Evangel — Christmas 2014
Christmas comes with a lot of symbols. Danish butter cookies, Newfoundland candies, and my mom’s completely overburdened Christmas tree are three that have always come to mind when the cold sets in. I am willing to guess the number of decorations on that tree numbered over three hundred easily, plus the lights, garland, angel on top, and then tinsel to cover every last inch of it. I remember falling asleep on the couch in front of it, perhaps trying to figure out which decoration was which, since I only had silhouettes to guess from.
The ABC archives contain many hope-filled stories of individuals who chose to be part of God’s reconciliation story. This snippet tells of God’s faithful provision through the years.
“‘Everyone who calls out to the Lord for help will be saved.’ But how can they call to him for help if they have not believed? And how can they believe if they have not heard the message? And how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed? And how can the message be proclaimed if the messengers are not sent out? As the scripture says, ‘How wonderful is the coming of messengers who bring good news!”‘
Community lunches have made a return to campus life this year!
ABC’s Practical Ministries Coordinator recently announced that he and his family would be moving back to Saskatchewan.
As we put together this Evangel, I am feeling the loss of one of the giants of my childhood. Elgin Banting had many gifts, but I most appreciated (and was shaped by) his wacky ability to “make lemonade out of lemons.”
This winter I’ve been captivated by poet W. H. Auden’s dramatization of the Nativity story, “For the Time Being.” Auden understands that Jesus was born into a world order that perceived of—and continues to perceive of—the birth of God as an absurdity and a threat.
We are very excited to introduce Shannon Gugeyel and Mike Breakenridge to our team!
By Chris Cobbler – I grew up enthusiastic about the idea of ministry. As a boy I developed unique passions, different from other kids on the block. I had a love for church and I became involved early in life. I was fifteen when I became the Minister of Music at my church;
Fall Ministry Experience
This year’s second and third year students participated in a week long Fall Ministry Experience designed to explore the connection between church, church-plant, and para-church ministries. The five students spent the week in North Central Regina (one of the toughest neighbourhoods in Canada) working with Gentle Road Church of Christ (a house church)
For more information and registration details visit www.emergeyyc.ca
Two exciting evening courses starting in January: New Religious Movements & Science and the Christian Faith. Call ABC to register.
From the Trustees
There have been some questions asked about how the lack of a President has affected the operations of ABC. I want to assure you that not having a President has not meant that the College is a rudderless ship. What it has meant is ‘all hands on deck’ for staff and the Board these past months.
In keeping with our focus on building and renewing connection, the Alumni Association has been providing hot lunches on Wednesdays to the Student Body and staff at the College. This has been a tremendous opportunity for former students in the Calgary area from several churches to meet the students, visit the staff and engage in a worthwhile effort together. This will continue next semester and you can be involved by contributing food, socializing while serving lunch, or organizing a team to host a week or two.
Shauntelle Broekert nee Klassen – Since graduating I have taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at home and abroad, been a Children’s Pastor, led Bible studies and served on various committees.