Reflection: Aug 27

August 27, 2017 Sermon

Exodus 1:8-2:10/ Matthew 16:13-20

 

Who Is Jesus to You? 

When we see someone we know well do something uncharacteristic, we say things like, “It’s like I don’t even know you” or “Who are you and what did you do with my friend?” These things tend to be said in a jokey situation, but sometimes we encounter more serious abnormality in people we know, or thought we knew. For example, sociopaths can charm you and fool you, then one day reveal their true colours. You might think, “I don’t even know you”; not in a jokey way but in a seriously shocking way. You may realize you truly misjudged someone after thinking that you knew them well. Knowing someone can be a tricky business. Also someone might ask, “Do you know so-and-so?” and you answer, “I know about him, but don’t know him personally.” A lot of times, we are in this situation. Just because we know someone, that doesn’t mean we really know them. more —>

Greeters and Counters

The Greeters and Counters provide an important service every Sunday. Thanks to all who do this.

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Sept 27: Invite to consider UCC remits

YOU ARE INVITED to the Kimberley United Church Council Meeting

6:30 pm; Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Upper Hall, Kimberley United Church

Purpose of meeting:  

Learn about the remits.

Council will be reviewing and considering five remits which have been presented by General Council for approval by the pastoral charges.

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF REMITS

Ever since its inception in 1925, The United Church of Canada has embraced change to better serve its members. The Bible instructs us to “Be strong and courageous…for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). 

Pastoral charges are asked to vote on five remits:  1- Three Council Model, 2- Elimination of Transfer and Settlement, 3- Office of Vocation, 4- Funding a New Model, and 6- One Order of Ministry

Summary of Remits:

Remit 1 – Three Council Model:   Current system has four courts, or levels, of church decision-making.  Propose to reduce to three courts to create a workable church structure in the face of a declining volunteer base and financial resources.  The proposal does not simply remove one of the existing courts, but replaces both of the current middle courts with a new regional council. 

Remit 2 – Elimination of Transfer and Settlement:  This has been optional since 2009 and very few have used it since then.

Remit 3 – Office of Vocation:  Will consist of paid staff at General Council Office to deal with procedural and administrative matters and a board responsible for making decisions.  This will ensure greater consistency in practice across the church.

Remit 4 – Funding a New Model:  A consistent, revenue-based assessment formula would replace over 30 different formulas now in place.  The revenue-based model is easiest to explain, more fairly recognizes the ability to pay, particularly for rural and smaller congregations, is transparent, and is externally verifiable

Remit 6 – One Order of Ministry:  will create a single minimum pay scale for ministry personnel regardless if designated lay ministry, diaconal ministry, or ordained ministry.  Each is distinctive but it is difficult to explain the differences and most congregations are more concerned about effective and faithful ministry leadership.  Paid lay ministry will be renamed and will serve in relation to an ordained minister, focus on a limited spectrum of ministry leadership and not carry sole responsibility for congregational leadership. Therefore they will not be part of the order of ministry. more —>

Reflection: Sept 4

September 4, 2016 sermon

Luke 14:25-33

Makeover for God’s Creation

When I first got this job and told my friends in Montreal, one of them who is from BC told me that Kimberley is famous for two things; hippies and lesbians. I don’t know about the lesbian part because I only know two, but after being exposed to our farmers’ market, I slowly started understanding the hippie part. I started thinking of sustainability and being a responsible consumer. I started buying local products and am slowly switching my liquid soap and shampoo to bar soaps (natural and handmade, not the big corporation products) so there will be less water pollution and plastic packaging. I started buying local and organic dairy products, and will also look for ethically grown eggs and meat. I like supporting local business. As you might have guessed when I told you I love hugging trees, I have a little bit of a hippie in me. more —>