I Don’t Wait Anymore by Grace Thornton

Grace Thornton’s book examines the big why question that we will all have at some point when our life does not turn out the way we thought it should.

Grace somehow felt that if she loved God and was leading a good and faithful life that God would make sure that her dreams of marriage and children would be a natural next step in her life, but it did not work out this way and this lead to a spiritual crisis of sorts.

The author highlights her own journey as she examines her own beliefs about God, and ultimately decides to let go of her expectations of the way she thought her life should be and grasp God’s hand for the adventure He had for her.

Household needs for families at the Friday Night Community

Although we meet every Friday, holidays are something special at the Friday Night Community. They are a time that friends can forget their challenges and struggles, act a little silly and enjoy the fun.  So much goes on throughout the day and evening when folks come in our doors to reconnect, get support from those who care and catch up from where they left off.  I enjoyed my meal with a new gentleman who was invited well over a year ago by a friend.  It took him that long to trust and take a chance to walk through our doors.  We are happy that folks can come and feel welcomed, supported and cared for whether it is their first time attending or they are longtime friends.  

One of our friends is moving from a shelter to her own place this week and requires some gently used items for her new space.  We are in need of newer furniture including kitchen table and chairs, large bookcase, living room furniture (appropriate for younger children), dressers for children, smaller desk and chair, laundry baskets, dish rack, tea towels, mixing bowls, laundry & dish detergent, washing machine and dryer, dishwasher, cleaning supplies, vacuum, gently used toys for a 4 year old boy and 6 year old girl, room decorations, area carpets, and an Ikea gift card to purchase some other items.  Another family who is new to the country is in need of gently used/newer twin and double beds.  Please provide photos of any possibilities so we can see whether it would work in their space.

Most Needed Items: 

*Easter treats

*snacks for children’s lunches (fruit cups, apple sauce, pudding, peanut free granola bars, individually wrapped cheese and crackers and cookies, etc.)

*yogurt, sour cream and black take out containers for take home food (no thinner plastic or clear please)

*lemonade & iced tea crystals, hot chocolate mix

*decaf coffee

*wool for afternoon Hub

*salad bar toppings (beets, pickles, seeds, Craisins, Caesar & poppy seed dressing)

*gently used/newer running shoes for men/women/children

*everyday footwear sizes 8-12 for men and women

*boys winter boots size 1-3

*boys pants size 4, underwear sizes 4-6

*girls tops sizes 14-16 or women’s small

*men’s steel toed boots size 12

*king size comforter & electric blanket

*woman’s winter jacket size 2XL

*girls size 12-14 track pants

*diapers size 4-6, pull-ups size 4-6

*curtain rods

*maternity clothes size 10-12

*furniture for 2 families (see above)

The Ark, the Reed & the Fire Cloud by Jenny L. Cote

The Ark, the Reed, & the Fire Cloud

By Jenny L Cote

This tween read tells of a magical adventure of animals travelling worldwide to Noah’s Ark. The author Jenny Cote developed an early passion for God, history and young people and she blends all of these into this novel.  Max, a Scottish terrier hears a mysterious Voice “Come to me…follow the fire cloud” and starts out on a journey of a lifetime.  Along the way he meets other animals who have heard the voice as well. It is a journey fraught with danger, humour, trials and triumphs which leads them across Europe to the Middle East. 

For the previous one hundred years , Noah and his family have endured persecution from villagers while building the ark.  Now they must witness the loss of lives and total destruction of the earth through the mighty flood.

Once the animals arrive the ark is miraculously transformed into the animal’s natural habitats and the voyage in the ark begins.  They manage to organize their days and keep each other occupied with daily exercise and a talent night but something sinister is about. Max and his friend Liz foil the plot but at a high price. In the end there are lots of twists and turns in the story taking the reader from despair to hope.

Don’t want to be forgotten at the Friday Night Community

We come together every Friday to provide a delicious and nutritious meal.  But more importantly we invite friends in the door and give them a safe and loving space.  We learned about one friend who was living on the streets in Aldershot who had only frequented our meal a handful of times.  A couple of months passed where no one in the community had seen this gentleman, and it was just discovered that he passed away.  He slipped away with no family, friends or community to surround or acknowledge his passing.  Our hope is that regardless of where we have been and the circumstances surrounding our lives, that there will always be a safe space and a community of people who care.

This past Saturday close to 40 Friday Night children enjoyed a day of fun, games, cooking and crafts at our March Break Madness event.  Friendships deepened and the leaders were able to spend time teaching, guiding and playing with our younger friends. Thank you to all those who gave their time and helped to make this event possible.  

Most Needed Items: 

*Easter treats

*snacks for children’s lunches (fruit cups, apple sauce, pudding, peanut free granola bars, individually wrapped cheese and crackers and cookies, etc.)

*yogurt, sour cream and black take out containers for take home food (no thinner plastic or clear please)

*lemonade & iced tea crystals, hot chocolate mix

*decaf coffee

*wool for afternoon Hub

*salad bar toppings (beets, pickles, seeds, Craisins, Caesar & poppy seed dressing)

*gently used/newer running shoes for men/women/children

*everyday footwear sizes 8-12 for men and women

*boys winter boots size 1-3

*boys pants size 4, underwear sizes 4-6

*girls tops sizes 14-16 or women’s small

*men’s steel toed boots size 12

*nightgown size L

*king size comforter & electric blanket

*woman’s winter jacket size 2XL

*girls size 12-14 track pants

*diapers size 4-6, pull-ups size 4-6

*large stock pot for soup

*curtain rods

*maternity clothes size 10-12

*gently used washing machine