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We need a REGISTRATION COORDINATOR who will enjoy the challenge of being responsible for ensuring smooth registration and check-in of attendees. This person will use the event registration system to help people register before the event, and will setup, train and implement the on-site check-in for the duration of the conference. This role requires a leader who is comfortable with technology and the use of laptops, iPads and smartphone apps. For more details regarding this commitment please call Tom Loewen at 250-258-0555 or email email@example.com.
Christmas In July
On the morning of a Christmas Eve several years ago my son and I went for a run in East Kelowna. I called it my “make room for turkey run.” On a deserted stretch of road I heard a vehicle approaching from behind so we moved over to let it pass. Instead of passing us it slowed down, then pulled even with us and finally stopped. Based on experience I assumed it would be somebody looking for directions. When people see you running in a neighborhood they automatically assume you know the area, which is not always a safe assumption. Rather than ask for directions, however, the driver put down his window, handed me a couple lotto tickets, said, “Merry Christmas,” and took off leaving me with my jaw hanging open.
Scratching the tickets later at home I discovered I’d won $500. Actually I didn’t, I’m just messing with you, but that would sure make a great story wouldn’t it? The preacher winning the lottery! You would have thought it was rigged!
Years have passed and I occasionally still reflect on that experience. To the best of my knowledge the man in the truck didn’t know me and he certainly didn’t know I would be running around East Kelowna that morning. Rather, he was driving around just looking for someone to bless and I happened to be the target.
What a concept! Read More
Please join us this weekend on campus or online as we continue the series “THE RESILIENT LIFE” – In Part 3, Pastor Tim Schroeder will teach: “Seized By A Fresh Call” – Saturday evening at 5:30 PM, Sunday morning at 10:00 AM ONLY! Bring Your Bibles –
“Let nothing move you.”
1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.”
Recently, a number of very unhappy Toronto Maple Leaf fans have been tossing their Leaf jerseys on the ice during a game in protest of the current losing streak. Clearly these disgruntled and disgusted fans have had enough and are jumping off the Bud’s bandwagon.
They are not standing firm. They are being moved. They have decided to throw in the towel, or hockey sweater to be more precise, and move on. They have concluded that their support of the Leafs is in vain.
Sadly, this same behaviour can play itself in my spiritual life as I seek to follow Christ. Read More
Recently, our son and our daughter-in law were here from the coast including our young grandson. Part of the reason for their visit was to give Ryan and Lacey the gift of time away from numerous responsibilities…so away they went…and grandma and grandpa took over Clark’s care. If you look up “busy” in the dictionary I am sure that you will see our grandson’s picture there. While his parents were away, Eve and I played, sang, read books, took walks, picked flowers and did all of the usual things you do with and for toddlers. If you looked up “tired” in the dictionary that day, there was probably a picture of Eve and me there. One afternoon we stopped by Hardwick Park in Glenmore so that our little guy could play. While there we met a mom with two kids who had recently moved to Kelowna and was looking for ways and places to connect as a family. In the course of our conversation we mentioned that Trinity had a great Adventureland for youngsters and that her kids would probably love it. The woman drank in all of the information that we shared and thanked us profusely for talking with her and sharing such helpful information. Little did we know that in the process of looking after our grandson that we would make a good connection with another parent. As we walked away, Eve and I acknowledged how open this woman was to input from us…even though we were total strangers. So…never be shy or afraid to reach out to people and invite them to Trinity…whether it is for them or for kids. Youngsters can often be the open door to church. If you haven’t been to a playground recently, try it…you’ll like it . God does His Special Work there as well.
Pastor Brian Carlson for TRINITY CARE.
Connect The Dots
What is the connection between what you are doing this morning and the rest of your life?
You may not immediately be able to place your finger on a meaningful correlation but I hope you are aware that there definitely is one! Author Gordon MacDonald talks of the moment that connection first made its way to his consciousness. His track coach pulled out a notebook containing specific details of how he envisioned Gordon performing in races that were three years out. Gordon was fifteen years old. For him, long-range planning consisted of what he’d do Friday night. To see a performance plan for his life that was three years out? He says, “Until that time no one had ever talked to me about the architecture – the big picture – of my life.”
As I focus this summer on building a resilient life, MacDonald’s conclusion cannot be dodged. “Resilient people believe in big pictures,” he says. Resilient people believe their life is going somewhere and their daily activities either move them toward or away from that picture.
When I was a teenager, back in the days when gas was cheap, we used to spend entire evenings driving around. We had no plan or intention of going anywhere we just drove around, and around.
I wonder how often my life reflects a similar lack of direction. St. Paul once wrote to his favorite church and said, “One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). There was a clear goal in mind. There was a sense that his life was lived in response to a call of some kind. Without that goal life can easily devolve into meaningless activity. Read More
Please join us this weekend on campus or online as we continue the series “THE RESILIENT LIFE” – Week 2, Pastor Wayne Alguire will teach: “Draw a Big Picture” – Saturday evening at 5:30 PM, Sunday morning at 10:00 AM ONLY! Bring Your Bibles – Numbers 13, Joshua 14.
“Continue in Him.”
1 John 2:28 “And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.”
Our culture is filled with people like me who seem to be more interested in having 15 minutes of fame than pursuing a life of integrity and steadfast character. I check my mobile device endlessly for the latest update or juicy tidbit on practically anything, fearful that I might dare miss something of grand significance.
Meanwhile the larger and much grander view is lost. The concept of a ‘long obedience in the same direction’ ignored. The much greater narrative, of being called by God and saved by Christ and empowered by the Spirit, for His glory and purpose is forgotten.
Far too often I can stumble around in circles living unaware that a much better path lies right before me. A life where I continue in Him until my last breath in order that I may stand before Him with much joy and security. Read More