Remembrance Service and Open House

A Climate of Peace

Remembrance Service with Guest Preacher Elizabeth May
Sunday, November 5th, 10:30am
Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace
Elizabeth May is one of Canada’s most respected environmentalists, and has a long history of involvement in peace movements. Trained as a lawyer, May served as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada for seventeen years. A practicing Anglican, she also studied theology at St Paul University, and has received an honourary Doctorate of Divinity from the Atlantic School of Theology. May is the leader of the Green Party of Canada and a Member of Parliament representing Saanich-Gulf Islands.
All are welcome.

Following Worship Elizabeth will stay for a Q&A, co-hosted by Author and Activist Bill Geimer and local Peace Groups.

Light refreshments provided.
12:00-1:00pm in the Centre for Peace Youth Room

Bill Geimer is the author of Canada: The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars, which he will share more about during the discussion. He is also a peace activist, a veteran of the U.S. 82d Airborne Division, and Professor of Law Emeritus, Washington and Lee University. After resigning his commission in opposition to the war on Vietnam, he represented conscientious objectors and advised peace groups near Ft. Bragg NC, once representing Jane Fonda, Dick Gregory and Donald Sutherland in negotiations with police.

1:00–3:00pm Books of Remembrance Open House

Canadian Memorial United Church invites you to visit its sanctuary and view the unique and historic stained glass windows created as a memorial for peace after WWI. The church also houses the only copies of the Books of Remembrance outside Ottawa. Come view the books and names of family members who gave their lives in the hope of peace.

Fall Kick Off! Sept 17th

Join us for FALL KICK OFF!

10:30am | September 17

Don’t miss our Fall Kick Off worship and BBQ, featuring musical guests, and delicious food. Worship will include testimonials from Gillian Rowinski and Broadus Mattison. After the service you’ll be able to sign up for Fall Connection Circles, and find info on all sorts of ways to get more involved in the CMUC community this year.

Plus it’s a great chance to meet new people, and to reconnect with all those folks you kept missing on Sundays through the Summer.

All are welcome. Whether you haven’t been to church in years, or never went to church at all. Whether you have endless questions and doubts, or your steadfast in your faith. Whoever you are, however you arrive, you are welcome here.

Summer Preaching Series



May 28 – Oct 1, 2017

The Summer Preaching Series is an opportunity for the Canadian Memorial community to be fed by a rich and diverse group of guest preachers; a lovely blend of old friends and fresh faces. June features preachers who once served and were formed by this congregation. The summer months are a beautiful mix of current staff and recent graduates. In September we welcome the best from the faculty of the Vancouver School of Theology. Expect each week to hear from a new voice while our capable ministry team (Lonnie Delisle, Chris Boyle, Danica Black) continues to hold our common life.

The impetus of the Summer Preaching Series is the sabbatical of our Lead Minister Rev. Beth Hayward. Her time away will include time for rest, renewal, fun and a whole lot of walking. She will journey to her ancestral home in Scotland and to the churches she first served in ministry in Newfoundland. Beth will return to our community in October ready to jump into another faith filled year.

A huge word of thanks to Jennifer Kelly for the hard work of lining up this rich list of preachers.


May 28: Rev. Dr. Ken Wotherspoon

The Rev. Ken Wotherspoon was minister of Canadian Memorial United Church from September 1973 to December 1994. He considered our congregation a ‘wonderful flock to shepherd’ and said it was ‘a joy to live among them’.

Ken also served churches in Saskatchewan at Central Butte, Biggar and St. Martin’s, Saskatoon. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, his Bachelor of Divinity from the United Church’s St. Andrew’s College at the U of S and his Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Ken was one of the founding members of the Vancouver Police Foundation in 1976. It was established to foster the vital link between the police and the communities they serve, through programs and initiatives that would not otherwise be possible within the regular operating budget of the Vancouver Police Department. Ken also served as Vancouver Police Chaplain for 20 years.

Ken and Shirley have four children, nine grandchildren and one great grandson and live in Hope, BC, where Ken often leads services at Hope United Church.

June 4 & 11: Rev. Sarah Fanning

The Rev. Sarah Fanning grew up attending Canadian Memorial United Church. She completed her post-secondary education in Ontario, and was ordained by Hamilton Conference of the United Church of Canada in 2001.

Sarah, her daughter, and her husband, John relocated to Calgary from Milton, Ontario in January 2012. She also was appointed by Calgary Presbytery as a Commissioner to the 41st General Council of the United Church held in Ottawa in August 2012. A committed preacher, Sarah is also a self-professed film geek, an avid knitter and cross-stitcher, and tries to integrate all of these into her ministry.

