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June 26, 2020

We have enjoyed providing the Mid-week Uplifts over the past three months to brighten up your week.  And now we are moving into summer mode  which means shorter working days for Joanne and Beth, our dedicated and hard-working office staff. Starting next week we will return to one email per week. Please continue to send in your photos, prayer requests and uplifting messages to share with the congregation. They will be included in the Friday emails.
Sunday Worship Online
Sunday, June 28  
            
Protesters in Halifax demonstrate against police action in the death of George Floyd and others.  Monday_ June 1_ 2020
Protesters in Halifax demonstrate against police action in the death of George Floyd and others. Monday,June 1, 2020
Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
 
On June 14, while on vacation Rev. Janice had the opportunity to worship on-line with the congregation of Parkdale United Church in Ottawa.  After hearing the sermon offered by lead minister, Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey,  Janice contacted Anthony for permission to use his sermon of  June 14 as part of our worship service. This  gifted and acclaimed preacher, teacher and community activist  has been serving at Parkdale United Church since 1999. Like many Black men, Anthony has experienced the injustice and violence of racism. In 1976, Anthony and his brother, John were attacked in Montreal by men shouting racial epithets and his brother was stabbed to death.This tragedy became part of the journey toward what Bailey calls his covenant with God to be an instrument of peace and racial reconciliation.  
In January 2016, and again in November of the same year, Parkdale United Church was the target of racist graffiti. First on a wall and then on a door, the church was spray-painted with racist slurs, white supremacist slogans and swastikas. 
 
Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey
Anthony and other members of the United Church Black Clergy network prepared a special worship service on June 14 to help the whole church face the issues of anti-Black racism across our county and in our church.   For the complete, updated version of the Worship Service recording please follow this link
 
 
This week's scripture are Genesis 18: 1-15; Matthew 9:35--10:8
 
 
Hymns are from Voices United (VU) and More Voices (MV):
"Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying" - VU 400; "Open My Eyes, That I  May See"- VU 371; "God of the Bible" - MV28; "Sent Out in Jesus' Name" - MV 212; "A New Creed' - VU 918
 
   
Colouring Pages, Scripture Readings & Hymns - Click here  to download.  
 
Want to participate using your own TV instead of a computer, and enjoy the service on a larger screen?  
 
Invite your friends and family members to worship with us from the comfort of their own home at a time that works for them.

We hope you can join us for our after Worship Virtual Coffee Sunday at 11:00 am.
(11 am Sunday Morning)
Join with new and long-time friends in our Virtual Coffee Hour at 11am on Sunday.  We meet altogether using Zoom and then move into break-out rooms of four or five people.  
 
There's always room in Zoom!  Come and give it a try.  
 
Don't forget you can join us by phone!  Here's how:  
  • Call 778-907-2071
  • Enter meeting ID:  893 1783 8813
  • Then enter password: 2979
Click here  to join us via zoom video on your computer.
Mission & Service Update:
This week the Minute for Mission reading at our Sunday service has the bold title of "White Privilege". Beth Baskin, Program Coordinator of Social Analysis and Congregational Engagement, talks about living in her White bubble in which she could (if she chose) go through life ignoring racism and the resulting oppression and exclusion. Beth's work in the White Privilege Working Group is to ask the questions that lead us to understand others' cultures and experiences. Our gifts for Mission & Service help to create opportunities to understand what it means to be an intercultural church.

Our goal for M&S this year is $60,000. Our M&S contributions to the end of May 2020 amount to $29,536.78 which includes a UCW contribution of $1,000. Thank you to all who are regular contributors to the Mission & Service fund. If you have not given, please consider making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith.
Your Generous Gifts are More Important than Ever
As we know, God's work is never done. Our ministries continue during the week, over months and years. It is immeasurable and powerful how it touches people even when we don't see them face to face.
We deeply appreciate your continuing, faithful gifts at this time.
 
Click here   for information on how to continue your offerings during this changing time.
Other Opportunities for Worshipping Online
Below are links to three online ministries - you may want to worship from the comfort of your home with them!
* Trinity United Church, Prince George BC - 10am PST 9:55 Community Announcements, 10am Worship
Please let the office know if you found other worship sites that you would like to recommend.
 Please Pray for....
if you would like specific prayers for yourself or someone else to be included in the prayers of the people during our worship please send names to Rev. Janice at janice@peninsulaunited.com or leave a phone message at the office.

