Archive for April, 2010

Bike Tune-up postponed until May 15th

April 30, 2010 2 comments
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The Walk

By Alison Lehman

I just finished reading a great, inspirational book called, The Walk, written by Richard Paul Evans. It starts out pretty sad because it’s about a man who loses everything – his wife, his business, his home. After all this happens, instead of downing a bottle of pills to end his life, (which is what he wanted to do) he decides to go on a very long walk. His initial purpose in going for a 3000 km walk is to run away from life and his circumstances.

However, the people he meets along this walk change his outlook on life and help him sort some things out. He meets others who have suffered in their own unfortunate circumstances but have learned through them. They encourage him to seek beauty in nature and in people, and to look for the positives in life rather than becoming bitter about the negatives. It’s not a “Christian book,” but there is talk of God in it and how He has a purpose for all of us and not to give up.

I won’t tell you anymore in case you’d like to read this book for yourself. I borrowed it from the library and would encourage anyone who is struggling through tough stuff to read it. Even if you are in a peaceful place right now, it’s a story that will lift your spirits all the same.

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Iron Sharpening Iron

By Corey Willms

Sometimes we need a kick in the butt.  There was a time in the course of the last month when a very close friend of mine challenged me about something that they thought I should work on.  In their opinion, I was being a bit selfish with my time.  Like most things in life, there is a tension between two extremes, and the proper balance is somewhere in between.  As far as time goes, there is a balance between making sure that you are able to fulfill your responsibilities, but also to spend time recharging by listening to God (which could be through prayer, listening to good teaching, and worshipping to name a few) and doing other activities that “fill up your cup.”  The cup filling activities include hobbies and spending time with people who give you energy.  The tricky thing is that the balance needs to be adjusted sometimes, depending on the circumstances.  According to my friend, I was a little too vocal about when I felt that I was not getting enough time for my hobbies.  As a result, I was sending an unintentional message to some people that I would rather be golfing or biking or something like that instead of spending time with them.  I did not want to send this message, because the truth is that I love spending time with them, and I love spending time doing my hobbies.  Both are very important.

Two things needed to happen.  I first had to avoid the temptation to blame someone else for the way that I was acting, and then I needed to change my attitude.  I hope that you have friends in your life who can tell you the hard things that you need to hear because they love you and care about you.  If you don’t, you need to intentionally seek one out.  I was very thankful that I had a friend in my life who was courageous enough to do this.  One of my favourite verses is Proverbs 27:17 which says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”  I encouraged my friend to continue challenging me whenever they noticed something in my life that was not quite right.  My attitude needed an adjustment.  I needed to make sure that I was fully there for people when I was with them.  Thankfully, things have been going better in that regard.   Quite frankly, I needed to stop complaining about how I was spending my time, and I needed to be more intentional about making sure that the important things get done each day.  Just being a bit more organized in setting up some routines has helped already.  I needed to make sure that my heart was fully engaged in each thing that I was doing.

As I have been reading in the Book of Luke this spring, I have been reminded of how Jesus spent time alone in between his ministry to others.  He “got his cup filled” before He “poured Himself out” to others.  When Jesus was with others, he was fully there for them, with tremendous compassion.  We need to be recharged in order to be there for the people that God brings across our path.  I would encourage you to struggle, as I have been, with finding the balance between recharging and pouring out.  Too much of either is unhealthy.

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Paddling Towards a Better Marriage

Marriage Enrichment Canoe Trip

June 3-6 with Ray and Gloria Willms

If interested, please call Ray at 239-1140 ASAP so he can organize it!

This is not a heavy or intense weekend of marriage seminars but is a more relaxed weekend geared at helping you work towards a better marriage.

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Upcoming Events

Westpark Carnival – Friday May 7th –  5-8 pm Canteen, Cow Milking Contest, Candyland, Kissing Booth…

Salvation Army Food Bank – This Sunday, (May 2) – Bring groceries to help those in need and fill up the barrel.

Bike Tune-up – This Saturday, (May 1) at La Verendrye (10-11:30 am) and North Memorial, (11:45-1:15) Call Betty Anne if you can help please. (857-6098) – Free hot dogs, face painting, and bike tuning. Tell your neighbours. See you there!

News From Haiti – Jenny Reitz is coming to PAC, Sunday May 9th, and will be at Westpark May 19.

Watoto Children’s Choir – Thursday, May 13 – Please bring donation. If you can billet, call Kathy Letkeman (239-0706)

Soup Kitchen – Needs volunteer for food prep and serving/clean up on the 2nd Friday of each month from 10:30-1 pm. Call Kathy, number above

Eileen Warthe is in Paraguay to deliver OCC shoeboxes to children. She would appreciate your prayers.

Africa – Interested in a short term mission project to Africa? Set aside May 29 for an info night about this possibility.

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Baptism Tomorrow Morning

You don’t want to miss PAC’s service tomorrow morning at 11 am. A handful of people are getting baptized and will have great stories to tell. Please pray for Connie, Micah, Rachelle, Taylor, Andrew and Raela. If pictures become available, I will post them when I can, (if permission granted). Hope to see you at church tomorrow!

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On My Knees

April 21, 2010 2 comments

By Alison Lehman

In my job, it’s getting to the time of year when students and teachers get tired. The sun comes out and it’s warmer and minds start to shut down. Almost every morning on my way from Westpark to PCI, I pray for my own children and any number of students I’ll encounter during the day. The prayers change from day to day depending on what’s going on at school.

The last month or so I’ve been discouraged about my inability to get past a certain short-coming of mine, even though  I would pray about it every morning. You know how that happens once in awhile – you seem to have trouble with the very thing you’re praying about – as if Satan is purposely trying to trip you up? Yeah, well, it was frustrating to say the least. I eventually got to the point where I was crying out to God, “Father, you know my heart’s desire is to please you and not fall into this trap repeatedly, so what gives? Why do I keep screwing this up? Why am I so weak?”

Silence. Not the answer I was looking for. A friend of mine told me some months ago that life was so much easier when she got down on her knees every morning to pray. This thought had been on my mind for awhile and I’m not sure why it took me so long to humble myself and do it, but Monday morning I got down on my knees and begged for God’s help. Well, wouldn’t you know it but the floodgates crashed open and there was relief. I couldn’t believe the difference when I went to school that day. It’s like a switch has been flipped. I realize I still need to be on guard but a lot of tension is now gone from my morning. Praise God!

How ironic! After initially posting this, while spending time with God in James, I came across James 4:10 “When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on Him, He will lift you up and give you honour.”

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