E-News March 10, 2019

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This Sunday, March 10 at 10am – Sunday Worship. Theme: “Watch and Pray”.
This Sunday we start our new Lenten series “Watch and Pray” with an all ages worship and spiritual practice stations. As well, we will start guided Labyrinth walks at 9am on Sunday mornings, followed by coffee in the café.

The season of Lent includes the 40 weekdays and 6 Sundays leading to the celebration of Easter. Historically, it is a time of increased prayer, fasting, education and outreach in the church. For us today, it is an opportunity for self-reflection, outward action and a deeper experience of the path of Jesus. As a Jew, Jesus’ life of prayer was central to his faith. This Lent our “Watch and Pray” theme invites us to explore various kinds of prayer preparing us to enter more fully into the Mystery of Easter. The season begins on Ash Wednesday when we set our intention to turn away from all that gets in the way of living authentically to turn towards all that brings abundant life.

Ash Wednesday – March 10, 10am Service
For those people who were not able to attend the Ash Wedneday worship service, there will be an opportunity to receive ashes on the first Sunday of Lent March 10.

Guided Labyrinth Walks – Come Rain or Shine. All are Welcome!
March 10-April 14 Every Sunday at 9am
April 15-19 Monday through Friday at 8am
Meet in the East parking lot, followed by coffee in our café.

Mardi Gras PANCAKE PARTY – TONIGHT from 5:30-7:30pm
This year we are celebrating “Mardi Gras” two days late in order to welcome Thrift Shop customers and people from the wider community to our gathering.
Please join us!

Living Room – TONIGHT, March 7 at 7pm
Living Room is a drop-in support group for people living with mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, bipolar and psychotic disorders. Meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7pm.
Upcoming meetings: Mar 21, April 4, April 18

MTSUC Thrift Shop – Open TODAY!
Open Thursdays from 11am to 8pm. Outdoor sales open at 10:30am.
We accept cash only.
Donations are gratefully accepted every day except Sundays. Please drop your items in the shed east of the Thrift Shop.
Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a cookie for $1 at our Caf
é from 11:30am – 4pm
Thrift Shop Phone Number: 604-339-4399

Deep Cove Coffee House, Friday, March 8, 7pm
About our feature:
– Karla Mundy is a vibrant, soulful and diverse vocalist, pianist, arranger and choir leader and an annual fixture at our coffee house. Karla directs four Vancouver community choirs (including the North Shore’s Harmony Mountain Singers who are doing an opening set), conducts the Island Soul Choir on Vancouver Island, leads harmony singing workshops and singing camps in BC and around the world. She performs extensively throughout BC and Alberta. (karlamundy.com)
– Tanglewood Trio is Karla Mundy, Noa Neuman Spivak and Emily Villavicencio. This threesome of beautifully blended voices will be singing lush a cappella songs from around the world bringing bluegrass, jazz and other musical traditions to life with vivid harmonies and driving rhythms. The Trio got its start in bluegrass and roots, performing a mix of original songs by Karla Mundy and covers from jazz to French Canadian music. (
– Michael Creber is a Grammy-nominated artist who was dubbed “a cross between Floyd Cramer and Thelonius Monk” by one LA reviewer. Michael pursues a wide-ranging career as a pianist, film composer, arranger and producer; embracing many genres of music such as jazz, Latin, R&B, rock, pop, musical theatre, country, folk and classical. He has performed as a featured guest with many symphony orchestras across North America and has recorded and toured internationally with k.d. lang (including performances on Saturday Night Live, the Grammy Awards, Arsenio Hall, Vicki Gabereau, Austin City Limits and six appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson), the Irish Rovers (including 36 television specials) and world-renowned family entertainer Raffi (including performances on Broadway and at President Clinton’s first inauguration); he also co-produced and co-wrote Raffi’s 1994 hit CD, Bananaphone. Other luminaries Michael has worked with include Martin Short, Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, The Rankin Sisters, Charo and David Foster. Michael has released three albums of original music: Brand New Smile, Dancers of the Spheres and Smooth Sailing. (michaelcreber.com)
Opening for our feature:
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Harmony Mountain Singers (
Time: Doors open: 7:00pm, Warm-up acts: 7:30pm, Feature act: 9pm
Location: Mount Seymour United Church, 1200 Parkgate Ave., North Vancouver (see below)
Admission: $12 – includes delicious baked goodies, dark roast coffee, teas and cold drinks (Youth: $5 / children & musicians: free)

Men’s Breakfast – Join us Saturday Morning, March 9 at 8am
Men’s Breakfast meets at 8am Saturdays in the Café. Newcomers are welcome to drop in.
Upcoming dates: March 23, April 6, April 20
Call Alan Furniss at 604-929-4585 for info.

