Highlights of Our Life and Work
July 23, 2021
Greetings!

We are still on-line for Worship so you can join us at a time that is convenient for you and you can wear your pajamas if you want!
Worship this Week
Sunday Online Worship - July 25, 2021
Sunday Online Worship - July 25, 2021 - Jesus our Saviour

Who is Jesus for you? This is our third week of exploring different images and experiences of Jesus using a new book by Diana Butler Bass, Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way and Presence
Following the reflections of Jesus as Friend and Teacher, we will now consider Jesus as our Saviour. Did you know there are only two references to Jesus as ‘Saviour’ in the gospels?   

Our gospel reading for this week, John 4: 3-30-,39-42 includes one of those references. Can you find the second one? In John 4, Jesus and a Samaritan woman meet at a well and discuss ‘living water’. In preparation for worship, read the story of Jesus and Nicodemus in John 3 and note the similarities and differences in Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus and with the Samaritan woman. 

The Worship video is also available from our website.
Join us for Cafe Church al Fresco on July 25 at 2 pm at Kwomais Park!   
Nancy Painter will be leading this outdoor family friendly worship experience. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. 
Meet under the big cedar tree behind Sanford Hall.

It will be so great to be together and we will need to limit attendance to 25 people so please register. All ages are welcome and we really look forward to seeing some of our young families again! (Future dates: August 8 & 22)
 
Highlights
It’s Pride Week in White Rock
A good sized crowd cheered as the pride flag was raised at White Rock City Hall and the RCMP Station last Friday night. Our Affirming Ministry Team was there with Susy Tucker, a member of the White Rock Pride Society Board.
Larry Todd, Rev.Janice Young, Susy Tucker, Linda Lee Henriksen, and Nancy Painter.
The White Rock Pride Ride (the pandemic version of a parade) begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 23 
We invite you to join us as we cheer for those driving in the Pride Ride. We are going to gather at the corner of Washington Avenue and Stayte St. at 7:00 pm. Bring a lawn chair and we will supply some posters and pride flags.

If you’re interested in participating, please email lhenriksen@telus.net,
 
News from Affirming Ministry
It’s encouraging to see young people standing up for equality for all, as this high school graduating class is doing. Read more here.
Congratulations Robyn Garland!


We would like to share our Congratulations to Robyn Garland, and her husband David, on the birth of their son Fox, born on July 9, 2021!

Welcome to the world Fox! Robyn and David, blessings and heartfelt warm wishes from all of us at Peninsula United!
Farewell to Rev. Bruce
We will have time and opportunities to reflect and celebrate our experience with Bruce before he leaves for Gilmore Park United Church in September.
 
Volunteer to join a team that will make Bruce’s Farewell a very special event.
Contact Peninsula UC office to put your name on the list.
604-531-2979 or office@pensinsulaunited.com 
Camp Spirit Help Needed
I am supplying the lunch and snacks for Camp Spirit Aug 3 to 6. I need help with the preparation each day. If you are able to help please let me know by email jbstrutt@telus.net or call 604 576 8812. I would like 2 people for each day to help from 9:30 to 1:30.
 
Thanks, Joan Strutt
Come to Camp Spirit at Peninsula United Church!

Tues. August 3 to Fri. August 6 9am to 3pm
Camp Spirit continues your Child's journey of Wonder - encouraging campers to explore faith through listening and experiencing the sacred stories, enjoy times of creativity and science, move to music, share a meal together and appreciate getting to know one another! Trained, screened staff & volunteers provide leadership and care while following health orders and camp's comprehensive COVID-19 protocols.

Day Camp for Children 5-11 years! Leader In Training Program for
Youth 12-14 years!
Birthdays are a wonderful reason to celebrate and call someone to have a chat!
With your permission we are gathering first names only along with your month of birth, so that our community can celebrate 12 times a year bringing to mind these special days!
 
Please send your information to Janice Lesley at jevelinel@icloud.com or call 604-812-2159.

On Sunday, August 1 the August birthdays will be celebrated on zoom during coffee hour.
(11 am Sunday Morning)
Please join 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.

