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This Sunday Service at 10 am

Come join us on Sunday October 8 at 10 am, as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Rev. Nancy’s
reflection is entitled ‘Remember and Give Thanks’, and the scripture reading is Deuteronomy 8: 7-14 a).

Next Sunday, October 15 Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan will join us to reflect on the story of Exodus from the Jewish perspective.

Sharon Stevens

For the past three years Sharon Stevens has served as our Office Administrator with grace and loving commitment to the ministry of our church. Last week, Sharon informed the Council of her intent to resign from her position. After careful consideration, she has decided to return to her previous career path in the field of nursing with an emphasis on compassionate care. Although we are deeply saddened to lose Sharon’s caring presence in the office, we are grateful for her intention to carry on as a member of congregation. She is looking forward to worshipping with us on Sunday mornings free of the concerns of her administrative role. For our part, we will need to be attentive to allowing her that freedom as we adjust to a new Administrator.

Leslie Martin, a familiar face to those of you in the Monday evening Meditation Group, will be in the office for the next few weeks as we search for a permanent Administrator. Sharon’s last day in the office will be Friday, October 6th. On Sunday, October 15th we will have an opportunity to say thank you to Sharon during our worship service. Our thoughts and prayers are with her, Zoe and Nelson in this time of transition and we wish them nothing but the best.


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 October 5.


Returning this Fall: Monday Night Spiritual Practices

Sacred Circle October 16

On Monday evenings at 7:30 pm, we offer a different contemplative practice to quiet the soul and nurture the spirit. This Fall Spiritual Practices will be offered 3 Mondays a month, including a new group that will Practice the Work of Byron Katie. All practice groups will meet in the Sanctuary. Everyone is welcome to attend these drop-in practice groups.

The Fall Schedule is as follows:

  1. Meditation with Sharon Brain, Sep. 11, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4: We will begin each evening with instruction, then we will practice together. Much of the meditation practice is silent: some guided meditations will also be offered. Our goal is to encourage the development of mindful awareness of our own thoughts, feelings and sensations.
  2. Sacred Circle with Rev. Nancy Talbot, Sep. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 11: Sung chants, personal check-in and time for silent reflection on life experiences or writings from the Christian tradition form the heart of these safe and intimate gatherings
  3. Practicing The Work, Sep. 25, Oct 23, Nov. 27, Dec. 18: People who have previous experience in The Work of Byron Katie are welcome to join in this peer-led practice group.

Sacred Word Meditation every Friday morning

Sacred Word Meditation, also referred to as Lectio Divina is once again being led by Anne Ellis every Friday morning at 9:15 am 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 welcome to drop in.

Prayer Shawl Knitting Circle October 7
You are invited! We are having a gathering of knitters and crocheters to get started on our fall prayer shawls. Please come even if you are knitting squares for us or untangling some of our wool and rolling it into balls. More experienced knitters can help the less experienced and patterns and ideas can be exchanged. We will be meeting at the McKays, 1040 Emerson Way on Saturday October 7th from 1 – 4 pm. Please come and join us!

October 7: Thanksgiving Dinner with Syrian Refugee Family

To celebrate the second anniversary since the beginning of our refugee project, St. Andrew’s is hosting a truly Canadian Thanksgiving dinner, at which our newcomer family will be our guests.

We are extending an invitation to all who have been involved and to congregations at large – to show our appreciation and thankfulness for the rewards this project has given us all. The dinner will take place at St. Andrew’s United Church on Saturday October 7, at 5 pm.

Space is limited so please sign up early and indicate what Thanksgiving vegetable, salad or dessert you can provide. A donation of harvest produce would also be welcome for display and for later charitable use. Please sign up by contacting Pamela Mitchell at St. Andrew’s, by email or by phone: 604-988-6679.

Anticipating a full house – signing up early is advised!

All-Ages Games Night Friday October 13

Come join us for our popular all-ages Games Night on Friday October 13, 6:30 – 9 pm. Come play some board games in the Cafe. We have games for all ages and abilities. Invite some friends, and come have a good time!

Refreshments served, $5 drop-in fee appreciated

Fall 2017 dates: October 13, November 24, Afternoon session on December 29, 1-5 pm.

World Food Day Sunday October 15
World Food Day is practiced throughout the world to address the lack of food for many. Our Mission & Outreach Team will have food items available for you to purchase on behalf of First United Church after Sunday’s Worship on October 15. Tax receipts given for purchases over $20.

