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  1. Every service, including the ones we aren’t open, if we’re live streaming music from the church. I’m the only organist.
  2. The third pastor, and first Baptist, has been arrested for holding church services beyond capacity in Alberta (capacity is currently 15). Although this is a Reformed Baptist church (and our church is definitely not Reformed), it has hit close to home as Pastor Tim is the older brother of our assistant pastor. https://www.rebelnews.com/calgary_police_arrest_fairview_baptist_church_pastor_tim_stephens?fbclid=IwAR34m1IZP13ZZpcQ11Jz8UjiysndMnVwz1Wk0fSb0-zSAoGkeL79EwiXUTA
  3. Hi, Guest Dee You’ve resurrected a very old thread to ask an off-topic question. Some of the folks involved in this discussion are no longer with us. Please start a new thread for this topic.
  4. Wonder if the Liberals have started something ahead of their bill passing...
  5. GraceLife is still meeting in secret at various locations. Today, another pastor in Alberta was arrested for refusing to shut/limit his church (it was a Sabbath service). Churches are currently limited to 15 people. The police didn’t have the guts to arrest him at church – they followed him after the service, pulled them over on the edge of the road and arrested him in the middle of a highway. An Alberta judge has released an injunction that will allow the police to arrest anyone breaking Covid rules while protesting or otherwise without due process of law. Outside social gatherings are limited to five people, so any protest would be a violation of Covid rules. The idiots in the Liberal government and media are pushing a universal basic income. Canada is falling into communism so fast…
  6. I try to decorate special, and we always have a gift of some kind (books, art, chocolates, flowers, etc.). I got a Cricut last year - best purchase the church never made. It made lovely tags for the Mother’s Day gifts.
  7. We have one right now (70 members). Usually we have two, but we don’t have anyone appropriate who is willing /able at the moment to be the second. They are deacons – they help the pastor with the practical side of the church - Organizing work bees, taking care of widows, etc. They’re considered to be among the church leaders, but the pastor’s the one in charge. To be fair, we have a lot of church men that are active and as helpful with the practical things as deacons would be, so things get done. We had to change our constitution a few years ago. It had been copied from a larger church when ours was established, and said that the clerk and treasurer should previously have served as deacons. In the 15 years I’ve been here, the clerk has always been a woman and the treasurer has usually been one - so obviously not ex-deacons. We finally updated our constitution to match the practicalities and needs of our small church.
  8. This vaccine push is so messed up. I was sick the last week (didn't get tested, but probably Covid), so now I have some nice, natural antibodies to protect me next time.
  9. I remember being pleasantly surprised in London to find the cost of groceries was not nearly as expensive as I thought it would be. Guess that means that our groceries are already pretty expensive. I was surprised by seeing eggs on shelves (not refrigerated), and by peanut butter being in the international foods section.
  10. Considering this is an IFB forum, you may be asking this in the wrong place.
  11. Exactly. A virus with a (in my county) 99.96% survival rate is not worth the title of ‘pandemic’, no matter how much they try to redefine the word. Also, real pandemics don’t require marketing campaigns.
  12. https://www.rebelnews.com/rebel_news_attends_illegal_gracelife_church_service_at_secret_location?utm_campaign=sgr_gracelifeund_4_20_21&utm_medium=email&utm_source=therebel
  13. Dinner will be wieners over a fire. It’s going to be plus 17 today (63F), and should be a lovely day for April! Some friends and I are going to spend the day at a gorge on the Pembina River.
  14. Came to say the same thing. It doesn’t matter what some guys thought (especially when we don’t know who they were and whether they were heretics). What does the Bible say?
  15. https://www.newstbt.com/post/court-permits-government-to-avoid-producing-dr-hinshaw-s-evidence-on-lockdowns-at-may-3-trial?postId=6079d2664688760015642e8e So if in 13 months, the government does not have shareable scientific evidence to support the lockdowns, then why are there lockdowns? Why are they locking a church? If they cannot support the restriction of Charter freedoms, their health orders are invalid. And yet they stand. I’m about ready to start a revolution right now... #verymad
  16. You never know... the Toronto police department just issued a warning that it would enforce outdoor gathering limits (at 5 people in that province) even at protests.
  17. Haven’t heard the term before, but it’s a legitimate use of the Greek root.
  18. Oh, and Pr. Coates was not put in jail for violating gathering limits. His case won’t go to court until next month. He was arrested for the violation, and should have been released on bail, but the bail conditions demanded that he not preach or hold services at his church, or allow people to attend. How could a pastor agree to that? Also, thus far, there have been zero outbreaks at GraceLife. Not one case of Covid has been linked to spread at that location. And they have been holding full, normal services since July.
