Merry Christmas

Its the most wonderful time of the year!

Merry Christmas one and all!


SUNDAY IS A BIG DAY! And incase you forgot about the times of both services:

Sunday Morning: Starts at 11am (as usual) but we will be having our church cantata sing. I hope everyone can make it cause there sure are some talented singers within that group, and as well Capt. Les' dad will be preaching in that service.

Sunday Evening (Christmas Eve Service): Will be commencing at 6:30pm. Come really early to get a seat!

Hope to see you guys all there at both services!

Countdown to Christmas: 3 Days

Countdown To Christmas..............

Has everyone got their christmas shopping done? What about your gifts wrapped and put under the tree?

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He's making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why

Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
I hope everyone has the jolly good ol' christmas spirit in you!!!
and remember...

What A Performance

GREEAT JOB GUYS!! The christmas concert that has been under so much preperation and hard hard work by the pioneer club kids and their leaders did an AMAZING job today entertaining the congregation in their christmas play "3 Wiseman and a Baby".

Special Thanks to :
  • Jon and Tracy Savage
  • The Pioneer Leaders
  • Kathy Windsor
  • Pioneer Club Kids

Looking forward to what next year has in store for everyone!

Christmas Campaign

We are getting there!

Only 7 days to go. If you can help us out please call the office as soon as possible.

All we need is one last push. Please help us help others!

This Coming Sunday - Christmas Concert

Guess what? Do you remember? Have you not heard?

This Sunday our young people from the Church will be leading the worship service and performing the play "Three wise men and a baby". Are you coming? The service starts at 11:00am and you will want to come early to get a good seat!

See you all there!


It is with regret that we inform you that we are unable to attend Chateau Mission this evening. The residents of the lodge are dealing with an outbreak of the flu and as a result, the building has been closed for the general public. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date.

How To Get Into The Christmas Spirit

Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace, love and goodwill to all. But with all the stress and commotion of the season, many of us end up feeling more like Mr. Scrooge than Santa Claus. Maybe your working overtime this month and Christmas is at the back of your mind and you have no christmas spirit at all or maybe you forget this in 12 days it is christmas time! Here are some ideas of how to get into that cheery holiday spirit!

STEP 1: Shop early. Nothing takes away the Christmas spirit like fighting for parking and struggling through crowds.

STEP 2: Wish people that you meet in stores and other casual environments a happy holiday. Say it with a smile.

STEP 3: Place money into the Salvation Army kettles

STEP 4: Do something nice for someone. Offer to baby-sit so a friend can do her Christmas shopping, take cookies to your neighbors, or shovel an elderly neighbor's walk.

STEP 5: Volunteer your time to a worthy holiday cause. Even if you are busy, you can spare an hour or two to help people less fortunate than yourself.

STEP 6: Organize a drive at work or in your neighborhood. Collect food and personal items and donate them to a local shelter for the homeless or for battered women.

STEP 7: Play Christmas music.

STEP 8: Watch Christmas movies. "Elf" , "Santa Clause" is a good one for reviving a flagging Christmas spirit, as is "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

STEP 9: Read "A Christmas Carol"

STEP 10: Decorate your house for the holidays.

STEP 11: Don't spend more money than you have. Anxiety over after-Christmas bills can ruin your holiday.

This week...

Don't forget this week....

Monday - Kettles/Choir Practise
Tuesday - Kettles
Wednesday - Kettles/Chateau Mission Visit
Thursday - Kettles
Friday - Kettles
Saturday - Kettles/YP Christmas Concert Practise/Floor Hockey Party
Sunday - Worship Service - YP Concert/Winspear Festival of Carols

Sunday Service

Hello one and all!

Yesterday we celebrated Advent #2 of Christmas. During the sermon Capt Les reminded us of the importance of Peace and Joy not only at Christmas time but year round.

Next week our young peoples Christmas contata will perform and lead the service. You will want to come early to ensure yourself a seat!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Kettles, Kettles, Kettles

In case you are wondering...

