9th Annual Women' Retreat: May 2-4

When:  May 2-4, 2014
Where: RockRidge Canyon Resort
             (near Princeton, BC)
Cost:   $155/person

Our 9th annual women's retreat is taking place on May 2-4, 2014, at RockRidge Canyon, near Princeton, BC. Registration is now open! Come enjoy a weekend away to meet with God, learn more about yourself, find rest, and meet new friends. The focus of the retreat deals with treasures of the heart: how to share our gifts, our talents, and our resources with those around us.

We are pleased to have Shelly VanBinsbergen as our speaker. Originally from BC, Shelly has always worked in youth ministries alongside her husband. Currently, Shelly works for a non-denominational church plant in Saskatoon and has a passion to "bridge people into ministry." Shelly also is devoted to a small community in Zambia, called Mulenga, which she has advocated for over the past 6 years. You will enjoy Shelly's easy going, fun, and spontaneous approach to life. Her perspectives are inspiring, and she has a strong passion for challenging people to exude compassion and grace in serving.

The cost of the retreat is $155. This includes meals and accommodations. You can download the brochure and registration form and mail it to Emmanuel Church, or you can register on-line via Paypal below. If you are from Emmanuel, you can also pick up brochures at the info desk and hand in registrations at the main office. Don't forget to also download and fill out your health consent form.

For more information about this retreat, contact Tammy at womensretreat*2014 Women's Retreat.

Registration Forms

2014 Women's Retreat Brochure & Registration Form (1.8MB PDF)
RockRidge Canyon Health Consent Form (0.2MB PDF)

Online Registration

Roommate Request


Sunday Night Prime Time: Mar 2

When:  Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 6 pm
Where: Emmanuel Westbank

Come join us for a night of music and thoughtful discussion. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Arthur Boers from Tyndale Seminary in Ontario. Dr. Boers' topic is titled, “Open the Wells of Grace and Salvation: Living Abundantly in an Age of Distraction.”

Having been a pastor for 16 years, Dr. Boers' interests include how faithful living impacts leadership and how technology is affecting daily life. We’re sure you’ll find his chat informative, thought-provoking, and encouraging.

Arthur Boers is joined by returning music guests, Norm and Ruth Friesen. The Friesens have been involved in music for decades, singing and leading in worship in a variety of contexts. The Friesens are joining us from Bethel Church in Penticton, BC. We’re looking forward to having them again.

There is no cost for the evening and all are welcome to attend. A free-will offering will be taken.


Annual General Business Meeting: Feb 23

When:  Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Where: Emmanuel Westbank Auditorium

Once a year the membership of Emmanuel Church is called together for our official church business meeting. The goal is to deal with the previous twelve months and to cast our vision for the year or years ahead.

Members are strongly encouraged to attend this important AGM. Adherents are also welcome to come.

Annual Business Meeting: 6 pm

For all members and adherents of Emmanuel Church. A full update of our auditorium project will be on the agenda. We will provide updates on the plans, the successful builder, our finances and start date. In addition, we will be electing 3 deacons to our Leadership Team, receive a report on 2013 finances and pastoral reports. It's a night for review and vision casting.

Included in the events will be the receiving of individuals into membership and an offering to launch our building construction. Membership packets are available at the Info Desk and nomination ballots are in this week's bulletin. Come join us for this important meeting. These are exciting days to celebrate together.

Annual Reports


Connecting Points: Jan–May 2014

Life’s a journey. Discipleship is a long walk alongside other towards Jesus. Who are you walking alongside on your journey of faith?

Many of our small groups have started up for this winter/spring session. Check out our Connecting Points Brochure (also available in print at the info desk or in your mail box) for a guide to community life at Emmanuel.

A connecting point is a purposeful space or environment designed to help people belong to each other and become more like Jesus. Be sure to get involved this fall.

Connecting Points Brochure (Jan-May 2014) (12.2MB PDF)


The Marriage Course: Starts Feb 9

When: Sundays at 5 pm (Feb 9 - Mar 23)
Where: Emmanuel Westbank Chapel
Cost: $140 per couple for meals and workbooks

The Marriage Course is for any couple who wants to build a strong and lasting relationship. The course, while based on Christian principles, is very helpful for any couple, with or without a Christian faith or church background.

The course lasts for 7 weeks and begins each Sunday night at 5 pm with a delicious buffet dinner and dessert. The cost is $140, which includes the 7 meals for two and workbooks. Register at the info desk or call the church office. Space is limited, so please register early to ensure a spot.

