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February 16, 2020

The Reverend Cari Copeman-Haynes from Crossroads United Church in Delta will be leading worship this Sunday.  

Cari has been sharing in spiritual leadership with Crossroads United Church since before its birth by amalgamation in 2009. One of the many adventures she has embarked on with the Crossroads community was the decision to become an Affirming Ministry (which happened in 2016). Cari is interested to observe, participate in, and try to lead the dynamics of identity-formation in the congregation, as we deepen into God's hospitality and compassion together. She is honoured to exchange pulpits with Janice in order to open up the Affirming story of Crossroads with the Peninsula congregation. 

Rev. Janice is delighted to exchange pulpits with Cari and speak about the journey of Reconciliation between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Isaiah 53: 3-8  Acts 8: 26-40  
10 am Worship at Cafe Church
God promised Abram & Sarai that they would become a Great Family, even though they didn't have any children yet, and they were getting old! Come and wonder with Susan about how God's promise was true, and how we are all part of the Great Family. 

Events this Week
(* = weekly events)
Sunday, February 16
* Sunday Worship - 10 am - Crescent Site - Pulpit Exchange with Crossroads United Church
  * Cafe Church   - 10 am - ThirdSpace (1381 George St.) Susan Zwick
Monday, February 17 - Family Day (office closed)
Affirming Ministry - 2 pm  - Sunnyide Site - Meeting Room
The Universal Christ Book Study - 7 pm - Crescent Site - Narthex
Tuesday, February 18
*Sit & Stitch - 7 pm - ThirdSpace (1381 George St.) 
Wednesday, February 19
*The Third Café - 10 am - ThirdSpace (1381 George St.) 
*Conversation Café - 10:30 am - ThirdSpace (1381 George St.) 
*Ukulele Ensemble - 6 pm - Crescent Site, Sanctuary 
*Choir - 7 pm - Crescent Site - Sanctuary
*Entering the Silence - 7 pm - ThirdSpace (1381 George St.)
*Conscious Connections - 7 pm - ThirdSpace (1381 George St.) 
Thursday, February 20
*Centering Prayer - 7:30 am - Crescent Site, Sanctuary  
The Universal Christ Book Study - 2 pm - ThirdSpace (1381 George St.)
Friday, February 21
Encore Pilates - 930 am - Crescent Site - Narthex
The Third Cafe - 10 am - Thirdspace (1381 George St. )
Saturday, February 22  
Compassionate Listening - 1 pm - Crescent Site - Lower Hall
Sunday, February 23 - Transfiguration Sunday
*Combined Sunday Worship (with Cafe Church) - 10 am - Crescent Site.
Pancake Brunch - after worship at the Crescent Site.
Coming This Month
2019 Charitable Donations Tax Receipts
will be available for pickup at Sunday worship on February 23 and March 1. Any remaining after that will be sent out by mail. Please note that receipts can only be given directly to the donor. Thanks for your understanding.
Transfiguration Sunday
Combined Worship with Pancake Brunch hosted by UCW 
Sunday, February 23, 10 am at the Crescent Site
Join us for a special combined service (with Cafe Church) as we remember Jesus' Transfiguration on the Mountain and reflect with Rev. Janice & Rev. Bruce on how Jesus is transforming us! After worship you're invited to a Pancake Brunch hosted by the UCW, to help us mark the beginning of Lent.
Shrove Pancake Brunch
Sunday, February 23 - following the service at
Peninsula United, Crescent Site.
Pancakes, ham, butter, etc. By donation
Willing to help?  Please call Winnie at 604-541-4674.
Rev. Bruce will be on Sabbatical leave from May 14 to Oct. 1, 2020. Rev. Janice will be available during this time. There is a Sabbatical Planning Team to provide support along with making sure the church activities continue seamlessly during this period.
The team is made up of Rev. Janice; Elizabeth Winkler and Susan Zwick (Third Space); Kathy Matusiak (Congregational Care); Maria Booth or alternate (M &P); Victoria Jones and Mary Fran Bateman (Worship).
The committee is looking to provide leadership both internally, from our congregation as well as externally from the wider church.
We are looking forward to using this opportunity to explore some different styles of worship and meeting some new worship leaders.
We hope this time away will provide Bruce the opportunity for learning through reflection, revitalization and recreation.
We wish him every blessing during his time of renewal.
We continue to need underwear, gloves and weatherproof coats. Folks are finding the soggy nights even more difficult than the nights below zero.
Donations can go to Sunnyside, Third Space (check for open hours) or call C heryl for pick up. 604-538-7366. Your help is sincerely appreciated.
The Coldest Night of the Year
Saturday, February 22
A fun, family-friendly walking event that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting. Local fundraising efforts will benefit SOURCES. The funds collected go to the "Sources Rent Bank" which provides one-time emergency grants to single people and families in White Rock, Surrey and Delta at risk of homelessness due to unexpected events. Single people can receive up to $1200 and families $1600. The recipients pay back the funds so the fund keeps giving.
We'd love for you to walk with our Peninsula United Church "United Feet for the Street" team. There are two ways you can help out:

1. Register as a Walker and walk with us on Sat., Feb 22nd . Sign up Here to register and join our team as a fundraiser. Registration fee is $25 per walker but is waived if you fundraise more than $150, OR
2. Donate to the team or to one of the team members by clicking here.

If you'd like more information please click here or email or call Glenn Roy at 604-728-8174. Thanks for your Support.
Compassionate Listening Workshop
Saturday, February 22, 1-5 pm
Peninsula United, Crescent site.  
If you have conflict in any area of your life that you would like to manage better or differently, this is the workshop for you!

Sign up sheets will be in the Narthex at the Crescent site on Sundays. After February 9th registration will be opened up to the wider community.
Sign up now if you are wanting to take part

No cost but registration required. Donations welcome.
Facilitator is Cathy Merchant, a certified trainer who has led CL workshops in Canada, US, and in Palestine/Israel. For more information please contact:  Kathy Booth (
Attention Coffee Lovers
Please see Raquel Merriman if you would like to purchase a one pound bag of Fair Trade coffee from This is the same delicious coffee we serve after our Sunday Service and on Soup Sundays. Each bag of Ground Regular or Decaf sells for $15.00 and $3.00 from each bag sold is donated to our Children's Camp Bursary Fund. Thank You.

Our Love and Condolences
are extended to the family and friends of the following people who died in the last few weeks:  
Dan Pinckston
Laurena Taylor (daughter of Rose Taylor)
Elyse Filsinger (daughter of Brian & Diane Filsinger)
Margaret Dutkowski.
Coming Next Month
Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, March 1 - after worship at 
Peninsula United, Crescent Site.
The purpose of the meeting is to review the work done over the past year through committee reports and the financial statements, to vote on the proposed budget for 2020, and to set the 2020 objective for the Mission & Service Fund.  Please plan on attending this important meeting on March 1st.
In preparation for the meeting, click the links below to read the 2019 Annual Report: 
For those not receiving e-mail notices, there are some printed copies on the table in the narthex.
Please bring your copy of these reports to the meeting on March 1st. 
World Day Of Prayer Zimbabwe 
Friday, March 6 at 1 pm - The Salvation Army, 15417 Roper Avenue, White Rock is hosting the World Day of Prayer 2020. Theme: "Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk" Please call 604-531-7314 for more information.

Programs at ThirdSpace
                         #1 - 1381 George St. 604-385-0822
(Poem-pourri Writing Workshop) Last Wednesday of each month from 1 -3 pm at ThirdSpace (1381 George St.)
Next session:
Wednesday, February 26

Mark Nepo writes: "Whatever difficulty you face, there are time-tried ways you can listen your way through. Because listening is the doorway to everything that matters." Learn how writing offers a way to listen more fully, explore self and others, and name what is meaningful in life's challenges. For more info call Marilyn Hahn, 604-996-2960.
Tackle That Memoir
First Monday of the month 1 - 3 pm at ThirdSpace