Before the start of the day Saturday Dec 9, we have raised $36,910.00 to date.

Yes we are well on our way after now completing 13 days of the 27 day campaign. Thank you for all who have helped out thus far and we look forward to achieving this years goal of $90,000.00 but only with your help! Keep on believing!


Tomorrow is Advent # 2. The sermon Title is "God knows exactly want you need" and we will be looking at a video clip from Santa Claus 2 - the movie! Be sure to come early and get a seat and bring your best praise and worship offering to God. See you at 11:am sharp!

Heads Up....

As we are fastly approaching this christmas year we need to keep in mind all the programs going on around our area and within our church. So for those of you that need a visual reminder here are some upcoming events:

Thurs. Dec.7/06- Light Up St.Albert @ 7:00pm

Friday Dec.8/06- Floor Hockey Night

Sat. Dec.9/06- Children's Christmas Concert Practice (at the church) from 11am-2pm

Sun. Dec.10/06

- Sturgeon Hospital (hand out sunshine bags) @ 2pm

- St.Albert Ministry Staff Christmas Party @ 6:30pm

Tues. Dec. 12/06- Lunch Bunch @ 11am

Sat. Dec. 16/06

- FINAL Christmas Concert Practice (at the church) from 11am-2pm

- Floor Hockey Season Ending Party @ 7pm (at the church)

Sun. Dec.17/06

- Christmas Play (During Church)

- Festival of Carols at the Winspear at 7:00pm

Christmas Kettle Update

We are now well underway and have completed 10 of 27 days in this year's Christmas Kettle Campaign. Thus far we have raised $25,699.15. This years goal is $90,000.00. Please continue to pray for us to reach our objective and for people to come forward and help where they can.

Many thanks to those who have already given of their time and money in assisting us thus far.

Please help us help others!


As a result of a flu epedemic our visit to River Ridge Lodge this evening has had to be cancelled. Stay tuned for the rescheduled date when we will be able to deliver our sunshine bags to the residents.


If you guys weren't at church today you missed a VERY important and VERY exciting announcement.
Stefan and Laura are engaged....WOO HOO!!
We wish you both a lifetime of everlasting love and happiness.
Congrats Guys!

< - - - - - That is her BEAUTIFUL RING!

Could you imagine?

Could you imagine having the WORST possible scenario?

Could you imagine coming to work and have your building be burried under mounds of snow? I guess there is no work for you!

Could you imagine waking up the next morning in a rush to get to work and come out and see your car covered like in snow?

Could you imagine having do your job outside in a big blizzard?

Safety Tip of the Day!

Bad weather, accidents, vehicle breakdowns - you never know what might be around the next corner in this kind of weather. So it makes sense to keep a basic emergency kit in your car. Here’s what I recommend:
  • Ice scraper and or de-icer
  • Blankets
  • Extra Batteries
  • Extra Anti-Freeze
  • First Aid Kit
  • Battery Jump Kit
  • Shovel-in case you get stuck in the snow
  • Gloves, Hats, Mitts, Scarves


Have some extra time on your hands? Need some extra chrsitmas money? We have got a solution for you! We are still need looking for some people to sign up for some kettle shifts. There are always lots of available, and it only takes a 2 hours of your time and you are helping our church and our community by donating those 2 short hours. If you are interested in signing up for some shifts you can call the office during the week (780)-458-1937 or on Sunday morning before church there is a sign up table. Remember....there are a variety of locations to choose from : Wal-Mart (St.Albert), Wal-Mart (Spruce Grove), Leisure Center, Superstore, Save On Foods (North) and Save On Foods (Village Landing) and the St.Albert Center. Times for these shifts are between 10am to 8pm. You can sign up for 2 hrs, 4 hrs, or even the whole day! All is greatly appreciated!

For those of you that have signed up so far, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Your time is appreciated by all!

1st week of Advent...Coming Soon!

Make sure you don't miss out on church next week because it is Advent #1.

