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December 1 2019
Here's what's coming up for our community of faith. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Advent begins today.   For the next 4 Sundays we anticipate and prepare for the coming of Christ.  The Apostle Paul has an urgent message for us this Sunday:  "Wake up, don't be distracted and pay attention to what really matters."  What really matters for you this Advent and Christmas? Join us as we consider this question and as we gather at the Lord's Table for communion.   
Scripture:  Romans 13: 8-14
10 am Worship at Cafe Church  
At Cafe Church this Sunday we'll hear the Godly Play story of how the  church tells time. Part of that story helps remind us that Advent is a time the church sets aside to help us get ready for the mystery of Christmas. Although our culture typically urges us to do more at this time of year, we will take time on Sunday morning to slow up and engage in a few spiritual practices to help us quiet the "Christmas machine" and " unplug" and be more present at this wonderful time of year.

Staff Update: 
Rev. Bruce will be on bereavement leave Nov. 27- Dec. 3.
Events this Week
(* = weekly events)
Sunday December 1 - First Sunday of 
*Sunday Worship - 10 am - Crescent Site 
*Cafe Church - 10 am - ThirdSpace (1381 George St.)
White Rock Singers Concert - 2 pm - Crescent Site 
Monday,    December 2
Tackle That Memoir- 1 pm- ThirdSpace (1381 George St.) 
Women's Advent Service - 7 pm for Refreshments - Service at 7:30 pm at the Crescent Site
Tuesday, December 3
Sit & Stitch   - 7 pm - ThirdSpace (1381 George St.)
Wednesday, December 4
  *The Third Cafe - 10 am - ThirdSpace (1381 George St.)
*Conversation Cafe - 10:30 am - Thirdspace (1381 George St.)
*Ukulele Ensemble - 6 pm - Crescent Site - Sanctuary
*Choir Practice - 7 pm - Crescent Site, Sanctuary 
* Entering the Silence - 7 pm - ThirdSpace  (1381 George St.) 
*Conscious Connections - 7pm - ThirdSpace (1381 George St.)
Thursday, December 5
*Centering Prayer - 7:30 am - Crescent Site, Sanctuary
Women's Coffee - 10 am - Pelican Rouge Cafe 
Death Cafe - 7 pm - ThirdSpace (1381 George St.) 
Friday, December 6
*Encore Pilates - 9:30 am - Crescent Site, Narthex
*The Third Cafe - 10 am - ThirdSpace (1381 George St.) 
Sunday, December 8  
* Sunday Worship - 10 am- Crescent Site 
*Cafe Church - 10 am - ThirdSpace (1381 George St.)
Bake Sale & Handknitted Items - after worship - Crescent Site, Lower Hall
Write for Rights - after worship - Crescent Site, Lower Hall
Coming This Week
"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!"  The Pastoral Care Visitors will be distributing a gift of a poinsettia provided by the Peninsula UCW as they visit folks in the congregation who are housebound or living in a Care Facility.  We will commission the visitors this Sunday, Dec. 1 at the 10 am worship service at the Crescent site.  Visitors who are unable to pick up poinsettias on Sunday can pick them up next week at the office at the Sunnyside site during office hours.   
Purdy's Chocolates
Please pick up your Purdy's Chocolate orders at church, Sunday, Dec 1st.

We are pleased to report that over $1000 was raised for our friends in Tierra Nueva.
We have a new governance model in our church. Click here to see overview presentation.

Printed copies are available in the narthex at the Crescent Site this Sunday. 

This Sunday after worship we will gather at the front of the church to answer questions - or comments.
Directors: Dr. Dave Proznick/Ms. Kelly Proznick
 Pianist: Angela Chu 
  "We Sing Because We Care"
    Fall Concert - by Donation 
    Funds To: " Volunteer Cancer Driver's Society
    Sunday Dec. 1, 2019 - 2 p.m.

