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Updates and highlights from BC Conference. The three most recent stories are published to the homepage.

Email Fraud - August 14, 2017

A document was emailed out from someone claiming to be Cari Copeman-Haybes. DO NOT OPEN. This is spam.  Communications from Cari as Conference President will always come from a BC Conference email address. Once again, please do not open the attachment that was sent today.

 

Peace,

BC Conference

Pastoral letter regarding summer 2017 wildfires in BC

BC Conference President Cari Copeman-Haynes writes to all of those in BC Conference:

This weekend has marked the most extraordinary set of circumstances with regard to fires in the interior of our province for more than a decade. Hot weather, dry lightning, high winds, and human activity have all conspired to endanger many people in many parts of our province due to the huge spread of fire through dry tinder.

Many of our congregations are ministering right in the heart of the threatened and enflamed territory. Some of our people are among those evacuated from their homes, and others are among those who seek to support and house those who have been evacuated. And meanwhile, the fires keep on starting (97 new fires on Saturday alone) and spreading.

At a time like this, when fear, anxiety, loss and dislocation trouble the hearts of many of our neighbours (and ourselves) in BC Conference, we turn to prayer, we turn to Scripture, and we turn to each other.

Continue reading.

The United Church of Canada sends this prayer to all.

Youth and Young Adult Ministry Sunday

Youth and Young Adult Ministry Sunday

Fourth Sunday of September:  September 24.2017         
BC Conference – The United Church of Canada

We invite you as communities of Faith to gather for worship on this Sunday or another in 2017, to celebrate and engage with Young People.  If you have youth in your congregation or you don’t, if you are seeking ways to connect and share with them, if you are seeking ways to bring awareness and honor to this ministry, then this service is created for you. 

Naramata to reduce its 23-acre footprint

May 18, 2017

Over the next few years, Naramata Centre will sell a portion of its 23 acres in the heart of Naramata village. The Centre's Board of Directors arrived at some difficult, but necessary, decisions this spring and presented the plans to Society members this month.

Naramata Centre Society Board Chair, Doug Wollard, says "We believe by creating a smaller footprint we can operate in a way that fits the demand in today's world. Having fewer acres will require less maintenance, and will better fit our registration requirements as the Centre no longer hosts large conferences."

Read the full press release. More information on future plans are here in the Centre's newest newsletter.

M&P 101 Training workshop Burnaby

Start Date: 
May 13 2017 - 9:30am - 3:30pm

What?
M&P 101
The role of the M&P Committee
The M&P Committee and the Church Board/Council

Who?
M&P Committee Members
Board or Council members or anyone who is interested!
Open to all in the Fraser and Westminster Presbyteries.

 

 

When?
Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Where?
Jubilee United Church
7591 Gray Ave
Burnaby, BC V5J 3Z4

Cost?
Free! With the option to purchase lunch for $15, payable at the door.

Registration available here.  Please register so we print enough packages, order enough lunch and set up enough chairs.

M & P 101 Training workshop Victoria

Start Date: 
Apr 22 2017 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

What?
M&P 101
The role of the M&P Committee
The M&P Committee and the Church Board/Council

Who?
M&P Committee Members
Board or Council members or anyone who is interested!
Open to all in Victoria and area.

When?
Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where?
St. Aidan's United Church
3703 St. Aidan's Street
Victoria, BC V8P 2V7

Cost?
Free! With the option to purchase lunch for $13, payable at the door.

Registration available here. Please register so we can set up enough chairs, print enough materials and order enough lunch!

NOTE: The same workshop is planned for Parksville on Saturday, May 6th if that works better for your location and schedule. Information can be found on this website.

M&P 101 Training workshop Parksville

Start Date: 
May 6 2017 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

What?
M&P 101
The role of the M&P Committee
The M&P Committee and the Church Board/Council

Who?
M&P Committee Members
Board or Council members or anyone who is interested!
Open to all in the Comox-Nanaimo area.

When?
Saturday, May 6, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where?
Knox United Church, Parksville
345 Pym Street
Parksville, BC V9P 1C8

Cost?
Free! With the option to purchase lunch for $15, payable at the door.

Registration available here. Please register so we can set up enough chairs, print enough materials and order enough lunch!

NOTE: The same workshop is scheduled for May 6th in Victoria if that is a better fit for your location and schedule. See this page for the link to that registration. Stay tuned for announcement of M&P 101 training for Fraser and Westminster Presbyteries.

Church Amalgamation for New Life

Start Date: 
Apr 8 2017 - 9:30am - 4:00pm

Workshop at Crossroads United Church, Delta.

$50 per person or $175 for 4 or more.  Includes lunch.

Register here!

If your congregation is considering partnerships with other congregations or denominations, there are no shortage of questions. What is the best model for our context? What financial information should we be aware of? How do we co-create a new vision together?

This workshop is for congregation members and their leadership teams to come together and learn from real-life examples of partnership. You will leave with a good understanding of the various models for partnership, processes and issues to work through, and inspiration on how to thrive in your new form.

Read about the workshop and the workshop leader David Raymond on the Leadershift website.

Registration also available by calling Brenda Wolff, at the BC Conference office - 604-431-0434, ext. 308.
 

BC Conference United Church Women Annual General Meeting

Start Date: 
Apr 27 2017 - 9:30am - 3:30pm

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Golden Ears United Church
22165 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Contact lynn [at] kluane [dot] net (Lynn Lancaster) for more information.

 

 

M&P 101 Training workshop West Vancouver

Start Date: 
Apr 1 2017 - 9:30am - 3:30pm

M&P 101 Training workshop - St. David's United Church

with Conference Minister Marc Coulombe

What?
M&P 101
The role of the M&P Committee
The M&P Committee and the Church Board/Council

Who?
M&P Committee Members, Board or Council members or anyone who is interested!

 

 

When?
Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Where?
St. David's United Church
1525 Taylor Way
West Vancouver, BC V7S 1N5

Cost?
Free! Lunch will be served, suggested donation $15 per person.

Registration available here.  Please register so we can set up enough chairs, print enough materials and order enough lunch!

Stay tuned for details about same workshop in Fraser/Westminster Presbyteries.

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