News August 10 2022

Hello Friends!

We’ve been having a quiet summer with Rev. Jenn Geddes away on intermission. She returns rested and ready for the pulpit August 31st.

While she’s been away we’ve had many wonderful Preachers come through the church offering Sermons, prayer and community.

Special thank yous to:

Ruth McGowan, Whitney Hanna, Ross Lockhart, and Bob Lockhart

The 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month (3-4:30pm) Mary Bittroff is hosting a Ukrainian Refugee get together. Conversation, coffee and community outreach. Children are also welcome.

THANK you to Highstreet Ventures who have graded our gravel parking lot. It is now smooth and awaiting use!

Stay hydrated!

Newsletter June 9 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER’S MESSY DESK

Thank you for your kind words and encouragement regarding my upcoming Inter-mission. A reminder that I will be taking an extended leave June 20th to August 30th.  Below is the schedule of the services for June, July and August. It is our plan to offer live-streams for all of our services unless they are hosted at the United Churches in which case you can access the service through their websites.

A reminder to elders that we have a session meeting on June 14 at 7pm over zoom. 

Please note Jenn will be away June 14 9am-4pm moderating Presbytery in Nanaimo. 

Sunday Services:

June 12: Rev. Jenn

June 19: Rev. Jenn

June 26: The Rev. Ruth McCowan

 

July 3: SHARED SERVICE hosted at St. George’s United Church at 10:30am

505 6th St. Courtenay (for live stream: stgeorgesunited.com)

July 10: SHARED SERVE hosted at Comox United Church at 10am

250 Beach Dr. Comox (for livestream: comoxunitedchurch.com)

July 17: SHARED SERVICE hosted at CVPC at 10:30am with Whitney Hanna

 

July 24: The Rev. Ruth McCowan

July 31: The Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart

 

August 7, 14 and 21: The Rev. Bob Geddes

August 28: Wayne Penner

 

Pastoral Care:

For pastoral care please contact the office, your elder or the following people:

June 20-27: Ruth McCowan

email: Pzoom@shaw.ca, cell:1-250-589-7413

 

June 28-July 11: Angela Hope

email: angelaanscombe@shaw.ca, cell: 250-650-8830

 

July 12-18: Whitney Hanna

email:whitney.t.hanna@gmail.com, cell: 1-250-818-0970


July 19-25: Ruth McCowan

 

July 26-Aug 2: Angela Hope

 

Aug 3-23: Bob Geddes

email: bobgeddes@rogers.com, cell: 1-905-389-3001

Aug 23-29: Angela Hope

Announcements

The office will be CLOSED July 4-8th. 

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Glacier View Lodge as their emergency muster point. In the event of an emergency they would move their residents to CVPC for a refuge period of 24 hours. As such we are storing a small amount of items on their behalf. These items are clearly labeled totes above the freezer in the pantry as well as a few cartons of non-perishable food items on the lower southwest cupboard by the left of the stoves. The staff and residents of Glacier View are very comforted knowing that in the event of an emergency we can provide a temporary shelter. 

1 Peter 4:10 – Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received

Newsletter June 1

A MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER’S MESSY DESK

On June 20th I will be taking an extended leave of absence called “Inter-Mission” for 10 weeks until August 29th. This leave has been in the making for two years. Permission to take an inter-mission requires a minimum of 1 year notice. The session originally gave me permission to take this leave starting June  27, 2021 but when it was clear the pandemic was still causing instability I postponed it by a year.  When people ask what is an inter-mission I often explain it as a short term sabbatical. 

Inter-mission is a policy of the PCC that was adopted in 1992. It is described as, “A time to be for the sake of self, not for the congregation, the Church or for acquiring academic credentials. The mode is to be that of follower, not leader, thus the need for a spiritual guide to enable reflection and discipline. Considerable latitude is given to what actually may happen in the time set aside.” 

The past two years have been exciting but also very challenging and to be honest have caused stress on my physical, mental and spiritual health as well as on my marriage. This leave will help me and Mike nurture all of that. 

I have signed up to take a few courses at VST including “Love and Desire according to Mark 12:20-31” and “Thomas Merton on Sustaining Hope in the face of Social Crisis”.  I was also a successful applicant into the Guder Scholar’s program at St. Andrew’s Hall in August. This is a think-tank program for active clergy. The theme this year is Missional Leadership for an Online Church. All of these courses and opportunities will compliment my retreat and spiritual renewal very well. And I hope I will come back in the Fall full of ideas, energy and lessons. 

