FIRST UNITED CHURCH – CURRENT NEEDS:

Hats, sunglasses, summer clothes: shorts & t-shirts, sunscreen/after-sun lotion, bottled water.

Welcome to First United’s new Director

We welcome The Reverend Jim Hatherly to First United as our Director of Community Ministry! Jim returns to Vancouver from Manitoba where he served as a prison chaplain for the past seven years. Over his 34 years as a United Church Minister, Jim has been challenged to abandon his assumptions about where The Holy is predictably housed and to remember that the streets are also the church.

PSYCHOLOGY OF APOCALYPTIC THINKING – May 23rd, 7:00 pm

Dr. Lionel Corbett of the Pacifica Graduate Institute in California will discuss the “Psychology of Apocalyptic Thinking, Fundamentalism and Religious Violence.” Anxious about war, disruptive world orders, extremism, and climate change? Looking for hope? Religious traditions and popular culture have much to say! Free lecture, VST, Chapel of the Epiphany.

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!

CAREGIVING: A BALANCING ACT – June 9th – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

All caregivers, whether you are caring for a family member, spouse, sibling or friend, can benefit from this day-long symposium on end-of-life caregiving. Put on by the Side by Side Family & Caregiver Support Group, it is also for professional care providers or those who work with older adults. Pre-registration is online: sidebysidecare.org and the deadline is June 1st (COST: $50.00.) Includes continental breakfast, morning coffee break, lunch, and 3 guest speakers. Quality Hotel Conference Centre, Abbotsford, BC.

RE-ENVISIONING THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE – June 8th & 9th

An invitation to people in the second half of life to explore the source of their faith in the context of their lived experience. It is based on the conviction that people can avoid merely age-ing and choose instead to cultivate wisdom (sage-ing) by consciously choosing how they want to live their later years. Led by Maria and Michael Morwood, the retreat focuses on the link between inner wisdom and a contemporary Christian Evolutionary spirituality. Cost: $115. Please bring lunch, refreshments are provided.

Canadian Memorial Church, Centre for Peace, 1806 W 15th & Burrard in Vancouver.

Registration: earthliteracies@gmail.com.

THE PRACTICE AND THEOLOGY OF MENTORING – June 20th to 22nd

In critical moments in our lives mentors can provide just the assurance, inspiration, and guidance we need to flourish. In this workshop we will explore the skills and practices that make us effective mentors; reflect on key themes of mentoring in worship; and examine biblical friendship through the mentoring framework. Taught by Mardi Tindal of the Centre for Courage and Renewal and Tim Scorer of the Pacific Jubilee Program in Spiritual Direction. Musical leadership by Rev. Alan Claassen. Cost $275; Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre, Maple Ridge. More info online: leadershiftbcc.ca.

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.

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