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HERE COMES HOPE

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Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is Hope – as in Hope Thomas. Hope is the newest addition to the ministry staff at North Pointe – and we couldn’t be happier. She’s been a devoted volunteer in Anomaly Youth Ministry during her four years of study at Vanguard College. Most recently Hope was given responsibility for “Root 56” – our mid-week ministry for Grades 5 and 6 students. Passionate Leadership Guiding Grade 5 and 6’s can be like herding cats. Not with Hope. She says, “I love Root 56 because Grade 5 & 6 kids are the VERY best! There is nothing like hanging out, playing crazy games, and sharing God’s…

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100 YEARS AND GOING STRONGER

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There was an unmistakable eagerness about Edgar. He was keen to open his home and more importantly, his spirit. He shared a compulsion with his wife and some of their friends to seek God with all their hearts. The year was 1917. Edmonton Coming Of Age Edmonton was a rapidly growing prairie city of 54,000 citizens. The High Level Bridge and the Hotel MacDonald were recently opened and the dismantling of Fort Edmonton was just completed. The Great War was still raging in Europe. Many young Edmontonians had lost their lives far away in Passchendaele and Vimy Ridge. Perhaps it was the urgency of the hour that drew Edgar Taylor and his wife along with five other couples to seek…

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FIRST RESPONDERS: THE HIDDEN SCARS

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As an Emergency Medical Technician, Nadeen LaBoucane belongs to an elite cadre known as “first responders.” She’s proud of the role she fills. While saving lives is all in a day’s work for her, years of accumulated stress nearly came at the expense of her own life. I met Nadeen at North Pointe in 2015 when she came looking for what we would later call “spiritual IV.”  Nadeen shared how she’d served in the emergency medical field for twenty one years as an EMT and most recently as a dispatcher. “I loved being out there. I loved helping people. I have to admit, I was a little bit of an adrenaline junkie, as well.” But when she suffered a serious…

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8 COOL BOOKS FOR THE SUMMER

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Reading is one of the most powerful ways you can better yourself and your life…unless you have some munchkins underfoot. I asked some friends for their summer reading recommendations. My favorite response was a FB message from Christa Gagnon (she gave me permission to post.)As you can see, my Top Ten is down to eight, but they’re great recommendations.  Ironically, the eight responses are from people with lots of books and no little children in their homes. Kathy Fowler knows my reading is typically serious, non-fiction. No regrets after following Kathy’s suggestion on this page turner of a novel: “ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE” – by Anthony Doerr – A Pulitzer Prize winner about a blind French girl and…

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JORDAN’S JOURNEY FOR A CURE

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Pete and Christa Gagnon started 2016 with good cheer for family and friends: “As the New Year approaches us with new hopes, here is wishing you and your family a wonderful year ahead.” Four days into 2016 I received an email from Christa.  She said their 5 year old daughter Jordan had been ill. It was serious. Doctors’ initial diagnosis was leaning towards GAN – Giant Axonal Neuropathy – a rare, incurable, terminal, genetic disorder. Say that last phrase again – slowly – to let it sink in on you. Click this link to see Christa and Jordan on CTV News. It Takes A Community When Life Goes Sideways Starting at 2 ½, Jordan had trouble walking – she dragged…

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AN OPEN LETTER FROM A MOM: M.A.D.D.

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My life changed forever January 27, 2004. My son Ryan was twenty when he was killed by a drunk driver. Your heart knows a pain like no other. Burying your child is the most painful, unimaginable day you will ever endure. Something that is so wrong in so many ways. Your mind is a whirling blur, yet it is ever hopeful that at any moment now, you will awake and find that this is all a nightmare…a mother’s – a parent’s – worst nightmare. I’m grateful to my friend Jane Burak for writing this letter. The Burak and Jones families enjoyed cheering on our sons as teammates through elementary grades to senior high. We were devastated when a call came…

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GOOD NEWS GIRL ON CTV

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Faith, joy and hope are timeless qualities that will help you be your best even when life is at its worst. For Kristen Fersovitch they were a trilogy of tested and trusted convictions. When Kristen was diagnosed with inoperable cancer in 2011, she had no idea her story would inspire thousands of people across Canada. She has appeared in national magazines, newspapers, blogs and published in a hardcover book. In December 2015, CTV Edmonton ran a prime time feature on her life of music, family, marriage, parenting, and hope. Thank you, Dez Melenka at CTV for so beautifully telling Kristen’s story. Purchase your copy of Ornament online at Chapters.ca or at any of these Edmonton area outlets. Read Kristen’s inspiring…

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THE GIVING TREE: BARBARA MEYER’S STORY

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It all began with mittens. Mittens, hats, gloves and an old, somewhat battered Christmas tree in my school library. I wanted to do something…to start something to give the gift of warmth at Christmas and to provide an opportunity for our junior high students to be reminded that not everyone is well cared for at Christmas. By after Christmas, and with God’s grace, the boughs of the tree were hanging low under the weight of the bounty – a veritable menagerie of mittens, gloves, hats and scarves. This is a guest post by Barbara Meyer. Barbara is a Jazz vocalist & pianist with 25 years of international performing experience. Solo, duo, trio, big band, orchestra soloist. She is a school…

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LET’S BEAT ALS: JOHN ORFINO’S STORY

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Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? How could you forget the viral video campaign that blew the roof off of ALS fundraising – over $100 million was raised for research. Those efforts could well save the life of my friend, John Orfino, who is believing to be healed of ALS by a miracle and the results of generosity. John is the “2016 Walk For ALS Ambassador.” Watch a video of John talking about how important it is to support the ALS Society. You can support John on Saturday, June 11 by getting sponsors and then walking at Hawrelak Park between 9am and 1:00pm. What ALS Is ALS is no respecter of persons. The ALS Society website doesn’t pull any punches in…

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5 MISCONCEPTIONS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SUICIDE

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They are all around us….people whose pain has them on the edge of eternity. People take their life not because they want to die but because they want their pain to stop. Suicide is not a victimless choice. I know that through personal experience. Robin Williams In the summer of 2014 Robin Williams shocked the world by taking his own life. Read the impact statements of William’s daughter. “While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now…

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