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.
A Minute For Mission
The attack on the Muslim family in London, Ontario, has saddened all of us. What would compel someone to drive a truck into this family out for a Sunday evening walk? The police believe that the family was targeted because they are Muslim. A 2017 study found that almost half of all Canadians have an unfavourable view of Islam, a perception evident in attitudes toward religious clothing. This study found that while 88 percent of Canadians support a nun wearing a habit, just 32 percent approve of a person wearing the niqab.
 
The United Church of Canada is deeply committed to working with Muslims and others for peace and justice. That’s why your Mission & Service gifts help us as a church to develop statements and educational resources to combat prejudice and discrimination. Members of Peninsula United are faithful givers to Mission & Service and to date in 2021 have contributed $34,617.06. These funds can help raise awareness and understanding that in turn contribute to a more peaceful world.
Are you seeing all our announcements?
This email is full of important information so please scroll to the bottom to see all the announcements. At the bottom, you may see a view entire message” link which means the email has been clipped and there is more to see. Just click on this link and it will open up a window where you will see all the announcements..
Strategic Leadership Committee (SLC) Congregation Update
The SLC meeting was held on Wednesday June 23, 2021, on Zoom. The highlights of the meeting were:
 
  • Council was advised that Rev. Bruce McAndless-Davis had accepted a call to Gilmore Park United Church in Richmond and was requesting a change in pastoral relations. Council expressed their appreciation for Bruce’s years of service at First United and Peninsula United Church and his dedication to Third Space and wished him all the best at Gilmore Park. Council agreed that Rev. Bruce’s last day with Peninsula will be September 15, 2021, with flexibility to leave earlier if required. A farewell event will be planned. 

  • Refugee Application: Kathy Booth, representing the Refugee Sponsorship Team, explained that the Kootenay Refugees Coalition was the sole sponsor of the Eritrean family and PUC was the “Appointment of Representative”, as approved at the last SLC meeting. However, the United Church of Canada does not support the use of the “Appointment of Representatives”. Kathy requested PUC become sole sponsor

  • Rev. David Boyd and Refugee Advisor, Khwaka Kubuko, support an application by PUC for sole sponsorship of this family. Nelson United will provide $10,000 to help support PUC. It was also noted additional costs for housing of $5,000 may be incurred.

  • Council approved the application for sole sponsorship of the Eritrean family and increased the Budget to $45,000 from $40,000. Donations are already coming in from members of the congregation. 

  • The first ‘FutureThink Communique’ went out in June by mail and email. The second will go out about the middle of July. The congregation is asked to watch for future communications.

  • The Music and Worship (A/V) Needs Assessment Group have been working hard and have extended our AV production contract until the end of September and an alternative accompanist has been identified and will be on call. The second part of their report will be available by the end of June.
 
  • Third Space discussion of staffing and leadership were discussed following Rev. Bruce’s departure as well as the lease arrangements as requested by the owner.

  • Thanks were extended to Peter Jones, Joan Strutt and Sylvia Uhreen, who are leaving the SLC, for their good and faithful Leadership to the Congregation.

  • Nominations Committee, Anna Paton, Jean Macdonald, and Janice Young, expressed appreciation for the many conversations with people willing to offer their gifts of ministry and service as nominees for the slate being presented for the upcoming June 27, 2021, Congregational Meeting.
Financial Snapshot at June 30, 2021
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At the midpoint of our fiscal year, local offerings of $125,644 were below budget by $11,856 and lower than the same time period in 2020 by $5,708.
Rental income is on budget.
Federal wage grants of $30,807 have been received in 2021.
An amount of $45,630 has been taken from the Planned Gift Fund to cover year to date operating expenses.
 
Thank you for your ongoing financial support of the various Peninsula United Ministries. 
In Person Worship: Are we or aren’t we?
With covid-related restrictions easing, you may be wondering what Peninsula UC’s plans are for re-opening in-person worship at the Crescent site. Right now, it seems that we’ll continue to do our pre-recorded worship services and have live Zoom coffee hours for the rest of the summer.
 
Here’s why:
  • The Needs Assessment Group (Glenn Roy, Victoria Jones, Carol Monaghan, Leisa Bannerman and John Leighton) has produced an extensive report on our options for hybrid in-person/online worship moving forward, in order to serve our members and guests the best way we can.
  • The Strategic Leadership Council (SLC) will review the report and make a decision on it at their meeting in late July. Should the SLC decide to go with the options explored, it will take several weeks to acquire equipment, train volunteers, etc. During that period, as far as we know at this point, we’ll maintain the current status quo.
 
