During our worship service Jane Harding from the BC Conference office will be offering her reflection on a recent mission trip to Kenya. This will be a very informative and worthwhile presentation. For those who want to know what our Mission and Service in action is about, come and listen to Jane!
We are having our first yard sale of the year this Saturday May 12th starting at 9 AM. We are adding a trunk sale as well which we anticipate will be lots of fun. They’re might be a last minute spot for your “car trunk.” If interested call Janet at 767-9664.
Come on down and enjoy the bargains and visit friends.
For those that don’t know, we are still located in the Hall next door to the church on 4th. Our plans to restore the basement after our flood have been slower than planned but we are getting there. In the interim there are lots of wonderful things to purchase in the Bargain Bin Thursday to Saturday from 9:30 to 3:00. Come on by and browse anytime.
We enter the later part of Holy Week, today, Mandy Thursday when Jesus sat down to his last meal with his friends; Good Friday the culmination of Jesus’ betrayal and death through to the joy we experience Easter Sunday in the fulfillment of the promise of new life the resurrection brings.
I wonder if at times we tend to forget that the Easter resurrection promise is something we can actively participate in all year. Sometimes we are “givers” of that promise and at other times we are “receivers.”
We “give” Easter Resurrection to friends, neighbours, family or complete strangers when we offer a loving act, a kind word, a hug or an offer of forgiveness. We “give” Easter Resurrection when we work toward reconciliation for our First People’s, when we work on behalf of refugees, when we feed the hungry, house the homeless, welcome the “other” regardless of race, ethnicity, religious affiliation or sexual orientation. We receive Easter Resurrection when we are recipients of such gifts. We “receive” Easter Resurrection when our fundamental humanness is honoured and we are received as God’s children; all equal, all welcomed and all valued for our uniqueness.
Easter reminds us how simply loving one another can be a powerful and awesome resurrection gift. We honour Jesus and journey with him when we remember this simple act.
Prior to our worship service December 17th we were honoured to have the Peachland Strummers Ukulele group lead us in a carol sing along. What an inspirational and fun time we had. This Sunday one of our own members will lead us in a carol sing. Come at 9:45 and enjoy!
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.
We are just about ready for our Christmas sale this Saturday November 25th from 9 AM until 4 PM. Come on by and pick up some goodies, gifts and crafts at exceptional prices. And join us for a refreshment!
Peachland United Church on 4th St. is holding our Annual Christmas Sale on Sat. Nov. 25 from 9 to 4pm. We will be featuring gently used Christmas decorations and jewelry. Handmade items and baked goods will also be available. Look forward to seeing you!
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