities to make us aware of prayer requests or simply your needs, which include the need to talk.

We appreciate feedback indicating that a number of you are taking the opportunity to discuss the sermon questions provided each week, either as families or small groups on-line.  If you would like to be part of this kind of discussion but currently don’t have a place to do so, we are launching a new opportunity for you this Sunday.  At 10:30am, after the live service, Isaac Lee will facilitate a one-hour on-line conversation using the sermon discussion questions.  For log-in information to this discussion, contact Isaac by email at Isaac@mckernanbaptist.ca.  

We continue to provide opportunities for prayer and will resume our Sunday afternoon prayer time at 2pm this weekend. The link to this meeting is bit.ly/MBCZoomPrayer. If you are new to these prayer meetings, please email Pastor Lyle (lyle@mckernanbaptist.ca) or Pastor Daunavan (Daunavan@mckernanbaptist.ca) for the password. We also continue our opportunity for you to join others to pray for our Sunday service just prior to its start.  You can join this on-line prayer gathering at 8:30am on Sunday by using the link bit.ly/MBCPreserviceprayer.  Again, if you have not joined us for prayer prior to the service before, please email Pastor Lyle (lyle@mckernanbaptist.ca) or Pastor Daunavan (Daunavan@mckernanbaptist.ca) for the password. 

We again thank you for your prayers, encouragement and financial support through these unusual days.  For those of you who are able to give financially, McKernan has information on online and electronic giving options on our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca/giving).

Finally, information on COVID-19 can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at: ahs.ca/covid

Blessings,

 

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                              Church Board Chairperson


April 9, 2020

 To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

 May you know God’s grace, peace and leading in these days.

 To listen to a message from Pastor Lyle – click here

 As we anticipate the Easter weekend, let us be encouraged by the words Jesus taught us to pray,

“Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed by Your name,

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.”

Matthew 6:9-10

This Easter will be different and that might be disappointing to some of us.  Our Good Friday and Easter Sunday services have been very meaningful times to gather together and this year it won’t be possible to physically do that.  However, rather than let this discourage us, may we take our cue from the prayer Jesus taught us and surrender our expectations to God, asking that His will be done.  He is the Risen Lord and King and He is not scrambling to figure out how to make the truth of Easter meaningful to all who seek Him.  Let’s pray that God will not only make this a significant weekend for us who call McKernan Baptist Church our home, but let us also pray that the truth of Easter will impact many who may not yet know of Christ’s loving sacrifice and victorious resurrection.  Our services this weekend can be accessed by going to our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca) and clicking the link “on-line gatherings.”

Our Good Friday service will take place tomorrow, April 10, at 10am.  On Good Friday, we typically serve Communion and offer prayer stations and we want to do so this year, though it will have to look different.  We will lead Communion as part of our service, but will ask you to provide your own grape juice and bread.  We will partake together from our own homes.  As to prayer, we have some options.  If you are in a small group, you may consider getting together virtually after communion to pray with and for one another.  As well, we will have a link available on our live feed so you can let us know you want prayer and someone from the pastoral team will contact you as we are able.

Our Easter Sunday service will be streamed live at 9am, and though separated by distance we will celebrate together the glorious life-altering truth that Jesus is Alive!  You may want to share the link to our website with some friends and ask them to join us for our service. 

We are grateful to those who have contributed to our on-line Easter Art Exhibit.  On our website, you will find a link to this wonderful collection of artwork that can help us reflect on the meaning of the Easter events. 

We want to continue to provide opportunities for prayer during this time.  Our Sunday afternoon prayer time at 2pm will not take place this week but will return on April 19.  We will still provide an opportunity for you to join others to pray for our Easter Sunday service just prior to its start.  You can join this on-line prayer gathering at 8:30am on Sunday by using this link… bit.ly/MBCPreserviceprayer.

We again thank you for your prayers, encouragement and financial support through these unusual days.  Let’s pray that this will be a very significant Easter weekend.

For those of you who are able to give financially, McKernan has information on online and electronic giving options on our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca/giving).

