Canada set to lose 9,000 churches in the next 10 years

I found this CBC article to be very believable but sad.

The much sadder story is that so many in our society have abandoned our traditional Judeo-Christian values and faith for a self-centred me-first obsession. Along with the movement we have lost honesty, integrity and respect – things that our parents and grandparents highly valued regardless of what church they attended if any.

It reminds me of the following quote by D.A. Carson

People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.

D.A. Carson

From the CBC

Shrinking congregations and rising maintenance costs force old churches to be closed, sold or repurposed.

A national charity that works to save old buildings estimates that 9,000 religious spaces in Canada will be lost in the next decade, roughly a third of all faith-owned buildings in the country.

National Trust for Canada regeneration project leader Robert Pajot says every community in the country is going to see old church buildings shuttered, sold off or demolished.

“Neighbourhoods are going to have multiple churches closing,” Pajot said. “Some people qualify this as a crisis, and I kind of agree. It is going to hit everybody.”

Read more at.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/losing-churches-canada-1.5046812

Are we so connected we’re disconnected?

In this special to the London Free Press by Jamie Greenwood, the lead pastor of Faith Pentecostal Assembly in Glencoe, he looks at the question of whether people who are physically next to us are growing distant, while the people on our technological devices are becoming superficially close.

I recently sat in a waiting room and watched as two parents, probably in their 50s, feverishly busied themselves on their cellphones, while their teenage son sat staring at them.

This perplexed me because it seemed like it would be the other way around. However, it made me consider a few things.

My generation grew up with mobile devices that were expensive to buy and really too big to be of any real use. At the same time, I remember getting one of the first Nintendo consoles, on which I played Super Mario Brothers for two straight weeks. Today I am an Apple geek — with an iPhone, an Apple Watch, an iPad, a MacBook, an iMac and Apple TV.

I feel well connected, but when I reflect back on the parents who were busy on their cellphones, I have to ask myself, “Am I so connected, that I may be disconnected?”


Continue reading at The London Free Press.

You can catch Pastor Jamie’s blog here.

You can visit the Faith Pentecostal Assembly in Glencoe website here.

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Local Artists, Arts and Crafts

This Satuday be sure to check out the London Arts and Crafts Show at the London Convention Centre. It is open from 10-7 and the cost is only $5 per person.

Also this is the last weekend of the Centennial Art Exhibition at the Brescia showcasing works by 22 artists from London and the surrounding area including Group of Seven member, A.J. Casson.

For more information go to http://brescia.uwo.ca/100/events/centennial-art-exhibition-i/

#ldnont #Art #Artisans #Crafts #Artists #ThingsToDo

A Fisherman’s Tale – Chapter 5

Peter? I don’t know, I kind of like, Simon, calling you Peter would just seem strange, especially when I was whispering sweet nothings in your ear, I’d feel like I was cheating on the Simon I married.”.

“As long as it’s me you are whispering sweet nothings to, you can call me anything you like, but I don’t think the entire Peter thing is going to catch on.  I’d have to wear a sign, “The fisherman formerly known as Simon”. 

I had been telling Esther about my encounter with Jesus the night before and she was bubbling with questions. 

What was he like?  Do we have any friends in common?  Is he married?  What did he mean by changing the world?

Continue reading

Outdoor Movie Night?

Love movies? Want to create an event to get together with your friends and neighbours this summer?

Why not plan an outdoor movie night?

The City provides the equipment (screen, projector, media player, speakers), license for a public viewing, set up and take down of equipment, and two City staff.

This program is for resident-led and neighbourhood-based groups so why not talk to your neighbours or neighbourhood association and plan one soon. Applications end March 29.

Find out more here.

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#ldnont #thingstodo #movies #summer #friends #neighbours

Mom’s Lemon Bread

This was my favourite dessert by my mother. I am now gluten and dairy free so I can’t eat it any more. I wanted to share it so that the recipe doesn’t die on my bookshelf.

Lemon Bread

Course: Dessert
Keyword: Bread, Dessert, Lemon

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • zest of one lemon or orange
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon or orange

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until it is creamy.
  • Add the eggs and mix until eggs are incorporated.
  • Add the lemon zest and beat again.
  • In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt and stir well to combine.
  • Pour about ½ cup flour mixture into the butter and egg mixture in the stand mixer and mix until it is incorporated.
  • Add a few tablespoons of the milk and mix.
  • Keep alternating between the flour mixture and the milk until they are used up, scraping down the sides of bowl occasionally to make sure the batter is well mixed.
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck into centre of the loaf comes out clean.

Glaze

  • Meantime, in a small bowl, mix the sugar and lemon juice and set aside while the lemon bread bakes.
  • Pour glaze evenly over the cooked lemon bread as soon as you take it out of the oven.

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