Dear friends,
Thank you for making it possible for our family to have a restful weekend last weekend at the MCBC Pastor Family retreat. Our time was full of refreshment, encouragement, reconnections with other MCBC leaders we haven't seen face to face for 2 years and dreams about the future of God's kingdom in MCBC.

On Sunday afternoon we took our kids down the East Harrison forestry road to do some hiking. Once we got moving they forgot about the rain and just wanted to run and jump and play on the beaches of Harrison Lake. It's so refreshing to see our kids have so much fun outside. I think it's a reflection of how God must experience watching us enjoy the wonder of creation.

Prayer Update

  • Dave Pankratz continues to be in the hospital after he had a stroke more than a week ago. He caught COVID-19 while in the Chilliwack hospital and is now in quarantine in the hospital until Nov. 18. Let's pray for continuing endurance for Elaine, Yvonne, Diane, Tammy and their families as they continue to support Dave in his stroke recovery, while he's isolated much of the time and in quarantine. Dave is fully vaccinated so we don't expect his COVID-19 symptoms to complicate his stroke recovery.
  • Yesterday, Walter Wiens went into the Chilliwack hospital with what the doctors are describing as Transient Global Amnesia. While he was at work he became confused and he seems to have a few days of short-term memories missing from his memory bank. Please pray for his recovery and keep Walter and Yvonne and their family in mind while they navigate upcoming tests to rule out other medical concerns.
If you have prayer or praise news that you'd like to share with the congregation please email them to and I'll be sure to add them to prayer updates and our weekly bulletin.

Remembrance Day reflections 

Ptr. Tim Kuepfer - Chinatown Peace Church

Thursday is Remembrance Day--a Canadian holiday that Jesus-followers encounter with some ambivalence:
  • We do not want to dishonour the selfless sacrifice of the young men and women who have laid down their own lives for their country, sacrificing themselves for a cause bigger than themselves.  
  • Yet we are devotees of the Man who said, "Love your enemies, do good to those who mistreat you, and pray for those who persecute you."  How can Jesus-followers celebrate or even honour any kind of patriotism, nationalism, or the accomplishments of war and its heroes?    
  • On the other hand, in our present narcissistic culture--with its focus on security, safety, self-fulfilment and self-actualization--surely we can applaud the discipline and bravery of the military.
  • We also seek to weep with those who weep. We do not want to diminish the sorrow of those who have lost loved ones in war. We do not want to tarnish their memory in any way. 
  • At the same time, the original "Armistice Day" (November 11, 1918) happened more than 103 years ago. The last major war for Canada, WW2, is now more than 75 years behind us. The grief and loss of war has faded from most Canadians' memories.
  • On the other hand, for many recent Canadians war is not a distant memory.  Many from Chinatown Peace Church were themselves once refugees fleeing the Vietnam War.  And a growing number of our neighbours are Syrian refugees who escaped a brutal war. Surely this Thursday we want to remember all who have been affected by war. 
  • I had intended to invite you to wear the MCC "peace" button alongside your poppy or even as an alternative to it. But we were not with you this past Sunday.
  • In whatever way you choose to remember this coming Thursday, may you first and foremost fix your memories upon our Lord Jesus who faced violence and death by pleading forgiveness for his killers.  Remember how, in the final book of the Bible, Jesus wants to be known as the Lamb who was slain. This is the way of Jesus.  If we would be his followers we cannot demand another way. 
As we approach this Remembrance Day 2021, let me leave you with one of my favourite quotes on this subject from one of the great saints of the 20th century:

If you've made it this far I'm going to add one last thing, a link to a Remembrance Day reflection by Siegfried Bartel, former MCC BC Chairperson for 15 years, former German Soldier, international peacebuilder and Christina's Opa. If you only watch or share one Remembrance Day reflection with your friends and family I encourage you to share this one. It points to Christ, honours the horror of war and the need for a commitment to peacemaking, not preparation for more war.

In Christ's life-giving love, dear friends...
Pastor Darnell Barkman
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