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!!!

Rally Day!!

So it is not the best weather BUT we are still going to have tons of fun today!!!

12:00pm-5:00pm: Carnival Games (dunk tank, pony rides, candy machines, bouncy castle)

5:00pm-6:00pm : Corn Roast

7:00pm-8:30pm: Square Dancing


Encourage Each Other!

Are you feeling down lately? Have you been sick recently? Are you needing a little cheering up from your family or friends? I realized that people need encouragement all of the time. I believe that the devil attacks Christians with depression and loneliness to take our minds off of God.
God commands Moses in Deuteronomy 3:27-29 to "commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see." (NIV)

Here are some more references to scrpiture to remind us to encourage one another.
  • Isaiah 1:16-18 tells us to "learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow." (NIV)
  • Romans 12:7-9 reminds us that encouragement is one of the gifts of the Spirit - "if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully." (NIV)
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:10-12 tells us to "encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." (NIV)
    Since we can plainly see that we are commanded

Since we can plainly see that we are commanded to encourage one another, what is the best way to do that? I think that there are many ways:

1) Call them.

2) Take them out for lunch.

3) Send them a letter or card.

4) Throw them a surprise party.

5) Send them flowers or a gift.

6) Go on a walk with them.

My challenge to you for this week is to go out and encourage one another. Be a shining light of God and go out and E-N-C-O-U-R-A-G-E!!!

Soul Food!

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus". Philippians 4:4-7 NIV


"He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. " -Colossians 1:17


"If You are pleased with me, teach me Your ways so I may know You and continue to find favor with You." - Exodus 33:13


"The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are saf". - Proverbs 18:10


"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." - James 4:7


"I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ." - Phm. 1:6


"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong" - 1 Colossians 16:13

Weather Prayers!!!

If you have not checked the forecast for this week, it does not look so good!! IT IS SUPPOST TO RAIN ON THE WEEKEND!! It can't rain on the weekend. So much hard work and planning have gone into our rally day weekend and it just would not be as much fun if it were all inside. AND.....Captain Les would not be able to be dunked in the dunk tank? I do not know about you guys but I wanna see that! So basically we need lots and lots of prayers that the rain will hold off until after the weekend!!

Kids, Kids and More Kids

It is such a blessing to have more and more children attending our sunday church services. Every sunday it seems like there is more and more kids in the sunday school classes and/or nursery. ITS AWESOME! Kids bring so much love and joy into everyone's lives and it is so amazing how each and every one of these children of God are so special in each and everyone's eyes!

This is Jon and Tracy's Sunday School Class! They were watching a movie and eating treats!!! mmm...
All the younger kids playing in the Nursery.

Working Away......

This past Saturday was the first day that the bus committee got started on re-vamping the big banana. As they were doing so, I captured some pictures of them slaving away....

<- - - - The final product from Day #1

Walter Kwak and Dean Poffley working very hard or tearing up the carpet in the bus. - - - - >

< - - - - Captain Les scraping the siding of the bus
Thanks Guys for all your hard work! We are all looking forward to the final product!


Did anyone watch last night's game? Well..if you didn't let me just re-cap what went on...

  • Edmonton had a 16-0 lead against the Calgary Stampeders (9 of those came from Sean Fleming's feild goals) and then the other 6 came from a 20 yard fumble.
  • Just past the halfway mark of the second, Calgary finally hit the scoreboard when Edmonton opted to concede a safety rather than give the Stamps good field possession on a punt out of the end zone.
  • The Esks found themselves hemmed in their own end on their next possession and once again conceded a two-point safety as Calgary closed to 16-11 at the half.
  • Fleming made his fourth field goal from 36 yards early in the third but the Stamps came back again, moving to within one after a 96-yard drive culminated in a four-yard pass from Burris to Nikolas Lewis to make it 19-18 after the third.
  • A single off a booming kickoff by DeAngelis put the Stampeders ahead 26-19.
  • The Eskimos scored two touchdowns in the final six seconds of the game to defeat the Calgary Stampeders 35-26

Funny Church Comics!



Sorry it has taken so long for a new post to come on, BUT ONE IS HERE NOW!! I was looking at our map( the icon just below) and it is showing that we are having some visitors from various places....around the world! That is really cool how people from everywhere are looking at our little st.albert blog! BUT i think people need to start leaving some comments on here! Not just the vistitors from around the globe but from alberta as well...we can keep in touch!

Countdown to Rally Day Weekend: 9 days!


For all you CFL Fans out there don't forget to watch CBC today at 1:00pm for the ultimate


Time: 1:00pm @ McMahon Stadium


Happy Labour Day Weekend

It is one of the most wonderful times of the year! LONG WEEKEND! It's a time to enjoy with your family and friends and just relax and have some fun.
For those of you that couldn't attend church yesterday, you missed out!. Captain Les had us busting a gut during the sermon. He was sharing with us the top 7 things that you won't hear in a Church and the top 7 bulletin bloopers. They were absolutely hilarious, if you looked around the room absolutley everyone was laughing. Aside from that Captain Les also reminded us about the importance of joy and laughter in the Christian life.
Let loose and just laugh at little

Fact: That Children laugh on average 400 times/day yet Adults only laugh on average 15 times/day.

???Can you believe it???

To say the least it was a really good day. I was glad to see all of the new people that came to Church! It is always great to see new faces wanting to either find a new place to worship or just a place to check out and see what it is all about! The More the Merrier! Hopefully we will see everyone again real soon!

Church Tomorrow!

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is our daily church service at 11:00am.

Captain Les will continue his series on Holiness (Part 3) and learning how to live a holy life.

As well as the music that has been chosen for tomorrow, i guarantee you that it will be uplifting and has a beat that you can clap your hands, bob your head and stomp your feet to.

Take a close look at the bullentin tomorrow for the upcoming events

We hope to see you all there!

Tribute to Flight 5191

I'm sure you have all heard about "Comair Flight 5191" that crashed in Kentucky.

The Salvation Army responded to Blue Grass Airport yesterday after learning of the tragic crash of Comair flight 5191 that killed 49 people. The regional jet had left the gate before dawn with 50 people aboard. Somehow, the pilots mistakenly turned onto the wrong runway, a runway that was too short for the twin-engine plane, and tried to take off which failed. The plane crashed in a field just beyond Lexington's Blue Grass Airport.

Still today, The Salvation Army is continuing to provide assistance to the families of those who were lost in the worst U.S. plane disaster since 2001. Two Salvation Army emergency disaster services vehicles continue to be stationed near the airport and have already served 130 meals as well as snacks.There are trained Salvation Army volunteers and pastors on site who are providing emotional and spiritual care to the victims famillies.

The specific victims and their famillies need your continual prayers and support as they are going through this hard time.