Welcome to Church on the Hill, Glenavon, Sask, Canada

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Visit with Wendy

On Sunday, March 11, we were blessed to have Montreal native, Wendy Farha, as our guest speaker during Morning Worship, as well as presenter of a comedic session of laughter, song and testimony in the afternoon. The doors were open and anyone in the community who wished to attend joined us.

Wendy is a woman of many talents and faces. Her timing is impeccable. We laughed at classic jokes spoken with a deadpan expression, and jokes of life's circumstances that seemed so real, yet we were never quite sure if they were fact or fiction until she told us.

Some of the Many Faces of Wendy Farha, March 2018. Church on the hill, Glenavon, SK

And we cried as she gave her testimony and spoke of her courageous journey through clinical depression and breast cancer. It's hard to explain how we can laugh at such circumstances, but if you saw Wendy in action, you'd understand.

Wendy writes her songs with a heart of compassion that we see in the artistic touch of her guitar picking and hear in her strong, clear voice. Songs that caress the soul, leaving you with an assurance that all is in God's plan.

Wendy Farha, March 2018. Church on the Hill, Glenavon, SK

I'm not sure if this happens in every venue or if Wendy recognized our guys for the good sports that they were, but even the guys got into the act of giving the gift of laughter.

Wendy will be touring here in the West for the next couple of months, so if  you want to be blessed by her comedy, testimony, and songs, you can reach her online at the following:

Website - www.wendy.ca

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wendy.farha

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Watoto Children's Choir at Glenavon Hall

Do you sing and dance when you feel joy?

As webmistress for our church, I update the website and social media pages, and place Facebook ads when necessary. That means researching images and videos when we're hosting special guests such as the Watoto Children's Choir out of Uganda, East Africa, who will be appearing at the Glenavon Hall this Friday, March 18th.

As I watched their video I was drawn to the abandonment with which they sing and dance. This is not your normal children's choir...

They reminded me of King David in 2 Samuel 6 when he is bringing the Ark of the Covenant to Jersulam and we read in verses 14 & 15: "Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets."

Did you see that...dancing with all his might. With his arms waving and knees raised high? Yes, I can picture it, because that's the way the Watoto kids do it . . . Spirit-filled and dancing with joy.

But it wasn't always like this for the Watoto kids. On their website, I read, "Imagine a new Africa. Reborn, revived, rebuilt. The all-new production, Oh What Love, by the Watoto Children’s Choir, presents the vitality of the new Africa. Its vibrance, urban sound and colour takes you on an emotional journey from utter despair to joyous celebration, as the children share their stories."

From utter despair to joyous celebration... The fact that these children are part of the Watoto holistic organization means that before they were rescued they were part of the 4,000 children who were orphans, former child soldiers, or born to rebel leaders during the civil war. Today, Watoto has over 3000 of these children in their care. But Watoto isn't just the children. It restores dignity to women in "vulnerable" situations, empowering them with literacy, business and practical skills which ensure their own children have a better future.

When was the last time you sang or danced with joy? Join us at the Glenavon Hall on March 18th and see for yourself.

No cost, but free will offering will be taken for this wishing to offer support.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Eva Returns with Ulf

Eva Albrecht and Ulf Mertens, Oct 2015

It was a grand day in October when Eva came back to church and brought a special friend named Ulf for us all to meet. Although the roads were muck that day, she laughed at my concern saying she was used to it. I assume she was referring to the months of driving our country roads while here as an exchange student being hosted by Pastor Lorne and Dianne, and not the paved roads of home in Germany.

After a brief visit - brief to everyone here, that is - Eva and Ulf carried on with their journey. If you're a Facebook friend of Eva's, check out the oodles of photos she took while here on her visit to Canada.

May God bless you both and keep you safe wherever you go.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Sichangwa Family Returns to COTH

The Sichangwa Family 2015 (Back row - Gabriel, Grace, and Gwyneth),
(Middle Row - Pastor Simon and Jackie), (Front - Gloria hugging Glenda)

On May 3rd, COTH was blessed by the return of the Pastor Simon and his family who last pastored us in 2004. Although the children had grown quite a bit since their last visit for Church on the Hill's 40th Anniversary in 2008, it seemed like family members had returned home.

Pastor Simon currently ministers at Glory to God Christian Assembly in Edmonton, Alberta, but was in the area on behalf of Brother's Keeper Ministries - the non-profit charity he and Jackie co-founded in 2004 in order to relieve poverty and advance education in Zambia.

Courtesy of Brother's Keeper Ministries

Jackie and the four older kids started the service with a pouring out of praise and worship songs including From the Inside Out as shown here:

Although Gabriel was hiding in the back behind Gwyneth, we certainly heard the rhythmic sound of his bass guitar.

Gabriel Sichangwa on bass guitar, 2015

As usual, Pastor Simon held our attention with his wit and wisdom in a well-modulated voice that rose and fell as he delivered a message entitled, Who Am I.

Scripture used in this message was 1 Corinthians 12:12-18 (NIV):
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.

Pastor Simon said it could be called God's humor that He chose you to be in a family and it's up to you to get along with everyone in that family.

After presenting four main personality types, Pastor Simon said that although you may have started out as one personality type, you may change as you grow and mature. This is especially true in a marriage where you need to adapt if you want to stay married.

Likewise, he said God has brought the members of a church together, each with different traits and personality types, and it takes work and maturity to hold a church together.

Do I hear an Amen?

If you have the opportunity to hear Pastor Simon speak, I urge you to attend. What I've said here is only a small portion of his message.

For more information, contact Pastor Simon through Brother's Keeper Ministries.

Courtesy of Brother's Keeper Ministries

Pastor Simon, Jackie and family...we appreciate you taking time to come out and bless us with your visit. You're welcome anytime.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pastor Lorne & Dianne Bonk Recognized by PAOC

This year, the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC SK) Saskatchewan District Conference is being held on Apr 27-29 at Kenosee in the Southeast part of the province. 

On Monday, Apr 27th, Church on the Hill board member, Shirley Johnson was on hand to see our Pastor Lorne Bonk receive his 10 years of Service plaque. 

Rev John Drisner, PAOC SK Dist Supt, presenting a
10 year Service plaque to Pastor Lorne Bonk 

Rev John Drisner, PAOC SK Dist Supt and
Pastor Lorne Bonk holding his 10 yr Service plaque  

Although Pastor Lorne's wife Dianne was unable to attend, she received a beautiful flower arrangement crafted with yellow roses, cream-colored carnations, and more to show appreciation for her years of service standing by Lorne's side.

Flower Arrangement presented to Mrs. Dianne Bonk 

The Church on the Hill flock adds their congratulations to Pastor Lorne and Dianne. Thank you for being our shepherds.

Thank you Shirley Johnson for taking and sharing these photographs.