Our Thrift Shop Manager Position is available. Probable 15 hour per week; $950 per month. Self employed, no benefits, no deductions. Position profile available at Thrift Shop. Speak to Bernice Friday or Saturday 9-12 AM at the Thrift Shop. Resume and references needed.
The Thrift Shop re-opened after the Christmas break on January 9. Our dedicated volunteers have cleared the remnants of decorations and freshened the shop. We look forward to seeing you in 2019. Come in for some excellent buys.
The Next $2 Bag Sale Days will be January 25 & 26.
Wishing you a Blessed and Happy New Year.
The 2018 Christmas Season is quickly approaching with a few seasonal decorations appearing in the Thrift Shop. After Remembrance Day, the shelves will be filled with wonderful Christmas novelties. Come in to find some amazing treasures; something waiting especially for you.
The Thrift Shop will Close for Christmas at 3:00 PM Saturday, December 22 and will Re-Open at 10:00 AM Wednesday, January 9, 2019.
The Church Board along with the Thrift Shop volunteers and staff wish you a Merry Christmas with Best Wishes for a happy healthy New Year.
We look forward to seeing you in 2019.
Come to the Fabulous Fashion Show at Sicamous United Church – Wednesday, Oct.26th at 7:00 PM
This great show not only features the wonderful fashions that can be found in our Thrift Shop, but your donations of food and cash will go to the local Food Bank.
There will be a short break half way through our program, for some musical entertainment, while our models prepare to show you more treasures.
Following the show, there will be an opportunity for coffee and refreshments compliments of the congregation, and late-night shopping. The proceeds from the shopping tonight will go towards paying for the sanctuary roof which had to be replaced this summer. Your support is greatly appreciated and we are confident you will have a wonderful time!
As the air cools, leaves turn colour and we enter the season of autumn, we have the opportunity to connect as community within the church, the Thrift Shop and beyond. You are invited to be involved in whatever way is life-giving for you.
The season begins with Grateful – a flash-mob celebration of gratitude through music on Sunday, October 2nd at 10:00 AM at Sicamous United Church. Please bring your music-loving friends, some extra refreshments and let your spirit rejoice!
We are holding a Congregational Conversation after worship on Sunday, October 16th and your input is important and valued. We will bring everyone up to date on the roof project – including all repairs and the replacement of the sanctuary roof. How is the funding going? What still needs to be done, and how will we achieve it? We will also talk about other plans for the fall, including looking at the sustainability of our ministry over the next few years.
As well as `Raising the Roof’ with great bakes sales – thank you everyone – we also took orders for Vesey’s Flowers – watch for your orders of spring flower bulbs to arrive soon.
On Wednesday, Oct 26th 7:00 PM we hold our fabulous Thrift Shop Fashion Show. This is a great opportunity to bring the community out to enjoy the show and some refreshments, entertainment, late-night shopping, and support the wider community (likely the Food-bank with donations of produce or $)
We have more momentum for the Blanket Exercise – I met with Val Edgel, Principal of Eagle River secondary, and Molly – the All Nations worker, and they are keen to work with us on this Kairos resource – an interactive way of learning the history most Canadians are never taught. As a church nationally and locally, we continue to seek ways to be in right-relationship with our indigenous and non-indigenous neighbours. The Blanket Exercise, which looks at the laws and history that shaped Canada’s relationship with First Nations people, helps us to understand what brought us to this point, and how we can move forward with justice and healing. We are looking at Thursday, November 17 or 24th for this event. More details will be forthcoming when the high school makes some contacts.
On September 20th, I had the honour of being part of a national United Church webinar to talk about the Advent Peace Box, and how we used in our congregation. If you would like to watch the webinar you can go to:
The Peace Box contains Zatoun fair-trade Palestinian olive oil, herbs and soap. Money from the sale of these goods supports Palestinian farmers, purchases olive tree saplings to replace trees destroyed by the Israeli military, and supports Project Hope, an education and art therapy program for youth in Palestine.
I am happy to order another box for the Advent season, but in the mean time I do have the products for sale at the church. Just ask. The prices are as follows: 750 ml Olive Oil $20, Za’atar herb mix $5, Olive Oil soap $5.
May this season be a time of giving thanks for the harvest of food and friends, may the trees teach how to let go and look deep within – where we will find the spark of holy light glowing and growing. With it may we be a blessing in the world. Thanks be to God.
