Newsletter January 6 2022

A Message from the Minister’s Messy Desk 

When I served as Interim Moderator at Victoria’s Chinese Presbyterian Church one of their traditions was holding a New Year’s Eve service also called a Covenant Renewal service. It comes from the Wesleyan (Methodist) tradition and was a simple prayer service, highlighting hope for the new year and a re-commitment to live a Christ lead life. As this year begins I know we are all facing uncertainties and concerns but I have a lot of hope!  Prolific hymn writer Charles Wesley wrote a New Year hymn and the words are quite helpful as I think about the hopes I have for this new year and the desire to continue this faithful journey no matter what lays ahead of us. 

 

  1. Come, let us anew

our journey pursue,

roll round with the year,

and never stand still till the Master appear.

  1. His adorable will

let us gladly fulfill,

and our talents improve,

by the patience of hope and labour of love.

  1. Our life is a dream,

our time as a stream

glides swiftly away,

and the fugitive moment refuses to stay.

  1. O that each in the day

of his coming may say:

“I have fought my way through,

I have finished the work that you gave me to do!”

  1. O that each from our Lord

may receive the glad word:

“Well and faithfully done;

enter into my joy, and sit down on my throne!” 

Unfortunately the power went out midway through the service at St. George’s United on Jan 2! Those of us watching the live-stream know that it just simply stopped. Those of us hoping to watch the whole service on YouTube have discovered that it cuts out mid-sermon. I know that the tech team tried really hard to get the live stream back on line but the power went out three times during the sermon thus causing issues for their wifi connection. Unfortunately most of us missed Ross’ sermon! As a result Ross and I are working on another time in the future when he can come in person and preach for us. 

Announcements:

At this stage we are continuing to offer in-person and online services. The session will be re-evaluating our procedures and what we should do moving forward at our upcoming session meeting. 

Reminder to elders we have a session meeting on Tuesday Jan 11 at 7pm over zoom.

Newsletter – ELDER NOMINATION FORM

A Message from the Minister’s Messy Desk

At the session meeting on Jan 11 it was decided that we suspend all in person worship for the rest of the month of January. We will be meeting again on Jan 26th to reevaluate this suspension.

Services will continue to be live-streamed, broadcast on the radio and available in written form. 

While this is not a set-back any of us want, it is out of care and concern for our congregation that the session has made this decision. 

Other updates from Session:

The session received a status report from the New Beginnings Building Committee. This committee has been in contact with three church-based consulting/development firms and has received proposals from two of them. The committee hopes to have a recommendation to session for our next meeting. Following session these recommendations will likely come to the congregation for discussion and approval. 

It was moved that we proceed with elder nominations and elections with the goal of electing a maximum of two new elders. Below and attached is the information about who qualifies and how to nominate candidates. Due to the challenges of not meeting in person for worship, electronic or handwritten nominations (so long as it is from two members) will be allowed. 

Call For Nominations to the Eldership

This session moved to term eldership two years ago. Term eldership is a style of service in which elders serve for a 6 year term followed by a minimum 2 year sabbatical. Every 2 years 1/3 of the elders will resign from active service and elections are held. This means that every other year we ask if there are elders who wish to resign or take a leave from active service. Currently three elders have resigned or stepped down from active service.

At our December meeting we approved that elder elections will take place in Jan 2022 or as soon as feasible.

The Session is responsible for all aspects of the life and ministry of the Congregation (except a few areas reserved to the minister by our theology and our ‘manual’, called “The Book Of Forms.”) Here is part of what The Book of Forms has to say about the qualities sought for the eldership:

“Election to the eldership is the call of God, through the congregation, for service in Christ’s Church. Since the eldership is a spiritual office concerned with the rule and pastoral oversight of the congregation, only suitable men and women should be considered. They should be committed Christians, in regular attendance at public worship, persons of sound judgment and upright character, and either knowledgeable or prepared to learn of the government of the church…The eldership is a spiritual function as is the ministry, and the qualifications for the office are those laid down in ‘the express word of God, and  namely the Canons written by the Apostle Paul.’ An elder must be a professing member of the congregation and must be “an example to the believers in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity” (I Timothy 4:12).

