How privileged am I to have the chance to be here in the Holy Land with people who are deep in their faith?I was brought up catholic and always believed in God, however I never felt the sense of community that I share with the people at Lake Ridge. Being in Israel this week has brought me closer to this community.
Yesterday was a very special day for me. In order to tell you about it I'll have to take you back to May 2013 when I was here with Evan, Christin and Gwen. Gwen was having her baptism re-affirmed in the Jordan River. The event was so beautiful and very emotional for her and to my surprise, for me too.
Lake Ridge is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada and representatives from across Canada to Camp Chestermere for the ECCC Annunal Meeting in May. We'd like to take a minute to thank all the people involved in planning, organizing and executing the weekend.
We’re exploring how the Good News of Jesus makes a difference in how we live, why Jesus matters to everyone, and how Jesus transforms everything. I often say that if the Good News of Jesus is not the best news you’ve ever heard, then you’re hearing it wrong.
Have you ever felt like you didn’t know how to pray? Have you ever struggled with what to say or what the purpose of prayer is? If you have, you’re not alone. Pastor Evan shared his notes with us, so we can have a closer look to learn more about the practice of prayer. The acronym or method is called ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication). ACTS is about saying “this is who you are God, this is who I am, this is what I’m grateful for and these are some of the things I think I need.”
Pastor Preston has been in Louisville, Kentucky for the Covenant Church Midwinter Conference. Preston shares a few posts about what it means for us to grow into God’s invitation to serve our city together.
I have traveled to Haiti and seen many hard things, however for some reason today was the day my heart would be broken again by this place and these serious issues. Reflecting on this has reminded me that as much as I can try and explain why this kind of thing happens in this world it cannot become a method for removing myself from the shear pain and heart ache it causes.
Another great day in Limbe, Haiti. Our morning started off at Dr Manno's diabetic clinic. We had the chance to tour the clinic and see the changes since the last May when we were there.
Pastor Evan and Kevin Castanherio headed back to Haiti to learn more about fish farming and listen for the ways Lake Ridge can continue to be a part of the work God is doing in Haiti. Pastor Evan shares below a few of his thoughts on our blog from their week so far.
Today we spent most of the day at a fish farming facility that has a different approach to taking the young fingerlings from a young 1 month old fish to a mature market-ready adult Tilapia.
Pastor Evan and Lake Ridge member Kevin Castanherio headed back to Haiti to learn more about fish farming and listen for the ways Lake Ridge can continue to be a part of the work God is doing in Haiti. Kevin shares below a few of his thoughts on our blog from their week so far.
The third and last donation of the Advent season was presented to Steve King on behalf of the Chestermere Food Bank.
The reality is in our community there are families struggling to make ends meet.
Paula received a donation on behalf of Christmas with Dignity (CWD). It’s an annual campaign that raises money for families in need in Chestermere and area. Money raised through donations is placed in a fund that is provided to temporarily help families pay for their basic needs.
As a part of the sermon, theme Lake Ridge will be gifting a different local organization each week with a $500 gift. Last week, Ann Symes received the first gift on behalf of NeighbourLink Calgary. NeighbourLink is a wonderful organization that serves Calgary and area. It’s primary focus is on Infant Care for children two years and under.
World Vision Canada brought us the opportunity to sponsor children in Haiti, a cause near and dear to the heart of many of us at Lake Ridge and in our larger body of churches.
This year's crop of new builders are beyond excited to race their soap box cars. The build night was a solid evening to get well on their way to accomplishing their dream cars.
All ages and everyone welcome to race on Sunday, September 11th at 1:30 pm. Don't have a soap box car? No worries. We'll rent ya one. You can race or rent a car for just $20. Prizes for the top racers and a whole afternoon of fun is guaranteed.
Register here and let us know you're coming: http://ow.ly/jDz7303Vm5O
Last weekend one of our members and friends held a garage sale with a bigger purpose of sharing the proceeds to a local organization. Why did he do that? Read on to find out.
"Questions God Asks Us" is a sermon series that helps us reflect on the way God might be at work in our hearts. Here's a little more background to what we're exploring together.
Every day a slip of paper falls out of my Bible and onto my lap. I need these words
We have a fond place in our hearts for Our Lady of Wisdom (OWL) School. After all, we spend every Sunday morning in the school sharing stories, loving kids, and building community together.
So, when the Parents Association at OWL was looking for someone to help refinish the main sign outside, Lake Ridge took the opportunity to step up. As a group, we believe we play a role in making our community a better place to live. So sometimes, that means volunteering for the unwanted and not so shiny jobs that come up. Ever noticed that?
They might be unseen, unexciting tasks, but Jesus wasn’t really about taking the easy and flashy jobs (although he does a lot of cool things). So we take a page out of his book and sign-up for the ordinary work. Sometimes that’s right where we are supposed to be.
One of the great things about Lake Ridge people is when we put it out there to ask for help on short notice the response from our people is overwhelming. Many are willing to pitch in. Its no surprise that when we all get together to work on a project like this we see our value of community being lived out in a real way.
So as we celebrate Neighbour Day today (June 18th), a project like the sign is a good reminder of the opportunities that exist in neighbourhoods to make them a better. What does it mean to make our community a better place to live? Is it spending a couple hours sanding a sign? Is it spending time hosting block party? Is it just walking across the driveway to say hi?
I think sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in thinking these acts have to be so big and monumental. That “making our community a better place to live” has to be some large campaign or requires a lot of time and effort. Sometimes that’s true, other times we can come together over a small sign outside a school, love the school, love each other and our community in the process. What could you do this weekend for your neighbourhood?