Death Café Tuesday October 17

What to say to a dying friend? How to be with the friend whose son died with no warning? Have we made peace with death so we can be the solid rock people in need can lean on in times of struggle? Join host Catherine Tremblay for an enlivening conversation on death and dying, Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 7 pm in the café-space.

Next fall date is November 21, 7 – 8:30 pm.

All welcome! More information about death cafes can be found at

Deep Cove Coffee House Friday October 20

For many years now we have been hosting the Deep Cove Coffee House on the third Friday of each month, from September to June. This event is one of Mount Seymour United’s biggest fundraisers! Donations of baked goods always warmly welcomed for these events, and can be dropped off in the kitchen Thursday or Friday.

The Feature act October 20 is Quartête à Tête (Lynn McGown, Michael Pratt, Vanessa Kay and Michael Viens). Their music is contemporary traditional and originals songs that entertain, delight and always touch the heart with an uncanny way of getting a crowd singing full throttle. Opening acts are Lyndia Scott and Nathen Aswell, as well as Linda Villarreal.

Doors open at 7:00pm, Warm-up acts: 7:30pm, Feature act: 9pm. Admission: $12- includes those delicious baked goodies, dark roast coffee, teas and cold drinks (Youth: $5 / children & musicians: free). For upcoming Coffee House Dates, check out our website.

Talent night and Potluck Dinner October 22

Mark your calendars for a fun-filled evening! Sing a song, do a dance, wow us with some magic tricks…what’s your talent? Sign up on the action table or contact the office!

Transforming Limiting Beliefs about Aging: October 28

Are you stressed about getting older? Whether you are turning 80 or 20 or somewhere in between our own thinking and fears about getting older can have a stressful and limiting impact on how we feel about ourselves, our relationships, lives and work, what we see as possible in our lives and how we show up.

Join Certified Facilitator Caitlin Frost for a deep dive in the transformative practice of The Work of Byron Katie to question the beliefs and stories that hold you back from fully engaging in and enjoying your life and looking forward to your future – however old you are.

All ages and experience levels welcome. $100, with sliding scale available*. Saturday October 28, 9 am – 5 pm. Registration available online now!

*Program is subsidized for accessibility. Please contact if further subsidy required. Donations of support gratefully received.

Photo Directory: Sign up now!

Once again we are producing a pictorial directory at Mount Seymour United, using IPC Canada Photo services. Beginning in October we will be booking (free) family photography appointments on the following 5 dates in October: Tuesday – Friday October 24-27, and Sunday October 29.

Sign-up sheets and information are on the action table in the foyer.

Sharon Stevens

Church Administrator

“As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.” ~ Rumi




This Week’s Regular Activities

Mon-Wed 9 am-1 pm Thrift Shop sorting and pricing
Thursday 11 am -8 pm Thrift Shop
Friday 9:15 am Sacred Word Meditation (aka Lectio Divina)
Sunday 10 am Worship with Children’s Community

Dates to Remember

Thurs Oct 5 7:00 pm Living Room Peer Support Circle
Fri Oct 13 6:30-9pm All-Ages Games Night
Mon Oct 16 7 pm Sacred Circle
Tues Oct 17 7 pm Death Café
Thurs Oct 19 7 pm Gospel Choir Practice

Fri Oct 20 7 pm Deep Cove Coffee House
Sun Oct 22 10 am Gospel Sunday (Rehearsal 9:15 am)
Sun Oct 22 6 pm Talent Night and Potluck Dinner
Mon Oct 23 7 pm The Work Practice Circle
Tues Oct 24 – Sun Oct 29 Photo Directory Photography Sessions

Sat Oct 28 9am-5pm The Work of Byron Katie with Caitlin Frost
Mon Nov 6 7 pm

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:


A Thanksgiving message from The Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne – Executive Director

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. The seasons are shifting – the weather is cooling and the days are getting shorter – but there is a warmth in the air as many of us gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving. As you may have recently read in our Thanksgiving appeal letter, many in our community consider First United their place to share a hot meal with family and friends since this is a place that treats everyone as the special individual that they are. It is the support of congregations like yours and individuals like you that help to keep our doors open and the sense of home we are able to generate. We could not treat each person who walks through our doors with dignity and love without our wider church family – so on this day of Thanksgiving, First United says we are thankful for each and every one of you.

And a special blessing to Heidi Morgan, our Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator who has been our link to churches for the past year. We are grateful for her love and service – and wish her the very best on her new role that starting this week with the Mood Disorder Association of BC!

