I noticed the article on St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church. It warms the heart to see a church actually being built and by a small congregation. In the last few years, we have seen a number of churches closing, a number splitting up due to societal pressures, and just a general decrease in numbers attending church. Christianity was once a relevant part of society but is now more of a remnant. Christianity built the communities we live in, and was instrumental in offering stability in the community. We all lose when churches cease to exist. So to see a small congregation like St. Nicholas persevere and actually grow is amazing. Thank you to the Advocate to do an article on a church, having lived in Central Alberta , and mostly Red Deer all my life, I have seen the Advocate distance itself from any religious news and only offer “society friendly articles.” Good solid value news is in short supply, but it is out there, and the Christian community in Central Alberta has a lot to offer, one just has to open their eyes. Thank you St. Nicholas. You give hope to all the small congregations. Thanks be to God.
John Ferguson, vice-chair Living Faith Lutheran Church, Red Deer