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July 22,  2018
So what does it mean to be an Affirming Ministry?  And isn't Peninsula United already welcoming and affirming?    Join us as we begin exploring these questions and wonder together about how we can faithfully respond to the inclusive love of God. We'll reflect on what Ephesians 2: 11-22  has to say in our context about God's welcome.   We'll also sing some inspired and inspiring hymns:   "Let us a build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live",  "Draw the Circle Wide...let this be our song, no one stands alone, standing side by side, draw the circle wide" and "Walls that divide are broken down; Christ is our unity."    
 
Sunday, July 22, at 10 am at our Crescent Site
Events this Week
(* = weekly events)            
Sunday, July 22
Sunday Worship - 10 am - Crescent Site

Monday, July 23
Summer office hours begin ( Office closed on Mondays)  
*Mindfulness 101 - 7 pm, ThirdSpace (1381 George St)
*Mindful Kindful Kids Camp - Sunnyside Site - Basement - 9-4 pm 
 
  Tuesday, July 24
*Centering Prayer - 7:30 am - Crescent Site
*Mindful Kindful Kids Camp - Sunnyside Site - Basement - 9-4 pm
*Men's Coffee - 10 am - Danica's Bistro - 1959 152 St (Windsor Square) 
* Mindful Movement  - 11 am - ThirdSpace (1381 George St.)
* Sit 'n' Stitch - 7 - 9 pm -  ThirdSpace (1381 George St.)  
 
Wednesday, July 25
*Walkers - 9:30 am - Crescent Beach   
*MIndful Kindful Kids Camp - Sunnyside Site - Basement - 9-4 pm 
*Sweet Soul Cafe - 10:30 am - ThirdSpace (1381 George St. 
*Wednesday Worship - 1:30 pm tea/coffee, 2 pm Service - Sunnyside Site
 
Thursday, July 26
*Mindful Kindful Kids Camp - Sunnyside Site - 9-4 pm 
*Mindful Movement - 11 am - ThirdSpace (1381 George St )**
 
Friday, July 27   
  *  Encore Pilates - 9:30 am - Crescent Site, Narthex
*Mindful Kindful Kids Camp - Sunnyside Site - 9-4 pm 
*ThirdSpace Café - 10 am - ThirdSpace (1381 George St.)
                                    
Sunday, July 29
*Sunday Worship - 10 am - Crescent Site
 
News This Week


Please hold Doris Mowat and the rest of the Mowat family in your prayers as they grieve the loss of Al who died on the 19th.
Welcome to RITA ALTERIO, our new Program Assistant! 
We are pleased to welcome Rita, who brings a  wealth of experience with graphic design, digital media, and office administration, as well as a keen interest in wellness, spirituality and community! She will be splitting her time between ThirdSpace (approx. 70%) & the church office (approx. 30%), assisting us with advertising, communications, volunteer management and many other tasks. Please contact her at rita@ourthirdspace.com, 604.385.0822 and drop in at ThirdSpace on Wednesday or Fridays mornings to meet her.
Affirming Ministry
We are in the beginning stages exploring the possibility of Peninsula United becoming an Affirming congregation.  An Affirming congregation is first and foremost a justice-seeking community.  It is a community continually growing and learning, broadening their witness to God's Inclusive love.  An Affirming congregation is deeply concerned about justice and full inclusion for all God's people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, age, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.  Through education and discernment we will honestly and faithfully ask ourselves, "Can I see myself in the "other" in society."  Affirming Ministries acknowledge that God's love is wider and more inclusive than they can imagine, let alone live out, and they commit themselves to sharing that news with others.  For more information about Affirming Ministry  contact any of our Affirming Ministry Team members and/or visit 
Peninsula United Affirming Ministry Team:  Judy Dekerf, Rev. Janice Young, Mollie Williams, Marj Holmgren, Deb Pearson
Learn more
Wednesday Walkers
Our walking group will continue to meet during the summer. We meet weekly at 9:30 am at Camp Alexandra to walk at Crescent Beach followed by coffee in the Dining Hall at Camp Alexandra.

VIDEO TECHNOLOGY is taking a vacation over the summer.
Until the end of August we will worship the old fashioned way-- with paper bulletins.

We are still looking for a few folks to help run the sound/microphone system over the summer.  Please speak to Teri Lydiard if you are able to assist with this task. 

