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This Sunday Service at 10 am

Join us this Sunday August 20, with Dominique Hogan as our guest musician. Rev. Nancy’s sermon is entitled ”Preserving Life”, and the Scripture reading is Genesis 45:1-15.

The Work of Byron Katie August 20 – This Sunday!

On Sunday August 20, from 1 – 5 pm, Caitlin Frost will be returning to share the work of Byron Katie.

This workshop, open to all levels, is normally $50, but is being offered at the reduced rate of $20 thanks to the support of generous donors. Register online here, or contact the office. Payment will be accepted the day of the event, by cash or cheque.

Living Room Peer Support Group Tonight

Living Room is a drop-in support group for people living with mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, bipolar and psychotic disorders.

We are a confidential peer-support group who gather to receive and give support by sharing our painful and joyous experiences with each other. We pray together and help each other remember that we are not alone.

The group meets at MSUC on the 1st and 3rd Thursday evening, 7 pm. *Next meeting is tonight, Thursday Aug 17.

Upcoming Summer Schedule: August 31

Lectio Divina cancelled for August

Anne Ellis will be on vacation after Camp Spirit wraps up. For the month of August, there will be no Friday morning Lectio Divina.

Lectio will resume Friday September 8 at 9:15 am

Blueridge Chamber Music Concerts are Back!

The Blueridge International Chamber Music Festival offers innovative programming, dazzling international artists, engaging lectures and masterclasses, and unforgettable performances in an idyllic summer setting.

This year the festival will be holding four evening concerts here at Mount Seymour United. There are two left: August 19th and 20th at 7 pm. A great opportunity to see world-renowned chamber musicians in an intimate venue! Tickets $20/ $10 for students, purchase at the door or online here.

Worship at Cates Park September 3

Come join us on Sunday September 3 at 10 am for our annual ‘fresh air’ service at Cates Park, off of Dollarton Hwy, weather permitting.

Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, and a potluck dish to share after the service. We will be setting up our potluck lunch at the covered picnic area close to the boat launch area. Transportation available for those who need it.

Blessing of the Backpacks, Briefcases and Bags Sunday Sept 10

Everyone transitioning to school, work, retirement or just a regular routine is invited to bring their backpack, briefcase or handbag to be blessed during this all-ages worship service. Let’s enter the fall season knowing we are surrounded with love and everything we need to grow and learn.

Do you have a room or suite to rent?

There is a member of the congregation looking for rental accommodation in the Parkgate neighborhood while waiting to purchase something more permanent in the area. An apartment or suite is preferred, but would also consider other options. Please speak to Reverend Nancy if you know of something.

Summer holidays and Staff absences

Rev. Wade is gradually returning to work following a 3 month restorative care leave. You can now reach him via email for church related business at As of September 1st, he will be at the church working part time. We are happy to have him back on board. Please pray for his ongoing health.

Anne Ellis will be off as of August 4th. Sharon will be back in the office on Tuesday, August 22nd.

Sharon Stevens

Church Administrator

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott




This Week’s Regular Activities

Mon-Wed 9 am-1 pm Thrift Shop sorting and pricing
Thursday 11 am -8 pm Thrift Shop
Sunday 10 am Worship with Children’s Community

Dates to Remember

Thurs Aug 17 7:00 pm Living Room Peer Support Circle
Sun Aug 20 1 – 5 pm The Work of Byron Katie with Caitlin Frost
Sun Sep 3 10:00 Outdoor Sunday Service at Cates Park
Mon Sep 4 7 pm Meditation

Contact the office or visit our website for more information on these and other church activities.

Events listed chronologically, new items indicated by **

What’s happening in the broader United Church Community?

**From First United Church:

CURRENT NEEDS (We are collecting items for Summer)



-Summer clothes & T-shirts

-Sunscreen/after Sun Lotion

-Bottled water

As well the kitchen needs forks

Please contact Heidi Morgan at or by calling 604-681-8365 ext 116. Many thanks!


