Church Blog (Page 3)

Church Blog (Page 3)

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…