    Location: Peninsula United Church - Crescent Site
    2756 - 127 St. Surrey
Gift to the Church
Envelopes for a Christmas gift to the Church will be in the pews throughout Advent. Blessings and thank you. Offerings received up to December 31st will be included in your 2019 tax receipt. Christmas Gifts to the Church can also be made using the Donate button on our website.

Mon., Dec. 2nd at 7 pm  at the 
Crescent Site
Take time for this annual opportunity to calm your heart and mind in preparation for Advent. All women are warmly invited to attend this service.  Join us at 7 pm to enjoy a warm drink, goodies and conversation.  The service will be from 7:30 - 8:30 pm.  
The Advent planning committee would be happy to accept donations of cut and plated baking for the Women's Advent Service. 
Baking donations may be dropped off at the Crescent Site from 2 - 4 Monday afternoon. 

Sunday Services in Advent - 10 am at the Crescent Site

December 1, Advent 1 - Hope -  Communion Sunday - Crescent Site - Rev. Janice . 
Café Church - Susan Zwick

December 8, Advent 2 - Peace
Crescent Site - Rev. Janice. 
Café Church - Rev. Bruce

December 15, Advent 3 - Joy
Crescent Site - Rev Bruce.
 Café Church - Rev. Janice

December 22, Advent 4 - Love
Crescent Site - Rev. Janice. 
Café Church - Rev. Bruce

Christmas Eve Services
Tuesday - December 24 at the Crescent Site

4 pm - Family Service - Led by Rev. Janice
7 pm - Choir & Candles- Led by Rev. Bruce
10 pm - Communion - Led by Rev. Janice

Moderator's Advent Message
Advent is a time to pull out some things about your faith that are dear to you, shake off the dust, and see them in the light of our life here and now.  Click here to watch the Moderator's Advent Message: 
Message From Polly Tays
Please convey my warm thanks to everyone involved in wishing me a happy landing in New Westminster. Needless to say I miss my church of 35 years and all my friends, but, I'm being blessed with family nearby and the availability to church services and hymn sings at Thornebridge.
Wishing all a Blessed Christmas Season and a Happy, Healthy New Year.
Most sincerely, Polly Tays
Advent Wreath Making   
There were over 13 happy families/groups/individuals making Advent Wreaths last Sunday.
Casa Reparada Exceeds Goal!
We are pleased to announce that we are sending to FUNDAHMER the funds to purchase our share of the supplies (cement, sand, nails, iron rods etc) for the repair of 7 homes in Tierra Nueva.The work is to start in December. Peninsula folks have once again demonstrated their generous spirit.  
We invite you to celebrate with us on Sunday January 26, 2020 after church for a Salvadoran style 'Soup Sunday'. For certain there will be live music and rice and beans! Please save the date. With grateful thanks. The Tierra Nueva committee 
Extreme Weather Shelter - A group of 12- and 13-year-old students from St. John Paul II Academy spent the night in the extreme-weather shelter last week to get a different perspective on life on the Semiahmoo Peninsula.   
December 8 following the service there will be a bake sale and also a table with knitted treasures and other items for sale.  You are invited to the lower hall for tea and coffee and the opportunity to shop.  This is a congregational event and everyone is invited. 