  19. This church is about 30 minutes from us. It is the church that had its pastor jailed for 5 weeks because he couldn’t agree to bail conditions that violated his conscience (ironically, the consequences for his charges would have merited only fines, not imprisonment). Basically, the church chose not to comply with the unscriptural demands of the health services to limit attendance to 15% capacity (which practically means no physical distancing), and they refuse to enforce masking (because it is a personal health decision). The last few weeks, they have had capacity crowds, with more listening from outside. The police came at dawn and put 3 layers of fencing around the building. Multiple RCMP officers and private security are on site 24 hours to keep anyone approaching the building. Pray for them - and for us! My church is one of about 20 in Alberta that have (very publicly) stated they are open for all who want to attend - no capacity limits. There are more that think the same, but they’re staying under the radar so far (as we were doing for several months). Our church had 50 visitors on Easter Sunday because we were open (for context, our core group through Covid was 60-80). Some came from churches who wouldn’t let them in the doors without a mask, despite legitimate medical issues. Others are coming because they feel convicted by God to meet together together with his people again, and their churches are fully virtual. We have been reported twice by local snitches, once for our Easter Sunday morning service, and we imminently expect a visit from health inspectors and the RCMP. It’s unreal, you know. Our pastor talked to us at Bible study about what steps we would be taking when (not if) police came to building. I can’t believe we actually had that conversation in Canada - in North America. As treasurer, I’ve taken steps to ensure continuity of the office operations should we be locked out of the building. Today I moved a batch of extra hymnals offsite so we’ll have them if we lose access. I know I shouldn’t be, but I’m scared every time I go to church on Sunday. Churches are so split over this issue. Many churches believe GraceLife should be following the government, period. Others, like us, believe that God did not grant the government authority over how the church worships, and we furthermore feel that they have not proven the necessity of these rules that override our charter freedoms of religion, assembly, and association. Every time a Covid case comes to court in Alberta, the charges are dropped by the Crown as soon as they are requested to provide the burden of proof (to prove that the restrictions are warranted by circumstances significant that enough to override our Charter of Rights). Many congregations are split over this issue. The funny thing is that many unbelievers are standing up in support of the churches for this. They see the larger implications of the government’s actions. Many who haven’t been in church for years say they will visit GraceLife in support! Have to say that the Reformed churches are putting us to shame here. I don’t agree with their doctrine, but their belief in the sovereignty of God has them leading the charge in standing up against these tyrannies. If you want a good source to research more about this case, check out rebelnews.com. You should check out their video from the first protest at the Edmonton Remand Centre in support of Pr. Coates when he was first out in jail. Best. Protest. Ever. Speakers were basically pastors giving five minute sermons, and we sang hymns. The group you hear a couple times on camera singing really well in harmony is actually our church group. Edited to add: this guy is a member of GraceLife. He’s been live-streaming a lot from site. https://m.facebook.com/Devin-Davis-101163168761777/
  20. "To quote from a recent writer from the Old Country on life in Western Canada: "For a man in the West marriage does not mean what it does among the well-to-do at home, giving up a comfortable bachelor lodgings for a life of house-owning and smart dinners; it means leaving a ghastly loneliness for companionship and help, and squalor for decent comfort. For a woman in this new land the sphere of the home does not mean polishing scratches on silver or decorating the dining room with masses of flowers, but feeding and clothing and cheering husband and children, and being kind to poor bachelors round about who need kindness badly. Woman is at her old task as the civilizer, not as the over-civilizer." - Alberta, Past & Present, 1924
  21. Wow. I have heard NOTHING of this in the news. I know the media is unreliable, but that's a pretty significant thing for them to ignore.
  22. Because the historian in me can't resist.... Old English (rough translation from KJV because I can't find a Greek to Anglo-Saxon translator): " Forrrwam be hira foldwaestm git diht becnawan hie."
  23. This kind of stuff doesn’t get shared well by the mainstream media, so I was curious to find out what’s happening out there. Covid is being used as an excuse to remove our religious liberties. What measures are/have been taken against churches in your part of the world (and where is that?). The intent of this thread is not to discuss whether or not measures are necessary. Here in Alberta, a pastor in Edmonton was arrested yesterday for continuing to ignore restriction limits. He was charged and released, and will appear in court end of March.
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