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

The Sussex Redevelopment - Building Jubilee United's New Congregational Home

Jubilee United Church breaks ground on its new development!

It’s been a long and winding road, but this summer the Redevelopment Project at Sussex achieved a huge milestone – the Rezoning Application was approved by the City of Burnaby and we are finally in the position to begin construction. To mark this occasion, several members of Jubilee United – and its antecedent congregations, South Burnaby and West Burnaby United – gathered for a ground-breaking ceremony at 6050 Sussex Avenue on July 31st. Dave English and Charlotte Au, the Project Manager and Project Coordinator from Townline, participated in the event led by Rev. Graham Brownmiller, along with Terry Harrison and Doug Goodwin from BC Conference (who took the pictures).

Pictured: REDEVELOPOMENT LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE MEMBERS – PAST AND PRESENT: LEN, BARBARA, GRAHAM, TERRY, DAVE, BILL, BARBARA, CHARLOTTE AND KEN (MISSING: BRIAN AND LINDA)

More details and photos available in this update.

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.

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.

 

 

Saskatchewan Conference Refugee Action

Saskatchewan Conference takes action for refugees: increase sponsorships and end the Safe Third Country Agreement

On Friday, January 27th US President Trump signed an Executive Order that temporarily halts all resettlement of refugees to the US, halves the number of refugees to be resettled in the current year, and bars Syrian refugees and discriminates against refugees of Muslim faith or background. The Order also imposes a temporary ban on the admission of nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Over the past year, United Church people have welcomed thousands of refugees into their communities.  As people of faith, the church continues to ask and respond in this time and place to Jesus’ question: “And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you?” (Matthew 25).

Take action
There are positive, immediate steps Canada can take to respond to this crisis, but our government will need to hear that message from us.  Read the full call to action.

Candidacy and Admission Board interviews

Start Date: 
Jan 31 2018 (All day) - Feb 2 2018 (All day)

Next Candidacy and Admission Board interviews are Jan 31- Feb 2, 2018.

DEADLINE for interview request is December15, 2017  Please complete this form to request an interview.

LeaderShift changes leadership

Shifting Times, Courageous Leadership

To be a faithful leader in this time means we need to have the inner and outer skills necessary to lead spiritually, creatively and Biblically. Through LeaderShift, BC Conference has dedicated resources to support leaders in managing change and leading faithfully through challenge.

LeaderShift provides programs, coaching and on-site support to Ministry Personnel in BC Conference who are doing the inspiring and challenging work of building communities of faith.

LeaderShift relies on the body of Christ to share and celebrate the gifts of many. Christian leaders are never made in isolation. Our faith understands leadership to be a gift developed in community. Trainers and facilitators for our programs come from many backgrounds and fields of expertise.

For more information contact: 

Treena Duncan- Program Director, tduncan [at] bc [dot] united-church [dot] ca

Rev Rhian Walker- Conference Minister- LeaderShift, rhian [dot] walker [at] gmail [dot] com

Brenda Wolff- Program Assistant, bwolff [at] bc [dot] united-church [dot] ca

For more information on upcoming LeaderShift Events visit the LeaderShift website: https://leadershiftbcc.ca/

2017 BC Conference General Meeting

Start Date: 
May 25 2017 (All day) - May 28 2017 (All day)

 

The 2017 BC Conference General Meeting was held May 25-28, 2017 at The Nest at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. (6133 Univeristy Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1) The theme for the General Meeting was "How Big is Our Tent?"

The Celebration of Ministry service was held on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

The General Meeting was livestreamed via Facebook Live. Click here to view the BC Conference Facebook Page.

To view the session from Thursday night, please click here. 

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