The tulip and the poppy

By Rev. Glenna Beauchamp

Rivers and Oak River United Churches

Bill Vander Zalm, a former premier of British Columbia, came to Canada from Holland. He became a successful businessman, selling flowers. A particular flower, the tulip, has a very special meaning for him. He was living in Holland under Nazi occupation during the Second World War, and remembers vividly seeing people die of starvation. He remembers a time when all he had to keep from starving to death were tulip bulbs, which he ate to stay alive. For Bill, tulip bulbs will always carry that terrible memory of brutal oppression.

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Faithfully yours - Breaking unhealthy cycles

By Neil Strohschein

The Neepawa Banner

A few weeks ago, my work required me to attend a service in the Neepawa United Church. As I entered the sanctuary that day, I noticed that the side and back walls were decorated with what appeared to be paper dolls. Was I in for a surprise.

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Dessert first, grace last!

By Rev. Glenna Beauchamp

Rivers and Oak River United Churches

I once got the time for a wedding reception wrong. Thinking I had forgotten, they started supper and I arrived half an hour later; I felt terrible! Should I stay or just quietly leave? But the emcee for the evening graciously welcomed me and said, “Go ahead and ask the blessing. Now that we’ve eaten this wonderful meal, we feel more thankful!”

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Church chatter - Sept 6th, 2015

By Lorrie Dyer

Fifty children enjoyed a week of fun at this year’s vacation Bible camp held Aug. 17-21; dedicated volunteers from Rivers United and Baptist churches helped make it another successful camp.

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Hacked!

By Rev. Glenna Beauchamp

Rivers and Oak River United Churches

“How would you feel if you picked up a newspaper tomorrow and there, on the front page, were your deepest, darkest secrets?” This used to be a theoretical question. Not anymore! Social media has made privacy a thing of the past. The thought of our credit card and banking information showing up on a website is scary enough, but even worse, is the kind of exposure people experience when a site like Ashley Madison is hacked.

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