03/05/2017
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Majowka!

Poland is a country of very rich traditions.  And one of our favorite traditions in Poland is their ability to have holidays! All kidding aside, May 1 and 3 are very important dates in Poland. May 1, Poland celebrates Labour Day.  It is a Bank Holiday, and, therefore, many Polish businesses are closed for that day […]
31/01/2017
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It’s always interesting when alcohol is brought to church…

I am sure if you already read the title, you have formed an opinion — perhaps a judgment.  Perhaps only a curiosity.  In any case, it brought you here. To this article.  You want to know more. Is the alcohol for Communion?  The time we come before the Lord in great remembrance and thankfulness for what he has done […]
17/05/2016
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Church planting is hard work

Richard and I came to Poland in 2001. There was nothing easy about living in Poland at that time. Except the public transportation. That was brilliant and still is. We love it. But, at that time, Poland was a very different Poland. If anyone recalls that era, they will most likely agree. It doesn’t mean bad. […]
14/03/2016
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I got 99 problems, but my faith ain’t one

  Sure, you may know 100% that you’re a Christian and that you love God, but it doesn’t always make being a Christian easier. Surely it comes with its own challenges, hence the phrase above. And, in the world we live in today, it may seem harder and harder to live a positive, Christian life, so, […]
19/02/2016
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Silver and Gold…I have none.

(Photo Source Unknown) We just finished teaching at PIC about Peter and John in Acts 3-4 when they healed the crippled man. “Silver and Gold we do not have but what we do have…in the name of Jesus get up and walk.” It was a good reminder to me to think about what we might try […]
14/02/2016
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VALENTINE’S DAY MESSAGE

How appropriate! A valentine’s message from the Valentines: Valentine’s Day has always been one of my wife’s favorite holidays, so imagine her delight when we got married and she got to become a Valentine, for always! As a married couple, having the last name Valentine, we often hear comments that “we must love Valentine’s day!” It’s […]
03/02/2016
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IN HIS GRIP…IN MANDARIN AND ENGLISH

Cannan Wu attended PIC for years.  What you probably don’t know about him (Cannan) is that he and Pastor Richard would begin feasting with a group of people—and, hours later, there were only 2 men standing—Pastor Rich and Cannan.  Both still feasting. And even though Pastor Rich put up a good fight, Cannan always won.  He […]
30/01/2016
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KNEE SURGERY AND A WEDDING. THE LIFE OF AN INTERNATIONAL CHURCH AND ITS PASTOR

When you’ve been the pastor of an International Church as long as Pastor Rich has, you see people enter church as energetic and fresh-faced new university students—ready to take on the world… And you watch them grow, mature, succeed, graduate…and move on. Then, on those rare occasions—because an international church is made of migrating individuals—you get […]
27/11/2015
Monika and Niko at Poznan International Church

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT LIVING LIFE! MONIKA BACIK

Written/Interview by Renee Bauwens; Interview:  Monika Bacik 1.  Who are you (tell me a little about yourself) and where are you from? The first thing I want people to know about me is that I (Monika) am a Christian.  Secondly, I am a mother.  I am a person constantly searching for God daily with my ups […]
16/11/2015
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PIC TO KIC…PRETTY AWESOME GOD.

One Sunday, a long time ago, there was a man that came to Poznan International Church simply to learn English.  It wasn’t a problem.  At the time, he was a practicing Buddhist. No matter what he practiced, he loved church.  He came weekly—and even began going to the train station with Pastor Rich and his wife […]
12/11/2015
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GET TO KNOW THE PEOPLE AT PIC…

The Volunteer Spotlights are new to PIC as we share and encourage people at PIC and around the world to serve God with all of your heart and passions.  And, as we get better at sharing the testimonies and stories of these beautiful and amazing volunteers, we also get better at sharing a little bit more […]
10/11/2015
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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: SOWMYA FROM INDIA INVITES YOU TO THE #100PACKAGE CHALLENGE FOR IVORY COAST!

  What is it that you love to do?  Sowmya Thottambeti asks as she shares her passion for children and helping others! PIC, also known as Poznan International Church,  is currently going through a sermon series at church right now called L.I.F.E.  Living Intentionally for Eternity.  Each week we have been sharing a volunteer spotlight on someone from […]
10/07/2015
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DON’T GO TO CHURCH—BE THE CHURCH! SERVE SUNDAY!

In life it doesn’t matter how much or how little you have—you always have something to give!  Yourself.  Your heart.  Your all. At our ladies Bible study, one woman was sharing her story.  It went something like this— She was working in a war-torn country when a young child approached her to sell her something.  This […]
05/07/2015
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FATHER’S DAY AT PIC!

Father’s Day is celebrated on different dates around the world.  Take for example the United States.  Father’s Day was celebrated on June 21st this year (2015).  In Poland, however, it is the 23rd every year.  So, at PIC, being an international church, we celebrated PIC father’s on June 28th. It was a great day—and we are […]
28/06/2015
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PIC MEN’S RETREAT

Kayaking, Camping, Fires, Grilling, the Warta River, and so much more…Have fun and be encouraged watching some PIC men as they traveled the Warta River by kayak.  Enjoy the fellowship of men in nature===and the camaraderie of being men led by God. As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.  Proverbs 27:17
25/06/2015
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WE HAVE A YOUTUBE CHANNEL!

