March Outreach Report

Each month, 100% of our Sunday morning offering plate collections (unless otherwise designated) are donated to the featured charity for the month. During the month of March, we collected donations for our Partner Church in Hungary, raising $2,494.75 for this worthy cause. Thank you to all who gave so generously!

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During April we are collecting for the Rainbow Refugee Society, a Vancouver based community group that supports people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression (SOGIE) or HIV status.

 

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

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2-5 pm on Sunday, June 2nd

in the nsuc Fireside Room

Our Church is pleased to bring the Blanket Exercise to our church community. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise program is a unique, participatory history lesson — developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators) that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

This event will be open to the general public and is suitable for ages 13 and up. Sign up HERE or on the paper sign up sheet below the poster in the stairwell.

Nominate a Volunteer now through April 28th

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We’re accepting nominations for our annual Volunteer Awards now through April 28th. Here’s the story of how we started this tradition, as well as information on how to nominate an outstanding volunteer.

The Mary Segal Award

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In 2011, Mary Segal, a beloved founding member and long-time volunteer at North Shore Unitarian Church, passed away.  In her honour, our church established a prestigious award that is given annually to an outstanding individual or group whose volunteer service has had a significant impact on the church.  The volunteer(s) may have contributed  a considerable length of time, or volunteered for a variety of tasks, or have demonstrated effective leadership in our Church community or in the community at large. See a list of prior recipients HERE.

Nominations

Each year, congregants are invited to nominate outstanding volunteers for the Mary Segal Award (our highest honour) as well as for Service Certificates, which are granted for one or more individuals or groups who have offered frequent volunteer service, whether in the past or present, either over a long period of time, or to accomplish something special in a single year.

There are two ways to nominate volunteers for these honours:

  1. Fill out a paper nomination form (on the foyer table) and leave it in the box provided.

  2. Fill out the online form HERE.

The deadline for nominations is Sunday, April 28th. Awards will be presented at our AGM on Sunday, May 26th.

Clothing Swap April 6th

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Clothing Swap

April 6th, 10am-2pm

Starting March 31st, bring your women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, and Halloween costumes to the church (only clean items in good shape, please!)

On April 6th, a $10 donation gets you in the door (proceeds will be given to the Wish Drop-In Centre). Take clothing, accessories, jewelry, or whatever you like, at no extra cost! We will serve light refreshments. Come early and swap till you drop! Unclaimed items will be donated to Wish and other local charities. Tell all your friends, and invite them to bring something to “swap shop”. The more the merrier!!

February Outreach Report

Each month, we donate 100% of our Sunday morning offering plate (unless otherwise marked) to a charity whose mission is in line with our Principles.

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In FEBRUARY, we collected $1,070.90 for the Wild Bird Trust of BC, which is dedicated to the protection of wild birds and their habitat, on the principle that all wildlife must benefit. 

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In MARCH, we will collect for Flaming Chalice International on March 3rd when Rev. Fulgence is visiting our pulpit, and our Partner Church in Hungary for the remaining four Sundays in the month.

FundFest Dinner & Auction: April 27th

FundFest

Dinner & Auction

5pm on Saturday,

April 27th

Our annual FundFest auction one of our church’s main fundraisers (along with our fall Canvass campaign).  Church members and friends donate goods, services, and events to the auction ahead of time.  On auction night, guests enjoy a delicious meal, followed by a fun evening of entertainment and bidding.

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How FundFest Works

  • Members and friends of NSUC donate goods, services, or social events.  These items are auctioned off.

  • Donations are sold at the live and silent auction, where they are purchased by attendees or absentee bidders.

  • Purchasers get a great concert, party, meal, experience, item, skill or service. In the process we get to know each other better and connect more deeply.

  • 100% of FundFest income goes to NSUC.

  • Donors get tax receipts for the dollar amount their donations bring in.

Basics

  • Dinner/Auction Tickets will be available for sale in mid March.

  • On the night of our FundFest auction, ticket holders will enjoy a delicious light meal and cash bar, and participate in the Live and Silent Auctions.

  • Newcomers to FundFest will get a $50 Certificate towards their purchases.

  • Free onsite child care is provided (if you tell us the ages of children when you purchase tickets).

 Details

  • During the auction, our skilled auctioneers lead you through the paddled but very inclusive bidding.

  • Our team of tech wizards keeps track of who buys what.

  • Donors get a list of what they sold and who bought each item.

  • Donors get a tax receipt at the end of the year for their donations to the FundFest auction.