 

The Session will receive nominations until Feb. 13/22 . Please uphold thisprocess, the Session, and the Congregation in your prayers, and thank you.

 

HOW TO MAKE A NOMINATION

EACH NOMINEE MUST BE NAMED BY TWO PROFESSING MEMBERS OF

THE CONGREGATION. THE NOMINEE MUST ALSO BE A PROFESSING

MEMBER.

 

YOU MAY USE THE FORM BELOW OR CONFIDENTIAL EMAIL OR ANY OTHER PAPER, SEALED IN AN ENVELOPE MARKED “ELDER NOMINATION”

 

THE SESSION WILL VET THE NOMINEES AS TO THEIR SUITABILITY AND

WILLINGNESS TO SERVE, AND WILL CALL A CONGREGATIONAL

MEETING FOR THE ELECTION 

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NOMINATION FORM

WE NOMINATE ________________________

 

FOR ADMISSION TO THE SESSION OF COMOX VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN

CHURCH, COMOX

 

NAME (PRINTED AND SIGNED) OF MEMBER MAKING NOMINATION

 

NAME (PRINTED AND SIGNED) OF MEMBER MAKING NOMINATION

Newsletter January 27 2022

A Message from the Minister’s Messy Desk

In celebration of our Anniversary I asked you to share with me memories of CVPC. In the coming Newsletters I look forward to sharing those memories with you. Please feel free to continue to write to me with some memories and I will include them! 

The first memory that came in was from Peg MacMillan she writes:

“I started working at the Comox Rec Centre in 1993 and, being the ‘newbie’, I was given the shift no-one, including myself wanted, the Sunday shift. But hey, the job was a good fit for me at the time and I was told it would only be a short time before I would be switched out of the Sunday position. Fast forward to January 1995 and, yup, I was still the Sunday employee.
Having missed attending church for two years I was quite happy when I was advised a congregation would start to use one of our meeting areas for Sunday worship. I believe it was D’arcy and Marg Carr who stopped at my desk that first Sunday with concern I would be interrupted by the music and said they would ensure to close the door when the service began. I requested they leave the door open so ‘I might attend from a distance’. This arrangement worked perfectly as I was now able to attend worship while at work.
The friendliness of CVPC’s congregation stayed with me long after they moved on. When Rodney & I moved back to Comox I remembered this friendly, welcoming group and realized we were within walking distance of their church. And now, happily, we can say it’s our church too.”

Thank you Peg for sharing this memory and for reminding us that we never know how we can positively impact others and what effect that can have on their faith life in the future!

IMPORTANT UPDATES FROM SESSION:

The Session moved to RESUME in-person worship in February following previously adopted pandemic protocols. You can register to attend in person worship by calling the office or going to:

IN Person Registration 

 

The New Beginnings Building Committee recommended that Session receive and consider a proposal from the United Properties Resource Corporation (UPRC).

The New Beginnings Building Committee was in contact with three different church based consulting/development firms. They received proposals from two of them and are recommending the proposal from UPRC.

UPRC was created by the United Church of Canada to bring professional real estate expertise to communities of faith to provide them with all of the information they need to make faithful decisions.  UPRC would become a general partner with CVPC and would look after most of the cost, work, and management of a mixed housing complex. To learn more about UPRC go to:

https://uprc.ca/

 

A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be called in the very near future so that the congregation can consider the proposal from UPRC. The date for this meeting will be announced on Sunday. 

Rev. Jenn and Mike are on holidays Jan 31-Feb 7. Erica Farrell will be leading the service and Jean Sarrazin will be providing tech support. Please contact your elder or Angela Hope (250-650-8830) in the event of a pastoral emergency. 

