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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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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In the beginning

By Rev. Glenna Beauchamp

 Rivers United Church

When does your day start? Most of us would name a time in the morning when we get out of bed and get ready for the day ahead.

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Tourist season

By Rev. Glenna Beauchamp

Rivers and Oak River United Churches

There are at least two ways we can visit a place we’ve never been before. We can go as tourists. Tourists get to see only certain areas where the streets are clean, security is good, the people you see are well-fed and live in decent houses. Tourists can stay in motels with the same name as ones we’ve stayed at in Canada, where we can eat in restaurants that are franchises of the ones we frequent at home, where we just accept what certain people tell us about the place we are visiting. Or we can go and connect with local people. We can let them take us into the places where they live and work. We can eat the local food the people there eat. We can listen to their stories and participate in their celebrations.

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