The Season of Advent has a double meaning:
"As a season to prepare for Christmas when Christ's first coming to us is remembered; as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ's Second Coming at the end of time."

The scripture passages of the birth of Christ can be found in Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:1-20.

Christmas is a time for love and fun, a time to reshape souls and roots and a time to give your heart to everyone.

As we approach this cold christmas season, let's keep in mind the TRUE meaning of christmas. Christmas is spending the Christmas season with family and friends, reliving old traditions, giving service to those in need and most importantly remembering the birth of Jesus.

Pray Hard!

It seems that the common cold and flu are travelling around the area these past few weeks, and tons of people from our congregation are either dealing with it now or have luckily gotten over it already. PRAY FOR HEALING! Here are some ways to prevent yourself and your family from getting it:

1.) Wash your hands, very frequently (it is also proven that hand sanitizer is just as effective as washing your hands)
2.) Make sure to take your daily multivitamin and eat well
3.) Drinking plenty of water will keep you well hydrated. Proper hydration is essential to a strong immune system and will help you feel better as well.
4.) Stay away from sick people who have a fever or cold symptoms, this is when they are most contagious.

Note to everyone not feeling well: Get lots of rest and we hope you feel better as soon as possible

Christmas Countdown: 31 Days!

Christian Jokes!

Lesson in Lying

A minister told his congregation, "Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17."

The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, "Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying."
Late for Bible Class

A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she could, trying not to be late for Bible class. As she ran she prayed, "Dear Lord, please don't let me be late! Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!"

While she was running and praying, she tripped on a curb and fell, getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress. She got up, brushed herself off, and started running again. As she ran she once again began to pray, "Dear Lord, please don't let me be late...But please don't shove me either!"
Church Announcement

There is the story of a preacher who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program. The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets."
The Creation of Wives

At Sunday School they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings. Little Johnny seemed especially intent when they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam's ribs. Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill, and said, "Johnny, what is the matter?"
Little Johnny responded, "I have pain in my side. I think I'm going to have a wife
Instruction About Church

A Sunday school teacher asked the children just before she dismissed them to go to church, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?"
Annie replied, "Because people are sleeping."

Bundle Up!

Make sure that you bundle up for this next week it is suppost to be a COLD COLD WEEK!!!
It is suppost to get as cold as -33C. I don't think that should be allowed, but we have no say in this. All we can do is bundle up with our hats, gloves, scarfs, long underwear, boots, snowpants, ear muffs, parka and a nice hot glass of hot chocolate around this time of year.

Doesn't this just look better and better each day?........

Christmas Countdown: 32 Days!

Christmas Countdown!

Time sure does fly doesn't it? Do you know that Christmas is only 33 days away
That is crazy if ya ask me! That means that we need to .....
b) Get out and do some shopping
c) Get those christmas lights up (but not so sure with the weather) and also the christmas decorations
Isn't christmas a jolly good time? I guess what we need to remember aside from getting everything perfect for the family and friends is that JESUS WAS BORN! It is the real reason for the season!

Kettles Start Thursday

This years goal is $90,000.00 which will require 3000 hours of working kettles over the next 31 days.

Are you doing your part? Have you signed up yet? WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Help us help others - contact Marcia Berrisford at 780-458-1937 and sign up TODAY (PLEASE)!

Kettle Kick Off

Today was our annual kick off event. This year it was held at the new leisure centre in St. Albert. There was a good turn out from the community and was appreciated by all.

Special thanks to the DHQ PR Department, Paul Moulton and his staff at Servus Credit Union Place for their hospitality, Mootastic for the donation of coffee and treats for everyone to enjoy, to Marcia, Jon & Maggie for putting on such a special event and special thanks to our Mayor Paul Chalifoux, MLA Jack Flaherty, and our Kettle Campaign honorary chairman Fire Chief Len Clarke.

Good Morning!

