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Here is the highlight video of the Heart and Sole Fun Run we hosted downtown Saskatoon.
Enjoy the Summer!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit this link.
We are so honoured to walk along side all who were baptized on Sunday. Thank you for calling Connect Church your faith community!
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
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.
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
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.
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 .
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 email@example.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.
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!
If you have a little one that you would like to have dedicated, please email ShellyChristy@connectchurchyxe.com and we will send out details on our child dedication service scheduled for Mother's Day, May 8th at Connect YXE.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quite a few years ago, a friend of mine was part of a family ministry series at Willow Creek church in Chicago. They did a video series for families on Compassion and I've always loved the definition they came up with for compassion. They defined it as "seeing a need and doing something about it." I love it because it's not just seeing a need, or feeling empathy or sympathy, it requires an action to be considered compassion.
A few weeks ago, a couple of families at Connect, were struck by the news of the refugee crisis unfolding overseas as a result of the Syrian war. They heard that new refugee families were being sponsored to live in Saskatoon, but that many of them came with little more than what they could carry. With many of these families coming via refugee camps and having travelled long distances from Syria before being sponsored to come to Canada, these young couples were moved by the stories of those fleeing violence with their small children and trying to find a safe place. The Ardell and Palmer families were moved to act when they thought of themselves and their own young children facing the same challenges. They decided that they would host a Toy Drive for the children arriving in Canada to start their new lives. They wanted children to have toys as a means of comfort and joy in their new homes.
So, for two weeks, Darren and Miranda Ardell and Jeremiah and Dana Palmer drove around Saskatoon on the coldest days of the year, picking up toys for these families. They also hosted at the Info table and in the foyer of TCU a place where Connect families could contribute donations as well. They then sorted, stored and delivered the toys to the Open Door Society who is facilitating the integration of these new families into our city. This is a perfect example of what we at Connect are describing when we challenge you to Connect to a Cause. Act with compassion. Recognize the needs of those in our city and respond with action accordingly. Thank you to all who donated toys to the Toy Drive and a huge thank you to the Ardell and Palmer families for leading by example in this way!
July 2016 ~ Zimbabwe with Hands at Work
In July 2016, we will take a team from Connect YXE to the community we support in Sukubva, Zimbabwe. We will spend time with the Hands at Work service team and the volunteer care workers in Sukubva. Much of our time there will be spend walking with the care workers, learning their stories and working alongside them as they visit the homes of the children they care for daily. We will also spend time at the care point in Sukubva where the children come for a daily meal and for educational support such as preschool classes and help with their homework. The purpose of this trip is build strong relationships between our church and those we support in Sukubva. We want to know their names and their stories so that we can stand up and speak on their behalf. This trip is an amazing opportunity to see the work of Hands at Work and their volunteers first hand. The cost of this trip is approximately $4000.
November 2016 ~ Place of Rescue Cambodia
In November 2016, you can join a team travelling to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. From there, you will visit various historical sites and learn about the history of Cambodia and how it affects the modern rebuilding efforts of a country marked by genocide. You will visit the four sites of Place of Rescue that Marie Ens founded and developed with her team of Cambodians. You will spend time visiting the homes of the children and their house mothers, as well as hearing their stories of how Place of Rescue has changed their lives for the better. In addition to the time you spend at Place of Rescue, you will also meet with local missionaries and other non profit organizations that are serving the people of Cambodia in a variety of capacities. This trip is a great learning experience and will give you a new perspective on the work going on around our world. The approximate cost of this trip is $3500. inclusive.
November 2016 - Bolivia with IJM Canada
We will be taking a small team of 5 that are interested in learning more about International Justice Mission and their work in Bolivia. This will be our initial trip with IJM Canada and will be an important step in fostering a strong relationship with the Bolivian office, who we support through Connect Church. This is a vision trip with the focus being on learning and understanding the challenges and rewards of working to provide support to those who are victims of violence and exploitation. International Justice Mission works on rescuing those who are victimized, and provides after care and support to them. As well, IJM works on resolving legal issues of those in poverty and strengthening the justice systems of Bolivia so that those who need it, have access to fair representation. The cost of this trip is to be determined but will be approximately $2500. Space is limited and reserved for mature youth and adults only, due to some of the subject matter we would be exposed to.
If you are interested in learning more about participating in any of these opportunities, please email shelly(@)connectchurchyxe.com and we can set up a time to talk about it!
Join us on February 20th as we walk to raise funds in support of the Lighthouse and the Bridge...two of our local Connect partners who serve the most vulnerable in our city. There are ways for everyone to get involved!
Join our team Connect YXE by registering here.
Donate to our fundraising goals by donating here.
Volunteer at the event by signing up here.
This is a very family friendly event and a great way to Connect to a Cause and to our city. Please sign up for one of the above options today!
Food for the Hungry, one of our global partners, has put together a beautiful Advent resource for the 2015 season. Follow along with others at Connect as we read through the verses and the messages that lead us into the Christmas story. You can also sign up to have the readings sent directly to your email from here
There are great applications of activities you can do to supplement your reading, as well as suggestions on giving and actions that can be done as well.
Enjoy the Advent readings from Food for the Hungry and we anticipate with you the new things we'll all learn about this ancient story as we head towards Christmas.