A Monthly Publication of the Lighthouse Baptist Church
Volume 2004 Issue 2
From The Pastor’s Pen Pastor Robert Lindsay Gatto
Welcome to our July issue of the Beacon. This is quite smaller than our previous version of a few years ago, but much larger than the original Beacon 15 years ago. I am sure as we get more help that it will grow back to its full size with all its features and more. Its purpose is to keep us all informed about some of the "happenings" in and around the church. Often at church we are busy teaching or serving in some way and we don't get the chance to share with each other what's been going on. This way, we can literally "all be on the same page"! If there is any information you would like to share in the Beacon please forward your story to the editor, David Kapauan. The information should be e-mailed to him at email@example.com no later than the 2nd last Sunday of any month. If you have ideas for it by all means pass it on to us or if you would be willing to help the Beacon in some way please let us know. For those who are wondering, David will be putting out a Financial Statement this month. It will be available at the ushers table or from David or Jonathan as soon as it is prepared and printed. Thank you for your continued support for this work. Remember, where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Please pray for the Strawberry Festival Outreach on July 4, and the Freedom Village Teen Outreach on Sunday July 18th at Latcham Hall.
Bridal Shower for Connie Santiago On Saturday, June 5th, the ladies of Lighthouse threw a bridal shower for our lovely bride-to-be, Connie Santiago. The party was held at the Gatto’s home in Pickering. It was a beautiful, sunny day—perfect weather to enjoy fun and fellowship together outside in the backyard, and to celebrate with Connie. She received lots of lovely gifts and our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for God’s richest blessing on her marriage to Spence Ziegler. Father’s Day The atmosphere was just a little more casual around the Lighthouse Baptist Church on Father’s Day! Since we were having a barbeque at the park immediately after the morning service, we had a “dress-down” day. This was the first time ever that Pastor Gatto preached in his pulpit in blue jeans! Lively special music was provided by our kid’s ensemble consisting of Kristianne, Candice, Aaron, Joanna and Adam Wheaton and Victoria and Jenna Gatto. We also enjoyed a sweet performance by four year old Keona Polhamus who sang about her daddy. Mary Borisenko sang a beautiful rendition of “My Father’s Eyes”. Then we had a couple of very special presentations! First was the “Humpty Dumpty Potato Chip Father of the Year award” which went to the one and only Chester Field (aka Rob Vivian). If you weren’t there to see it, you missed a very funny skit, where Chester’s microphone had a very strange echo problem (aka Jordan Gatto)! All of this was just to help us keep our hearts merry! The second presentation was a very real one. Bro. Bill Wright is known and loved as a wonderful father figure to all of us. Pastor Gatto invited Bro. Bill up to the platform to receive a special gift as a token of our appreciation to him for being a great example to us. He was presented with an ammolite stone ring, which was a perfect fit even though no one had measured his size! Bill’s lovely wife Dorothy was given a bouquet of roses, calla lilies, sweet peas and babies breath. Bill and Dorothy, we love and appreciate you both and thank God for you! Right after the service everyone headed over to the park, where a barbeque team had a delicious lunch set up. Firing up the “que” and serving up the salads were A note to all students and parents we will hold our Sunday School Graduations at the beginning of September. If you are not sure if you are changing classes - ask your teacher! We will confirm the exact date in the next issue of the Beacon!
David and Marie Belle Kapauan, Nik Kapauan, and Josh Gatto. The food was great (nothing got burned!) and we all ate till we were way too full! After the meal, it was time for a few games, which Joan Gatto had organized. Our dads were named captains of their family teams and led them to victory or defeat in the horseshoe pitch, water balloon shot put, paper plate discus throw, hat wars, and last and probably least, the bubble blowing contest! Everyone had fun, especially throwing the left-over water bombs around! The winner of the “Living Legend” purple ribbon was captain Rob Vivian and his family—wife Coleen, son Josh and daughter Corissa. Raymond, Jhoy, Jakob Aquino and their team mate Olga Tseleva earned second place. Later everyone gathered in the pavilion, where Bro. Reg Wheaton brought a great message on remembering and honouring your father while you can. Those who still weren’t ready to go home took advantage of the park’s tennis courts and baseball diamond. That Carson and Adam sure can whack a baseball! The scorekeepers quickly lost track of all their homeruns ☺ All in all we had a great day in honour of all our terrific dads! Wedding Bells On June 16th, family and friends gathered to see Connie Santiago and Spence Ziegler married in a lovely ceremony at Lighthouse Baptist Church! Connie was a beautiful and radiantly happy bride, as she walked down the aisle on the arm of Bro. Wray Stone, who gave her away at the altar. Connie’s four beautiful bridesmaids (Emy, Helen, Joy & Lisa) wore long, sleeveless lavender dresses with a sheer cape overtop. There were two sweet junior bridesmaids (Rachel and Naomi), and three adorable flower girls
(Hannah, Samantha and Jennifer), all dressed in white or lavender. The ring bearer (Nathaniel), Bible bearer (Uriel) and Marco were perfect, pint-sized little gentlemen! Spence’s best man, Mark, travelled from the Chicago area to be a part of their special day, and groomsmen Sulman, Ernie and Marlin were friends from Connie’s workplace. Spence was a calm, cool and collected and sharp looking groom, dressed in white. Bro. Gatto officiated the ceremony, and sang “Household of Faith”, as he has done for so many other happy couples on their wedding day. Vows and rings were exchanged by Connie and Spence, and while they and their witnesses signed the marriage register, Helen Estelloso sang “If That Isn’t Love”. After picture taking at the church, guests travelled to the China Buffet King restaurant in Richmond Hill for the reception. Bro. David Kapauan was the gracious master of ceremonies, who had some words of advice for Bro. Spence that he has learned in 20 years of marriage to his lovely wife, Marie Belle, including the fact that a man should never tell his wife that she already has enough shoes or clothes! All the ladies would say a hearty amen to that one for sure! The couple’s mutual friend, Helen, explained how the Lord had led them to each other. It was a very happy occasion, and we certainly wish Spence and Connie all the very best and God’s blessings in their new life together. Congratulations are in order!! O Canada! When you see Bro. Paul Wilson, be sure to congratulate him on his recent Canadian citizenship. On June 9th, Bro. Paul was sworn in as a citizen of our great country in a ceremony in Scarborough. Way to go, eh!
