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Michele Gyselinck

About Me: 

I am a 58-year-old woman.  I was born in Montreal and grew up in a western suburb of the city.  I became a confessing member of the local CRC, First Christian Reformed Church of Monreal on May 15, 1977, so this year will be the 40th anniversary of that event.  I have two B.A.s, one in LInguistics and the other in English Studies with a Major in Professional Writing in English.  I developed schizophrenia around the age of 28.

Interests: 

I like to paint with knives and I enjoy cooking.

  • I haven't seen a brown bin at church, but I do know that my church does recycling.  Usually the bin is kept inside next to the side door of the building, so if there was a brown bin it would...

  • People are selfish. I guess the reason they don't want to turn off their phones is because having inactive phone makes them feel important. I hope that your church does not also use a computer...

  • Wow!  I hadn't heard of that one yet.  Although no disability is ever convenient, that one would take the cake for inconvenience.  Sorry, but I can't talk to the members of your congregation.  ...

  • I just finished reading the latest issue of Word Alive, the magazine of Wycliffe Bible Translators, and in it there is a devotion that should interest everyone seeking to know God's will for their...

  • Interesting.  It took me a long time to find my way because my gifts didn't fit into the conventional ways of serving God in the CRC, where if you're not called to be a pastor, sing in the choir,...

  • The author of this comment seems to assume that churches dropped the second service for trivial reasons. Whereas I can't speak for other congregations, that wasn't the case for the Montreal CRC...

    posted on: Way More Than Twice
  • I find it difficult to relate to what you're saying because it doesn't describe my experience of church AT ALL. And yet, Montreal is not exactly a small city. Maybe you haven't visited the right...

    posted on: Instead of Church
  • Yes, we all need to be more grateful and remember when God grants our prayers.  But when it comes to praying, I find that writing my prayers works best.  I write them in a journal because that way...

  • The Montreal CRC stopped holding an evening service in the 1990s.  Attendance was low, so for awhile we held a sort of Bible study in the Fellowship Hall with prayer and singing, but people who...

  • On the channel Animal Planet there is a series called Collar of Duty, and in one of the episodes a young woman had developed PTSD after having been bullied while in school.  She either found or...