What a great week this week has turned out to be. Pioneer Club on Thursday night continues to be a growing success and a great oppurtunity where the kids are currently practicing for our Christmas Concert which is taking place on Sunday Decemeber 17. Floor Hockey on Friday night had a good turn out and playing to their heart's content (and some maybe their hearts are beating a little fast then normal).

Don't forget this week at church today Captain Leanne Van Duinen will be preaching AND don't forget to be at the leisure centre on Tuesday November 21 for our Kettle Kickoff (and maybe you will wanna pick up some shifts while you are there, there are always lots available).

Just a reminder to everyone: 36 DAYS TILL CHRSITMAS
So make sure to get dad or mom out there and hang those christmas lights and maybe even start spreading the holiday cheer and put up the christmas tree and the decorations around the house. That always puts a smile on everyone's face knowing that Christmas is soon around the corner.

Financial Donations

If you would like to give financially toward this year Christmas Campaign please contact the office during regular business hours at 780-458-1937 or leave a message on a post and we will contact you. Receipts will be provided upon request.

Thanks in advance for helping us help others!

2006 Christmas Campaign

Did you know, have you not heard......?

We are about to launch into our Christmas Fundraising campaign. This year we have prayerfully set our goal to raise $150,000.00 through our Kettles and Mail campaign. Please keep in mind that these funds go to our community neighbours who are in need - throughout the entire year not just at Christmas time.

Please remember that these dollars DO NOT come to the Church Ministries, these funds are kept seperate and dispersed through our Community and Family Services department.

The kettle kick off is on Nov 21 at 11:30 at the Leisure centre which marks the start of our kettle campaign and the Mail will be going out to 50,000 local area homes and business in the next seven days.

Be sure to see Mrs. Marcia Berrisford if you can help us in any way during the campaign.

Western Canada - Satellite Pics

Be sure to check out this site to get a better perspective!

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Let it snow....

Yes the weather outside is frightful - definitely not delightful! We are experiencing yet another winter storm (the third one of the season thus far). It now appears that we have between 12-15 inches of snow on the ground - uuggghhhh!

Let's be honest - I would rather we doing this.....

...than this

If you are not here - be thankful! I'll have more pics soon!

Remembrance Ceremony!

Just a reminder to those of you that are planning on attending the Remembrance Day Ceremony in downtown St.Albert it is TOMORROW at 10:30 am. We would love for you to be there to support our veterans and soldiers still fighting today and to support some of our own church band that will be playing! Bundle Up and hope to see ya tomorrow morning!

Christmas is Coming

Cantata Practise
Just a reminder that Cantata practise takes place on Monday and Wednesday's of each week at the Church. If you want to sing you've got to get there for practise!

Sign up sheets are now available - see Marcia Berrisford for available times and locations

Kettle Kick Off
This years kick off takes place on Tuesday Nov 21 - 11:30AM at the new multi-purpose leisure centre complex in St. Albert. The Mayor is coming, the Chief of the Fire Department is coming, MP Jack Flaherty is coming, the media is coming.....ARE YOU COMING?

Mail Campaign
This year we will be delivering 50,000 Christmas letters to the citizens and business of St Albert, Morinville, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain etc. Please give generously to support this campaign. Every dollar that you give goes to those in need in our community. So please help us help others!

Church Time!

Remembrance Day: It is observed on November 11 to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918. Remembrance Day is specifically dedicated to members of the armed forces who were killed during war and who are currently serving for our country today.
Today, at church, We had a full house. Tons of new people and of course our own congregation members. It was awesome! As wel l as today we celebrated the strength and courage of our fellow soldiers in our "Remembrance Day Ceremony". We were blessed to have Patti Dunsmore read some of her poems that she had written and Tom Reid read the poem In Flanders Field. As well our a full brass band played a few pieces today(10 ppl) and the worship team played a few selections as well.

Make sure to join us all at The St.Albert Cenotaph on Saturday November 11 at 10:30am to remember the men and women who have and continue to serve our country.

