This Sunday, March 15 at 10am – Sunday Worship – Lent 3
Our Lenten series “Entering The Passion of Jesus – Picturing Ourselves in the Story” continues this Sunday with: The Teaching: Risking Challenge, Scripture readings: Matthew 22: 18-21.
Pastoral Letter from Rev. Nancy and Rev. Carla re: COVID-19
Dear Friends, March 12, 2020
It has been quite a newsworthy week with so much information coming our way about the spread of COVID-19. We wanted to let you know about precautions we are taking at the church to keep those who come into our building safe, as well as ways for us to stay connected when choosing not to come. Last month our youth reminded us “We are the Body of Christ. When one member suffers we all suffer. Stronger parts of the Body must support the weaker parts.” We hope that we will be able to stay collectively strong as we move through this health crisis and work to deter the further spread of the disease.
Given the recent recommendations made to faith communities by the Premier, the Minister of Health and the BC Chief Medical Officer, the following protocols have been put in place for now to be adjusted as needed:
In relationship to our Sunday Morning Worshipping Community:
1: Those who are sick are asked to stay home.
– Both Highlands United and West Vancouver United livestream their services on Sunday mornings.
You can find information about joining them here: Highlands Online and West Vancouver United.
– We have also included a resource for connecting with our Lenten theme by clicking here.
– We are currently working on a phone tree should the situation arise where we are not able to gather in our building.
– In the meantime, if you wish a call from the Ministry Staff please contact Rev. Nancy (604-929-4114) or Rev. Carla (604-340-4009)
2. Practice social distancing.
– Refrain from shaking hands and giving hugs. We will pass the peace with a bow to who are in closest proximity to us on Sunday.
– When attending worship leave a space between you and those around you.
– The offering will be received at the door when you are leaving the sanctuary.
You can also make donations to the church through e-transfer to the office or through the Canada Helps button on our website.
– The ministry staff will be at the door to greet you but will not shake hands.
3. Practice safe hygiene.
– Wash your hands with soap and water (at least 15-20 seconds) Avoid touching your face.
– Note that the sanctuary pews, café tables and chairs and door handles of the church and washrooms are being regularly sanitized.
– Coffee and tea will be served after worship. Self-service will be suspended for the time being.
In relationship to the Thrift Shop:
1. Volunteers who are sick are asked to stay home.
2. Gloves are to be worn when processing goods, working the cash etc.
3. The number of customers allowed in the shop at one time will be reduced by half.
4. The Tea Shoppe will serve coffee and tea only, free of charge. (Café tables and chairs will be disinfected before opening)
5. The Management team is discussing measures to be put in place should we need to close the shop for a time.
6. Please contact Rev. Carla if you are needing any pastoral support. Contact info: (604) 340-4009 or firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Wash, wash, wash your hands!
In relationship to Wider Community Events:
1. The Deep Cove Coffee House has been cancelled for the month of March
2. The Alzheimer Café has been cancelled for the month of March
3. All other events including weekly book study will proceed as planned until further notice
The Church Council is meeting this evening and we will be discussing any further plans we feel might be prudent to make. We will keep you informed of anything urgent.
Finally, as a community steeped in practices of prayer and service, let us keep one another and the wider community in our thoughts and prayers, especially those who have been infected, the family of our first death due to the virus in BC and our health care providers. Let us stay calm, continue to do what we best and “do not be afraid.” We are not alone.
May blessings abound in these challenging times and always,
Rev. Nancy and Rev. Carla
Strong Able-Bodied People Needed!
Shed Volunteers: Monday-Friday 4:30pm-7pm
Shed volunteers sort incoming donations, keep the donation shed organized, and restock supplies for shop volunteers to price.
Please email Thrift Shop Manager, Alexis Doss at: email@example.com
Sustainable Community Development in a Third World Country – 10:45am, Friday, March 13 at Cedar Springs
Lynda Kearns has been a social worker in Tanzania for ‘just shy of twenty years’. Her project, Vijaliwa Vingi, now includes a residential facility for children in dangerous circumstances, a growing school that now includes four pre-primary levels and grades 1-3; farming activities including chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, two dairy cows, fruit trees, root crops, etc.; and varied adult education activities.