Please note that during an inter-mission the minister is responsible for covering the costs of pulpit and pastoral supply. However, the Session has generously offered to cover 4 weeks of pulpit supply. I have made arrangements for some excellent preachers and pastoral coverage including, The Rev. Ruth McCowan, The Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart, and The Rev. Bob Geddes (who will be here Aug 4-24).  During the month of July, Angela Hope is also available for pastoral care. A Schedule with contact information will be provided soon. 

Of the twelve students who graduated with me from Knox, College,  ten went into full time ministry. In the last year, three have left ministry all together, two are on medical/mental health leave, and two have left congregations and are currently without a call. I share this simply to demonstrate that this has been a challenging time for pastors and the hope is that an Inter-mission will provide some rest and renewal so that I can continue in full time ministry well into the future. Thank you so much for your support and prayers!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

We will be celebrating the sacrament of communion THIS SUNDAY during our regular service. Those attending in person will have individual packets. For those watching online, please prepare your own elements. 

Greeters Needed: We are looking for one or two people a week to welcome congregants as they arrive. Please phone the office if you are willing to be added to the rota. 

“Meet the Disciples” Bible study continues every Thursday over zoom at 7pm until June 16. Folks are welcome to participate even if they’ve missed the first meeting. Email Jenn for the handouts and zoom link. 

  

 

Newsletter May 25th

A Message from

the Minister’s Messy Desk 

On May 26th we celebrate one of the least known Church holidays, Ascension Day.  It is always “celebrated” 40 days after Easter and commemorates the day that Jesus ascended to heaven following his resurrection. Versions of the ascension are found  in in the very last chapters of Matthew, Mark, and Luke or the beginning of Acts. The most detailed version is found in Acts 1:6-11, which mentions that after Jesus’ ascension the disciples were standing around looking up and and two men (or angels) asked them why they are standing around looking up to heaven when Jesus told them what would happen. In Matthew’s version, as Jesus ascends he gives them the great commission telling them to “GO!” and  make disciples of all nations. The point is that as we lift ourselves in praise we also need to live that praise through action. I recently learned that in Sweden, on Ascension day people typically celebrate by going into the forest at sunrise in hopes of hearing the birds sing praises. I may not get up at sunrise, but I do intend on taking a moment to hear all the earth praising God- and then see how that inspires action. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM SESSION

The Session met on Tuesday May 24 the following motions were passed:

  • That the requirement to show vaccine proof be lifted
  • That mask wearing is recommended rather than a requirement
  • That an Every Home Elder Visitation program will commence in the early fall and will include discussions about the finances of CVPC
  • That Vancouver Island Musicfest is given permission to use our parking lot as a shuttle stop July 8-10

The Session also received a letter from the Fellowship Group. At their meeting on May 17th the Fellowship Group voted to disband. The Session accepted this with regret.  The Session and entire congregation are very grateful for the work that the Fellowship Group has done over the many years. A special moment of recognition will take place in an upcoming service. 

Other Announcements:

We need folks to sign up to prepare the coffee! We are also looking for a coffee coordinator who could help ensure that supplies are purchased. Please contact the office if you are interested. 


BIBLE STUDY: A new Bible study is beginning May 26th at 7pm over Zoom and will run every Thursday until June 16th. It is entitled “Meet the Disciples”. Get to know the original disciples in a new way- there were quite a diverse bunch!

Newsletter May 18 2022

A Message from the Minister’s Messy Desk

Thank you to all who provided prayer and support while Mike was recovering from Covid. I managed to remain negative and he recovered in time to join me on a little road trip following my course in Vancouver. I’m still busy with a little catch up from our time away but I look forward in the coming months to share with you some of the insights and inspirations I gained following my course entitled, “The Art of Transitional Ministry.”

I was also able to take in a lecture by the Rev. John Lippert, entitled, “Seeing God through the Lens of Nature.” In this lecture he quoted poet Mary Oliver and it is these words that are setting my intention as we approach summer. She wrote,

“Instructions for living a life: -pay attention -be astonished -tell about it”

I look forward to spending time in nature this summer and being astonished by all that I see (and you can bet I will talk about it!) but I am also looking forward to paying attention to the ways God is at work during our time of transition, being astonished by the opportunities placed before us, and being a witness to God’s presence here and now. Tell me about the things you are noticing and how God has astonished you!

Thank you to everyone who provided leadership while we were away. Thank you to Wayne Penner who was willing to read my prepared service last minute as we were in isolation on May 1st!

