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[February 11, 2019 | No Comment | ]

By: David Haberstock
Something seemed off. What were we missing? I’m a pastor (best job in the world, right?). So how could anything be wrong? My family is ok. My marriage is ok. New parish. New challenges. Untold blessings that I am thankful to the Lord for. What’s wrong? Why am I angry at times without knowing why?
My wife had told me for years that I needed to get a further degree and eventually teach. (That had been my original plan, till being blessed with my wonderful wife and children). She …

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[February 8, 2019 | No Comment | ]

Quest – “Heroes & Heretics in the Early Church”
As the saying goes, “those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” This spring’s Quest course focuses on the value of knowing ancient church history, while considering both the heroes and the heresies of the 4th and 5th centuries A.D. Through the drama of emperors, councils, creeds, bishops, priests, monks, and lay people, we will discover the heart of the Trinitarian and Christological controversies that shape our faith even today. For what was at stake, for heroes and heretics alike, was nothing less than the clarity of …

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[February 8, 2019 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. Marvin Bublitz
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, the Lord be with you.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)
In late 2018 we began a new Church Year with the First Sunday in Advent. Since that time we have heard in the Sunday lessons the many changes for Zechariah and Elizabeth, for Mary and Joseph, and changes for the world through the Christ Child.
We are now in the Epiphany season, when we hear of the changes Jesus brought into the …

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[February 7, 2019 | No Comment | ]

Approximately 12 employer representatives ( congregational leaders from across Canada), with 4 member representatives, as well as staff and board members of Worker Benefit Services (WBS-LCC) took part in a Strategic Planning Session on January 27th and 28th. The session, held in Winnipeg, came as a result of the feedback from the 16 Regional meetings WBS sponsored in 2018 where employers – mostly congregations – expressed a desire to engage more directly with the board of WBS around issues facing employers. The session included a review of the current WBS …

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[February 6, 2019 | No Comment | ]

By: Mathew Block
“I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf” (Romans 15:30). 
With these words, St. Paul called on the Christians in Rome to remember his trials and sufferings in their prayers, that God would strengthen him to face his current struggles and, if it be His will, bring him at last safely out of them.
We sometimes forget that the heroes of the faith, like St. Paul, were as human …

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[January 30, 2019 | One Comment | ]

by Jennifer Ackerman
Their first meeting took place in Unit 4 during a game of ping-pong.
Michael Meszaros grew up in Regent Park, back when it was Toronto’s roughest neighbourhood. A life of gangs, crime and drugs followed him to Regina at age 12. And now he was doing time at the Paul Dojack Youth Centre, a facility for young offenders.
Fifteen years old and paddle in hand, his smile was met by another as Padre DJ Kim walked into the Unit. The padre made his way towards him almost immediately.
The unlikely …

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