Rev. Nancy has been 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 reflection is based on Luke 5:36-39
Click here (or on the image below) to view this week’s reflection: https://youtu.be/rC9-qjXTU8c
This Sunday we start our new series ‘Beguiled by Beauty: Cultivating a Life of Contemplation & Compassion’ and we will share communion. We look forward to welcoming you to our online worship.
The scripture reading for Sunday morning is Ezekiel 31:3-7
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, and Julian Pattison 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.
There are some at-home materials for each week of this series. Click on this link for the materials: http://mtseymourunited.com/wp-content/uploads/At-Home-Preparations-Beguiled-by-Beauty.pdf
Readers and Candle Lighters
If you are interested in participating in our worship service by acknowledging the land, reading scripture or lighting the candle in your home, please contact Rev. Carla email@example.com You will need a recording device (cell phone works great) and the ability to send the video via either iCloud, OneDrive, DropBox, Google Drive, as the video is usually too large to email directly. There are instructions to help walk you through the steps.
Call for Letters of Support
This is a letter from Rev. Jim Hatherly at First United Church
I am sending links on this email to two matters which call for responses to government, one provincial and one federal and to ask if you would consider writing letters of support.
First is an invitation to sign on to a letter requesting the BC government to provide long-term supportive housing options those who are ‘unhoused’. Housing those who are among our most vulnerable community has been a call from many and for a long time. At First United Church, in the Downtown Eastside we both provide shelter to and witness on the street some of the many who have not been able to find safe and secure housing. The pandemic, for public health reasons, has provided the government an opportunity to act rapidly to find interim housing for several hundred persons who were unhoused. But this is a temporary measure, the challenges of caring for those who are living in inadequate or high risk conditions is an ongoing concern and broad support for extending and deepening this response is very important.
There is real concern that momentum towards longer term solutions will come to an end when there is an easing of restrictions in the community. This is the time to call for a more systemic response and to build on what our government has shown capacity for leading.
First United Church has signed on to this petition.
The other request concerns the proposed implementation of a Universal Basic Income (also referred to as a Guaranteed Annual Income) for all Canadians. The Moderator has written a letter in this regard to the Prime Minister on behalf of the United Church of Canada and is found in the link below, along with a sample letter and many links to information and resources. You may wish to do this as an individual or as a congregational response and to invite conversations about this within your congregations to broaden your understanding of this.
Similar requests have come recently from a statement from 50 Senators and from the Anglican/Lutheran churches (they are attached in the document). The United Church statement was released yesterday after consultation with the National Indigenous Council. I would ask you to read through the material and consider writing to your Member of Parliament, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance to support this effort. The United Church has taken previous positions on Basic Income.
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has elicited thoughtful responses to the crisis from the federal government but has also made evident the more deeply rooted issues of income inequality across the country. This is a justice issue which Basic Income security will help to alleviate.
from the release…
- Call or write to your member of Parliament and urge them to support the growing call for a UBI. Ask your MP to
- seize this moment to roll out a UBI program in collaboration with the provinces, territories, and Indigenous leadership
- develop and implement a program that provides an adequate living level for everyone and addresses the persistent inequities that exist within the present wage and social benefit structures of our country
- address systemic barriers experienced by Indigenous peoples in accessing relief programs (for example, those related to COVID-19)
- build a program that is universal, preserves human dignity rather than creates stigma, removes discriminatory barriers, does not penalize people for the work that they do, and is available with a minimum of bureaucracy
You can find your member of Parliament’s contact information by entering your postal code on the Parliament of Canada website.
- Share this Take Action on your social media networks. Use the hashtags #UCCan, #poverty, #UBI, #UniversalBasicIncome, #BasicIncome.
- Learn more about UBI by engaging with
Yours in hope for justice.
(Rev.) Jim Hatherly
Director of Community Ministry
First United Church Community Ministry Society
Located on the unceded Homelands of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations
320 East Hastings St Vancouver, BC V6A 1P4
Office 604.681.8365 ext. 121
Sunday Morning “Coffee Hour” 11am – Sunday June 7
Each Sunday at our regular coffee time we gather for a “virtual coffee hour” via Zoom video/phone. We gather for a check in – how we are doing, and then we usually answer a question that is often related to the theme of worship.
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 895 4498 4147 followed by the # sign. You may have to also enter a Password: 702111. You can also join with video from your computer (with webcam), smartphone, iPad or tablet by clicking on this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89544984147?pwd=SnhBbk1JbzRUcE8vMkFQcTVZQ1gwZz09
Meeting ID: 895 4498 4147 Password: 702111
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: 895 4498 4147
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, June 8 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 June 8 and 22
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 25 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