Weekly News for July 5


~ Nurturing Spirit
~ Being Community
~ Living Generously

Beguiled by Beauty: Cultivating a Life of Contemplation & Compassion
This morning we continue our series with the theme ‘The Beauty of a World Without a “Why.”

The scripture reading is Song of Songs 4: 1-7

Rev. Carla recorded the service, and our music minister, Julian Pattison, provided music. Click on this link or on the image above to join in worship by viewing the video  https://youtu.be/yFgw8XZIPXk

Zoom link for coffee hour via video at 11am (further instructions near the bottom of this email):    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89544984147?pwd=SnhBbk1JbzRUcE8vMkFQcTVZQ1gwZz09
Meeting ID: 895 4498 4147 Password: 702111

For a link to the sermon text, please click here:
http://mtseymourunited.com/july-5-2020-sermon-and-worship-link-song-of-songs-41-7-rev-carla-wilks/

We invite you to prepare a worship space in your home.  You could place a candle, and light it at the same time that we do during the service.  Perhaps place a special object nearby, grab a cup of tea or something else that might make your surroundings feel sacred.

There are some at-home materials for each week of this series.  Click on this link for the materials:  http://mtseymourunited.com/wp-content/uploads/At-Home-Preparations-Beguiled-by-Beauty.pdf


Summer Worship:
Online worship will continue through the summer months, followed by Zoom Coffee Hour

July 5/12:  Beguiled By Beauty series continues with Rev. Carla
July 19/26: Rev. Wade Lifton guest preaching, Rev. Carla presiding
August 2: Marcus Mosely guest preaching, Rev. Carla presiding
August 9/16:  Worship with Highlands United Church, access details to follow
August 23/30: Rev. Nancy preaching and presiding

Rev. Nancy will be on holiday and study leave for July and returning to work August 17.  Rev. Carla will be on holiday for the month of August.  Rev. Lorraine Ashdown from St. Andrews Wesley United will provide emergency pastoral care from August 2-16.


Survey Regarding In-Person Worship in the Fall
The Council is exploring the possibility of returning to in-person worship in September.  The Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has made it clear that until there is a vaccine or community immunity, in-person gatherings will be capped at 50 people and physical distancing protocols must be followed.  The Pacific Mountain Region of the National Church is not recommending a return to in-person worship until at least September.  Church gatherings are currently rated one of the highest risk activities for the spread of Covid-19.

Please note that if we do return to gathering in person in the Fall, the Council will be coming up with creative ways to accommodate those who wish to return, as well as continuing to offer online opportunities for worship.  It should be noted that because singing is considered a high-risk activity, any in-person worship would not include communal singing or the sharing of communion in our usual format.  We would also need to record the names of those in attendance for possible contact tracing.

Over the summer we will be contacting you through our phone tree to ask you three questions:  Would you return to in-person worship if it was offered? Would you participate in a small group in-person gathering?  and What are you missing most about church?


The Thrift Shop is OPEN!
The Thrift Shop reopened yesterday!! Our first day was a great success, and our new safety protocols ran very smoothly.  It was a great trial run for our first full week this week.
We ask customers to please wear a mask in the shop, practice physical distancing and use hand sanitizer.
NOTE: NO PUBLIC WASHROOMS
No jewelry sales
There’s an outdoor shop and the regular indoor shop (the new entrance is around the back side of the church…northeast corner beside the playground)

Thursdays: 11 am –  4 pm
Fridays: SENIORS ONLY 11 pm – 4 pm
Saturdays: 11 am – 4 pm


Our Thrift Shop is Accepting Donations!

The small woodshed will be open Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 4 pm.

Our new temporary white storage bin will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 am to 7 pm.

Please make sure that your donations are in closed bags or closed containers.
We ask that you do not leave donations outside of shed hours.

Thank you, your donations are greatly appreciated!


Do you Have Any of These that We Could Have or Borrow?