Newsletter December 8th 2022

A Message from the Minister’s Messy Desk 

As I mentioned in a previous newsletter I am using the Biola University’s Centre for Christianity Culture and the Arts daily devotionals for advent. I have found these devotionals to be thought provoking and they compliment our Advent Bible Study on the songs in Luke very well. These devotionals include not only a short meditation but a poem, song and piece of art.  This morning the main focus was on Luke 1:49-50, a portion of Mary’s song. Mary declares that God has done great things for her, despite the fact that she is an unwed, pregnant, teenage girl! Sometimes we miss the good things God has done for us because we are faced with such deep challenges. Sometimes we expect good things to be momentous rather than small things. Tim Muehlhoff wrote today’s devotional and his words have helped me see the good things God does for us, always. He writes, “This Advent season let us cultivate a “seeing eye” that not only praises God for dramatic answers to prayer, but also affirms that “every good gift” is from above (Jm. 1:17). Today let us recognize that hot coffee, laughter, aspirin, an unexpected compliment, pets, Advent devotionals, family, seasons, music, braveness of front-line workers, poetry, and yes, even endless Zoom meetings are a form of God’s common grace.”

 

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY:

Bible study.jpg Our study of the songs in Luke continues every Thursday at 7pm over zoom (email revjenng@gmail.com for link) until Dec. 16th.

IN PERSON WORSHIP: You are invited to join us for in person worship every Sunday. Please register on line or by calling the office.  A reminder that we also require proof of vaccine and masks at all times. To register on line go to:

IN PERSON WORSHIP REGISTRATION

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: We will also be hosting an in person Christmas Eve service at 5pm. It will also be live-streamed. Please register on line or by calling the office.

Christmas Eve Service REGISTRATION

SHARED SERVICE JAN 2: Our worship service on Jan 2 will be at St. George’s United (505 6th st. Courtenay) at 10:30am. The Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart will be leading the service. To attend in person one must be vaccinated. The service will also be live streamed via their website at stgeorgesunited.com/worship-online

 

Christmas hamper.png  CHRISTMAS HAMPERS: We are collecting funds for the Salvation Army Christmas Hampers. You can donate until Dec. 19th through your envelopes or via CanadaHelps. Please be sure to choose “Christmas Hampers” or write it on the “other line” of your envelopes.

 

OFFERING ENVELOPES:

The 2022 Offering Envelopes are now available.

offering-envelopes.jpegPlease note that many numbers have changed.

Please do not use 2021 envelopes next year.

You can pick up your envelopes during office hours.

Tuesday-Friday 9am-12pm (OFFICE CLOSED Dec 27-31)

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OFFICE PATIENCE:

Our administrator Katie will be away on holidays Dec. 15-Jan. 9. We will have volunteers in our office during office hours to help answer phones and welcome visitors. Please be patient with us and note that emails may not get answered in a timely fashion. The office will be completely closed Dec. 27-31

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SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS: ALONGSIDE CARE GIVER CONSULTING

Anyone who is caring for a loved one, friend or wants to help others is welcome to join our support group for caregivers. The next meeting is Dec. 15th at 10am at the church. 

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SOME OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM OUR COMMUNITY:

Comox United (250 Beach Dr) is hosting a Women’s Advent Service on Dec. 13 at 7pm.

Come and catch your breath in the company of other women. Music, readings, singing, and a time to be blessed by the presence of the Holy.

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DRIVE IN MESSIAH SINGALONG:

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The public is invited to a Christmas singalong of Handel’s Messiah from the safety of your car. Sunday Dec. 19th from 2-4pm at the Comox Mall.

Opening Acts include The Comox Valley Children’s Choir and The Quarantones.

Car and Driver $30, Passengers $20 Tickets available at Blue Heron Books and Colour Your World.

Newsletter December 2 2021

Announcements from the Minister’s Messy Desk 

COMMUNION: A reminder that we will be celebrating communion this Sunday. For those attending in person there will be individually prepared elements at your seats upon arrival. For those worshipping with us online please have your elements prepared before the service.

