We are proud to be part of the AFFIRM network of churches joining with others to declare ourselves to be fully inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. All are welcome here.
Our Canadian Memorial FUNdraising team is organizing a community jumble sale on Saturday, August 10. Come join us!
What’s a ‘jumble sale?’ We like to think of it as a fundraiser that’s ‘not-quite-a-garage sale.’ Small and medium treasures will be for sale, and you’ll never know what you’ll find!
Come on by and say hello! Everyone is truly welcome here.
WHERE? The Centre
for Peace (1825 W 16th Avenue, Vancouver, BC)
WHEN? 10am to
2pm on Saturday, August 10
Interested in donating items for sale? Members
of our community will be donating gently loved items to the sale August 7-9. If
you’ve got small household items you’d like to donate to this cause, please get
in touch with of our FUNdraising team members (Ann Golinsky, Susan Cowan, Kim
Bartley) in advance – you can email Ann at: email@example.com.
Pssst…Don’t need to buy anything but still want to donate cash?
Sure! As we are a registered Canadian charity, all cash donations (not
purchases) over $20 are eligible for a tax receipt. Just make sure we take down
your contact details.
In a few short days I’ll set off for my annual pilgrimage to Nova Scotia. It’s a time I look forward to as I exchange to-do lists for unstructured reconnection with family. I look forward to lobster feasts and the toe-numbing feel of the Atlantic. I even look forward to visiting the Protestant Cemetery in Wreck Cove, to visit all my relations and feast on the blueberries that refuse to let death have the final word.
But before I set sail, or catch air, as the case may be, I’m attending a course this week at the Vancouver School of Theology. Theologian Thomas Jay Oord offers the kind of reflections that require a bit of a holiday to really absorb. He says God is all loving. He says that God can’t stop evil. He says God is relational, luring us in each moment to choose the very best option before us. This is how he explains it in his own words:
A God worthy of our worship cannot be Someone who causes, supports or allows genuine evil. In fact, I believe it is impossible to worship wholeheartedly a God who loves halfheartedly. We might fear a God who helps sometimes but other times chooses not to, but we cannot admire this God unreservedly.
If you long for some food for spiritual thought this summer, I invite you to worship this Sunday, July 14, when Professor Oord will challenge you to consider what you can do in the face of a God who can’t. This kicks off a series of guest preachers for the summer that I invite you to hear speak, each with their own scrumptious food for thought to offer, through to my return mid-August.
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Everyone in our community is welcome to attend our Congregational Meeting on July 7. It will be in our church sanctuary immediately after worship service on July 7 (starting time will be approximately 11:45am). There will be a budget to approve and new Board members to appoint, and we’ll do our best to wrap it all up within an hour or so. Childcare will be available in the Nursery.
Sunday, July 7 immediately after worship service in the church sanctuary
Sunday, June 9, we celebrate Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit landed on the people of the early church likes tongues of fire. Don’t you wish sometimes that Spirit would land on your head like a flame, leaving you no doubt that this is a moment to pay attention? Wouldn’t it be fabulous if opening your mouth to speak, every person from every place, speaking every language understood every word? (Heck, I’d settle for my children understanding the phrase, “Please empty the dishwasher!”)
We can take a bit of comfort in the fact that even those Spirit-infused folks in the first Pentecost story turned to one another and asked, “What does this mean?” Times are changing and summer’s a coming, and what better time to pay attention to the places where you are being visited by the very presence of holy love? Where is Spirit at work in your life? What unknown future are you called to create in the name of holy love?
Those answers don’t always come easy, but they are made a little easier and a lot richer when we set the intention to try to figure it out in community. Scroll down to see the many ways you are invited to show up and worship, play, pray, serve and question together. Who knows where Spirit might land?
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Well-tended gardens feed the soul of the community and of the gardeners.
The CMUC gardening
ministry team welcomes additional volunteers to help care for the perennial
beds around our property. Tools, training and group-building are available. The
options below accommodate various schedules and preferred working styles:
Group Gardening: Sherry Burrows or an experienced alternate will be available to give ideas on areas for focus to those who want to garden on a given day. You can come as little or as often as you wish, on most Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30-11:00am, give or take. (Please register so you can be informed of any schedule changes.)
Individual Gardening: You are welcome to come when the spirit moves you, using the Garden Log kept in the office to find out the areas of focus for that week and communicate what you’ve accomplished. (Please register so you can be in the loop about developments that affect gardening activity.)
Gardening Connection Circle: Care of Self, Others, and the Garden – This group of eight individuals will meet 9:30-11:00am on Friday mornings (May 3, 10 and 31, and June 7, 14 and 21). Sessions will begin and end in the Meditation Room. Each session will combine open-hearted listening to ourselves and others at the opening and the closing, a short presentation on an environmentally-friendly gardening topic, and about half an hour of silent unstructured time in the garden to use as your soul guides you – contemplation, artistic pursuits, and/or active gardening. Wilda Bostwick will facilitate.
For more information about any of these opportunities, speak to Sherry Burrows or Wilda Bostwich during Coffee Hour each Sunday, or drop by Tuesday/Friday mornings and chat with any of the gardeners present.