Rev. Juanita Austin
On Saturday, July 16 members of the church will be hosting a Bake Sale outside the church starting at 10am. Proceeds towards the new roof for the church. Please stop by; your support is appreciated.
As we enter into the Advent and Christmas season, in a world torn by violenceand so many seeking safety, let us remember that our faith is centered on a child born under military occupation, who had to flee his homeland with his parents shortly after his birth. The Christ child was no stranger to conflict, to poverty, to world in deep need of compassion. It was his life’s work to bring that compassion to a hurting world. In our small but powerful way, it is what we strive to do through our ministry at Sicamous United Church.
Our ongoing work at the Thrift Shop gives us opportunity every week to practice compassion in the way we interact with our customers and work with each other as staff and volunteers. Last week, a young woman that I’ve had some wonderful and tender conversations with, said: “You seem to show up, just when I need you.” I know it doesn’t always work that way, but when it does – I’m so grateful to be working here, listening, hugging, praying and laughing with people.
Our worship during this season is also rooted in compassion and justice.
The Advent Candles: This year our Advent Candle liturgy will be based on United Church of Canada resources seeking a just peace for Palestine and Israel. Each week, a symbol from the Advent Peace box will be offered, along with a story that comes from the Holy Land illustrating hope, peace, joy and love.
The Advent Peace Box: For over 10 years, Canadians working for a just peace in Israel and Palestine have been purchasing and distributing Zatoun olive oil and other products as a means of advocating for economic justice for Palestinians. Last year I purchased a box and had 5 bottles of olive oil for sale. This year I doubled my order of oil, plus an herb mix and olive oil soap. I’ve completely sold out! Thank you to those who supported this ministry, and my apologies to those who missed out. Nutters Health Foods in Centanoka Mall in Salmon Arm also has fair-trade Palestinian olive oil for approx. $20.00 per 750 ml bottle.
Saturday, Dec 19th 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Complimentary Coffee & Cookies day: During the hectic and final $2.00 per bag sale before the Thrift Shop closes for the holidays, the congregation will be offering coffee, tea and cookies to our volunteers, staff and customers.
At 4:00 PM that same day, I will be offering a Blue Christmas service in the sanctuary for anyone who needs to acknowledge that this can be a difficult time of year if you are grieving a loss or significant change in your life. Come – light a candle, and be held in God’s love.
Sunday Dec 20th 10:00 AM: The seven piece Black & Bluez band will again be our musical worship guests – blessing us with some familiar carols to sing along with, and some beautiful new melodies. This is a great service for those who are a little church-shy, but love great music.
Thursday, Dec. 24th 7:00 PM: All ages Christmas Eve service. Come and hear afresh in word, symbol and song, the Christmas story. We will end the service with candle-light.
Sunday, Dec 27th 10:00 AM: We will worship together and bless each other into the New Year.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the congregation for blessing me with a modified sabbatical for three months starting in January. I will be here most Sundays to lead worship, but will be working from home during the week to do some writing and compiling for a book of my songs, prayers and short stories.
In the first chapter of Luke’s gospel, Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist, sings a blessing to his newborn child. I have adapted the blessing and offer it to you during this holy season:
You, children of God, are the messengers of the Holy One.
Go into the world touching the lives of the broken-hearted,
so that the healing love of Divine Mystery may enter th
Teach and live forgiveness, so that Divine Light may enter
the dark realm of misery, pain, addiction, and loneliness.
May Love and Light guide you on the path of peace.
Many blessings for a happy and holy Christmas
Rev. Juanita Austin Sicamous United Church
Yes, the Ethical Wills Worshop is stll happening at 10:00 AM this Friday, October 9th, but it will now be held at Sicamous United Church as the Seniors Centre is being used for advanced voting. Think about someone that you admired or loved, who has passed on. What would you have liked to know about them? Do you know what was their greatest joy? Greatest sense of acheivement? Favourite song – and why?
An Ethical Will gives a chance to share some of these precious values and memories with those we love and those who love us. Come and begin the journey of sharing treasures of the heart. Call 250-832-6385 for more information.
If you haven’t seen the posters yet, here’s a heads up – there will be free BBQ hotdogs with your $2.00 per bag sale on Saturday, September 26th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. It’s our congregations way of saying thank you for supporting our Thfit Shop ministry and being a part of our community. There will be cookies and juice as well. It’s on us! See you there.