Emmanuel Lead Pastor: Jeff Bjorgan

It is with great excitement and joy that we announce Pastor Jeff Bjorgan as our newly elected Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Church. On Sunday, December 14, 2014, the membership of Emmanuel voted 93% in favour of Pastor Jeff to become our Lead Pastor. He will begin this new role on January 6, 2015. Until that time, Pastor Paul will continue to serve as Interim Pastor at Emmanuel.

A special thank you to:

  • Everyone who took the opportunity to come out and vote on Sunday. It was one of the best quorums in the history of Emmanuel. Also to the non-members who came out to be part of the process and share in the results.
  • The Search Committee who put countless hours over the past four months with meetings, sifting through resumes, gathering information, praying and narrowing the candidate pool.
  • The Search Prayer Team for interceding and diligently praying for Emmanuel during this time, praying specifically for the Search Team, Board, and the next Lead Pastor to be revealed.
  • The Leadership Team for putting in extra hours during the transition time, in meetings and interviews, praying and discerning the Lead Pastor candidate.
  • To those of you who have pitched in during this season of transition, whether through taking on additional tasks, serving in different ways than before, or praying.

A HUGE heartfelt Thank you!

We look forward to what God wants to do at and through Emmanuel in 2015!


Single 10 am Services: Dec 21 - Jan 4

Begins:  Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 10 am
Where:   Emmanuel Westbank Auditorium

On Sunday, December 21, we go back to one service at 10 am for the Christmas season. That means both regular services are combined at a new time: 10 am.

Kids Church is the primary program for children during this time. Kids meet in the Chapel right at the beginning of the morning service (10 am).

The December 21 service is also a special service for a number of people that will be baptized in water. Join us for this exciting step in the lives of those being baptized.

We return to regular 9 am and 11 am services on January 11, 2015.


Christmas Eve Services: 5 pm and 6:30 pm

When:  Wednesday, December 24, 2014
            at 5 pm and 6:30 pm

Where: Emmanuel Westbank Auditorium

You are invited to join us in worshipping the Saviour on Christmas Eve. These are perhaps our favorite services of the year as we celebrate the coming of the Christ-child!

Two services are available at 5 pm and 6:30 pm on December 24 for you and your family, neighbours and friends. The services last an hour, and they feature songs of the season, stories, reflections, and candles to shine light on the meaning of Christmas.


Lead Pastor Candidate: Vote Dec 14

When:  Sunday, December 14 at 1 pm
Where: Emmanuel Westbank Auditorium

Today is an exciting day. The Leadership Team has selected a candidate for Lead Pastor at Emmanuel. He will come and be voted on, Sunday December 14.

First, a little about the process. In August a Search Committee was selected to work alongside the District Office to go through an extensive process outlined in the PAOC manual. It has taken 4 months of long hours, many meetings, prayer, and interviews for them to narrow the candidate selection. The District supplied the Search Committee with 12 names, which they narrowed down to 5, then to 3, and after a first interview down to 2 names. A few weeks ago the Search Team presented a 67 page document to the Leadership Team. The Leadership Team reviewed this, interviewed both candidates, had intensive discussions, prayed, and fasted.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.

It's cool! God has been with us along the way. This process has been good. It's been thorough, productive, rigorous, insightful, and at the end of the day has brought our Leadership Team and Search Team to a 100% unanimous vote in selecting Jeff Bjorgan*jeff*Lead Pastor Candidate as our candidate for Lead Pastor at Emmanuel.

So, On Sunday, December 14, we will hear Jeff present his ministry at both the 9 and 11 am services. At 1 pm we will call a Special Business Meeting where the official members of Emmanuel will vote on the selection of Jeff Bjorgan as new Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Church. The Leadership Team encourages ALL members to attend this Special Business Meeting. All non-members are also encouraged to attend. This is an important meeting for us this time.

Thank you to you, the congregation, for your prayers and patience throughout this transition. Thanks to the prayer team as they've spent time focused on prayer, hearing from God, and being the backbone for us. To the Search Team, thanks for the many hours they've spent gathering information, meeting together, and interviewing candidates. And to God, for being there with us ... leading us to this decision. We give Him the honor glory and praise that is due.

Mark your calendars for December 14 at 1 pm.

See Introducing Jeff Bjorgan Video.


Emmanuel Christmas Banquet: Dec 13

When:  Saturday, December 13, 2014
            6 pm - 8 pm
Where: Emmanuel Westbank
Cost:    $10 per person ($5 for kids under 12)

Come join our church family for this special annual event! This will be an evening of great food (catered by Twisted Tomato), fellowship, and entertainment.

Doors will open for seating at 5:30 pm, and dinner will be served at 6 pm.

Tickets are only $10 per person ($5 for children 11 and under). Tickets may be purchased after the Sunday services or at the church office, from Tuesday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


Turkey Giveaway

Emmanuel Church wants to encourage hospitality and friendship during the Christmas season. That is why we are offering a free turkey to anyone who would like to bless others by hosting a turkey dinner.

Call the church office*office*Turkey Giveaway at 250.768.7638 if you would like to receive one!


Elvis Christmas Gospel Concert: Dec 5

When:  Friday, December 5, 2014
            7 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Emmanuel Westbank
Cost:    $25 per person

Join us for an evening of Elvis Gospel music and dessert. We are bringing back Adam Fitzpatrick, the international award winning Elvis tribute artist, for our Emmanuel Church fundraiser.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Coffee and dessert are served at 7 pm, and the show begins at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online through the link below (small fee added) or through the Emmanuel Church office*office*Elvis Gospel Show (250-768-7638). The goal is to raise money for our new kitchen through an evening of entertainment. A freewill offering will be taken.

Come enjoy classic Gospel and Christmas songs sung by Elvis!


Ladies Christmas Brunch: Nov 29

When:  Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 10 am
Where: Emmanuel Westbank Chapel
Cost:   $7 per person

Ladies, come join us for our annual Christmas brunch. We are excited to have our special guest speaker, Carrie Liegmann, join us this year.

Our bring a friend ticket price is $7 each or 3 tickets for $14. Tickets are available at the church.


Fall Harvest Carnival: Oct 31

When:  Friday, October 31 at 5 pm
Where: Emmanuel Westbank Gym

Bring the whole family out for Emmanuel's Fall Harvest Carnival on October 31 from 5 pm – 7:30 pm. The Fall Harvest Carnival is an annual event that we hold as an alternative to Halloween in our gym on October 31st. It's ideal for ages 3-10.

There are game booths, jump houses, candy guesses, a dinner concession, a cake walk, free candy for the kids, farm animals, and costume prizes. So bring your kids and join the fun in a warm, safe environment! There is no admission charge.


Love & Respect Marriage Seminar: Nov 7-8

When:  Friday, Nov 7 to Saturday, Nov 8, 2014
Where: Emmanuel Westbank Campus
Cost:    $20/couple or $10/person

The Love and Respect Marriage Seminar is for couples who want to revitalize the way they communicate with each other and understand each other. It's also helpful for someone who may have an unresponsive partner, providing tools for strengthening the relationship. One doesn't need to be a Christian to understand or embrace the concepts that will be presented.

David and Sabine Simpson are hosting this seminar, which will start on Friday, November 7, at 7 pm, with session 1. Session 2-5 run Saturday, November 8 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The cost is $20 per couple or $10 per person.This includes seminar notebooks, Saturday morning breakfast and coffee breaks. You can sign up for the seminar at our info desk, or call the church office*office*Love and Respect Seminar at 250.768.7638.For more information on the seminar, check out: