OAKRIDGE UNITED CHURCH
305 W. 41st Avenue, Vancouver, B. C. V5Y 2S5
Tel. 604-324-7444 www.oakridgeunited.org June 2011
MINISTER’S MESSAGE And as you give thanks for the days of
summer, remember those on farms
Summertime – God’s presence is like
across this country. Remember those
summer in the soul.
whose land flooded this spring and for
Your presence is to us whom there will be no harvest. Re-
like summer in the soul; member those who have had to send
your joy shines forth and then their children off the land to ensure
life blossoms to its goal. their future. Remember those who are
(David Laikie Ritchie) raising the food you will eat – who
It‘s easy to give thanks in the sum- grow the wheat that makes your
mer…for warm sunshine, long days, bread, who walk the furrows and the
the scent of wildflowers, the clear view rows, who watch the skies and earth
of the mountains, for time spent in lazy for growth.
summer conversations with When summer comes and berries
neighbours, or a beach day with chil- grow, I wait for a special reminder that
dren. So give thanks. Each morning life bursts with goodness and possibility
as you rise in the warmth of summer like berries bursting in our mouths – I
sun, give thanks to the creator for wait for Summer Pudding. Here is my
what the day may bring. favourite recipe – give thanks as you
The seeding is done, the planting is fin- make it and give thanks as you eat it,
ished. Across our country farmers for the creator who made the earth,
watch the skies and the earth with and the farmers who till the earth, for
bated breath--waiting for rain, praying the people you share it with.
for sun, wondering about harvest.
Summer Pudding and fruits. Cook gently 2 minutes until
2-3 tbsp water
Line a 1½ pint bowl with bread slices
¾ cup of sugar with no gaps. Fill with the stewed
1 ½ pounds washed, mixed summer berries fruits and cover the top with more
(strawberries, bread slices.
raspberries, blackberries, black currants) Place a saucer with a weight on top (a
8–10 pieces good white bread, crusts can of beans is ideal) and refrigerate
Next day, turn the pudding out onto a
Whipped cream or custard sauce plate – it will keep its shape. Serve
Stir water and sugar together and with whipped cream or custard.
bring to a gentle boil. Add the berries
Summer Newsletter June 2011
THIS OLD CHURCH – NEEDS YOUR HELP MINISTER’S REPORT
This old church is What does the United Church Believe?
61 years old this We believe in God:
year. The St. Giles who has created and is creating,
crown is still a who has come in Jesus,
symbol of faith at the Word made flesh,
one of the busiest to reconcile and make new,
corners in the city. who works in us and others by the Spirit.
These walls have (A New Creed)
of people singing, God is Holy Mystery, beyond complete
playing, learning, arguing, working to- knowledge, above perfect description.
gether, and working for the community. Yet, in love, the one eternal God seeks
relationship. So God creates the uni-
This old church needs help. verse and with it the possibility of being
Over the years we have lost some of and relating… the opening words of the
those wonderful people who committed Song of Faith.
their time, their talents and their ham- Contrary to what some people may say,
mers and screwdrivers to maintain this the United Church has a strong Christian
building. Dave, our custodian, now only faith. We welcome everyone – but the
works part-time. We need help on our faith we preach, the faith we sing, and
property committee. the faith we teach is a strong, Christian
We need people who could: faith rooted in the scriptures. We don‘t
advocate social justice INSTEAD of the
Get quotes on having some of the
gospel – we advocate social justice BE-
work done – be here when someone
CAUSE of the Gospel.
comes to fix the electricals, wall, or
the boiler. Seeking words to reaffirm that powerful
Help do some work on the grounds. Christian tradition for a new century, the
Walk around the building with Dave United Church gathered together lay peo-
and list the work that needs doing. ple and clergy, scholars and poets, seniors
Recommend to council what the and youth, questioners and theologians
priorities are. and over 10 years wrote ―A Song of Faith‖
Organize a couple of small painting a response to the ancient faith in the mod-
jobs and other jobs to keep our ern language, answering questions that
building operational. came from across the church.
If you think you could help us with any of And we unofficially adopted A New
this – please speak to Maggie, Pat, Win Creed to say clearly that ―We are not
or Sheila. Alone, we live in God‘s world‖. We are a
Christian church, reaffirming again our
ancient faith – that we believe in a God
―beyond our complete know-ledge‖,
who creates the universe. ―We find God
made known in Jesus of Nazareth‖, ―We
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sing of God the Spirit, faithful and un- Music News – all the News Fit to Sing
tameable, who is creatively and re- --Madelene Klassen, Music Minister
demptively active in the world‖.
