KUC Office Secretary
We welcome Kathryn Sinclair to the role of office secretary. Her office hours will be Tuesday and Thursday between 9:00 and 12:00. You are welcome to drop by to say hello.
Thank you Linda.
Linda Johnson has been our office secretary for 9 years, 2010 to 2019. During this time she has prepared bulletins, looked after the office, and been the person to ask about what was happening. Thanks so much for being so friendly and so efficient at your job.
This is an announcement to be shared today with the Congregations of Kimberley United and All Saints Anglican regarding the opportunity to pursue discussions concerning options available to us as we work together into the future.
We have had one preliminary meeting from which both individual councils have passed motions to continue to proceed with the possibility of some sort of shared ministry.
It appears that we can begin this work late this summer. We are blessed to have The Reverend Dr. Laura J Hermakin (Windermere Valley Shared Ministry), Kathy Davies (United Church Lay Regional Minister) and Rev Trevor Freeman (Anglican church diocese) to aid us in the process.
We want to emphasize that this is in the beginning stage only and that both congregations will be an integral part of the decision making process. We intend to make this a “made in Kimberley Solution”.
Please keep open minds and hearts as we contemplate what terrific opportunities might lie ahead for our continued Christian work in our community of Kimberley.
This announcement was made by Diana Semenchuk, chair of KUC council on June 3, 2019
The day started with a spectacular sunrise over the Rockies. This was followed with coffee and muffins at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The worship service included great music and we welcomed 2 new members, Darrin Alberton and Kathryn Sinclair.
Kimberley United Church
Services for Holy Week & Easter.
April 14th: Palm Sunday:
9:00 a.m. “Blessing of the Palms” in the Platzl.
10:00 a.m. Worship
April 18th: Maundy Thursday:
5:30 p.m. ”Love Feast”, hosted by the Lenten Devotions group (upper hall).
April 19th: Good Friday:
10:00 a.m. Worship
April 21st: Easter Sunday:
6:45 a.m. Sunrise Service–2 Km. ESE on Jim Ogilvie Way.
Note: Muffins & coffee will be served in the Catholic Church Hall immediately following.
10:00 a.m. Worship. Communion will be served.
“In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold of snow and winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.” (In the Bulb verse 1)
Dear sisters and brothers of Kimberley United Church,
It’s all about life! We have followed the journey of Jesus from life to death, and to resurrection; a new life. There is life, and then there is the hope of life. When a caterpillar goes into a cocoon, and when we plant a bulb, we know that life is growing inside even though we cannot see it. On the other hand, we can see that big statues or battery-operated moving toys are clearly not alive; appearance can be deceiving… Jesus conquered death and rose again. God promises us life eternal. So, what kind of life are we hoping for?
We are not talking about technically being alive, with merely a beating heart and breathing. I once read a quote that said, “Just the fact that you’re not dead is not a sufficient proof that you are alive.” What Jesus gave us with his earthly life of ministry, death, and resurrection is a life that we can truly and fully live. With the victory of God’s power and love offered to us, let us live a full life, fully appreciating the joy of life and fully sharing the hope and joy of God’s kingdom with one another. I wish you a fully blessed Easter; may we all be able to fully be the blessing in the world into which we are sent to be disciples!
Rev. Sun-Young “Sunny” Kim
Maundy Thursday 2019 “Love Feast”
For the second time, this Maundy Thursday (April 18), we will have an Agape Meal (a.k.a. Love Feast) at 5:30 pm. Agape Meal is a ceremony like Holy Communion, but sharing a real meal, not only a symbolic “bread and wine”. The Methodist Father John Wesley loved the love feast that he observed the Moravians do, and made it a regular Methodist celebration. Usually, Maundy Thursday service includes the feet washing ceremony, because in John chapter 13, after the last supper, Jesus washes his disciples’ feet and teaches them to love and serve one another. However, considering the cultural differences between Jesus’ culture and ours, instead of washing feet, we will share supper. This year’s Lenten prayer and meditation group members will cook and serve supper as a part of their spiritual practice of serving others. If you would like to experience this meal of Christian love, please sign up at church or by calling Linda Johnson, our church secretary.
Rev. Sun-Young “Sunny” Kim
Easter blessings to all in the community we call Kimberley United Church. We have been travelling through Lent, through a time of reflection and we eagerly anticipate the Easter message with its hope for renewal, its promise of peace, its challenge to incarnate God’s word by being doers and not just sayers and its invitation to inspire us to continue the work of Jesus in spirited and truthful ways.
Just as springtime is bringing forth changes so are we at KUC experiencing change. Rev. Sunny will be relocating to Sicamous to lead ministry there as of July 1. We wish her God’s blessings as she continues travelling her chosen path of ministry.
We are blessed to have an active search committee working on our behalf to find replacement ministerial leadership for Kimberley United.
