the Christmas Season Schedule

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the Christmas Season Schedule

Monday December 24th - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 6:30pm at TCU Place

***Note … No Services Sunday December 23rd

Regular Sunday Services resume on January 13th 9:30 and 11am @ TCU Place

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Christmas Wish List Project

 We are collecting and distributing much needed items to several non-profit agencies including The Lighthouse, Crisis Nursery, The Bridge, The Interval House, and Community Officers.  We are collecting from Nov 25th to Dec 16th and distributing the items after church on Dec 16th.   Items Needed:  -New Children’s Toys (please avoid stuffed animals and battery operated items  -Gift Packs (Mom’s rest and relaxation items)  -New Mitts, Gloves, toques, and Winter Gear (Men’s, Women’s & Children’s)  -New Pajamas, Housecoats, and Slippers (Men’s, Women’s & Children’s)  -Toiletries Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Deodarant (please no shampoo, conditioner, or razors)    Drop off unwrapped items to Connect Church by Dec 16th!

We are collecting and distributing much needed items to several non-profit agencies including The Lighthouse, Crisis Nursery, The Bridge, The Interval House, and Community Officers. We are collecting from Nov 25th to Dec 16th and distributing the items after church on Dec 16th.

Items Needed:

-New Children’s Toys (please avoid stuffed animals and battery operated items

-Gift Packs (Mom’s rest and relaxation items)

-New Mitts, Gloves, toques, and Winter Gear (Men’s, Women’s & Children’s)

-New Pajamas, Housecoats, and Slippers (Men’s, Women’s & Children’s)

-Toiletries Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Deodarant (please no shampoo, conditioner, or razors)

Drop off unwrapped items to Connect Church by Dec 16th!

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One Day Retreat - Nov 24th

Mark your calendars!

You are all invited to join us for this one day retreat.

Saturday Nov 24th

10am-3pm

The Queens House Retreat & Renewal Center

(601 Taylor Street West)

Before the busyness of Christmas is in full swing, set aside this day of spiritual growth, personal refreshment, relationship building, and worship.

Cost is $25 and includes lunch.

Register for this great event at the information table on Sunday!

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Communication Workshop

Here is a great opportunity to enhance your communication skills to support healthier relationships. This class truly has something for everyone! Thursday’s (Nov 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd) 7pm-9pm at The Bessbourough Hotel #810, No worries if you can’t make it to all 4 classes … each class is designed to stand on it’s own as well.

sign up at the information table or email shellychristy@connectchurchyxe.com

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 Nov 5th - Dec 17th ... We are collecting and distributing much needed items to local non-profit agencies including The Lighthouse, The Salvation Army, Crisis Nursery, Mumford House and Community Officers.    Items needed:  - New Children's Toys  (please avoid stuffed animals),  Craft items  for children ages 3-16,  Gift Packs  for men and women,  Mitts ,  Gloves, Winter Gear  for men, women and children , Socks and Underwear  for men, women and children,  T  oiletries  such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc (please avoid razors),  Feminine Hygiene Items.    Please bring  these item to church on or before Dec 17th!

Nov 5th - Dec 17th ... We are collecting and distributing much needed items to local non-profit agencies including The Lighthouse, The Salvation Army, Crisis Nursery, Mumford House and Community Officers.  

Items needed:

-New Children's Toys (please avoid stuffed animals), Craft items for children ages 3-16, Gift Packs for men and women, Mitts, Gloves, Winter Gear for men, women and children, Socks and Underwear for men, women and children, Toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc (please avoid razors), Feminine Hygiene Items.

Please bring these item to church on or before Dec 17th!

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Mental Health First Aid Course

Check it out ... you'll learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, overcoming stigma and discrimination, and crisis and first aid skills for substance overdose, suicidal behavior, panic attacks, acute stress reaction and psychotic episodes ... 

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Heart and Sole Fun Run

 

We are excited to be hosting the 2nd annual Heart and Sole Fun Run.

This year the HEART AND SOLE Fun Run will be supporting an orphanage in Belize. For more information on this unique home for children, that supports kids from birth on up to highschool age check out http://www.kingschildrenshome.org/ .