This Coming Sunday

Be sure to join us this coming Sunday as we continue with our Revelation Series and explore - "The Battle of Armageddon" based on Chapter 19. Make sure that you have done your reading in your preparation for Sunday.

See you all there!
Evolution of Dance

I hope you guys like this as much as I did when i saw it!
Just a few pictures sunny Panorama. Sorry about the snow!!!!

Good Morning!

Good Morning Everyone! Have you taken a look outside yet to see the MOUNDS of snow we receieved last night?.
Sorry about the 2 same posts (it shows how much my mother knows about posting a blog,haha poor mommy, she will eventually get the hang of it, I was in bed when she attempted to post it). I would delete one of them if I could but I can't, something went wrong. So we are all just going to have to read it twice (you will get a better sense of it if you read it twice anyways)

So for now I leave you with a cartoon strip, Have a great Saturday everyone and hope to see you all tomorrow for Church!

Pioneer Club=SUCCESS!

For those of you that don't know, we had a Pumpkin Party for Pioneer Clubs last night for the kids, their friends and their families. Wanna know how many kids? 57 KIDS! and that doesn't include their families and on top of that all the leaders. The kids enjoyed things such as apple bobbing, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin games, cookie decorating, crafts and a creepy science lab that Stefan and Laura put together (well done guys, heard lots of good things and creepy gross things about it). It was a great night and we also had some great costumes.


(when i saw this it made me think of my Dad. I know it is talking about the beginning of the football season and we are just coming to an end, but i still had to put it up there. Hope you all get a laugh out of it!)

Before i forget, I just wanna wish the men as they are off to a weekend of relaxing, fellowship, GREAT food in Panorama, BC. Safe drive and hope you all have fun!

Mens Trip To Panorama

Hey guys - this weekend we are heading to Panorama BC for a fun filled weekend of fun, friendship building and fellowship. The first van will leave at 10am and the second van at 5pm. Don't forget to pack your Bibles, Swim suits and your food.

The Tribulation

Want to learn more about the Tribulation? Be sure to come this Sunday and find out what Revelation chapters 6-12 says about it!

Keep the faith Bucs fans - Go Bucs Go

Capt Les' favorite NFL Football team - the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled off an amazing accomplishment when they kicked a 62 yard field goal to win the game. It is only the third time in NFL history that a kick this long was made. Way to go Bucs!!!

This game was truly about having faith in your team. Sorry about your eagles Stefan, it was a valiant attempt!

Pumpkin Party!

Thursday Night at 6:30pm for Pioneer Club we will be having a Pumpkin Party at the church. This is for children and their family. The more the merrier!!! If anyone is interested in bringing PEANUT FREE snacks please contact Jon or Tracy Savage at 780-458-1937. Come out for a fun time including food, pumpkin games, play games and singing!! Hope to see you there!

Men's Retreat!

Unfortunately, Men's Promise Keepers which was going to be held in Regina, Sask. next weekend is all sold out. BUT Captain Les has organized a "Men's Retreat" in Panorama B.C in place of Promise Keepers next weekend. The price is $125.00 for the weekend and that includes transportation, accomodation and food arrangemnts. THIS IS FOR ALL AGES! If you are interested in attending, Contact Captain Les A.S.A.P!!!!!

Sunday Musings!

Today in church Captain Tiffany lead us through Revelation Chapter 4 and reminded us of John's vision of heaven. Next week sermon # 3 in the series of 7, Captain Tiffany will once again lead us in the book of Revelation.

As well as music from the worship team such as - "How Great Is Our God", " Celebrate Jesus Celebrate", "Worthy is the Lamb" and "Offering".

Before the service, we had a good turn out for our "Toast Fellowship" which commenced at 9am. Thank to Walter and Susan Kwak for their gourmet delights.

If you missed out, make sure to join us next sunday!


Do you find yourself really bored after work?...Well do we have a job for you! We need 50, 000 envelopes stuffed to go out for our Christmas Campaign, and if you are REALLY interested you can bring your own box home (each with 500 envelopes and inserts inside). Doesn't that sound intriguing? If you are willing to lend a hand and help out, contact Marcia Berrisford or Jon Savage for more details. THANKS!

