July 6, 2023
I’m sending out this Pastors Garage a bit earlier this week as we’re heading out to family camp at Springside first thing in the morning. I just thought I would give you a bit of a heads up for what’s happening at church for the next month. This Sunday our beloved Daniel Cole will be returning to his roots and sharing with us the message has been laid upon his heart. I will be back in time to lead the worship for that morning.
The following Sunday, July 16th, a team will be coming from Teen Challenge to share with us the power of God to overcome addiction. Please take this opportunity to invite those the Lord lays on your heart within our community. Following the service we will be having a BBQ in the parking lot, please bring a salad or dessert.
On Sunday July 23 we are going have a bit of a different style of service, we are having a prayer summit! We will be breaking into smaller groups and just praying that we would get to know Gods heart better, for our church, for each other, for our town, for our world. I know that for some this style of service can be pretty intimidating or uncomfortable, yet for others it is very life giving. I just can’t see the harm in spending a whole morning praying every once in a while!
The final Sunday in July, the 30th, our very own Karen Fairhead will be bringing the message for our church that God has laid on her heart. Please join us for that! I will be in Stoughton that Sunday speaking as they are still without a pastor and looking for pulpit relief.
It seems like there are so many right now that are struggling with health concerns, please keep them in constant prayer as the Lord brings them to mind! Please pray for the many camps that are going on right now, that God would move mightily in and through them.
Thanks and Blessings!
June 30, 2023
an update on our move. We have landed in Ontario and are just starting to
get settled in. It was quite a drive! We didn’t have any troubles or
hiccups and we thank you for your prayers for safe travels and protection.
It was honestly an incredible experience, we live in a wild and vast
country – I would highly recommend you make the trip at some point.
Liz and I just wanted to convey our thanks and appreciation to you all for
your love and support over the years and for the love gifts you all share
with us at our farewell. We were completely blown away! Thank you. You are
truly an amazing church. We will miss you all dearly. Please continue to be
an amazing church. Serve Christ and give Him your life. THANK YOU!
Today I am in my new office getting things figured out here and preparing
for my first sermon this coming Sunday. It’s kind of a weird feeling, but
we feel a sense of peace and know that this is where God was leading us. We
are still searching for a home to purchase, but we are happy with our
rental for now. We already have family from Pensylvannia coming to visit
next week… which we are so excited and happy for!
Please feel free to contact us or to reach out and by all means come and
visit! You will always be a part of our family.
David and Liz
June 29, 2023
I feel like I need to make an apology with this pastor’s garage.
About a month ago a member of our congregation came into my office with a thought about trying to have a couple outdoor community services this summer. Her desire was to get out of our safe bubble and make ourselves more visible to the community we reside in, The reality is that for many people not immersed or familiar with church culture, walking through those doors might seem pretty intimidating. I agreed and was excited about the idea. After all, the great commission calls us to “go out into the world”, not “wait in a safe comfortable place until they come to you!” As I pondered the idea, I thought it would be good to include the other churches in town and do it truly as a community service. Looking at dates July 2nd seemed like a natural fit as it was the Canada day weekend, there might be people in town for the festivities already, and there was nothing previously planned for the Sunday morning anyway.
My first setback was when I reached out to our ministerial. No other churches were interested in being a part of such a event. I was a bit disappointed but decided to push ahead with just our church doing an outdoor service. It’s not that I thought it would be any kind of magical pill that had all the answers, but we haven’t done anything specifically like this for some time, if ever. I thought what have we got to lose? What if there was even one person that came that wouldn’t otherwise? It was while I was sitting in my office on the Tuesday morning following the camping weekend, and was starting to do some serious thinking what that service would look like, that I started to feel very overwhelmed and all alone. I reached out to several people about their thoughts and opinions, and while there were two who were excited and willing to be a part of such an event, all of the others that I reached out too, were either not excited about doing it or wouldn’t be there. My heart sank, and I just couldn’t bring myself to push ahead, so I pulled the plug. In doing so, I also wounded the two that were excited about doing it, it really felt like a lose, lose situation.
