Items are needed for the PIT Stop Christmas Gift bags which are distributed to the guests at the annual PIT Stop Christmas Dinner. Pick up a list of needed items on the reception desk at the church. Volunteers are needed to assemble the gift bags at KUC on Saturday, Dec. 14th at 10 am. Help is also needed to decorate the Hall and to distribute the gift bags
Click to view List of needed items.
The campers and staff of Camp Grafton are holding their Christmas party at KUC on Saturday, December 7, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Children, youth and young adults from KUC are invited to join in the festivities, sing carols, share hot chocolate and generally have fun. This is a great opportunity for our younger generations to meet the Grafton community and to establish relationships in our wider faith community.
You are invited to join us on Sunday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the KUC Sanctuary to “move” into the Season of Advent. You can dance in your chair or move through the room to the five rhythms of your soul! December 8, 15.
Come and learn more about how movement can become a spiritual practice.
The Global and Community Action Team at Kamloops United puts on a fundraiser every year by decorating the Christmas Tree in the sanctuary throughout Advent. This year, the theme of the tree is “Joy”. What makes you happy? What brings you joy? How do you feel bringing joy to others? At Kamloops United, we would like to spread the joy. As is our custom, we have picked three recipients to share in any funds raised from the Tree of Joy – a local, a national and an international. For 2013 those recipients are:
International – The Sterile Processing Education Trust (SPECT) is a trust established to support education related to effective equipment sterilization processing and infection control practices in hospitals and clinics in developing countries such as Guinea, Sierra Leone, and the Republic of the Congo. SPECT consults with hospitals in developing countries to assist in improving sterilization techniques and provide education in related areas of infection control and quality assurance. SPECT’s goal is to see a significant decrease in infections related to the use of unsterile instruments in patients undergoing surgical procedures.
National – Walk in Solidarity with New Shoes – a program offered by Centretown United Church in Ottawa, Ontario assisting individuals struggling with addictions, mental illness and loneliness. One service of this outreach is to provide new footwear for comfort, safety, and a sense of pride (Gifts with Vision #GWV13-24).
Local – The Kamloops Rent Bank – The Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society administrates this program, which is overseen by a community board. Rent banks provide emergency loans at a low interest rate for people who are going to be evicted from their housing or cut-off from their utilities. Rent banks are for low-income wage earners. The Kamloops Rent Bank provides loans up to $1,000 to cover the cost of rent or utilities. These emergency funds keep families with nowhere else to turn from becoming homeless and entering the cycle of poverty. The funds are paid directly to the landlord or utility company.
Thank you for your support of this annual fundraising program.
A CD by Ron Klusmeier and Marie-Andree Gray. Wonderful and favourite Christmas hymns from our Voices United hymn book are set to piano and violin without vocals. Songs included: Still, Still, Still; Infant Holy, Infant Lowly; What Child is This?; Silent Night … and many more. Relaxing, soothing sounds for the season.
CDs are $20 each with $10 (50%) going to Kamloops United Church. We have 24 CDs to sell, which will raise $240 for our congregation thanks to the generosity of hymn writer and choir directror, Ron Kusmeier of Parksville, BC.
Offering envelopes for 2014 are ready for pickup.
You’ll find them just outside the KUC office door throughout the week
and on the reception desk on Sunday mornings.
When you’re at the church, please pick up your envelopes.
If you don’t see a set with your name on them, just ask, and I’ll gladly prepare a set for you.
- Barb Hollingshead
A Christmas Reflection. Read Rev. Bruce Comrie’s Advent and Christmas message.
“This Christmas Luke’s words will be heard by millions in many languages bringing us back again to the birth story of Jesus. They are simple words that describe a very human experience – giving birth in trying times. Yet, through faith we hear the Creator drawing close, beckoning us to come and see the holy mystery of love incarnate. It’s a humble beginning that changes everything, even us.” To read more click here: Advent Letter
Sunday Christmas shopping at Church! Dec. 8, 15, and 22.
The UCW offers new items, 25 different things each Sunday in December. You will find reasonable prices plus the favourite 25c box which was very successful last year. this is a wonderful way to shop where all the proceeds go to the KUC general fund. Conveners are Maureen S. and Ingrid vanT.
Books and more!
St. Paul for the Perplexed by Chuck Anderson. Proceeds from Chuck’s books go to Kamloops United Church. See Chuck in the Hall after worship to purchase this special gift. $20
Christmas Eve: Carols for Meditation, with piano and violin. A CD by Ron Klusmeier and Marie-Andree Gray. Half the proceeds go to the church. Available from Rev. Teri $20
The 2014 Multifaith Calendar with the theme of “Transcendence” will be available from Martha, with half of the proceeds going to RAFT, to support refugee resettlement in Kamloops. $18
The United Church Calendar is available from Wilma D. $6
The United Church Observer – consider giving a magazine subscription to a church friend. See Sue S.
Gifts with Vision catalogues are available in the hall after church. Gifts support international projects supported by the Mission and Service Fund.
Between Dec. 9-12 KUC and Mt Paul will bake the cookies for the Cookie Walk pre-orders for pick up on Dec.13 and for the Cookie Walk LIVE @Mt Paul Bake Sale, Dec.14. Sign up for 9 am to 12 noon, 1 pm to 4 pm and 6-9 pm. A sign up sheet is posted, in the Fellowship Hall after service. No baking experience is necessary.Rose Soneff, 250-377-6887
… More Baking!!
Other Baking is needed for the Cookie Walk LIVE@Mt Paul. If you are able to bake squares, pies, bread, GF items, or make candies, please bring the baked goods or candies to the church on Friday, Dec. 13 morning. Include a list of ingredients for any baked goods to alert customers with any potential allergies. Supplies are available in the KUC kitchen, please call Rose Soneff, 250-377-6887
Reminder: Cookie Walk LIVE@ Mt Paul, 140 Laburnum, Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 am to 1 pm.
How does a jaded teenager find Christmas again? Come and find out!
“Believe!” Dessert & Theatre tickets:
Friday, December 13 at 7:00 pm — doors open at 6:30 pm
Saturday, December 14 at 1:00 pm — doors open at 12:30 pm
Saturday, December 14 at 7:00 pm — doors open at 6:30 pm