This week was filled with good news in sports, faith, and community living in our city. 

All-star defensive end Jefferson returning for fourth season in Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have started assembling their forces for a run at a fourth straight Grey Cup appearance.

The Blue Bombers announced Saturday that they have signed all-star defensive end Willie Jefferson to a one-year contract extension. Jefferson was set to become a free agent in February.

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Main Street Project marks 50 years of helping the community

Throughout the past five decades, Main Street Project has only grown, by providing more services and programs available for Winnipeg's most marginalized, all the while, staying true to its roots.

In 1972, John Rodgers began working at Main Street Project (MSP) which he thought would be a temporary job. However, three years after starting, he served as the Executive Director of MSP for 23 years until his passing in 1998. Rodgers was locally known as "Winnipeg's Mother Theresa," as he was a man who valued helping those who were disadvantaged.

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No home and without hope, woman gets life back after Adult & Teen Challenge

Once cold, addicted, and homeless, now Ashley Guimond is offering hope to others that she once desperately needed.

"I first came to Adult & Teen Challenge (ATC) in December of 2019," says Guimond. "I was homeless on the streets and I was going to the Lighthouse for food, shelter, and a warm place to stay throughout the day."

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Bringing the 'Cheer' back for Christmas season

To ensure every family, including Ukrainian refugees, experiences the joy of Christmas, the Christmas Cheer Board is ready to send out more hampers.

The Christmas Cheer Board (CCB) has been operating in Winnipeg for 103 years, providing families and individuals with food and toy hampers throughout the holiday season.

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Jets top Avalanche 5-0 behind Hellebuyck, Wheeler's scintillating performances

Blake Wheeler wasn’t going to make too big of a deal about the Winnipeg Jets’ 5-0 victory over the reigning Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday

Wheeler, who recorded a hat trick and added an assist, was asked if it was a statement game for the Jets (14-6-1).

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From Lebanon to Ukraine, churches pair crisis aid with discipleship

Attacks targeting critical infrastructure will not stop “until Moscow runs out of missiles,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warns. Despite an additional $400 million in military support last week from the United States, Ukrainian officials say they still don’t have enough munition to keep Russia at bay.

At the same time, top NATO officials and foreign ministers gather in Romania to discuss Ukraine’s looming humanitarian crisis. “Many here face a grim choice: to flee or to freeze,” Norway’s foreign minister told reporters yesterday.

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Family secrets, life, and death: novel brings compassion to abortion discussion

Terrie Todd is releasing her award-winning novel that explores abortion through a lens of compassion in her new book Lilly's Promise

Traditionally published after winning a contest through Word Alive Press publishing company in Winnipeg, this book is Todd's seventh published work. 

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$500 million given to Winnipeg Foundation, largest individual donation made in Canadian history

A Winnipeg business owner and philanthropist has requested her estate, $500 million, should be donated to The Winnipeg Foundation making it the largest donation ever given to a Canadian charity by an individual.  

According to a press release, The Winnipeg Foundation has announced an extraordinary unrestricted gift from the late Miriam Bergen, owner, and president of Appleton Holdings Ltd. – a privately held company that carries on business as Edison Properties.

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Heartwarming Christmas initiative connects cops and kids

This morning, Winnipeg Police Service officers gathered at St. Vital Centre to chaperone school kids while they do some Christmas shopping for their families.

Shopping with Cops is an annual event where St. Vital Centre partners with the WPS to foster positive relationships between youth and the police force. Students from the Winnipeg School Division are offered the opportunity to team up with an officer to go on a shopping spree.

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WATCH: Matt Maher goes on set of The Chosen to record new video 'The In Between'

Christian artist Matt Maher was inspired to write a song after watching The Chosen during the pandemic, and now he is releasing a music video from the set of the show. 

"Halfway through the pandemic I wrote a song with Judah Lee, inspired by the first episode of The Chosen," says Maher in a video on social media. "I ended up showing the demo to Dallas (creator, director and co-writer of the TV series). As the conversation developed, it turned into him proposing we make a music video."

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Winnipeg Sea Bears the latest team in growing Canadian Elite Basketball League

Mike Morreale got a pick-me-up with Wednesday’s unveiling of the Winnipeg Sea Bears, the newest team in the Canadian Elite Basketball League.

The league co-founder and commissioner attended the announcement at Canada Life Centre, the home of the NHL Winnipeg Jets that will be a re-configured 4,500-seat venue for the Sea Bears.

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What is the most shared Bible verse of 2022?

According to the most-downloaded Bible app, YouVersion, the most shared Bible verse of 2022 around the world shows how people have felt and what is bringing them comfort. 

The app just announced that the most shared Bible verse this year is Isaiah 41:10, which says, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

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Plans for pastor Leon Fontaine's celebration of life announced

Family, congregants, and more will be gathering together to remember and celebrate the life of a well-known Winnipeg pastor, next week.

Leon Fontaine died on November 19, 2022, after a brief battle with an "aggressive" cancer, according to a statement released by his family last week. Fontaine led Springs Church in Winnipeg as well as a campus in Calgary, along with a grade school and ministry school, and was the CEO of a television station.

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Home for Christmas: The Color bringing Christmas tour to Manitoba

The boys from The Color are halfway through their big Christmas tour and it's time for their home province (and home church) to get in on the Christmas fun.

A Colorful Christmas Tour began in Alberta at the end of November and ran through four cities. They're now making a pit stop in Manitoba before continuing the tour in Ontario.

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