Next Session: March 2   

Instead of memoir writing, it's memoir making!  In the first session, you will identify your core need, then design a memory-worthy experience on paper to meet that need.  During the month, you will experience your design, reflect, then write about it, becoming intentional in making the memories you want to remember.  At the following meeting, you may share your writing/experience.  Each month will feature different "design" challenges.  For more info call Marilyn Hahn, 604-996-2960

Leader: Marilyn Hahn  604.996.2960 Email Marilyn for more info.
Meets the first Thursday of the month.  
Next Meeting, Thursday, March 5 
A Death Cafe is gently facilitated conversation about life and death. It is not a lecture or a grief support group, though grief may be expressed and shared. For more information email or click here.
Unplugged Sundays @ ThirdSpace
Last Sunday of the month, 2 - 5 pm
 Session:  February 23
Join us for an awesome afternoon of tabletop games for all ages, hosted by local games guru, Nick Angiers from Meeple Leaf Games! We have dozens of games to choose from, or you can bring your own favourite to share. No charge (donations welcome).
Sit & Stitch 
Every Tuesday from 7- 9 pm at ThirdSpace
Come relax, chat, knit and find life-changing friendships. All ages and skill levels are welcome - especially beginners!

Every Wednesday, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Tired of small talk? Try some big talk!
Join us for conversations that matter.

Topic for Wednesday, February 19:
What's it like to live on the Peninsula?
The Third Café
Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
at ThirdSpace

Drop by for a cuppa fresh ground coffee or gourmet tea! A warm welcome awaits in a place that is relaxed, safe and truly inclusive.
Wednesdays, 7 - 8 pm -  at ThirdSpace
One Hour of Silent Meditation for the Experienced Meditator Complete Silence; no guidance or instruction provided. 

Facilitator: Marilyn Hurst

Wednesdays, 7 - 9:30 pm -  at ThirdSpace
Conscious Connections invites people to come together, practice self-inquiry and make meaningful connections along their journey.
Our focus is to help people identify, use, understand and effectively manage emotions, communicate better, reduce anxiety and stress, defuse conflicts, improve relationships, empathize with others, and better face life's challenges. Our mission is to create one global family that works together instead of against each other.

Leaders: Jeannine Hart & Nelson Beavington

Events Beyond Our Congregation
Naramata Summer Programs
Registration Now Open!
Check out the wide range of Summer programs available to enjoy for a mere $50 per course plus materials.
Learn more
A Mardi Gras Evening 
Sat., Feb. 22    
Doors open at 6 pm at St. Andrew's Anglican Church (20955 Old Yale Rd, Langley).  Come and enjoy a Louisiana style dinner and music by a Dixieland Quartet!! Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple (includes 1 drink). 
More info:  604-534-6514 

Jazz Vespers
Sunday, February 23,    4 pm at Northwood United Church, 8855 156 St.     

Come, listen to Lower Mainland's finest Jazz. Vibrant, Joyful, Soulful, Reflective. This month we welcome the Dmitri Metheny Qunitet. By donation.

Click here to see the events for the week of February 12, 2020

First United is a place of welcome for people who experience
homelessness, poverty, and mental health and addictions issues in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Our programs include: legal advocacy; emergency shelter
and social housing; meals; the Community Help Desk (health and hygiene supplies, community referrals, taxes, foot-care, and phone and mail); and spirit programs. We support and celebrate the inherent strengths of all people, of all walks of life.. Donate 
From Our Administration Team
Announcements Deadline
Weekly bulletin announcements must be in the office by 10 am on Wednesdays. 

Email to or call 604-531-2979.

Planning a church event at the Sunnyside or Crescent site? 
Please let Joanne at the church office know the date, time, and place as soon as possible so the Ministry Coordinating Team can put it on their calendar. This is to prevent double-bookings and a good spacing of events throughout the year.  
Be Careful Where You Park!
To avoid getting a ticket:
*    pay close attention to posted signs
*    no tires on grass
*    Angle parking only on 127th Street side of church
*    parallel parking only everywhere else.

Click here  to see City of Surrey parking regulations.
Click on the button labelled "Parking on Sidewalks and Boulevards" for more information.