For the next several weeks Rev. Nancy will be offering a mid-week reflection to help us explore the deeper spiritual issues being called forth from us as we move through this global pandemic. This week’s reflection is based Luke 12:13-21.
Click here (or on the image below) to view this week’s reflection: https://youtu.be/NNijXtN0pJg
It may feel odd to move into the season of Easter, a season of celebration, in the midst of these difficult times. Perhaps it is an opportunity to really take into consideration that, at the heart of our Christian faith, we are called to live our lives in the belief that death is not the final word. This is why Christians are called “Easter People.” The tomb becomes the womb of new life. What would we do differently if we really believed that we are loved beyond all endings? That there is nothing to fear? Throughout the season of Easter which lasts all the way until Pentecost on May 31st, we will explore these and other questions. We look forward to welcoming you to our online worship each week.
The scripture reading for this Sunday is John 14:1-14.
On Sunday morning you will receive an e-mail with a link to the video with the worship service that Rev. Nancy and Rev. Carla will be recording. We are grateful to have our music minister, Julian Pattison, join us for music accompaniment.
We invite you to prepare a worship space in your home. You could place a candle, and light it at the same time that we do during the service. Perhaps place a special object nearby, grab a cup of tea or something else that might make your surroundings feel sacred.
During this Easter series, if you have a small stone or rock for your worship space, there will be an invitation during the prayers to use this stone.
Rev. Nancy’s Sabbatical Update
As many of you know, Rev. Nancy was scheduled to take a sabbatical leave for the months of July, August and September, following three weeks of vacation in June. She has informed the Board of her intention to postpone the sabbatical for now. Although at this point we do not know exactly what postponement looks like, she intends to be with us until the end of June at which point she and Rev. Carla will make decisions about their vacation schedules for the months of July and August. It is possible she will take some of her sabbatical time in the summer but unlikely that she will be away in September as originally planned. An update on summer staffing schedules will be provided by the end of May.
Behind the Scenes at Worship
We have had a few questions about how worship happens and who is involved. Here’s some photographic evidence. The ladder and mini tripod is our stable camera person, taken when filming the Easter Sunday service. The second photo is a physically distanced selfie of the “choir” (Nancy, Carla and Julian) gathering before recording last week.
Sunday Morning “Coffee Hour” 11am Sunday May 10
Each Sunday at our regular coffee time we gather for a “virtual coffee hour” via Zoom video/phone. We encourage you to try it out, either by calling in or joining via video with your computer/iPad/smartphone as we gather again this Sunday. You can join by phoning in to this phone number 778 907 2071 and then entering the meeting ID 251 298 624 followed by the # sign. You can also join with video from your computer (with webcam), smartphone, iPad or tablet by clicking on this link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/251298624
Meeting ID: 251 298 624
When you click on that link, you will be instructed to download an app on your phone or iPad, or some software on your computer (if you haven’t used Zoom before).
If you phone in to the phone number and you can’t get through, there are several other numbers you can try – just make sure you enter the same Meeting ID once you connect (see below).
587 328 1099 Canada
647 374 4685 Canada
647 558 0588 Canada
438 809 7799 Canada
Meeting ID: 251 298 624
If you have any trouble or need some help before Sunday morning, please contact Rev Carla 604 340 4009 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have trouble on Sunday morning, please call Brenda Fawkes at (604) 790-4465
Meditation Monday Night at 7pm, May 11 via Zoom
We are meeting via Zoom video/phone meeting for meditation every two weeks on Monday nights at 7pm.
Our next meditation evenings are May 11, May 25
You can phone in using your land line or cell phone. Call: 778 907 2071. If you phone in, you will need to key in the Meeting ID# which is 222 558 978 followed by the # sign.
You can use your computer (with webcam) or other device (cellphone/ iPad/ tablet) if you want to connect via video. Others may also see you in a small picture across the top of their screens.
If you haven’t used Zoom before, you will need to download either the App (on your cell phone or I Pad) or Zoom software (on your computer) If you click on the link below, you can then follow the instructions for what you need to download.
Time: Monday, May 11 2020 07:00 PM
To join the Meditation Zoom Meeting, click on this link.
Meeting ID: 222 558 978
To phone in, dial
+1 778 907 2071 Canada
Meeting ID: 222 558 978
If you have any trouble or need some help before Monday, please contact Rev Carla 604 340 4009 email@example.com
If you would like to be added to the Meditation mailing list, please send an email to Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Making Your Offering
Our expenses continue even while programming and worship services can no longer be in-person as before. For a video message from Ward Branch, a member of our Finance Team, please click the above picture or here. Our church Council made the decision at our last Council meeting to continue paying all staff at this time even though this pandemic is affecting our regular activities. As the Thrift Shop is closed, we do not have the weekly income from the weekly sales, so please continue to send your offering if possible, as a cheque in the mail, or via e-transfer to email@example.com or via the donate button on our website. As always, we thank those of you who make your offerings to the church through Pre-authorized remittance (PAR). If you are able to increase your PAR givings during this time, you can e-mail Fay Butterfield at firstname.lastname@example.org
Changes to your existing PAR can be emailed to Fay, but if you would like to start donating by PAR, you need to print this form and fill it out. Be sure to indicate that it is for Mount Seymour United Church in North Vancouver, BC. Please mail it directly to the PAR Administrator at the national church office. Her address is:
The United Church of Canada
8 Switzer Street
New Lowell, ON
Thank you for continuing to support Mount Seymour United Church during these challenging days.
We have set up a phone tree. If you have not received a phone call from someone at the church and would like to, please email Rev Nancy <email@example.com> or Rev Carla <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If you would like a pastoral call from Carla or Nancy, please let us know via phone or email.
Children and Youth Activities
If you have not received Anne’s Newsletter with upcoming activities and resources for children and youth, please contact Anne at email@example.com
Thrift Shop “Tea Time”
Thrift Shop Volunteers – don’t forget Tea Time via Zoom meeting on Thursdays at 11am. Find the link in the prior email from Carla.
Live-Stream Worship Sunday Morning
Highlands United and St Andrew’s Wesley United are doing a live-stream worship together each Sunday morning at 10am. You can join in here: Highlands Online