Thank you to Erica Farrell for her moving and passionate sermons on May 8 and 15!Thank you to Mary Bittroff for playing piano! Thank you to George and Marion for  providing sound! Thank you to Corinne Wester for providing the live stream from her laptop!

Other Announcements:

Many have enjoyed the coffee fellowship after the service. We need folks to sign up to prepare the coffee! We are also looking for a coffee coordinator who could help ensure that supplies are purchased. Please contact the office if you are interested.

Elders, there is a Session meeting on May 24 at 7pm OVER ZOOM

BIBLE STUDY: A new Bible study is beginning May 26th at 7pm over Zoom and will run every Thursday until June 16th. It is entitled “Meet the Disciples”. Get to know the original disciples in a new way- there were quite a diverse bunch!

 

The Zoom invite is below:

Comox Valley Presbyterian Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Meet the Disciples Bible Study

BIBLE Study Meet the Disciples

Dial by your location

        +1 438 809 7799 Canada

        +1 778 907 2071 Canada

Meeting ID: 856 0323 9217

Passcode: 670192

Newsletter April 27 2022

A Message from the Minister’s Messy Desk

For a portion of my holidays over the upcoming two weeks I will be taking a course at Vancouver School of Theology entitled “The Art of Transitional Ministry.” In my capacity as Moderator of the Presbytery of Vancouver Island I have discovered that we as a denomination are rather deficient when it comes to training ministers to assist during transitional times  for congregations. One of the textbooks for the course is entitled, How to Lead When you Don’t know Where You’re Going: Leading in a Liminal Season by Susan Beaumont. She wrote this book in 2019 to help church leaders deal with transitions usually related to loss or change within a congregation (like a Minister leaving or a significant shift in a congregation’s ability) however, this book has come to mean something different as church leaders navigate the “post”-pandemic season.

Liminal seasons are “inbetween” times, the term comes from the Latin word, limen, which means threshold. Beaumont says that, “Liminal seasons are threshold experiences where the continuity of tradition is called into question, and uncertainty about the future fuels doubt.”  Modern day Franciscan Richard Rohr says that, “this is a sacred space where the old world is able to fall part, and a bigger world is revealed.”     One of the reasons I am taking this course is because I foresee all of our churches, including ours, going through a liminal season as we are challenged by the changes that have taken place over the last 2 years of the pandemic. I recently shared with a colleague that perhaps one of the hardest changes is that 1/3 of our congregation is no longer with us or able to attend worship. Over the last 2 years over 40 previous active attendees have died, moved away, transferred membership or are no longer able to attend due to mobility/care. It’s shocking to see that in writing. Due to the uncertainty of what that means it indeed feels like a liminal space. However, I am hopeful, because Beaumont also says that, “Liminal seasons are exciting and innovative. The promise of a new beginning unleashes creative energy, potential, and passion. God’s greatest work occurs in liminal space.” I hope that when I return from my course I will have lots to share with you about how we can embrace this time and see God at work!

Thank you to everyone who is providing leadership and coverage while some of us are away. Thank you to Erica Farrell who is preaching! Thank you to Mary Bitroff who is playing piano! Thank you to George and Marion who are providing sound! Thank you to Corinne Wester who is providing the live stream from her laptop!

Please note that the live stream will be different in quality but should still be accessible via our YouTube channel at 10:30am on Sundays.

Please contact Angela Hope in the event of pastoral emergency, 250-650-8830.

Other Announcements:

It is our hope to offer coffee and fellowship following the service. If you are interested in assisting please contact the office so that we can start to put a roster together.Mark your calendars for an upcoming Bible Study running every Thursday over zoom at 7pm starting May 26 until June 16. The study is entitled “Meet the Disciples”. Most of us can name some of Jesus’ disciples but not all twelve but more importantly is understanding the dynamics of the group and how they went on to influence the spread of Jesus’ teaching. This study will help us delve into the lives of the original disciples.

Newsletter April 8 2022

Announcements from Comox Valley Presbyterian Church 

Thank you to Rebecca Lupkoski who decorated our front door for Easter. You can see much of Rebecca’s work around town in various shop windows.

Session is meeting April 12 at 7pm over zoom.

Lenten Project:

April 17 is our last Sunday to collect funds for our 2022 Lenten Project, Sowing Seeds for a Secure future in Guatemala. Thank you to John Popiel who spoke to us about the work being done by PWS&D and their partners in the region. If you missed it, be sure to watch it on our YourTube Channel.

HOLY WEEK Services and Events

Join the United and Presbyterian Churches in the Comox Valley as we spend time in lament and love.