The Marriage course covers seven areas vital for marriage. Topics include:

  • Building Strong Foundations
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Impact of Family: Past and Present
  • Love in Action
  • The Art of Communication
  • The Power of Forgiveness
  • Good Sex

Each evening begins with a candlelit meal, followed by a talk, then an opportunity to discuss the topic as a couple. Privacy of the couple is always respected. There is no group discussion and no requirement to disclose anything about your relationship to anyone else.

$egister at the info desk, or call Pastor Jeff*jeff*The Marriage Course at 250.768.7638


5th Annual Warriors Faith Night: Feb 1

Come and join other West Kelowna church groups on Saturday, February 1, at Royal LePage Place for the West Kelowna Warriors versus the Vernon Vipers in BCHL Junior Hockey.

The evening features video testimonials by Warriors Team Chaplain, Don Richmond, the players and coaching staff.

Call the church office or visit the info desk to purchase your group tickets.

When: Saturday, February 1 at 7 pm
Where: Royal LePage Place
2760 Cameron Road, West Kelowna
Cost: Group tickets are $8 each – contact the info desk or church office



Spiritual Formation Retreat: Feb 28 - Mar 2

When:  February 28 - Mar 2, 2014
Where: RockRidge Canyon Resort
             (near Princeton, BC)
Cost:   $150-$180/person ($25 deposit)

We all need to take time for spiritual rest and focus. Let’s be honest: Most of us are struggling with a hectic schedule. We are constantly facing an ever pervasive use of technology that is mixing with our societal drive to succeed at all costs. And it’s making us sick. The pressure affects our relationships and our physical and spiritual health. It also creates in us a longing for something more, a desire for something of meaning with which we can engage.

The purpose of this retreat is to provide a space where you can recapture your Christian priorities. You will be introduced to spiritual disciplines and given the opportunity to practice them. You will also be given practical tools for developing a way to focus your life on priorities that are most meaningful to you. And it is our prayer you’ll be able to “redeem your days” through removing yourself from the pressures of everyday life and engaging in a weekend of rest and spiritual rejuvenation.

Our Keynote speaker is Dr. Arthur Boers. Arthur is associate professor and R.J. Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership at Tyndale Seminary. He served as a pastor for sixteen years and is the award-winning author of six books, including Living Into Focus, The Way is Made by Walking and The Rhythm of God’s Grace. His current interests include how faithful living impacts leadership and how technology is affecting the daily life. His hobbies include walking, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. Arthur is a Canadian, the oldest son of Dutch immigrants. He has been married to Lorna McDougall since 1980. Their two children, Erin and Paul, both live in the USA. To learn more about Arthur, visit his website at

To register, download the registration form. A non-refundable $25 deposit is needed to reserve your spot and full registration is due by February 11, 2014.

for more information, please contact Pastor Jeff*jeff*Spiritual Formation Retreat.

2014 Spiritual Formation Retreat Brochure (1.3 MB)
2014 Spiritual Formation Retreat Registration Form (0.4 MB)


Weeks of Prayer: Jan 5 - 17

When:  January 5 - 17, 2014
Where: Emmanuel Westbank Campus

Every year at Emmanuel Church we dedicate a week to prayer at the beginning of the year to start things off on the right foot. This year, we are dedicating two weeks to prayer from January 5 through 17.

There are three ways that you can participate in the Weeks of Prayer:

  • Pray Each Day – Take time to pray each day on your own.
  • Attend Prayer Services – Emmanuel is hosting evening prayer services on Sunday, January 5 at 6 pm, Wednesday, January 8 at 7 pm and Sunday, January 12 at 6 pm. Join us.
  • Complete Prayer Stations – Sign up to spend an hour with God at our prayer stations. Times are available from 6 am to 10 pm each day from January 5 to 17. A favourite of many people, this is a great way to start the year. Sign up in the foyer to save yourself a slot.

Million Dollar March Successful

On December 22 Emmanuel celebrated exceeding the million dollar mark in our campaign to raise funds for our new auditorium. Pastor Derrick presented treasurer Jason Roffey with a symbolic cheque for $1 million.

The funds raised to reach this goal break down as follows:

  • Pledges made: $509,315
  • Cash donations received: $502,475
  • Total Raised: $1,011,790

We are excited and grateful to have achieved this milestone. Thanks to everyone who participated so far. If you are interested in contributing to this expansion of God's Kingdom, please call the church office. In 2014, the goal is to turn the pledges into cash donations.


Christmas Eve Services: 5 pm and 6:30 pm

When:  Tuesday, December 24, 2013
            at 5 pm and 6:30 pm

Where: Emmanuel Westbank Auditorium

You are invited to join us in worshipping the Savior 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, reflections, drama, and Scripture readings.