The Connector – December 19, 2017


December 19, 2017

Connecting our Adult Learning & Literacy Community


In This Issue

Mark Your Calendar

Program Funding Proposals
January 15, 2018

Calgary Learns casino
February 14-15, 2018

LOLA nomination deadline
March 23, 2018

Please note, our office will be closed from December 22, 2017 until January 1, 2018.


Reminder to all Program Grant Applicants


January 15, 2018 is the deadline for proposals for foundational adult learning programs that take place between July 2018 and June 2019.

Calgary Learns funds non-profit organizations to provide part-time foundational learning opportunities for adult Calgarians who face social and economic barriers to learning. Foundational learning focuses on basic literacy and the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to fully participate as neighbours and citizens, have satisfying employment, and to pursue further learning.

For more info, visit our website:


LOLA nominations are now open

Do you admire someone who excels as an adult learner or adult educator?
Is there a learning program or project out there that deserve extra recognition?
How about an extra-ordinary funder?

Consider this opportunity to honour these hardworking and enthusiastic people and send in your nomination form for the

Life Of Learning Award (LOLA)!

The LOLAs celebrate and honour the contributions and accomplishments in Calgary’s adult learning field. The LOLAs are presented to outstanding educators, programs, supporters and learners to recognize their dedication and spirit. They highlight the value of foundational learning and the differences education makes in our community.

Calgary Learns presents awards in the following categories:

  • Adult Learner for a learner at a foundational level who loves learning, stands out in his or her efforts to keep learning and inspires others by example.
  • Learning Champion for an educator/facilitator or program designer who makes a great contribution to community-based adult foundational learning and supports the essential skills development in learners.
  • Learning Communities for a learning program/project that stands out in innovation, effectiveness and breadth of reach into the adult foundational learning community.
  • Thanks A Bunch showcases a funder (individual or corporation) whose commitment and financial contribution help support the needs of adult foundational level learners.

Go to our nomination page for more information and forms. Nomination deadline is March 23, 2018.

Casino Volunteers needed

Dear Calgary Learns members, supporters and partners,

Calgary Learns is holding a fundraising Casino on Wednesday February 14 and Thursday February 15, 2018 at Elbow River Casino. The proceeds from the Casino help Calgary Learns further support the Adult Foundational Learning Community.

We need several volunteers to fill day & night shifts on both days. If you are able to donate your time, please click HERE to volunteer. If you have any questions or concerns, email Nicky

Thank you in advance!!

CALP Logic Model Review: Project Update

CLN and Advanced Education have received thoughtful and enthusiastic input from many CALP practitioners and staff as part of the project to review the CALP Logic Model and Evaluation Framework. Thank you to all who have been so generous with their feedback through the focus groups and online surveys!

Please join us for a webinar on January 16, where CLN will share the feedback gathered so far. You will have the opportunity to see proposed revisions, provide your thoughts, and ask questions about any of the proposed changes.

You will need a CALP Portal account in order to register for the webinar.  It’s easy to get an account!  Just click on this link to the form:  CALP Portal Registration form

Once you have your account, you can contact Terri Peters at Calgary Learns for any tips on how to navigate through the Portal. 

Tech Talk – Pilot Workshop, Jan. 23

When:  9 am – 4:30 pm
Audience:  Facilitators/trainers of computer courses
Class limit:  25 participants
Location:   CanLearn – #100, 1117 Macleod Trail SE in Calgary
Parking:  On street and many parking lots nearby
CTrain:  Go to Victoria Park Stampede station and walk north for 3 blocks.  Or go to City Hall station and walk south for 3 blocks.
Presented by:  Literacy for Life Foundation of High River

Snacks and lunch will be provided.
No fee for this course. Funding generously provided by the Community Adult Learning Program branch of Advanced Education.

Link to registration:

IMPORTANT: Bring your own device to the workshop (phone, laptop or tablet) and a set of ear buds/headphones. Some preparation is required (maximum ½ hour) and an email will be sent out a few weeks prior with the information. 
Questions about the course?  Contact Literacy for Life Foundation at:
[email protected]
Workshop description:
This 1-day pilot will provide opportunities for you to gain the understanding you need to be flexible and adaptable when training others in technology. 
This interactive session will provide tools that you can use to encourage learners to identify common concepts, structures and navigational methods, rather than a “step-by-step, how-to approach.”
Facilitation/instruction is based on best practise in adult learning and brain learning. Strategies and activities that can be used with adult learners will be modeled throughout the day.
Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of common concepts, structures and navigation methods present across the many different technology tools found in work, play and community, that include but are not limited to tablets, phones and computers.
  • Participants will be able to transfer this knowledge to enhance existing classes or design new ones that better address the rapid changes occurring in the world of technology.
  • Participants will receive current relevant resources that will support their work in building technology skills with foundational and literacy learners.
  • Participants will be provided with information related to methods of instruction like the flipped classroom, gamification, e-mobile learning and problem solving.

