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Church Agency Collective

by Katie Pearn   A grassroots community of courage is working to help bring an end to sexual exploitation and sex trafficking in Calgary. The Church Agency Collective Against Sexual Exploitation is a gathering of representatives from churches and agencies, as well as concerned citizens who want to discover ways they can work together to […]

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Hope’s Creed

by Joyce Rempel   Hope’s Creed is a new band turning heads in Alberta’s Christian music scene. After releasing their first EP in 2017, the Calgary-based worship collective won a spot to perform in 2018 at No Greater Love. They opened concerts in Calgary, Red Deer, and Edmonton for Nashville artist, Jason Gray. They also […]

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Coldest Night of the Year brings out friends and families

by Laureen F. Guenther   On February 23, Canadians across the country will step out of warm homes to walk in the Coldest Night of the Year. They’re raising money for agencies that support people living in homelessness. The Mustard Seed is hosting Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) events in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer […]

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Fruit of the Spirit: Love

by Marion Van Driel   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22,23) In our introduction last month to this series on spiritual fruit, we noted that the Spirit produces one fruit with nine characteristics within the believer. […]

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Stephen’s Backpacks began with one child’s compassion

by Laureen F. Guenther   Stephen’s Backpacks Society, based in Airdrie, has provided Back-to-School backpacks and Christmas backpacks to 61,000 needy children since December 2006. They’ve also provided 15,000 pairs of new running shoes for children going back to school and furnished apartment homes for 32 formerly-homeless families. Last year alone, working through 47 agencies […]

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Sharpen Conference: Sharpen your skills, your vision and your heart

by Joyce Rempel Coming to Calgary May 2-4, 2019, Sharpen Conference welcomes a diverse and gifted team of presenters from Bethel Conservatory of the Arts in Redding, California as well as Nashville recording group Here Be Lions, and local worship collective, HopefulSon. In its seventh year, Sharpen is one of the largest conferences in southern […]

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Summer jobs grants update

by Jack Taylor By now, organizations have applied, or not applied, for the summer jobs grants (deadline January 25th). The poke in the eye worked. Churches all over Canada woke up when the Summer Jobs program set up a values test with an attestation statement that tied them to support for the government’s pro-abortion stance. […]

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Fruit of the Spirit : one fruit, multiple attributes

by Marion Van Driel   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22,23) A new year always seems a good time to unpack well-worn and well-known truths with new eyes. These verses from Galatians are ripe (pun intended) […]

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The power of reunions

by Sharon Simpson   What makes a reunion so meaningful? As we age, we work in different environments, meet more people, have more family and live in a variety of places. This all brings more opportunities for reunions. School reunions, work reunions, family reunions, church reunions. If we’ve moved from place to place, we have […]

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Circles of support and accountability change lives

By Laureen F. Guenther   Through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Alberta’s restorative justice programs, M2W2 volunteers go into prisons and befriend prisoners who are alone, Reintegration Chaplains help released ex-offenders integrate into a church, RAFT helps young offenders make restitution, and Caring for Families supports families whose family member is in prison. Circles of Support […]