Spiritual Practices – Meditation – Monday, March 11 at 7:30pm
Quiet the Soul. Nurture the Spirit.
Through silent and guided meditations, we encourage the development of mindful awareness of our own thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
All are welcome.
MTSUC Sanctuary at 7:30pm
Upcoming dates: Apr 1, May 6, Jun 3

Practising The Work – Monday, March 25 at 7:30pm
Those with previous experience in The Work of Byron Katie may participate in this peer-led practice group.
Upcoming dates: Apr 29, May 27

Community Gospel Choir Rehearsal – March 14 at 7:30pm
Are you a ‘closet’ gospel singer, only belting out those blood-stirring spirituals in the privacy of your car? Our Community Gospel Choir might be just the choir for you. Once a month, Marcus Mosely and Dominique Hogan lead the choir in a rousing, roof-raising assortment of gospel music, featuring a wonderful house band. Here’s the best part – all voices are welcome, no ongoing commitment is required and music reading is not required. Lyrics and sheet music are available in advance of rehearsals.

This is music for music’s sake – for the sheer energy and joy of joining your voice with others in praise and celebration. The Choir practices one Thursday per month at 7:30pm and sings at the 10am Sunday service, with a rehearsal 9:15am same day. To be added to our mailing list for updates and reminders of rehearsals, please email dominique@dominiquehogan.com
Upcoming rehearsal dates: April 18, June 13

Gospel Sunday dates: March 17, April 21, June 16

Women’s Breakfast – Join us Saturday Morning, March 16 at 9am
Women’s Breakfast in the winter will be at 9am in the Café. Newcomers are most welcome to just turn up. We have a light healthy breakfast and just chat for an hour.
Upcoming dates: March 30, April 13, April 27
Call Mardi Joughin at 604-929-4680 for info.

Death Café – Tuesday, March 19, 7pm
A Death Café is a get-together and a conversation about life and death. It is not a lecture nor a grief support group, though grief may be expressed and shared. All mortals are welcome at this free event.
Death Café takes place on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Upcoming dates: Apr 16, May 21, Jun 18

Board Game Night! – Friday, March 22 at 7pm
Join us for an evening of fun and games for the whole family. All ages and abilities are invited to play everything from Twister to Settlers of Catan, Hi Ho Cherry Oh, to Dominion, Barrel of Monkeys to Boss Monster.
Upcoming dates: Mar 22, Apr 26, May 24, Jun 28

LENTEN RETREAT – Praying Through the Experiences of My Life
Saturday, March 30, 9:30am – 3:00pm and Sunday, March 31 1:00 – 3:00pm
Led by Rev Nancy Talbot
The presence of the Divine is revealed to us in many ways, particularly through the experiences of our lives. This retreat invites us to look back over our lives and notice God’s presence as well as those times we have perceived God’s absence. Together we will contemplate the patterns of sacred activity in our lives.
Nancy has over 20 years experience both receiving and offering spiritual direction in individual and group settings.
Registration: Administaration Office or on the Action Table

Cost: $30.00. Lunch included on Saturday (payable by cash, cheque or e-transter)

Sacred Word Meditation – Friday Mornings at 9:15am
Sacred Word Meditation, also referred to as Lectio Divina is led by Anne Ellis Friday mornings at 9:15am in the Library.
Sacred Word Meditation is a Christian prayer-form that is the slow and contemplative praying of the scriptures. It is both a practice for community while also being deeply personal. Come experience what the Divine wishes you to hear. No experience required, everyone is welcome to drop in.