The second annual Heart and Sole Fun Run is unique in that it doubles as a family friendly fun run and a family day in the heart of Saskatoon. Join us for the fun run that starts at 10:30am. Our race starts at 432 20th Street West, extends to the river front and circles back to 20th Street West.

After the race, stay for some live music, food, and family activities.

Mark June 25th on your calendars. Register before May 25th and you will have your name entered twice for prizes. For more information, please contact heartandsolefunrun@gmail.com or visit this link.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/heart-and-sole-fun-run-2017-tickets-34225979827?aff=eac2

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2017 Baptisms

We are so honoured to walk along side all who were baptized on Sunday. Thank you for calling Connect Church your faith community!

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Fort MacMurray ~ How you can help

Many of you have contacted us asking how to help with the relief efforts for Fort MacMurray in response to the fires that have cause the evacuation of over 90,000 residents.  Because of the widespread media attention and wealth of information out there leading people to give, we are passing on this information to you and asking you to take the initiative to give where you can, as generously as you can.  Please keep in mind that right now, the best, most effective thing you can give is a donation to the Red Cross, as those donations are being matched by provincial and federal governments, spreading your dollar even further. 

 

HOW TO OFFER HELP

  • Money:  Donate to the Red Cross. You can also donate $5 by texting “REDCROSS” to 30333. The Alberta and federal governments have said they will match private donations to the Red Cross.

  • Supplies: Here’s a crowdsourced Facebook page to connect Fort McMurray residents needing items with volunteers providing them.
  • Volunteers: Those interested in volunteering through the regional municipality can apply here.

At our Connect services, we will continue to support the partnering organizations we have chosen for this month because we believe that they do not have the benefit of having widespread media attention and are placing already vulnerable people at an even higher risk. Our donations this month will go to support the Drought Relief efforts in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia through Hands at Work and Canadian Humanitarian. These communities do not have the resources of a government involvement, other communities that are able to help or the media attention that we are so fortunate to have in these situations in Canada. Please give generously to both appeals. 

If you have questions or concerns, please email Shelly(@)Connectchurchyxe.com

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Connect to a Cause ~Heart and Sole Fun Run in Review

In case you weren't part of our 1st Heart and Sole Fun Run on Sunday, we wanted to share a little of what you missed. If you were part of it...whether a volunteer or a participant...we want to say a huge thank you for being part of this event! What a great morning! We couldn't have asked for better weather, better people or a better display of the generosity of those who donated to raise funds for the Saskatoon Crisis Nursery. 

Our own Lauren Dietrich donated her time and talent to photograph the event for us...enjoy the day here....

And the Saskatoon Crisis Nursery, the service they provide in our city...learn more about it here. 

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Connect to a Cause ~ YXE Connects

 Alex Mitchell, at your service!

Alex Mitchell, at your service!

Come out and support this amazing trade show of services for vulnerable members of our community this Monday May 16th. Sign up to volunteer at Picatic and choose the time slot and area you would like to volunteer in! 

This event is the 2nd Annual and if last year was any indication, it's just going to grow and grow. Nearly 600 people from throughout our city took part in this one day event. We need volunteers to host and support this amazing service to those in our city who are experiencing poverty related issues. Please come out and volunteer! You'll be in very good company! Last year Connect members volunteered throughout the day and it was a great way to meet people in our city and learn more about the issues facing families and individuals here in our own community. 

 

YXE Connects is a one-stop shop for vulnerable members of our community to access services & resources in one place, on one day.

⏲ Monday May 16 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 White Buffalo Youth Lodge & City Centre Church, 602 20th St W & 720 20th St W, Saskatoon, SK,Canada

The Saskatoon community is excited to host the 2nd annual YXE Connects. This event brings together community agencies, companies, and service providers to deliver housing supports, health care, and services to those who may be facing housing instability, homelessness, or who may be at risk of homelessness. The event will also provide supports and services for individuals faced with overcrowding, unhealthy or unsafe living environments, or other housing difficulties.

Similar events are held across the country and are considered a one-stop shop for vulnerable members of the community to access services in one place, on one day.