We are challenged by the messages of Lent and Easter to stretch past the usual, perhaps seek a new response, see a different answer, have courage to feel excited about all possibilities.
Be kind to one another, be aware of God’s many faces and as promised feel the security and comfort of God’s presence in your life.
Happy Easter, Happy Spring. He is risen!!
The congregation accepted Rev Sunny Kim’s resignation at the annual meeting in February. As Sunny has found a new position she has revised her last date of work to June 30.
After the annual meeting a Search committee was formed to find a new minister. The Search committee members: Jim Andrews, Corinne Backman, Kathy Desbiolles, Linda Johnson, Michael Jones, Gail McColl and Louise Welsh have had meetings and worked hard to get our process started right away.
This committee revised and developed a Kimberley United Church profile and is working on the recruitment process. We have our vacancy listed on the Pacific Mountain region website. We set a closing date of May 31 with the hope that we will have applications to review after that date.
We will keep the congregation up to date as much as we can share about our search and applications.
Ministry and Personnel
We have advertised for the position of office secretary, and we are hoping to have a person in place by May 21.
Linda Johnson, our current administrator, is willing to help to train a new person in this position.
We thank Linda for her dedication and hard work to keep our church office in order over the past nine years. The job has been well covered over that time. Until you work to write up full job description you may not realize how much we have relied on such a competent, knowledgeable individual to keep Kimberley United running smoothly.
Thank you Linda for the work you have done. How lucky we have been to have such skills all these years.
Easter is a time for joy and reflection, a halleluiah for his resurrection, laughter and joy with the children while hunting for delicious eggs. We remember the legacy that Jesus left us.
Kimberley United’s members created a legacy for us all. Our current Legacy Fund, as of March 31, 2019 totals $ 110,745.70.
Our Church family is dear to us. Please consider Kimberley United Church as one of your preferred Charities. If you wish to know how to contribute to a stronger sustainable Legacy Fund, just ask us.
Pastoral Care and Fellowship
I feel like I can safely say that SPRING is here. It is wonderful to feel the heat of the sun, see the melting of snow banks and start to think of flowers and what we are going to do in our yards. We had three funerals and still have three more to host. There will be lots of changes for us all with Rev. Sunny leaving and summer activities starting. We have cancelled the Queen’s Tea and cleaning of the two kitchens until a later date. The Church picnic will still be in June. We all wish you a very happy Easter and hope you get to make lots of coloured eggs, and eat many chocolate bunnies over the Easter Season.
The committee appointed has completed the Ministry Profile and Search Report. This report has been approved by the council and the congregation. The Pacific and Mountain Region of the United Church of Canada has approved the report. The Search Committee is now waiting for applications.
For more information or to apply for the position contact
Reflection March 31, 2019
2 Corinthians 5:16-21/ Luke 15:11-32
Ready, Reset, Go!
I am sure you are all familiar with a children’s toy called Etch A Sketch. I’ve also seen some other toys like Etch A Sketch where you can draw or write, and then erase instantly. I have a confession to make, and I’m not exactly proud of myself; but when I visit a family with young children, I love playing with their Etch A Sketch, or some other toy that works like it. I am bad at drawing, so I draw something silly and bad, and then erase it right away. Actually, erasing is the most satisfying part of playing with an Etch A Sketch. You draw something silly, which doesn’t remain because it’s so easy to erase it; how cool is that? Don’t’ we all want our mistakes to magically disappear like a bad drawing on an Etch A Sketch?
Today, we read the parable usually known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son, which is not a very good title, since the focus of this story is his loving father. We know this story very well. We have heard this story so many times, haven’t we? We all know the moral of the story. The father is God and we are the prodigal son. No matter how bad we have been and how long we wandered away from God’s ways, if we come back in repentance, God welcomes us back spectacularly like the father in our story welcomed his prodigal son. We know the story. But today, I challenge you to pay attention to the elder brother, who has served his father faithfully. Jesus told this story to the self-righteous religious leaders of his time, who were like the elder brother. Since they served God faithfully, they believed that they deserved preferential treatment from God, just like the elder brother in our story, and got angry at Jesus’ message that God’s kingdom is for the marginalized of the society. And since we are usually encouraged to read this story from the perspective of the prodigal son, it is easy for us to join in at judging the elder brother; but we may not realize that most of us are the elder brother, not the younger brother. Most of us have been a part of the Christian Church for a long time; we are the elder brother.
