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My Puzzle Piece Fits

September 30, 2010 2 comments

By Erin Brown

In May of 2009,  I felt lead to go to Mississippi with a  group from Portage Alliance Church. I was not the type of person to step out of my comfort zone and go somewhere with people I didn’t know, but I really felt lead to go. While I was there I experienced such an eye opening time with people in our group as well as personally. I felt God moving in my heart and for the first time I felt that He was guiding my life. I came home wanting to experience more, so the following month I took the step to get baptized. Not much really changed after that for me. I tried to connect with more people and make an effort to put God first in my life and then my mom passed away in October of 2009.

That was a very trying time for me. I spent a lot of time being angry at God and wondering why He allowed her to die. I couldn’t understand how He could take my rock away from me. I really doubted some days that He cared for me. I felt abandoned and let down, but when I allowed the anger to fade away I realized that God was always there with me. He guided me through a very tough time in my life by guiding me to the people that I really needed, to help me push through.

I started to see a future that I never saw before. I finally saw a purpose for my life – a direction I could go in and feel like I was actually living. He has lead me to realize that there is so much more to life, and that by trusting Him and following Him, things will work out according to His plan. No matter how low I may feel some days, He is always there holding my hand and guiding me to where I need to go, so that I can fulfill His plan for me. Right now I feel that God wants me to finish my degree in University and work towards an occupation that helps people, even if that means being a missionary and being away from family. It’s exciting to feel His guidance in my life, to be able to look back, especially in the last year, and see how He has moved in me and helped me to become a better person.

I’m becoming the person that I’ve always wanted to be and I’m living the life I wished I always had. It is amazing to feel joy in my life now, even when there is sadness. I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am today if God had not been working in my life and putting that yearning in my heart to want to know Him better. Someone told me once that life is like a puzzle and we all have to find where our piece fits. I never felt like I fit into the picture the way my life was before, but  now I feel like I’ve found a picture that my puzzle piece fits into.  Even though I’m sure over the course of my life that the picture will keep changing,  I am going to keep trusting God and trusting where He leads me.

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Koats for Kids

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Koats for Kids is a program for children in need of warm winter clothing. This program is running from October 4-29th. If you have a gently used child’s coat to donate, you can drop it off at the Portage Fire Hall or the Tupper Street Family Resource Center. We can help keep kids warm this winter.

Salvation Army Food Bank: They are running very low. If you wish to give to this charity, you can take non-perishable food items to their facility. If you can’t take food there, please remember to bring items to church on October 3rd and again on October 17 at our Thanksgiving Banquet.

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Daybreak 2010 Has Begun

September 26, 2010 Leave a comment

By Irene Peters

After a summer of reading, praying, thinking, and planning the doors were opened.  Unsure of what to expect, but sensing an excitement of what God was going to do, they started to file in.  Women came and filled the Chapel!!!  It was a very exciting morning!  A Healthy snack, Cranberry Flax breakfast cookies ( recipe included),  fruit, and a beverage awaited our guests.  After a brief welcome and intro, Nita Wiebe and Susan Beauchamp set the group at ease with a hilarious drama entitled, “The Weigh-In.”  We continued with information on the upcoming Daybreak year.  Our goal is to put Christ first in our lives.  We want to include Him in everything we do.  When we let Christ be the center of our lives,  balance will be created.  Balance in our Emotional, Spiritual, Mental, and Physical lives.  We are promoting a healthy-living lifestyle.  Healthy diet, exercise, scripture reading, prayer, bible study, and small group support.

Stay tuned to keep in touch with what the women of Daybreak are up to.


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Stories?

September 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Are you a member of PAC? Is God doing something exciting in your life or challenging you with new life experiences? If you are willing, I’d love to share your story with others to build up and encourage the body of Christ. If you have a story and God is tugging at your heart to share it, please email me at aplehman@shaw.ca

I’d love to hear how some Life Transformation Groups are going.

– Alison Lehman (Editor)

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How Much do you Want Life Change?

September 22, 2010 Leave a comment

By Alison Lehman

If you’re a member of PAC, (Portage Alliance Church), you’ve been hearing about Life Transformation Groups. If the term is new to you, an LTG is a group of two or three people that meet together weekly to talk about scripture they’ve read and how life is going. Some groups pray together, some aren’t there yet. Every group is different is some way. It’s mainly about accountability and support.

I asked one gal to join me awhile ago and we started meeting about three weeks ago. Another female called and asked if she could join us, so we added another. We have met three times now and although the first meeting was met with some anxiety and awkward anticipation, we have now settled nicely into a routine of “checking in” with each other.