Go Oilers Go!

Although Edmonton didn't win last night against the Vancouver Canucks, stay tuned and watch the re-match game in Edmonton at Rexall starting at 7:00pm tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. GO OILERS GO!
AND if you are not busy Wednesday you can watch the Toronto Maple Leafs play Colodardo Avalanches starting at 7:30pm. GO LEAFS GO!! woo hooo!!


Well if you don't know..TODAY IS CAPTAIN TIFFANY'S BIRTHDAY!!....
Let's celebrate:
Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday Dear Tiffany
Happy Birthday To You
Let's just re-cap on the reasons why we all love her so much:
-she is always there running towards you saying " HEEEEYYYYYYY"
-she ALWAYS has a smile on her face..ALWAYS
-she has an amazing singing voice (and leads the worship team GREAT)
-she is a fun/loving person
-she always calls someone when they are not feeling well and offers a helping hand
- we all love her new hair styles each month..there all beautiful
-her LOUD laugh
A Poem For My Mommy:
It’s your birthday, Mom.
So I will raise a cheer.
For without you, wondrous person,I would not be here.

Yes, I owe it all to you, Mom.
From the time that I was small,You encouraged me in everything,
And tried not to let me fall.

Throughout my life your caring,
Brightened each and every minute.
You loved me and enriched my life,
And I’m so glad to have you in it!

Christmas Countdown!

Just something to keep in all your minds...but....CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE! How long?

D E C E M B E R 2 5, 2 0 0 6
6 Hours
45 Minutes

Cool Christian T-shirts

Interested in buying the t-shirt's here? AND SO MANY MORE....
Go To:
and on the left hand column there are a few links for hoodies, long sleeve t-shirts, t-shirts (for youth, juniors and adults)

Upcoming Sermon Series - Revelation

For the next six weeks we starting a series entitled "Our Final Battle Cry" based on the book of Revelation. As we progress through the series, we will focus on Holiness and address the ultimate victory that is ours as faithful followers of Christ.

Week #1 - The church and worship, Week #2 - The Tribulation,
Week #3 - The AntiChrist, Week #4 - Armageddon,
Week #5 - The New Era, Week #6 - Christ's Return

This series may change your life! See you at Church!


Hey guys...don't forget that promise keepers is coming Oct 27-29 weekend in Regina. If you are planning on coming be sure to let Gary Haynes, Rob McConechy or Capt Les know by the end of the day on Sunday Oct 15, 2006. For $125.00 you will get accommodation, transportation, and registration for the weekend. Meals are extra. SIGN UP TODAY before its too late!

Church Fellowship Night - CANCELLED

Hey hey everyone...

Do too circumstances beyond our control we have had to cancel this months Church Fellowship Night. Don't be too sad everyone - it will return in November!

Praise God!!

Wow! If you missed out on church today, you missed a hip hoppin' service! The worship today was unbelieveable! The thanksgiving decorations were done up so wonderfully and you could really feel the spirit moving in the sanctuary today! From Songs like Days of Elijah to Blessed Be Your Name to Forever to I Could Sing of Your Love Forever! It's amazing how many people really get into the music when we (the worship team) are playing it. From the stage it is an awesome thing to see people lifting their hands up to the Lord.

At the beginning of the sermon, Joe Ludlow took the "Crave" group out for the weekly crave bible study. They were watching the Chronicles of Narnia movie and picking out the christian perspectives from it. VERY CREATIVE!
Speaking of kids, was the nursery ever packed! We seem to have more and more kids under the age of 3. It's awesome! One day those kids could be the leaders of our church!
The Band also played a selection today in the service titled " Who Is He", very well done!
God works in mysterious ways and thats what is so amazing about his power and glory.
"Give Thanks to the Lord, Our God and King, HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER"

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

Give Thanks!

