6th Annual Warriors Faith Night: Feb 20

Come and join other West Kelowna church groups on Friday, February 20, at Royal LePage Place for the West Kelowna Warriors versus the Chilliwack Chiefs in BCHL Junior Hockey.

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

Come support your local team and also your local chaplaincy (our missions partners). Watch our pastors play a game of boot hockey with the other pastors of the Westside.

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

When: Friday, February 20 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



Depression Support Group: Starts Jan 29

When:  Thursdays at 7 pm (starts Jan 29)
Where: Emmanuel Westbank Youth Room

If you deal with depression, this group is a safe place to talk about it and to hear from others who are also struggling. Sometimes we will look at books or other materials, but that is not the primary purpose of meeting together.

This group starts on Thursday, January 29, and will meet every Thursday at 7 pm in the upstairs youth room at Emmanuel Church. If you have any questions, please call Ken Cooper at 250-300-1310.


Wounded Heart Group: Starts Jan 29

When: Thursdays at 7 pm (starts Jan 29)
Where: Private room at Emmanuel Westbank
Cost: $30 for the workbook

What is the Wounded Heart Group? It is a life group for women who were victims of sexual abuse. While letting go and practicing forgiveness are great ultimate goals for a survivor of abuse, to accomplish this at a heart level, one must first deal with the feelings of anger, grief, guilt, anxiety, shame and the many other painful emotions resulting from the abuse.

The Wounded Heart Group starts Thursday, January 29th from 7 - 9 pm at Emmanuel Church. We will continue to meet on Thursdays a 7 pm for approximately 16 weeks. The group will be kept to a maximum of 6 women, and will take place in a private room to ensure privacy.

There is a one-time fee of $30 for The Wounded Heart book and workbook. If you are interested in registering for this group or have any questions, please contact Katrina Osborne 250-864-3967 or*kyosborne*Wounded Heart Group.


The Marriage Course: Starts Jan 31

When: Saturdays at 6:30 pm (Jan 31 - Mar 14)
Where: Emmanuel Westbank Chapel
Cost: $60 per couple for dessert and workbooks

The Marriage Course was so successful last year, we are running it again this year. It 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 Marriage Course starts on Saturday, January 31, and lasts for 7 weeks. The cost is $60 per couple, which includes a wonderful dessert each night and the workbooks.

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 dessert, 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.

Register at the info desk, or call Dave or Peggy Gowing at 250.718.0089. Space is limited, so please register early to ensure a spot.


Overcomers Outreach Recovery Group: Starts Jan 19

When:  Mondays at 7 pm (starts Jan 19)
Where: Emmanuel Church

This is a Christian-based 12-step program that will help group members deal with three areas of recovery:

  • Addictions from alcohol and drugs
  • Compulsive behaviours such as pornography, overeating, and gambling
  • Healing from past pain and emotions such as anger, resentment, fear, guilt, and shame

This group meets Mondays at 7 pm and it starts on January 19. For more information, please call Doreen Zyderveld Hagel at 778-363-2176.


Week of Prayer: Jan 11 - 17

When:  January 11 - 17, 2015
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, the Week of Prayer is from January 11 through 17.

There are three ways that you can participate in the Week 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 11 at 7 pm and Wednesday, January 14 at 7 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 9 pm each day from January 11 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.

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.