It is not too late to join the First United team, as we walk in positive motion Sunday September 24th to build better relationships with Indigenous peoples!

You can join our team here:


Should BC’s New Mental Health and Addictions Ministry Take Earlier Action to Help People in Crisis? Lift up your voices and be heard here:

What’s Happening Across the North Shore (and beyond)

Sat. Aug. 19, 10 am – 3 pm : Cross-cultural Training Tour in Richmond, BC

The congregation of Mt. Seymour United Church is invited to participate in our cross cultural training tour in Richmond, August 19th!
The day includes a guided visit to a Muslim mosque, Sikh temple, Hindu temple and a Buddhist temple. Registration is $69 and includes a delicious ethnic lunch.

This bridge-building experience has been described as a fascinating and unsettling experience.

The expected outcomes include, but are not limited to:
Ø Creating diversity awareness in Lower Mainland and in other surrounding communities
Ø Beating racism with education and increased cultural tolerance
Ø Enhancing cross-cultural communication skills
Ø Providing ongoing outreach/resources to help create healthy communities

To register and receive more info, please contact: Shirley McLauren, 888-897-4224 |

August 27th: Deep Cove Daze

Deep Cove Daze Festival is coming up on August 27th and volunteers are needed! If you’re interested in volunteering. please contact Constanza at 604-924-6871 or email

September 10-15, Spiritual Eldering with Tim and Donna Scorer, Lois Huey-Heck and Jim Kalnin

Let’s ensure that the decades following the years of paid work and homemaking are a time of creativity, engagement, mentoring, and compassionate accompaniment. After all, that could be a third of our lives! Let’s build a culture in which aging people learn what it means to grow into eldership, a time of life in which experience and wisdom become a resource and gift for community. As a group of people 55 and older, we will spend time together listening, remembering, exploring, practicing, and creating as we become the kind of community that will make this kind of difference in our kind of world.

Sunday – Friday; mornings, evenings and optional afternoon art sessions
$350 + $10 materials fee
For ages 55 and up

For more information and to register, click here.

Sep 21-24: Pathways into Living a Contemplative Life w/ Margie Savigny and Tim Scorer

A 3 day event from the Pacific Jubilee Program at Rivendell Retreat Center, Bowen Island, BC.

Come away from whatever is taking your time and attention. Discover the stillness of the hilltop Rivendell Retreat Centre on Bowen Island. Join a three-day sacred community of pilgrims on a contemplative path, making space to remember who you are and to touch again what you Love.
Sliding scale from. To register email Tim or Margie or phone 604-877-1567. Website link here:

Pacific Jubilee SoulCare Retreats 2017

November 2 – 11, 2017: 8 Day Silent Retreat
Naramata Centre, Naramata BC

This retreat is for those who have already experienced guided silent retreats of at least 8 days length. For more information and/or to register contact Lois at: (250) 212-2772 or

November 19-24, 2017: 4 Day Silent Retreat for all
Sorrento Centre, Sorrento BC

This retreat is open to everyone, whether this is your first silent retreat or whether you have a longstanding experience. You will find time and place, community and spiritual direction to meet you on your own unique journey.

This retreat will be led by Lois Huey-Heck

For more information and/or to register contact Lois: (250 212-2772 or


Naramata Centre is now offering telephone registration to assist those who are not comfortable registering online for programs and accommodations. Please call 250-496-5751 to register by telephone.

Our program list can be found at and our accommodations at

We hope you will support Naramata Centre this summer by coming to stay on site and participating in one of our many programs!


Weekly Service

10:00 AM - approx. 11:15 am Sundays
Join us for coffee, tea, and visiting after the service.

Children & Youth Programs available.
Communion: First Sunday of every month. All ages or faith traditions welcome.
Intergenerational services: Approximately once a month. Children are invited to stay for the whole worship service.


Mt Seymour United Church
1200 Parkgate Ave
North Vancouver, BC V7H 2X9

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Phone: 604-929-1336
Rev. Nancy's Private Phone: 604-929-4114

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