Finally, information on COVID-19 can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at: ahs.ca/covid

For the latest information on what is happening at McKernan Baptist Church, please visit our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca) or follow us on Instagram @mckernanbaptist.  We will continue to reach out through the website and via email.

 

Blessings,

 

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                             Church Board Chairperson


April 3, 2020

To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

May you know God’s grace, peace and leading in these days.

To listen to a message from Pastor Lyle – click here 

This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday and reflect on the truth contained in the shouts of the crowds who greeted Jesus as He entered Jerusalem…

“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 

- Luke 19:38

Truly, Jesus came as the King who brings peace.  Those who cheered Him that day thought that this peace would be external, freedom from Roman oppression.  But He entered Jerusalem to die on a cross to bring us deeper peace, forgiveness of our sin and restoration to relationship with God.  This peace sustains us through any external circumstances and brings eternal hope beyond any difficulty.

After Sunday, we enter into Easter Week and look forward to our Good Friday service at 10am on April 10.  On Good Friday, we typically serve Communion and offer prayer stations and we want to do so this year, though it will have to look different.  We will lead Communion as part of our service, but will ask you to provide your own grape juice and bread.  We will partake together from our own homes.  As to prayer, we have some options.  If you are in a small group, you may consider getting together virtually after communion to pray with and for one another.  As well, we will have a link available so you can let us know you want prayer and someone from the pastoral team or prayer team will contact you as we are able.

We continue to work on the internet platform we are using to provide our Sunday services.  This week, the link to live services will take you to a page giving more explanation on what is available.  

We do want to continue to highlight the importance of prayer during this time and offer opportunities to pray together on-line.  Pastor Lyle will host an on-line prayer meeting at 2pm this Sunday which will not only focus on prayer for our current situation but also have us pray for God’s direction into the future.  The link to this meeting is  bit.ly/MBCZoomPrayer.

As well, we are providing an opportunity for you to join others to pray for the service on Sunday.  An on-line prayer gathering will take place at 8:30am on Sunday mornings.  The link for this meeting is bit.ly/MBCPreserviceprayer.

Thank you for continuing to generously support the ministry of the church!  Despite the multiple challenges and uncertainties of the past month, we have seen God’s grace and provision.  The staff and board are continuing to monitor the expenses and giving of the church to make sure that we can steward the resources entrusted to us wisely to accomplish the mission we have been called to.  As we move forward, we trust God in his mercy to continue to lead us and guide us.

As well, we want to express our appreciation to the pastors and staff who serve at McKernan Baptist Church who continue to work in the face of physical distancing and evolving public health requirements.  This has significantly changed the way that our ministry looks and the way that we function.  Please continue to pray for the unity and protection of all our staff as they serve.

For those of you who are able to give financially, McKernan has information on online and electronic giving options on our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca/giving).

Finally, information on COVID-19 can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at: ahs.ca/covid

For the latest information on what is happening at McKernan Baptist Church, please visit our website or follow us on Instagram @mckernanbaptist.  We will continue to reach out through the website and via email.

 

Blessings,

 

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                              Church Board Chairperson


March 26, 2020

To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

May you know the joy and peace of the presence of God,

To listen to a message from Pastor Lyle click here – Video Message

We are incredibly blessed to be part of God’s family through Jesus.  Thank you for your ongoing support of our staff and of the ministry of McKernan Baptist Church.  We hear stories of small groups connecting virtually, of people reaching out to help their neighbours in need with gestures of kindness, and we are seeing great responses to our ministries as they’ve adapted to online formats.

This is a difficult time for many in our congregation.  Concerns about health, employment, finances, and uncertainty about the future affect many of us, our family and our friends.  Please continue to be in prayer for one another, for our community, for our city and for our country.  In the midst of this uncertainty, we need to remember that God remains in control and continues to actively work in the midst of painful and difficult situations to bring about positive outcomes we can’t now foresee.   During his life, Joseph suffered many difficult trials, yet at the end of it he was able to reflect and say to his brothers, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Gen 50:20).

