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Your Grace is My Glory

Your Grace is My Glory

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Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

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April2021
Annual General MeetingTo help with our Annual General Meeting, Faith Covenant Church in Breton has graciously agreed to host the event at their building. We will offer both virtual and in-person options and post details below as soon as we are able. All are welcome to attend.
1:00 pm Faith Covenant Church, Breton, AB

Meeting Details

We are excited to be able to offer both an in-person and virtual option. All are welcome to attend. Only members of an Evangelical Covenant Church within Alberta and Covenant Bay Bible Camp members can vote. Everyone can ask questions and make comments.

Virtual
  • All are welcome to attend
  • Voting will be done via an online poll with the meeting software.
  • Individuals must register with their contact information and specify their membership of an AB Covenant Church or Covenant Bay to vote online.
  • Registration to vote will be made available by March 27, 2021, and you will receive an email with instructions.
  • A host will be online to help you with your questions.

Virtual Voting Registration Form

If your spouse or another family member also has the privilege to vote, please have them register to vote as well.


Membership

All are welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting and are free to ask questions and make comments during the meeting.

Church members from an Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada (ECCC) within Alberta may vote at Covenant Bay Bible Camp's Annual General Meeting as well as Covenant Bay Bible Camp members.


Please select where you have membership?
In-person
  • All are welcome to attend
  • Elections will be completed by paper ballot, or by a show of hands.
  • Voting is available only to individuals who are members of an AB Covenant Church or Covenant Bay.
  • No lunch or beverages will be provided.
  • All Alberta Health Regulations will be followed, including social distancing and wearing masks.

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Our Mission Remains

Our Mission Remains

I have been involved in several conversations the past several weeks surrounding the topic of Easter, the days leading up, the formal names of the holidays, and the actual events of the death and resurrection of Jesus. 

Perhaps, it’s just a timely conversation due to the season we are in but it happens every year, at least for me, and never seems to be less of a poignant reminder of the mission we have signed up for. 

The sacrifice that surrounds Easter is crucially important. It is a catalyst for the rest of the story, for the mission and drive of Christians. 

I found myself posed with a question early last week. As Covid fatigue set in, the tensions rise, disagreements persist, and division makes it home within our communities and families. The question being, as Christians, has my role changed since the early days of the Church we read about in the book of Acts?  

Surely our division isn’t greater than that of the Roman empire and early Church, our freedom of faith, specifically in the west doesn’t come with martyrdom, and our quality of life has certainly increased with the inventions of sterilized medicine and sewer systems! 

Without going on a tangent of my own thoughts on the matter, I bring us back to the question again. Has my role, or our role, changed in regards to the mission to spread the gospel to those who have yet to hear it? 

It hasn’t. It won’t without persistence, unity, and void of personal distraction. I am not one to check a box before the task is completed. Our mission remains. Last I looked there are still friends, neighbors, families, communities, and nations that have not or do not have access to the truth we hope to share! 

My encouragement is this, let us not be divided by an issue but united by the mission. 

Answering this question for myself this week has been the perspective I needed to lean into preparing for Summer Camp. To prepare the plans, look forward to the fun, and wholeheartedly anticipate the laughter, smiles, and growth about to come!

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Celebration and Commissioning

Celebration and Commissioning

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The Learning Curve of Moses

The Learning Curve Of Moses

Moses strikes me as a particularly robust individual. His character, behavior, and presence all intrigue me greatly. He is a man, and biblical character, we speak of often. From a young age, many are familiar with the story of the parting of the red sea and wandering the desert, especially if you were brought up within any sort of Christian community. 

This is where my understanding stopped, I had known the rudimentary stories of Moses. I had known a vague and convoluted timeline of what happened and where they took place. Reading through these stories with the depth it takes to write a podcast script, however, shed a good amount of light and understanding on the man and character of Moses. 

Over the course of the last 30 days and five episodes, I have found a new relatability to Moses. Prior to this time, I had understood Moses as a specific, special man, picked out by God, to carry out a direct and important plan, which is not necessarily untrue. It is however missing the average normality that makes Moses an example worth exemplifying. 

In my opinion, I see many of us individually in Moses. He is visibly uncertain, doubtful, even aggravated at the plans and path that God has called him to. He questions, missteps, responds out of foolishness and is still invited and encouraged into the will of God. I can’t help but recognize my own uncertainty, misguided foolishness, boastfulness, and at times frustrations with faith, with the uncertainty, within the response and life of Moses. 

