Friday, 11 December 2015

November Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Regional Council of North Vancouver (Anglican and Lutheran churches)
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

December 2 training session on Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy is cancelled

The session is cancelled. Please contact Archdeacon Lynne McNaughton for more information: lynne@mcnaughton.org

Monday, 16 November 2015

Refugee Sponsorship Update from REST

We have named/renamed our sponsorship group REST: Regional Ecumenical Sponsorship Team.

Welcome to the REST update. Please forward this on to your parishes and/or friends and family who are interested.

First, we have been approved to sponsor a young man named Ali. He is a 24 year old man from Somalia, who is blind. We are now waiting for a call to tell us when to expect him at the airport! This could happen any time, or it could take a couple of months. We have a temporary home for him arranged for when he arrives, and are working on finding out about services available to him.

Secondly, we are working through the slow process of private sponsorship for a young man from Iraq, who is currently waiting in Turkey. There is paperwork to complete on his side as well as ours, which is in the works, then interviews, and then more waiting. We do not expect to see him soon, but we are working through the process of bringing him. Many thanks to Joanne and Satori for working together to make this happen. When he arrives, his sister is already here with her family and they will be able to help with his settlement.

Thirdly, there are so many groups interested in sponsoring families that they are flying off the sponsorship lists before we can get accepted! This is great news for so many families who are being sponsored and no longer waiting in refugee camps. We continue to work toward calling dibs on a family before anyone else does! We expect to hear good news about which family will be coming to us this coming week. A new email will be circulated as soon as we hear the good news. These are the refugees we are currently working toward supporting.

Given the government support provided for them, (six months of financial assistance), we expect our financial commitment to be approximately $75,000, and we will need to raise most of that over the coming year. So, we have a plea for all of those interested in helping...we need to raise some money! We have 10 churches that have expressed an interest in working together to support refugees. These churches are (in no logical order):

  • St. Agnes, Anglican 
  • St. Clement's, Anglican 
  • St. Catherine's, Anglican 
  • Gloria Dei, Lutheran 
  • Mt. Olivet, Lutheran 
  • St. Stephen the Martyr, Anglican (Burnaby)
  • St. John's, Anglican (North Van) 
  • St. Martin's, Anglican 
  • West Van. Presbyterian 
  • St. Andrew's & St. Stephen's, Presbyterian (North Van)

We are asking each of those 10 churches, are you able to budget/fund-raise $7500 to support the refugees?

 I have attached posted a flyer for a December fundraiser. It is a simple cookie exchange and should be lots of fun for anyone and everyone. This can be hosted at a church, but also at a workplace or school. All you need is a bunch of bakers, a table to put the cookies on, and some bags or baskets big enough to put 2 dozen cookies into. All proceeds can be donated to the refugees through any of the churches listed above. Cheques should have "refugee fund" clearly marked on the memo line.

We have a designated refugee account where our funds will be pooled together at St. Agnes Church. Please feel free to ask questions if you have them. Thank you for your support!

Your REST Steering Committee

  • Shannon Muir: smuirslp@gmail.com 
  • Chris Trendell: christrendell@shaw.ca 
  • Cynthia Bunbury: cbunbury@sd44.ca 
  • Wilna Parry: parryfamily@shaw.ca 
  • Nada Djorovic: nadaj@novuscom.net 
  • Linda Parkinson: linvalleygrl@gmail.com

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Highlands United Church - Coordinator Position

Highlands United Church is seeking a full time person to Co-ordinate the children, youth, young adult and church social media ministry.  This person will be responsible for the successful coordination of a full range of programming for children, youth and young adults at Highlands United Church and managing the social media needs of the church.    Applications will be received until May 22, 2015 with an anticipated beginning date of July 1, 2015.  Applications shall be directed to Search Committee, c/o Rev. Cheryl Black, 3255 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver, B.C. V7R 2P1.  In church talk, this is a Congregationally Designated Position.  Full Position description available on web page atwww.highlandsunited.org

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Sensational Sunday - March 8 at St. Martin's


St. Martin's is inviting the region to our Sensational Sunday Messy Church evening. Come join us to build Lego, our faith, and our community, with a great dinner as well.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Neighbours of the Wilderness - Energy


A message from the departing Regional Council Chair

Dear friends,
As I step down from the Regional Council, thank you all for the work that you have done in moving ahead with North Vancouver Regional ministry and coordination.  A lot has been accomplished - well done! And this process is ongoing.  I wish you all the very best for the future of the Region, for all the people involved in Regional ministry - past - present - and future.

And I want to thank you for honouring me with the gift of a wonderful donation to the Georgia Strait Alliance whose work is very dear to my heart.  

Many thanks and all best wishes,
Alison Watt

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Junior Youth Sleepover Feb. 7-8th @St. Clements!

Calling all Youth 11-15 it’s sleepover @St. Clement’s time again!  Come for food, fun and friendship!  Please email Liz by Feb. 1st to Register. (25$ a person bursaries available)

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Sensational Sundays - St. Martin's


St. Martin's messy church is the first Sunday every month. This month's theme is all about Valentine's.

Upcoming Youth/Family Events


There's a variety of family and youth friendly events coming up. We hope you can join us!