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY: Our study of the songs in Luke continues every Thursday at 7pm over zoom (email revjenng@gmail.com for link) until Dec. 16th

 

 

IN PERSON WORSHIP:

You are invited to join us for in person worship every Sunday. Please register on line or by calling the office.  A reminder that we also require proof of vaccine and masks at all times. To register on line go to:

https://rsvp.church/r/YBfH0va3 

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE:

We will also be hosting an in person Christmas Eve service at 5pm. It will also be live-streamed. Please register on line or by calling the office. 

https://rsvp.church/r/YBfH0va3 

 

SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS: 

Anyone who is caring for a loved one, friend or wants to help others is welcome to join our support group for caregivers. The next meeting is Dec. 15th at 10am at the church. 

 

SOME OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM OUR COMMUNITY:

Comox United (250 Beach Dr) is hosting aWomen’s Advent Service on Dec. 13 at 7pm.

Come and catch your breath in the company of other women. Music, readings, singing, and a time to be blessed by the presence of the Holy.

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DRIVE IN MESSIAH SINGALONG: The public is invited to a Christmas singalong from the safety of your car. Sunday Dec. 19th from 2-4pm at the Comox Mall. 

The Compass Community Radio Choir under the direction of Paul Colthorpe and Master of Ceremonies Jenn Forsland. 

Opening Acts include The Comox Valley Children’s Choir and The Quarantones.

Car and Driver $30, Passengers $20 Tickets available at Blue Heron Books and Colour Your World. 

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OFFICE CLOSURE:

December 25th – January 4th

Newsletter November 24 2021

A Message from the Minister’s Messy Desk 

It is hard for me to believe that Advent begins next week!  I think part of my surprise is due to the balance of working in a “hybrid” world in which half of my meetings and events are on line and the other half are in person with masks. I think  another reason I’ve been caught off guard is because we have been so consumed with concerns for our friends, family and neighbours on the mainland and now the news from the opposite coast is also concerning.  Admittedly I am also grieving losses.  I remember the pfeffernusse my mother-in-law made every year and know that this year will feel different without her.  Sometimes it is hard to celebrate the hope, peace, joy and love that this season is supposed to inspire. This year I have decided that something I need to do to help me “get into the spirit” is to do a daily advent devotional. In fact, I found two online devotionals that I am going to try. You are most welcome to participate in them with me!

The first one comes from the Tori Smit, a Presbyterian Minister in the Synod of Central-Northeastern Ontario and Bermuda. It is a mix of youtube videos and activities. Please note you need a google account to open the calendar.  

https://www.cnob.org/ 

 

The other comes from Biola Univeristy’s  Centre for Christianity, Culture and the Arts. Each day of the Advent Calendar features a Scripture passage, a devotion written by a member of the Biola community, a work of visual art, a poem, and a piece of music. 

https://ccca.biola.edu/advent/2021/

 

Another way to get into the Advent Season is to join us for our various services and studies! 

 

In-Person Worship:

You are invited to join us for in person worship every Sunday. Please register on line or by calling the office.  A reminder that we also require proof of vaccine and masks at all times. To register on line go to:

https://rsvp.church/r/YBfH0va3 

Advent Bible Study:

Join us for a special Advent Bible Study entitled, “Songs of Advent from Luke’s Gospel”.  Week One’s handout is attached.  The study will start Nov. 25 and run every Thursday until Dec. 16 over zoom at 7pm. To connect over zoom click: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83836166197?pwd=QU50ZjlkdHZvZXFzVHVzdmVMOHZ5Zz09

OR call

  +1 778 907 2071 Canada

Meeting ID: 838 3616 6197

Passcode: 053342

 

FOLLOWING THE SERVICE THIS SUNDAY (Nov. 28th) we have our CONGREGATIONAL BUDGET MEETING.  You are welcome to attend in person or via zoom. To attend via Zoom go to: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81004165479?pwd=b2tvK3hVa0R6SW8zMzIwSGlubWN5UT09

 

Dial by your location

        +1 647 374 4685 Canada

        +1 647 558 0588 Canada

Meeting ID: 810 0416 5479

Passcode: 024613

 

Starting Dec. 5th choir practice will be on Sundays at 9am. New singers are most welcome.

