Lenten Blessings from ARISE Ministry
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Blessings to you in this Season of Lent.

Lent is a time for reflecting on the journey. A time where we think about journeys in and through the wilderness and the lessons we find there. ARISE Ministry meets people in the wilderness - in dangers, darkness, and uncertainty of life. Though the wilderness can be a time of uncertainty it is also a time when God's creative and awesome presence is made known, bread comes from heaven, water springs from rocks, and hope lives.

ARISE journeys with our participants through the wildernesses of trauma, addiction, anger and anxiety. God is present with us on this journey, meeting us in powerful and creative ways. It is a journey of hope, healing, and wholeness. 

In these days of journeying through Lent, through the wilderness, and to the cross we pray:
"Take us on our journey
from where we are to what you want us to be;
so that we become a community
where all are welcomed and no one is excluded,
all are valued and no one is made to feel inadequate,
all are forgiven and no one is ashamed to belong,
all are encouraged and no one is too hurt to come among us."

(From "Lead us on our journey," by Ruth Harvey)
Grace and Peace in this Lenten journey,

Rev. Deb Rapport
Community Chaplain & Executive Director
A Big Thank You to all the churches and generous individuals who gave Outreach supplies to ARISE and came to participate in our bag packing events!
Presenting LOST PILGRIMS in a benefit concert in support of ARISE Ministry. 
When: April 22nd at 7pm. Doors will open at 6pm for Wine & Cheese (cash bar).
Where: St. Mark's Presbyterian Church (1 Greenland Road)
Tickets: $25.00. To reserve your spot and obtain additional information please contact or 416-422-0510 Ex 26

Lost Pilgrims play an eclectic mix of bluegrass, country, folk and rock music. Please join us for a fun evening of music together!

Members of the band are Hugh Donnelly (guitar and mandolin) Scott Cooper (banjo mandolin and guitar) David Linderman (guitar mandolin and whistles) and Stephen Kendall (bass and guitar). They all contribute vocals and hail from Toronto, Durham Region and Mississauga. Ian MacCready looks after sound and equipment.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Book Launch for "The Darkness and The Light" for an empowering and inspiring evening! We are so grateful for the many ways you empowered and encouraged Angel. We were glad to be able to share her incredible poetry with all of you!
ARISE Ministry has copies of "The Darkness and The Light" still available. The cost per book is $25.00. If you are interested in purchasing a copy please email us: 

ARISE is a gift-based ministry that relies on the support of so many. If you believe in our ministry and are interested in supporting us financially we have 3 Easy Ways for you to donate

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