The “KUC LINK” is the weekly newsletter of upcoming events and general information.
Upcoming Events Date & Times Listing~Scroll down for details (See our KUC Calendar)
Sun. August 28 4:00 Taize Worship Service
Tues. August 30 9:45 a.m. Worship & Core Ministry meets
Sun. Sept. 4 Newsletter Deadline for HomeComing Edition
Sun. Sept. 4 9:45 HymnSing 10 a.m. Worship
Wed. Sept. 14 First gathering for the Autumn Book Selection “Friedman’s Fables”
Thurs. Sept. 15 Registration deadline for Usher, Greeter, Scripture Reader and
Welcome Host Workshop
Thurs. Sept 15 6:30 – 8 pm First gathering for the Autumn Book Selection
“A Geography of Faith: An Altar on the World” ~ Barbara Brown Taylor
Sat. Sept. 17 9 – noon Ushers, Greeters, Scripture Readers & Welcome Table Hosts Workshop
Sun. Sept. 18 9:45 HymnSing 10:00 a.m. “Homecoming Sunday” Worship & Gathering
Sun. Sept. 18 Following worship & fellowship time: “Ministry of Mindful Meandering”
Sept 23-24 Reconnect with yourself, God and God in Creation:
KUC Spiritual Retreat and Family PICNIC
Fri. Sept. 23 3 pm Spiritual Retreat at Grafton (until noon Saturday)
Sat. Sept. 23 noon – 5 pm Church Family Picnic at Grafton
Wed. Sept. 21 6:30-8:00 pm KEEPING US CONNECTED A Visitor & Visitee Opportunity
Tues. Oct 4 6:30-8:30 “End of Life Series” First session
Thurs. Nov. 3 6:30-8PM Winter Book Selection “12 Steps to a Compassionate Life”
~ Karen Armstrong
A Note of gratitude from Bette Hicks
Don and I and family want to express our gratitude for the special contribution of our K.U.C. Choir at the memorial service of our daughter Lynda Louise Vogel on August 13th.
We are also very thankful for the sustaining prayers of love and support from my “church family” through this extended painful journey. Lovingly, Elizabeth Hicks (Bette)
KAMLOOPS OKANAGAN PRAYER CYCLE
This Sunday we pray for Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery Resource Center Manager Brenda Timms
NEXT WEEK’S SCRIPTURE’S – Sept. 4, 2011
Exodus 12:1-14 Psalm 149 (VU pp. 872-873)
Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18: 15-20 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
HOMECOMING SUNDAY NEWSLETTER DEADLINE – Sunday Sept. 4
Homecoming Sunday is September 18. Our KUC Homecoming Fall Newsletter will be available for pick-up on Sunday September 11 and will also be sent to those on the church email list. (If you would like to be on the church email list, contact the church office (250) 372-3020.) If you or your group would like to submit an article to the Homecoming edition about an upcoming church event please send it to Ron Routledge, editor by midnight Sunday September 4. Submissions are preferably received by email email@example.com or they can be dropped off at the church office.
Autumn Book Selection: Wednesday Afternoon Study: “Friedman’s Fables” (c) 1990
– most Wednesdays between September 14 and December 21.
Fables, short stories with a message, thus, you don’t have to attend every gathering. We will explore two fables per week. Written by Edwin Friedman, “These 24 mischievous (and some serious) tales capture the outrageous, the fantastic, and the paradoxical side of the human dilemma. Characters include flowers that wilt because they don’t appreciate their own beauty; spiders that get caught in the symmetry of their own web; birds that refuse to learn to fly ‘just ‘cause their parents want them to’; fellow creatures that criticize a lamb for not standing up to a tiger; and people…who are constantly controlled, if not tyrannized, by the sensitivities of others. What is most uncanny about these tales is that they are equally relevant to marriage, therapy, pedagogy, theology, medicine, motivational seminars, and raising children.” A list of the Fables and their Focus will be posted in September.
Autumn Book Selection: Thursday Evening Study: “A Geography of Faith: An Altar on the World” ~ Barbara Brown Taylor (c) 2009. 6:30-8:00: 12 wonderful chapters over 6 weeks between Sept 15 and Oct 27.
From her introduction: “I have no idea what you will see when you look at your life-but if you are tired of arguing about religion, tired of reading about spirituality, tired of talk-talk-talking about things that matter without doing a single thing that matters yourself, then the pages that follow are dedicated to you. My hope is that reading them will help you recognize…some of the altars in this world.” Chapters include: The Practice of Waking Up to God; The Practice of Wearing Skin; The Practice of Living with Purpose; The Practice of Saying No; The Practice of Pronouncing Blessings…
Ushers – Greeters – Scripture Readers-Welcome Table Hosts Workshop Saturday Sept. 17
Are you currently volunteering as an usher, a greeter, a scripture reader or a welcome table host???
