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This Sunday Service at 10 am – Advent Two

This is the second week of Advent when we continue making preparations to enter the mystery of Christmas. Our Advent theme “Where the Light Gets In: Hope for Living in Dark Times” will be explored during worship through reflection on John 1: 6-8, 19-28. The Living Room group will light the candle of Peace on our Advent Wreath and we will gather at table to share communion.

The Giving Tree

Each year we support the First United Church on the downtown Eastside and North Shore Youth Safe House by filling our Giving Tree with the following items. Donations can be dropped off throughout Advent, up to December 23.

First United Church:
Socks and Underwear
Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
Regular and Travel-sized Deodorants
Packs of Razors
Gloves and Mitts (the inexpensive stretchy ones are great)
Rain Ponchos

North Shore Youth Safe House:
Christmas Cards with a Special Message
$5-10 Gift Cards (Safeway, Subway, Tim Horton’s, Starbucks)
Cineplex Movie Gift Cards
$10 Pre-loaded Compass Cards
$15-$20 Walmart Gift Card
PJ Pants (L/XL for boys and S/M for Girls)
Track Pants
Hoodies for Boys
Make-up Kits or Pamper Kits for Girls

Living Room Peer Support GroupLiving 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 meetings are December 7, December 21

Monday Night Spiritual Practices

Meditation with Sharon Brain – Monday December 4

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

  1. Meditation with Sharon Brain, December 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, December 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, December 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.

All-Ages Games Day – Friday December 29
Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 5:00 pm.

Join us for our popular all-ages Games Day on Friday December 29, 1:00 – 5:00 pm and play some board games in the Café.
We have games for all ages and abilities. Invite some friends, and come have a good time!
Refreshments served, $5 drop-in fee appreciated.

The Season of Christmas and Advent

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped with the Turkey Lunch, Bake Sale and
Thrift Shop last week!

Thank you to everyone who made generous donations to raise money for a new roof and heating system for the church. The campaign is now ended and we look forward to replacing the roof in the spring.

Star Gifts!
Those who attended our Epiphany worship service this year each received a “star gift.” Each star had a word written on it with an invitation to let the word guide, inspire or challenge your living for the year. Do you still have the star gift you received? Do you have a story to tell about your “gift.” We will be handing out star gifts on Epiphany Sunday again this year (January 7th.) We are looking for people who are willing to share something about their gift. Please email or speak with Rev. Nancy or Carla.

Join the Christmas Choir!
Rehearsals begin after service on Sundays. The choir will sing during worship on December 17, and at the Christmas Eve 7:00 pm service.

Play in the
Christmas Band!
All ages and abilities invited to join. Practices are after church on Sunday. The band will play during worship on December 17.
Email Mary Sparks at for more information.

Soul-FULL Supper
December 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm – Welcoming the Light.
An all ages, community pot luck dinner, followed by interactive spiritual practices to welcome the light and celebrate Christmas.

Blue Christmas Service
Wednesday, December 20 at 7:00 pm
Quiet music, prayer and candle lighting for those who are grieving or struggling with the season.
Led by Rev. Nancy with music by Marcus Mosley and Julian Pattison.
Refreshments after the service hosted by the Living Room Peer Support Group and Caring Connections Team.

Sundays in Advent
December 10: Advent 3 JOY with Gospel Choir and guest preacher Rev. Jim Hatherly from First United Church
December 17: Advent 4 LOVE with Christmas Choir and Band
December 24:
10:00 am: NO SERVICE
4:00 pm: For the Young and Young at Heart
7:00 pm: Traditional Candle Light Service

Advent Crafting Station
Children who come to the thrift shop with their grownups are invited to make a Christmas craft while their grownups shop. Of course, all shoppers are welcome to make a craft as well.
December 7, 14, & 21 from 2:30 – 5:00 pm.

