I don’t think I ever gave much thought to the word “community” until very recently. If anything, I think I defined “community” as “the people who lived around me” (the community of Surrey, for example). Recently, though, I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and my definition of “community” has been given a whole new meaning. I can safely say that these last few weeks have been unlike anything any of us have ever experienced. As an extrovert, this has definitely been a struggle for me. I am very much experiencing a real-life lesson in the saying, “you don't know what you’ve got ‘til it's gone.” I didn’t quite realise how much my day-to-day social interactions matter to me. I have learned that
We’re well into our second month of COVID-related fallout and we’re just starting to grapple with the economic implications of our efforts to flatten the curve. If you’re grappling with the financial impact of this virus, you’re not alone. My goal today is to help you think about what the future holds. HOW DO THE NUMBERS ADD UP? First, let’s look at the numbers, which are startling. On Friday, April 17, Statistics Canada estimated a 9% decline in Canada’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product—a measure of the value of everything the economy produces) in March, the largest monthly increase since they started tracking back in 1961. According to the government of Canada, 6.73 million people have applied
During this time of uncertainty, we are acutely aware of the role that Parkland plays as a host to so many other groups within our community. We recognize that what happens to Parkland also affects each of our long-term tenants and, through them, the greater community. As Mark mentioned in his blog post last week, Parkland rents to a daycare, a preschool, a large choir, and four other churches. We are doing everything we can to keep our rental groups informed, and I continue to have regular communication with them as they ask questions and share their plans during this difficult time. We also want you to be informed about what’s happening with our renters so that you can join us in prayer fo
As the COVID quarantine continues (now you have to say it 10 times fast: COVID quarantine continues…COVID quarantine continues…it’s fun, right?), we continue to learn how to do life in the midst of it. When the social distancing measures first came in, my middle son immediately said, “Does this mean I won’t have a birthday party this year?” We replied, “No, don’t worry: your birthday isn’t until July, so I’m sure we’ll be fine by then.” Well… Of course the middle child’s birthday is the one disrupted by a global virus pandemic. Middle children have it so rough. Anyway. I’m still hoping that my son will be able to have a birthday party in July, but I know of many others whose birthdays are ha
The COVID pandemic has already begun to take a toll on the economy in ways that we’re only starting to comprehend, affecting businesses and individuals alike. You might be nervous about what the future holds for you, and I’m going to address that topic next week on the blog. You might also be nervous about what the future holds for Parkland, and that’s what I want to talk about today. I’ve gotten a few questions over the past month about our financial situation, and I’m sure that those questions are only the tip of the iceberg. So, here’s what’s true about Parkland’s financial situation right now. Some of this is going to be nerdy and detailed, but I want you to have a complete picture (and
As much as adults keep referring to this as an “unprecedented time,” my kids just know it as the weirdest Spring Break they’ve ever experienced. From their perspective, this new reality isn’t marked by worldwide statistics or plummeting stock prices—it’s about the vacation that didn’t happen and the friends and family they aren’t seeing. My daughter also notices how often the news is on our TV now. A couple of nights ago, we decided to turn the news off and have a family movie night instead. We watched Frozen II in which Olaf (everyone’s favourite talking snowman) sings a song called “When I’m Older.” Here is an excerpt of the the lyrics: So there's no need to be terrified or tense
“Unprecedented” is such a useful word. I used to like it a lot. Now? Not so much. You might even say that use of the word, “unprecedented” is at unprecedented levels, but if you were to say that you’d probably feel really bad about yourself. Dang it. The truth, though, is that the situation in which we currently find ourselves is unprecedented. It’s also disruptive, shocking, unnerving, scary, challenging, and all manner of other descriptive adjectives. At this point, we’ve all had about two weeks to come to terms with what’s been happening in the world. We’ve learned new expressions like, “social distancing,” and, “flattening the curve,” that weren’t expressions we ever used until recently.