Sarah has served congregations in Thamesford, Don Mills, and Milton, Ontario as well as in Calgary, Alberta.

Sarah is married to the Rev. John Crowdis, and together they have two living children, Megan and Ian.

June 18: Danica Black

Danica has been the Minister of Children, Youth and Families at CMUC since the Fall of 2014.

Formerly a summer staff youth leader and coordinator at Naramata Centre, Danica brings a passion for creative children and youth ministry. Her vision is to provide a welcoming, radically inclusive, and playful space for younger members of the congregation to wonder, play, and form lasting friendships with their peers, while nurturing their connection to Spirit and the world around them.

Danica is on the Board of Check Your Head, a youth-driven not-for-profit organization focused on educating, activating and empowering young people to engage in social, environmental and economic justice movements.

She also works part-time supporting Youth and Young Adult Ministries in the Metro Vancouver region of the United Church, and this summer is the Leadership and Facilitation Consultant for Camp Spirit.

Danica grew up attending McDougall United Church in Calgary.

 June 25: Thank You For Being A Friend!

All-Music Service

Bring a friend to church as we sing our favourites and experience the best of the past year from the choir.

July 2: Rev. Christine Boyle

Christine joined Canadian Memorial in January 2016 as our Minister of Community Life.

Previously, Christine spent five years leading Strategic Communications at the Columbia Institute and their Centre for Civic Governance, and supporting the work of GreenJobs BC. She also initiated and coordinates The Self Care Project, and co-created Fossil Free Faith: Canada’s Interfaith Divestment Network.

Christine was part of leading conversations within the United Church toward their decision to divest from fossil fuels. In 2015 she traveled to the Vatican for events around the release of Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and the economy, and later that year attended COP21 as a national delegate of the United Church of Canada.

She has an MA in Religious Leadership for Social Change from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and completed her studies for Ordination at the Vancouver School of Theology.

Christine has a 13-year-old step-daughter and an almost-3-year-old son.

July 9 & 23: Frances Kitson

Frances is a student at the Vancouver School of Theology, having just completed the first year of her Master of Divinity, which gives her bragging rights for having the best degree name ever.

A native Vancouverite, Frances came to ministry after stints in professional theatre and construction safety, both of which have been invaluable for a career in the church. She has been attending the United Church of Canada since 2004 and Canadian Memorial since 2005.

July 16 & August 20: Rev. Rhian Walker

Rhian graduated from the Vancouver School of Theology in 2016 and was ordained that year. Rhian wasn’t raised with any formal or informal religion, so imagine her surprise to find she was on the path to ordained ministry shortly after the birth of her first child.

In her younger years, Rhian looked around the world and thought it was sacred. What she couldn’t wrap her mind around was not the beauty but the horror so often created. She explored many traditions – science, education and personal practice, some of which went well and some, well, not so much.

After serving with Trinity United Church, the Heartwood Café, and Lynn Valley United Church, Rhian is now working part-time for BC Conference. She is the mother of two children, and is a singer and poet.

July 30: Rev. Bethel Lee

Bethel Lee is the founder of Yoga Chapel, a ministry that affirms the wisdom that lives within the sacred stories of every culture, tradition and generation. As the spirit of each faith tradition is shared through its own storytellers, she says, we endeavor to be just one of the voices seeking to illuminate the Christian story for modern listeners.

A child of Seoul, Korea, Bethel has journeyed across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, but has always been a West Coast girl at heart. She lives in Vancouver with her soul-mate David and their son.

Bethel earned her Bachelor of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada and has been joining in worship with Canadian Memorial in recent months.

Check out her ministry at

August 6: Lonnie Delisle & Hannes van der Merwe

Lonnie Delisle is a seasoned music director, performer and conductor and has enjoyed leading projects with many celebrated musicians all over the world.

Along with directing music at CMUC, he is the Music Director of the Universal Gospel Choir, Music Director of the PALS Chorus and Artistic Director of the Delisle Vocal Project. Lonnie also takes on a variety of music director, tenor soloist, keyboardist and choir/voice coaching roles for live and studio productions.

Lonnie’s formal training includes a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Western Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Trinity Western University.

Hannes van der Merwe is a professional photographer, specializing in Fashion, Editorial, Commercial, Architectural and Travel photography.

