Now Hiring

The EMC National Office is seeking a Missions and Finance Assistant to work as an active part of the office team. They should have a passion for Christ, the Church and missions. The ability to manage a varying schedule and assess and prioritize tasks is essential. An ideal candidate will be adaptable and be able to take initiative in identifying and resolving problems. They should be an excellent communicator who is confident interacting with people in person or through a variety of media. This position offers equitable pay and benefits with opportunity for professional development. For more information on this position and how to apply, go to our website http://www.emconference.ca/serve/. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 31 or until a suitable candidate is found. Anticipated start date is early fall.

My Forgiveness Journey

The Lord’s Prayer 2019

By Pastor Gavin Michaels

Before “Once upon a time” and “Happily ever after,” there was a plan. The Creator himself, the originator of the “beginning and end,” put in place a forgiveness plan. He ordained each moment of each life. “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”(Psalm 139:16). Though God chooses all to be His children, God foreknew that not all people would accept His forgiveness plan. Continue reading My Forgiveness Journey

Obituary: Steven Derek Thiessen

1977-2019

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Steve Thiessen and his family

Steven Derek Thiessen, aged 41, of Winnipeg, passed away with family at his side on Jan. 19, 2019, after a nine-month battle with bladder cancer. Steve is survived by his loving wife Fiona and their four children—Nadia (13), Ezra (11), Simon (9) and Ember (4). Steve is also survived by his parents Harold and Laura Thiessen, and brothers Chuck (Laura) and Kenton (Kira); his father-in-law Ron Plett; and siblings in law Danny, Ivan (Sherry), Janice Barrate (Lance).

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Crestview Offers Sanctuary, Assists Union Gospel Mission

By Alex Wiebe, board chair, and Jenaya Groen, reporter 

WINNIPEG, Man.—We are called to obey the government (Rom 13:1), love foreigners as ourselves (Lev 19:34), and protect orphans and widows (James 1:27). When the government says a destitute, divorced woman and her children must return to a country where she believes her children will be harmed by a group that practices witchcraft, what do we do?

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Gary Schellenberg Retires after 45 Years at Providence

by PUC/EMC

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Gary Schellenberg

OTTERBURNE, Man.—After 45 years of dedicated service, Gary Schellenberg retired from Providence University College and Seminary and on May 30, 2019, was among five people honoured at a Retirement Dinner (along with Hendrik van der Breggen, Daryl Climenhaga, Edmund Neufeld and Deborah van Duin). Gary was made Prov’s first ever Vice President Emeritus, a lifetime designation. Gary’s father, Rev. Dave K. Schellenberg, was the first editor of The Messenger (1963-1987) and a proud parent who found ways to include his children and grandchildren in its pages. Rev. Schellenberg likely would have been glad to see his son mentioned.

Obituary: Cornie Friesen

1941- 2018

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Cornie Friesen

Peacefully with his family by his side, Cornelius W. Friesen passed away on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at the Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach, Man., at the age of 76.

He will be forever missed by his wife Mary. Also left to cherish his memory are his children: Tom (Candace), Mark, Kathy, Mary Jane (Cory), Emilyn (Andrew) and Kurt (Liz); along with 11 grandchildren, Isaiah, Jade, Elijah, Julius, Luke, Jasmine, Titus, Ethan, Cameron, Owen and Jordon. Also, his siblings: Helen, Ed (Anne), Paul (Tina), Albert (Anne).

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Called to Serve: ‘This is Where My Heart Is’

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Venus Cote

MARITIMES – Venus Cote grew up with her grandparents on the Cote Reserve in east-central Saskatchewan after her mother passed away. She remembers, right from the start, being surrounded by alcoholism. “It was the only life I knew,” she recalls. “It was how my family dealt with hurts and losses.”

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