April 14: Maundy Thursday  Service at 7pm 
At Comox Valley Presbyterian Church
April 15:  Good Friday Service at 10:00am
At Comox United Church




April 16:  Holy Saturday Neighbourhood Crosswalk at 1:00pm

A walk around the neighbourhood of Comox Valley Presbyterian Church

This is a new event for us. It is a re-imagined version of the stations of the cross and will involve an approximately 30mins walk around the neighbourhood with stops, reflections and prayers along the way. 

Meet at the bench in front of the Church on Aspen Rd.
April 17:  Easter Sunday

Sunrise Serve at 6am at Goose Spit by Comox United 

Sunrise Service 6:45 Provided by Weird Church Cumberland

Meet at Marine Drive Picnic area, 39 Marine Drive in Royston

A Special Easter Service at 10:30am

Comox Valley Presbyterian Church 

Newsletter March 30 2022

Announcements from the

Comox Valley Presbyterian Church 

 

TECH SUPPORT HELP!!!!!

Mike and Jenn will be away May 8 and 15. We need a few people to learn the new sound system so that those attending in person can hear! 

Please note: these services may not be live streamed or they will be streamed according to our pre-pandemic standards (meaning from a laptop on a chair in the church) if someone is also willing to learn how to provide that service.  

2022 Lenten Project

This Sunday we will welcome PWS&D Program Coordinator for Latin America John Popiel. He will tell us about the food security work being done in Latin America.  

To donate to the Lenten Project mark it on the “other” line of your envelope or donate online through our Canada Helps page and choose “2022 Lenten Project”. 

New Beginnings Development Plan Committee 

A reminder of the short in-person meeting of the “NEW” New Beginnings Building Committee following the worship service this coming Sunday (April 3rd) in the church library. Discussion will review the next steps for the committee, particularly as they are laid out in the Letter of Intent that we are signing with the United Properties Resource Corporation. Anyone who is considering volunteering for this committee is invited to attend, but please contact Libby Day at 250-218-3331 to confirm your interest. 

HOLY WEEK Services and Events

Join the United and Presbyterian Churches in the

Comox Valley as we spend time in lament and love. 

 

April 14: Maundy Thursday  Service at 7pm 

At Comox Valley Presbyterian Church 

April 15:  Good Friday Service at 10:00am

At Comox United Church

April 16:  Holy Saturday Neighbourhood Crosswalk at 1:00pm

A walk around the neighbourhood of Comox Valley Presbyterian Church

This is a new event for us. It is a re-imagined version of the stations of the cross and will involve an approximately 30mins walk around the neighbourhood with stops, reflections and prayers along the way. 

Meet at the bench in front of the Church on Aspen Rd. 

April 17:  Easter Sunday

Sunrise Service 6:45

Provided by Weird Church Cumberland

Meet at Marine Drive Picnic area, 39 Marine Drive in Royston

A Special Easter Service at 10:30am

Comox Valley Presbyterian Church 

 

Newsletter March 23 2022

 

Announcements from Comox Valley Presbyterian Church 

The Memorial Service for Hal Hicks will be held on March 24 at 1pm at CVPC. Registration is not required but proof of vaccine and mask requirements remain in place. The service will also be live-streamed on our YouTube channel youtube.com/cvpcvideo

 

TECH SUPPORT HELP!!!!!

Mike and Jenn will be away May 8 and 15. We need a few people to learn the new sound system so that those attending in person can hear! 

Please note: these services may not be live streamed or they will be streamed according to our pre-pandemic standards (meaning from a laptop on a chair in the church) if someone is also willing to learn how to provide that service.  

HOLY WEEK Services and Events

Holy week is a time in which we mark the final days of Jesus’ life and new life in Christ. It is a time of fear and despair, courage and trust, of loss and new beginnings.  Join the United and Presbyterian Churches in the Comox Valley as we spend time in lament and love. 

April 14: Maundy Thursday Service 7pm @ Comox Valley Presbyterian

  April 15:  Good Friday Service at 10:00am @ At Comox United Church

 April 16:  Holy Saturday Neighbourhood Crosswalk at 1:00pm
A walk around the neighbourhood of Comox Valley Presbyterian Church
This is a new event for us. It is a re-imagined version of the stations of the cross and will involve an approximately 30mins walk around the neighbourhood with stops, reflections and prayers along the way.

Meet at the bench in front of the Church on Aspen Rd. 