He studied Graphic Design and Photography at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in CapeTown, South Africa. Currently he’s able to combine his love for photography and travel by photographing hotels and cruise ships all across Western Canada. Between travels he gets the chance to focus on his biggest passion: photographing people.

Lonnie and Hannes were married in 2012.

August 13: Rev. Trevor Malkinson

Trevor grew up in Victoria, where he completed a double major undergraduate degree in philosophy and environmental studies at the University of Victoria, followed by a graduate degree in philosophy at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario. He graduated from the Vancouver School of Theology in 2016 and has been serving Rosedale United Church in Fraser Presbytery for the past year as candidate supply. He will continue there following his ordination.

A chef in his first life, now a theologian by trade, Trevor maintains a deep interest in food and in supporting the development of a post-industrial food culture. With a passionate interest in evolutionary spirituality, Trevor seeks ways for the Christian tradition to live anew within this emerging worldview.

Trevor and Sarah parent Zach and are part of the extended Olsen family of singers.

August 20: Rev. Rhian Walker

(see above)

August 27: Marie Paul

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September 3: Rev. Dr. Richard Topping

Dr. Topping is the Principal of the Vancouver School of Theology and a big fan of Canadian Memorial and all the students that come to VST from here.

“I understand that the church in Canada has undergone decline,” says Richard, “The church that we have now is not the church that many of us baby-boomers grew up with. However, God is sending us students now who have never known Christendom and they have things to teach us.”

Richard received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Waterloo, a Master of Arts in Theology from St. Michael’s University in the Toronto School of Theology and a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology from Wycliffe College, Toronto.

Richard taught at Presbyterian College (2001-2009) in the Montreal School of Theology at McGill University in the areas of Preaching, Pastoral Theology, Introduction to Ministry and Church, Ministry and Sacraments.

Richard holds the St. Andrew’s Hall Chair in Studies in the Reformed Tradition. He teaches in the areas of Introduction to Theology, Reformation History, Christian Spirituality and Reformed Theology of the 19th and Twentieth Century. He has also lectured at Regent College in the area of Theology and Proclamation. He has published in the areas of theological hermeneutics, homiletics, philosophy of religion, systematic theology and the theologies of John Calvin and Karl Barth.

September 10: Rev. Dr. Pat Dutcher-Walls

Dr. Dutcher-Walls is Professor of Hebrew Scripture at the Vancouver School of Theology. In addition to teaching, she is Director of the Library and the Dean of the School, providing administrative oversight to student programs and services, the Registrar’s Office and the Diversified Education programs, and the school’s relationships with sessional lecturers, guest lecturers, and other contractual teaching staff.

Professor Dutcher-Walls, through her publications and teaching, bridges scholarship for Biblical study both in the academy and the church. A life-long Presbyterian, she was ordained by the United Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1978 and now is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in Canada. With a love of teaching, she has led numerous adult education courses, retreats, continuing education courses, and lay education courses. Recent presentations include topics such as “Biblical Narrative Spirituality,” “Prophetic Perspectives in the Old Testament,” and “Living the Ten Commandments.” She has been active in the church through preaching, social justice ministries, part-time congregational leadership, music and campus chaplaincy. She is married to a Lutheran minister and has two children, and enjoys reading science fiction and gardening.

September 17: Fall Kick Off Sunday

Join us for a lively, heart-opening worship. Followed by a delicious BBQ with vegetarian and meat options.

Find out about ways to become more deeply engaged in the life of CMUC in the coming year.

And, of course, sink into soul-full conversations among new and old friends.

September 24: Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee

Professor Jason Byassee, a minister of the United Methodist Church (USA), holds the Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation at the Vancouver School of Theology. He also teaches historical theology with an eye to how the minds and lives of the saints can help renew the church’s life today. He also teachers about writing, discerning God in popular culture, technology, and theological conversation between Jews and Christians.

Jason Byassee studied at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, and received his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. in Religion at Duke Divinity School and University.

Professor Byassee believes that all teachers teach for that moment when students’ eyes come alive, when the penny drops, and they see things they couldn’t see before. “Jesus calls his students ‘friends,’” he has written, “and ever thereafter the line between teacher and taught has been thin indeed. I’m fascinated by how creative pastors and other faith leaders have to be to grow something in this part of post-Christendom North America.”

Dr. Byassee believes that the church is going to have to take back more of its theological and catechetical training from the academy where we’ve about ruined it.

October 1: Rev. Dan Chambers

Dan is the Minister of Congregational Life at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church in downtown Vancouver. He offers a passion to awaken and enliven faith through worship, serving and learning. After serving as interim minister for a congregation in Wales, Dan joined the ministerial team at St. Andrew’s Wesley in August, 2013.

