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  • HWY 33 (RUTLAND)
    Address

    439 Hwy 33
    Kelowna, BC, V1X1Y2

    Our in-person church services happen on Sundays at 10:30 am and 5 pm (Pursuit). We also meet at Church Online on Sundays at 10:30 am.

    Service Times

    Sunday 10:30am
    Sunday 5:00pm

  • DOWNTOWN (previously SOUTH)
    Address

    1305 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC V1Y 3E7

    Our in-person church services happen on Sundays at 10am.

    Service Times

    Sunday 10 am
    Online 11 am

  • CREEKSIDE (LAKE COUNTRY)
    Address

    11370 Bottom Wood Lake Rd
    Lake Country, BC, V4V1V4

    Our Creekside community meets on Sundays at 10 am. We share space with the Winfield SDA Church in Lake Country.

    Service Time

    Sunday 10:00am

  • Online Church
    CHURCH ONLINE
    Live every Sunday from our

    Hwy 33 & Downtown locations

    On-demand on YouTube for our

    Creekside, Hwy 33 & Downtown locations

    Live Service Times

    10:30am (Hwy 33)
    11:00am (Downtown)

  • Pursuit
    Address

    439 Hwy 33
    Kelowna, BC, V1X1Y2

    Pursuit is our evening service that is known to be a more intimate gathering, spending prolonged times in worship and the Lord’s presence. While we see all ages calling Pursuit their home, many young  adults gather to worship together here.

    Service Time

    Sunday 5:00pm

The Trek

March 13, 2023

Summer is the time for camping and adventures. Over the years, I have embarked on numerous hiking adventures.

From the West Coast Trail three years ago, then last year the High Rim Trail. This summer, I decided to walk the 42km circuit of the Okanagan Mountain Park. 

These epic trails never fail to teach me lessons. 

The plan was to walk up to Divide Lake, down to Goodes Creek and across to Wild Horse Canyon, completing the circuit in a day. 

Rucksack firmly fitted, walking poles in hand and my cheese and pickle sandwiches packed, and off I went. 

20km in, I twisted my knee, which certainly slowed my pace. I’m limping along the path when suddenly, a fully grown female moose appeared over the hill and galloped towards me. I stood, stunned, as she gathered speed,  closely followed by her two calves. 

I had heard of moose attacks. This wasn’t looking good. 

Visions of being trampled flashed briefly, as I wondered what I’d done to deserve this. 

I’m merely walking up the path. 

What felt like a few feet away, the moose turned and ran down the slope, followed by her calves. Adrenaline took over my pain, and I ran. 

Two minutes later, my wondering became clear. I ran into a group of seven hikers, with European accents, and bear bells ringing.  It looked like a scene from the sound of music, combined with the ringing of Santa’s sleigh. 

Unbeknownst to me, they had sent the startled moose hurtling my way. 

The picture was clear; the moose wasn’t attacking; it was fleeing the noise of the small band of joyous travellers. 

I had misjudged the moose and her two children. I now understood the full picture and gained a different perspective. 

It reminded me yet again that one must not judge. I have found it is good to understand every situation. 

Learning to understand and not to judge has saved me from much pain. It also has forced me to face my issues and prejudices. 

Judgment focuses on the other person… or moose. When we judge, we are no longer motivated by the wisdom of God’s word, or the voice or the love of God in our hearts. 

Instead, it is to easy to jump to conclusions and feel outraged rather than step back and look for the true picture and the right perspective. 

Next time that something unexpected happens to you, that creates pain, shock and judgement. Remember what Jesus said, “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang.” (Luke 6:37 MSG).

Enjoy your trek, and it’s wild surprises.