Okay, seriously.  Sometimes it’s the little things that are just SO exciting! Thanks to Steven from PIC Media’s Team, we have a YouTube channel.  As you can imagine, we have very few videos to represent!  But, hey!  You have to start somewhere. Have a click and a view and enjoy as we begin to add more […]
14/06/2015
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THE GREAT DEPARTURE OF DR. ROY…

There are so many GREATS that come and go at Poznan International Church.  It is a great honor to meet and greet and love and know these individuals— But it is also a sad time when their time here in Poznan comes to an end and they depart for other adventures around the world. Dr. Esther […]
08/06/2015
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A DINOSAUR COMES TO LIFE AT PIC (AND SCARES THE CHILDREN)!

Okay.  Okay.  In all seriousness, we had a dinosaur at church, but the pastor really did not lose his head! I do believe, however, the worship team had as much fun as the kids! But, in all reality, the children at PIC finished a month-long series on dinosaurs and the different characteristics they displayed that were […]
07/06/2015
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YOU KNOW…SOMETIMES WE TRULY BELIEVE WE NEED A LITTLE SELF PUNISHMENT!

Okay.  To be honest, this YouTube clip is just for fun starring two of our adorable guys at PIC— But if we take the title for a moment and think about it—is this how some of us live?  In a state of Self Punishment?  Where we believe that we will never be good enough?  Where we […]
02/06/2015
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PIC GRADUATES!

Every year at PIC, we are honored to celebrate amazing graduates!  This year we were able to honor 4: Esther Roy (from India), M.D. Josh Kiyose (from Japan), M.D. Ken Kiyose (from Japan), M.D. Karoline Nilsen (from Norway), M.D. They worked hard for years, and still came and served at PIC regularly. Esther, Josh, and Ken […]
29/05/2015
pastor Richard graduates at Poznan International Church

MEET THE PASTOR OF POZNAN INTERNATIONAL CHURCH

Well, okay.  So this is just for fun, but it clearly goes to show that, at PIC, we are a multi-faceted church:  Crazy, Fun, Spontaneous, Family-oriented, and Greatly in Love with God (and apparently Norwegian songs). Enjoy!  
24/05/2015
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TODAY WE GOT TO CELEBRATE MOTHERS!

Roses are red, Violets are blue. Rainbows are cool, And so are you. Enough with the jokes Let’s talk about you You are our mom, And we Love you We might be a pain, But you will earn a gain, Because children come from the lord, And they are a reward As Proverbs 31 says Moms […]
20/05/2015
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WE MAY NOT BE FROM THE SAME COUNTRY—BUT WE LOVE THE SAME GOD!

But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life. 1 Corinthians 8:6  Poland Poland and Bahamas Nigeria France and Belgium Russia, India, Poland x 3, […]
14/05/2015
prethi and Josephine at Poznan International Church

CHAI TEA BIBLE STUDY

When I think of ladies bible study at Prethi’s house, the aromatic smell of chai tea wafts into my mind.  Soon I begin to imagine the deep flavor of the tea, amid other Indian delicacies prepared by Prethi and her hospitable spirit.  But truth be told, the food is simply a bonus, albeit a very delightful […]
01/05/2015
Monika and Niko at Poznan International Church

PIC SMILES!

As the celebration of Mother’s Day approaches, PIC does something spectacular as a church and for all of our mothers! We spend a Sunday afternoon sitting, standing, smiling! The cameras come out and people put forth their best and brightest faces. We see joy in their smiles and light in their eyes. It is one of […]
17/04/2015
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EASTER DRAMA AT PIC

Poznan has so many beautiful love stories. Take the story of the photographer for our Easter drama, Steven and his wife Renee. They came from worlds apart, and yet captured their love in Poznan.  He is from Belgium.  She Canada.  Together they work in Poznan, and we, PIC, are blessed with their presence. On top of […]
16/04/2015
Karolina and David from Poznan International Church

DAVID, KAROLINA, AND NOEMI WANG NEED YOUR HELP!

***Update as of May 2015*** It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of David—the great man of God that defeated death by living with God eternally, but passed away here on earth from liver cancer just a few days ago.  Our hearts are broken for his beautiful wife and daughter and his family […]
15/04/2015
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AN INTERNATIONAL CHURCH GETS MARRIED

Once you have joined an International Church, such as PIC, you celebrate no matter where you are around the world with the loved ones that have come and gone! PIC would like to celebrate with Annie and Daniel as they prepare for their upcoming wedding this July in Taiwan. Annie attended PIC for 6 years as […]
07/04/2015
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PIC PICTURE PERFECT?

Is Poznan International Church Picture Perfect? Heavens no! The first thing you should know before you walk through any door of any church is that the church is full of imperfect people… As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous–not even one.”  Romans 3:10 (NLT) What we strive to be, however, is a church full of […]