Presbytery meets at First United Church in Kelowna February 14th – 16th and Juanita will be attending. Thank you to all who are helping lead worship here at Sicamous United for the day.
Mackenzie Camp:dinner fund-raiser Feb. 22nd at Enderby Senior Citizen’s Hall $10.00 with auction & entertainment. Mackenzie Camp provides excellent camping experiences to children, youth and adults. Sicamous United Church supports their work by paying the fee for a camper each year.
Annual Congregational Meeting – Sunday, February 2nd directly after worship. Everyone please bring a bag lunch and attend. This is our opportunity to listen to each other and the Holy Spirit, and seek our ministry for the year to come.
Come and join us for another fabulous Soup & Song Saturday on January 25th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.
The congregation is preparing delicious homemade soups, buns and sweets for you to enjoy while you take a break from our great $2.00 a bag day at the Thrift Shop.
Live music will be performed by Jim McConnell on saxophone, Time Dunne on stand-up bass,and Rev. Juanita Austin on guitar and vocals. Come and sing along, or just sit back and enjoy. This is our gift to YOU.
This coming Sunday, January 5th we will ask ourselves what it means to be open-hearted, open-minded pilgrims, as we reflect on the pilgrimage of the Magi.
On Sunday, January 12th, there will be an opportunity to reflect on and renew our baptismal vows, sprinkled with water recently drawn from the Jordan River. Does your heart call you to be a part of this?
There are four little books in the small library we call the Bible, which tell about the life of Jesus, the person whose birthday we celebrate tonight. I believe that every child born into the world ought to be celebrated, welcomed, loved and nurtured to be the best person they can be, and they should have at least a few people who celebrate their birthday.
I had always pictured the fields surrounding Bethlehem as something like Alberta cattle country, fields of lush grass where sheep contentedly munched their way through the day, and bedded down under the stars at night. On November 28th this year I got to experience the `shepherd’s field’ near Bethlehem. Now, I realize the vegetation may have changed somewhat, but any sheep or goat I saw in Palestine seemed to have a remarkable ability to eat the scrubbiest little plants on an otherwise barren and rocky soil.
What I found, at the end of a series of steps and walkways over old archeological `digs’ was a turn to the left, and another set of steps leading downward into … a cave! A natural sandstone cave welcomed my pilgrim feet as I stepped off the stone slabs onto the powdery, dusty floor. The space inside was about a third the size of the sanctuary at Sicamous United Church, and the roof of the cave was about 8 feet high, sloping down to two natural openings, just right, I imagined for herding a flock of sheep into. Lovely! Lovely and peaceful; quiet and restful. No busloads of tourists in matching T-shirts or toques following a yellow sign.
I sat down in the dust. “Here”, I thought. Here, a flock might be gathered for the night, safe from wind and rain, safe from predators of all kinds. Here too, might be a safe place to bear a child, to start a quiet revolution of love, to hear God speak to your weary hopeful heart. I cherished this rare quiet moment of shelter and possibility before jogging back to the bus to join my fellow pilgrims who, with me, still seek to follow the child born in obscurity.
In the busyness of this Advent – Christmas season I pray that you might stumble upon a sanctuary, a rare cave of shelter and quiet, where you might feel held in God’s embrace, and where God might step quietly and lovingly into your heart, and find a home there.
Thursday, Dec 5th9:00 AM Board meeting – 2014 budget planning.
Saturday, Dec 7th `Soup & Song’ from 11:30 – 1:00 PM. There will be an opportunity for everyone to help decorate the Christmas tree and we will have a craft table for children (and the young and heart) to make Christmas decorations. Thank you to everyone who will be bringing soup, buns, cookies, etc. Music will be provided by Jim McConnell, Tim Dunne and Juanita Austin.
New Bose sound system will be in place. Come and hear the difference!! Thank you to the congregation for you willingness to purchase this system for the benefit of everyone who hears.
Sunday, Dec 8th 10:00 AM Second Sunday of Advent and Communion Service.
Sunday, Dec 15th 10:00 AM Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday, Dec 22nd 10:00 AM Fourth Sunday of Advent; Guest musicians: the Black and Bluez band. Get ready for some great Christmas music!
Tuesday, Dec 24th 7:00 PM Family-friendly, candle-light Christmas Eve service.
Sunday, Oct 27th we celebrate Reformation Sunday in a visual way. Come, join us for a picture pilgimage to the `hotspots’ of the Protestant Reformation – France, Switzerland and Scotland, based on a pilgrimage Jim and Juanita were on in July 2012.
When Juanita did this presentation last year at First United, someone commented, “If my teacher had presented history the way you just did, I would have enjoyed class a whole lot more!”
Dear members and friends of Sicamous United Church,
It has been just over 2 months since I began my ministry with you, and I want to take this occasion to thank you for welcoming me so warmly. I love the homey informality of the congregation, and your willingness to offer whatever you can to the worship and work of Sicamous United. Your commitment to look beyond yourselves to the ways you can live out the gospel in this community and beyond are an inspiration. For this I am truly grateful. Continue reading →