What a wonderful time the Choir has
Because we are a ―conciliar‖ church we
had this Spring. Since Easter we had the
ask people to vote on things – and be-
fun and challenge of learning ―This is the
cause it is necessary in this day and age
Day‖ with interesting dance rhythms
to publicly reaffirm our faith – the United
from composer Pablo Sosa, a Methodist
Church has asked all congregations to
musician from Argentina. It‘s a tricky
review the new statements of faith, and
piece of music and will be heard in Sep-
vote on whether to make them official
tember. We are blessed with good sing-
statements of our faith. Nothing of the
ers who cheerfully volunteer every week
old statements is lost, or cast away – this
for practice and arrive early on Sunday.
is our opportunity to add to our under-
Newcomers Ken and Kelly Fesenmaier
standing and our opportunity.
have really enhanced our learning and
The Song of Faith says ―Grateful for singing.
God‘s loving action, we cannot keep
from singing! We witness to Holy I shall be away all the Sundays of July.
Mystery, who is Wholly Love.‖ The following guest musicians will serve
Oakridge while I am on summer vaca-
May our deliberations and our vote be a
tion: Ginger Shaw for the first three Sun-
witness to that holy mystery who is Wholly
days of the month, and for the last
two Sundays--Jocelyn Pritchard.
This summer I‘ll holiday in Chemainus
and Comox. There are three batches of
--Doug Golding, Treasurer
apricot jam to make, visit my music pro-
fessor in Bellingham, visit musical col-
(as of April 30/11) April Y-T-D
leagues on Whidbey Island, and enjoy a
Contributions $ 8,574 $ 27,923 local music conference day sponsored
Thrift Shop 1,387 7,193 by Northwest Music Company in the
Use of Facilities 7,261 28,972 venue of Ryerson United Church, where
150 or so music directors gather to chat,
Total Income 17,223 64,088 keep up to date and sing new music all
Expenses 17,570 66,916 day long, eat jelly doughnuts and enjoy
Excess Expenses a catered picnic. May you have a
Over Income $ 348 $ 2,828 blessed summer. Your continued prayers
and good wishes are really appreciated.
It is worth noting that $1765 has been do-
nated to our church January to May in
memory of members of the congregation
who have died in 2011.
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WORSHIP & CHRISTIAN EDUCATION STEWARDSHIP & OUTREACH
--Rod Hourston, Chairperson
Spiritual Nurture – Dorothy Briggs
In addition to discussing Articles of Faith, Mission & Service Fund (M&S)
we participated in a study using Bishop Total to Mar. 31/2011 $ 1,805
N. T. Wright‘s book ―Simply Christian‖. This April Contribution 657
was complemented by his video which Total to date $ 2,462
summarized each session‘s concepts
This compares with $2,495 in 2010.
and topics. Led by Rev. Maggie we had
many lively discussions and learned a lot Outreach - Our project is First United
from each other. After the summer re- Church. On the first of Sunday of each
cess we hope to start a new study in the month the congregation brings donations
fall. of food, toiletries and clothing--items such
as socks and underwear. These are deliv-
Meantime, Roy Stark‘s bible study, which ered to First on the following Wednesday.
follows the lectionary readings, contin-
ues over the summer in the library after In this regard I am sorry to have to report
each Sunday service. a decline in the amount of donations.
On the first Sunday of June only one
Our visitation group enjoyed visits to
plastic box of food was filled and it in-
Joyce Johnson, Violet Wilson, Cathy
cluded two bags of empty pill bottles
Mennie, Edith Thompson, Jack McIver
which are used by First United. This is not
and others. Someone kept in touch by
a good development for our Outreach
phone and cards.
Project so----on Sunday July 3rd let us fill
Worship – Mindy Lane those two plastic boxes with food ap-
While Maggie is on holiday the following propriate for the homeless people who
stay at First United. They need it.
people will be leading us in worship:
July 3 Laurel Dykstra
July 10 Sue Breisch HANDICRAFT
July 17 Rev. Michael Mandich
This faithful and long-running group will
July 24 Sue Breisch
wind up their season with a Lunch at the
Laurel Dykstra is in the ordination pro- Oakridge Seniors‘ Centre on Tues., June
cess with the Anglican Church, while Sue 28th before their two-month summer
Breisch is a student waiting to be break. They thank you for your donations
ordained in the United Church. throughout the year of stamps, cards,
Campbell soup labels (with bar code in-
Aug. 7 & Sep. 4 - COMMUNION tact), wool and so on. Please continue
Our thanks to Rosemary Collins for being saving the above items for their resump-
guest speaker on May 22nd. Rosemary tion of activities come September. If you
works as an ‗advocate‘ on behalf of the want more information on what they do
United Church, and helps people find please speak to Effie Abrahamson, or
aid or assists them with the complicated visit them on a Tuesday morning in the
process of seeking help. fall.
