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Highlights of Our Life and Work
January 8, 2021
 
Welcome to a New Year and a new season in the Church.  Here's the latest news from our Community of Faith.
In This Issue
Are you seeing all our announcements?
 
This is the time of year when we have a lot of important announcements and It has come to our attention that some people are not seeing all of them. This is because some programs will clip emails if they are too long.
 
If the email has been clipped you will see  a "view entire message" link at the bottom of  your email.  Just click on this link and it will open up a window where you will see all the announcements.  
Worship this Week 


Sunday Online Worship
January 10, 2021
 
Life is a series of Exclamations from "Oh No!" to "Help!" to "Oh Yeah!"  We swing between feelings of disappointment, helplessness and gratitude on a daily basis. There are also seasons of our lives when we feel inundated with more of one than the others.  We had hoped we would be past the "Oh No!" of the last several months. Instead, as this new year begins, we find ourselves with ongoing prayers for "Help!" 

The Book of Psalms knows all about this. Written over a span of time from exile and isolation to the rebuilding of community, the poetry of the Psalms will accompany us over the next six weeks, reminding us that through it all we can trust that God is, indeed, holding our lives.We begin our series with Psalm 72. In subsequent weeks we will be turning to  Psalm 139,  62, 111, 147 and 50.

Sermon Title: These Lives are Precious
 
We will also be celebrating Communion so please bring some bread and juice when you come to worship.

Click here to view the trailer for this series! 
 
 
For scripture readings, hymns, and the drawing of cupped hands for your prayer bowl click here.
 
(11 am Sunday Morning)
There is a well known children's song that says "the more we get together the happier we"ll be, cuz' your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends". Please continue joining us for coffee time after church. You can join by Zoom or by telephone. We meet all together and then move into break-out rooms of four or five people. Since the congregational meeting more and more people are joining in. It's so nice to see the familiar faces!!!!   
 
Here's how to join us: 
Click here to join us via zoom video on your computer.
  
Need Help getting connected to Zoom!  Click here.
 
Or join us for Coffee Hour by Telephone
- just like the old party lines! 
Three simple steps:
  • Dial 778 907 2071
  • Enter Meeting ID: 889 2198 7192, then press the # key
  • Enter the Passcode: 382024 + #key

Join Rev. Bruce for our weekly Thirdspace Conversation Café...
Every Wednesday at 10:30 - 11:30am VIA ZOOM!

Join us for a gently facilitated conversation! 

Join us on Zoom:

For password, please email:
assistant@ourthirdspace.com or call Bruce... 

...or for further information click here!
Highlights
Thank you for your generosity!
  • Donations from the Women's Advent Service totalled $868.44. An amount of $434.22 was sent to each of SOS Children's Village in Surrey and Atira Women's Resource Society designated for AMA Transition House.
  • Purdy's Chocolate Fundraiser made $ 1,581.70
  • Stitch & Chat Group donated $ 710.00
Reminder!

Annual Reports must be submitted to the church office
office@peninsulaunited.com no later than the morning of Monday, February 1, 2021.

Epiphany Greetings for El Salvador
Here is a picture of the most recent weekly note sent to FUNDAHMER and Tierra Nueva.  
Translation:
"Greetings of Epiphany,
Epiphany is the season of light. Arise everyone and shine.
Blessings from your family in Canada"
 
Celebration in Tierra Nueva hosted by our dear friends of Fundahmer

Signs of Hope and New Life
Thanks be to God for snowdrops, one of the first signs of spring even though it is early January. What signs of hope and new life are you seeing? Send us your photos: office@peninsulaunited.com
Progress report on the Semiahmoo site of Peninsula United Church
Ken Hembroff, Jean MacDonald and Mary Fran Bateman have attached a Peninsula UC banner to the fencing, advertising our presence in the area and also providing details of our online worship.
Drive by and have a look!


Shelter News and Needs:
The Shelter at Peace Portal Alliance Church is full every night. There have been 983 guest visits since Nov 13th . 

In this wet and dark time the Shelter is a place of rest and refuge. Thank you to those who have generously donated to the Shelter. The guests are very appreciative of everything they receive.

Ongoing Shelter needs:
Disposable masks- urgently required
Hand sanitizer- small and large bottles
Hand or foot warmers- dollar store
New warm men's socks

Used or New Men's:
  • warm, waterproof winter jackets
  • waterproof wind breakers
  • large sweat pants
  • sweat shirts and warm sweaters
  • belts/boots
Please donate to: Peace Portal Alliance Church - 9:00 - 4:30 Mon- Fri
Address: 15128 27B Ave (corner of King George Blvd and 152nd Ave)
Go to office and push white button on side of door for receptionist.

Many thanks for your caring hearts.
For more info please contact Pat Young: 604-779-2365
Masks/sanitizer: Kathy Booth (604)535-0723
ThirdSpace News 


#1 - 1381 George St.  
White Rock, BC  
V4B 2L1

What's New at ThirdSpace?

