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 […]

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 […]

The Good, the Bad and the Awesome

A few weeks ago a friend asked me about that couple who quit their jobs to move to another city to grow a church.  Ah yes, that would be Darryl and Vonda Dozlaw who moved from Regina to Saskatoon to plant a church.  Perhaps there are others out there who would like to know about […]

A Gift for All

This past Sunday I travelled to Niagara Falls with my two daughters and my friend Kathy to check out The Queensway Free Methodist Church’s live nativity.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as we pulled into the church parking lot but it turned out to be one of the most authentic, peaceful and joyful […]

Christmas Fail? I Think Not!

A couple of weeks ago I asked the kids in our house church the following question: When you think Christmas what do you think of?  Their answers were as follows: “Presents and reindeer and Christmas trees.” – Maia age 5 “Trees.” – Georgia age 2 “My family and everyone being together.” – Chloe age 7 […]