This week, schools were thrilled to welcome back people for Christmas concerts in person, a little boy with special needs blessed his entire neighbourhood and the World Cup brought multiple opportunities for the gospel of Jesus Christ to be shared!

Brightening Winnipeg winter nights with 'Lights On'

The Exchange District BIZ has announced a new winter festival that will focus on connecting Winnipeg's vibrant art scene and preserved history with lights on display.

Lights on the Exchange - Allumez le Quartier is inspired from festivals such as Luminothérapie in Montréal and Fête des lumières in Lyon. The new festival allows selected artists to express their creative talents in ways that highlights Winnipeg's history by using light art and design.

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Newest Black Panther star: 'God has a plan for my life'

The lead actress of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is speaking candidly about her Christian faith and the important role it plays in her life. 

In a recent interview Letitia Wright, who plays the lead role in the newest Black Panther movie, shared that she almost gave up acting altogether a few years ago after a bout of depression. 

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Jordan St. Cyr takes top spot for most played song in Canada this year

Canadian artist Jordan St. Cyr has hit the No. 1 spot for the song most played on Canadian radio for 2022 with 'Weary Traveler.'

"This is absolutely incredible," says St. Cyr on Facebook. "Having the most spun song in Canada for 2022 is such a special affirmation coming from my home country."

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UGM blesses community with bread for the body and bread of life

Christmas is showing up at Union Gospel Mission a little later this year, to ensure the entire community feels blessed in multiple ways. 

"We're having a Christmas meal served on New Year's Eve and we'll open the doors at 11:00," says Mark Kelm, the senior chaplain at Union Gospel Mission (UGM). "Usually we get anywhere between 200 and 300 people for the meal."

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Gospel scores big during World Cup

Never mind Messi or Ronaldo, Jesus is becoming the biggest name at the World Cup thanks to a former pro player turned preacher.

Jesse Bradley is a pastor in Washington State at Grace Community Church. He used to be a professional soccer player and goalkeeper but had to end his career after a tragedy. 

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Schools excited to welcome audiences back for Christmas concerts

Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute (MBCI) and Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle School (WMEMS) are anticipating great turnouts for this year's Christmas concerts.

COVID-19 restrictions have lessened, if not disappeared altogether earlier this year which allowed for spring and fall concerts to happen already. With every concert, fewer restrictions were in place allowing for more people every time and bringing back the feeling of normalcy.

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Chortitz Heritage Church resonating with the sounds of Christmas

“Christmas at Chortitz” sing-along event was back this past Saturday afternoon at the Chortitz Heritage Church in Randolph.  

Ernest Braun, from the Chortitz Heritage Church Committee, says this was the 7th year they’ve been able to host it, given that in 2020 and 2021 there were no public events like this permitted without restrictions.  

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Witness to the world

How could you set up stadium events in the heart of the Muslim world, one border away from Mecca, where the leading actors get to witness to Jesus, watched by over half the world’s population? 

Answer: stage the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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Non-verbal 5-year-old boy makes Christmas ornaments for entire neighbourhood

An isolated little boy from the St. James area of Winnipeg just filled his neighbourhood with Christmas cheer after he handed out handmade ornaments. 

"Spencer and myself, because of Spencer, were in isolation for two and a half years straight because he's severely immunocompromised," says Winnipeg mom Sabrina Gamey. "He has a lot of special needs and he has trouble with pens, but he discovered he loved painting."

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Lauren Daigle's non-profit able to donate almost $700,000 to communities

Lauren Daigle founded a non-profit called The Price Fund and in collaboration with her music this year, she was able to give back $681,000 to community charities.

Last week Daigle performed a Christmas concert to a sold-out show at New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre. 

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CMU student presents award-winning speech about living with abundance

Danika Warkentin shows passion for public speaking and the peace-building significance that food possesses with her speech titled, Join the Feast.

Third-year Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies student, Danika Warkentin is this year's winner of the bi-national C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest. 

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Chicken wings help sick kids' dreams take flight!

Sick kids in Manitoba will be one step closer to having their wishes come true thanks to the generosity of some of Manitoba's ag sector.

A chicken wing eating contest was held at the Prairie Livestock Expo in Winnipeg on Tuesday, December 14, and it was a huge success! "Wingstix for Wishes" was organized to raise money for Make-A-Wish Canada, and it attracted dozens of participants and spectators during the busy trade show.

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Local music teacher releases new Christmas original with family

Heidi Korte is releasing a Christmas song that includes back-ups from her family and has some 'Finnish'-ing touches. 

Korte recently released a music video starring her family for a Christmas original called 'Flying High o'er a Silent Night.'

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If the animals could speak: Charming new Christmas story takes readers inside Bethlehem Barn

Legend has it that animals can speak for one hour on Christmas Eve. If this is true, what would the animals in the barn have said on that first Christmas Eve?

In her 2022 Moonbeam Award-winning book Bethlehem Barn, Debra Westgate-Silva gives young audiences a lighthearted retelling of the classic Christmas story — from the animals’ point of view. 

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$100 million pilgrimage area in works for Jesus baptism site in Jordan

The country of Jordan is hoping to draw a million Christians to the site where Jesus was believed to be baptized for its 2000th anniversary.  

"The extraordinary resonance of this landscape and the significance of that event in human history shakes you to the core," says John Booth, chairman of Britain's National Gallery in an interview

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Lucille Williams: Avoiding overload and finding balance this Christmas season

For many of us, Christmas is a joyful and festive time. For others, it can bring on some unnecessary stress.

Lucille Williams is a national speaker, author and podcaster. She says there are many ways we can avoid a Christmas meltdown.

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“It is just heartwarming” - Ste. Anne students help prepare Christmas hampers

A social worker from the Seine River School Division says she loves seeing students from the Ste. Anne region helping prepare Christmas Hampers. 

Joanne Vielfaure-Romaniuk says teachers and staff at the Ste. Anne Collegiate collect and purchase presents for the hampers and then the kids get involved. 

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20-year-old song gets new life this Christmas

A local singer and ministry leader is sharing some Christmas music online as well as in person this weekend. 

In the past year, Kelly Wiens wrote and released a seven-song EP titled I Worship You.

"It was released on all the platforms in June," says Wiens. "I didn't put a whole lot of effort in sharing it with the world as the big agenda this year seemed to be rooting and planting ourselves as a family in Winnipeg."

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