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Eat! Play! Love! Kids Camp at Comox United Aug 14-18

WHEN: August 14 to 18 (9:00 am to 3:00 pm)

WHO: For children ages 5 to 11 years old

WHAT: The theme is MEET! PLAY! LOVE!

Each day of the programme will explore a different aspect of play through the themes of imagination, friendship, creation, justice, and Sabbath time using storytelling, drama, music, art, games, and craft activities.

The cost is $50.00 per child for the week and bursary money is available for all families who need help with the cost (up to $25 per child).

Takes place at Comox United Church (250 Beach Dr, Comox, BC)

To register contact church office at 250-339-3966 or cxunited@telus.net.

For more information and to apply for bursaries contact Cathie at cgtalbot@shaw.ca

Council Remit Votes

by Margo Ellegood, Presbytery Representative

The General Council of the United Church of Canada has asked each presbytery and
congregation to vote on changes to the structure of the United Church. The Councils of all congregations are asked to vote on , as General Council calls them, remits. A remit, as a noun, is “an item referred to someone for consideration” There are 5 remits to deal with, at present we have completed 4.

The first Remit is for the United Church of Canada to be organized in a 3 Council Model vs a 4 . The intent of this is to create a sustainable and workable church structure in the face of a declining volunteer base and financial resources. Your council has voted for this.

The second remit is that the process of transfer and settlement for the Order of Ministry
be eliminated. This means churches will find their own Minister and all Orders of
Ministry will seek their own calls. This has already been happening the majority of the
time. Your council has voted for this.

Remit 3 asked we consider a denominational office of vocation be established. This would create a new permanent office of vocation as part of General Council structure. This would decrease regional involvement with ministers and your Council voted against it.

Remit 4 involved a new funding model of money going from our church to mission and
service, General Council and the Region districts etc. There were many variables to this
and your Council voted against it.

Our final remit will be dealt with in the fall. If you'd like to find out more about Remits visit www.gc42.ca/remits or speak with Margo Ellegood.

Holy Week and Easter 2017

This year, join us in the season of death and new life. For Holy Week, St. George's will be celebrating services on Palm/Passion Sunday, and a joint Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services with Comox United Church, Cumberland United Church, and Comox Presbyterian Church (for Good Friday). For Easter, we will be celebrating an Easter Sunrise service (with Comox United at Goose Spit) early morning, and Easter Sunday worship on Easter Day.

Take on the Lenten Challenge Beginning March 1

Take on the Lenten Challenge Beginning March 1

Beginning Ash Wednesday (March 1), you are invited to join us in an intentional personal and spiritual growth and development challenge. Through the season of Lent, we will be engaging with daily reading, spiritual practices, and small group discussion with the intention of going deeper in our relationship with God and one another. This year we'll be reflecting on John's gospel together.

Theology for the First Time: New Eyes for Reading the Old Testament with Pat Dutcher-Walls

This past Friday night and Saturday we were privileged to host Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls, professor of Hebrew Bible at Vancouver School of Theology. This was the first of a three part series “Theology for the First Time,” Vancouver School of Theology’s effort to “bring theology to the people.”

Pat’s topic was “new eyes for reading the Old Testament.” Her thesis is that having been exposed to Sunday School and Sunday Worship, church people come to the scriptures already knowing the answers to their questions. Instead, Pat suggested that if we pay close attention to the texts we discover whole new details and ideas that we never would have noticed or considered before. Not only does it make the Bible far more exciting and interesting, it also opens new insights into God’s character, our relationship with God as human beings, and the relationship between human beings (or at least how they should be). Pat is a deeply engaging lecturer, but the best part is that she gave participants actual tools and strategies for interpreting the texts themselves. We paid close attention to Moses’ encounter with the burning bush, and one participant enthusiastically played the part of Rahab the prostitute from Joshua 2. If you follow Pat’s guidelines, you would do well to avail yourself of a wide variety of coloured pencils for highlighting repetition and key phrases!

Overall, the lecture and workshop reaffirmed our need as the people of God to continually return and listen to where the Spirit might be speaking through the text to us for our time. One of the great Puritan theologians of the 17th century once said that “there is yet more light to shine forth from God’s Holy Word.” This workshop helped us step out from the shade of those things that build up over time and cast a long shadow over our interpretations to see God's light afresh.

Gathering for Healing and Prayer Survey

Gathering together for healing and prayer can provide an atmosphere to show our trust and dependence on God. We know God doesn't promise we'll be spared suffering, but does promise to be with us in the midst of it. Because of this common bond among us, the idea of gathering together for healing and prayer at St. George's was borne.

In order to provide an opportunity for those who would like to gather for healing and prayer we would very much appreciate your feedback.

Please answer the following survey, which will be used to discern the best way to move forward.