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☕️ Coffee and a CB, Anyone? | Briercrest Connections - Issue #11

Briercrest Connections
Welcome to Briercrest Connections: sprinter (spring + winter) edition.
The sun is shining. The snow is melting, then falling, then melting, then falling again. It’s another beautiful March in Caronport, SK!
In this issue:
  • Donors rally to offset the cost of a free YouthQuake
  • Briercrest Christian Academy recruitment efforts go virtual
  • Students past re-connect over Zoom + coffee and a CB
  • Artist alumni recognized in their fields
… and more! Read on for a free gift and more Briercrest Connections.

Campus art by Tate Priebe, current College student and Kaléo program alumnus
Campus art by Tate Priebe, current College student and Kaléo program alumnus
Hello from the other side of YouthQuake! We wanted to share some of the amazing things God has done throughout the month of February:
  • YQ by the numbers: We are overjoyed to report that YQatHome had a total of 349 group and/or individual registrations. Based on our survey of youth leaders, we estimate that these registrants brought YQatHome to 4,600 youth across Canada. Praise God!
  • Donor generosity: Offering YQ for free cost us about $33,000. Donors helped out and covered just over 50% of the total cost!
  • Youth groups were blessed: Here’s what one youth worker had to say:
YQ was such an encouragement to us and to our youth group. Our students really engaged with the content, we were able to have amazing chats online afterwards, and it gave us a much needed break. Thank you for making it so fun, so full of worship, and for trying something new in the midst of all of this craziness.
Kaitlin Giddings, YouthQuake’s new Director, said:
When we started planning for YQatHome our main goal was to bless youth workers who were working overtime and feeling burnt out during this difficult season. We are so excited by the number of groups who decided to join us for the month and those who will benefit from YQatHome content when they decide to implement it into their programs. We are looking forward to new possibilities for Youth Quake after this year of reimagining and are hoping for some elements of YQatHome to continue year after year.
Check out the worship songs that our YQers have been singing all February performed by our student worship team, Briercrest Worship. Click below to watch the YouTube playlist!
YQ Worship Sets | Briercrest Worship
Next Stop… Briercrest Christian Academy!
Recruitment efforts for Fall 2021 are going strong after our Recruitment departments transitioned all their work online this last year.
Next up, we’re launching into our Fall 2021 recruitment season for Briercrest Christian Academy, inviting teens from across the prairies to grow in their faith as they complete their high school education.
We’ve also launched the Briercrest Christian Academy blog to share our stories with families seeking to learn more about the difference BCA can make! Check out these blogs by our alumnae! 👇
How BCA got Back to Building Community During COVID-19
Teaching Life Champions
How BCA Helped me Build a Foundation for Life
Do you know a student who could benefit from Christian community during their high school years? We’re hosting our virtual open house March 25th at 7:00 PM. If you want to learn more, click the image below!
BCA VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE: March 25th at 7:00 PM
BCA VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE: March 25th at 7:00 PM
Last month, we were delighted to connect with a few of you at our first virtual Coffee and CB (Cinnamon Bun) event!
The evening included conversations with Ken and Judy Guenter, Jean Barsness, and an open greeting time between all participants. As Judy put it, “the connections were so rich and the memories so real!”
Not wanting to miss a moment, Leslee (Moyse) Rupp (CHS ‘93) set an alarm for 2:45 am in order to be awake for the call. She was tuning in from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, to see Ken Guenter, who taught her art at Caronport High School.
“Caronport/Briercrest is an incredibly special place… a sentiment expressed by so many last night. I was struck by how much connection I felt with complete strangers and how many memories and experiences we shared… without having shared them together.“
Despite having a full day of teaching the following day at The American School of Kinshasa, Leslee said, "The time together was more than worth waking up for. [The following morning] I had an opportunity to share with my principal about [the] conversation and became emotional describing to her how God used Caronport to open my eyes and heart to the path He had for me… including my time here.
"It was neat to hear how God uniquely used the many ministries of Briercrest (sports, music, academics, seminary studies, dorm life…) to prepare each one on the call last night. In my life, He used Missions Fest and people like Mr. Guenter and Mr. Appleby to plant tiny seeds, which have grown far beyond my wildest imaginations.” 
Leslee Rupp (CHS '93)
Leslee Rupp (CHS '93)
If you missed it, you can watch the highlights of the event on our YouTube channel. Click the link below to watch!
Our second virtual Coffee and CB is coming up: join us on March 17th at 7:00 PM CST, favourite coffee and snack in hand.
Our focus this time is on Briercrest Athletics. Come connect with President Michael Pawelke and hear from special guests Stan Peters, Carl Hinderager, Warren Dueck (Basketball), Nolan Weinmaster (Volleyball), and Matt Melo and Brad Cole (Hockey).
If you want to register, simply email your name and email address to! We would love to see you there.
Pardon the alliteration, but when a theme presents itself, we can’t help ourselves. Here are some alumni who have been recognized lately for excellence in their artistic fields:
The Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA) is an annual event to support, showcase, and celebrate Saskatchewan’s dynamic filmmaking community. This year, one of our very own took home a prestigious title. Dustan Hlady (College ‘11, Humanities), a Moose Javian, entered his film and walked away with the “Best Feature Film” award. Congratulations, Dustan! Read the full story here:
Many of our alumni have gone on from Briercrest to participate fully in the church by lending their creative and artistic abilities to their congregations and communities. Jake Fretz (College ‘08, Music: Worship Leadership) now lives in Manitoba and serves at Portage Alliance Church as a worship pastor. He has been busy writing songs for his congregation and has had success in the Canadian music scene, particularly in radio play. Jake reflected on his time spent in Caronport and wrote this:
“Beyond the wealth of education and skills, I am most grateful for the experience and character I gleaned from my season at Briercrest. Both the classroom and community postured me to expect to experience God anywhere, and to thoughtfully engage those before me.”
Jake's singles have been sitting on the Top 10 charts steadily this past year.
Jake's singles have been sitting on the Top 10 charts steadily this past year.
More recently, Jake has been spending time encouraging other songwriters through a project called The Worship People. TWP is a collective formed to resource worship ministries, especially songwriters in small prairie congregations.
“Our heart is to empower songwriters to write anthems for their local churches. There are already tons of resources that teach worship leaders how to grow and “bigger” their worship ministry. We are focusing on how to help worship leaders and songwriters be “present” and serve their current local congregation with their creative gifts.
No matter where you’re serving, we want to see you equipped for ministry. Here’s a resource we’d love to share:
RightNow Media
Did you know that Briercrest alumni can receive access to RightNow Media’s online library of bible study content for free?
It’s like the Netflix of Christian bible studies—RightNow has thousands of studies for your kids, church, small groups, personal development, and areas of life like marriage and parenting.
If you’d use this, don’t miss out! To access your free login, simply email
Email to get RightNow Media for free!
Email to get RightNow Media for free!
Daryl (CHS '99, College '03) and Dawn (CHS '99, College '04) Grunau in their new Briercrest gear!
Daryl (CHS '99, College '03) and Dawn (CHS '99, College '04) Grunau in their new Briercrest gear!
We can’t say it enough: it’s a privilege to connect with you all! We have appreciated seeing photos of you in your Briercrest gear, both old and new, and can’t wait to continue sharing updates from more Briercrest alumni.
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