Mt Seymour United Weekly eNews


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This Sunday Service
Join us this Sunday at 10 am as we journey into the seventh and final week of the Season of Easter. Anne Ellis will be sharing ‘Stories from the Holy Places’ as she experienced them on her recent trip to Israel and Palestine. The Scripture Reading is John 21.

Afterwards, plan to stay for a second hour as Anne talks about ‘Human Rights in the Holy Land’.

Next Sunday June 4 is Pentecost! We will be celebrating baptisms, affirmations of faith and new members with adults and youth. Wear red!

Friday May 26: All Ages Games Night

Come join us for our popular all-ages Games Night on Friday May 26, 6:30 – 9 pm. We have games for all ages and abilities. Invite some friends, and come have a good time!Refreshments served, $5 drop-in fee appreciated.

Whitecaps Faith and Family Night Saturday June 3

Saturday June 3, 2:30 pm at BC Place is Whitecaps Faith and Family night . Cheer on the ‘Caps as they play Atlanta United, for only $27 all-in. After the match, you are welcome to attend a post-match worship session and a message of faith delivered by Whitecaps FC forward Fredy Montero.

Last year, several people from our congregation attended as a group, but this year they’ve organized it so that people can simply purchase their tickets individually using the link:, and promo code ‘FAITH2017’.

Living Room Peer Support Group

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 Thursday June 1.

Christmas in June
As a response to First United Church’s urgent need for food during the summer months our Mission and Outreach Team will once again be sponsoring Christmas is June. Grocery bags and a list of needed food and toiletry items are available at the Action Table for you to take home and fill with the items. Hunger doesn’t take a holiday during the summer when many of us will be away. Thanks in advance for supporting this worthwhile project, which is organized by the Mission and Outreach Team.

Save the date for our annual Chicken BBQ and Picnic!
On June 11th we will be hosting this popular family-friendly event, which will follow our Gospel Sunday Service with Marcus Mosely and Dominique Hogan. Gospel Choir rehearsal will be held Thursday June 8 at 7:30 pm.

Camp Spirit Registration is Open!
We are delighted to be hosting Camp Spirit again this summer: July 31 to August 4, 2017. More information and registration at

TWECS Trip – Dr. Kathy McKay

This July, long time congregation member Katherine McKay, along with her daughter Delaney and the TWECS team, will be traveling to Peru to offer eye care services to those that need it most. If you’re interested in supporting this Third World Eye Care Society (TWECS) project, please check out their website at or contact Katherine M. directly.

Update on Remits

A few weeks ago, many of you attended our second hour where we discussed the proposed remits to change the Basis of Union. Five of those remits must be voted on by both pastoral charges and presbyteries.

At its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday evening, the council was informed they are the body responsible for voting on the remits on behalf of our pastoral charge. It is therefore not necessary to call a congregational meeting to vote on these matters. We encourage everyone in the congregation to read about the remits on the United Church website (details here), and to speak to any members of the Council about comments or concerns you might have. Council will be voting on the remits at their next meeting on June 14th.

Office closures over the next few weeks

The administration office will be closed for a few days over the coming weeks, due to vacation time and staff planning sessions. The office will be closed Thursday and Friday May 25 and 26, Friday June 2, as well as Thursday and Friday June 8 and 9. Office volunteer Heather Woolstone will be in the office on Friday mornings from approx 10 am – 11:30 am if you need some assistance.

Sharon Stevens

Church Administrator




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 Lectio Divinia – cancelled May 19
Sunday 10 am Worship with Children’s Community

Dates to Remember
Fri May 26 6:30 – 9 pm All-Ages Games Night
Thurs Jun 1 7:00 pm
Living Room Peer Support Circle
Mon Jun 5 7:30 pm Meditation

Thurs Jun 8 7:30 pm Gospel Choir Rehearsal
Sun Jun 11 10 am Gospel Sunday Service (rehearsal 9 am)
11 am Annual BBQ Picnic and Games
Mon Jun 12 7:30 pm
Ignatian Spirituality Circle
Fri Jun 16 7:00 pm Deep Cove Coffee House
Mon Jun 19 7:30 pm Soul Collage®

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)

· Hats
· Sunglasses
· Summer clothes: shorts and t-shirts
· Sunscreen/after sun lotion
· Bottled water

Please contact Heidi Morgan at or by calling 604-681-8365 ext 116, if you can help.


Please join us in prayer for sun all day and a successful tournament on Monday. We hope to see you there!


Fri May 26, 7:30pm@ Lynn Valley United: Defying Gravity Concert

Defying Gravity is a concert to raise funds and awareness for refugees and newcomers who identify as GLBTQ or are HIV+ who have fled homes where being their true selves is a crime punishable by prison or death.

All funds collected will go to the Vancouver charitable organization ‘Rainbow Refugee’ to support and integrate refugee claimants as they settle into new lives.

Tickets and more info through the church website here.

Sun May 28 @ 4 pm: Jazz Vesper at St. Andrew’s United

Angela Verbrugge Quartet will be the featured performers at St. Andrew’s United Church’s Jazz Vespers on Sunday, May 28 at 4 pm. Angela Verbrugge (vocals), Mike Allen (saxophone), Dan Reynolds (piano) and Steve Smith (bass) perform beautiful jazz and popular standards that take you on a journey from heartbreak to the incredible human experience of new love and true love. Everyone welcome! Info: 604-985-0408 / /

Sun Jun 4, 7:30 pm @ MSUC: Pro Nova Ensemble Concert

F. J. Haydn: String Quartet Op. 20, No. 5
D. Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3
E. Elgar: Piano Quintet, Op. 84*
*Rosemary O’Connor, piano

Tickets by donation at the door.

Sat June 17, :30 am – 2 pm : 12th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic

St. Andrew’s Park (and gym), 11th Street at St. George’s Avenue in North Vancouver
Grab your favourite teddy bear and join in the fun! St. Andrew’s United Church invites the public to attend its annual Teddy Bear Picnic on Saturday, June 17th from 10:30 am – 2 pm, rain or shine, at St. Andrew’s Park .
The event is free and features a variety of entertainment for everyone including Music with Marnie, face-painting by Looking Glass face painters, Jump for Joy bouncy castle, clowns Dilly & Donna—and the ever- popular Teddy Bear Clinic,Teddy Bear cookie decorating, storytelling, arts and crafts, concession stand, and much more! Everyone welcome!
Info: 604-985-0408 / /

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

Art for Non Artists @ HOpe Centre

Create! Art for Everyone! Art for Non Artists is a drop in group where you can make your individual Art while connecting with other people. Wednesdays 3:30 – 5 pm. 1337 St. Andrew’s Ave, North Van.

Everyone is welcome. No Registration Required. More info here

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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