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This Sunday, February 3 at 10am – Sunday Worship Theme: “What’s So Good About the News?
Good New for Some, Hard News for Others. Scripture: Luke 4: 21-30

This Sunday is Theological Education Day. Vancouver School of Theology student and member of our congregation Leslie Buerschaper will be reflecting on Luke 4: 21-30 as we continue with our series “What’s So Good about the News?” and share communion together. We will also covenant with Anne Ellis who was recognized as a Candidate for Ordination in the United Church in May.  Anne started studying at VST in January on a part time basis. 

Upcoming Weeks:
February 10
Sharing the Good News: Luke 5: 1-11, All Ages Worship
February 17
Unusually Good News: Luke 6: 17-26, Gospel Choir, Black History Month
 February 24
Tough News: Luke 6: 27-38
March 3
Awed by the News: Luke 9: 28-36, Communion

Sunday Sermon, Scripture and Prayers
Photocopied sermon, scripture and prayers will be available on Sunday mornings on the Action Table for pick up.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser – Thank you!
A huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make our Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser a success! We raised over $200 for ‘The Coldest Night of the Year’ which supports programs for people living with homelessness

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

Tea Shoppe. Open Thursdays from 11:30am – 4pm

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.

Giving Tree 2018 –  Thank You For Your Donations!

The Mission and Outreach Committee is pleased to report on the success of the 2018 MSUC Giving Tree Program supporting First United and the North Shore Youth Safe House (NSYSH). The 2018 MSUC Giving Tree program was a big success with significant donations via our congregation, the MSUC Pre-school and our MSUC children.

North Shore Youth Safe House (NSYSH)
On December 23, after church Paul Butler and Grant from the NSYSH came and collected the items for the NSYSH.
Items donated were:

  1. Over $500 in gift cards for Tim Hortons, Subway, Indigo, A&W, Superstore, Cineplex and Compass Cards.
  2. Several dozen individual Christmas cards with greetings from the MSUC children.
  3. Boxes of items including: 15 PJs, 15 pairs of pants, 25 pairs of socks, 14 pairs of gloves, 15 toques, 5 coats, 2 pairs of shorts, 13 shirts, toiletries, a gaming keyboard, hoodies and a bag of Marvel comics as well as some other miscellaneous gifts.

First United Church
On December 27 the items for First United were collected and boxed ready for delivery to First United in early January.
Donated items: 131 pairs of socks, 18 gloves and mitts, 23 toques,
2 ties, 4 shirts, 4 underwear, 1 slippers, 4 scarves, 79 toothbrushes and 47 toothpaste, 32 soap, 43 shampoo and bodywash, 7 hand cream,
4 shower caps, 5 boxes of bandaids, 36 razors, 5 deodorants, 2 dental floss, 5 combs, 5 lip balm, 7 makeup kits, 1 knit doll, 1 drink bottle,
53 rain ponchos, and 4 blankets.

Thank you very much for your support of this project! Your gifts and donations were put to very good use and warmed the bodies and hearts of people in need of warmth and care this Christmas/winter.

Women’s Breakfast – Join us Saturday Morning, February 2 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: Feb 16, Mar 2, Mar 16, Mar 30
Call Mardi Joughin at 604-929-4680 for info.

Spiritual Practices – Meditation – Monday, February 4 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: Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, Jun 3

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

Living Room – Thursday, February 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 meeting:  Feb 21 , Mar 7, Mar 21

Reminder – Book Study Meets on Tuesday at 1pm
If anyone would like to purchase our last remaining copy of “The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith” by Marcus Borg, it is $17.
Please contact Carla.

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

Community Gospel Choir Rehearsal – Thursday, February 14, 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
Upcoming rehearsal dates: Mar 14, Apr 18

Gospel Sunday dates: Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 21

Death Café – Tuesday, February 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: Mar 19, Apr 16, May 21, Jun 18

Board Game Night! – Friday, February 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

Mardi Gras PANCAKE PARTY – Thursday, March 7 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. For those of you who wish to begin the season of Lent according to the calendar, we will have an Ash Wednesday service on March 6 at 6pm. As usual, there will also be an opportunity for people to receive ashes on the first Sunday of Lent March 10th.

Mental Health First Aid – Adults Who Interact with Youth – March 9 & 10
March 9 – 8:30am – 5pm
March 10 – 1:00pm – 5:30pm
Mount Seymour United Church – Sanctuary
To register:
Contact Anne Ellis: or call 604-929-1336 for more information






Monday February 4 Spiritual Practices Meditation, 7:30pm
Tuesdays February 5,12,19,26 Book Study, 1pm
Thursday February 7 Living Room, 7pm
Fridays Feb 8,15,22 Sacred Word Meditation, 9:15am
Friday February 8 Deep Cove Coffee House, 7pm
Thursday February 14 Gospel Choir Rehearsal, 7:30pm
Sunday February 17 Gospel Choir Sunday, 10am
Tuesday February 19 Death Café, 7pm
Thursday February 21 Living Room, 7pm
Friday February 22 Board Games Night, 7pm
Monday February 25 Spiritual Practices –The Work, 7:30pm
Monday March 4 Spiritual Practices Meditation, 7:30pm
Wednesday March 6 Ash Wednesday Worship, 6pm
Thursday March 7 Pancake Party, 6:30pm
Thursday March 7 Living Room, 7pm
Friday March 8 Deep Cove Coffee House, 7pm


Mar 9:
Mar 10:
Mental Health First Aid –
Adults who Interact with Youth
Thursday March 14 Gospel Choir Rehearsal, 7:30pm
Sunday March 17 Gospel Choir Sunday, 10am
Tuesday March 19 Death Café, 7pm
Monday March 25 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 for more information.





Dear Congregation Supporters,

As the final numbers roll in from our end-of-year fundraising campaigns, I am happy to report that, thanks to you, we successfully raised $855 through the United Church of Canada’s Gifts with Vision program! I know some of you chose to give gifts over the holidays using that program and to you I say thanks. I’d also like to let you know that the Gifts with Vision program runs all year so if you haven’t done so already, check out our program, “Keep Connected” phone and mail service, in the

catalogue! This is a great way to give a birthday, anniversary, or “just because” gift to loved ones.
Thank you again for your support.

Our Community Help Desk welcomes donations of the following items:

  • new men’s and women’s underwear

  • denture cream

  • combs

Please continue to visit our Give Goods page for updates on our needs and how to make your donation. Please be reminded that you must phone to make an appointment to drop off goods. The number is 604-681-8365 ext. 129. You can also make a donation to the area of greatest need online anytime:

With gratitude,
Lesley Anderson
Director of Resource Development
604-681-8365 ext. 119

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Our Staff is Happy to Hear from You!

Rev. Nancy Talbot –   604-929-4114

Carla Wilks – Associate Minister –   604-340-4009

Anne Ellis – Children and Youth Minister  –

Cindy Nelms – Office Administrator  –   604-929-1336

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














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