Church Blog (Page 3)

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Advent & Christmas Services

Here is a listing of the upcoming special services. Dec 3, 2017: First Sunday of Advent – Hope Dec 10, 2017: Second Sunday of Advent – Peace; White Gift Sunday, with children collecting the gifts Dec. 16, 2017, Saturday at 2:30 PM, Blue Christmas Dec 17, 2017: Third Sunday of Advent – Joy; Cantata Sunday Dec 24, 2017: 10 AM – Fourth Sunday of Advent – Love Dec 24, 2017: 7 PM – All Ages Christmas Eve Service, with Communion…

Reserve Fund Analysis

A fireside chat, hosted by David Green, the property and stewardship liaison for the TUC board, will be held on Sunday, December 3rd at noon.  Location to be determined. This will be an open forum to discuss the results of the TUC Reserve Fund Analysis report identifying capital requirements for the church building over the next several years.  The report includes required plus discretionary expenditures. The forum will also provide an opportunity for anyone wishing to add to the capital expenditures…

Wildfires Response

We hold those affected by wildfires in our prayers as well as those who are supporting the evacuees. A letter from our BC Conference President is here. Doug Goodwin, writing on the BC Conference facebook page, says: “A number of people have been wondering whether BC Conference will collect money to assist those affected by the fires. From past experience we have found that sending financial donations to organizations that focus on relief work of this kind is more direct…

Cultural Competency Course

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, the Outreach Committee is offering this course facilitated by Okanagan Indian Band elders. Dates: Saturday, September 9 & 23, October 14 & 28, 2017 Times: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Facilitators: Eric Mitchell (Okanagan Indian Band Elder, Okanagan/Sylix knowledge keeper, Cultural competency facilitator for School District #22 staff and UBCO School of Nursing students, residential school survivor) Christina Marchand (Okanagan Indian Band Elder, Cultural Competency Facilitator for School District…

June Board Report

The beginning of June the Board met for a time of reflection and discussion. Conversations were centred on where Trinity is at today and what direction we would like to see it take for the future. That was a huge task as you can imagine. However, the Board did come away from the weekend with some concrete goals for the future of this congregation. Over the summer further conversation will take place to turn these goals into achievable steps for…

Remits 1 – 4

Nora Sanders, the General Secretary for the United Church of Canada, announced the results of the Remits recently voted on by Presbyteries and Congregations. All four remits received the majority approval from both Presbyteries and Congregations. These changes to the church structure must now be ratified at the next General Council in July 2018 before becoming effective. The full letter from Nora Sanders is available online. These remits dealt with: Remit 1: Three Council Model; Remit 2: Elimination of Transfer and…

Jeff’s Graduation

This week, Don and I will travel to Durham, NC for the culmination of my Doctor of Ministry journey! If you’d like to participate in the pomp and ceremony from the comfort of your favourite chair, here’s a Duke video stream link to the livestream of the Divinity Baccalaureate Service at Duke Chapel, Saturday, May 13, 3:30 PM in the West!

Board Report for May 2017

The Board members attended an information session at Kelowna’s First United Church in April. This was to further understand upcoming changes to The United Church’s “Basis of Union” (the document that was drawn up when the United Church of Canada was founded in 1925). Several remits authorized by delegates to the 42nd General Council last summer must be considered and voted on by each Pastoral Charge. The Board will be offering information sessions regarding this following Sunday Worship May 21,…

Holy Week Services

A rich variety of worship services are planned for the week leading up to and including Easter at Trinity. Here is the summary: Palm Sunday, April 9 at 10:00 am (palm procession from upper parking lot – 9:45am); Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 5:30 pm  (Communion & footwashing); Good Friday Tenebrae Service April 14 at 10 am (the story of the crucifixion in readings and song); Easter April 16 Sunrise Service at 7:30 am (in the courtyard), Breakfast at 8am in hall, Easter Service at 10am.

2016 Annual Report

At the AGM of Trinity Vernon, on March 19, 2017, the congregation will receive the 2016 Annual Report.

Jeff’s Thesis

A number of people have requested a link to the thesis written for Jeff Seaton’s Doctor of Ministry degree. You can read or download “Who’s Minding the Story? The United Church of Canada Meets A Secular Age.” This link takes you to his thesis in Duke Divinity library. The Abstract gives an overview.

Board Report January 2017

On January 22, members of your board met to discuss a number of issues important to the congregation. Primarily, the board adopted an investment policy statement for the funds generated by the Camp Hurlburt sale. With the hard work of your trustees, that policy will be enacted and the sale funds invested for the betterment of our mission, vision and values. Considerable time was also spent discussing chapter one of Fishing Tips by John Pentland, minister at Hillhurst United in…

Christmas Services

Trinity United Church Christmas Services Blue Christmas Saturday, December 17, 2016 – 2:30 p.m. Fourth Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. Family Christmas Eve Service Saturday, December 24, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. Candlelight & Communion Saturday, December 24, 2016 – 10:00 p.m. Christmas Day Sunday, December 25, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

Ever Evolving Youth Energy!