My largest moment of clarity comes with this thought; Moses, although a man of normal form and function, was used by God through an invitation to carry out a specific divine plan. I know these are not new thoughts but as a member of our foolish and fallen humanity, it is an ever pertinent reminder.

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Summer Update

Summer Update

Who else is counting down the days till Summer Camp? (132… ish) We have a summer update for you!

Adventure with us at Covenant Bay Bible Camp this summer! We have a lot of flexible and fun-filled programs on the horizon!

Registration opens Monday, February 22nd!

Check out the frequently asked questions to get more information

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Check(in with) yourself before you wreck yourself.

Check(in with) yourself before you wreck yourself.


This week on the Bible Story Podcast, Jon Drebert and I (Bradon Pihowich) spoke to our listeners about a simple growth tip. The challenge or tip was to ask yourself, “How am I doing in my relationship with God?” 

The question above was prompted by a conversation Jon and I had earlier in the week. This conversation was centered around the discontent in my spiritual disciplines and active relationship with God. I have found myself in this place before, often yearly, like clockwork; following the lull of the Canadian winter and the lack of sunlight, my spirit becomes restless. Although I find this place or emotional state familiar, I have yet to find an answer that works as consistently as the challenge arises. 

We all know that “change” is one of the most overused buzzwords of 2020. “Change” rounds out the list of unprecedented opportunities we have learned to leverage through this season of pivoting. 

We all know that “change” is one of the most overused buzzwords of 2020. “Change” rounds out the list of unprecedented opportunities we have learned to leverage through this season of pivoting. 

I write that facetiously. However, the fact remains that a lot, if not everything, has changed since February of 2020.  This change has fluctuated between minor and major, sometimes within seconds of each other. 

After coming to terms with this constant, unpredictable yet somehow opportunistic idea of change, I settled into some new thoughts I hadn’t had before. Nearly every practice and norm of my life had been redefined to the point of only being faintly recognizable of the life I once understood. I am content in this reality (Most days) and find myself enjoying several aspects of the new normal in which we collectively find ourselves.

Eventually, I begrudgingly admitted to God that I found myself in the all too familiar state of spiritual stagnation. This admission was a moment of clarity for me and the reason for this article. I realized that I rarely, within the last 12 months, asked myself, “How am I doing in my relationship with God?” The same question I was encouraging the listeners of the podcast to reflect on—a little hypocritical, if not at least a little ironic. 

It dawned on me that I had lost touch with my spirit and spiritual grit amid the conversation Jon and I shared earlier this week. I had failed to see the necessity to change my spiritual practice or routines until I directly felt the disconnect. This recognition is good, don’t misunderstand, and I have taken new and exciting steps to reconvene with God at the center of my life. Although I deem this distinction as necessary, the severity of discontent I had endured still felt unnecessary. 

My Social Work and Counselling services background points out a potential cause to the unnecessary discomfort I repeatedly experienced. All of which could have been avoided with an honest answer to my spiritual check-in. 

It sounds simple, and it is. To know how we are doing or why we are feeling a certain way, we first must ask ourselves that exact question and be willing to answer it with vulnerability and honesty. Once I responded to this question, I recognized the feelings and thoughts, and actions or changes correlated to a possible solution. Without asking, a possible solution is unavailable; we are simply unable to find an answer to a question that has yet to be asked. 

Without asking, a possible solution is unavailable; we are simply unable to find an answer to a question that has yet to be asked. 

This check-in is also available to children, although we often need to instigate the conversation or spiritual reflection prior to the child being able to promote this thought train, especially when in an emotional or dysregulated space.

Rudimentary questions often slip our minds due to their simplicity. These questions, however simple, are grandiose in their possibility.

I implore you, as I did myself and the listeners of The Bible Story Podcast earlier this week, to ask yourself this question “How am I doing in my relationship with God?”

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One Thousand Hours

 

One Thousand Hours

I must start with a caveat about the following article. The ideas I am sharing are simply thoughts to be pondered and reflected upon and not a commentary on any specific group or individual. 

I was listening to several podcasts this week while painting some walls in my home office. A few of which mentioned the recruitment of youth and young adults into extremist or terrorist cells, specifically Isis. The ideas and tactics they were sharing were hardly different than that of national gang recruitment. 