 Each visitor received a free pair of socks compliments of Connect Church YXE   

Each visitor received a free pair of socks compliments of Connect Church YXE

 

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Connect to Others ~ Community Groups

This weekend, please sign up for our Community Groups. These groups will last for a minimum of 6 weeks beginning the week of April 24th. It's a great way to Connect to Others and make Connect feel a little smaller in these days of growth! 

You can read descriptions of what the groups are and sign up online here .

 

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Connect to a Cause - Seeing a Need and Doing Something about It.

Have you met Nick VanGinkel yet? Nick's been around Connect YXE since we started and can often be found in the Nursery with his girlfriend, Chelsea, volunteering to care for kids while their parents attend Sunday Connect services. 

Last month, Nick was introduced to a need in our community through an interaction with another Connect attender, Jessi, who works at Saskatoon Crisis Nursery. The Crisis Nursery provides a home away from home for children whose families are in crisis. Children come to the Crisis Nursery if they are apprehended from their parents, or if there is violence in the home or even if their parent needs someone to care for them in an emergency.  

 Nick heard Jessi talking about how the Crisis Nursery often faces budget restraints and how they could use help with donations of fresh fruit and groceries.  He caught hold of the idea that he could coordinate a group of willing volunteers to purchase and donate groceries on a regular basis, so that the children at the Crisis Nursery would have a steady supply of fresh fruits and healthy groceries. 

Nick is now taking on the role of The Community Grocery Shopper as a volunteer coordinator for the Crisis Nursery. He hopes to sign up a group of willing volunteers from Connect and send out the current needs of the Crisis Nursery on an ongoing basis. He would love to have 40 families sign up so that each family only has to donate a few items a month, spreading the burden of the load between many. 

Nick will coordinate an email list and then arrange pick ups and delivery to the Crisis Nursery in conjunction with Jessi and Robyn, two Crisis Nursery staff who also attend Connect Church.

If you are interested in buying a few extra groceries, every few weeks and having them picked up for the Crisis Nursery, please contact Nick directly at groceryshopperyxe@gmail.com.

He will also have a sign up sheet at the Info Booth in the coming weeks at Connect's Sunday services. Come say hi and hear firsthand about how Nick is connecting to a cause he feels passionate about. 

 

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Thank You for Your Generosity! ~ Easter Sunday Donations

On Easter Sunday, we asked you to give generously to our one day offering for Ronald McDonald House Saskatoon and you responded so beautifully! Nearly $3000. was raised in one service for this great organization in our city. Thank you so much!

When children are sick Ronald McDonald House Charities Saskatchewan gives them what they need most... their families by providing a "home-away-from-home" for them. We truly believe that having family by their side during an illness improves the health and well being of the child.

Through the doors of Ronald McDonald House Charities Saskatchewan, you will find families struggling with a child's fragile health, celebrating the healing of their sick child while at the same time dealing with the routine necessities of everyday life. 

 

We will also have opportunities for you to sign up  to prepare and serve dinner at the house for the families staying there.  Serving dates are June 1st and 13th. Please email Shelly(@)connectchurchyxe.com if you would like to participate in these opportunities. These are very family friendly serving opportunities so join as a family or as an individual!

 

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Connect to Others, Connect to a Cause - Sunday May 1st, 2016

On Sunday May 1st, we will not be holding our regular Sunday services at TCU Place. Instead, we are inviting you to take part in the Heart and Sole Fun Run that we are hosting to raise funds for the Saskatoon Crisis Nursery.   We are looking for volunteers and runners - families, individuals, work place teams to participate in this first annual event in support of the Crisis Nursery.  If you love to run or walk, this is an easy 5K route along the river in Riversdale. 


Registration is now open online at

Picatic - Heart and Sole Fun Run

Register now to volunteer or to run!


 

If you're not a runner or would like to volunteer, we are looking for you! We'd love to have cheering stations along the route, water stations,  route marshalls, first aid attendants, bbq'ers and popcorn poppers. We'll be having fun bounce houses and face painting and other great activities on the block in front of Village Guitar and the Underground Cafe on 20th. 

Grab your neighbours, coworkers, friends and family and take part in this great morning of fun and community in our city! .If you'd like to be involved in the planning or volunteer on the day of the race, please email Robyn and Jessi at heartandsolefunrun@gmail.com.

 

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