I was a bit nervous about doing this at first, as was my first partner, because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be accountable. I knew it would be good for me but was I up to the challenge? Of course I was! Change is sometimes uncomfortable but many times it’s exactly what we need.  I have already noticed a difference in a struggle I used to have in my job. I am an EA at PCI and last year I prayed daily through the struggle of what was coming out of my mouth at times. When you are in a place with a thousand other people, it’s really easy to get into the habit of gossip or negative talk. I would get so frustrated because I’d pray on the way to work for God to put a guard over my mouth but depending on who I was with, sometimes within the hour I’d be guilty of saying something that was not honouring God or someone else.  DOH!!!

I was stuck! I didn’t want to tell anyone else because of pride, so I struggled alone with this. I didn’t know why I couldn’t just keep my mouth shut when I desperately wanted to. Many days I’d leave work feeling defeated and angry with myself for repeatedly failing. I’ve been back at work now for a couple of weeks and you know what? I’m free. (The majority of the time) 🙂 I revealed my struggle to my LT group and asked them to pray specifically for me in this area and they have. I have noticed a difference and can leave work feeling good about myself.

If you don’t have an accountability partner, are not involved in an LTG, and would like to grow as a Christian and disciple of Christ, I would highly recommend you find a friend or two and start one. Life transformation happens here. You can get a handle on the things you really struggle with. I have read more scripture in the last month than I have in a long time. It’s refreshing and I’m always learning. When we meet, there is usually something different that each one of us picks out and ponders or questions. Also, now that I know I’m accountable and will be answering to others, I’m careful about where my mind goes.

It’s worth it! I’m so glad I responded to that prompting from God to step out of my comfort zone. Life change happens when you’re doing it with another person, and when you’re deep in scripture. How could it not affect you?

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You are Valuable!

September 17, 2010 3 comments

By Alison Lehman

I work as an EA at PCI and this semester I am assisting in an English class for grade elevens. This class is a little different than your average English class. In this one, you participate in all sorts of exercises and activities.

Today’s class was a lesson on who society “values.” We all got character cards which had information on them about ourselves. Some were doctors, some were carpenters, some were high school drop-outs, and some were grandmas etc. The object of the game was to select five people from 30 who were allowed to go into the shelter to live and repopulate the earth. Each of us had to promote our character and try to get into the shelter because we wanted to stay alive.

The results were pretty much as expected. Two of the people chosen for the shelter were in the medical field, two were young fertile females and I don’t remember the other one. However,  on the back of the cards was information we didn’t have to reveal unless specifically asked. We soon realized that out of the five we chose for the shelter, the doctor was paralyzed, the 16 year old female had learning disabilities and didn’t get along with others, the other female was dying,  one man had AIDS and the male veterinarian was homosexual. Not a very good mix for repopulating the earth, right?

When the activity was over the teacher asked those who weren’t selected if they would have been  a good or bad choice, based on their cards and the information on them. He also asked the question, “Who did you immediately say no to, to get into the shelter?” It was very clear who was valued in that classroom – those who were educated, young, fertile and healthy. Unfortunately when they chose five people, they didn’t know three of them were sick. The people that were passed by quickly were homemakers, seniors, high-school graduates,  the infertile…

The people that were chosen didn’t stand a very good chance of surviving together. They were chosen based on credentials.  Have you ever eliminated someone from your life because of what you think you know about them? Do you value things in people that aren’t really important? I got a little hot under the collar when I talked about my character being a homemaker with three kids. The first thing that was said was, “Nope! No skills.” Because they haven’t been mothers, they don’t realize what it takes to be one. It’s one of the most demanding jobs there is. They don’t know that I stayed home with my kids for 10 years and I don’t regret it.

The great thing about life in Christ is that you are valuable no matter what your occupation is, how old you are, or whether you’re sick or healthy. He has a purpose for you that is unique and individual and He’ll continue to use you as long as you’re willing.  He created us all differently so that we can function together as a whole. If we were all the same or fit into a mold that society cuts out for us, we wouldn’t survive.

Christ created you just the way He wants you. Throughout life,  if you’re actively trying, you will stretch and grow into your potential but He loves you and values you whether you’re a teacher, bus driver, homemaker,  or doctor and whether you’re 10 or 95! You MATTER and you have lots to offer.

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Westpark Fish Fry

September 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Fish Fry

Tuesday, September 21 in the Westpark school gym

Cost: $12 Adults, $7 Students

5:00-7:00 pm

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