 April 17:  Easter Sunday Sunrise Service 6:45 Provided by Weird Church Cumberland Meet at Marine Drive Picnic area, 39 Marine Drive in Royston A Special Easter Service at 10:30am Comox Valley Presbyterian Church 

 

LENTEN PROJECT 2022

Nicaragua: Sowing Seeds for a Secure Future

Our goal is to raise $1520 which provides a community with vegetable seeds, fruit tree saplings, tools and training for a community in Nicaragua. 

To donate to the Lenten Project mark it on the “other” line of your envelope or donate online through our Canada Helps page and choose “2022 Lenten Project”. 

Lenten Bible Study

Our Lenten Bible study continues on Thursdays at 7pm until April 7. The study is entitled “Becoming the Church” and focuses on the Holy Habits as found in Acts. Please email Jenn for the zoom link.  

Newsletter March 17 2022

A Message from the Minister’s Messy Desk

I was recently asked to write a devotional on the verse “O Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things.” Psalm 98:1. At first I struggled to think of something to say and then in struck me, the command is to sing a NEW song to God! By coincidence, we have been singing new hymns a lot lately! And I know, new hymns are not everyone’s favourite. Yet, here this command is to sing something new. Is it because familiarity can lead to complacency? Is it because old hymns bring us comfort but we should always feel a little unsettled by God? Or is it that Scripture tells us that God is always up to something new and therefore we should be as well? I don’t have an answer! I do know that this Sunday we will be singing a relatively new song that uses old words. 

The Lorica by Steve Bell was introduced to me by the Canada Youth worship team in 2018. We’ve sung it at CVPC once before. It is a paraphrase of the words that may have been written on St. Patrick’s breastplate or shield (the word Lorica means body armour). 

Hence why I thought it might be an appropriate song for this week.

Regardless of whether you have Irish in you or not- enjoy hearing the Lorica and singing this new song on Sunday!

You can hear this song on YouTube.

The Lorica by Steve Bell:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KucM2F80_uA 

Please note, the version we will be singing is a little lower in octave and Elvera has done a great job transposing it to piano!

 

NAME TAGS

As we come back to in person worship we encourage everyone to wear their name tags or contact the office if you would like one. Two years is a long time to have to remember names, plus everyone looks a little different with a mask on. A reminder that masks are to be worn at all times while in worship unless consuming food or drink. 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and Lunch

At the upcoming AGM we encourage you to bring a bagged lunch. A reminder that the AGM will be held after the service this Sunday, March 20th. Parishioners can attend either in person or online via zoom. 

The zoom link is below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87479148718?pwd=di9ROGovaVRFWVZLekV0NFI0a0RCQT09 

Or call:

+1 778 907 2071 Canada
+1 204 272 7920 Canada
Meeting ID: 874 7914 8718
Passcode: 840878  

ADDITION TO THE AGM AGENDA

At our AGM we will also have a “vote of acclamation” as the Session recommends that George Finlay be admitted as an active elder. 

George, and his wife Barbara, have been active members of CVPC since October 2002.  Barb has been residing at Glacier View Lodge since 2018 and George assists with her care as much as he can. He currently serves as the chair of the Property and Maintenance Committee. Prior to attending CVPC George served as chair of the Board of Managers and an elder at Haney Presbyterian Church in Maple Ridge. In his free time he enjoys playing clarinet, riding horses and attending concerts of the Vancouver Island Symphony.

Traditionally this vote is done with a secret ballot. However, given the circumstances the Session is hoping that this can proceed with just a vote at the AGM.  

Please contact Rev. Jenn if you have any questions. 

 

LENTEN PROJECT 2022

Nicaragua: Sowing Seeds for a Secure Future

The Mission Committee wishes to support PWS&D’s Food Security Initiative in Nicaragua for it’s 2022 Lenten Project. 

Our goal is to raise $1520 which provides a community with vegetable seeds, fruit tree saplings, tools and training. 

To donate to the Lenten Project mark it on the “other” line of your envelope or donate online through our Canada Helps page and choose “2022 Lenten Project”. 

Upcoming Lenten Bible Study

Our Lenten Bible study continues on Thursdays at 7pm until April 7. The study is entitled “Becoming the Church” and focuses on the Holy Habits as found in Acts. Please email Jenn for the zoom link.  

Senior Services BOOKLET

Pastoral Care Assistant Angela Hope has compiled a list of services for senior’s in the Comox Valley. Katie has printed out copies in the office.

The booklet includes information on the available; meal services, foot care, pet care, house keeping, house maintenance companies here in the Valley etc. Additionally there are lists of government resources available to seniors, from financial assistance, to estate planning, to medical transportation. Please let Katie know if you’d like your own copy.