As the people of God, we can acknowledge both the difficulty of the present and have faith in Him to care for the future.  He does give “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.”  This is a time to very intentionally look to God in prayer.  As a way to do so, we are planning a virtual opportunity for the church to be in prayer together using a Zoom meeting on Sunday March 29 2:00-3:00 PM.  This online format will allow us to connect to pray in response to the impact of the COVID virus on behalf of our community.  You can join us by using the link at the bottom of this letter.  Our technology will allow up to one hundred participants.

As of midweek, we had around 450 unique views of our Sunday service over livestream.  This week we will be using a new platform that will allow for more interaction, including being able to receive and respond to prayer requests during the service.  Please continue to join us for our live-streamed service Sunday mornings at 9:00am.   If you wish to view the service later, go the website and use the link labelled “Recorded Services.”

On our website, we have also added a “Stay Connected” banner.  We encourage you to visit the site to add stories of service and praise, to reach out for prayer and to indicate practical needs that you may have.  Thank you to those of you in the church who have already come forward to indicate a willingness to help. 

We would like to express our appreciation to those who continue to financially support the ministry of the church at this time as our expenses continue.  Financial updates are available in our weekly bulletin which is posted on the website.  The website also offers Information regarding online and electronic giving options.

Finally, information on COVID can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at: https://www.ahs.ca/covid

For the latest information on what is happening at McKernan Baptist Church, please visit our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca) or follow us on Instagram @mckernanbaptist.  We will continue to reach out through the website and via email.

Blessings,

 

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                              Church Board Chairperson

Topic: McKernan Baptist Prayer Meeting
Time: Mar 29, 2020 02:00 PM Edmonton

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/135037078?pwd=aWxUWDVMeHZWRXgwaE5uN3pGL0VWZz09

Meeting ID: 135 037 078
Password: McKernan


March 19, 2020

To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

May you know God’s grace and peace in these challenging days.  On the night Jesus was betrayed, He spent time preparing His followers for what He knew would be very uncertain and chaotic times.  Hear His encouragement to them in John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.

I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

We want to continue to keep you informed about the impact of current public health emergency on our church and ministry.

To listen to a message from Pastor Lyle, please visit - https://vimeo.com/398965207

The board met again last night to discuss how to adapt our ministry in light of the changing public health measures being implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  We continue to seek God’s wisdom and direction, and appreciate your prayers and support.

Based on the information that we have, the board has agreed that we should continue to suspend our in-person public gatherings on Sunday mornings for at least the next 4 weeks.  This timeline is subject to change and will be based on the advice we receive from public health officials. 

Thank you for joining us this past Sunday on Vimeo!  We are blessed to be able to use technology to meet virtually, and invite you to continue to join us for a livestreamed service Sunday mornings at 9:00am.  We plan to have a recording of the service available by 11:00am.  Where is it appropriate for those who are healthy, this could be an opportunity to come together in your home to worship.  If you have had difficulty or know someone who had difficulty connecting to the live service, contact us during the week and we will help as we are able. 

The arrival of COVID-19 and the public health measures have added stress to many people’s lives due to changing routines and uncertainty.  For some members of our church this includes increased job and financial uncertainty.  There are also those who are isolated due to age, health conditions, and mobility.  As a community, we need to be in prayer with and for those around us. 

There are many in our congregation and neighbourhoods with ongoing needs.  At this time, we can continue to find practical and creative ways to demonstrate God’s love to one another and to our neighbours.  For those who are healthy, we want to hear about how you have been serving others so that we can spread good ideas and “spur one another on to love and good deeds” (Heb 10:24). 

At this time, we want to stay connected as a congregation.  One way we hope to this is through a new tab we have added to our website labelled “Stay Connected.”  If you have praise items, a prayer concern, a need, stories of serving others, or if you are willing to help in some way, click on this tab.

For those of you who are able to give financially, McKernan has information on the website (mckernanbaptist.ca/giving) regarding online and electronic giving options.

Many of our ministries are examining how to use technology to continue to connect with our congregation.  For example, Pastor Dave had a youth gathering via Instagram.  As our staff and volunteers trial new ways of connecting, we are excited to see how God can use these tools for his glory.

