Saskatoon Congregation Hosts Outreach, Luau Games Night

CANADA—The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, congregation hosted a Hawaiian-themed outreach on Dec. 10, 2016, to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the Philadelphia Church of God on December 7. Brethren from congregations in Edmonton, Alberta, and Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, attended. It was the first Western Canada outreach since July. Members said that the activity boosted their joy.

After Sabbath services, most members stayed at the hall for games and a potluck. They wore colorful, flowery leis and played some of their favorite board games, including chess and Bunco. Nicholas Barlotta, visiting from Edmonton, even created his own game.

“My favorite part of games night was when playing a simple game of Pictionary somehow blew up into a game of charades, involving almost everyone,” he said.

For just over an hour, the young and the young-at-heart silently play-acted routines for the others to guess. Members roared with laughter at the depictions. Meanwhile, children honed their skills in “coconut bowling” and further tested their creativity by making blanket forts.

“The fellowship, fun and laughter really created a sense of unity and togetherness,” Edmonton member Allison Price said. “Everyone was warm and welcoming, and I knew I was among family.”

Western Canadian members will continue their fledgling outreach tradition in February and again in March.