We would appreciate any donations to the bake table.  Drop donation off in the narthex on Sunday, December 8 before the service.
Write for Rights 
after the service at the Crescent Site on Sunday, December 8th (from 10 AM to 1 PM)
Amnesty Canada members know that when we come together we can achieve change. And, the more people that come along to these kind of events, the more our movement will grow.
Hope to see you there! 
Thursday, December 12 - 7 pm
at the Crescent Site
In this busy season we invite you to take time to 'unplug', be still, and connect with the Holy.  
Led by Rev. Bruce. 
Sunday, December 15th will be White Gift Sunday
Special offering envelopes will be available in the pews on that Sunday.  This year, White Gift donations will be collected for First United Mission in downtown Vancouver and locally to Sources Community Resources Society. You may also make a donate online.
Thursday- December 19 - 4 pm - Sunnyside Site
If you are experiencing loss and grief leading up to Christmas, we invite you to join us for a gentle worship of quiet music, prayer and candle lighting to remember loved ones who have died.  Led by Rev. Janice.
 Fri. Dec. 20, 7pm (1381 George St.)
Join the whole ThirdSpace community for an evening of music, food & fun. Sing some carols, enjoy goodies and join in a wacky white elephant gift exchange! Details from & RSVP to Nikkie.
Handel's Messiah - Sat Dec 21 at 7:30 pm at Peninsula United Church.  A beloved Christmas tradition and magnificent music, performed once again by the Handel Society choir with orchestra.  Tickets: available by Email, at Christopher's Gift Gallery, Tapestry Music, or at the door. 
News This Week
Did you know that 44 members/adherents of Peninsula United Church live in 13 different Seniors' Residences or Care Facilities in White Rock and South Surrey.  There are 25 members of the congregation who regularly  visit these folks,  They also visit 33 members and adherents who are still living independently in their homes. We give thanks to God for the caring connections made between the visitors and those they visit.
If you are interested in becoming a Congregational visitor or if you would like to have a Congregational visitor come to visit you, please speak to Kathy Matusiak.
Gifts with Vision
Instead of just giving more "stuff" to your family and friends this Christmas, the United Church of Canada invites you to consider giving gifts that bring hope and healing into people's lives.  Gifts With Vision provides additional support for specific Mission & Service partners throughout Canada and across the world. Check out the Gifts With Vision giving catalogues available on the table in the Narthex or click here to visit the website.
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.  
Programs at ThirdSpace
                         #1 - 1381 George St. 604-385-0822
ThirdSpace Writers Group
Meets the last Wednesday of the month.
( at ThirdSpace 1381 George St. )

Join us as we read, discuss,and write to deepen our lives and to appreciate, encourage, connect and more via writing and sharing. No writing experience needed! Call Marilyn Hahn 
at 604-996-2960 for details.
Tackle That Memoir
First Monday of the month 1 - 3 pm
Next Session: December 2.
Move from "doubt-gripped" to "manuscript." Using memoir writing, conversation, and creative thinking to explore ten core life themes.
Scientifically proven to bring meaning to your past, shape your future, bounce back from "stuff", and connect with others. No writing experience needed!

Leader: Marilyn Hahn  604.996.2960 Email Marilyn for more info.
Meets the first Thursday of the month.  
Next Meeting, Thursday, December 5, 
7 pm at  ThirdSpace
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.
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!

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

Upcoming Topics:
Dec. 4:   What do you find challenging about this season?
Dec. 11 What's the best movie you've seen recently?
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
Jazz Vespers   Sunday, December 8, 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 We Three Queens & Brad Turner. By donation.

Pacific Mountain Regional Council
Christmas Open House 
Friday, December 13, PMRC Office 4383 Rumble St., Burnaby/ Musqueam territory.
Drop by between 1 - 4 pm
All United Church people and friends, youth groups, elders ministries and beyond are warmly welcome to join the PMRC staff and ministers in a jolly Open House gathering!  Meet our new Executive Minsiter, Treena Duncan, and other Regional Staff.  Celebrate the Mystery of Christmas in community and with tasty treats.
Orpheus Male Choir - Nowell
 Sunday, December 15, 3:30 pm
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
2350 - 148 Street, South Surrey

A Fundraiser of Kay Hogg Goodwill Group
of the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary
Tickets $25 Seniors $20 Students $15
Available from Alicia 604-536-5634 or

Donations for First United Downtown 
Hundreds of people come through the doors of First United each day seeking comfort, care and a place to belong. When  you give goods to their Community Help Desk Program, you increase free access to basic personal hygiene and emergency care items. Your in-kind donations of toiletries and other supplies listed below provide vital support to our neighbours in need.

Please click here for a list of items they are currently seeking.  Due to the unique needs of the community they serve and storage limitations, they can only accept listed items.

If you are curious on other ways you can support the community at First United and get involved with the community, visit the Get Involved page. 
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.

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.