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3 Things We Learned From The Marriage Course As Newlyweds

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Deciding to take a marriage course as newlyweds may sound a bit backwards. What issues do you really have to work through so early on? What tests has your relationship truly faced?  At the end of last year, my husband Joel and I decided to take part in The Marriage Course that Connexus Church was…

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Why Your Calendar Isn’t The Key To Using Your Time Well

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Time.  You only get so much of it.  There’s an urgency to it, a scarcity. If you want to get more out of your time, you are likely to look to time management hacks and tricks. Many of them will start with your calendar. They’ll tell you to schedule everything in your calendar, to put…

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Why This Is The Most Important Year Of Your Entire Life

2020 will be a year you will remember for the rest of your life. It was full of ups, downs, anger, tears, and a lot of uncertainty.  However, while 2020 was memorable, this year will be much more critical for you. Here’s why. As you move towards the other side of this pandemic, a huge…

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Are Your Friends Actually Expecting to be Invited to Church at Christmas?

By Rose Meeder, Volunteer Host at Connexus Church in Orillia Christmas is such a cool time of year.  Of course, for me, as a Christian, it is a celebration of the birth of Jesus and recognizing with awe, once again, that it was God’s plan from the very beginning to come and “be with us”. I…

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My Christmas Eve Invites Aren’t Quite The Same This Year

If you’re like me, Christmas this year is shaping up to be quite different than it would have been in years past.  My husband and I would typically be in the throws of coordinating Christmas schedules between our extended families. Planning parties with friends to celebrate. And of course, gearing up for inviting our friends…

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3 Things You Need to do to Prepare for Christmas Eve with Connexus

Well, Christmas Eve this year is shaping up to be like nothing we’ve ever experienced before. Yet it can still be filled with so many of the traditions we love.  One of those traditions that we love around Connexus is the Christmas Eve service. Although the services won’t take place in packed venues across Simcoe…

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5 Timeless Parenting Principles In A Temporary Pandemic

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I’ve been thinking a lot about my kids in the last couple of weeks. We love our boys. This picture was taken eight weeks before COVID officially hit. Looking back, we had no idea what was coming, and they’ve done well to push through a challenging time. But as a parent, you can’t help but…

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Five simple ways to be FOR people during a pandemic

One change I’ve noticed in the midst of these unprecedented and, frankly, weird times is the increased temptation to focus on myself. And I think it’s a bigger deal than I originally thought. Here’s what I mean… When I focus on the fear, anger, or uncertainty in our world, I can turn inward and forget…

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How To Make Spiritual Rhythms A Part Of Your Family’s Fall Routine

While the world looks different this fall, my guess is that you are probably already planning your fall family routine. As a former teacher, and now as a parent, I’ve seen how great routine can be for kids in the fall.  Much of a kid’s routine revolves around schooling and education, but there’s a bigger…

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Your Friends Won’t Want to Miss This Special Guest This Summer

We’ve been working on this news for months, and I can’t wait to share it with you.  Before I do, if you missed it, I’ve been sharing about how we want to reach 20% more people in Simcoe County online with the hope of Jesus. Check out those posts. As your friends join us online,…

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