Resources – Portal

We hear a lot of comments about people wanting to share resources or wanting a one-stop-shop for resources. Make sure you check out the CALP Portal. Note: for this link you do not need an account, but you might miss out on things. Creating an account is FREE. For more info, check out Terri’s article or contact Terri to get some training on how to use the portal.

Here’s a little taste of what we posted in Resources about Engaging Indigenous Learners

Happy portal-surfing 🙂

Double your impact, double the victories in 2018!

In 2017, we celebrated major achievements across the Amazon.
These victories were all steps forward for the movement for climate justice, stopping Amazon destruction, and advancing indigenous solutions.


To help us achieve even more in 2018, a generous donor has agreed to match every donation for the last week of the year up to $10,000!

Please make your tax-deductible gift today and you can double your impact to protect the Amazon and indigenous rights.

With your help,
we believe that we will win!



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Recap & Revitalise I Crossover enews Dec 2017

Issue: 33 – Dec 17 Visit our website

Revitalise: Fresh ideas mission in for 2018

PRAC: Stories of revitalisation around Australia

Church Revitalisation is about keeping our churches healthy, hopeful and living out God's purposes for them. It's not a one fit process or methodology that works for every church. It can happen through many different avenues. The stories shared in this issue of PRAC haven't been without challenges, but they are processes enacted to restore churches to a place where God is seen clearly at work, where people are growing closer to him and impacting their communities for God's kingdom.

Statistics show that some Baptist Churches in Australia are stagnating or declining. As with the stories shared on the following pages, some have shrunk to the point of facing closure. Our hope is that through the stories of local Baptist churches shared in this magazine, and the varying processes followed, you will learn and be inspired by the way God could work in your church. That could be because you are facing a difficult future with the current size and climate of your church. Or, it could be that your church is blessed with vitality and resources at present and God might be calling you to consider how you share that.

If this issue of PRAC stirs some inspiration or raises questions for your church, we’d encourage you to reach out to your State consultant or your Crossover Taskforce Rep. They have resources and support available to guide you through considering a revitalisation process, or becoming a sending church.

My prayer is that these articles will be a helpful and encouraging tool as we partner in ‘Helping Australian Baptists Share Jesus’

Keith Jobberns,
Crossover Director.

PRAC was sent to Baptist churches around Australia in December. Please contact the Cat at the Crossover office is you'd like to be sent more copies [email protected] or you can click here to read it online now
2018 Crossover State Reps
NSW & ACT – Ian Altman – [email protected]
QLD – Pieter Henning – [email protected]
SA & NT – Andrew Turner – [email protected]
TAS – Maddy Svoboda –  [email protected]
VIC – Anne Wilkinson-Hayes – [email protected]
WA – Mike Bullard – [email protected]

Tell us what you think and win!

Emerging Evangelist Nominations

We would love to hear your feedback about how you used our Christmas resources for 2017, and what you thought of them! 

We've created a quick 10 question survey to gather your feedback, and we'd really appreciate your taking the time to fill it out quickly for us! We want to make good, useful and helpful tools, that equip you and your church to share Jesus. So, gathering your feedback will help us to continue to improve on and create new resources.

To say thanks for taking the time to tell us what you thought, the first 8 people to complete the survey will receive a free copy of Warren Crank's book "Unofficial Chaplain". Please make sure you enter your email address and name at the end of the survey to go in the competition to win this book. (So we can contact you if you win!).

Please be aware that Survey Monkey website will be shut down for maintenance on 5th January (USA time) and no surveys can be completed during that time.

The purpose of the Emerging Evangelists Conference is to affirm, invest in and equip emerging evangelists in each State who could benefit from getting together with other experienced evangelists who can offer mentoring and essential experience. The vision of the conference is to raise up a new generation of evangelists, people who will make a difference in their local church as well as the wider region. This conference is an opportunity for emerging evangelists to be sown into and empowered into Kingdom ministry.

The conference is an invitation-only event.  It comprises the Crossover National Taskforce plus up to 25 participants drawn from each state, approximately in line with each state’s population.

Emerging Evangelists Conference 2018 will be run in Sydney in April!

If you would like to nominate someone from your church to attend, please complete the form linked below and it will be sent to your state rep.

Last Chance Jesus the Game Changer

The national Jesus the Game Changer campaign will kick off on 25th Feb and run up until Easter. Baptist Churches around Australia have signed up to be a part of the campaign, and Olive Tree Media have developed extra resources to assist churches in running the series, as well as organising a national radio campaign. 

Now is the time to sign up if you haven't yet and get your church ready.