Now you’re going to have to trust me on this, I’m not sharing all of this to lay a guilt trip on those that didn’t just jump up and down at the golden opportunity of joining some half-baked scheme that Mike Zorn cooked up. Shortly after officially starting this role as the interim leader for our church, I felt strongly impressed by the Lord during a ACOP district “grow day” in Saskatoon to find a mentor for this stretch of the road. Yesterday morning I had an opportunity to have a video call with that person and was sharing my heart about this whole situation. While he didn’t say anything that I didn’t already know, he shared some things that I definitely needed to be reminded about. Any time we try and step out and do something for the Lord, we will receive push back. The enemy just isn’t that interested in Jesus being proclaimed or us growing in any way! There will be feelings of discouragement or opportunities for distraction. He encouraged me that I needed to spend more time seeking Gods will in this, rather than looking for human support or affirmation. But then he went on to tell me not to beat myself up on this either. What the world needs more than any event, program, or idea; is those that are in love with Jesus. We need to be in this together, it was never about me anyway. In as much as this event wasn’t likely to be the magical breakthrough, the opposite is also true. All is not lost just because we didn’t do this one thing.
So, I would like to apologize for allowing myself to easily become discouraged, and probably prematurely cancelling such an event. I apologize for spending more time seeking the support and affirmation of man rather than seeking to get to know and love my Heavenly Father more. That doesn’t necessarily mean that we should have done the event anyway, it just means that His wasn’t the voice I was focusing on! Galatians 6:9-10 says “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone-especially to those in the family of faith.”
This Sunday I will be sharing on a verse I read in my devotions a couple days ago that has been haunting me a bit. “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” 1 John 5:21 Please join us for our church service at 10:30 at the church, Rachel Kardash will be leading worship. Please keep Brad and Cryssi Sens in your prayers as they face some dark roads ahead in Brads health journey. Above all else, don’t give up the good fight!
June 15, 2023
Please keep the Wicks family in your prayers as they have a very long drive ahead of them in a very large vehicle down some winding narrow roads! I’m gonna miss them! Please keep your church in your prayers as we walk through this season of transition..
This weekend is our camping weekend. We would still absolutely love to love to have you come even if you haven’t indicated so already! Here are a couple maps to where we are headed
Services will be around 7 every evening and 10:30 Sunday morning. Just a reminder there will be no service here at the church in Grenfell this Sunday, come join us there! Afterwards will be our church picnic. If you’re coming and staying in a cabin, please bring your own bedding.
June 8, 2023
I just want to begin by thanking you for being brave enough to open an email coming from me! It has come to my attention that in recent weeks several people have received emails with my name attached that I definitely did not send! I had one person tell me that my email had been hacked and suggested that I should change my email address. When I got them to forward me the email they received in my name, I quickly realized that while my name was at the top, it did not come from my email address. My email, I don’t believe, is the issue. It’s just that someone has borrowed my name! My email I would change if it was the issue, I’m a little hesitant to change my name! If you receive a email from me with a strange email address offering to show you some pictures DO NOT OPEN IT! IT DID NOT COME FROM ME!!!!! An equally frustrating factor is that it would seem that these fraudulent emails are targeting those I have sent pastor garages too!
While thinking about this whole scenario the passage in 2 Corinthians 11 came to mind where Paul talks about how the devil comes posing as an angel of light trying to deceive us. It can be pretty confusing when thoughts come into our mind, or people share something with us, that kinda sounds like the voice of God but something just doesn’t seem right. I am reminded of a story how bank tellers are taught how to detect if a bill is counterfeit or not. There are millions of variations in counterfeits out there. It would be impossible to learn all of the tell-tail signs of why any bill would be a counterfeit. They learn how to tell them apart by intensively studying the real thing. I wholeheartedly believe the same principle can be applied in detecting if it is indeed the voice of the Lord speaking to us or some other imposter! Read your bible, daily! Spend time talking to God. Spend time listening for His voice! There was a very profound song most of us learned as a child that if we applied its principles to our lives a Christians, I believe, it would still bear much fruit. “Read your bible, pray every day, and you’ll grow, grow, grow!”