I was fortunate enough to attend the Evolve youth conference Nov 11-14 with three amazing youth.  Accompanying me was Katherine Taylor, Cassidy Delaney and Devin Crossley-Deere who is a close friend of Cassidy’s. The youth represented our community so well and really allowed themselves to settle in and absorb all that was offered at the conference, I was very proud to be the leader connected to them.  The theme of the weekend was evolve.just.chill. with an emphasis on meditative practices,…

Congratulations Rev. Dr. Jeff

Dear Jeff On behalf of the board and the entire congregation, I would like to congratulate you on earning a Doctor of Ministry from Duke University. Considerable work has gone into this achievement, and you should be very proud of yourself, just as we are of you. Through your recent adventure in education, you have developed new skills and experiences, and the congregation looks forward to having them unfold before us. Once again, congratulations. Blessings Richard Rolke, Board chairperson Trinity United…

Refugee Team Update – Nov 2016

It has been over a year now since we began our work to sponsor refugees. Our first family, Pari and Martin, a mother and son have been in Vernon for 4 months now. They are settling into Vernon very well. Pari is taking English classes at VDISS Martin is taking upgrading course at the college. We will continue to support them for another 8 months. Our second family, Noura Deeb and her daughters Madelen and Claire remain in process with…

October Board Meeting

A report from Richard Rolke, chair of the Trinity Board. Members of your board met Oct. 30 and we discussed a number of items. Among them was ongoing work on a building report and development of a five-year capital expenditure budget.  Also, we received an update from Jeff on his activities. His return to work after the sabbatical has been going smoothly, and his thesis has been totally approved.  Considerable time was also spent discussing the Hurlburt sale revenue and development…

Trinity Food Bank

Our referrals come from Neighbour Link, a local Christian charity. They keep records of people requesting help, and are able to discern how best to give that help. TUC is only one of the Food Banks that provide for the community, but we are one of the few who have a budget to keep our shelves stocked. Neighbour Link has expressed great appreciation for our continued ability to support this ministry, especially during the time where other shelves are bare.…

Thanksgiving Dinner

On Sunday, October 2nd, a feast of turkey and trimmings was offered to members of the congregation. Men’s Group took the lead, but with plenty of help from others.

Refuge Team Update – Sept 2016

We have had a very busy and rewarding summer. First family On July 12, at the Kelowna airport, we welcomed Trinity’s first family, Paridokht “Pari” and her son Martin after they had travelled for more than 36 hours from Turkey. Pari and Martin are sponsored under the B V O R (Blended Visa Office Referred) program. This is a shared sponsorship with the federal government, under which they receive financial support (equivalent to provincial social allowance) for their first six…

Job Opportunity – Part Time Music Director

Trinity United Church is looking for dynamic and enthusiastic part time Music Director! The Music Director enriches the congregation’s worship and spiritual life through music. In Partnership with the Lead Minister and Worship Team, the Music Director is responsible for planning, leading and directing music for worship services. This is a part time position (estimated 15 hours a week) and is scheduled to commence in October, 2016. Resumes may be dropped off at our office at Trinity United Church at…

May Board Report

Members of your board met May 14 and we had a very busy agenda. We received reports from the treasurer and the worship and education and pastoral care and outreach liaisons on the ongoing activities within the congregation, as well as an extensive report from the property and stewardship liaison. Among the actions taken on the property front are replacing the hot water tank because it’s at the end of its useful life. Measures will also be taken to enhance…

Refugee Team update – May 1, 2016

Vernon has welcomed it’s first Syrian family. Yussef and Fauda Alfaauri, and their five children, came to Vernon, in mid April, and are Government Sponsored Refugees.

April Board Report

Members of your board met April 17 and I would like to provide you with a brief update of our activities at that session. Rev. Jeff Seaton provided us further details on his sabbatical from May 29 until the end of September and those details were provided to the congregation last Sunday. A report was also received from the pastoral care and outreach liaison, Val Holowach, and the board has asked that the refugee committee provided the congregation with an update…

Sabbatical

A message from Board chair Richard Rolke: It will catch some of you by surprise, as it did me, but we have an important passage in Trinity’s history to acknowledge. It has been five years since Jeff joined us as our minister. Through his leadership, our congregation has tackled some significant issues and looked positively towards the future, while he has also led us on an evolving and fulfilling faith journey. On behalf of the board and congregation, I would…

Refugee Team Update

Our experience over the last six months has taken many twists and turns. When we started on this journey, we were seeing refugees fleeing Syria in the most desperate circumstances.  We knew that Canada would be accepting 25,000 refugees in a short time frame. We assumed that there would be a great need for sponsors for these families. However, a different process was used for the government assisted refugees and sponsoring groups like us were pretty much left out in…

Easter Music

Trinity Chancel Choir perform “Christ Has Broken Down the Wall” on Easter Sunday. Easter 2016 from Trinity Vernon on Vimeo. Chimes Chimes from Trinity Vernon on Vimeo.

Governing “Just Right”

Dear members of the Trinity family, One of the important conversations we had at our Annual Meeting a few weeks ago was about our governance model and our decision-making processes. As I heard that conversation, and from what I have heard in follow up one-on-one conversations, there is a curiosity about how “open” or how “rigid” our governance model is. This article does the best job I’ve seen at explaining approaches to this question. Using the labels the author sets…