If you have any concrete blocks similar to the image above that the church could have or borrow (for the summer), could you please email let Rev. Carla know?  
wilkscarla@gmail.com or 604 340 4009. We can arrange for pick-up in North Vancouver, as we don’t want anyone to get hurt lifting them!   


Readers and Candle Lighters
If you are interested in participating in our worship service by acknowledging the land or lighting the candle in your home, please contact Rev. Carla wilkscarla@gmail.com  You will need a recording device (cell phone works great) and the ability to send the video via either iCloud, OneDrive, DropBox, Google Drive, as the video is usually too large to email directly.  There are instructions to help walk you through the steps. 

 





Sunday Morning “Coffee Hour” 11am – Every Sunday 
Each Sunday at our regular coffee time we gather for a “virtual coffee hour” via Zoom video/phone.  We encourage you to try it out, either by calling in or joining via video with your computer/iPad/smartphone as we gather again this Sunday.
 We gather for a check in – how we are doing, and then we usually answer a question that is often related to the theme of worship.

You can join by phoning in to this phone number 778 907 2071 and then entering the meeting ID 895 4498 4147 followed by the # sign. You may have to also enter a  Password: 702111.  You can also join with video from your computer (with webcam), smartphone, iPad or tablet by clicking on this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89544984147?pwd=SnhBbk1JbzRUcE8vMkFQcTVZQ1gwZz09

Meeting ID: 895 4498 4147 Password: 702111

When you click on that link, you will be instructed to download an app on your phone or iPad, or some software on your computer (if you haven’t used Zoom before).
If you phone in to the phone number and you can’t get through, there are several other numbers you can try – just make sure you enter the same Meeting ID once you connect (see below).
587 328 1099 Canada
647 374 4685 Canada
647 558 0588 Canada
438 809 7799 Canada

Meeting ID: 895 4498 4147
Password: 702111

If you have any trouble or need some help, please contact Rev Carla 604 340 4009 wilkscarla@gmail.com


Making Your Offering

Our expenses continue even while programming and worship services can no longer be in-person as before.  For a video message from Ward Branch, a member of our Finance Team, please click the above picture or here.  Our church Council made the decision at our last Council meeting to continue paying all staff at this time even though this pandemic is affecting our regular activities.  As the Thrift Shop is closed, we do not have the weekly income from the weekly sales, so please continue to send your offering if possible, as a cheque in the mail, or via e-transfer to
 mtsuc@shaw.ca or via the donate button on our website.  As always, we thank those of you who make your offerings to the church through Pre-authorized remittance (PAR).  If you are able to increase your PAR givings during this time, you can e-mail Fay Butterfield at fbutterfield@shaw.ca
Changes to your existing PAR can be emailed to Fay, but if you would like to start donating by PAR, you need to
 print this form and fill it out. Be sure to indicate that it is for Mount Seymour United Church in North Vancouver, BC.  Please mail it directly to the PAR Administrator at the national church office.  Her address is:  
Rose Cambourne
The United Church of Canada
8 Switzer Street
New Lowell, ON
L0M 1N0

Thank you for continuing to support Mount Seymour United Church during these challenging days.

Phone Tree
We have set up a phone tree.  If you have not received a phone call from someone at the church and would like to, please email Rev Carla <wilkscarla@gmail.com>

Pastoral Call
If you would like a pastoral call from Carla, please let us know via phone or email. 

Live-Stream Worship Sunday Morning
Highlands United and St Andrew’s Wesley United are doing a live-stream worship together each Sunday morning at 10am.  You can join in here: Highlands Online 

We are Happy to Hear from You!

Rev. Nancy Talbot – Lead Minister –  nancytalbot@shaw.ca   604-929-4114

Rev. Carla Wilks – Associate Minister –  wilkscarla@gmail.com   604-340-4009

Anne Ellis – Children and Families Minister  – annerell@gmail.com

Cindy Nelms – Office Administrator  – mtsuc@shaw.ca   604-929-1336

Alexis Doss – Thrift Shop Manager – mtseymourthriftshop@gmail.com  604-339-4399

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