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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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Connect to a Cause - Seeing a Need and Doing Something about it

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.

The Ardell and Palmer families stored, sorted, cleaned and delivered toys donated through their Toy Drive for refugee families coming to Saskatoon.

The Ardell and Palmer families stored, sorted, cleaned and delivered toys donated through their Toy Drive for refugee families coming to Saskatoon.

Jeremiah, Dana and son Lars, sort through toy donations in their basement. 

Jeremiah, Dana and son Lars, sort through toy donations in their basement. 

 

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! 

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Connect to a Cause ~ Take the Next Step in Serving this Year

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! 

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The Coldest Night of the Year - February 20th, 2016

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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! 

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Advent Readings for 2015

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. 

 

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Connect to a Cause - Hands at Work Africa - Sukubva, Zimbabwe

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You may remember that at the beginning of September, Carmen Hamm introduced you to a care worker named Florence, who serves in our Hands at Work partner community of Sukubva, Zimbabwe.  Florence, pictured here in the striped shirt, with a family of grandmothers and girls she cares for, is just one of the care workers that our Zimbabwe team is going to be walking with and working alongside and learning from over the next few weeks.

We hope to bring you stories of the children and the care workers in Sukubva, so that you can connect to Hands at Work and support the amazing work that is happening in this densely populated, urban community.  Our team leaves YXE on October 7th and we will be spending the next 11 days in Zimbabwe with the leaders and care workers who are serving incredibly vulnerable children and families in their communities. We ask that you please be praying as we go and as we serve, that we would remain open hearted and be an encouragement to those that are serving their neighbours daily. Dawson Reddekopp, Bill Koop, Easton VanBinsbergen and I will be walking many miles with the care workers as we simply serve alongside them in whatever they find themselves doing as they care for the orphans and the widows in Sukubva. Please keep us in your prayers that all we come in contact with will feel the hope that we have in Christ and that there are those across the globe who care about their particular stories. 

Thanks so much ~ Shelly VanBinsbergen

Florence, one of the care workers in Sukubva, Zimbabwe who brings the hope and love of Christ to the children and families she visits and cares for. 

Florence, one of the care workers in Sukubva, Zimbabwe who brings the hope and love of Christ to the children and families she visits and cares for. 


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Connect to a Cause - Place of Rescue

Thank you for your generosity to Place of Rescue Cambodia and the amazing work that they are doing in the lives of families living with HIV/AIDS, orphans and abandoned grannies. We raised just over $8,000 in one service to support Place of Rescue!  It was an honour to host the Place of Rescue dancers and Marie Ens last weekend - it really brought to light the stories of those who danced and those who are being cared for by Marie's amazing team of Cambodian leaders. A special thank you to all who hosted the kids in your homes...I don't know who had more fun...the hosts or the kids but from the stories you shared, it was a wonderful experience! Thank you again! 

Place of Rescue is one of our key international partner organizations and you can donate to them specifically at any time during the year using our Connect giving envelopes. As always, 100% of your offering goes directly to the organization you specify. 

 

 

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Connect to a Cause - Youth for Christ

This is Kristin's update chart of giving! She's over 1/2 way to her goal for the month! Choose a number and donate that amount...

This is Kristin's update chart of giving! She's over 1/2 way to her goal for the month! Choose a number and donate that amount...

Many of you who have been coming to Connect will recognize our friend, Kristin Clark. Kristin is most often found either behind the media computer running the slides/video for our services or surrounded by a gaggle of giggling teenaged girls...or both. 

Kristin is a long time youth worker who serves in Saskatoon with Youth for Christ. Kristin is responsible to raise her own support for her full time position with YFC, which means that in addition to her time volunteering at Connect, she also mentors teenagers, develops and trains missions teams to serve in Belize, chaperones and facilitates spring break excursions for YFC and is integral to the D4 Youth Group that meets weekly at Rock of Ages Church, where many of our Connect youth attend youth group. 

