FIRST UNITED CHURCH – CURRENT NEEDS:

Polysporin, Shampoo, Hand/body lotion, Polident, Men’s underwear, Men’s gloves, Towels,  Sewing kits (small), Ear plugs

Did you Know?

Every day people come to First United with urgent clothing needs. Perhaps because what they have on is soiled, insufficient or their shoes have been stolen while they were sleeping outside.

FROM CATACOMBS TO CHRISTENDOM: Spiritual Pilgrimage – April 27th to May 13th

Join the Rev. Dr. R. Gerald Hobbs and the Rev. Dr. Lynne E. McNaughton on a spiritual journey in Central Italy. The pilgrimage begins and ends in the ancient city of Rome. The journey will encompass the imperial city of Ravenna and its splendid 6th C. mosaics, the town of Assisi with a study of St’s. Francis and Clare and the Tuscan city of Siena, following the ministry of St. Catherine. More details can be found on the Spiritual Pilgrim website (http://www.spiritual-pilgrimage.com) or contact Linda Lee Henriksen (pilgrimage@telus.net)

NARAMATA IS OPEN AGAIN!

Naramata Centre is open and offering over 40 programs this Spring, Summer, and Fall! Check their website: www.naramatacentresociety.org/programs to see our Programs flyer and to watch for program and accommodation registration. You can also come and just be at the Centre without taking a program. Come, join us at the Centre this year!

BC CONFERENCE UNITED CHURCH WOMEN

Annual General Meeting: Thursday, April 27th, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at Golden Ears United Church (22165 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge)

“UCW…the thread that connects”

LENTEN LUNCHES 2017 – Wednesdays during Lent

Jubilee United Church, Burnaby – 7591 Gray Ave. (at Rumble St.) Each noon hour session begins with soup and a bun at a cost of $5.00. Proceeds from this lunch will go to help providing a relief from food poverty in the area. The Noon Hour Lenten Lunch program was initiated by Ray Sadler, former minister of South Burnaby UC, as an opportunity to share across denominational lines in the season of Lent that is important to the whole Christian Family. In this season of preparation, come and celebrate God’s presence. For more information 604-434-8323/office@jubilee-uc.ca.

INSPIRE CONFERENCE 2017 – April 28th & 29th

“To be inspired is great; to inspire is incredible”

Education, community, and ministry for Leaders of Children, Youth, Young Adults and Families! Connection, education, and community building for the Ministry of Contemplative Justice in Faith Communities! Workshops, keynote speakers, inspire groups, worship, a celebratory party on Friday night, and a gathering of beautiful community awaits you.

For more information and pricing visit the website (http://www.inspireconference.ca/).

St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church, Vancouver, BC.

EMBRACING THE SPIRIT NETWORK

This new e-newsletter will help you stay in touch with the Embracing the Spirit network, find out about new United Church ministry initiatives, and connect with the exciting, innovative work happening in faith communities around the country! Find out more and sign up http://www.united-church.ca/community-faith/being-community/embracing-spirit.

MANIFEST MEN’S RETREST – April 28th to 30th

Join Manifest at Stillwood Retreat Centre – 100 acres bordering on provincial park land near Chilliwack, overlooking Cultus Lake and enveloped in majestic trees ̶ for a time of rest and refreshment, conversation and prayer, in the company of other men.

For more information and to register, check out the Manifest website: www.manifestonline.org.

NATIONAL UCW 55TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – July 10th to 14th

BC Conference UCW will host this gathering being held on the UBC campus. The plenary speaker, Ann Mortifee, will bring alive the theme, “Celebrating Spirit”, as well as a day of enrichment sessions. There will be a Gala Evening banquet with the Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell as guest speaker. Brochures are available in our foyer; register by May 1st.

RENDEZVOUS 2017 – August 16th to 19th

Rendez-Vous 2017 is a United Church of Canada national gathering for youth, young adults, and their leaders. It is an opportunity to come together and worship, dream, and connect with one another. Participants will take part in inspired and powerful worship, listen to engaging and relevant speakers, participate in workshops and exposure trips, and create community with peers from across this country. It will be held at the Concordia University in Montreal. Early bird prices until May 30. There will be a bus driving cross-Canada for 13 to 18 yr olds from Vancouver to Montreal.

Contact Lesley Fairley for more info: minister.children@geuccan.com