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Its that time of the year again – Tax Time!
The Journey is once again offering a series of free tax clinics for those in our community who qualify for the service. The dates and times are as follows:
Sat. March 23 – 10am to 3pm
Mon. March 25- 6pm to 9pm
Sat. April 13 – 10am – 3pm
Mon. April 15 – 6pm to 9pm
All clinics are held at our Ardglen location. For more details or to book your appointment call Ashleigh at:
905-230-8666 or ashleigh.k@thejourneymail.ca
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Friday, March 15th - The 55+ Club Meets Again.
We are meeting at 6pm, instead of our regular 6:30pm, because we are going to eat dinner together. The Journey is supplying the main course, bring dessert if you would like.
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South Asian Community Forum: Opioid Crisis and Overdose Forum - Coming up at Turner Fenton S.S. on March 5 @ 6:30pm and Century Gardens on March 28 @ 8:00pm.

This forum is sponsored by Canadian Mental Health Association and presented by Samim Hasham.

Topics include: Opioid Misuse; Risk, Signs and Symptoms; Naloxone Use; Talking with Loved Ones.

Everyone is welcome!
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Next Tuesday is "Pancake Day", otherwise officially known as Shrove Tuesday. It is usually celebrated with a Pancake Breakfast or Dinner. In celebration of Shrove Tuesday, we will be having a Pancake Breakfast at The Sunday Gathering this Sunday, March 3/19 at 10:30am. And you are invited! ...

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Its that time of the year again - Tax Time! The Journey is once again offering a series of free tax clinics for those in our community who qualify for the service. The dates and times are as follows:
Sat. March 23 - 10am to 3pm
Mon. March 25- 6pm to 9pm
Sat. April 13 - 10am - 3pm
Mon. April 15 - 6pm to 9pm
All clinics are held at our Ardglen location. For more details or to book your appointment call Ashleigh at:
905-230-8666 or ashleigh.k@thejourneymail.ca
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The Journey is closed today - Wednesday February 27. Stay warm and safe. ...

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Motivated
This week’s theme is on spiritual disciplines. I don’t know about you, but there are some words that don’t sit well with me and discipline is certainly one of them. So let me talk to you about motivation and let me start with a story.
When I was sixteen my involvement at church had waned. I was sure there was no God, but my friends were all at the church. I had been away from the youth group for awhile and didn’t know what all was going on. I went to a youth meeting at someone’s house one evening and there were two guys there with guitars who I had never seen before. They were leading singing, and more importantly, at least to the mind of a 16-year-old boy, the girls were flocked around them.
My dating life was abysmal and I determined that night that the solution was to learn to play guitar. I went out and bought a guitar, told no one and started practicing 2-4 hours a day. This went on from Easter until Christmas when I was finally ready to debut my guitar playing skills. I should note that my skills were not that great, but one of those guys was gracious enough to invite me to play along with him at the youth group. I should also note that despite my best efforts, the girls did not flock around me. However, I was glad I took up the guitar. Since I had no girl friends, I had a lot of spare time to practice guitar.
I have a friend who was in the music program at Humber College. I professor once said to him, “If you miss one practice, you will know it. If you miss two practices, I will know it. If you miss three practices, everyone will know it.” I peaked in my guitar playing skills, or my attempt at guitar playing skills, about 7 or 8 years ago. I don’t have the same driving motivation to practice. After all, I did eventually meet and marry, so attracting girls was no longer a motivating factor. And, I haven’t had an opportunity to gig, or play in bands, since moving to Brampton. My skills have diminished along with my motivation to practice.
I would say that I have had a similar experience with my spiritual life. No, I didn’t become a Christ follower to pick up chicks, but when I first became a Christian I was totally driven to grow my faith and to learn more about my relationship with God. Yes, I still read the Bible every day and pray pretty much without ceasing – The Journey can do that to you. However, I’m not as compelled to know God and know about God in the same was I was when I first came to faith.
So, what can we conclude. Well first of all motivation plays an important role in growth – spiritual, personal, professional, etc. We dive in much deeper when we are driven by, passionate about and motivated to grow. However, it is when we hit those lean times that discipline needs to take over. I still practice, even when I don’t feel like it. I still pray, because I need it. I still grow, because I have to. If I miss a practice, soon everyone knows.
This Sunday – Kevin Birmingham live at The Sunday Gathering – Spiritual Disciplines from an Undisciplined Man.
AND DON’T FORGET THIS SUNDAY – PANCAKE BREAKFAST – 10:30AM!
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