Highlights of Our Life and Work
June 25, 2021
Greetings!

Here’s the latest news from our Community of Faith.
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Scroll down to find information on Sunday Online Worship, Highlights, ThirdSpace News, More News
News from the Wider Church and Community, and Reminders.

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Worship this Week
Not another new thing?!
Sunday Online Worship - June 27, 2021
This week we reflect on God’s promise in Isaiah 43:19 “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” Paired with these words to an exiled people we will hear verses from chapters one and two of Nehemiah which describe how this promise played out in the decades after the exiled Jews returned to their homeland. If you aren’t familiar with the book of Nehemiah, you might want to read it before you come to worship. 
 
After this Pandemic year of successive change in the world and in the church, we can’t help but wonder what new things are wanting to spring forth in our congregation? Does the promise of another new thing bring trepidation or excitement? Can we trust that in the surprises and changes of life, God is leading us?   

The Worship video is also available from our website.
Congregational Meeting on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom (replacing the usual Zoom Coffee Hour - but same link!) 

The purpose of this meeting is to receive a recommendation from the Church Council on a new governance model for Peninsula United Church, and to elect members to the governing body. 
 
Note: an information package was distributed the week of June 15th, by email (or by Canada Post for those not on email).
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.
Highlights
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 on vacation from June 25 to July 26 and Nikkie Ripka will be on vacation from June 24 to July 2. 

During the Summer, Joanne Feuer will not be working on Mondays.

Next week the office will be closed on Thursday, July 1 for Canada Day.
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.
Birthdays are a wonderful reason to celebrate and call someone to have a chat!
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, July 4 the July birthdays will be celebrated on zoom during coffee hour.
Justice and Service Updates:
We are searching for:

  1. A location for the Extreme Weather Shelter site. A dedicated group is searching for a location for this essential service on the Peninsula
  2. 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.

Priority Population Task Force:
The mandate of this WR City/Surrey Task Force is to identify short, medium and long term actions to ensure that the needs of at-risk and vulnerable populations are being addressed on the Peninsula. The Task Force had its first meeting June 17 and will meet biweekly until November.
Kathy Booth and alternate Cheryl Lightowlers will attend this meeting.

We need your prayers and welcome your questions for all this Missional and Ecumenical” work of the church. Kathy Booth Justice and Service Convenor- 604-535-0723

In His Own Words: Called to Follow
Click here to view the interview with Peter. 
 
Furnishing and Houseware Update
Thank-you to our generous congregation! With your donations we have made wonderful progress towards securing priority household items for our Eritrean family. 
Still looking for: vacuum cleaner, coffee table, iron, small kitchen appliances, cooking utensils, in good clean working condition. Contact Pat Young at youngpatj@gmail.com to donate or to shop for supplies.
 
Fundraising: To donate or make a pledge, contact John Leighton or Teri Lydiard (tlydiard@telus.net or 604 538-6352).
News from Affirming Ministry
The battle for equality for all is sadly far from over, and its greatest victims are often children, as in this case with a Kentucky foster agency threatening to punish children if it can’t discriminate against gay couples. Read the article here.
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!
DO YOU HAVE A CANOPY?
We need tents/canopies for outdoor programming.
Do you have one we could borrow that week?
Please contact Rev. Bruce: bruce@peninsulaunited.com 604.992.9183.
IMPORTANT Zoom CONVERSATION
Wednesday, June 30, 6:30pm

COVID vaccinations – to get one or not is a subject that can trigger emotional disagreements.
We’re bringing folks who are both in support of and against covid vaccines together for some deep listening and compassionate conversations. The goal is to build empathy and to help folks learn how to listen to one another around this potentially divisive topic.
 
YES, we can!  
 
Join us for a zoom meeting with Certified Compassionate Listening Facilitators and others who will help us move beyond fear, assumptions and judgements to deeper understanding and compassion.  
  
Please contact Kathy Booth @ kathy.booth@hotmail.com or phone (604)535-0723 if you are interested in attending this important interactive zoom meeting or have any questions.
 
Cafe Church al Fresco will be starting up again on July 11 at 2 pm at Kwomais Park!   
This is an outdoor family friendly worship experience that will focus on "God's love in and for Creation".
 
It will be so great to be together and we will need to limit attendance to 25. All ages are welcome and we really look forward to seeing some of our young families again! (Future dates: July 25, August 8 & 22)
 
A Canada Day Challenge and Opportunity
As we remember the 215 bodies of children recently discovered at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School you may be wondering how we can respond to this tragedy. We invite you to read and consider wisdom offered by Indigenous elders in Pacific Mountain Region as well as messages from Treena Duncan, our Executive Secretary and Blair Odney, our Regional President.  
Canada Day Activity Booklets
Enjoy the rest of this activity book with some Canada Day fun including games & trivia to enlighten your day in this difficult time and to keep you busy!

If you would like an activity book but are unable to print at home. Please call the office and we will be happy to set up a time for you to stop by and pick one up!
Upper Room
We have extra copies of the July-August issue of the Upper Room Daily Devotional available. If you are not on our distribution list and would like a copy, please call the office (604-531-2979) to arrange for pick-up!

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ThirdSpace Conversation Café - Cancelled June 30, 2021
Conversation Café will be cancelled next week, June 30th, but we are back July 7, 2021!

....and we will be meeting in person!

Check out our website the week of July 5th for all the details on how we will be meeting safely back in person. You will also be able to join us via Zoom for an integrated conversation!

Look forward to seeing you July 7!
 
For further information click here!
ThirdSpace Virtual Drop-In Café - Cancelled July 2, 2021
Drop-In Café will be cancelled next week, July 2, 2021 but we are back July 9, 2021!

....and we will be meeting in person!

Check out our website the week of July 5th for all the details on how we will be meeting safely back in person. You will also be able to join us via Zoom for an integrated visit!

Look forward to seeing you July 9!
More News
Stewardship Seconds
June 27: Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Good stewards are careful not to put obstacles in others’ ways.
Tuesdays at 7:30am on Zoom
  
We are a small group of 4-12 people who gather for 20 minutes of contemplative, silent prayer,
followed by coffee and conversation. 
 
Join us here on Zoom at 7:30 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.


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

News from the Wider Church & Community
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)
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