Just a couple reminders of what’s coming up. This Sunday Greg Paulson will be joining us to share. The following weekend, June 16-18, is our church camping weekend. There is a sign-up list at the church if you are able to bring some of the extra food items. Please let me know asap if you plan to attend so we can plan our food. There will be no service here in Grenfell on the 18th. The following Sunday, June 25th, there will be someone from the travelling ministry team out of the Regina Apostolic Church joining us to share the word. On July 2nd we are planning on doing an outdoor community outreach service at the museum grounds followed by a bbq. Please invite anyone you might think would come to such a thing!
Keep your stick on the ice, your feet in the pool, and head out of the clouds, or whatever works for you! “Let us not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:7-10
June 1, 2023
So, it’s been a couple weeks since I pumped one of these bad boys out, sorry. It’s been a bit crazy round here! Two weeks ago, I just plain forgot! Last week I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get some farming done. I am happy to report that I finished getting the seed in the ground last night!
For this PG I thought I would just go over some of the things coming up in the body life of our church. This Sunday I will be sharing in church and Kelly will be leading worship. It will also be the last Sunday with an organized kid’s time for the summer. A special thank-you to Rachel and Waylon, and all of those that helped out in organizing this over the last year. It comes at a cost, with all the planning, and then they have to miss out on the service giving us a chance to enjoy.
The following Sunday, June 11 Greg Paulson(Leona Osiowy’s son-in-law) will be joining us to bring the word. He is the pastor at the church in Prince George, BC and offered to take a Sunday while they are down visiting Leona. I have known Greg for many years, he has a passionate heart for the Lord and for His Church. I am truly excited to have him with us!
The following weekend will be our church camping weekend at camp Monahan. It is located on Katepawa lake, take the highway north of Indian Head, turn off at the Lebret Grid. Go north and about 3/4’s of the way to Lebret (before you go down into the valley), there is a sign for the camp, and you turn right(east). This road will lead to the campentrance, turn left into the camp when you see the sign. There is plenty of room for campers in the ball field, which is pretty sweet cause it is surrounded by trees, but there are no serviced sites so bring a generator if you need power. There are also plenty of cabins available. You will have to bring your own bedding and toiletries. Danny Delong(who currently works with the Regina Apostolic Church, former missionary to Turkey, and long-time worker with Apostolic Youth Ministries International) and his family will be joining us to be our guest speaker. Shauna has been working on planning the meals(there will be a sign-up sheet at church the next couple Sundays to fill in some of the smaller needs), and Kelley has been planning the activities. The cost for the entire weekend is $50 per adult, $20 per child 12 and under. Could you let us know if you’re coming and what you will need for accommodation asap so we can plan accordingly. There will be no Sunday service here in Grenfell, and we will call the service down there our annual church picnic, so if you can’t make it for the weekend, please consider joining us for Sunday. Any other questions, just talk to Mike, Kelley, or Shauna.
The last Sunday of the Month there will be someone from the Regina Apostolic Church coming to speak. Danny Delong, who is in charge with ministry outreach for the church phoned me to ask of we were interested in having someone as they were already sending a team to Jacob Bear Community church that Sunday and driving right by.
A few weeks ago, Tatum asked me what my thoughts were about doing an outdoor community service or two this summer as an outreach. I think it’s a good idea and my initial thought would be to invite the ministerial to do a community service on the Canada Day weekend(June 2). We thought a service on the museum lawn followed by a BBQ would be a nice idea. We reached out to the ministerial, asked the town if there was anything else going on that morning(there isn’t), and got permission from the museum. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work for any of the other churches, but I still think it a good idea, so I think we’re gonna “send it”! It might be a way for those who have been interested in church for a while, but walking through those doors for the first time is a barrier, to come check it out!
