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We The North!

This weekend had a lot of things to celebrate. Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday, where the Church celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is essentially the birthday of the Church, as it was the catalyst for its mission to begin. What does this couple thousand-year-old religious event have to do with us today? Pentecost …

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Shamrocks & Justice

Nowadays, St Patrick’s Day is green drinks, food, clothes and parties. But did you know St Patrick had a strong connection to many that we work with? When he was 16 years old he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland. He was a victim of labour trafficking, forced to work without pay. When …

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Salvation Army Missional Focus for 2019

New Year, New Hope

Happy New Year! As we move past the Christmas and Advent Seasons and into the New Year we celebrated Epiphany on Sunday. This day is so significant to the work we do because it reminds us yet again that Jesus came for the WHOLE world; for ALL people. As we enter a new year and …

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An Event for Everyone

There were sheepherders camping in the neighbourhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Saviour has just been …

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Joy While Waiting

Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice! – Philippians 4:4 I very much love the Advent wreath. There is so much symbolism to it; its circular shape is meant to represent God, the Creator and Preserver of all things. God’s love has no beginning and no end; it is eternal. There are …

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Sharing the Promise

Yesterday marked the second Sunday of Advent, each week continues to prepare us for the arrival of Jesus. Last week we looked on with hope. Hope for that which we wait for, hope for what is to come, hope for God’s promises to be fulfilled. This week is marked by peace. The Prince of Peace is coming, …

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Internal Peace

I hope most of you were able to join in last week for some of the THHS Self Care week activities and the Staff Appreciation Party on Friday. It was truly a great week. It also fit so well with our monthly theme of peace. Caring for ourselves and finding internal peace can help us to …

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Volunteering For Peace

“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” – Romans 14:19 This weekend, which marked 100 years since the end of World War I, we remember the countless who fought for peace for their countries. Of the 619, 636 Canadians, over half of them volunteered to join the effort. They volunteered to …

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Feel vs. Choose

There are many days I do not feel like celebrating. Last week my mother was in a car accident. We are thankful that everyone involved is okay. But we are not celebrating the fact that it happened, or the ramifications of someone else’s carelessness. Needless to say, I’ve struggled to figure out what to write …

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Messengers of Hope!

I have spent almost 60 years ‘hoping’ that the Maple Leafs would win another Stanley Cup – and I am not alone.  The players, coaches, managers and even owners have changed many times.  Each new team enters a new season promising hope in September and ripping it from our psyche every spring. My harshest and …

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