For those who find the Christmas season challenging and might be struggling with loss or grief, we will be holding a Blue Christmas service Wednesday December 13 at 2 PM in the sanctuary. This is a quiet, contemplative service.
Our Christmas Eve Candlelight service of Lessons and Carols will begin at 7:30 PM. All are welcome! Please come and join us celebrate the coming of the Christ Child and the promise of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy among us.
As the warm weather continues we here at the Bargain Bin have been having a joyful time as we extend our thrift sales outside. We will be doing that again this Saturday with another “Sidewalk Sale” Saturday from 9:30 until 3. Come on by and say hi and pick up a bargain.
What does a church do on Canada Day – 150 years? Open their Bargain Bin and extend it to a yard sale of course. Just like the several Saturdays preceding.
And then a church someone suggests ringing the church bell to mark the occasion and the church Pastor counters with “why not ring it 150 times” and then the idea takes off.
Visiting tourists, locals shopping the incredible bargains are asked “would you like to ring a church bell?”. We had no idea it would be on a couple’s bucket list, but it was. We had no idea it would elicit responses like “really?” And “I’d love to”. Some of us attending the church for years had never rung the bell and why not today? There were at times, line ups of interested people – youngsters and oldsters and even Charlie the dog who was also celebrating his birthday. Brief instruction was needed by all prospective pullers: “the rope needs to be pulled firmly and slowly – the bell at the top is heavy – and let the rope up slowly or there will be a “wind around” and that will be the end of the bell ringing”. Picture a serious face to this instruction and most but not all listening carefully. Let us begin.
The awe struck faces as the rope was pulled and then the big grin on those faces was almost universal as the bell rang out. It was a moment like no other for those of us in the church guiding the visitors as they became pros at bell ringing. They were grinning and expressing their thanks as they happily moved down the church steps and carried on with their Canada Day 150 – with an experience they never expected to have.
We might have rung the church bell 300 times that day and hopefully the neighbours didn’t notice because we were fulfilled beyond our imagination.
These were God filled moments and memories made for sharing
Yes, the Bargain Bin is open for business.
The flood waters have not deterred us!!
We are open Thursday to Saturday 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Come to the Hall adjacent to the church.
Smiling faces await you. Thank you for your continued support.
Peachland United Church
4421 4th Street, Peachland
Invites you to the Bargain Bin 20th year Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, February 11th, 2017
Come and shop and have a cup of tea with us in the Church Hall.
From 9:30am to 3pm, or lunch from 11:00am to 1pm.
Bring your memories and celebrate with us.
Whew, the rush is over, many of us have gone through the chaotic Christmas planning, through the Christmas celebration time and now here we are, just two days after the big New Year’s Party. Time to take a little breath!
What will this year bring we wonder? Adversity, concern and anxiety were front and centre last year, especially as we looked at 2016 highlights. Climate Change, Isis and other extremist attacks, desperate refugees, armed conflict in Syria and Iraq and an election to the south of us which seems destined to heighten international tensions were constant reminders of troublesome times.
And yet, right smack in the middle of all the adversity came again the promise of renewed hope in the birth of a small child. In that birth is it possible for us to visualize something profoundly different? We pray that it may be so; more than that we must believe it to be possible.
The Christ child reminds us again and again of what determination, perseverance, compassion and love can do. He reminds us of great promise for a better future despite the odds. He awakens in us conviction; we don’t have to accept the status quo. Let the Christ child walk with all of us this year standing firmly in opposition to all that would impair the human spirit.
Many 2017 Blessings to you all.
Come and join us Christmas Eve!
We will be offering a traditional Christmas Eve service of Lessons, Carols and Candle Lighting. You are invited! The service starts at 7PM
We look forward to meeting you.
Christmas Blessings from our ministry team.