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Thursday May 13, 2020 

Dear PPBC Family, 

Here is our latest update on ministry activity and plans. As we continue to prayerfully respond to the current struggles we trust that God will continue to grow us in faith, wisdom and praise. His guidance and care are evident all around us. God is good! 

Sunday Service

We continue to listen carefully to health officials and prayerfully consider how to adjust ministry plans in light of the current restrictions. We thank God that some of the health and safety protocols are being loosened but recognize that the transition back to “normal” is going to take some time. At this point we are still waiting to hear from the provincial government on when churches will be able to meet again. We anticipate that initially our numbers will be restricted and we will continue to provide the Sunday service via live stream. Please pray for the elders as the map out the configuration of the facility and best practices for the health and safety of the congregation. 

Annual Meeting

Our annual member meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 23. At this point we anticipate that meeting happening (with social distance!) as usual. If we are unable to meet in person we will use the Zoom meeting app for an online meeting. While not ideal, this would allow us to share details from the annual report and confirm plans for 2020/21 by way of congregational vote. Whether we meet in person or online all the details regarding ministry and finances will be circulated in advance. Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Children & Youth Ministry

The youth continue to meet Friday evenings online with Pastor Josh. He is hoping that some in-person activities will be possible this summer. Please pray for wisdom as Josh makes plans. 

We thank God for Jenna Bryant’s efforts in organizing an online sports camp on Wednesday evenings. If you would like more information or to get connected please contact Jenna ([email protected]) or the church office ([email protected]). 

Pastor Josh is also making plans for VBS this August. Please pray for him as he plans for the traditional format as well as on online version if that proves necessary. 

Finances

We thank God for his continued provision for the financial needs of the congregation. Our financial yearend is May 31 and, though we have felt some of the effect of the current financial challenges, we expect to end the year in a positive position. Praise God! Please pray as we put together a budget for the coming year. We want to be wise, careful and faithful in our expectations of income and our plans for ministry expenses. 

Small Groups

Small Groups continue to meet online through the Zoom meeting app. Here is a list of current groups. If you would like to connect to a group please contact Steve Angrove ([email protected]). 

  1. Women - Monday nights & Tuesday morning (Between Friends)
  2. East SG - Tuesday evening
  3. Bryant SG - Wednesday evening
  4. Ballanger/Werner - Thursday evening
  5. College & Career - Thursday evening
  6. Men (Men on Target) - Saturday morning
  7. Angrove/Anderson SG - Saturday evening

Noon Zoom Prayer Meetings

You are encouraged to join us each Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00 noon for 30 mins of prayer. It is a brief but remarkable time spent together before our heavenly Father. We use the Zoom meeting app so if you need help connecting please contact the office.

Congregational Care

If you are in need or know of someone who is please contact us. The elders will continue to call their way through the directory but we ask you to reach out if there are needs we should be aware of. We also have many people who have volunteered time and resources. Praise God for the generous and compassionate spirit in His people! We love you and we are praying for you all! By Grace Alone...

Your Elders, Steve Angrove, Roy Werner, Gregg Anderson, Pastor Jim 

 

April 17, 2020
Dear PPBC Family,

We continue to listen and adjust to the latest instructions from the provincial
health authorities. While the temporary restrictions have lasted longer than we
had hoped, we continue to pray and trust that God will soon enable us to reunite
for worship and ministry. In the meantime, we offer the following by way of
update and encouragement.

Ministry Status
Given that the Ontario Government has extended the current emergency
measures to May 12, we will continue with our temporary ministry plans. Our
Sunday morning service will continue with live streaming via YouTube and
FaceBook. Weekly ministries such as small groups, prayer meetings, Friday
night youth, and Awana will continue to use Zoom meetings. Its not the same as
being together, but we thank God for the technical resources that enable us to
stay connected!

Awana
Unfortunately, we will not be able to end Awana with the usual events this year.
Jenna Bryant is looking at ways to move some things to the fall and create a
rather unique start for next year. Jenna will be sharing more on these plans in
the days ahead.

Soccer
While we were still holding out hope of hosting our spring soccer ministry, it
simply will not be possible this year. Josh Bryant will be contacting those who
have registered and we can make arrangements for refunds for any who have
paid fees. Pray for Josh as he looks at other potential ministries for children and
youth this summer.

Annual Meeting
Our annual meeting is scheduled for the last Tuesday in June (June 24) and we
are praying and trusting that God will make it possible for us to hold that
meeting as planned. Please pray for the elders as they consider other meeting
options should they be required.

