Tuesday, March 29, 2016

"The newness of spring"

One of the best things about spring is that the days become longer.  There is nothing better than waking up to the sun shining bright and warm.  Here in Saskatchewan the winters can be long, cold and dark.  It seems like an eternity, but finally when the sun begins to rise a little earlier each day, it beckons us to crawl out of our winter hibernation and embrace the excitement of spring.  It is like the sun is calling out to us, it’s time to rise and shine!
Just as the sun calls out through its light and warmth the Word of God calls out: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord shines over you.” Isaiah 60:1 
We are called to be spiritual sunshine everywhere we go.  Just as the sun brings light and warmth we are to bring love, mercy, joy, kindness and hope everywhere we go. In a world full of spiritual despair and darkness we are to be bright lights shining forth the glory of God.  

As you embrace the newness of spring, allow the sun be a constant reminder that we are called to shine brightly with the goodness of God.  

Joyelle Gagnon was powerfully touched by the presence of God in 2006.  At that moment she made the decision to pursue the Kingdom of God.  Since experiencing God’s transforming powershe has a passion to see others set free in every area of life. Joyelle longs to see the Church of God rise up and impact our communities, cities and nations. Whether it is writing, speaking or teaching, Joyelle loves to convey biblical principles in a practical manner that will equip and call to action the people of God. Joyelle with her husband Paul and daughter Sophie live in Hanley Saskatchewan and attend Faith Alive Family Church.  

Monday, February 29, 2016

"Why attend Spring Seminar '16?"

Spring Seminar is on it's way and it promises to be one to remember! The difference between Fall Conference and Spring Seminar is the opportunity to attend workshops in a smaller group setting as well as a more affordable ticket price. There are so many reasons to come out to this event and we'd like to list our top 5!

1) Joining together in worship with like minded women from across our province!

2) Hearing the depth of topics that our keynotes will be presenting such as: Walk in Love, Live by Faith, Affirm the Call, and Arise.

3) Taking time to invest in your life spiritually and in return being prepared to invest into your family, church, and community!

4) Being encouraged by hearing the testimonies of other women and learning how to share your story to impact others.

5) Feeling relaxed while browsing the Bonus Room, filled with great booths, during breaks and lunch hour while sipping a cup of coffee with a friend!

If you are ready to attend this amazing event, purchase your tickets here: TICKETS *Don't forget to invite a friend!

Monday, February 22, 2016

"A new sound is rising at Spring Seminar '16"

Ladies!! Spring Seminar is coming right around the corner (April 8th & 9th). We are so excited to have Integrity recording artist, songwriter, and worship pastor, Dustin Smith, joining with us in worship. His passion to bring honour and glory to God is contagious! One of our favourite parts of any WJOF event is getting to join with women from across our nation and lift up the name of Jesus in song. Here's a little more info on Dustin:

Dustin is an Integrity Music Artist, Song Writer and Worship leader, who has a desire to see the nations ignited with a passion for worship. With an unyielding love for God and His people, Dustin has been able to cross denominational lines with his music. He has an attitude that gives God all the glory, and that attitude transcends age, race, color and creed. Dustin is a husband and father of three, who grew up in a Pastor’s home and has been in church his whole life. He has seen the joys and challenges of working and growing up in the church, but his dedication to seek the face of the God has caused him to rise as a voice to the nations that increases the value of God in other people’s eyes.

This year's annual Spring Seminar features Stephanie Ackerman, owner of the scrapbooking line "Documented Faith" and avid journaller, Leah Perrault, local speaker and writer of the local column "Barefoot and Preaching," along with Dustin Smith, Integrity recording artist and worship leader. 
This is a two day event beginning on Friday evening at 7:00 pm with worship and a keynote presentation. Saturday, which begins at 9:00 am, will include worship, keynotes, and hands on workshops from our keynote speakers as well as LOGOS, Word Alive Press, Faith Stories, and more! 
We have ONE Ticket which includes your entrance for both Friday evening and Saturday all day. Purchase your ticket today (early bird pricing until March 25th) and don't forget to invite your friends to come along!

Monday, February 08, 2016

"Bringing creativity to Spring Seminar '16"

Women's Journey of Faith is bringing creativity to Spring Seminar 2016! Guest speaker, Stephanie Ackerman, is a speaker, journaller, creator of the "Documented Faith" scrapbooking line, and avid doodler/creative. She is going to bring a unique and fresh perspective on the Word of God and Arising to our calling in Christ. Here's some more information on Stephanie:

"My name is Stephanie Ackerman. I am an ordinary girl who is living an extraordinary life where I get to do what I love for a living. I am a regular girl who loves God, my family, my friends, my neighbours, my church, my kids' school, and the teachers who teach there.

I am a simple girl who loves to make things from paper, batter, fabric, dough (as in cookie dough), and paint…A LOT…probably more than the average person.

At any given moment I might be doing exactly what you are doing…praying, doodling, running, baking, car pooling, stitching, watching my boys skate, surfing, boogie boarding, playing soccer, helping with homework, doing laundry and then doing more laundry, REALLY loving felt, dropping boys off at skate park, volunteering at the kids' school, reorganizing the "Shead-Teau," turning trash into treasures, sewing, did I mention doing laundry???"

Early Bird pricing is $50 for both Friday night and Saturday *No lunch provided 
Grab your Spring Seminar Tickets today! 

Monday, February 01, 2016

Supporting local at Spring Seminar 2016!

Spring Seminar is approaching and we are thrilled to announce we will be featuring a local Saskatchewan speaker! Leah Perrault is a well equipped speaker and writer who will be bringing a new flavour of teaching to WJOF. Here is a glimpse of her background and credentials:

Leah Perrault begins a new position as the Executive Lead of Governance Advancement with Emmanual Care (the Catholic Health Ministry of Saskatchewan) in January of 2016.  Between 2007 and 2015, Leah served as the Director of Pastoral Services for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. When she’s not busy with her day job, she speaks, consults and writes on the side. She is blessed (or cursed, depending on the day) with words that cannot be contained. These words find a home at retreats, schools, conferences, book clubs, board meetings, church groups, articles, books and ~ hopefully ~ in the hearts of those who hear and read them.
Leah grew up on a farm outside of Elrose, Saskatchewan. She is the first of four children, a twin, with all the typical “leadership skills” of an oldest child. She was blessed to have supportive, loving and imperfect parents who are now teaching us how to be grandparents.
Leah has a master’s of arts in pastoral theology from the University of St. Michael’s College at the Toronto School of Theology (2009); she earned this degree without drinking a single cup of coffee.  Her bachelor’s of arts in English comes from Campion College at the University of Regina (2005), where she perfected the art of writing in the early mornings before sunrise, while her room mates were still sleeping.
Leah met her husband, Marc, during her first day on the university campus in Regina, though neither of them really noticed the other at the time. They dated for four years and married in 2005. Since then, they have been working hard at this adventure called marriage, making each other better people in the process and hoping that their relationship is as good for the world as it is for them. Leah and Marc have been blessed with three amazing little people – Robyn, Eliot and Charlize. Their home is full of noise, books, toys, and big ideas.

**Spring Seminar is fast approaching so grab your tickets while the Early Bird price lasts (until March 25th): Buy Tickets Here