Announcements for June 16

THE FLOWERS: are placed on the altar by the Whitter family with thanks to our Heavenly Father, and in celebration of all those who walk in His footsteps.

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Jean Vanier: On June 27 at 7 pm, L’Arche Greater Vancouver invites you to join them in celebrating the life and honouring the legacy of Jean Vanier at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street, Vancouver). Jean, who passed away on May 7, 2019, was a Canadian social visionary and passionate advocate for people with developmental disabilities. As the founder of the L’Arche movement and co-founder of Faith and Light, he became a prominent voice for vulnerable and marginalized people around the world. Since Jean’s message of hope and peace went far beyond these organizations, L’Arche Greater Vancouver invites everyone who has been touched by his extraordinary life to attend this public celebration.

Talitha Koum: is hosting a Butterfly Release event from 1-3 pm on June 29 at Blue Mountain Park. You are invited to support the society by purchasing/reserving a butterfly, which will be released at the event (either by you or in your name). The “Set Her Free Summer – Butterfly Release” will also feature entertainment by Tony Prophet, refreshments and activities for all ages. The cost for a butterfly is just $25 (plus a small service charge). Consider this as a graduation gift, a dedication to someone you have loved and lost, or a way to symbolically support transformation for struggling women. Butterflies are available online at talithakoumsociety.org or at facebook.com/TalithaKoumSociety/.
The Talitha Koum society operates recovery homes for women, and draws its name and inspiration from the Gospel of Mark in which Christ resurrects a girl by saying, “Talitha Koum,” or “Rise up, little girl”.

Retirement Tea for Pastor Clifford Reinhardt: Spirit of Life Church will be hosting a Come and Go Retirement Tea Celebration at Spirit of Life Lutheran Church (375 W 10th Ave, Vancouver) from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 30th in honour of Pastor Clifford Reinhardt’s retirement after 35 years of service as an ordained minister. You are invited to join in celebrating this milestone with him. Please RSVP to Linda Hildebrand (l.hildebrand@shaw.ca) if you plan on attending. All are welcome.

SUMS FUND RAISING EVENT: July 1st at Semiahmoo Park in White Rock. Fun times include the annual Semiahmoo First Nation sponsored Try Events 5k, 10k and Kids Run from Semiahmoo Park (with the band shell, east of East Beach by Washington Avenue Grill) with SUMS receiving all proceeds from the ‘by donation’ Pancake Breakfast served to all who come to the park! Sums is looking for volunteers to run in the race or help out at the pancake breakfast. They guarantee it will be a great start to your CANADA DAY celebration since there will be more festivities all day along the beach. To register for the run, visit Tryevents.com (http://www.tryevents.ca/try_events_canada_day_rock.htm) To volunteer at the breakfast contact Patricia by email directly at pjbutterfly_99@yahoo.com

HELP US DECORATE: for VBS. Please take home an African animal to colour and cut out. We will use your pictures to decorate our Safari Snacks Station. Thanks for your help!

OUTREACH: Outreach will only be accepting food items for the Food Bank, and clean, gently used (or new) serviceable clothing and footwear donations for 3030 Gordon or other agencies that we deem appropriate. Toiletries such as toothpaste, small shampoos, deodorant etc… will also be accepted. Many thanks from the Outreach Team for your continued support.

IN THE LIBRARY: For many of us, the coming of summer gives us a green light to recline in–or escape from–the sun with a good book. What are you planning to read this summer? Please write down the name of a book on your summer reading list (it does not have to be an award-winning book) and deposit that in the entry barrel in the church library in the Fellowship Hall. On Rally Sunday in September, one entrant’s name will be randomly chosen to win a prize as thanks for taking part in this survey. Remember, if there are books you’d like to see in our library, we accept gently-used donations and are happy to bring in books that you think you or fellow members of the congregation would enjoy.

GRAND PIANO FUNDRAISING APPEAL: The memorial fund contains bequeathed donations with the understanding that the monies be used for something special for the church (i.e. not spent on general maintenance matters). Council has decided that these monies will be used to purchase a grand piano for the sanctuary. While the memorial fund is substantial, a fundraising appeal has been launched for the shortfall balance required to complete the purchase of a grand piano for the sanctuary – about $15,000. If the spirit leads you to give to this appeal – give with abandon!

STAPLES CHARGE ACCOUNT: Please be aware that the church now has a “Preferred Client”-status account at Staples, which means they are offering us below-retail pricing on all items that we would typically order from a variety of stores. Just send the office an email request for what you need, it will be ordered and when it is delivered you will be advised and you can come and get it! FYI – this “Preferred Client” status is incumbent upon us spending a minimum of $2,500.00 per year, so please make any purchases through the church office so we can reach this goal and enjoy the opportunity to receive below-retail pricing.

SORRENTO CENTRE (ANGLICAN RETREAT AND CONFERENCE CENTRE): See the bulletin Board for summer program offerings. You can get more information and if interested register on line at sorrentocentre.ca. They are located outside of Kamloops.

NEWSLETTERS & PUBLICATIONS: Several current publication are available for viewing on the Information Table. Please read at your leisure and return.

SHARED RENTAL ACCOMMODATION: The renter of the top floor home at the corner of Sprice and Poirier is looking for Christians to room-share the spacious (1,450 sq.ft.) fully furnished unit he is currently renting. Room-share is available immediately. Rent is negotiable. If interested call Ghosem Yarahmadi at 236-668-4612.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Communion Set-up and Clean-up – Please contact Elinor Knudson for further details.
Three vacancies still exist on council – Please contact Pastor Eric or Mogens Hansen for further information.
Flowers for the Altar – Please sign up on the Flower Chart on the Parish Hall Table.