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Mid - Week Uplift
June 17, 2020

During these times of physical distancing, we want to be intentional about staying connected, so we have added this MID-WEEK UPLIFT to our regular Friday highlights of our life and work. We are not alone...
Sharing Fun, Meaningful & Inspiring Videos 

Our video for this week is a beautiful rendition of  The Lord's Prayer on Handbells at St. James Church, Evangelical Reformed in Louisville, KY.
From Our Administration Team
Deadlines for Announcements 

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

Deadline for Wednesday email - Mondays before 12 noon
Deadline for Friday email - Wednesdays before 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.  
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.

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.
June is National Indigenous History Month.
Check out these upcoming discussions.
Sunday, June 21 & 28 (1p.m. PST)
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.
Wednesday, June 17, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Join The Early Edition's Stephen Quinn and CBC Vancouver News host Lien Yeung for an important discussion about systemic racism in the workplace, the media and in day-to-day interactions, as well as exploring solutions that will make B.C. a more inclusive province.  
Our Peninsula United Church Choir has been meeting together on Zoom at 7 pm on Wednesday nights to sing together and enjoy various choral works from other choir groups. 

Do You Need Some Reading Material?  

I have approximately twenty "Churchy" type books which I'd like to give away. I've read most of these more than once but will probably not read them again. Therefore, I'd like to share them with others instead of leaving them sitting on my shelf. There are some best sellers plus quite a few by well-known Christian Gurus.
Those interested may contact me  or call me at 604-818-1775.
~ Don Galloway 
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 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 keep the following families who have lost loved ones in your prayers: 

The family of Rebecca Irwin: Rebecca passed away at the age of 105 on Sunday, June 14. Her daughter Anne was with her at Westminster House. Her inspirational presence in our church family is going to greatly missed.
Bill Nelson and family - Bill's wife, Doreen, passed away on June 4, 2020.  She was a long-time member of our church family.  Click here
to read Doreen's obituary.

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.
What are you doing with your time?

In just 4 weeks, Don Galloway's garden rivals that of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Val Weinert and Winnie Kowalewich picking strawberries in the rain. Even amid a pandemic God provides bounty.

Carol Vance has been walking at Mud Bay/Boundary Bay
and occasionally Campbell Valley Park. These are some beautiful bird and flower photos taken by her husband.

Zooming into Wedded Bliss:
I was delighted to receive an invitation to the wedding of my god-daughter in New Mexico but I was curious about the formalities of a wedding held via Zoom. When I mentioned the invitation during one of our virtual Sunday morning coffee hours, the main piece of advice I received was "You must wear a hat!" Before the coffee hour was over, Anna Paton had volunteered her beautiful red fascinator. 

Twenty guests watched the nuptials from the comfort of the Zoom room with glasses ready for the toast. There was a bit of a glitch when one of the guests dropped out of view to answer her phone and forgot to tap the all-important mute button. Her background conversation continued throughout the speech from the bride's brother. So a Zoom story will be added to the wedding memories. For my part, I felt I had lived up to the joyous occasion with Anna's red fascinator.
~ Carol Monaghan
These are some of the knitted items June Koster has made during lockdown .

Members of the congregations might like to  purchase gifts later on in the year when we can all get together again.

ThirdSpace Programs 
                         #1 - 1381 George St. 604-385-0822
Conversation Café
every Wednesday at 10:30 am

Join us via Zoom
Meeting ID: 959 3657 1745
Password: 0822

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 Café Drop In
every Friday @ 10:30 am

Join us via Zoom
Meeting ID:
999 4167 9678

Password: 0822 
You can also join us by phone. Here's how:
Call 778 907 2071, enter Meeting ID: 999 4167 9678, then password: 0822
Pacific Mountain Regional Council
Click here  to see what's happening in the Pacific Mountain Region during Covid-19 physical distancing measures