The board is planning to continue to meet weekly for the foreseeable future to monitor the situation and respond as appropriate.  Please continue to pray for wisdom and grace for our leadership and staff.

Finally, information on COVID can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at: https://www.ahs.ca/covid

For the latest information on what is happening at McKernan Baptist Church, please visit our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca) or follow us on Instagram @mckernanbaptist.  We will continue to reach out through the website and via email.

 

Blessings,

 

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                              Church Board Chairperson


This week at McKernan Baptist Church

March 19-22, 2020 (As of March 19 @ 1:00pm)

 

Friday, March 20

  • Day Break – Still happening in the MPR at 9:30-11:30am

Sunday, March 22

  • 9:00am Service – Online Only
  • 9:00am Chapel Service – CANCELLED
  • 11:00am Service – Online Only – Recording of 9am service
  • Hymn Sing - CANCELLED

March 13, 2020

To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

We pray that God will give us peace and wisdom as we walk in His grace,

As we have been monitoring the messaging around COVID-19 and the recommendations that are coming from health officials, the staff and leadership of McKernan Baptist Church have met to reflect and pray about how best to respond to this situation.  We also considered steps that our sister churches have taken in recent days.

After gathering to discuss this, we have made the difficult decision to not hold a public meeting this Sunday.  In doing so we wish to respect our responsibility as members of the community and demonstrate love for our neighbours. Listen to a message from Pastor Lyle regarding this decision here – (https://vimeo.com/397545827).

Instead, this Sunday we will be livestreaming worship and a message starting at 9:00am.  This can be accessed by going to our website (https://www.mckernanbaptist.ca) and clicking on the button that says “Live Service.”  A recording of the service will also be available by Monday.  Again, this is accessed by going to the website and clicking on “Live Service.”

Join us on Vimeo as we livestream!  We still can and will worship the Lord together and proclaim His goodness.  If you are able and healthy (showing no signs of infection), consider joining together in your homes as a small group or with other believers for worship and for teaching. 

We would also ask you to share this with others from our church who may not get the email.  It is important to get the message out in as many ways that we can.

During this time, isolation, fear, and anxiety are potential threats to us and to the people in our neighbourhoods.  Please be in prayer for those in our congregation who are on self-imposed isolation as well as those with mobility issues or who otherwise lack support.  Additionally, this is a time where those of us who remain healthy can be the hands and feet of Jesus in very practical ways.

Again, information on COVID can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at:

 https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx

We will be meeting to determine what will happen with our other events and activities beyond this Sunday.  For the latest information on what is happening at McKernan Baptist Church, please visit our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca) or follow us on Instagram @mckernanbaptist.

 

Blessings,

 

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                              Church Board Chairperson

 

 

 

 


March 12, 2020

To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

May you know God’s grace and peace today.

In light of the events surrounding COVID-19, there have been questions regarding our church’s response.  First and foremost, we do want to recognize God’s control at times like this.  In the midst of a situation that seems so uncertain and beyond our control, we can remember the words of the Psalmist…

God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea…

He (God) says, “Be still and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

  • Psalm 46: 1-2,10-11

We must also wisely consider how God would have us proceed moving forward.  At this point, we do plan to have our services this coming Sunday at our regular times, 9am and 11am.  However, we believe it is prudent to implement a few precautions to lessen the potential spread of the disease. 

  • Our greeters and ushers will not be shaking hands and we will refrain from having hand-shaking as part of our greeting in the service.
  • Also, we encourage anyone who is feeling ill or has symptoms such as fever or coughing to stay home.
  • Those over the age of 65 and those with chronic health conditions are most at risk of severe complications of COVID-19 if exposed.

A live video feed of both services will be available on-line and can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.  A recording of the services will also be available by Monday.  

Finally, we encourage you to stay informed and respond prayerfully to the current situation in our city and province.  Accurate and timely information can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at:   https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx.

 

Sincerely,

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                              Church Board Chairperson