Rev. Chambers’ was ordained in California in 1993 after graduating with a Masters in Comparative Religion and an M.Div. He has taught World Religions at a University in Southern California and has served congregations in Santa Ana and Berkeley, California, West Vancouver and Pontypridd (Wales).

For sanity, he enjoys exercise, cooking, movies, live music, friends and after 16 years, still marvels at the vibrant beauty of Vancouver.

As We Evolve – Congregational Conversation

On March 26th, 2017 we gathered to listen, dream, and envision the future of this growing, evolving congregation. It was a powerful morning. Here is some of what you said. Thanks to Brandon, our Board Chair, for compiling it all.

Results of the Congregational Visioning Exercise, held on March 26, 2017.

76 people turned in forms, so there was lots of data! The wordclouds show key words people used in their answers: the bigger the font, the more frequently the word was used.  I did my best to combine synonymous words or two-word phrases.  Any comments that didn’t easily fit into a one or two-word answer I included in the “Noteworthy” lists.

Thanks everyone on a job well done!

Question 1: What brought you here? What makes the experience of being here different than the other activities in your life?


  • Down to earth, not unrealistic theory, practical
  • My son works the projector
  • I don’t always feel comfortable talking about these questions (meaning of life) at my workplace
  • Being here allows me to get out of my head and into my heart, I can cry, laugh, dance freely
  • Church has always been a part of my life
  • I feel that all the hippies that believe in free love, no judgment, no war, have come into this church and become professionals
  • I’m trying to figure out why I cried when I came to church
  • Coming here fills me up
  • My first time! Am looking for a spiritual community – am new to the area, my first church service in years.
  • Every week my heart breaks open again, and I feel love of All That Is.
  • I’m trying to be a better disciple of Jesus, Jesus is rarely mentioned though.
  • I need reminding of my true nature
  • Acceptance that it was okay that I couldn’t believe the myths
  • A service honouring a congregation member finding her older brother
  • A desire to move beyond the past, embrace the new
  • Proselytization is not a value for us.
  • The offer to serve
  • To get involved in being in service, both at the church and in the greater community
  • I can come and no one is going to put me on a committee, but I am welcome.
  • Vancouver Courier article
  • I was looking for a church that had moved past a “Sunday school” faith
  • If you had an idea about something you could realize it here, ministry by anyone at any time
  • Disappointed that Taise and Environmental Ministry and workshops aren’t led any more

Is this a place where you would invite your friends? Why or why not?


  • Most said yes
  • My friends are not often amenable because of the idea of church, don’t feel comfortable evangelizing
  • I wouldn’t normally invite friends, but I think they would like today’s event
  • I love that there is no proselytizing or pressure to believe something specific to be welcomed here or experience God.
  • I cannot think most of my friends would come here, they’re non-believers
  • I talk about my experience and see if they would like to come
  • I’m uncomfortable sharing church stuff with others, but “spiritual” is a different matter
  • I think it’s very different from what people imagine church to be
  • We talk about it all the time
  • I’m not sure my friends would appreciate the shouting and whistling and dancing in the aisle
  • I would invite friends, but I don’t have many who would appreciate what a church can offer or that it can be different than what they grew up with, that they can come and be exactly where they are!
  • Many people are anti-Christian, what’s different here is I have a community.
  • I think special topic speakers are a way to invite friends

Question 2: What helps you connect deeply with Spirit and Community? How is Canadian Memorial nurturing your connection to Spirit? What does Canadian Memorial do best to support your spiritual growth?