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DID YOU KNOW?
New Photo Directory
An energetic crew makes 100 sand-
wiches for 1st United Church on the sec- How many times have you checked an
ond Wednesday of each month. The old church photo directory to remember
sandwiches are distributed to the home- what someone looked like? You have
less and needy. The regular sandwich probably noticed that ours is well
makers include Jean Jillings, Leslie Alex- out of date.
ander, Joan Cook, Diane Wyllychuk and
So, we have made arrangements for IPC
Shirley Sharf, with Jean McKee providing
Canada Photo Services to be here Sept.
occasional back up.
9 & 10 to take all of our pictures and
The bread is donated by Cobs Bakery on prepare a new directory for us.
Main Street, and is picked up by Doug
Dorothy Briggs and Joyce Livingston
Golding. The fillings for the sandwiches
have agreed to organize a team that
are donated by congregation members
will be responsible for setting up ap-
or purchased with cash donations. Tom
pointments. You can expect to hear
Holmes delivers the sandwiches to 1st
from them later in the summer.
This valuable outreach program of our
church involves many willing hands. Family Fun Night
Mark your calendars for Wednesday
evening, August 17th for the 3rd annual
COMING EVENTS Family Fun Night. This is an enjoyable
--Patricia Pratt night for all ages: grandparents, parents
and of course children. There will
Strawberry Tea The third annual be games galore, food and lots of fun.
Strawberry Tea is Sat., June 25th at 2pm. The first year the theme was a Beach
In addition to being lots of fun and a Party. The second year was a Western
wonderful afternoon out, this event has night with people in jeans, plaid shirts
proven to be a major fundraiser for Oak- and cowboy hats. Watch for the news of
ridge United. this year‘s exciting theme and programs.
As well as delicious strawberry shortcake Don‘t miss the fun!
there is a choice of many different
sweets. The entertainment is a trio of
graduates from Capilano College‘s OUT & ABOUT
Musical Theatre program. Lillian Hunt welcomed a new grandson in
Last but not least, there will be lots of Victoria May 3rd,, while Janice Douglas
exciting door prizes. Come and bring had to go all the way to Amsterdam to
your friends—tickets are $15 and there welcome her first grandson.
will be tickets available at the door.
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On the Move: COUPLES PLUS CLUB
Mindy Lane has moved back to Co- --Lorna Persson
quitlam, but fortunately she still plans
It was 1956 that Willard and I became
to make OUC her church home.
members of St. Giles United Church
Dorothy Mason is now settled at Point
with the minister Dr. Hamilton in charge.
Grey Private Hospital. Although she
can‘t have visitors she would be de- After the service Jean Crawford asked if
lighted to hear from her church family we would like to join the Couples Club
via card or letter. (Contact Sharon in (as it was then known) which was
the church office for her address.) just starting with new young couples. We
Jean Jillings enjoyed recent trips to were delighted to be included, and re-
Saskatoon and New York in connec- mained members and good friends ‗til
tion with grandsons‘ graduations: one now.
as a doctor of veterinary medicine,
We had such good times together sing-
and the other as an MD.
ing, playing games, and listening to
Roy & Nancy Stark had a lovely 10
speakers who kept us well informed on
days in Honolulu, and have returned
world and local affairs.
looking tanned and fit.
Val Weinert and husband Harry had a We usually entertained at a Christmas
wonderful time on their cruising in the party (pot luck) and a wind-up party in
Hawaiian Islands. June, often held at a cottage.
In Sympathy: We collected a small membership fee
Condolences are extended to June from each member and were able to
Newton on the death of her husband pay our way and make small donations
Neil on April 12th. to different areas of the church. As well,
Also, condolences to Mary Allen we looked after Sunday greeting, sanc-
whose sister, Marjorie Wiltshire, died tuary flowers and the refreshments at fel-
May 24th. lowship time (in addition to counting du-
ties until a few years ago) during the
Weddings: Rev. Maggie officiates at two
summer months of July and August.
June weddings in our sanctuary: the first
was on the 18th, and the second will be After 55 years we grew together and
on the following Sunday. We wish these knew each other so well, and now that
young couples well in their lives together. our members are lessening it is with great
sorrow we are having to close.
Baptisms: We have had two infant
baptisms since the last newsletter: We will always be grateful for our won-
May 15th Amaya Waterhouse, derful memories. God bless us all.
daughter of Chris & Alison Dicken --------------------------------------------------------
June 5th Jack Scallion, son of Sean Newsletter Team: Jean Bartlett, Dorothy Briggs,
& Debbie Scallion Joyce Livingston, Sharon Morrow, Pat Pratt,
Dave Autin, the church custodian, has Email Addresses:
been ill for three weeks; we hope to email@example.com
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