Have you been wondering where you could volunteer your time and talents and have been considering becoming an usher, a greeter, a scripture reader or a welcome table host???
If YES is your answer to either question, then book SATURDAY SEPT. 17TH on your calendar NOW! The Worship and Music Core Ministry Committee and the Community and Welcoming Committee are jointly planning and hosting this workshop for ALL ushers, greeters, scripture readers, and welcome table hosts from 9am to 12 noon at KUC.
The workshop will explain and review the roles and responsibilities of ushers, greeters, scripture readers, and welcome table hosts and will foster learning, sharing and community among volunteers and the church.
For further information, or to register for the workshop, please contact Sandy Baird at 250-376-6919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, Sept. 15th, 2011.
“Homecoming Sunday” – September 18, 10AM. Mark your calendars now. Don’t miss it or we’ll MISS YOU. Bring your summer stories of adventure, rest, reunions and more. After worship, come into the Hall (with its shiny newly waxed floors) and see what your church family is up to.
“Ministry of Mindful Meandering” – September 18, after church. Are you interested in exploring local walking and hiking trails; paddling rivers and lakes, with a group of like-hearted, spiritual seekers? Is there a place you would like to explore, but would love to go with friends, and take God along for the journey? Do you have a favourite spot you’d like to share with others? Would you like to come along with a group, discovering and rediscovering new places? Join us for our first meeting to coordinate dates, explore places and shared leadership. Each spiritual journey will include a time of centering prayer and reflection at the midway point. Lead or co-lead one or more spiritual adventures; or just come along to find God in Creation; and find each other in God. Weekly or bi-weekly, it is up to you.
Reconnect with yourself, God and God in Creation: KUC Spiritual Retreat and Family PICNIC September 23-24, Camp Grafton. Reconnect
SPIRITUAL RETREAT 3:00 Friday to 12PM Saturday. A time of spiritual renewal, reflection and fellowship for anyone serving on a KUC leadership/ministry group. Overnight space is limited so sign up in the Office. Carpooling will be coordinated.
FAMILY PICNIC Noon to 5PM Saturday. Join us for Community LUNCH, a time of play, paddling, walking, worship, and spiritual nurture.
The whole weekend will close with a camp fire & short worship. Stay for the Spiritual Retreat or the whole event; or come just for the Family PICNIC.
Keeping Us Connected: A Visitor & Visitee Opportunity
Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 6:30-8:00 pm – KUC Sanctuary
Come out and learn how we can, TOGETHER, create, honour and sustain our KUC Faith Community
“What does being a member of the KUC Visiting Team look like? What are the expectations? Is there training and support?” “How is a Visiting Team different from our Pastoral Care Team?” What would it mean to be on a Visiting Team Member’s ‘Family List’?” “How would I be contacted and, do I have options?” “And WHY do we even need such a team?”
Come and get these questions answered. And if you have your own questions, bring them along with you on Wednesday, September 21st. Contact the Church office at 250-372-3020 or email: email@example.com
Update on Redevelopment
Vision 421 is waiting for the City of Kamloops to approve the Development Permit Application. Once approved the application then goes on to a public meeting regarding the rezoning for the housing component. This process did not occur in July as hoped but is currently slated for August. Provided there is no public opposition to the rezoning request, and with the understanding that the City may require still further changes, we anticipate receiving the Development Permit in September.
Concurrently, we have been pursuing financing for the total project (both Phase I and II) through BC Housing and conventional lending institutions. This has been a slow process, but we are optimistic that we can secure the financing this fall, which will allow construction to begin in early 2012.
Given both of these time-frames, we anticipate that Services will continue in the Sanctuary and the office will remain in its current location until the New Year. We appreciate the support shown to us and the patience demonstrated by everyone in the congregation as we work to bring this project to “life”. As we have stated before, if anyone has any questions or wishes clarification on what is happening, please contact any of the Directors of Vision 421.
“End of Life Series” Coming in October 2011, Tuesdays at 6:30-8:30 (Oct 4,11,18,25). Come explore Legalities, Finances, Representational Agreements, Medical Questions, Funeral Planning and Psycho-Social-Spiritual Issues. Come to all sessions or the ones you are interested in. Keep your eyes open for more information coming your way.
Winter Book Selection: Thurs. Eve Study: “12 Steps to a Compassionate Life” – Karen Armstrong. 6:30-8PM, 12 engaging chapters over 6 weeks between November 3 to December 15. From Amazon.ca: “In November 2009 Armstrong and TED launched The Charter of Compassion, which states that “We call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion…to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings — even those regarded as enemies.” To date, it’s been signed by over 48,000 people on the Web, including such figures as The Dalai Lama and Queen Noor, Dave Eggers and Meg Ryan. (www.charterforcompassion.org) Out of the ideals of that Charter has come this humane, accessible, indispensable short book for our times.”