Our dear Shirley Stewart, long-time member of Sicamous United Church, passed away on Monday, May 8th. We will hold a Memorial Service/Celebration of Life for Shirley on Saturday, June 3rd at 3:00 PM at Sicamous United Church, followed by a tea.
Rev. Juanita Austin and Fred Duck will co-lead the service and members of the Black & Bluez Band will provide the music. Our love and sympathy goes out to Shirley’s husband Wilbert, and their daughters Berna and Leona.
On Saturday, May 13th at 3:00 PM we will gather to honour the life of Joyce Ladell. Joyce was an active member of Sicamous United Church where she enjoyed worship and community. She was a lifelong volunteer in many capacities and particularly cared about helping the elderly. Joyce was also a big advocate for the Mission and Service fund of the United Church of Canada and loved to read the Minute for Mission in church as long as she was able. Thank you Joyce for sharing your gifts with us. “In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.” God bless you!
Hello dear members and friends of Sicamous United Church
I write to you on this Good Friday morning, recalling the innocent suffering of Jesus, who sought to speak truth to power, and instill in everyone an understanding of their own divine spark, saying “you are the light of the world.”
We gather tonight at 7:00 PM to remember the Good Friday story and to offer our prayers for a suffering world, where even now, millions are at the mercy of delusional demagogues, political, economic or climatic upheaval.
We gather again on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM, to remember and hold to the hope that death and destruction doesn’t get to have the final say. Love wins, and that divine spark lives on in the Risen Christ and in each of our lives. Come and sing and celebrate and pray for love to grow in our own hearts, in our community and in our world.
Can a community become a crowd? Can a crowd become a community?
Good Friday Service – 7:00 PM April 14th
You are invited to come and be a part of this gentle reflective service as we offer prayers for a suffering world.
Easter Sunday, 10:00 AM April 16th
The whole Black & Bluez band will be here in full force – making a joyful sound. Please bring along friends and family and some treats to share. We have invited the Shuswap Vintage Car Club to join us again this year.
Based on Genesis 2:15-17, & #:1-7 and Matthew 4:1-11
The phrase `Alternate facts’ has come into play since the election in the United States, and although that seems like a ridiculously clear way of saying `lies,’ it did get me thinking of how easily we can fall into `alternate truths.’
We’re doing things differently this year. Instead of the traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, we are having a special pre-Lenten worship and potluck lunch on Sunday, February 26th at Sicamous United Church.
Will the food be awesome and dripping with fat and cream? Of course it will! We already have someone willing to make pancakes and someone else bringing sausages.
What other goodies will there be? Whatever you & I bring!
This truly is a potluck lunch – so bring your friends, family and anyone who happens to wander by that Sunday. Come and enjoy the informal family-friendly service at 10:00 AM where we will make an easy awesome art project together, or just join us for lunch at 11:30 AM. Everyone is welcome.
Oh yes – you are encouraged to bring a special non-perishable treat for the Food-bank, such as a tasty cake mix, little box of chocolates etc. to supplement the more basic fare. See you there!
On Saturday, January 28th there will be a funeral service for Vera Ready at Sicamous United Church at 11:00 AM
Vera was born in Shell Valley, Manitoba on Feb 9,1928. She finished school and took her first job near Nepawa, MB. During this time she met her future husband, Ken. They were married in Winnipeg on Dec 24, 1946. After moving around the small towns of Manitoba, they finally settled in Winnipeg with their 3 small children. After Ken retired in 1989, they moved to Sicamous, BC.
Vera was well known for her artistic abilities and passion for nature. A gentle soul, she was a kind and caring to all. She was very artistic in all that she did, from knitting little finger puppets for her grand kids, to gardening, recycling, sewing, refinishing furniture, rummage sales and collecting rocks from all her travels. After moving to Sicamous, she joined the local Brush and Pallet Club to pursue her interest in painting. She was also an enthusiastic volunteer in the Sicamous United Church Thrift Shop and attended worship at Sicamous United. There she met many friends in the community.
You are invited to come and honour Vera. A reception will follow the funeral and graveside service.
We are drawn to light. On this first day of the New Year, on this first Sunday of the New Year, we seek the light of wisdom and welcome. I invite you to travel with the Magi this morning, to be the Magi this morning, the ones seeking wisdom, divine guidance, the unknown and the unexpected; the ones who risk being changed by the journey.
As we have brought forth the gifts that shaped the Nativity scene tonight, I invite you to think of where you would place yourself in this scenario. For you too are a gift tonight – you bring the gift of yourself. Some gifts are obvious, but most come out of adversity, or at least a lot of effort.
We sing traditional songs tonight, songs of hope for a weary world, and of a peaceful sleeping child, but we do well to remember that the world Jesus was born into, like ours today, was anything but peaceful. It took courage on the part of everyone involved to be there.
My Anglican colleague, Rev. Laura Hermakin, wrote: “The Magnificat, the song of Mary begins so joyfully that its subversive message is often overlooked. We want to rejoice in our Saviour who is merciful, who has done great things for us. We might be less thrilled with one who has “scattered the proud” and “brought down the powerful.” We may be comforted by a Christ who has “filled the hungry with good things,” but we might not want a Saviour who has “sent the rich away empty,” especially those of us who live in wealthy nations.