This month, Kristin has set a fundraising goal of $5,000 and to achieve it, she needs 100 sponsors to choose one number on the chart pictured above and to donate that amount. So, you can pick any number that is not coloured in...and that's the amount you donate. You can donate online  here and just put Kristin's name in the message box. It's that easy and whether you donate $12, 39, or 87....it's up to you and will all help move Kristin closer to her goal and let her concentrate on what she does so amazingly well...serve the kids of Saskatoon!


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Connect to a Cause ~ Our Upcoming Global Serving Opportunities

You are invited to join Blaine Sylvester as he takes a team to experience Cambodia and the work that is happening throughout the country. Blaine is the head of Place of Rescue Foundation and he is also the son in law of our good friend, Marie Ens, who established Place of Rescue Cambodia. This is an amazing opportunity to go and visit and see firsthand the work that is happening in Cambodia. You will join other Canadians on a team that will go and serve and learn. Details below, please contact Blaine for any questions you may have. 

Dates: Depart Saskatoon,  evening of November 11 – Return to Saskatoon November 25 (late)

 

Cost: $3,500 CDN – Includes round trip airfare from Saskatoon, medical & cancelation insurance, all in country flights, bus transportation (we will rent our own private  bus) entry visa (we get it upon arrival in Cambodia)  entry fees to Angkor Wat, Killing Fields & other sites, hotels, all meals.

 

You will need to cover your own vaccinations (see your doctor or travel clinic) and passport costs. Passport must be valid until at least May 25, 2016.

 

Deadlines:

I need to know if you are coming by October 1.

I need the first half of the total by October 11 and the remainder by November 1.

Cheques payable to Place of Rescue Foundation. Box 27096, RPO Tuscany, Calgary, Alberta , T3L 2Y1

 

NOTE: If people donate towards your trip, they should NOT put your name on the cheque. Just add a note stating it is for your mission trip November 2015.

 

Itinerary: This is a vision trip as opposed to a work trip. We will listen, learn, ask questions, observe, encourage missionaries and pray. We will visit all 3 Place of Rescue orphanages and 3 House of Dreams university dorms. We will spend time with Marie Ens and with the kids at the orphanages.

 

We will visit other good ministries in Cambodia as well and get a sense of the real raw need and what is being done to meet those needs in Jesus’ name.

 

This is definitely not a tourist trip. Tourists go to be comfortable and to be served. You will  sometimes be uncomfortable with what you see in Cambodia (not in the tourist brochures) and you will go to serve missionaries and your new Cambodian friends.

 

Look forward to hearing from you with any questions you may have.

You can reach me at 403-973-5470.

 

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Connect to a Cause - Place of Rescue Cambodia

Marie Ens and her team of Cambodian dancers from Place of Rescue in Phnom Penh are now winging their way across the ocean to Canada. We are hosting them on Sunday, September 27th and they will be sharing their stories and their beautiful culture with us! 

We are looking for host homes for the night of Saturday the 26th. We have 6 girls to billet and 7 guys. If you would like to host 2 or 3 of these students for the evening and night and then bring them to church the next morning, we need to hear from you. Please email shelly@connectchurchyxe.com 

Thanks so much! 

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September Series - Road Trip!

Summer 2015 may be in the books but this September, you are invited to join in on our new series "Road Trip" - we'll be looking at some of the Attention Grabbers, Warning Signs, and Directions of a journey with Christ is all about!  We are looking forward to seeing all of you this coming Sunday, September 13th at 10:30 am at TCU Place as we get back into the swing of things at Connect. Bring your friends, invite your neighbours....see you there!

 

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Connect to a Cause - Place of Rescue: Cambodian Dancers at Connect YXE

 

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On Sunday, September 27th, Connect YXE will host a team of dancers aged 14-20 from Place of Rescue AIDS Centre and Orphanage in Cambodia. The team will perform a program of traditional dances and provide personal insight into the amazing work of Rescue.

