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  • Training Up a Child

    January 19, 2018 Joy Sarju
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      “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

    I have found in my years of being a children’s pastor that this scripture often creates tension in parents. The word ‘train’ is left to every parent’s interpretation and the responsibility seems daunting...

  • How Will You Hear?

    January 12, 2018 Tim McCarthy
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    How Will You Hear in 2018?

    Where are you putting your focus in 2018? What will shape your goals and plans?

    There’s an interesting story in 1 Kings 10, the Queen of Sheba’s visit with King Solomon. It was a career high point for Solomon. He had achieved immeasurable wealth. His ambitious building projects now towered over the...

  • So Thankful

    January 5, 2018 Matthew Price
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    I thank my God every time I remember you.
    Philippians 1:3
    As a new year begins, I want to tell you how thankful I am for our church. 
    I am sitting here at home in my favourite chair, with a cup of coffee, reflecting on the year that has passed and the new year that lies ahead. And I want you to know that I am filled with a thankful...
  • The Right Question

    December 12, 2017 Jeff Renaud
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    Before we know it, Christmas morning will be here, and the wonder and busyness of the day will fill us, and I hope we’re all looking forward to it.
     
    My kids have already been rehearsing in their minds what the big day will look like - first we wake up, put Jesus in the manger in our nativity scene, then open stockings, have hot...
  • Hopeful Rebellion

    November 24, 2017 Kevin Shultz
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    The start of the Christmas season means many things. One thing it means to me is the release of another Star Wars movie. In preparation for this year’s latest installment, I recently watched “Rogue One” that came out one year ago. One of my favorite scenes is when Jyn Erso is debating with the rebel council to embark on a...
  • A Thankful Heart is a Joyful Heart

    October 6, 2017 Janet Thiessen
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    On January 31, 1957, the Governor General of Canada issued a proclamation stating: "A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.” So in keeping with this 60-year-old Canadian decree, we traditionally pass a question around the...

  • Life Groups: Spurring One Another On

    September 29, 2017 Tim McCarthy
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    I turned my head and saw yet another wisp of smoke on its way to nothingness: a solitary person, completely alone-no children, no family, no friends-yet working obsessively late into the night, compulsively greedy for more and more, never bothering to ask, "Why am I working like a dog, never having any fun? And who cares?" More smoke. A bad...
  • The days are long, but the years are short

    Try Alpha September 8, 2017 Tanya Price
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    If you were at church this past Sunday, you may have heard Matthew sharing the story about how he was “air-banding” (singing and playing drums silently) in between my contractions during labour with our first child Lucy!  Not one of his finest moments to be sure, but it was indeed the start of an amazing journey into parenthood...

  • Return from Rwanda

    August 25, 2017 Bryan Penner
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    Hey Friends,

    As some of you may have heard, this summer I had the amazing opportunity to spend a couple weeks in Rwanda as a part of a Youth Unlimited program called the Elevation Experience. I had the privilege of co-leading a team of 15 students that are just beginning to explore what it means to step out of their  comfort zones  and...

  • Prospering the Community

    August 4, 2017 Jeff Renaud
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    "Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper."

    ~ Jeremiah 29:7


    So many people know all too well what they perceive the church to be against; so anytime the church can play an active role to show what it is for is a good thing!