If you have comments or concerns about re-opening under the current recommendations from the province, please forward them to any of the SLC members: Jean Macdonald, Anna Paton, Colleen Dean, Beth Henderson, Maria Booth, Pat Heslop, Sharon Birney or Val Austring.
 
In the meantime, we hope you’ll continue to watch our pre-recorded services online and call in to the Sunday morning Zoom coffee hours. You may also want to take in Café Church Al Fresco, which will be presented in-person every two weeks over the summer in a park setting. Check your newsletters for further details and to pre-register.
 
Stay tuned – as you know, things change unexpectedly! Rest assured that we’ll let you know how they affect our community of faith and our worship.

We are searching for a location for the Peninsula UC Community Dinners.
Once we have received the Government approval to begin hosting dinners we need a place where we can serve these nutritious and delicious meals to those in the Community. Donna Roy is reaching out to the community for a new home for the dinners.

We welcome your questions and prayers. 
Kathy Booth Justice and Service Convenor- 604-535-0723
Progress report on the Semiahmoo site of Peninsula United Church
More pictures of the Semiahmoo site redevelopment from Gord Lapthorne. Things are looking up!
 
Click here to view a photo montage of this redevelopment from June 2020 to July 2021. Thanks to Bill Lightowlers for putting this video together.

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ThirdSpace Conversation Café
Summer Conversation Café is back and in person! ...and also on Zoom!
 
We welcome you to drop in to ThirdSpace Wednesday mornings between 10am - 12pm for a chat!

You can also continue to join us via Zoom from 10:30 - 11:30am. (link below)

*Please note the Zoom drop is now only once a week during Conversation Café on Wednesday*
 
Our Covid protocols remain in place to provide safety and comfort during your chat!
 
If you prefer to join us via Zoom here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88370651699
(Please email assistant@ourthirdspace.com for password)

For further information click here!
ThirdSpace Virtual Drop-In Café
Drop-In Café is back and in person!

We welcome you to drop in to ThirdSpace Friday mornings between 10am - 12pm for a chat!

*Please note: Friday Drop-In is in person only. If you prefer to join us via Zoom please do so during our Wednesday Conversation Café!*

Our Covid protocols remain in place to provide safety and comfort during your chat!

More News
Tuesdays at 7:30 am in person at the Crescent site.

We are a small group of 4-12 people who gather for 20 minutes of contemplative, silent prayer, followed by coffee and conversation at a local coffee shop. 
 
For more information contact Rev. Janice Young: janice@peninsulaunited.com

To learn more about Centering Prayer watch this 8 minute introduction video by Thomas Keating.


Click here for information on how to continue your offerings during this changing time.

News from the Wider Church & Community
News from First United, Vancouver 
Find out what big developments and important work are happening at FIRST in the latest edition of our triannual newsletter First Things First. Plus, if you missed the most recent installment of Toast Talks, the recording of the June 24 session is now online!
United Church of Canada E-ssentials Newsletter
Awards for Broadview Magazine, Preparing for Retirement Webinar, United Church Face Masks, and more. Read the newsletter here.
Read the Online Together Newsletter 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
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
 
Bruce: 604-531-2979 ext.3 or 604-992-9183 
(Bruce will be on vacation from June 25 to July 26)
Staff Update, Summer Hours, and
Announcements Deadline
The arrival of Summer means staff are taking vacations and hours are being adjusted. Rev. Bruce McAndless-Davis will be back in the office on July 27.

During the Summer, Joanne Feuer will not be working on Mondays.
Weekly bulletin announcements must be in the office by 10 am on Wednesdays. 
With the change of hours and staff vacations it is even more important that you honour this deadline. If anything comes in after that time, we cannot promise to include in that week’s email.

Email your announcements to office@peninsulaunited.com or call 604-531-2979.
Office Closed but Staff is 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:
Joanne Feuer (Office Administrator): office@peninsulaunited.com  778-984-7768
Nikkie Ripka (Administrative Assistant):
 
ThirdSpace Office: 604-385-0822 
 
Click here for information about access to office and church buildings during COVID-19 restrictions.

15639 24th Avenue,
Surrey, BC V4A 2J6
604-531-2979