Regional General Meeting 2021: seeking one nomination to Regional Council Executive who is under 30
Please prayerfully consider who (under 30) you might tap on the shoulder to consider this opportunity to be a member of PMRC Executive. Click here to open the Regional Executive Council Nomination Information (PDF). The live link to the Online Nomination Form is in the PDF.
Deadline for Nomination is June 4, 2021.
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Tuesday Leaders Online Gathering
I recently re-discovered a favourite book Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day by Macrina Wiederkehr. As I write to you, it is the mid-morning hour with themes of the coming of the Spirit, wind and flame, breath, and blessing. I share with you a portion of a contemporary Psalm by Macrina:
O Spirit of the Circling Hours,
Bless me that I may be a blessing,
Work through me, that I may be
Your love poured out upon the earth.
Creator of all that is, be blessed.
Lover of all that is, be blessed.
Sanctifier of all that is, be blessed.
As you encircle our lives this day,
Rev. Mary Nichol
Regional Minister, First Third Ministry
Chinook Winds and Pacific Mountain Regional Council have officially formed a First Third Ministry Partnership! As the First Third Ministry team visions and plans for inter-regional council ministry with children, youth, families and young adults, our website and social media is amid reflecting this new partnership.
We welcome Chinook Wind's Chris May Poy to the First Third Ministry team in his role as Animator for First Third Ministry! PMRC and Chinook winds are really, excited about the partnership between our two regional councils to serve and support First Third Ministry
This month -and everyday-, We Celebrate our Mothers.
"Being a Mother is Learning about Strengths you didn't know you had, and Dealing with Fears you didn't know existed." Linda Wooter
This time, We want to share a writing by Kerry Child, a Family and Community Minister, Memeber of the Hope4CE Steering Committee
I am a mother of two. One bright, creative, full of life five year old and her sister who lives in heaven. Mother’s Day has always been tricky for me. Don’t get me wrong. I love recognizing my mom, both of my grandmothers and the many other important “mothering” people in my life. My living child has an amazing godmother and many positive female role models but Mother’s Day is a challenge.
It’s a secular holiday; one of the biggest where families gather for brunch, bouquets of flowers are purchased, cards sent and phone calls made. And that in itself is incredible. And why not? Mothers are amazing, strong, hardworking human beings who deserve to be celebrated. But Mother’s Day isn’t part of the Christian calendar and celebrating it in worship often creates an awkward, exclusive and uncomfortable experience for many.
I know of several people who avoid church on Mother’s Day.
So as people who work with children, youth and across the generations we come across yet another struggle between the secular and church world. Here are some tips when it comes to planning worship and Sunday programs on Mother’s Day.
Like everything, you will receive feedback. Some will love the subtle route and others will be disappointed that you didn’t hold a huge party for all the moms. No matter the outcome, I hope this Sunday and all the future Mother’s Days will include laughter, story, prayer, celebration and space to grieve.
Kerry Child, Family and Community Minister, Gilmore Park United Church, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, and member of the Hope4CE Steering Committee