Finances
We praise God for his continued provision through his people! With faithful
giving and careful spending our finances remain quite stable. We have started
preparations for next year’s budget and ask that you pray for the elders and our financial management team (Roy Werner, Kim Bryant & Deb Bouwma), that God
would give wisdom and faith as we seek to be good stewards of his resources.

 

Nominations
Given the present health and safety measures, and with a desire to help keep
things as stable as possible for everyone, the elders are looking to simplify the
ministry nominations process this year. Current ministry leaders will be
contacted to determine their willingness to carry on with their responsibilities
beyond the end of the 2019/20 ministry year (May). We can make changes as
needed when life, schedules and ministry activities return to normal.

Needs
We want to remind you that our benevolent team (Gregg & Karen Anderson; Kim
& Calvin Bryant) are available to respond to needs as they arise. You can contact
them through the office or speak to one of the elders. And thank you (again!) for
the many offers of assistance! We are grateful for this evidence of God’s grace in
the life of our church family.

CDs
If you or someone you know is unable to connect to the live stream service and
would like a recording (CD) please let Kim know.
We would ask you to continue to pray that God will give us faith, wisdom and
patience as we trust in His guidance and care in the these days. Please call or
email if you have any questions or concerns.

“Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness...
...The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.”

Psalm 29:1-2; 10-11

We love you and we are praying for you!
By Grace Alone - Your Elders,
Steve Angrove, Roy Werner, Gregg Anderson, Pastor Jim

 

March 19 2020

Dear PPBC Family,

As we continue to understand and adjust to the presence of this virus and the
protective measures that have been implemented it is good to remember that
God loves us, He is in control and we are safe in his hands. With this hope and
confidence we are making plans for our ministry in the weeks ahead.
Your elders met last evening and after much prayer and discussion have
formulated the following plans. While we are looking for creative ways to
continue ministry we must take steps to help protect the health of our church
family and the people of our community. We will continue to follow closely the
directives from the Ontario and Durham Regional Health Departments (See the
durham.ca website). The situation remains rather fluid so we are prepared to
alter these plans as required.

Children & Youth
All children and youth ministries are suspended until further notice. We are
praying that we will be able to return to regular ministry sooner rather than later
and will plan for a restart as restrictions are adjusted. In the meantime, our
children and youth ministry leaders will be putting together materials for
distribution via email. You will receive communication on those plans from
Pastor Josh (youth) and Jenna Bryant (children) in the next few days.
Small Groups (Including Between Friends & Men On Target)
We are suspending official small group meetings until further notice. However,
we are encouraging SG leaders to continue communication through email,
phone and online meeting formats. Now would be a good time to join a group
even if it is in a “virtual” way.

Sunday School & Evening Service
There will be no Sunday School or Evening Service until further notice. Pastor
Jim will be putting together a list of online resources for you to
make use of in your devotional life. This list will be emailed.

Sunday Morning Worship
With the adjustment of the maximum number for Church meetings reduced to
50 and in light of efforts to minimize possible spread, we will be following the
lead of some of our sister churches and providing a service via streaming
beginning this Sunday. This is new for us so pray that God will provide the
technical resources and expertise required. Our hope is that this will provide
meaningful connection even though you are unable to be here with your brothers
and sisters. We will have a small number here to help facilitate the service.
Details on how to connect will be sent in an email.

Giving
We are grateful for God’s provision for our ministries through His faithful and
generous people. We recognize that these new arrangements will make it more
difficult for people to give. There are a number of ways to continue, as the Lord
enables you:
1) Drop off your envelope at the church office through the week.
Please call ahead to be sure that the office is open.
There is a collection box in the foyer.
2) Mail your envelope via Canada Post.
3) You can now e-transfer (email) funds.
4) Donate through the Canada Helps website.
Ongoing Care
The elders are ready to be of help with needs as they arise. They will be reaching
out by phone in the days ahead but please feel free to call us as needs arise.
Pastor Jim and Pastor Josh will be in available at the office and if you leave a
phone message it will get to us by email.
Additionally, we have a growing list of people who are available to help with
groceries or other needs. Please contact us at the office for assistance. If you
know of someone in need please let us know.
Please call if you have any questions or concerns. And one last word of
encouragement from Jesus himself. While at this moment there is much we do
not know, we know the One who knows everything! Our Saviour is good and
great. We can trust Him. We leave you with a few verses that we prayed through
last evening. A good word to comfort anxious hearts!

Matthew 6:25-34
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat
or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than
food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air;
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly
Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the
field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even
Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is
how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and
tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—
you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or
‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run
after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need
them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all
these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry
about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has
enough trouble of its own.”

We love you and are praying for you!

By Grace Alone,
Elders: Steve Angrove - Roy Werner - Gregg Anderson - Pastor Jim