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Cliffs Notes: June 27, 2023

We have now completed our final Regional Gathering for 2023.  We had another wonderful event – this time in Calgary.  It was, once again, very special being together in person.  Thank you, West Springs, for hosting! It was so good to make new friends and reconnect with old ones.  On Sunday, Karlene and …

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Cliffs Notes: June 20, 2023

I mentioned the “rage index” last week, this week I wonder about what replaces a grumpy culture? If the Spirit washes us clean, heals, guides, strengthens us to forgive, creates in us a new heart, then what does that look like lived out? Encouragement is an outcome of moving from …

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Cliffs Notes: June 13, 2023

This past weekend we enjoyed being at Arlington Beach Camp for the SK Regional Gathering. Again, it was so good to be in person! These Regional Gatherers were the most difficult to call in from breaks and lunch, as they were enjoying reconnecting! Thank you Arlington Beach for hosting! On Friday …

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Cliffs Notes: June 6, 2023

This past weekend we were in Winnipeg. Churches from Saskatchewan and Manitoba came together, including the mayor of Wawota, SK, who is also the co-pastor of the Wawota FMC! We wondered if Pastor Kevin’s wife, the Reverend Beverly Kay, calls him, “his worship” at home? We doubted it! It was once …

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Cliffs Notes: May 30, 2023

This past weekend the Regional Gathering was held on St. Joes’ Island, which is also the largest maple syrup producer in Ontario! The “delegate of the week” award belongs to our delegate from Timmins who drove over 7 hours to attend! Wow. Our Sudbury delegation also drove quite a distance …

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Cliffs Notes: May 23, 2023

PRAYER FOR OUR PASTOR’S SPOUSE  Maybe we were unusually blessed, but my family’s experience in the pastorate was very positive. The church families we were welcomed into, loved our kids, and they extended to Karlene and I life-giving and life-long friendships. Yes, I believe deeply that as a pastor I …

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Cliffs Notes: May 16, 2023

Today I’d like to invite you to pray with me for our pastors. A good friend of mine sent me this prayer, and it feels timely. It’s not that I am feeling that the majority of our pastors are in crisis (in fact, most seem to be feeling quite hopeful), …

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Cliffs Notes: May 9, 2023

Regional Gathering number 6 was in Thunder Bay. As we flew in, we saw snow on the ground! There was still ice on lakes as I drove north to speak in Dryden on Sunday morning – I also saw two moose! Your brothers and sisters in that area have a tradition …

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