Lunch is served to over 140 people on weekdays. There are some 20 employees on 20 acres of farmland, 60 kilometres from Dar es Salaam.
The project receives no funds from either the Tanzanian or Canadian governments. It has been financed by donations from Canadians in the Vancouver and Sunshine Coast areas, and is gradually moving towards self-sufficiency with contributions from school fees and farm produce; in fact, a true social enterprise.
But Lynda makes the point that economic sustainability must be matched with social sustainability, and this project, independently managed in a African third world country, is a fascinating example.
You are invited to come and participate in a discussion with Lynda Kearns and Patrick Brown at Cedar Springs on Friday, March 13 at 10:45am. Cedar Springs is located at 3633 Mount Seymour Parkway in North Vancouver.
Women’s Breakfast – Saturday, March 14 at 9am
Newcomers are welcome to join the Women’s Breakfast group every other Saturday morning at 9am. Please call Mardi Joughin at 604-929-4680 for further information.
Upcoming dates: Mar 28, Apr 11, Apr 25
Men’s Breakfast – Saturday, March 21 at 8am
Newcomers are welcome to join the Men’s Breakfast group for a hearty breakfast every other Saturday morning at 8am.
Contact: Alan Furniss: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Upcoming dates: Mar 28, Apr 4
Morning Sacred Pause – Mon, Tues & Wed at 8:45-9am
Rev. Carla is offering a “Sacred Pause” for some moments of quiet reflection.
We gather for a short reading followed by some contemplation and conversation to ready your mind, heart and body to go about your day.
This is open to everyone – Thrift Shop Volunteers, congregation and community.
Meet at 8:45-9am in the church sanctuary on Mondays and Tuesday and the library on Wednesdays.
Jubilee Choir Rehearsal – Thursday, March 19 at 7:30pm
Marcus Mosely leads the community choir in songs of freedom, resistance, restoration and reconciliation.
Upcoming Jubilee Choir Sundays: March 22, April 12
Email for more information: email@example.com
Alzheimer Cafe, Mount Seymour United – Saturday, March 21 – 2-4pm – CANCELLED
Living Room – Tuesday, March 24 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.
Meetings take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7pm.
Upcoming meetings: Apr 14, Apr 28
Night of Games! – Friday, March 27 at 7pm
Let the games begin! Join us for a ‘Night of Games’. All ages are welcome.
Contact Anne Ellis for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming date: Apr 24
The Work of Byron Katie – Monday, March 30 at 7:00pm
Those with previous experience practicing The Work of Byron Katie may participate in this peer-led practice group.
Upcoming dates: Apr 27, May 25, June 29
MTSUC Thrift Shop Grad Event is Back – Starting April 4
This year we will be holding our Grad Event every Saturday, starting April 4 from 12pm to 4pm and Thursdays 11am-8pm
Join us on Sat. April 4 for a fashion show, and a professional makeup artist will be providing make-up tips and makeovers.
Check out our great selection of grad dresses, shoes, suits and jewelry.
We greatly appreciate donations of grad dresses, suits, accessories and shoes for this event.
Meditation – Monday, April 6 at 7:00pm
Through silent and guided meditations, we encourage the development of mindful awareness of our own thoughts, feelings and sensations.
Upcoming dates: May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug 12
Spring Clean Up – Saturday, April 26 – 9am – 3pm
Mark your calendars to come and help with the Spring Clean Up on Saturday, April 26 from 9am – 3pm. Lunch will be provided.
Annual General Meeting – Sunday, May 3 at 11:15am
The Annual General Meeting is now confirmed for Sunday, May 3 after worship. Please join us for lunch and the meeting at 11:15am.
Please forward all reports for the Annual Report to Cindy in the administration office at email@example.com, no later than Friday, March 13