EXCERPTS FROM FRANK WYNGAERT'S DIARY – 1947
APRIL 27 – COMMENCING WITH NEXT SUNDAY, WE ARE HAVING ONLY THE 7:30 PM SERVICE. THIS CHANGE IS TO ELIMINATE HAVING THE CONGREGATION SPLIT UP; WHILE ON THE OTHER HAND, AT THIS TIME OF YEAR SO MANY DESIRE GOING OTHER PLACES AT 2:30 IN THE AFTERNOON.
IT WAS ANNOUNCED IN CHURCH THIS AFTERNOON THAT PROPERTY FOR A CHURCH SITE HAS BEEN LOCATED AND PURCHASED. THIS IS JUST A SHORT DISTANCE DOWN THE ROAD FROM OUR HOUSE AND RIGHT OPPOSITE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.
JUNE 24 - THIS EVENING, JEAN, MOTHER AND I ATTENDED BIBLE STUDY AT THE HOME OF MRS J. HUSBY. WE REALLY ENJOYED OURSELVES.
JUNE 27 – FIVE MEN FROM THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH IN VANCOUVER ARRIVED EARLY THIS MORNING WITH ALL NECESSARY LUMBER FOR THE FOUNDATION OF THE NEW CHURCH SITE BUILDING. BY EVENING THE FOUNDATION WAS ESTABLISHED.
JUNE 28 – BROTHER BARBER, ASSISTED BY A VISITOR FOR THE WEEKEND, AND WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH IN VANCOUVER, MANAGED TO LAY DOWN THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE CHURCH HERE TODAY. AS WELL AS IN THE LIVING QUARTERS.
JUNE 29 – THIS IS A MARVELLOUS DAY. JEAN AND I HAVE BEEN UNUSUALLY BUSY WITH ODDS AND ENDS TODAY, EVEN THOUGH IT IS THE LORD’S DAY. IN THE EVENING, WE ENJOYED A VERY NICE SERVICE. THERE WAS A VERY GOOD ATTENDANCE. BROTHER BARBER, A GRADUATE, CERTAINLY DELIVERED A VERY OUTSTANDING SERMON.
JULY 1 – THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH IN VANCOUVER SENT 23 MEN HERE TO ERECT THE FRAME OF THE NEW CHUCH, PUT ON THE SIDING, FIRST COAT OF PAINT, HUNG DOORS AND WINDOWS, AND SHEETING OVER THE RAFTERS. THIS WAS INDEED A RECORD PERFORMANCE FOR ONE DAY.
PRAYER AND BIBLE STUDY WAS HELD IN BROTHER AND SISTER GOODWIN’S HOME.
JULY 2 – TWO MEN ARRIVED FROM VANCOUVER TODAY TO SHINGLE THE NEW CHURCH. IT WAS COMPLETED ABOUT 3:30 PM, OF COURSE, THERE IS A GREAT DEAL TO DO INSIDE THE CHURCH. ALL LINING IS YET TO GO ON. A SECOND FLOOR, PLUMBING , ETC.
JULY 3 – BROTHER GOODWIN ASSISTED BROTHER BARBER THIS AFTERNOON IN CONSTRUCTING BENCHES FOR OUR NEW CHURCH.
JULY 4 - THIS EVENING, DIRECTLY AFTER SUPPER, I WENT TO THE NEW CHURCH TO ASSIST WITH WORK THERE. THE CHURCH WAS COMPLETELY SWEPT OUT AND BENCHES SET IN POSITION FOR COMMENCEMENT OF VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL FOR YOUNGSTERS ON MONDAY JULY 7TH .
JEAN AND I DROVE TO WILSON CREEK AFTER SUPPER AND ON RETURNING BROUGHT BACK SUNDI STROSHEN. SHE WILL REMAIN WITH US FOR TW0 WEEKS TO ATTEND VACATION BIBLE STUDY CLASSES IN OUR NEW CHURCH.
JULY 6 – WE ENJOYED GREAT FELLOWSHIP AT OUR CHURCH SERVICE THIS EVENING. QUITE A LARGE NUMBER MADE THEIR PRESENCE.
JULY 7 – VERY BRIGHT DAY. AFTER THE USUAL DAY’S WORK I ASSISTED BROTHER BARBER IN CONSTRUCTING AN OUTSIDE TOILET ON THE CHURCH GROUNDS. THERE ARE STILL NUMEROUS TASKS TO PERFORM BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CHURCH.
JULY 8 – TONIGHT THE BIBLE STUDY SERVICE WAS HELD IN OUR HOME. ONLY FIVE OF US WERE IN ATTENDANCE, BUT THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD WAS TRULY IN OUR MIDST.
JULY 12 – THE FIRST SUNDAY SERVICE FOR THE NEW PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE WAS HELD TODAY. THERE WAS AN ATTENDANCE, I BELIEVE OF TWENTY THREE. OUR GUEST SPEAKER WAS REV J.E. BARNES OF ROBERTS CREEK; WHO IS AT PRESENT RESIDING IN THE AREA AS A SEMI RETIRED PREACHER OF THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH.
JULY 14 - THIS EVENING I SPENT A COUPLE HOURS WITH BROTHER BARBER GETTING READY TO PUT THE CEILING ON THE NEW CHURCH
About Frank Wyngaert
Frank and his wife Jean were a couple of the first founding members of Christian Life Assembly (formerly Gibsons Pentecostal Tabernacle).
They were instrumental in the original building project in 1947 and played a major role in our transition to our current location at 730 School Road.
Frank was an active member of the church leadership for many years. He also was a prominent businessman in the community having established the F.J. Wyngaert General Store in 1930.
Jean (pictured from 2007) was appreciated for her excellent homemade apple pies in both the community and at church suppers.