Next week is Valentine’s Day, so this Sunday, at The Sunday Gathering, we are going to celebrate. I wanted to call it “Chocolate Sunday” and have all of the food based around chocolate, after all chocolate comes from the coco bean, which must be a legume, so that is healthy and the sugar comes from sugarcane, that’s a plant so it must be healthy and something like chocolate covered strawberries, must be doubly healthy! Anyway, I lost the argument, so there will be some chocolate and lot of other healthy stuff as well. So, come out on Sunday, February 10th, hear Debbie LIVE, be inspired and have a little bit of chocolate! As always 10:30am for friends and food and 11:00am for worship and inspiration.
As many of you know I spent 9 years in the Windsor Jail. Just to clarify, it was usually on a Wednesday afternoon and on this side of the bars. Anyway, each week we met with a group of inmates and talked with them about our faith and living a lifestyle that didn’t put you behind bars. Many of the inmates were frequent offenders and would be in and out of jail on a regular basis. Their crimes ranged from theft, to drug dealing, to assault, to murder.
There were many things that they had in common including issues with addiction and mental health. One of those issues was self-forgiveness. Many of the inmates could accept the fact that people in their lives had forgiven them. Many of them could also accept that God had forgiven them. However, most of them could not forgive themselves. They carried a burden of guilt. Guilt for not providing for their families. Guilt for missing birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions. Guilt for disappointing their parents. Guilt for harm that they had done to others. Guilt for feeling guilty. There was no end to the opportunities for guilt. And, they just couldn’t deal with it.
Have you ever had a flashback to something stupid, inappropriate or dumb that you did in the past? I do. Far too often. And, usually it seems to come out of nowhere. I’ll be just sitting around and this memory will pop into my mind and I will be embarrassed all over again and think, “Why did I say that?”, or “Why did I do that?” For a moment I’ll feel guilty about something that happened 40 years ago. All this to say that guilt can be pervasive, all encompassing and can haunt you forever.
I recall talking to someone about something that had happened between us 45 years earlier only to discover that they had absolutely no recollection of something that was still vivid and guilt inducing in my mind. So, not only was I wracked with guilt, but I was the only one affected by it!
I suppose one of the purposes of these emails is to offer some kind of solution, or possible resolution. After all, why dredge up guilt inducing stories and then leave you hanging. While I have nothing profound to offer, I can say that one of the keys is self-forgiveness. Freedom from guilt can only come with forgiveness.
So, if you are looking for the solution, come out this Sunday to The Sunday Gathering. Debbie Johnson will be here LIVE and I’m sure she will offer profound solutions for the guilt that I have dredged up in your life with this story.
As usual: 10:30am for food and friends and 11:00am for worship and inspiration.
I had never heard of a “Polar Vortex” until a couple of years ago, and to be quite honest, if that phrase was never a part of my vocabulary, I would not be disappointed. It has been cold outside, really cold, very cold, ridiculously cold! And, if you are like me, you have been avoiding going outside as much as possible.
But, there is good news! It is going to warm up this weekend. In fact, if the weather forecasts are to be believed, it is going to be Plus 5 degrees by Sunday!
So, if you are going stir crazy sitting in your living room shivering. Come on out this Sunday to The Sunday Gathering. Breathe in some nice warm outside air and come and hear a heart warming message delivered live by our special guest speaker – Brian.
I guarantee that this Sunday will do your body and soul some good!
As always: 10:30am for food and friends and 11:00am for worship and inspiration.
The Journey celebrated its fifth year in the Ardglen/Orenda communities last fall. We have posted our commemorative booklet and a lot of photos on our website. To learn more about our five years in the Ardglen/Orenda Communities click HERE!
On Wednesday, February 13th The Journey will be holding a Community Safety Meeting at Sir Winston Churchill Public School. The event starts at 6pm and will feature both presentations and displays by a number of organizations including Peel Police and the YMCA. Refreshments will be served.
Watch this space and our Facebook Page for updates!
Early On – Jan 7/19
After School Club – Jan 8/19
Hammer Band – Jan 9/18
Thursday Women – Jan 10/19
Empowered Through Art – TBD
Early Years – Jan 10/19
Kidzone – Jan 10/19
Artistic Expressions – Jan 11/19
ArtStart – Jan 12/19
Learning Spot – Jan 14/19
Visions of Science – Jan 19/19
Think Tank – Jan 22/19
The Journey will be closed from December 24 to January 2nd. Most of our programs have or soon will wrap up until January. Our Christmas Break Camp will take place on January 3rd and 4th.
The Journey is thrilled to be once again hosting Toys For Tots! This Sunday from 1-4pm families in our neighbourhood will be bringing their children for a gift, a visit with Santa and lots of great goodies.
This week at the Sunday Gathering we have a guest speaker – Duane Whittey. Duane was one of the driving forces behind the creation of The Journey Neighbourhood Centre. He was on the streets of Ardglen/Orenda talking with people, reaching out and finding out what the needs, issues and challenges were. Duane is going to talk about How Far We’ve Come since those days before The Journey opened. We guarantee that he has stories that you have never heard or known about before. So come out Sunday, October 21 for an engaging morning of stories and inspiration. As always: 10:30am – Food and Friends 11:00am – Worship and Inspiration