Click here to find out!
 

NEW PROGRAM!

Alone We Listen Together
WHY:  Deepen relationships with self and other
WHEN:    January 11, then the first Monday of the month (February - June)10:00 - 12:00
WHERE: Zoom Room, 2021-A


Do you find yourself saying something like this?  

I am looking for a group of kindred souls who consider themselves novice contemplatives: they yearn for spirituality but steer clear of religiosity!  I want to belong to a kind group with whom I can deepen both my writing skills and heart thrills.  I want to meet regularly with writer-listeners in a relationship of trust to hear how other contemplatives do life.  I want the feeling of being connected, being heard, and being supported; but I give too!  I want to offer my own invitation to connect with you, hear you, and support you!  I want to find out more about you as well as myself--and us.  I want to accomplish something in this process; I want to experience the fun of writing and listening, the delight of discovering who we are, and the discipline of committing to someone and they to me.  

If this sounds like you and you can commit to receiving a weekly prompt emailed to you from which you respond in writing on your own, then meet on the first Monday of each month in ZoomRoom 2021-A for a two-hour listening session where you read your works, then please RSVP.  

(Zoom app required)

To RSVP for January 11, 2021 (group is closed after the February meeting), please email Marilyn Hahn at marilyn@ourthirdspace.com

Join Rev. Bruce for our weekly Thirdspace Conversation Café...
Every Wednesday at 10:30 - 11:30am VIA ZOOM!

Join us for a gently facilitated conversation! 

Check ourthirdspace.com for upcoming topics.

To Join:
Online Via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 883 7065 1699
Password: Please contact us at assistant@ourthirdspace.com for password
 
Dial In:
Dial: 778 907 2071
Meeting ID: 883 7065 1699
Password: Please contact us at assistant@ourthirdspace.com for password

For further information click here!
ThirdSpace Drop-In Café - online!
Due to current BC Government restrictions on gatherings, our Drop-In is temporarily back online.

Friday morning 10am - 11am, grab your java and join us from the warmth and comfort of your own home!

How to join us:
Virtually Via Zoom: 
Meeting ID: 999 4167 9678
Passcode: Please contact us at assistant@ourthirdspace.com
 
Or Dial by Phone:
Dial: 778 907 2071 Canada
Meeting ID: 999 4167 9678
Passcode: Please contact us at assistant@ourthirdspace.com
 
More News
  
We are a small group of 4-12 people who gather for 20 minutes of contemplative, silent prayer,
followed by coffee and conversation. 
 
Due to increased numbers of covid 19 infections in the Fraser Health area, we have resumed praying in our individual homes 
on Tuesday mornings followed by zoom coffee at 8 am.   
 
For more information contact Rev. Janice Young:

When our  Health Officer permits, we will begin meeting in person on the first Tuesday of the month in the sanctuary at the Crescent site to pray in silence and then visit. 
 
To learn more about Centering Prayer watch this 8 minute introduction video by Thomas Keating.
Covid-19 Safety Protocols at Peninsula United Church
During the Pandemic our Covid-19 Safety Team (Kathy Matusiak, Anna Paton, Lee Chamberlain,
Carol Monaghan and Nikkie Ripka) continues to ensure that safety protocols are in place.
 
 
Click here for information about access to office and church buildings during COVID-19 restrictions.
Your Generous Gifts are More Important than Ever
 
Click here  for information on how to continue your offerings during this changing time.
News from the Wider Church and Community
Cozy up to Winter with an Online Program.
 
Rest, reflect, and create through Naramata Centre's virtual programs. Meet with others around the country and join in on live sessions intended to nurture your spirit. Browse through some of the upcoming online classes for December and January and register now to secure your spot!
 
Click here to find out what's new. 
 
Our congregation has purchased an "All Access Pass" - a new initiative from Naramata Centre in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   What does this mean for you?
 
Click here to learn more about Peninsula's All Access Pass
 
Click here for a list of online programs.

If you need the discount code or have questions, feel free to give Barbara Gregg a call  604-649-4926.
Pacific Mountain Regional Council
Click here to see what's happening in the Pacific Mountain Region  of the United Church of Canada during Covid-19 physical distancing measures.

Reminders
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.
Your Ministers are Here for You
Although Janice and Bruce cannot do home visits at this time, they are 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 778-980-8310

Bruce604-531-2979 ext.3 or 604-992-9183 

Announcements Deadline
Weekly bulletin announcements must be in the office by 10 am on Wednesdays. 

Email to office@peninsulaunited.com or call 604-531-2979. 


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.
 
Peninsula UC Office: 604-531-2979
Joanne Feuer (Office Administrator): office@peninsulaunited.com
Nikkie Ripka (Administrative Assistant): nikkie@peninsulaunited.com

ThirdSpace Office: 604-385-0822 
 
Click here for information about access to office and church buildings during COVID-19 restrictions.