  • Makes me look at things I thought I knew, moves me out of my comfort zone.
  • We are open to all genders
  • I know I am not alone in my loneliness and longings. CMUC is one of my spiritual homes where I am ok
  • Joyful connections in one-to-one interactions, allows me to experience and express the dark things as well as the beauty
  • Nicean Creed limitations not imposed, a non-creed focused faith
  • Keep going with your current plan
  • Taking risks to open myself to others, so worth it!
  • Lots of opportunities for community work, volunteering, connection circles. Room for all.
  • Feeling that I matter and am known to the congregation
  • I feel the spirit move in me when I am helping others. Serving on different committees and working with other members of the congregation fills my soul with joy and love.
  • Sometimes I find the music too loud, and doesn’t use inclusive language, e.g. could not the word “lord” be changed to “love”
  • Lots of opportunities to interact with people and ideas and activities
  • No one frowns when I SING!
  • An incredibly welcoming community that actively reaches out to people they don’t recognize (and remember me the next week)
  • Not enough spirit here, as there is more focus on outreach (which I also like, but am looking for more balance)
  • I didn’t know about connection circles until today
  • Lord’s prayer should stay the same, no need to phrase it, meaning is the same!
  • I wish Christ were mentioned more often
  • Try some southern gospel, slower and sweet
  • Some guest speakers are good, others not so.
  • I could use more silence or an opportunity for silence
  • Offering of various workshops led by the lay people and connection circles
  • Having my son want to come to this church is a real blessing
  • The number 1 thing here are Beth’s sermons
  • I would like CMUC to offer evening Bible study (x3)
  • There are a lot of incredibly interesting people here at Canadian Memorial! Connecting with them socially outside of CMUC has been a big part of growing my community and learning from them (books recommended, engaging conversations about spirituality, etc)
  • Love the dine-out-CMUC lent theme
  • Quiet time with others, doing things with others
  • CMUC has improved my health, visits to the doctor have decreased
  • I love programming and opportunities to bring our spiritual gifts this is SO key to a joyful community
  • I’d like something meatier theologically speaking – a series like Brian Swimme “Powers of the Universe”
  • Being allowed to lead a discussion or start a group allows for spiritual growth
  • Can provide information on programs online

Question 3: How do you see Canadian Memorial making a God-filled difference in the world? How is this community being called to live in the world today?


  • Feeding people who are emotionally and physically and spiritually hungry
  • We’re being called to stand up and lovingly assert the right for all humans/nature life forms to be treated caringly and with respect
  • To be active with others in our local community to change poverty and loneliness
  • Luring people in with heart-stirring music and words, opening to the possibility of worship and spirituality
  • We are standing up to the indifference in the world. We have many in our community that take positions because of their beliefs, I am proud to be a part of this.
  • In today’s boundary-less world it is essential for a Christian group to take a stance
  • Working/looking outside the usual box of Christianity
  • Wiliam J Barber, Chairman NAACP, leader in ‘Moral Mondays’ movement
  • Softening the rigidity of the ‘old’ church and accommodating the things we know compared to what the average person knew 2000 or even 200 years ago.
  • Make the MPs be accountable, get more involved, let them know what we expect
  • By offering LYSG to help members of the congregation identify their spiritual gifts and how they are called to use them
  • Deepen our connection to the holy then reflect that in the world
  • To encourage others to offer, share their skill and talents
  • It helps people live better lives, and the world needs many such organizations
  • Seeing the world as God sees the world
  • Helping build a supporting community who can hold each other up
  • Interested to see more invitations to serve in ways that will help me learn/transform (in addition to the smaller things like making soup or bringing supplies for First United)
  • Supporting upcoming ministers who express ministry in new ways
  • The church needs more of this ‘adult’ version of Jesus teachings
  • We are called to take part in activities that care for the lonely, the loveless, the victims, the sick, the poor, the prisoners
  • Find our Sprit Given Gifts
  • It’s good to widen the circle, which makes the goals more achievable and less labour intensive
  • Important to find opportunities to come together and have fun: potlucks, dance
  • Provide creative ideas for individuals to reach out without having to join a group
  • Could we be giving more to Mission & Service? (x2)
  • What ‘dark corners’ could we be serving in? Hungry school children? Domestic violence? Drug addiction?
  • Is there a potential for partnership with first nations?
  • To make a difference we need to be filled and in touch with what we each offer. I see that desire in much of the leadership, perhaps there are new ways of doing that?
  • Willing to address the issues Jesus addressed
  • People bring their inspiration out into their families and workplaces
  • CMUC has an important message for those who are turning away from religion. A great place for agnostics
  • We are all an expression of God and an icon of God
  • I feel more and more comfortable to talk about church to the “outside” world
  • I feel like this community would be welcoming of any social justice initiatives that I initiate.
  • Nice balance here for opportunities to develop an internal spirituality and opportunities to reach out and make a difference in our community
  • Maybe we need to get small homes, like mini community with affordable homes for everybody, need to work with the government to make this work.
  • How do we truly engage newcomers more quickly?
  • By supporting the growth and even birth or rebirth of people’s spiritual gifts
  • From everything I’ve heard, the church is doing a wonderful job
  • What gifts to do we have that can be nurtured and shared first with and through this community, then taken as a light out into the world?
  • I love Beth’s commissioning: “Go in Love to Serve the World!”
  • Faith without action is incomplete

Question 4: Is there anything else you would like to share with the Ministry team and Board of Directors for their upcoming visioning session?