As Thanksgiving is fast approaching this weekend just keep in mind that God wants us to celebrate his love. God wants us to give thanks in everything. God doesn't want this because he is greedy for praise, the Lord doesn't want it so that he will feel better about himself, he wants it because it will bless us and because it will bless the world he has made.He wants us to remember what He has done so that we will not be afraid when we are in need of help, and so that we will not grow arrogant or rude with the riches that we have. He wants us to remember and give thanks to him, and to those around us so that our lives will be full of light and hope and so our actions full of compassion and love.
This song reminds us to be greatful of what we have and be greatful/mindful of what we say and do.

Thanksgiving Time...

Well it is that time of the year where SCRUMPTIOUS meals are placed right infront of you at the dinner table and you can't do anything but eat as much as possible (cause it is soooo good). I found a few healthy tips that you could possibly use on the preparing and cooking of the dinner (and will also make you fit into your brand new pants that you bought for work the next day)

  • Don't stuff the turkey with the dressing, as it absorbs much of the fat. Bake it in a covered casserole instead.
  • Saute onions and celery in a small amount of butter/margarine, i.e., 1 tablespoon. Use chicken or turkey broth for additional moisture.
  • Roast the turkey on a rack so the fat drips away from the bird.
  • Use a fat separator for the roasting pan juices and skim off all fat before making the gravy. (like using a dry package of turkey gravy mix for added flavor and thickening)


  • Sprinkle hot vegetables with dill for flavor instead of butter.
  • Use all fruit spreads on rolls vs butter or margarine OR, SKIP THE ROLLS due to so many other "bread" items, i.e., stuffing, sweet potatoes, whipped potatoes, etc.
  • Use the 1-10 rating system during Thanksgiving dinner. Rate each food that is passed on a 1-10 scale - 1, not appealing - 10, WOW, my favorite! Eat only 9's and 10's. Pass up the rest!
  • Don't skip meals before the big meal that day. You'll be too hungry and may overeat. Treat it as a regular day - 3 meals and fruit snacks.
  • Begin the meal with a salad. You'll eat less during dinner.
  • After dinner, go for a long walk!

Small Groups....

Just to let those of you that are interested in attending the following small groups the times and places of where and when they commence:

The Men's Group starts tonight at The church at 7:00pm

The Ladies Group starts tomorrow night at The Dube's at 6:30pm

The Adults Group starts tomorrow night at The Berrisford's at 6:30pm

The Parenting Group starts tomorrow night at The Marshall's at 6:30pm

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Well Hello!! It's been a while but so much has happened:

Friday Night- The youth and our youth pastors travelled the 2 and a half hours to the Salvation Army Pine Lake Camp for Youth Together 2006. Youth from Alberta came to worship God in a positive Christian environment. While back in St.Albert our new floor hockey league went very well! 18 guys/girls showed up to play and have some fun! This week the teams will be picked just pray that Dean Poffley is on your team He's AWESOME! WHOAH! We hope to see everyone out there next friday!

Saturday- Had a wonderful time at our 2nd annual golf tournament and potluck. The weather was fantastic, we had a record turn out and everyone received a prize during the potluck dinner immediately following the golf.
Special mention to the most honest golfer: Gina Joys, to the longest putt winner: Betty, and to the shortest putt: Susan Kwak

Sunday- In spite of the many who attended Youth Councils at Pine Lake Camp we enjoyed an amazing worship service and Captain Tiffany reminded us of the importance of being part of a church family, being connected to one another and committed to caring for each another.

This Week's Birthdays: Stefan's Birthday is on Tuesday October 2, and Erin Mireau is turning 19 on Thursday October 5!

Just Checking In......

I was just checking in to make sure that you were all spending some extra family quality time with each other. Things like going for a drive, maybe going to a movie, out for a nice dinner or just playing some games in the comfort of your own home.

For all you youth attending Youth Councils this weekend just remember that we are leaving from the church at 4:30pm!!!

