Finding the Good Inside the Church – Story of a NOT Done

Alex and Jenna are the kind of young marrieds every church dreams of attracting: warm, committed to their faith, and regular volunteers in church committees and ministries. Alex grew up in Weyburn Free Methodist, and moved to Moose Jaw First FM in his teen years. As a pastor’s kid, he experienced his fair share of […]

No Greater Love: Calgary music festival brings the church and First Nations together

“It’s an ecumenical conference of song,” Wesley First Nation Chief Ernest Wesley says of the ‘No Greater Love’ festival hosted on the Stoney Nakoda tribal lands. “We’re bringing religions together, through music, to love one another.” In fact, it’s nothing short of a miracle that this Christian music festival has the blessing and support of […]

My Prayer Life – The Real Deal

The past few months I have spent a lot of time reading and thinking about prayer.  I realize I should also have spent time praying about prayer but sadly that didn’t dawn on me until I sat down to write this.  And that’s the problem.  My prayer life is hasty, inconsistent and awkward which then […]

Woman at the Well

Penny Flaro was one of nine children raised in a military family who moved frequently during her school years.  Growing up she had a deep longing to fit in somewhere or with someone and she would say or do whatever was needed to try and fit in.  She did not find the belonging she was […]

Scattered Thoughts

In the February edition of Upwords (a publication of First FMC in Moose Jaw, SK) I read an article about the history of Alberta’s Ellice FMC. The article ended with this, “The church is surrounded by farm land, 13 kilometers from Bashaw, the nearest town. The aging and dwindling congregation and decrease of the rural […]

Sister Power

Ever heard of The Jansen Sisters?  If the answer is no that is about to change.  In November 2013 The Jansen Sisters won Long & McQuade’s nationwide Head to Head Music Showdown for original song in the 18 and under age category. The Jansen Sisters really are sisters Cassidy (16), Micah (14) and Alixx (14). […]

Check-Up Time

Have you ever heard of the Congregation Health Survey?  If the answer is “no” then you are not reading the weekly Bishop’s Notes and I’m telling on you.  Ok, I’m bluffing. I really have no way of knowing if you are reading them or not and I don’t tell on people.  Besides I was one […]

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