According to the recent Faith & Belief Research released by McCrindle and Olive Tree Media, the majority of Australians are warm towards Christian faith, they want to feel they belong to a community group but surprisingly 56% don’t know anything about their local churches. As church leaders, we need to change that! This campaign will give your church the opportunity to connect with your local community.

This will be a great opportunity to help people learn more about Jesus and equip your church to share about their faith and why Jesus is so important. There are a number of different ways you could run the series to suit your context, whether you are a church plant, large church, small church, simple church or multi cultural congregation. Karl has made a short video of examples you can watch by clicking here.

Find out more about the campaign and register your church at :

Click here to watch the trailer for the series.

Click here to watch an introduction to the campaign.

We'd love you to be praying each month for the ministry of Crossover & for Baptists around Australia sharing Jesus!

  • Thank and Praise God for the many opportunities to share Jesus with our communities, families and friends over Christmas! (& the freedom to do that, that we are blessed with in Australia!)
  • Pray for those whose hearts were challenged or convicted by God over Christmas, that His Spirit will spur them on to keep learning more about Him in the coming weeks and months. Ask God that they will accept His offer of grace and come into relationship with Him
  • Pray for those who are following up with those people in the prayer point above! Pray that God will speak clearly through them and they will be open to being used by God to help others come into relationship with Him
  • Pray for those preparing to run the Jesus the Game Changer series during February and March. Pray also for those who God is going to bring along to participate that their hearts will be open to learn and they will feel welcomed into our faith communities.

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Church Events….

Life Group Kick Off
the First week of January

A new quarter of Life Groups kick off the first week in January! If you’re looking for a new group, or haven’t signed up for a group, now is the time. Life Group Magazines are at the welcome center or Click here to Sign up online.

Wednesday Night Series
January 3rd – February 14th / 6:30 – 7:45pm / Sanctuary

Join Dr. Sherene McHenry as she begins a 7 week series on Building Healthy Relationships God’s Way.  Topics will include conflict resolution, love languages, emotional and spiritual freedom, gender differences and fostering our relationship with God.  The class will incorporate teaching, small group interaction and self-reflection. Everyone is welcome.

Please click here to view a sneak peak promo video for Building Healthy Relationships God’s Way.

Men’s Breakfast
January 6th / 9am / Room 3

Men’s Breakfast will be Saturday, January 6th at 9 am. Great fellowship, food and teaching.  All men are welcome to attend!

Youth Breakfast Club
January 7th / 11am / Youth Room 

Youth Breakfast Club. Join us for a light breakfast, worship and a powerful message.

Freedom Seminar
January 18th & 19th / 6:30pm – 9:30pm
January 20th / 8:30am – 4pm 

Pastor Ron will be holding a Freedom Seminar January 18th – January 20th. Thursday and Friday 6:30pm – 9:30pm and Saturday 8:30am – 4pm. Registration will begin December 31st at the table in the foyer. Cost is $10. Everyone is Welcome to obtain freedom. 

The Potter’s House Food Pantry
January 21st / 3pm – 5pm / Located at the church

Thank you church family for “filling the bins” for our PH Food Pantry.  So many have already been blessed.  Our next food pantry distribution will be Sunday, January 21st.

State of the Church Address
January 28th / 6pm / Sanctuary

Join us on Sunday, January 28th at 6pm in the church sanctuary for the State of the Church Address. Let’s celebrate what God has done in 2017 and the exciting things ahead in 2018.

Meijer Loyalty Rewards Receipt Collection
Special box in the foyer

We will be collecting Meijer receipts to redeem for great gifts. Thank you church family for helping us help each other!  Receipts can be dropped off at the collection box in the foyer entrance area on the left. 

Mark your Calendars…

Discover Class
February 11th / 3 – 5pm / Room 3

Take the next step! Come Discover what we believe, where we’ve been, where we are going and how you can be a part. 

Baby Dedications
February 25th / During both Services / Sanctuary

If you would like to have your child dedicated to the Lord during a Sunday Service please pick up a form at the welcome center, or you can also fill it out online by clicking here.

Derby Car Race
February 25th / after 2nd service

Start  your engines and join the fun for the Pinewood Derby on Sunday, February 25th after second service.  Get ready to cheer on your favorite “driver” as the cars race to the finish line. More information coming soon. 

Sunday Speaker Schedule
January 7th, 21st, & 28th – Pastor Ron Ives
January 14th – Fred Cantu

Wednesday Speaker Schedule

January 3rd – February 14th  – Dr. Sherene McHenry


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WaterFire Providence: Placemakers with a Place!

Art has the power to transform a community.<!–

“Where paths that have an affinity for each other intersect, the whole world looks like home…”
– Hermann Hesse


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Photograph by Heidi Gumula of DBVW Architects.



Photograph by Heidi Gumula of DBVW Architects.

This year was full of exciting milestones for WaterFire Providence not least of which was moving in to our new home at the WaterFire Arts Center in the Valley/Onleyville neighborhood.

