Archive for March, 2006

International Agreement Signed

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

We, the congregation of Kindersley Alliance Church, signed an agreement with some international workers today. 

Sometimes you start off just doing what needs to be done.  And step by step you finally come to a high point (one of many to come).  You don’t realize the momentous occasion until it is past.  I have included some words I’m putting together as a press release to be available tomorrow.  How does this strike you??

International agreement signed

The Kindersley Alliance Church has entered into an agreement with two international workers in Japan. Don and Carol Love are currently working in Tokyo, assisting a local Christian church and providing helpful counsel in starting another church. The Love family will be arriving back in Canada this summer for a year’s home assignment. Don Love will complete a one year teaching assignment at the Alliance University College in Calgary before returning to Japan. Carol Love is currently working towards greater responsibility in the financial accounting for Alliance North American mission work in South East Asia.

The agreement was signed Sunday by Harvey Penner, Board chair for the Kindersley Alliance Church, and by Bruce Ellergodt, representative of the International missions department of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. Don and Carol Love have been in contact with the church and will append their signatures later this year when they return from Japan.

The Memorandum Of Understanding places Kindersley Alliance Church further towards innovative work in the area of Christian Ministry. The signed agreement is the first in the Canadian Midwest District and is expected to provide a model for other Alliance Churches across Canada.

Don and Carol Love will be working closely with the Kindersley Alliance Church. Strategies and goals will be shared with the church as they seek to personalize mission work for the congregation. The work of the Loves will be able to be tracked through regular reports of work done, budgets provided and personal communications. The church has pledged to provide financial, prayer and creative support to help further the work in Tokyo. One possibility is a short term project in the fall of 2007 to assist the Loves with their goals and strategies in Japan.

Considering the Lilies

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Easter is fast approaching.

In most media you will find little that relates to this season.  OK, you could hit the religion section of a paper, but that’s cheating!

I ask myself what constitutes front page reporting.  Or even second page.

From those questions I’m starting to delve into the news of the day.  Perhaps I need to see each page in a new light. 

What makes this news worth more than one day’s importance?  Where are people really affected?  Is this just anger for the moment or are there underlying causes?  How can I link the happenings of the day with the eternal?

Perhaps I’ll even come to an understanding of Easter in the light of this day – that would make it worth my while talking to an editor of our local newspaper.

Watch your local paper and see what headlines the next few weeks.  Let me know where you see a connection!

Weather the weather!

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

I travelled the road to Saskatoon this past weekend.  Parts were slippery.  But the car was stable and there was little traffic.

Yesterday, a teen by the name of Adam Hamel covered the same patch of ashphalt near Kindersley.  Parts were slippery.  But one particular vehicle crossed his path. 

He died last night.  

Today the town is in mourning.

Although I did not know Adam personally, a number of our church youth did.  Parents have found time to spend with their teens – to be a sounding board and to counsel in the grieving process. 

I suppose the unexpected turns in life are never pleasant.  Nor are they easily explained.  I do not envy the place of parents or counselors in times like this.  A listening ear goes a long way.

I wonder, how would you explain a split second – where one half of the second is life giving and the other half is not?

Pretzels, Lent and Easter

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Ran across one of those traditions that you like to hear about!

Pretzels were a food for the Lenten season – a time of fasting and abstaining.  Even today, some European countries reserve the making of pretzels for the Lenten season.  They are formed in such a way that they remind us of praying.  In the early centuries the posture of prayer was one of crossing the arms on the chest – much like the shape of a pretzel.

So, pretzels it is!  Our next trip I’ll put them on the seat beside me.  And as I munch, maybe my wife will be praying – for my driving!!

St. Patrick's Day is coming!

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

In preparation for a group meeting today, I did some research on St. Patrick’s day.

The quiz I created stumped a few people!  No one got all the right answers.

Here’s a sample:

    • What was St. Patrick’s given name?  Maewyn Succot.
    • How long did he do missionary work?  30 years.
    • When date did he die?  March 17, 461 AD.

If you got any of those right without looking — you deserve a medal (or you were at our meeting!).

So here’s some more questions – write a comment if you know the answer!

    • What is the language of Ireland?
    • What is the color for St. Patrick’s day – and what does it symbolize?

 

A day in Saskatoon

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Sometimes you just need a day off! 

For a pastor, that tends to come in the middle of the week.  Never on a Sunday!  Unless you are holidaying! 

We were scheduled for a weekend in Winnipeg.  Attending a wedding. 

Then an unexpected death and a funeral service.  Our planned trip was cancelled.  As far as funerals go, this was one where the destiny was sure, and thus the service was a joy to officiate.

Since the Sunday service was already arranged, we decided to head to Saskatoon immediately following the Saturday funeral luncheon.  Our Bible quizzing team was there and we visited with them in the evening.  Then Sunday morning we headed to a church that was in the middle of “40 Days of Community.”  By Sunday night we were back in Kindersley.

Better is one day – than none at all. 

Now to the graveyard!

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

Ray Coleman was just 70 when he died.  For at least the past decade he had been at the local manor, unable to do the skiing, camping adn golfing that he loved.  MS had made him inactive, unable to walk and care for himself.

But certainly not without activity!  His mind was sharp and he could entertain with stories and scripture.  Those who visited found him an encouragement – in spite of handicap there was joy in the journey.

Today we bury his remains.  But, his wife had one of those great statements.  Now, when she thinks of Ray, she can see Him WALKING!

Does life get any better than that?

Who says you can't have fun!

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

So, our regional pastors meeting got a little silly.

We all enjoy Tim Horton’s – hot chocolate for me – coffee for others!  And, I suppose if we were ever to need a second job, we could run a coffee shop or something like that.

Of course, you would need a good name.  Something that might sound a little sophisticated, even European.  Like “Snotroh Mit”.  Then you put a mirror out front that flashes the coffee shop name backwards every few minutes.  Two names in one!! 

We could sell day old doughnuts from that other place.  And coffee left-overs!

Sounds like a winner to me!!

Life and Death

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

When I first decided on Christian ministry my sights were set on teaching.  I naively expected that imparting information was enough.

I still think speaking truth is important, and is a bondage breaker!  But the matter of relationship and just “loving on” people enlivens that truth.  You live truths – in everyday situations. 

Today a group of regional pastors met.  We discussed theology, pastoral issues and personal concerns.  Life and Truth embraced!  We walked away encouraged and ready for God’s next day, and the day after, and the day after, and . . . 

This morning I awoke to a sense of need.  Call Gladys Coleman.  I had heard late in the previous evening that her husband was not doing well.  On Monday, Jill and I had a hospital visit with him – he had some phlegm and was wheezing a bit.  In a normal situation antibiotics and drugs would have cleared this up fairly quickly. 

Ray Coleman had MS for a number of years, his body had restrictions in movement and his system could not effectively cope.  He passed away in the night.

Gladys and her family are grieving.  At the same time she rightly explains, “I can see Ray walking right now!”  To be with Jesus is far better!!

Life and Death intertwine when we least expect it!

Christopher continues to grow

Monday, March 6th, 2006

A grandfather only needs to hear once that new pictures are needed!

Christopher, our grandson, was here for a week.  Allison drove back today leaving behind good memories and anticipation of seeing them again in a short while.  Of course, the definition of a short while is all relative (in more than one way!!).

Our son Tim also dropped in for a week or so.  He was quite glad to hold Christopher and play the uncle part to the hilt!!

When all is said and done – it’s all done too quickly!