 

Rescue was founded as a Cambodian NGO in 2003 by retired Canadian missionary Marie Ens.  At that time Place of Rescue 1 consisted of 15 houses for families dealing with AIDS.  12 years later, Rescue now has 3 campuses: home to 448 children, 30 destitute grannies and 26 AIDS families. There are also 3 university dorms. Rescue currently provides university and vocational training to 47 of their young adults, and supports an additional 30 families off site.

 

At Place of Rescue, some children live at the AIDS Centre with their HIV positive mothers, others were abandoned as children, and most are orphans. Some of the children have been at Place of Rescue since they were babies; all have come from tragic circumstances. At Place of Rescue children have a new kind and loving “house mom” and new siblings (nine other children living together in a house). Their lives have changed dramatically and they now have every opportunity for a good future.  

The dancers will be performing during our Sunday service time at 10:30 am at TCU Place. All are welcome to come and 100% of our offering will go to support Place of Rescue Cambodia. 

 For more information (including a complete tour schedule) please visit:www.rescuedancetour.com

 

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Cambodia Team Update ~Place of Rescue

I just wanted to share a little of what our Cambodia team has been experiencing as they have travelled to Place of Rescue in Cambodia to serve. It's definitely the rainy season! Hot and humid with torrential downpours, yet it hasn't dampened their spirits at all. Jason VanBinsbergen and Kirsten Riebot, who are leading the team, have had nothing but good things to say about how well the kids are doing and how they have taken their role as teachers very seriously. It's not all work, work, work though as you can see from the photos, they have been having a lot of fun with their students at Place of Rescue! Please keep them in your prayers as they continue with their English classes this week and learn more about the work that is happening around Cambodia through many other organizations as well. 

Students from Place of Rescue raise and lower the Cambodian flag each morning and afternoon 

Students from Place of Rescue raise and lower the Cambodian flag each morning and afternoon 

There are no rain delays here in gym class...the kids just continue to play hard! 

There are no rain delays here in gym class...the kids just continue to play hard! 

Jaida Buhr (l) and Kirsten Riebot team teach a small group of students during their school hours. 

Jaida Buhr (l) and Kirsten Riebot team teach a small group of students during their school hours. 

Aidan and Brennan use a game to teach English skills to their students during class time. 

Aidan and Brennan use a game to teach English skills to their students during class time. 

Kamerin Wiebe and two of her students during their English lessons.

Kamerin Wiebe and two of her students during their English lessons.

(R-L)Kamerin, Jenessa, Jaida and Kirsten (front) and their students at Place of Rescue. 

(R-L)Kamerin, Jenessa, Jaida and Kirsten (front) and their students at Place of Rescue. 

Brennan, Aidan and Jason...and their students seem to be getting along just fine.

Brennan, Aidan and Jason...and their students seem to be getting along just fine.

Kirsten seems to have found a new friend at Place of Rescue. 

Kirsten seems to have found a new friend at Place of Rescue. 

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Habitat for Humanity ~ Come hear what they are doing in our city!

Ever been curious about what Habitat for Humanity does? Have you ever thought it would be a great way to get involved in our city? If you are interested in learning more about Habitat for Humanity, come out and hear first hand how your volunteer hours can help a family achieve their goals of having a safe, healthy place to live in Saskatoon. 

Habitat For Humanity - Volunteer Information Event
Monday August 10th at 2:00 pm
at 320 21st Street West


If you've ever been curious about volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, please come out for this information event where Shannon Durand, the Volunteer Coordinator at Habitat will go through some of Habitat's history, how they work as an organization, and how important volunteers are to the work that they do. If you would like to attend please sign up here. If you can't make it to this one don't worry just give Shannon a call or text at 306-281-6680  and she would be happy to meet with you one on one. having more If you have friends and family who are interested please extend this invitation to them as well, everyone is welcome!

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