If we are the younger brother, the lesson we learn from this story is simple. Like in this hymn, “Come home, come home. You who are weary come home.” Of course, this is not the only anthem for the prodigal son; there is “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.” Anyway, if we are the elder brother, our course of action is not as clear. Did he do anything wrong? All he did was faithfully serve his father and worked hard, right? There are two things wrong with the elder brother. The first one is the arrogance of thinking his delinquent brother didn’t deserve a special banquet after what he did, which is easy to understand. The second one is that he only grimly performed his duty; he didn’t offer a loving service to his father. That is why he refuses to participate in the banquet his father orders for his brother. The Pharisees and other religious leaders were like this son; they were obsessed with obeying the law so they might have done so grudgingly and without joy. But remember that belonging to God, receiving God’s unconditional love and sharing it with one another has to be joyful. That is why Jesus talked of the heavenly banquet in which we would participate. That is why Jesus taught about the reign of God by spending time and food with his followers. Our fellowship with God and with each other is meant to be joyful. That is why we started today’s service by singing “Joyful, Joyful”.
2 Corinthians chapter 5 talks about becoming a new creation in Christ. This Lent, let us think about whether we are like the elder son or the younger son. Are we away from God and do we need to come back? Or have we never left God like the elder brother but needs to check our Christian life for spiritual arrogance or lack of joy? Whichever son we are, God offers us unconditional love and forgiveness; “forgive and forget”. This Lent, let us listen to God’s invitation to an unconditional forgiveness. We can reset our lives and start anew as faithful people of God. As we can shake the Etch A Sketch and erase the bad drawings, we can shake our past and become a new creation. Let this Season of Lent be an occasion to press the reset button of our lives. Let us turn our lives around and let God change us. Ready? Set. Go!
Rev. Sunny Kim
Reflection March 24, 2019
Isaiah 55:1-11/ Luke 13:6-9
As the Seeds are Meant for Growing…
I’m not sure if you remember this day, but one Sunday, for the story time, I brought a tiny pot with a bean planted and watered. That day, I said to the children, “Let’s see how this bean grows!” I didn’t do a follow-up because that bean was a dud; nothing happened. It didn’t grow into anything. I thought of what I could have done to help it grow, and there may or may not have been a way. Correct me if I’m wrong because I’m not much of a gardener, but I think some seeds are just not meant to survive and grow. I want to ask those of you who are master gardeners; was there something I could have done to help the bean grow?
Today’s scripture readings are full of farming and gardening metaphors. Today’s Isaiah and Luke passages teach us that our relationships both with God and with each other are like growing plants or crops. First, Isaiah 55 talks of God’s vision of equality and justice and God’s expectation for God’s people to yield the fruit of justice according to God’s will. God’s kingdom is where those with no money can come and be fed; this is the beginning part of the chapter about God’s vision of a just society. Now, listen to verses 10 and 11; “ For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” If we have heard God’s words, we are expected to live by them and work towards bringing God’s justice to the world. The positive changes we make in the world are the fruit we are expected to produce.
In the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree, we meet a gardener pleading with the owner of the vineyard to let him give his barren tree another chance. He will take extra care to help the tree produce fruit before the owner decides to cut it down. There is something we don’t know while reading this parable, but this parable came out of the context of some people asking if the Galileans who were killed by Pilate were worse sinners than those who didn’t get killed. We often ask this question, don’t we? “Why do bad things happen to certain people?” I remember, whenever a big natural disaster hits a region and a lot of people die or get displaced, somewhere someone claims that it was God’s judgement. Anyway, Jesus telling this parable came from a context where people wondered if the victims of Pilate’s massacre were punished for being bigger sinners than those who survived.
That was the context of today’s parable. Now, moving away from the tragedy talk, let us think about privilege and those with privileges in our world. Why do some people have more privilege than others? Why do some people suffer more than others? Why are some people more marginalized than others? Is it because they are more or less worthy than other? According to the story Jesus tells today, “No.” More fragile trees receive more care. Maybe this is to teach us that having more privilege means having to do more and produce more fruit than those who don’t have the same privilege. Let us listen to James 3:1 that says those who teach will be judged with greater strictness. It means those with more privilege have more responsibilities, and since they have more responsibilities, they are expected to do more and better than others. If we have received more from God than others, it means God is giving us more responsibilities.
Starting from this Lent, and throughout our lives, let us grow and become strong and healthy trees that produce a lot of good fruit. Let us grow in our faith and turn into faithful disciples who live by the teachings of Jesus. We are called to grow in faith and be the hands and feet for Christ in the world. Later, we will sing the hymn “As a Fire Is Meant for Burning”. It says, “As a fire is meant for burning with a bright and warming flame, so the church is meant for mission, giving glory to God’s name.” As the seeds are meant to grow into trees and fruit, we Christians are meant to grow in faith and become the embodiment of Christ so that our Christian lives can give glory to God’s name by bringing God’s love and justice here on earth. God gave us the responsibility to bring the reign of God here on earth. This Lent, let us focus on growing in God’s Spirit to produce the fruit of God’s reign of love, humility and justice for the all people.
Rev. Sunny Kim