 

You can support flood recovery in BC through Presbyterian World Service and Development. To donate go to: 

https://presbyterian.ca/pwsd/2021/11/19/bc-floods/

Newsletter November 18

 

Announcements from the Minister’s Messy Desk

 

IN PERSON WORSHIP:

To register for Nov. 28th and/or all the services in December please go to:

ONLINE REGISTRATION HERE

Or phone the office. 

A reminder that we require proof of vaccine and masks at all times .

 

CONGREGATIONAL BUDGET MEETING 

Please mark your calendars for Nov. 28th for a congregational budget meeting following the service. It is our hope to hold the meeting both in person and over zoom. 

Please email our administrator, office@cvpc.ca if you did not receive a copy of the budget or pick one up during office hours. 

 

SUPPORTING THE FELLOWSHIP GROUP

We have created an account for the Express Return-It Recycle depot at 493 Puntledge Rd. You do not need to sort your bottles. Simply pick up a clear bag and sticker from the church. Fill the bag with recyclable beverage containers, place the sticker on the bag and drop it off at the Return-It depot on Puntledge Rd. The refunds will go directly to our Fellowship Account. If you are unable to drop off your bag you can contact Sheelagh McLeod at 250-871-4568.

 

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY

Join us for a special Advent Bible Study entitled, “Songs of Advent from Luke’s Gospel”. Luke’s Gospel has a series of songs as part of his introduction to the story of Jesus. In this study we will look at four songs sung leading up to and just beyond the birth of Jesus as we sing our own familiar songs  this time of year. The study will start Nov. 25 and run every Thursday until Dec. 16 over zoom at 7pm. To connect over zoom click: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83836166197?pwd=QU50ZjlkdHZvZXFzVHVzdmVMOHZ5Zz09

 

OR call

  +1 778 907 2071 Canada

Meeting ID: 838 3616 6197

Passcode: 053342

PRAYER SHAWLS 

During covid we have given many people prayer shawls and it has been a great comfort to them. If there is anyone who knit or crochet and would like to help to build up our supply, please contact Sheila McLellan 250-338-9240 or email at mclellansheila812@gmail.com

$10 A Month Club

It has been over 2 months since the school year started and we encourage everyone to support the $10 A Month Club.  The schools use the funds for meals, activities and clothing for the children and the time is coming for their winter activities.
Please remember this fund in your monthly givings. Thank you. The mission committee 

OFFICE HOURS

HOURS OF OPERATION
Tuesday-Friday 9-12
HOLIDAY CLOSURE: December 25th – January 4th
In response to public health measures please understand that our hours of operation are subject to change without notice due to the on going pandemic. Safety of our congregation and staff are paramount.
FACILITY RENTAL BOOKINGS
Yes we are starting to accept rental bookings starting in September. Spaces are filling up FAST. We will do our best to accommodate you, our church activities take precedent over rentals. Please be prepared to provide your organizations COVID-19 protocols. We will be requiring contact tracing (sign in to the building) and sanitizing of high contact surfaces, for the foreseeable future.
RETURN TO IN PERSON WORSHIP DECEMBER 5th

In-person church services are by registration only:

In person Church service registration CLICK HERE

***COVID Protocols are in place: proof of vaccination, masks and physical distancing are observed in our Worship ****

We will be checking emails regularly, but if the matter requires immediate attention or if there is an emergency please contact the

Reverend Jenn Geddes at revjenng@gmail.com or 250-218-5465

July 22 2021

A Message from the Minister’s Messy Desk

I have completed my courses and enjoyed my study leave! It was a very enriching time and I look forward to an upcoming preaching series entitled “Faithful Innovation: Conversations for the Post-Covid Church” in which I will use a book of the same name that sparked many interesting discussions in my small groups. I will follow that up with a preaching series entitled “New Insights from the Parables of Jesus” in which we will look at the 1st century interpretations and apply it to our modern times. I also participated in a rather intense course entitled “Job through the Centuries”. I’m looking forward to leading a Bible study in the near future using this class as the foundation. I am grateful for the opportunity to take these courses through VST and for the study leave allowance that helps pay for them! But for now it is “back to work” with a few important announcements:

We have our next in-person worship THIS SUNDAY, July 25 at 10:30am. It will also be live streamed on our YouTube channel.
Please note that due to the recommendation that masks be worn in all indoor public spaces we are going to continue to require that masks be worn at all times inside the church.
Gentle singing is now allowed during the service.