If the prayer is for someone else, please first seek that person's permission to have their name included in our public worship service.

Please hold  in your prayers Helen Endresen, who is in Peace Arch Hospital recovering from a stroke, and her husband Earl.
 
We hold Matt Hutchison and daughters Susan and Allison in your prayers as they grieve for Mary, who died June 24.   
The Affirming Ministry Team presents a Film Discussion: "Love, Scott"
You choose when to see the film, anytime between now and July 27. Later, on July 27 at 7 pm. you are invited to join us for a Zoom discussion.
Click here to view film

"Love Scott" follows the journey of a young gay musician who is attacked in Nova Scotia and paralyzed from the waist down. What does Scott's experience teach us about how our community of faith can be allies of those in the LGBTQ+ community?
 
Join us on Zoom: (meeting details to follow)
 
Broadview Subscribers 
This is the month to renew (or begin) your subscription to the Broadview Magazine.  This year we have to ask you to do your own renewal and even (if you wish) to make an extra donation in honour of the one-year anniversary of this magazine which has been publishing for over 75 years (under different names).  Renewal can be done in a variety of ways but should be completed by July 15 in order to ensure continuity of the subscription.
 
Click here to get complete instructions on how to subscribe.

If you have any questions about making this renewal, please contact Sylvia Uhreen, 604-538-1383 or sauhreen@shaw.ca..
 



Share your pictures
Please be aware that pictures submitted for use in Constant Contact will be posted publicly in our email, website,YouTube, and other online services as required to serve our congregation.  

By submitting your photo you are giving Peninsula United Church explicit permission to use your photos for the above stated purpose until such time that explicit instructions to withdraw your consent are received.

If you have questions about the use of photos, please contact the church office.
To view our Privacy Policy click here.

Questions about the privacy policy can be directed to our Privacy Officer, Anna Paton.

NEW Deadlines for Announcements 

Please email announcements to   office@peninsulaunited.com or call 604-531-2979 and we will include them in one of our two weekly emails. 

 

During the months of July and August we will return to sending out one email per week.

 

Next week Wednesday, Canada Day, is a statutory holiday so the deadline will be Tuesday by 12 noon.

COVID-19 Update
With the province beginning the relaxation of the rules on gathering, the church is beginning to get calls on when we might be reopening. The Council of Peninsula UC has asked a small group to look at the what-how-when-etc. This group is Carol Monaghan from M&P, Anna Paton from Trustees, Lee Chamberlain from Property, Nikkie Ripka from Third Space, and Kathy Matusiak from Congregational Care. At our first meeting on June 8th we began considering all the available documentation, guidelines and procedures to prepare the reopening plans for PUC. This will take time and patience as our main concern is that we will keep our staff, congregation, user groups and wider community safe. Be assured, you will hear more from us.  
Thank you and, like Dr Bonnie says, continue to be kind, be calm, be safe
 
COVID-19 Update
During the Covid 19 Restrictions, please remember that the buildings are still closed. The only staff working at the office are Janice Young, Beth Henderson and Sheri Kathrein
To ensure the safety of everyone, please respect the protocols posted on the doors and inside the building entrances. This applies to everyone including key holders.  
If you have an urgent need to come to the office, please call the office at 604-531-2979 to make arrangements.  These procedures apply to everyone including key holders.
Canada Day BBQ and Fireworks in Scarborough bluffs Park
Canada Day, next Wednesday!
Let's pray about creating a country where everyone is valued, respected and treated with justice and dignity!

Break the Silence: The Power of Active Witnessing 
with Anti-racism Educator Angela Ma Brown:
Pacific Mountain Region is offering the following workshop to help us respond appropriately when witnessing racist actions. 

Date Option 1: Thursday July 2, 1-4pm
Date Option 2: Wednesday, July 8, 9:30am-12:30pm
Click here for details and to register. Space is limited to 24 each date.

What is our church saying, doing and praying about our growing understanding of racism?
Please read and pray with this statement from the Pacific Mountain Regional Council Executive. At an extraordinary meeting on June 10th, the 95th birthday of the United Church of Canada, the PMRC executive gathered to recommit our church to the work of becoming an anti-racist Church. 