Many thanks to our AV team:   Barb Gregg, Teri Lydiard, Glenn Roy, Brian Zwick, and Jim Sheppard.  We hope you have a restful and fun summer!
Mindful Programs at ThirdSpace
Mondays 7pm.  Come learn the transforming practices of mindfulness!.
Minimum Donation $5 per session. 
Kate Morgan, Mindfulness Coach
mpowermindfulness@gmail.com.
Chair Based Exercise & Calming Mindfulness
Tuesdays &Thursdays, 11 am - 12:30 pm 
at ThirdSpace 
Stronger muscles make every day activities such as washing, dressing, shopping or doing house work easier and less of a strain, you are less likely to injure yourself doing everyday activities and it helps to improve balance and walking.
Contact Kate Morgan via text 778-834-9914 or email mpowermindfulness@gmail.com.
Wednesdays & Fridays  10:30-11:30 am
Enjoy an hour of experiential mindfulness with Janice Young & Kate Morgan. Engage your senses as we touch, smell, taste, and see earth and seed and new growth through this summer gardening season.  Engage your mind & heart with Mindful readings and breath practices.
Contact Kate Morgan via text 778-834-9914 or email mpowermindfulness@gmail.com.
More Programs at ThirdSpace
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!
Drop-in 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.
Events Beyond Our Congregation
SpiritPride 2018 - Celebrating Our Gifts
July 27 - 29, 2018  
 
St Andrew's-Wesley United Church, Vancouver BC
 
SpiritPride is a spirituality conference for members of the LGBT Community and their allies to celebrate LGBT Spirituality and to explore their identity & spiritual growth. This year's theme is Celebrating our Gifts, an opportunity to move beyond seeking acceptance and affirmation, to actively embracing and enacting the spiritual and social gifts we bring to our spiritual and social communities. SpiritPride  welcomes the LGBTQ2 community, as well as LGBTQ allies, friends and family, and members of churches and spiritual groups seeking to be affirming and inclusive. The conference will include keynote speakers, concurrent workshops, a concert evening, a joint Sunday morning Worship Service and evening Meditative Service at St. Andrew's Wesley United Church, and time for fellowship including a SpiritPride Pride picnic in Stanley Park. Friday, July 27, 7:00 pm screening of documentary "Belonging in the Body: Transgender Journeys of Faith"   

White Rock's Annual Pride party ;
Love Is Love, will be held July 28th, at the Elks Hall (1469 George Street, White Rock) with The Honourable Gordon Hogg, P.C., M.P. as emcee. Doors open at 6:30PM. This year's party will include live music by Crossroads (www.crossroadsrockband.ca) as well as a live performance by the one and only Carlotta Gurl, along with Misty Meadows and Justine Tyme! There will also be dinner, door prizes and the opportunity to engage with the community. A donation will be made to White Rock's local chapter of PFlag (www.pflagcanada.ca)
The White Rock Pride Committee is raising funds with the intention to have a rainbow coloured crosswalk permanently installed at 5 Corners.

Naramata Centre - July Board of Directors Update.
The Naramata Centre Society Board of Directors met Friday evening and Sunday of the June 22-24 weekend. Our primary focus on Saturday was celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Centre and its predecessor: The Naramata Christian Leadership Training School. Watch for an update about the 70th anniversary soon!

An important part of the weekend was also thanking those board members who were leaving the board and electing new and returning board members at the AGM.
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E-ssentials: Follow the GC43 Youth Pilgrims!
Join  us for the opening worship of the  43rd General Council at 9:45 am, Sunday, July 22 when the service begins.
You will be able to find the livestream on our YouTube channel. A button will also appear on GeneralCouncil43.ca linking to the livestream. Download the outline of the opening worship service.
Sign up to receive daily news updates from the 43rd General Council, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube using the social media hashtags: General Council: #GC43; Festival of Faith: #GCFaithFest

Semiahmoo Seniors have organized the next lunch & connect bus tour is taking place Thursday, July 26th.  
Discover what is available in our community of South Surrey-White Rock: Semiahmoo Peninsula. In an effort to involve new people on the tour, please reach out to someone who has not been and invite them.  Goodie bag with samples and resources included.  Meet new friends.
Register by calling 604.541.8653 asap.  $10 fee payable in advance
- even after we are full we will build a wait list of potential people for next tour.
 Andrea McCorkell - Tour Coordinator
Business Development Manager,  Comfort Keepers
Member of the Semiahmoo Seniors Planning Table
https://semiahmooseniors.com/

BC Conference - Community Connections
Newsletter
Message from First United Church, Vancouver
Dear Congregation Partners,
The First United Listening Ministry team is honoured to support the lives of community members in our small way. There are many challenges we witness - homelessness, addiction, poverty, mental health issues - sometimes all of these and others too. But as we pay attention to what our community members tell us, we can also share joyfully in their gifts. In the past few weeks, for example, one of our members treated me to poems by W.B. Yeats and Nobel prize-winning Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz - all memorized and quietly shared. Another quotes passages from the Bible, an even more remarkable feat in a second language. One of our members has an incredible facility for word puzzles - she turns scared into sacred. Another is a colourist - she draws intricate patterns and fills them with all the colours of the rainbow.
Perhaps the greatest gift we encounter is the gift of courage. We see it in the quiet determination to make it through each day often, it seems, from a place of deep faith, despite the hardships endured. As one of the members said to me last week, quoting his favourite poet, "God gives people a reason not to give up." As a Listener, I am very grateful for this opportunity to experience and honour so many gifts within the First community.    

Please consider donating the following items that are always in need:
Men's and women's underwear, Shampoo and Toothpaste.
  Click here for details about donations.
From Our Administration Team
Announcements Deadline
Weekly bulletin announcements must be in the office by 10am on Wednesdays. 

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