DON'T FORGET. that this weekend is the 2nd annual golf tournament and potluck at Cotoye Canyon. It starts this Saturday at 1pm.

Also....have you checked out the St.Albert Gazette today? If you noticed around the middle of the paper there is a picture of some of the youth in the Big Banana... WE GOT AN AD IN THE PAPER ABOUT IT!! woo hoo!!!!

Finally.. don't forget to sign up for small groups this Sunday!! It is not something you want to miss out on!! We have some awesome leaders leading some awesome fun filled groups that are going to be amazing!! Tough Decision..thats for sure!

Calling All Men....

For all men interested in having some fun, meeting new people and like being in a positive christian atmosphere!!!There will be a Promise Keepers conference in Regina Saskatchewan on October 27 and 28th, 2006. DON'T MISS OUT! This is an oppurtunity you do not want to miss out on! Promise Keepers ignites, equips and unites your faith! Promise Keepers Canada has the tools to help you grow in your faith and build more integrity into your life! For any further information please contact Rob McConechy, Gary Haynes and/or Captain Les at (780)458-1937.

Sunday Musings

Another busy day at the Church....

-Worship Team Practice took place at 9:00am
-The first "Toast Fellowship Club" started at 9:45am
-Sunday School occurred during the worship service
-Small groups sign up lists were distributed and everyone was encouraged to sign up and get involved in a group that interests them the most

During the Fall session there are five small groups that we can all choose from. They are...

1. Desperate Households - this group is aimed at parents looking for positive parenting support and direction based on God's Word.
2. Leave No Man Behind - based on this years Promise Keepers theme this group is for all men who desire to seek God's will for their own lives and how to make a difference.
3. Virtuous Women - this group focuses on issues that todays Women deal with such as stress and the balance of work and home.
4. The Gospel of Mark - this group for adults in general will work through the book of Mark and will see what it has to say and how it applies to living in todays world.
5. Does Your Life Mirror Your TV? - this group which is also for adults in general will look into TV shows such as Desperate Housewives, Extreme Makeover, CSI and the Apprentice to see what effect they have on our daily life and our perceptions.

Be sure to sign up before they commence on Oct 4th & 5th!

Todays Message - Capt Les then challenged us to keep the main thing the main thing. Using Haggai chapter 1:1-15 we were reminded that God must be our first priority in life, then our families and then our Jobs.

As we begin the fall program season and with all of the "worldly" pressures that seem to zap us of our time we must remain focused and keep our priorities in order.

Coffee Fellowship - following the service we enjoyed some fellowship over a cup of coffee and tea

Chateau Mission - at 3:00pm Jon & Tracy Savage led the service at our monthly visit to Chateau Mission Seniors Home. In spite of the fire alarm sounding off - the service was enjoyed by all.

That's it - the rest of the day is now family time where we will be spending some quality time with each other - may I suggest that you try the same thing at your home!

What A Success...

Sorry it has been a while since I have posted. What i wanted to say was how great thursday night was. We had a lovely spaghetti meal prepared for us by Captain Tiffany. YUMMY!! It was just a time for everyone to be together and fellowship. The dinner was followed by Pioneer Club, which was run by our youth pastors Jon and Tracy and as well as the teaching staff which included: Cpt. Tiffany Marshall, Courtney Marshall, Erin Mireau, Mike Kwak and Laura Abday & Stefan. There were about 35 kids there that attended that night (and a lot of them being community kids as well as kids from our own church!!!!). Pioneer Club was then followed by Band Practice at 8:15pm. We had 9 attend and still some were missing!! What a Night.
Pictures coming soon!!!!


Just to let you know... tomorrow is the the big night at the church!!! Starting at 5:30pm we will be having a Small Groups Dinner and information night. Come discover the new study topics for this session and choose the one that's best for you.

For all you parents out there... Pioneer Clubs run from 6:30-8:00 so bring the kids while you participate in your small group. Finally, Band Practice starts again under our fearless leader... Stefan from 8:15-9:30!!!

Hope to see you all there!!!