  • Purchasers get a list of what they bought, from whom, and for how much.  Payment is made to the church. 

  • FundFest brings our community together for great events all year long while also giving us the opportunity to participate in the spiritual practice of generosity.  It’s our biggest revenue source after pledges and rental income.

Donations Ideas

Here are some of the big events from previous years: TED Talks at NSUC, a catered film series, stand-up comedy, concerts, gastronomic experiences, games nights, plus fun and useful workshops of all sorts.  Every year the community surprises us with some new and wonderful events!

For your first time, you may want to just attend the auction and make a few purchases. But feel free to make/ organize/ create a donation as well. It’s not hard to do, especially if you involve others.

 

Volunteers Needed

Consider volunteering for one of the many support positions that help make this auction possible. Sign up for a Volunteer job on the sign-up sheet downstairs, or online HERE. Contact a committee member for details: Andrea Fast, Leslie Gibbons, Brian McConnell, and Janni Kretlow in the Church Office).

 A Call for Donations

We need donations!  Between now and April 15th, email or phone Janni with a description of your donations of events, treasures and talents or use the online form.  (Donations will be vetted by the FundFest Team before being accepted).

 

 

Power & Privilege

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Catherine Strickland’s Power & Privilege Discovery Circle has scheduled their next meeting for Wednesday, February 20th at 7pm in room RS305. Catherine writes the following:

I was heartened and excited by our meeting last night.  Hopeful that we will create a trusting and encouraging community to explore the issues of power and privilege and what we can do, both as individuals and collectively, to subvert hierarchies and challenge norms that maintain injustice and inequity. 

Here is a link to the article that Dave suggested for our next meeting: https://lifehacker.com/the-difference-between-being-middle-class-and-poor-1832057673 

And a link to a short video on “The myth of Responsibility": https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=242&v=h-GkUHI2888 

In addition, we agreed that we would all come with two stories to share, one that is about a time when we experienced NOT having power and privilege, and one when we did.  Below are some suggested questions to ask yourself as you recall these memories to help deepen your understanding and interpretation of the stories.

Story when we did not experience privilege:

  •  How did you feel both during and after the experience?

  • What specific action or statement did not work for you and why?

  • What could others who held privilege in that situation have done to transform the experience for you?

Story when we have privilege:

Many of us have so many experiences, both conscious and unconscious, of having privilege.  I invite you to explore an experience that was particularly intense for you in terms of seeing how your privilege lead to another’s and your own suffering.

  • What specifically did your privilege give you access to?

  • Are you really willing to give this up in order to create a more just world?

  • Reflecting on question 3 above, who might you have done differently to transform the experience of the other person/people who did not hold privilege?

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

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7pm on Saturday, May 11th

at Highlands United Church in North Vancouver

On May 11th, our church community will join many other singers from the wider community to make a strong, collective statement as to the folly of war. A choir of over 100 singers will perform this powerful and intensely moving work as a concert at Highlands United Church.

The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace was commissioned for the millennium by the U.K. Royal Armouries and had its premiere in London.  The CD was released on September 10, 2001.

The human longing for peace is a visceral presence in this mass, as each movement adds to the larger story of war’s devastating impact.  The various texts, as well as the music itself, embrace time periods from the first millennium B.C. to modern times, incorporating the poetic beauty of Islamic, Hindu, and Christian cultures.

Our Music Director, Alison Nixon, has chosen this work intentionally. Unitarian Sources and Principles are congruent with the intentions within this work, and will be included in the program itself. This promises to be a wonderful community event, and an opportunity for us to show the wider community our dedication to peace and justice.

Alison asks each of us to attend this concert personally and also to bring a friend from the wider community. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Amnesty International, and the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture.

Snow?

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When weather is bad, our main concern is for the safety of our congregants.  It is up to individuals to determine whether or not they feel safe coming to church in inclement weather.

On rare occasions, church services (and other events) may be cancelled due to poor weather conditions.  On a Sunday, the decision will be made by 8am.  

If a Service is cancelled, we will try to notify the congregation several ways, including:

  • Posting a message on our website’s Blog.

  • Emailing congregants on our eBulletin email list.

  • Changing the message on our phone’s answering machine. 

  • Encouraging “word of mouth” communications. 

  • If possible, putting a note on the church door.

Unforeseen situations may prevent these methods of communication, in which case we will use whatever means we can to notify congregants of the closure.

Church events other than Sunday Services may be cancelled for bad weather at the determination of the event leader.  It is the responsibility of the event leader to communicate the cancellation with the participants.