Also, make sure you offer the same congratulations to Raymond & Jhoy Aquino, who both became Canadian citizens on June 15th at Town Centre Court in Scarborough. We’re proud of all of you and honoured to have you as fellow Canadians! Cool School Graduations “Congratulations” to the following Class of 94 grads: Cheryl Borisenko (grade 8) Marla Borisenko (grade 12) Josh Vivian (grade 12) Krisitianne Wheaton (grade 8) Best wishes to all of you as you continue with your education or in the workplace in the fall! Designated Drivers: If you happen to see Lauralee or Marla driving by or walking around with keys in hand, give them a thumbs-up— both passed their G2 drivers test (on the first try). Good job girls and happy motoring!
Father’s Day Celebration was a barbecue at the park, fun games, and outdoor preaching by Pastor and Bro. Reg.
Burgers, hotdogs, picnic tables, and wonderful weather, what more could we ask for? Thank you dear Jesus!
Horseshoe Toss, Paper Plate Frisbee, Water Balloon Shotput, and Sword Hat Knockdown?? You had to be there!!
The following very Special People are celebrating Birthdays soon! July 1 Sarah Wilson July 4 Charity, Eve & Prayer Polhamus (2) July 8 Olga Tseleva July 10 Amanda Borisenko July 21 Ronald Guinto July 22 Joy Aquino July 29 Keona Polhamus (4) Aug. 2 Sharmaine Feliciano (4) Our apologies for missing two birthdays last month! Both people celebrated their birthdays on June 30 Linda Casbon and Pedison Delara
The Beacon THE BEACON
A Ministry of The Lighthouse Baptist Church 6273 Main Street Stouffville, ON L4A 1G5 905-640-2911 ANNOUNCEMENTS / UPCOMING EVENTS CANADA DAY/ STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL The Annual Stouffville Strawberry Festival kicks off Thursday, July 1st with the opening ceremonies and fireworks! Join us for church that evening and then share the fun of the fireworks with your family and neighbours. The highlight of the Festival will be on Saturday, July 3rd, when Main Street will be closed down and we will see thousands of visitors pass right in front of our doors. Please plan to join us that day, to help with meeting and greeting people and to enjoy the events of the Festival with your family. FREEDOM VILLAGE Mark your calendars for July 17 -18. We are thrilled to have the Freedom Village young people visiting with us for the Saturday and Sunday! We plan an outreach to the local teens and their families, as well as teens who may be living in group homes or other facilities. Please pray for this event, as we will need workers and financial support! MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW!
Pastor Robert L. Gatto Editor-in-Chief David Kapauan Layout Editor
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What famous person shares your Birthday? July 1 – Canada (1867) July 4 – United States of America (1776) July 10 – John Calvin (1509) July 21 – Ernest Hemingway (1899) and Robin Williams (1952) July 22 – Alex Trebek
Our Schedule of Services
SUNDAY SERVICES Sunday School for all ages 10:00 am Morning Service 11:00 am Afternoon Service 2:00 pm we have fully staffed nurseries at all services THURSDAY SERVICE Bible Study and Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm
OUR PRAYER PLACE Please submit your prayer requests and allow your church family to help you pray for a need, a person or even a silent request! Wayne Wright and the whole Wright family. Wayne continues to battle his illness. Please pray for Wayne, his wife Shirley, their children and for Bill and Dorothy. Grace Basra is doing very well and is very grateful for the support that has been shown her over the past months of her sickness. Please continue to pray that she has a full recovery and can return to work soon. Garrett Walsh and the Walsh family, please continue to pray for Garrett’s health, as well as his strength and wisdom, and for his faith to remain strong through this difficult time For our dear sister Lorraine Khan, whom we have missed greatly and we pray that she is able to return to church soon For all of our church members and families who will be travelling on vacations over the summer months, for their safety while travelling and for their safe return home
Importunity Lest I forget how to yearn in prayer Lest I not learn how to die to self Lest I do all in my own supposed strength Lord, make me cry for your answers! Lest I make supplications without feeling Lest I not fall on my knees in yearning Lest I gain not your Holy Spirit's power Lord, make me beg for your answers! Lest I rest complacently in my salvation Lest I not confess all hindering sin Lest I hasten through my time spent with you Lord, make me plead for your answers! Mrs. Georgia Wood
Pastor Robert Lindsay Gatto is the founding pastor of The Lighthouse Baptist Church and has been pastor since its beginning in 1986. The move to Stouffville happened in September 2003, affectionately known as the “Miracle on Main Street.” He and his wife Joan have been married since 1983 and have five children, three girls and two boys.