This is the last week of National Indigenous History Month and Sunday, June 28 (1p.m. PST)  is the last chance to take part in this discussion.
Each Sunday in June you can observe Indigenous History Month by participating in Zoom discussions about the origins and future of the Indigenous United Church of Canada. More information, including specific topics   click here. To register, email Tony Snow.
The Upper Room - July/August Edition
8 Copies of the 'Upper Room' (large print) and 18 copies of the (small print) have been received in the office. Please call the office (604-531-2979) if you would like to receive one of these copies and arrangements will be made to get it to you. 
Camp Spirit, a week long United Church children's day camp,
a week long United Church children's day camp, will be offered in a new format this summer, necessitated by Covid-19 safety requirements.  The Camp Spirit Team has wisely decided to centralize the camps, which will be held at these locations and dates in July and August:
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Jubilee United in South Burnaby and Eagleridge United in Coquitlam  July 13-17, July 20-24, July 27-31.
 
United Churches of Langley in Murrayville (Langley), and Gladwin Heights United Church in Abbotsford - August 10-14, August 17-21, 24-28.
 
The theme of the camps, which will be held out of doors, is "Peace Works: Empowering the Next Generation of Peace Makers". The camps are for children ages 6 to 11 years old and also an LIT (leader-in-training) program from ages 12-14 years old. 

Full information on Camp Spirit's plans and safety procedures, as well as registration information, can be found on their website

Bursaries are available for families in financial need. If you wish to make a donation to support Camp Spirit bursaries, you may mail a cheque, payable to PUC, to the Church office, indicating "Camp Spirit Bursaries".
 
Alternatively, on the Peninsula UC website, you may use the regular donate button and find it on the drop down menu; or go directly to this link.
Hearts on Fire With Love
 
The magnificent fiery heart will be in the parking lot throughout June so you can still come by the Crescent site and add a ribbon.
Would you like a book to remember Rebecca Irwin?  

Rebecca Irwin died a 10 days before her 105 birthday.  We couldn't give her a birthday gift but her family has left some gifts for us:  25 books about faith, prayer, the Bible that oncle belonged to Rebecca.  
If you would like a book please contact Dorthe Davison, or call her at 604-535-2829
Celebration of Ministry Service - Saturday, June 27, 2020
Lead by the Spirit to the water of new life, we are one.You are warmly invited to join with the wider Pacific Mountain Regional Council community of faithful friends and members, as the Ordinands and Commissionands are received into Ministry in this denomination of ours.
  • Streaming begins at 9:45am
  • Worship begins at 10am
Online worship here: PMRC YouTube

Your Ministers are Here for You
Although Janice  cannot visit folks in person she is happy to speak with you by phone, especially if you are struggling with anxiety, health or family crises.
 
Janice:  604-531-2979 ext.2 or 

Rev. Bruce is away on Sabbatical  and will return on October 1.

Office Closed But Staff is on On the Job
The office and ThirdSpace will be closed for the foreseeable future but all our staff are available by phone and email.

Sheri Kathrein, our bookkeeper, will be away on vacation the week ofJune 29th to July 3. 
 
Office:604-531-2979 

ThirdSpace: 604-385-0822 
 
Robyn Garland (Emerging Spirit Ministry): robyn@ourthirdspace.com 
Prayer Ministry Requests:
During the Corona Virus Pandemic, since we are no longer placing written requests in the sanctuary Prayer Box, members and adherents can submit prayer requests to Louise Bureau or Olive Lee by email or phone.  You can find our contact information in the church directory. If phoning in a request, please phone before 8 PM. You may also submit requests through our ministers. Thank-you. It is our privilege to serve you through our prayer ministry.
Third Space:
every Wednesday at 10:30am
 
Meeting ID:  959 3657 1745
Password:  0822
or you can also join us by phone.  
Here's how:  Call 778 907 2071, enter meeting ID: 959 3657 1745 , then password: 0822
 
ThirdSpace Virtual Cafe Drop In - every Friday @ 10:30
   
Meeting ID:  999 4167 9678
Password:  0822
or you can also join us by phone.  
Here's how:  Call 778 907 2071, enter meeting ID: 999 4167 9678, then password: 0822