Aviva 2018 **FIRST UNITED NEEDS YOUR VOTE** – “Operation Outdoors”

Would you please take a few minutes to vote for First United in an online contest that runs between October 10th and 19th?

We are entering a contest where, if we get enough support from voters, we will be eligible for up to $50,000 in funding. We will use the money to buy a vehicle to take folks out of the urban core and into nature. We have entered twice before, and both times WE WON with the amazing support of people like you!

If the answer is ‘YES’, please click here and sign up to receive reminders to vote. Once the voting starts, we will send you the weblink and instructions:

The folks we work with are deeply-entrenched in the street life of Vancouver, and seldom have the resources or opportunity to enjoy nature. When we are able to bring them into a natural setting – a beach, community and indigenous herbal medicine gardens, a park – the transformation is remarkable. Tremendous healing takes place when folk connect – or in many instances, re-connect – with the natural world.

Here is the place to get a link and a lovely reminder:
If you have any problems, please email me at, or respond to this email.

Click here to see Aviva First United Youtube video.


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 by coming to stay on site and participating in one of our many programs!

Wed Oct 4, 11 & 18, 6:30 – 9 pm: Departure Directions
A three-part workshop series at St. Andrew’s United Church

Participants will explore their relationship with death and begin to craft their own Departure Directions for how they wish to be cared for and remembered after they die.

Sessions are facilitated by Willow co-founders Michelle Pante and Reena Lazar. For a more comprehensive description of the workshop visit here.

Cost is by donation. Come to one, two, or all three sessions.Info/registration: Susan Cowan at

Sat Oct 14, 6-9:30: Fiesta Guatemala @ Lynn Valley United

Building Hope and a new School in Guatemala. Please come and support this worthwhile project and enjoy an evening of community, a latin American feast, entertainment, silent auction, and a great party!

Sponsored by Lynn Valley United Church and World Pilgrim Education. Information at:

Oct 15, 4 pm: Taizé Contemplative Service @ St. Andrew’s United Church

Please join us on Sunday, September 17 at 4 pm for a contemplative candlelight service with beautiful music, Taizé songs accompanied by piano, violin and viola, silences and prayer. Everyone welcome! Info: 604-985-0408 / / 1044 St. George’s Avenue at 10th Street in North Vancouver.

October 29, 4 pm: Jazz Vespers @ St. Andrew’s United Church

Quintessential Jazz will provide musical leadership at St. Andrew’s United Church’s Jazz Vespers on Sunday, October 29at 4 pm. Quintessential brews up a rich blend of best loved jazz standards and stellar original tunes with a fresh modern twist. Band members include Phyllis Heppner (keyboards); Doug Dunbar (guitar and sax); Gerry Teichrob (bass); and Tyler Friesen (drums). Everyone welcome! Info: 604-985-0408 / /

1044 St. George’s Avenue, North Vancouver

Evolve 2017 Registration is Open!

November 10-13.2017. The World Needs Your True Self @ Stillwood Conference Centre
The annual gathering of BC Conference Youth, Young Adults, and Leaders. Grade 7 and up!
More info and registration here.

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


Live music presented by Parkgate Community Services Society, Team Fabulous and the Fabulous First Friday Band. First Friday of the month: October 6, November 3, and December 8, in Mary Hunter Hall at Parkgate Community Centre.
Register in person or by phone 604-983-6350, Member $7, non-member $9

Sat. Oct. 14, 10 am: SHRED IT FOR A CAUSE

Deep Cove Lions Club along with Parkgate Community Services are once again hosting a paper shredding event. Funds raised go to support My Parkgate BREAK, a social day program for seniors living with mild to moderate dementia and offering respite for family caregivers.

**Sun. Oct. 22, 3 pm: Marcus Mosely Chorale Fundraising Concert

Our 7th season is now underway and we’re kicking it off with a Fundraising concert for the Lion’s Gate Gogos Chapter.

African Grandmothers are central to the life of their communities. With almost no support they have stepped forward to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS. Canadians have raised more than $24 million for African grandmothers through the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. Resources from the Campaign are invested directly at community level with grassroots organizations that provide grandmothers and the children in their care with supports that include food, educational supplies, uniforms and school fees, medical care and more. The Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is a dynamic movement of thousands of grandmothers and grand “others” belonging to 240 grandmothers groups across Canada and now beyond into Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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



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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