Thanks to your support, we are no longer placemakers without our own place! The new space will host events, performances and exhibitions in the New Year. We welcome you to come visit us and explore the possibilities!

Donate Today

If you have already made a gift to WaterFire Providence this year, thank you so much!  And if you have any questions, please email Allison Costa at [email protected].











Moon in Aries

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Moon is now in Aries so the likelihood of experiencing headaches is higher during this lunar transit. This is because Aries rules the head, hence it’s symbol – the ram. So if your head is feelin’ sore this is a good time to stop trying to push ahead by using your will as a battering […]

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Savvy Gardening news, Winter 2014

Savvy News: December 26, 2017

Pardon the interruption…

…of your well-deserved garden break!

But when you’re ready to start daydreaming about what you’d like to do in 2018, don’t forget to check in with the Savvy Gardening experts to find out what we have planned for our gardens in the new year, and for some inspiration you may want to tuck away for yours. 

Set some garden goals:

Plan to take care of your containers properly
Flex your gardening skills by tackling hand pollination
Discover what’s behind all the “Plant of the Year” proclamations
Make a great plan for pest management in 2018
Find out how growing crops vertically can save space
Dedicate part of a plot to trial plants
Plan for fewer weeds
Make work easier in the new year with these tools
Discover 5 new ornamentals to plant in the garden or pots
Make it a goal to add more color with these shrubs

Some Savvy Goals for 2018!

“The south side of my property is crawling with bindweed—the bane of my gardening existence. But what I’m going to try and do is fill the area with fabric raised beds (and maybe a stock tank) and mulch the heck out of the pathways to keep the weeds at bay.” 
— Tara Nolan

“My never-ending goal is to make my garden more wildlife friendly. Last year I wrote about adding these special plants to my garden to increase biodiversity.” — Jessica Walliser

“I’ve got a lot of garden plans for 2018, but the biggest item on my list is the addition of a new polytunnel and I am EXCITED! I’ve decided on the 14- by 24-foot Homegrown Greenhouse. Designed by Halifax Seed, it will give me plenty of space for a year-round vegetable garden.” — Niki Jabbour

“Taking the time to sit down and reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly points of your gardening season will make you a better gardener. The best time to do it is at the end of the year while the gardening season is still fresh in your mind. Here are tips for writing your very own garden reflection.” 
— Amy Andrychowicz

Turn Veggie Garden Daydreams Into Reality

Do you have visions of upping your veggie garden game dancing in your head? You’re in luck because we all love to grow veggies. We’ve dug up some tips and inspiration you can put into play for the season ahead:

How to plan a vegetable garden layout
Learn what every new vegetable gardener needs to know
Start with the easiest vegetables to grow
4 reasons to plant new-to-you edibles in your veggie garden 
Find out how to grow a bounty of culinary herbs in containers
6 awesome gourmet veggies to plant in the garden 
Learn how to properly harvest vegetables
Discover how to grow more food with less work

A Trio of Seasonal Savvy Tips

1. Some seed catalogs have already started to ship! Make sure you’re on the mailing list of your favorites. Or, many companies now put their catalogs online for you to consult. Here are some of our favorite seed companies.

2. You can send your Christmas tree to the curb for pickup, but you can also save it to use as a winter mulch, for indoor or outdoor firewood, or as a habitat for neighborhood birds.

3. If you’re out and about over the holidays, grab a pad of graph paper to plot out where your veggies will go in your existing garden beds, and where you might want to add more gardens.

Notes from the Garden 

Back in spring 2016, our edibles expert, Niki Jabbour, renovated and redesigned her entire vegetable garden. Check out the before and after photos in this post.

Our vertical gardening expert Amy Andrychowicz’s #1 gardening goal for 2018 is getting a jump on mulching her garden beds. Weed control was a struggle in 2017, so she says she won’t let those pesky weeds get the best of her again in 2018!

Don’t forget to make a place for native bees in your 2018 garden plans! Our bug-loving horticulturist, Jessica Walliser, offers great tips for supporting bees.

Our ornamentals expert, Tara Nolan, is always on the lookout for new blooms. Here, she shares some plants with showy blooms that are on her 2018 garden wishlist.

The first frost used to be the end of the vegetable gardening season — but not anymore! In The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, Savvy contributor Niki Jabbour shares her secrets for growing food during every month of the year. Her season-defying techniques, developed in her own home garden where short summers and low levels of winter sunlight create the ultimate challenge, are doable, affordable, and rewarding for gardeners in any location where frost has traditionally ended the growing season. Click here for more information or to purchase Niki’s book. 

** Winner of the 2012 American Horticultural Society’s Book Award **

Savvy Gardening: Cultivating Curiosity and Confidence

Until next time,
Amy Andrychowicz, Niki Jabbour, Tara Nolan, and Jessica Walliser