Monday, 19 October 2015

Catching Up

The second week of October was our annual Alpha Canada retreat at beautiful Loon Lake Lodge in BC. Here's the whole gang in one of our less serious moments:
The final 'A' seems to be hiding. We are not 'Alph."
It was a time of wonderful sharing, wonderful speakers, learning and praying together, in addition to spending time with such a wonderful team, many of whom we are in touch with only by e-mail or conference call for most of the year. I was in the business world for over 45 years and this is the best team, under the best leadership I have ever experienced, (and that includes when I worked for myself.) Shaila Visser, our National Director, is holding the 'H'. I'm thinking we didn't want to emphasize too much our Canadian identity, so we hid the final, "eh?"

Last week I travelled with Amy, our Alpha Youth Coach for Alberta, to Ponoka Alberta for a Youth Champions meeting she helped organize with a number of Youth Unlimited reps at First Baptist Church there.

And here we are there, all except me (I took the picture) and one youth worker who went upstairs for a minute:
 
In the group, in addition to the Youth Unlimited folks, were a young teacher from a Catholic school in Camrose who plans to run the Youth Film Series for her grade 10's and a young lady from Stepping Stones, a group who reaches out to single moms. On the left is the Rev Donna Willer, Rector of St Mary's Anglican Church in Ponoka. Last I spoke with her, a year or two ago, she was in Barrhead Alberta.
Barrhead is the northernmost parish in the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton, Ponoka is the southernmost, so we joked that she has nowhere else to go, unless she wants to hit Jasper in the west and Cold Lake in the east (the Anglican church in Lloydminster is in the Saskatchewan side of the city).
 
 
It's off to Bonnyville Community Church tomorrow for Pastor Ken's wonderful Pastors' Appreciation Lunch. Pastor Ken is giving Amy and I time to make an Alpha presentation. I expect I'll have a good report on that event. 
 
Blessings,
 
John

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