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April 19th, 2014 was a high Sabbath in the Penticton Church as candidates were accepted into church membership through baptism and profession of faith.  In addition, a precious baby boy was dedicated to the Lord.

Chris & Natasha Miller moved to Penticton two years ago when Chris accepted a position as a Mechanical Engineer.  Natasha had an Adventist background but Chris had never stepped foot into an SDA Church until January 2013 when they both started attending.  Since then, their first child, Byron was born and after attending all the Evangelistic meetings held in March 2014 by Pastor Wellman, the young couple gave their hearts to the Lord.  They were baptized and their son Byron was dedicated.

A few years ago, Courtney Hakanson, a young lady in her early twenties, traveled to the Philipines with her father and other members of a missionary group led by Pastor Brian Hawes of Kelowna.  Courtney had an exciting experience there and determined to return.  However, before embarking for a year long missionary trip back to the Philippines in April of this year, Courtney heeded the call to commit her life to the Lord through baptism. The church body had a special prayer for Courtney as she will be serving the Lord in a very remote part of the Philippines. 

Hugh Williams knocked on the door of the Penticton SDA Church a few years ago, explaining that he was living in the area and wondered if our church knew of anyone that was able to do housecleaning for him.  Pastor Greg Wellman was not only able to help follow through with his request, but also invited him to church and eventually Bible studies.  Hugh attended the April series and joined the Penticton SDA Church through profession of faith.

On the same Sabbath afternoon, the Cawston-Keremeos church congregation gathered in the Penticton Church to witness the baptism of Emily Gryschuk who has been attending that church.  Emily was joyously welcomed into their church fellowship. 

April 26th was another high Sabbath! Approximately two years ago, Ritah Kabongoya moved from Uganda to Penticton to attend College.  She was an active member of the SDA Church in her hometown and had requested transfer of membership to Penticton but somehow the transfer got lost in transit!   Notwithstanding, the BC Conference allowed her membership transfer and Ritah was accepted into church membership. Ritah has accepted the role of a deaconess as well as leader of Prayer Ministries.  She has had amazing answers to prayer!

The church was then blessed by The “Keepers of the Faith” as they presented the Sabbath worship service.  They dedicated a special song to 3 recently married couples from the Penticton SDA Church. 

Long time friends Carolyn Rowse and Don Magill exchanged marriage vows on February 7th on the patio of the famous Los Flamingos Hotel in Acapulco, Mexico.  The day was made even more special by the appearance of a pod of whales and the stunning sunset over the Pacific Ocean. 

Kathy Shewchuk and Ed Helfenbein were married on February 12 at the Sandals Grande Riviera Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  Their endearing friendship began 6 years ago after each suffered the loss of their spouses but they believe their marriage was heaven sent and happiness has once again filled their hearts.

And then, on April 12th, Emmy Janzen and Garvin Michell were married by Pastor Greg Wellman before their families and friends in the  Penticton Church.  They are living proof that marital happiness can be achieved at any age!

The Penticton Church is rejoicing as we see people committed to the Lord and to each other.  May He be Praised as He continues to lead people from every walk of life into a loving relationship with Him and with others. 

By Connie Kiefiuk, Communication Secretary, Penticton Seventh-day Adventist Church


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