Archive for October, 2010

October Baptism

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

The pictures are up on the blog for October’s baptism. Go to the Baptism tab at the top of the page and underneath will be the dates for this past year. Hover on October 3, 2010 and the names will appear beside it to the right.

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Never Ever Give Up

October 22, 2010 2 comments

I saw this on Facebook and it touched me deeply so I wanted to share it with you. The Father loves you and is with you when things get hard. Click on the link to view the video of an Olympian who struggled to the finish line with his dad after tearing a hamstring.

Never Ever Give Up

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$133 000

October 18, 2010 1 comment

Wow! The offering last night at the banquet brought in $133 000. Way to go PACers! This is very exciting, thanks for giving. Once I know the final number of grocery bags I’ll let you know, but there were many more brought in this fall compared to other years.


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October 18, 2010 4 comments

By Alison Lehman

If you were at PAC last night for the banquet, you would have heard Nathan encourage us to love our church. What happened in your hearts and minds as he talked about that? He understands that we love “Jesus” and we love the “church,” as an idea possibly, but he wants us to love each other at Portage Alliance Church. He wants us to get real and vulnerable. Eeeeek!!!

What happens when we get real and vulnerable and let our guards down? Inevitably we get hurt. Why? Because we are interacting with other broken, real people. We all have bad days, we all have pain in our lives to some extent and sometimes we just don’t deal with it well.  I have been here 10 years now and even though I have been hurt, deeply at times, I can say that I love PAC. When I say that I love PAC, I’m not saying that in a romanticized fashion where all is a bed of roses all the time. I’ve been to tough places with others more than once and honestly have had the urge to leave where nobody knows my name, but I never have. Why? Because that’s exactly what Satan wants me to do.  The father of lies doesn’t want you or me in community, he wants to separate us. He knows that when we stand together and hold each other up, we are stronger and can do amazing things.

I love PAC because God calls me to, even when it’s hard.  But you know what? As I forgive others when they hurt me, I count on the fact that they will forgive me, also.  (Because regrettably, I have hurt others and I’ll probably do so in the future, although not intentionally.) I was reading Jonah tonight and what I take away from this book of the Bible is that it’s so easy for us to call judgement down on others for doing wrong. It’s  easy to see the faults of others – but what we don’t see, so easily, is that we do the very same things.

When we get into community and get real, it gets messy. And messy is scary because you leave yourself open to the possibility of hurt. I’ve been there and it’s not a whole lot of fun. But through the hurt, I learned about grace and forgiveness. I learned how to let it flow both ways. By being vulnerable and real, instead of avoiding the mess as I’ve done in the past, I dove right into it head first and allowed the people of PAC and God to break me and remold me.

If we can be strong for each other and help each other through our “stuff,” lives will be healed and the Portage community will wonder what on earth we have that they don’t. And they’ll want a piece of it.

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Forever Young

October 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Forever Young is a group for anyone who is 55 years of age or older at Portage Alliance Church.  This group has monthly lunches together, they’ve been on bus trips, they have barbecues etc…they simply enjoy hanging out together.

If you are 55+ and are looking for a place to belong, “Forever Young” is for you. Al and Evelyn Braun lead this group and would love to hear from you. You can contact them at 857-5338.

Their next bag lunch will be October 31 in the Lounge, after the service.  Dessert and beverages are provided.

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Healthy Children, Healthy Marriages, Healthy You

October 12, 2010 Leave a comment

DAYBREAK will be offering several Special Events this year.

All of our Special Events are open to all women.  You do not have to be a regular attender.  Please invite your friends.

We will be having one on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 9:30-11:00 am at Portage Alliance Church (in the Chapel)

Healthy Children, Healthy Marriages, Healthy You will be our topic.

Guest speaker, Janelle Botterill, will be coming to talk on Health for Every Body and Body Image and Self-Esteem

We’ll learn how media influences us, how dieting negatively affects our health, and how to create positive changes that will improve our body image/self-esteem and eating behaviour.

Our own Angie Marshall will round off the morning by speaking on how “Balance” in our lives helps create Healthy Children and Healthy Marriages.

Refreshments and child-care provided.

Hope to see you there.

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Ray and Gloria Willms are leading a team to Guinea in February. There is still room for two people if you are interested. Contact Sharon Moran at the church, 239-1112 as soon as possible to find out more details or confirm a spot.

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