Registration for in-person attendance is required. The deadline to register is Friday at 9am.To register go to:
IN person Worship July 25

Next in-person worship will be Sunday Aug 29 th at 10:30am.

IN person worship AUGUST 29

A reminder to elders that we have a session meeting on Tuesday July 27 th at 7pm over zoom.

Everyone is invited to join us for an evening of Songs and Stories on Aug 5 th at 7pm. This simple OUTDOOR service will involve hearing some favourite parables and singing some classic hymns.

Thank you to Carol Anne who will be providing some live singing!
There are two different ways to attend. You can attend by coming and staying in your car or you can bring your own lawn chair and join us on the lawn. Singing will be permitted for both groups. Registration is required.
Please register for either the lawn or in your car based on what works best for you.

To Register go to:
LAWN registration

CAR registration 

 

 

Roof and Furnace Fund-raising Campaign!
Work on the roof and furnace replacement will begin in the coming weeks. A reminder that we are hoping to raise $5000 from the congregation to assist with the cost (totalling $70,000). If we raise more, all those funds will go directly to the roof/furnace and will mean less will be depleted from our GICs. To donate please mark it on the “other line” of your envelopes or by choosing the “Roof/Furnace Fund” on our Canadahelps donation
page: Canada Helps

We are all aware of the devastating fires throughout the province. Please note that we are not able to collect funds directly but you are encouraged to support the Cariboo Presbyterian Church at
Cariboo Presbyterian Church – Wild Fire Donation
or through the Kamloops United Church by choosing “general fund” and marking it “Fire relief” in the notes at Fire Relief Kamloops

Residential School Statement

The Presbyterian Church of Canada has released a joint statement from the Current and Former Moderators regarding Residential Schools

The following is only an excerpt:

“The Presbyterian Church in Canada operated eleven residential schools for Indigenous children, with the first opening in the mid 1880s. The names of those schools are: Ahousaht Residential School in British Columbia, Alberni Residential School in British Columbia, Birtle Residential School in Manitoba, Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School in Kenora Ontario, Crowstand Residential School in Saskatchewan, File Hills Residential School in Saskatchewan, Muscowpetung (later known as “Lakesend”) Residential School in Saskatchewan, Portage la Prairie Residential School in Manitoba, Regina Industrial School in Saskatchewan, Round Lake Residential School in Saskatchewan, and Stoney Plain Residential School in Alberta. In 1925 all but two of the schools that were still open were transferred to the United Church of Canada which was established as a result of the Church Union Movement. The two schools the PCC continued to operate after 1925 were Birtle Residential School and Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School. Though the church first offered formal apology and confession to God and to Indigenous peoples in 1994 for our role in running these schools—places from which many students never returned and which caused emotional scars and trauma on generations of Indigenous communities—the harm from these schools and other colonial practices continues today and so too does our need for confessing.”

“Because the residential schools operated for almost nine decades, harming generations of communities, true healing and reconciliation will require a lengthy journey over generations and a great deal of work to heal that harm. The discoveries of unmarked graves continues to lead to unspeakable grief and ongoing harm in communities across our country. Reconciliation is a long road that requires acknowledgement of harm, apology for taking part in that harm, concrete steps to redress the harm, and the rebuilding of broken relationships. We are called as disciples of Christ to reconciliation and to justice; this is work the church must do and commits to doing. “

—The Rev. Dr. Daniel Scott
Moderator of the 2021 General Assembly

—The Rev. Amanda Currie
Moderator of the 2019 General Assembly

PLEASE FIND THE STATEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY HERE

https://presbyterian.ca/2021/06/15/moderator-joint-statement/