Well, I think that’s enough info to get ur brain percolating for a few days! I will leave this verse with you. “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others as more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the mane of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:3-11
May 11, 2023
There is a lot going on this weekend so I thought I would just send a note covering some of the details surrounding those things.
Tonight will be the board meeting for our church, please uphold our board during this season as they navigate some of the changes that are upcoming for our church. That God would give them a common vision and passion for where we need to go as a body. Jordan Gadsby(our district representative for ACOP) and his wife Chantelle will be joining us for the meeting and also staying for the farewell for the Wicks family on Friday. I have really grown to appreciate and respect Jordan over the last couple years as he has taken over that role from Dave Wicks Sr. I thought it a good idea to invite him to address our board in this season of transition, and so that they could meet him face to face should they have any needs or concerns in the days ahead which he could possibly help out with.
On Friday evening at 7:30pm we will be having our farewell for the Wicks family at the church in the sanctuary. If I could get the ladies who have volunteered to provide desserts for the evening to have them at the church by 7 and help cut them up and put them on plates, that would be greatly appreciated. We will meet up in the Oakshela room to do that. There will be an open mic for anyone who wishes to share that evening, and there will be a love offering taken for them should you wish to prepare something for that. If you wish to make out a cheque, please make it out to David or Liz Wicks.
On Saturday there a couple couples from our church that will be attending a Together for Good Marriage Workshop at the Prairie Harvest Christian Center in Yorkton. While I realize this is very last minute, if there are any couples out there who should like to join us, I would definitely see what I could swing to have you join us!
On Sunday we will be having a very special Mother’s Day themed service. There will be an all-guys ensemble leading us in worship. Those in charge of this service have asked to give you some things to ponder and possibly share for that morning. Please take time to think ahead and possibly even write a bit down to share.
-A small story or memory you want to share about your Mother, Aunt, or Grandmother?
-What is/was your mom’s favourite food?
-What did your grandmother’s house smell like?
-Where was your mother or grandmother born?
-What was a difficult situation you saw your mom, aunt, or grandmother experience?
-Did you mother or grandmother have a faith in Jesus? If so, how did it influence you?
Next Sunday May 21st Lorne Bonk will be coming to share with us and we will also plan on doing a potluck that Sunday!
Keep your stick on the ice, go Leafs and Oilers!
May 4, 2023
Well, I won’t lie to you, as I sit down to write this PG, it was a bit weird to think that there was no point in titling it Pastor Mike’s Garage as I may be the only one writing them for a bit! We are going into a season of transition as a local church body, that is for sure. While I am a bit nervous, I am also encouraged at the number of people that have contacted me as of late offering to take care of different aspects of our church functions, or with new ideas that they themselves would like to work on or implement!
Even though I did do a bit of a “State of the Union” address this past Sunday on how we are navigating the coming months ahead, and there have been some posts to that effect on our Facebook site, I thought it might be a good idea just to go over some of that here as well. As most of you know, with the Wick’s family leaving, and with Judy Jolly stepping down as our beloved long-time church secretary, there are definitely some large shoes to fill! While I will still be as involved as ever, I in no way intend ,nor feel capable or called, to be all things to all men, and try and do everything that they were doing plus my role. As mentioned, there have been several people who have volunteered to take on some new roles, and some of you will be asked in the days ahead if you would be willing to help out in various areas. For the coming months ahead, while we are in this season of transition, we will be going into a bit of a “summer mode”, making sure the most important things still carry on, and the bills get paid, while some of the less urgent or important areas may slow down for a bit.