A study “Tackling terrorists’ recruitment of youth” by Jessica Trisko Darden delves into and communicates the recruitment systems used by extremist groups.


 The author speaks to the vulnerability that is taken advantage of when recruiting young individuals. These youth have several things in common; Vulnerability, loneliness, and marginalization from their immediate community.  These youth seek connection, community, and above most else, belonging, which they receive through connecting with these terrorist groups. 

The recruiters will often use several people to recruit one young person, which is never communicated and misrepresents that the youth is always connecting with the same person. Often over thousands of hours through chat rooms, calls, and emails. Trust and belonging are built over this time. Slowly and methodically. 

Without going too much further into the specifics of the scenario, I will say this. I have some experience working with youth who were gang involved. These individuals never saw it as a flawed system, not once. They felt more protected, cared for, and connected there than they ever had at home or in the community, which does not say much for their home life or experience within the community. They understood the surface dangers of it; they knew there were risks involved, but what “family” doesn’t have some give and take?

These are all human needs, all things God created us to need! We will all search for these life essentials until we find them.

The introspection came quickly after listening and digging into this idea. I am profoundly challenged by the thought of one thousand hours. This idea, one thousand hours, at its simplest, is the idea that 1000 hours will be spent with any given child or youth to ensure they feel safe, cared for, and protected. This type of intimate time spent then creates an indebted relationship that can quickly be taken advantage of. When was the last time I, or ministries, spent this kind of time connecting with an individual? 

Do we offer these individuals the same things? Do we offer the youth, community, protection, belonging, and judgment-free relationship in a Christ-centered and healthy environment? 

Many of these are rhetorical questions. I genuinely don’t have the answers to them. I know that evaluating how we share God’s love is crucial to reaching people. Understanding what they seek and the places it is found allows us, as Christians, to understand some of what they are going through. 

As we approach each other, understanding our humanity and collective brokenness allows us to connect, listen, and share life without the implications or expectations perpetuated by unhealthy or self-involved relationships—a challenge for all of us, only attainable through a vibrant and earnest relationship with God.

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Summer Thought; Winter Day

Summer Thought; Winter Day

I sit here, easily distracted by the snow covering the sidewalk, driveways, and roads just outside my living room window. As with much of the world at the moment, I find myself working primarily from home, a scenario I am thankful for but not always good at. I like to move, change scenes, and travel more often than the regular individual might. It’s sometimes a nervous twitch yet more specifically a need for experience and adventure! 

This paints a good picture as to why I ended up being the Program Director at Covenant Bay. Never a dull moment. Once the winter days settle in, a week or so after the time change (which somehow still throws me off, every year!) I recognize my need for adventure, travel, and warmer weather, calls me, subtly yet not lacking fervor, it demands I take note. Which I do, momentarily at least. like most Canadians I know, I long for the warm days with exponential increase as the winter months drag on.

I like to consider myself an expert in Summer. Not like, a meteorologist or anything, just simply a person who has experienced summer and much of what it has to offer through many years of serving Summer camp! It is much harder to have a slip-n-slide in negative 30-degree weather! (trust me, I’ve tried) 

The exact timing of “evening” seems to get less exact as the year draws to an end. “Is it 2:00 pm? Or Midnight?” I am genuinely unsure most of December due to the lack of any prolonged sunlight. 

Midnight is and has always been the time when I get my best thinking done. This year I have been captivated by the thought of how we carry experiences with us and how those experiences, help grow and oftentimes define us long after they’re initially experienced. 

Every summer, since I was 18, I have watched children, youth, and staff, grow through experiences. This growth is often more profound than any individual expects. Each winter, around this time I remind myself to pray for those individuals, for the change they experienced, and that the spiritual growth they experienced in the summer months has been fostered, cared for, and encouraged into this season. 

We, at camp, or in ministry, recognize that this type of life change comes through an interaction with the Holy Spirit. This is the exact life change and connection we pray for and love to see during the summer months, or while doing relational ministry with people! 

My encouragement and end thought for today is simple. As the days get colder and we see the sunless, let’s remember to pray for those whose lives have changed, for the children, youth, and families that are impacted by local ministries sharing the Joy of the Holy Spirit.

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Year-end Campaign

Year End Campaign

The Year-end campaign is a unique opportunity for donors to have every dollar matched up to a combined total of $60,000. Each week Jon will give an update regarding the goal.

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