Community Gospel Chapel #
On September 24 & 25 Community Gospel Chapel on Salt Spring Island celebrated its 60th Anniversary. Saturday afternoon provided an opportunity for fellowship and reconnection, and recreation for the children.
On Saturday evening the church family and guests gathered for a potluck meal. After dinner, Gail Neumann, a long-time member of the church, shared an oral history that included pictures of significant moments and memorable occasions in the church’s history. The evening concluded with several former youth pastors, sharing highlights from their season of ministry at the Community Gospel Chapel.
Sunday morning featured a panel of former pastors, who were given an opportunity to speak about highlights from their tenure of ministry.
Pastor Dustin Little grew up attending Community Gospel Chapel, and after 15 years of mission work overseas Dustin and his wife and family have returned to Salt Spring Island. Dustin and Susanna are doing an excellent job of pastoring this vibrant congregation. ACOP President Wes Mills and acting regional director Mark Gordon ordained Dustin as part of the Sunday morning service.
At the conclusion of the service Pastor Little, invited the church members to renew their commitment to serving the Lord and his purposes through the Community Gospel Chapel by signing the following pledge:
“We the undersigned, on this 25th day of September 2022, commit to wholeheartedly and selflessly pursue the steward the vision, plans and purposes of God for the Community Gospel Chapel and the community of Salt Spring Island. We commit to using our time, gifts and talents and resources as the Lord directs and guides us, for as long as He sees fit”
The church altar was filled as church members gathered to sign the pledge. At an open mic that followed, a first-time attendee gave testimony to the fact that she had been involved in the dark side of the spiritual world on Salt Spring Island for many years, but that she was committing herself to become a follower of Jesus and to making the Community Gospel Chapel her church home. This was a powerful and poignant moment for everyone present.
The service culminated with many of the former pastors, and visiting ministers, speaking words of blessing and encouragement over the congregation.
The future is bright for the Community Gospel Chapel!
Prayer Update for Jonie Dyck #
Jonie was in the ICU and placed in an induced coma with life support for 7 days. She is now off the ventilator and no longer in the coma.
She still has a long road of recovery ahead, but we are so grateful she is alive.
We are also so very grateful for all the kind words, messages, and calls we have received. Please continue to pray for Jonie’s full recovery. Great grace to you all!