The season is changing and we are all anticipating the arrival of spring! After a long winter the birds’ new songs, smell of fresh soil and warming sun is refreshing and brings great joy! Although we’re experiencing ‘new life’ this time of year, the Lord promises new life every day of the year.
2 Corinthians 5:17 days “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Celebrate spring by rejoicing in your salvation. Praise God everyday with new songs and be intentional everyday to be renewed, sharing in His love and the new life!
Connecting Streams has been blessed in this new season. We are seeing God’s healing in our ministries, His blessing in the lives of our volunteers and those they serve, and we are excited about the new opportunities that wait for us.
Donna Mitchell Director, Connecting Streams Power to Change www.connectingstreams.com
Verse of the Month
I ask the Father in his great glory to give you the power to be strong inwardly through his Spirit. I pray that Christ will live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide and how long and how high and how deep that love is. Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with the fullness of God. With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. – Ephesians 3: 16-20
Video of the Month
The quest for power is the North American pass time. What does the Word of God say is the source of real power? Laura-Lynn examines how we can live a life that radiates the kind of power that brings about your destiny. Be empowered to find the source of true power in your life and watch yourself flourish! Click here or on the image to watch the video.
Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson will be a keynote speaker at our Sharing the Journey Conference coming up on April 4-5, 2014! Click on this link to find out more information and to purchase your tickets today.
Devotional: Mission Possible
By Allan Mitchell
For many Christians, the word evangelism evokes an uncomfortable image of sharing the gospel awkwardly and inadequately to a nonbeliever.
I recall my first evangelism experiences: initially, I confidently and boldly recited the right verses and the right answers. Other times, feeling totally unprepared, I fumbled and mumbled through a rehearsed clichéd script. Mostly, I thought I was on course, but perceived fruitlessness quickly quenched my passion and fire. Consequently, I lost confidence. This mission seemed impossible.
Why would God call, consecrate, and commission us to share our faith, when many believers experience perceived failure and consider it mission: impossible?
W2W Getaway Weekend
Last month we had the W2W (Widow to Widow) getaway weekend at Camp Nakamun. W2W is a support and spiritual discovery group for women who are widowed – recent and for years in the Edmonton and surrounding area. The theme of the weekend was “Surviving to Thriving”. It was a powerful time of gaining insight, affirmation, helpful sharing with one another and receiving comfort in a very difficult season of our lives.
Here are some comments from participants of the weekend:
“When you become a widow, you feel like you landed in a foreign country, but here we all speak the same language”
“The music, singing, sharing, fellowship, laughter, meeting others, making many new friends, feeling totally comfortable with everyone”
“I know I can survive and thrive because I see others have done it”
“Appreciate the gift of each other”
“We are heart sisters”
To learn more about W2W or to get involved please email Team Leader Jane Dempsey at email@example.com
Blessed at the Volunteer Training Event
On Saturday, March 8th Connecting Streams Ministry held a Volunteer Training Event. This event helped prepare our hearts and minds to embrace His calling and challenge. We hope that volunteers felt empowered and well-equipped for effect ministry!
Attendees expressed their gratefulness for the training and quality of speakers and their teaching.
Long Term & Continuing Care Facility Opportunities
Volunteers of all ages and with many different interests serve as a vital part of our long-term and continuing care teams. You will assist with meaningful activities that make a positive difference to the lives of the residents in long term and continuing care communities.
Share your talents, improve the quality of life for these people, and grow in your skills and experience. Are you ready to respond to God’s call?
Ministry Celebration & Volunteer Appreciation Dessert Evening – April 13th, 2014: Ministry volunteers and partners, community neighbours and seekers – come, bring a friend and discover how God transforms lives when you embrace His invitation to follow Him into a hurting world. RSVP to Marti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roy Financial Mayors Walk – April 26th, 2014: Help raise funds for Connecting Streams by participating as a walker and collecting pledges or by sponsoring someone! Download your Pledge Form here. Registration details are at www.royfinancialmayorswalk.com.
Day of Prayer & Fasting – May 21, 2014: You are all invited to join with us on our Day of Prayer & Fasting! It is drop-in friendly so come and go as your schedule allows throughout this day. Details to be announced.
Connect and Share
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