Welcome to Church on the Hill, Glenavon, Sask, Canada

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Visit with Wendy

On Sunday, March 11, we were blessed to have Montreal native, Wendy Farha, as our guest speaker during Morning Worship, as well as presenter of a comedic session of laughter, song and testimony in the afternoon. The doors were open and anyone in the community who wished to attend joined us.

Wendy is a woman of many talents and faces. Her timing is impeccable. We laughed at classic jokes spoken with a deadpan expression, and jokes of life's circumstances that seemed so real, yet we were never quite sure if they were fact or fiction until she told us.

Some of the Many Faces of Wendy Farha, March 2018. Church on the hill, Glenavon, SK

And we cried as she gave her testimony and spoke of her courageous journey through clinical depression and breast cancer. It's hard to explain how we can laugh at such circumstances, but if you saw Wendy in action, you'd understand.

Wendy writes her songs with a heart of compassion that we see in the artistic touch of her guitar picking and hear in her strong, clear voice. Songs that caress the soul, leaving you with an assurance that all is in God's plan.

Wendy Farha, March 2018. Church on the Hill, Glenavon, SK

I'm not sure if this happens in every venue or if Wendy recognized our guys for the good sports that they were, but even the guys got into the act of giving the gift of laughter.

Wendy will be touring here in the West for the next couple of months, so if  you want to be blessed by her comedy, testimony, and songs, you can reach her online at the following:

Website - www.wendy.ca

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wendy.farha

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Watoto Children's Choir at Glenavon Hall

Do you sing and dance when you feel joy?

As webmistress for our church, I update the website and social media pages, and place Facebook ads when necessary. That means researching images and videos when we're hosting special guests such as the Watoto Children's Choir out of Uganda, East Africa, who will be appearing at the Glenavon Hall this Friday, March 18th.

As I watched their video I was drawn to the abandonment with which they sing and dance. This is not your normal children's choir...

They reminded me of King David in 2 Samuel 6 when he is bringing the Ark of the Covenant to Jersulam and we read in verses 14 & 15: "Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets."

Did you see that...dancing with all his might. With his arms waving and knees raised high? Yes, I can picture it, because that's the way the Watoto kids do it . . . Spirit-filled and dancing with joy.

But it wasn't always like this for the Watoto kids. On their website, I read, "Imagine a new Africa. Reborn, revived, rebuilt. The all-new production, Oh What Love, by the Watoto Children’s Choir, presents the vitality of the new Africa. Its vibrance, urban sound and colour takes you on an emotional journey from utter despair to joyous celebration, as the children share their stories."

From utter despair to joyous celebration... The fact that these children are part of the Watoto holistic organization means that before they were rescued they were part of the 4,000 children who were orphans, former child soldiers, or born to rebel leaders during the civil war. Today, Watoto has over 3000 of these children in their care. But Watoto isn't just the children. It restores dignity to women in "vulnerable" situations, empowering them with literacy, business and practical skills which ensure their own children have a better future.

When was the last time you sang or danced with joy? Join us at the Glenavon Hall on March 18th and see for yourself.

No cost, but free will offering will be taken for this wishing to offer support.