What is Margin?


Have you ever gone on a trip and had to catch a connecting flight?

A number of years ago Britton and I took our 3 kids and my parents to Orlando.  I couldn’t find a direct flight at the time that would suit our schedule, so I planned to do the trip in two legs with a connection in Minneapolis.  I wasn’t worried about the connection; I booked flights that would give us plenty of time to go through customs and get to our connecting flight.

On paper the plan looked great, but in reality, it didn’t quite turn out as planned.  Our first flight was delayed.  The margin between our first and second flights was suddenly a lot shorter than planned.  I vividly remember dragging my kids by the hand through the airport, trying to get my 65-year-old parents to walk a little faster and lovingly asking my wonderful wife to “HURRY UP!”

We traveled from one end of the Minneapolis airport to the other in record time.  Out of breath and tired from the run we made it to our gate, but the tight margin caused a lot of stress and tension. Not a great way to start a family vacation!

Have you ever experienced something like that?  Have you ever had a tight margin?  Or maybe you’ve found yourself in a situation where you had no margin at all.  Margin isn’t just important when you travel though.

This weekend we are beginning a new teaching series that’s all about margin.  Over the next four weeks we’ll be exploring what margin is, why margin is important and how you can find margin in your life.  I hope you are planning to join us this weekend as we begin looking at margin and how margin can help you not just survive, but thrive.

See you Sunday,

Pastor Kirk

Holy Spirit Encounter

Discover what it means to live a Spirit empowered life! Join us February 3 and 4 for Bible centred teaching around the person and filling of the Holy Spirit. Experience the fullness of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and be equipped to lead others into a deeper Spirit filled life in 2017! Registration is open at mylivinghope.ca, the cost is free, but registration is required in order to reserve your spot. Find out more.

The Dearhearts & Wildwood Fire

Join us February 12th at 7 pm for a musical double feature. Musical group The Dearhearts will take the stage and delight you with their smooth 3-part harmonies and toe-tapping beats. Finding their inspiration from such legends as The Carter Family, Rosemary Clooney, and The Andrew Sisters, the Dearhearts have been called “the next generation of The Wailin’ Jennys.” Following The Dearhearts there will be a performance of the one-act play Wildwood Fire which tells the story of June Carter Cash and her mother Maybelle Carter. If you enjoy the music of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, or are fascinated by their story of victory over tragedy, you’ll love this show too. Tickets are $15 each and are available online through Eventbrite.

MidWeek Resumes January 11

Join us Wednesday, January 11 as Living Hope MidWeek resumes.  This semester MidWeek will begin at 6:45 pm and go to 8:15 pm.  Kids will meet in the Vista Room, Youth will meet in the gym and adults will be upstairs in the kids wing with Pastor Kirk, who will be leading a group discussion about our new sermon series, “Margin.”


Upcoming Events

  • January 11, Living Hope MidWeek Resumes
  • January 13-15, Winter Youth Retreat
  • January 14, Plan to Protect Training
  • January 21, Youth Parent’s Meeting
  • January 22, Families Connect Lunch
  • January 29, Walking Where Jesus Walked Information Meeting
  • February 3-5, Holy Spirit Encounter Weekend
  • February 7,  Pre-School Registration Night
  • February 12, Wildwood Fire and The Dearhearts