As we approach the season of remembering and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ we are often overwhelmed with advertising, images, expectations and choices. Cruciform identity clashes violently with the deep desires promoted by the contemporary empire. The humble birth of Jesus Christ—the Promised Hope of Israel who would, one day, bear the burden of humanity—on a silent night in Bethlehem, stands opposed to the glamor of the stately shopping center which offers immediate acceptance, gratification and a means by which to define ourselves.
Evangel — Christmas 2013
Type “We Can Help” into a search engine and you’ll get 308,000,000 hits! At ABC we don’t promise that much! But there are many ways we offer to help supporting ministries.
ABC’s first Regional Youth Rally was held at ABC on Saturday, November 16 in the midst of one of Calgary’s infamous winter storms. It was a great day for those in attendance—packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes was a tangible way of responding to God’s call to look beyond ourselves and help the lost and needy. We look forward to more Regional Youth Rallies in the years to come.
Gift giving brings great joy but also great angst. I like giving gifts that are evidence that I know the recipient well. Ahhh…the joy of giving the perfect gift! Many wonderful gifts cannot be wrapped and placed under the tree, however; and God encourages us to give them to ourselves. Sleep is such a gift…just talk to young parents; play is also a gift, as is laughter. Character is also a gift.
I’ve been connected with ABC since 2006. I served as PACE Coordinator for two and a half years and am now an adjunct professor in both the PACE and Regular programs. I have also broadened my teaching and counselling scope by co- founding and co-directing Online Counselling College. This exciting adventure has brought in students from all around the globe. In my counselling practice (Emmanuel Counselling) I love to blend traditional counselling methods with listening prayer counselling.
In May 2009 I joined the staff at Oak Park Church of Christ as Associate Pastor. My current role encompasses many ‘people focused’ tasks including oversight of our Life Groups as well as a number of other church and community ministries. The things that bring me the most joy are seeing people connect with Christ for the first time, helping those who already know Christ enter into a deeper relationship with the Father, and observing the Holy Spirit at work as believers grow in Christian character.
Reflections on The Mustard Seed, Calgary, AB and The Door of Hope, Meadow Lake, SK A student’s reflection on the Mustard Seed experience
From the Trustees
The Board of Trustees held their Annual Meeting on a snowy day in early November. While there is much to do, we have good trustees, staff and volunteers working to get the job done. A brief summary.
Evan (CCF 1999) / Dawn (BRE 2001) ABC was a place where we were equipped not just for ministry but for life as well…