  • Need more reminders to people of the circle groups and new, controversial speakers
  • On the side door (SW) of the church, need an inside and outside push switch for people with handicaps
  • I love it when Beth says she is a minister among ministers
  • I hope to hear the results of the visioning sessions (x3)
  • I wish we said the UC’s New Creed more often
  • Is there a soup kitchen or possibly a lunch program?
  • I wish programs were communicated better – How do I join? How do I start something? How are priorities about funding decided? What training is available?
  • Wish there was more quiet in the service (x7) e.g. less rock & roll!; more traditional, less gospel music; I want more ritual; please dissuade people from applause and catcalling
  • Alternative services, eg Jazz Vespers, Celtic Vespers, Taise can be an entry point into church
  • Thankful we’re called to take risks, would be great to see a video highlighting this: work of the people, speakers from other faiths, exercise today
  • Thank you for opening these discussions, doing great work, keep the creativity coming
  • More diversity, we’re almost all white (x2)
  • Deeply reassuring not to have to leave my brains at the door
  • I liked talking to other attendees, thanks!
  • Radical hospitality, Dine Out was great
  • The secret is openness: acceptance, tolerance, inclusion, inspiration
  • Thank you for the focus on what is important today, for welcoming everyone as Jesus did
  • Can we do more to teach meditation outside of Sunday?
  • Children’s Church: my son is 5 now and has a lot of questions about spirituality, faith, and bible stories. I would like to see Sunday school for school-age children involve more than just play but spiritual education. I would be willing to volunteer, love Danica and don’t want her to burn out, I feel parent participation is really important.
  • I’d like to see 2 more windows, for NWT and Nunavut, since these aren’t represented now. Maybe for Canada 150? Also, where are signed pictures of King & Queen, given to church when it opened?
  • Please plan an active response to Kinder Morgan
  • Need to work on engaging newcomers
  • When I came I was ill and worried about passing away, now I’m no longer obsessed about my life or death
  • Time for passing the peace seems to be excessive (x2)
  • Are we ready for Bruce to come back and do a guest sermon? Would be great.
  • The flow seems broken in the “new” service format, less depth, unnatural and stiff, trying to please a particular group?
  • How can we be a God-filled community if we don’t talk about Jesus or God?
  • Website suggestion: have a tab specifically for someone who is searching for a community to join. Include activities for different audiences, where one might meet others who have similar interests
  • Enjoyed today’s service, and the new ideas and guest preachers we have been experiencing
  • Great idea to invite congregational feedback within the context of a worship service (x 4)
  • Is the congregation allowed or supposed to sing the introit?
  • Don’t apologize for being Christian. We have a story, let’s hear it!
  • Could more be done with first nations? Perhaps more outreach to these people, ask elders from local nations to speak?

If you have other comments, you are welcome to contact Brandon Walker, our board chair, at: chair (at)

Spring Cleaning Donations to First United

FIRST UNITED DONATIONS:  Spring Pick Up March 12th and 19th
We will have two major campaigns, spring and autumn 2017, for donations to First United.
pile-of-clothesSPRING:  Spring is fast approaching – daffodils and tulips are pushing up – and with spring comes the promise to declutter the closets and to admit that the perfectly good shirt you bought three years ago –  70% off –  and have worn once was not a good purchase.  Or that several items are too baggy, or too small.  You are invited to donate your “spring is coming”  declutter to First United.  “Cold is coming” will be addressed in the fall.
THRIFT STORE  – nearly new or  new clothing (no rips, stains etc) that will be purchased by the neighbouring community.  Mens’ and women’s casual clothing, including accessories such as hats, belts, jewellery, sleepwear, shoes.  Coffee sized mugs are a popular item.
CLIENT SUPPORT – casual pants and tops, underwear, SOCKS, sport shoes (men sizes 8 – 12; women sizes 5 – 8).
EVERYDAY ITEMS – SOCKS, shampoo, toothbrushes/toothpaste are in high demand.  There are two bins in the storage room whereby these items  can be donated on an ongoing basis. In December we delivered over 140 pairs of socks to the mission.
DONATION DATES – bins will be placed in the Great Hall before and after service on March 12th and 19th to accept the results of your decluttering.  If possible, please separate your donations according to thrift store and client support.
Discussion and questions  — see Peggy and Mary Lou after service or leave a message for them in the main office.