Hamre Farewell: Aug 31

When:  Sunday, August 31 at 10 am & 4 pm
Where: Emmanuel Westbank Campus

On August 31, we are saying farewell to Pastor Derrick and Sara-Lee Hamre, along with their children, Tori, Simone, and Joel. The Hamres have served faithfully at Emmanuel church for over 17 years. They have been called to pastor Christian Life Assembly in Langley, British Columbia.

The day will start with a service at 10 am, which will include testimonies and a commissioning, as well as a love offering for the Hamres. Pastor Derrick will also be the speaker for that service.

Later at 4 pm, there will be a reception at Emmanuel, where we will celebrate the ministry of the Hamres through the years. All are welcome to attend!


Summer BBQs: Thursdays from July 3

When:  Thursdays at 6 pm
           (through July & August)
Where: Gellatly Nut Farm
           (2375 Whitworth Rd,
           West Kelowna, BC)

Come join us as we kick off our barbeque season! Every Thursday throughout the summer we gather to eat together, and meet new people in a casual environment. Bring your own meat to barbecue and a salad or dessert to share. We’ll provide all the rest.

Our first barbeque of the season features a baptismal service as well! If you are interested in being baptized, please contact one of the pastors for more information.

The barbecues start at 6 pm and generally end around 8 pm, although there is no specific time limit. There will be barbeques set up for cooking. Emmanuel also provides the condiments, utensils and juice, and you provide the rest. Join us on Thursday evenings for some summer fun.

For more information, please contact Jeff Bjorgan*jeff*Summer BBQ Question.


Okanagan Family Camp: July 18 - 20

When:  July 18-20, 2014
Where: The Faith Mission Retreat Centre
             (4690 Hoath Rd., Falkland, BC)

Emmanuel Church is supporting Okanagan Family Camp, and we encourage you and your family to attend. Taking place on the grounds of what was formerly Okanagan Pentecostal Camp, this three day retreat is an affordable experience for the family with great speakers and fun activities for kids of all ages.

Early bird registration is due by June 6, 2014. For more information, feel free to download their brochure here.

Okanagan Family Camp Brochure (1.2MB PDF)


African Children's Choir: July 6

When:  Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 10 am
Where: Emmanuel Westbank Campus

We are pleased to be hosting the African Children’s choir on July 6, 2014 during our Sunday morning service. The African Children's Choir is a large choir made up of children ages 7 to 12 from several African nations.

Since its inception, the choir has included children from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana. Many of the children have lost one or both parents to AIDS and other poverty-related diseases, and all of them are victims of extreme poverty. Over the years they have performed for and before the United Nations for its UNAIDS summit, as well as have appeared on numerous television appearances. Come join us for this joyous musical experience!

We are looking for billets to host members of the choir. Please contact the church office*office*African Choir Billeting for more details.


Men's Retreat: Jun 20-22

When:  June 20-22, 2014
Where: RockRidge Canyon Resort
             (near Princeton, BC)
Cost:   $205/person (higher for private rooms)

We have a great opportunity to take part in a men's retreat put on by Young Life at RockRidge Canyon. Take a look at this online overview. We would love to have you come along with us. Emmanuel men would attend the shorter June 20-22 option, and would sleep in the shared dorm rooms (although if you wanted a hotel like room you would be free to do that as well).

Retreats like this are a great way to get to know guys better, build your faith, and be encouraged. It is important to take time out of our busy schedules to recharge the spiritual batteries. Talk to Dave Hanson*dhanson*2014 Men's Retreat or Marc Berthaudin**marc.berthaudin*2014 Men's Retreat for more details.

The cost of the retreat is $205 for 2 nights in a shared dorm room. Private accommodations are also available.

2014 Men's Retreat Website


Graduation Banquet: Jun 1

When:  Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Where: Emmanuel Westbank Campus
Cost:    $15/person

Every year at Emmanuel we celebrate with our grade 12 grads from our church and NGM programs. This year, we invite you to celebrate with our grads. We will have a grad emphasis service on June 1 during the 10 am service.

Furthermore, there is a grad banquet on June 1 with a meal catered by Twisted Tomato. The cost is $15 per person ($3 per child aged 3-12). Doors open at 5 pm. The program and dinner starts at 5:30 pm.

Tickets can be purchased on Sundays until May 25 or the church office from 8:30 am — 4:30 pm during the week.

Lastly, we are having a grad trip to Silverwood on June 13-15. More details to come.

For more information, please contact Pastor Andy*andy*Grad Banquet Question.


Ground Breaking: May 25

When:  Sunday, May 25, 2014 at ~10:30 am
Where: Emmanuel Westbank

Come join Emmanuel as we celebrate the ground breaking of our $2.4 million auditorium. Dignitaries, guests and many who have worked so hard on this project will join together with the congregation to be a part of this inauguration. The ceremony will take place after worship and during intermission on Sunday, May 25 (approximately 10:30 am).

We are excited that God has brought us to this place and in faith believe He will guide us forward.

Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left... [Isaiah 54:2-3]


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