Thrift Shop Hours

December 21: Christmas goodies and free coffee and tea in the Café 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

December 28: Thrift Shop CLOSED

January 4, 2018: Thrift Shop OPEN

Cindy Nelms

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 open, sorting and pricing
2:30 – 5 pm Children’s Advent Crafting Station
Friday 9:15 am Sacred Word Meditation (aka Lectio Divina)
Sunday 10 am Worship with Children’s Community

Dates to Remember

Thurs Dec 7 7:00 pm The Living Room
Thurs Dec 7 7:30 pm Gospel Choir Practise
Sun Dec 10 10 am Gospel Choir Sunday
Sun Dec 17 5:30 pm Soul-Full Supper
Wed Dec 20 7 pm Blue Christmas Service
December 24 No 10 am service
Christmas Eve 4 pm For the Young and Young at Heart
7 pm Traditional Candle Light Service

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?

First United Church


– Jackets – Toques – Gloves – Rain ponchos

– Sweaters – Blankets – Mitts

Please contact Heidi Morgan at or by calling 604-681-8365 ext 116 if you can help with any of this. Many thanks!


This Christmas, we will be serving a beautiful turkey dinner for up to 350 hungry people on the Downtown Eastside. You can help, with donations in any quantities of:

· Fruit pies (40)

· Turkeys (45)

· Potatoes (150lbs)

· Brussels sprouts (75lbs)

· Cranberry sauce (10l.)

Email for more information.


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

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: December 8, in Mary Hunter Hall at Parkgate Community Centre.
Register in person or by phone 604-983-6350, Member $7, non-member $9

Supporting Gifts with Vision Project; ‘Remove Barriers to Education’
United Church Giving Catalogue supports Mission and Service partners across Canada and worldwide.

Partners Women for Change (Zambia), Kenya Alliance for Advancement of Children’s Rights, and United Church of Christ (Philippines) ensure girls and boys can access local education. In this way, they improve children’s and families’ lives and support sustainable development.
December 3rd – Candy Canes by Donation
December 17th – Cookie Bake Sale

For more information: visit

Marcus Mosley Chorale – ‘I SEE THE STAR’
Saturday December 16 7:30 PM
Mount Seymour United Church

For Tickets: visit or call hotline: 604-770-1088
The star of Bethlehem was a very public and visible announcement of an amazing event; it also served as a point of reference for the three wise sojourners to guide them to that event. During the 1800’s another star served as a guide-in this case for some 300 people who followed the North Star into Canada to free slavery.
These are troubled times. The star inspires hope, offers light in the darkness and is a call for the heart to look up and find inspiration. It’s a symbol that is not only relevant at this time of year, but a reminder that we can choose to follow a pathway of compassion and love.
The ‘I See The Star’ Concert features a gospel twist to some old Christmastime favourites, as well as some brand-new material to reflect the theme of the evening. The show includes several song from Marchs Mosely’s recently release CD “Labour of Love”, which is up for several Canadian Gospel Music Association awards.

Do you want to help seniors in your neighborhood safely get out of their homes this winter? Volunteer as a Better at Home Snow Angel today!
Contact: Elaine Smith, Volunteer Coordinator
Email: or call 604-982-3307

Pandora’s Vox & Espiritu – ONLY JOY ALOUD!
Songs to warm the hear and lift the spirit!
Friday December 1, 8:00 PM
Saturday December 2, 7:30 PM
Kay Meek Theatre, West Vancouver
Tickets: or call box office: 604-981-6335

Universal Gospel Choir – PEACE ON EARTH
Directed by Lonnie Delisle
With guest performers THE SHOWSTOPPERS
Saturday December 9, 3 PM
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Chris Ronald Trio

December 25, 2017, 7:30 PM
Mount Seymour United Church
$12.00 (include coffee and home-baked goodies)

We are looking for a few youth volunteers who are available to help our student, Frances Kitson run the Advent Crafting Table.
Children who come to the thrift shop with their grownups will be invited to make a Christmas craft while their grownups are shopping.
Of course, all shoppers are welcome to make a craft as well.
December 7, 14, & 21 from 2:30 – 5:00 pm.
Youth are invited to help out on any of the dates and for whatever time period they are available.
Email: Frances Kitson: or Anne Ellis:

Vancouver Orpheus Male Choir – Nowell! Nowell! Christmas Concert
With Special Guests: St. Thomas Aquinas Chamber Choir
Tuesday December 12, 2017, 7:30 PM
Mount Seymour United Church
Tickets: or call info line: 604-515-5686

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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