Highlights of Our Life and Work
May 28, 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
Community Created by Community:
Sunday Worship Online - May 30, 2021
This week we celebrate and explore the mysterious Christian idea of the Trinity and how the very essence of God is community.

The Worship video is also available from our website.
Please join us for Sunday Coffee Hour
(11 am Sunday Morning)
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.

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
Rev. Janice is on vacation and will return on June 8.
Save The Date: Sunday, June 13, 10am
Celebration of Ministry & Worship with the Pacific Mountain Region
We will be united across BC and Yukon in celebration, worship and praise, with distinguished guest preacher: Nadia Bolz-Weber See details here

Please note: Peninsula UC will not have our own virtual service on Sunday, June 13.
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, June 6 the June birthdays will be celebrated on zoom during coffee hour.
A huge thank you to the 95 people who have already given responses!

DID YOU RECEIVE YOUR SURVEY?
It should have gone to your inbox Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

 
If you need us to resend the survey to you,
please contact the office (778-984-7768) or:
 Leisa Bannerman
604-535-2558 ljoanb4@gmail.com
 Victoria Jones
 
We would appreciate receiving Surveys by the end of today (Friday, May 28, 2021)

 
Please read the entire email before you do the survey.
*** Please delete the survey from your inbox once it has been submitted, to avoid sending it twice! ***
 
We have a phone list so we can give the survey to those we do not have email information for.
 
*** Your individual responses will be kept confidential! ***
 
Thank-you from the Needs Assessment Group for PUC (John Leighton, Glenn Roy, Leisa Bannerman, Carol Monaghan, Victoria Jones) in consultation with the Worship Committee and your Council.
Living Celebration of Mary Fran Bateman
As many of you know, we have been sending prayers for Mary Fran, our co-chair of Worship, since she was diagnosed with cancer.

Although she is still receiving treatment, Mary Fran and her family have decided to plan a small celebration of her life.

Since we know many in her church family would like to be remembered to Mary Fran, you are encouraged to write to her to share your thoughts and memories.

She, along with her family will be able to enjoy and cherish them in the days ahead.
Please include your email and phone number.

These cards and messages can be put in the mailbox at the home of Peter and Victoria Jones, 2570 Cedar Drive, by Saturday, June 5th, so they can be delivered June 6th.
Important Refugee News!
At the SLC meeting on Tuesday, Council members unanimously voted to approve PUC support for an Eritrean family of 5, in partnership with the Kootenay Refugee Coalition.
The family includes two parents and their three children - 10, 9 and 6. Other family members who currently live in North Surrey are thrilled to hear the news that their family will be reunited here in Surrey. We do not know when the family will arrive but have much to do to prepare.
Many thanks to those who have come forward to volunteer to help as well as the commitment of Council. 
Fundraising plans and other news to be shared soon.  
 
Kathy Booth, Justice and Service Convenor
Help Save Bear Creek Park!
Were you aware that Surrey City Council has resurrected the proposal to connect 84th Ave from King George Hwy to 140th St? They hope to have this done within two years.
This proposal was discarded in 2007 after significant public opposition.
Please visit the Friends of Bear Creek Park website for more information including a link to the City's survey.
 
You can also watch this information video prepared by Friends of Bear Creek Park
Let's help our neighbours to the North preserve this much needed green space. Please share to raise awareness of this City plan.
 
Calls to the Church: Listening to the Wisdom of the Elders
Full details are on the LeaderShift website. Registration is open!
Did you know that there is an Annual Walk for Reconciliation right here in the Fraser Valley?

YOU can participate between May 28-30. It starts at the Fort Langley National Historic site and ends at St. Mary's Indian Residential School in Mission. 
For 6 years the United Churches of Langley and 5 other Langley churches have organized this walk at the end of May to coincide with the anniversary of the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Report and 94 Calls to Action. The event focuses on education and building relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. 
 
WALK WITHIN YOUR BUBBLE--This year's walk will be self-guided. Maps will be provided and you can walk a distance that is right for you at a time that works best for you!
 
SOLIDARITY ROUTE - You can also participate by choosing to walk a solidarity route in your own community.  
 
REGISTER on the Walk website
2013 Walk for Reconciliation
Photo by Jean Macdonald
2013 Walk for Reconciliation
Photo by Reconciliation Canada. 
“Savor Summer" Series - Offered by Marilyn Hahn
(*Please note changes to times for workshops*)
We invite you to join Marilyn Hahn and like-minded hearts for weekly art talk workshops to inspire a summer of creativity, connection, and healing.  

Topics include:
  • Your Home, a Source of Healing: 4 Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm, starting June 8
  • In Search of Deep Soul: 4 Wednesdays, 6pm - 8pm, starting June 9
  • Love is Already Here to Help You: 4 Thursdays, 10am - 12pm, June 10
  • My Soul, My Purpose: 4 Fridays, 6 - 8pm, June 11
There is a creativity component to each session, which requires simple drawing/coloring materials, as well as conversation, reflection, journaling, etc. 
 
NO ART EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!
Just trust in the process, trust me, and trust your power of curiosity.  
 
Payment is by donation. 
Sessions are on Zoom and are limited to 8 participants. Supplies list will be emailed before each session.
Contact Marilyn Hahn for more information.

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We need your support for Harmony
There is the possibility of affordable and inclusive housing in South Surrey.
This project of a 91 home, 6 story, affordable rental housing needs letter writing support. 
Surrey council is not showing enthusiasm for providing this type of housing for essential workers, seniors, families, people with disabilities.
Click on this link to learn why support for this project will be life changing. 
COVID vaccinations – to get one or not is a subject that can trigger emotional disagreements.

What do you say and do if a friend or family member tells you that they will not get the Covid 19 vaccination? Maybe you do not want to receive the vaccine. How can we respond most effectively when we disagree? Can we be compassionate in such a situation? 
 
YES, we can! 

We would like to offer a 1 1/2 hour Compassionate Listening Practice Session to help us move beyond fear, assumptions and judgements to deeper understanding and compassion.    
 
Cathy Merchant, Certified Compassionate Listening Facilitator will help us learn and practice a more compassionate way of responding to those who have differing opinions on this emotionally charged subject.    
 
Please contact Kathy Booth if you are interested in attending this zoom gathering which we anticipate will be held in the second half of June. Contact Kathy Booth at kathy.booth@hotmail.com or phone- 604-535-0723
Bear’s Breeches, Shaving Brush, Jewel, Mouse
These are the common names of some of the many perennials or tropical plants that Merv Lutes would like to give away. His garden is overgrown and the greenhouse is full. Can you provide a new home for a few - or many?! Contact Merv at 604-535-5183 or email: lutesara@yahoo.ca.
 


Wednesday Weeders - A small group of helpers have been giving the Lutes’s garden a spring haircut.
Signs of Hope and New Life 

What signs of hope and new life are you seeing? Send us your photos: office@peninsulaunited.com.  
 
When sending pictures for inclusion in the weekly email or the worship video, the images work best if they are a minimum of 1000 pixels.
Dorthe Davison sent us these pictures of St. Francis in her garden and her gorgeous Laburnum (Golden Chain) tree.
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!

#1 - 1381 George St. 
White Rock, BC 
V4B 2L1
Death Café is taking a month off. 
We’ll be back in July and look forward to seeing you.
ThirdSpace Conversation Café
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 Virtual 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
News from Affirming Ministry
A survey of youth in the United Kingdom found more than 80% of them would support a friend who came out as transgender. Their reasons are compelling and moving. Read about the results here.
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. 
 
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. Join us here. 
 
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:
During the Coronavirus 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
 
Bruce: 604-531-2979 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 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