As far as Sunday morning services we will be going into a bit of four week rhythm. One Sunday a month I will be speaking, another we will have a guest speaker, another will be a more interactive service with the possibility of more time for testimonies or prayer, and one other Sunday I will be looking for someone from within our local church to give the sermon. In the month ahead I will be sharing this Sunday, the following week will be our interactive service and it will be tailored around mother’s day. I will be talking a bit more about that in next week’s PG. The following Sunday Lorne Bonk will be coming to share with us, and the final Sunday this month Neil Theisen has agreed to share.
There are a few upcoming events I want to highlight. This Friday evening Springside Apostolic Bible Camp will be doing a fundraising banquet and auction at the Legacy Inn here in Grenfell, doors open at 6. The following Friday evening we will be having the farewell dessert night here at the church for the Wicks family at 7:30. If you have something special you would like to share that night, please let me know. I am excited to announce that we will be having our Church Family camping weekend once again this year and it will be at Camp Monahan on Katepawa Lake June 16-18. There is a beautiful area to bring and park your RV or there are a number of cabins available. Danny Delong, who was a missionary to Turkey, worked with Apostolic Youth Ministries(now called United Youth Outreach) for many years and is currently on staff with the AP in Regina, will be our guest speaker! Please try to make attending this weekend a priority, it is usually really good for our church family!
Finally, as I think about what I believe God has asked me to challenge you with for this season as a church body, and have been preparing for this Sunday’s message, would you be willing to read a couple passages and ponder them. I’d like you to read Romans 12:1-8, and Philippians 2:1-11 at least once a day and to spend a few moments asking God what their implications are for us as a church. How do we view ourselves? How do we view those outside our body? What is our role in this geographical area? How are we called to act, look, and function?
The Pastor’s Garage April 19th, 2023
April 19, 2023
this Sunday and then the last Sunday of the month Pastor Mike will be
preaching. During the month of May, I am going to use up my holidays and
continue the packing, planning, garbage run, garage sale, clean up the
house before you move and all that jazz process. ..all the while looking
for a house in Ontario. We are planning on and hoping for a move sometime
in June. We are still on the house hunt!
I will miss sharing my thoughts and dreams and ideas with you in this
format. It has been a nice way to keep you in the loop of some things and
to bounce new ideas around and process some thoughts. Honestly, I never
intended it to continue this long, so for those who have read it, thank
you. As far as I understand, the Pastor’s Garage will continue on after we
I am going to be finishing my series on the gospel this Sunday with “I Must
Decide.” While the decision part of the gospel is primarily a stage in our
journey as a new believer, it is also a regular if not daily part of our
journey as disciples – even for those of us who have been following Christ
for a long time!
We must constantly make the choice to follow Jesus, to call him Lord and to
allow him to lead us. We must choose to lay down our agendas, plans and
wants in favor of what He wants for our lives – on a very regular basis
because we get off track so easy! So in light of that I’m planning on
having an altar call and a time to respond after I finish preaching this
Sunday. I know I need to respond to God in some way. I am in need of
renewal. I am in need of a refreshing touch from the Lord. As I finish out
this season in Grenfell and look to our next season I can feel my need for
a touch from God. As we leave Grenfell and as the board and leadership
begin mapping out the future… this church and its leaders need to have
their eyes on Jesus. I think God is perhaps calling all of us to a time of
response, a time of rededicating our lives to Christ. Perhaps this Sunday
is a part of that process for you. Would you come with the intention to
respond to Christ? Would you come with faith that God is going to meet you?
Would you come knowing that your response to God and that the softness of
your heart matters to Him?
“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily
entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy
set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at
the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such
opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
I am hoping I will see all of you at some point before we leave, but in the
chance that I am unable to, know that Liz and I love you all very much. You
have literally been like family to us for these past 9 years. It will be a
hard day when we say goodbye and finally drive off through the snowbank
(which will probably still be here when June comes!). Also, please stay in
touch and feel free to come and visit.
Youth this Friday April 23rd, 2023
April 19, 2023