MTSUC Thrift Shop – Open Saturday April 6 from 12 to 4pm
The Thrift Shop will open the first Saturday of each month.
If you would like to volunteer for the Saturday shop opening, please contact Thrift Shop Manager Alexis msthriftshop.alexis@gmail.com or Carla wilkscarla@gmail.com to fill out a volunteer application.

Thrift Shop Phone Number: 604-339-4399
Upcoming Saturday: May 4


Thursday March 7 Pancake Party, 5:30-7:3pm
Thursday March 7 Living Room, 7pm
Friday March 8 Deep Cove Coffee House, 7pm


March 9
March 10
Mental Health First Aid
Sunday March 10,17,24,31 Guided Labyrinth Walk, 9am
Monday March 11 Spiritual Practices Meditation, 7:30pm
Thursday March 14 Gospel Choir Rehearsal, 7:30pm
Sunday March 17 Gospel Choir Sunday, 10am
Tuesday March 19 Death Café, 7pm
Thursday March 21 Living Room, 7pm
Friday March 22 Board Games Night, 7pm
Monday March 25 Spiritual Practices –The Work, 7:30pm
Sat/Sun March 30/31 LENTEN RETREAT –
Praying through the Experiences of My Life
Monday April 1 Spiritual Practices Meditation, 7:30pm
Thursday April 4 Living Room, 7pm
Saturday April 6 Thrift Shop Open, 12-4pm
Sunday April 14 Palm Sunday, 10am
Mon-Fri Apr 15-19 Guided Labyrinth Walk, 8am
Tuesday April 16 Death Café, 7pm
Thursday April 18 Maundy Thursday Community Dinner, 6pm
Thursday April 18 Living Room, 7pm
Thursday April 18 Gospel Choir Rehearsal, 7:30pm
Friday April 19 Good Friday Worship, 10am
Sunday April 21 Easter Sunday, Gospel Choir, 10am
Friday April 26 Board Games Night, 7pm
Monday April 29 Spiritual Practices The Work, 7:30pm
Thrift Shop:
Mon-Wed 9:00am-1pm Thrift Shop – Sorting & Pricing
Thursday 10:30am Thrift Shop – Outdoor Sales Open
Thursday 11am-8pm Thrift Shop – OPEN, Sorting & Pricing
Thursday 11:30-4pm Tea Shoppe Café – $1 tea/coffee & cookie

Contact administration or visit us at mtseymourunited.com for more information.


Taizé Contemplative Service – Sunday, March 24 at 4 pm

St. Andrew’s United Church, 1044 St. George’s Avenue at 10th Street in North Vancouver
Please join us on Sunday, March 24 at 4 pm for a contemplative candlelight service with beautiful music, Taizé songs accompanied by piano, violin, viola and flute, silences and prayer. Everyone welcome! Info: 604-985-0408 /
events@st-andrews-united.ca / www.st-andrews-united.ca

Little Mountain Brass Band Concert – Sunday, March 24 at 2:30pm
“Music from the Stage”
Sunday, March 24 at 2:30pm
Mount Seymour United Church
Admission is by donation, refreshments to follow
90 minute concert suitable for all ages!

Jazz Vespers – Sunday, March 31 at 4 pm

St. Andrew’s United Church, 1044 St. George’s Avenue, North Vancouver
Quintessential Jazz will provide musical leadership at St. Andrew’s United Church’s Jazz Vespers on Sunday, March 31 at 4 pm.
Everyone welcome!
Info: 604-985-0408 /
events@st-andrews-united.ca / www.st-andrews-united.ca


May 3-4, 2019
Shaughnessy Heights United Church, 1550 W33rd Ave. Vancouver, BC
Until March 4th, we are offering a pre-registration discount of $15
Pre-Register NOW!! There truly is something for everyone!!


Our Staff is Happy to Hear from You!

Rev. Nancy Talbot – nancytalbot@shaw.ca 604-929-4114

Carla Wilks – Associate Minister – wilkscarla@gmail.com 604-340-4009

Anne Ellis – Children and Youth Minister – annerell@gmail.com

Cindy Nelms – Office Administrator – mtsuc@shaw.ca 604-929-1336

Administration Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm




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