Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Stories

     One of my favourite things about Boxing Day, is reading the new book I got for Christmas.  I love settling down with a good story and a turkey sandwich.
    But before I could read for myself, I loved listening to stories.  A constant cry in our house was "Mom, read us a story." I was reminded recently of the joy of being read to.  There's a unique relationship between the listener, the reader and the author that is quite wonderful.
So, for those of you who'd rather listen to a story than read one, here are some suggestions.

This one is a favourite of Rev. Irwin.
"The Shepherd" by Frederick Forsyth, read by Alan Maitland.

While we're with Mr. Maitland, you might enjoy listening to 
"The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry.

Stuart McLean's "Dave Cooks the Turkey," is a modern classic.  You can listen to a broadcast of the whole show here. 

Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol," is a standard for dramatic readings.  You can listen to Neil Gaiman read it here.

Of course, the greatest Christmas story of all is found in the second chapter of Luke.  Listen to it here, the in language of King James.

Happy Boxing Day.

Monday, December 19, 2016

The King's Story

The King’s Story
-- Sunday School Presentation Dec. 18, 2016

Carol:  We Three Kings

King 1: Friends listen to our story!

King 2: We have witnessed the most amazing event!

King 3: We are wise men from the east.

King 1: We have spent our lives studying the stars. For many years we have followed their
appearance and disappearance in the sky. They are our friends. Some are faithful and
never leave us. Some come and go through the changing seasons. There are times when
we have visitors in the sky you
may know them as comets or meteors. Sometimes there
are only one or two and sometimes, like the Perseids, they will go on like streaks in the sky
for days. These streaks in the sky are a marvel, but they pale in comparison to what we
followed to get to Bethlehem a
NEW star!

King 2: Through our studies of the ancient texts, we knew of the Jewish writings that spoke of a Messiah, a ruler that would come out of Bethlehem in Judah and would be ruler of all
Israel. We looked at where the star was and thought to ourselves “Could this be the great leader foretold in Micah?”

King 3: We knew we needed to follow the star. It was as if we were being pulled toward it. And so we set out on our journey. Excited by what we would find, we packed the finest of gifts.

King 1: As we approached Jerusalem and the star shone brightly, we asked people “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

King 3: We surprised King Herod. He didn’t know anything about the baby being born. In fact, no one in Jerusalem seemed to know about it.

King 2: He seemed concerned and consulted with the priests and teachers of the law. He wanted to know where this child, the Christ, was to be born. The teachers told Herod that the ruler of Israel would come from Bethlehem.

King 1: Well, you should have seen Herod! He became all friendly and wanted us to tell him everything. He seemed a little shady about the whole thing but he encouraged us to carryon our search. He directed us to tell him where the babe was so that he could come and worship him too.

King 2: Can you imagine what Herod would have thought if he had seen what we saw next!

Carol: #141 Away in a Manger v.1

King 1: We continued on and followed the star. It came to a rest over Bethlehem. Eventually we found the baby. Wow! You would not believe where!

King 3: He was in a hay stall yes
in the manger in a stable! Outside with the animals, and the
stars ,
King 2: ...and the Shepherds! There were shepherds! They told us their story.

Shepherds come charging down the aisle and sit in the front (We saw ANGELS! They were awesome,
amazing, terrifying, wonderful, beautiful)

King 2: Angels came to them and told them that a Saviour had been born and they would find him in a manger.

Angels come down the aisle: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the
people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah,the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a
manger.” 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.” (From Luke 2  NIV)

King 1: They were so astonished that they left their animals to see what the excitement was. They arrived and found a baby! They were amazed!

King 3: This was not just ANY baby. There was something about this baby that was compelling.Something bigger than any of us.

King 2: He was tiny and vulnerable and weak
King 1: ...but he was peaceful and strong and pure at the same time.
King 3: He was expected
King 1: ...but unexpected
King 3: We gave him our gifts
King 2: I gave him Gold for the one who is born to be King.

King 3: I gave him Frankincense for the God who has come amongst us.

King 1: I gave him Myrrh for the one who was to die for us.

King 2: And yet…
King 3: ... they seemed insignificant.

King 1: We knelt down before him and worshipped him. It was overpowering. We were filled with joy and awe!

King 3: It seemed as if we had just been given the greatest gift under the sun.

Carol: #144 It came upon a midnight clear v.1

King 1: We came to find a king but we found a baby, born to a carpenter and a young girl in a stable. There to celebrate his birth were shepherds. (...and us!) and strangers. (...and Angels!) (The Angels were pretty awesome!) We followed the star and found the King, not where we expected but in amongst the beauty of His creation. This was no ordinary King.In the middle of the humbleness of the scene, there was a majesty and reverence
incomparable to anything we could ever have imagined. Immanuel had come. God was with us.

King 2: We have looked for the King and we have found him. Will you come and look for Jesus too?

King 3: Will you be surprised by his peace, his presence and his power?

King 1: Will seek to find what he has to offer YOU?

Carol:  #131 The First Nowell

Written by Diane Cunningham
Copyright December 11, 2016

Story based on the scriptures in Matthew 2 and Luke 2 from the NIV translation

Monday, December 12, 2016

'Twas Two Weeks Before Christmas

Advent is the season of waiting that the church observes in the weeks leading up to Christmas, a time of anticipation.  We wait with joy and hope and peace and love the coming of the Saviour.
It also seems to be a time of activity!
Last Sunday we had a carol sing in the sanctuary followed by tea and cookies -- lots of cookies. 

On Tuesday, it was shopping day at Tswassen Mills. 15 of us left Swartz Bay on the 9:00 am ferry. We were blessed with a beautiful bright, cold and crisp sunny morning. We enjoyed the relaxed time to visit and chat.
Once off the ferry, we connected with the free shuttle bus to Tsawwassen Mills Shopping Centre, arriving by 11:00 am.
We then all wandered off to check out around 200 stores and enjoy lunch.

For our return, we met the shuttle bus at 4:30 pm for the 5:00pm sailing. An enjoyable day out.

This Sunday, we brought white gifts to church -- treats for our shut-ins.  The gifts are presented anonymously in white paper.  Later they are placed in hampers and delivered to those of our congregation who are no longer able to come to the church.  We miss these folk, and Advent is a good time to spread joy into the lives of those around us.

Next week -- the Sunday School presentation.

Monday, December 5, 2016


by Janet Smith

Koinonia (koy-nohn-eé-ah) is a transliterated form of the Greek word, κοινωνία, which means communion, joint participation; the share which one has in anything, participation, a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution, etc. It identifies the idealized state of fellowship and unity that should exist within the Christian church, the Body of Christ.
Simply put, Koinonia is the Greek word for "fellowship" - the term early Christians used to describe their gatherings.

At Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church we have great fellowship/gatherings one with another. Each Sunday after the morning service we have coffee fellowship and our Fellowship Committee meets every other month to plan fellowship events.
We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, the joy of new comers to the congregation and in fact if there is any reason to celebrate, we do so.

We also like to fellowship in other ways, two such occasions are happening this week.

Tomorrow, Tuesday 6 December some of our congregation are taking a ferry trip to the mainland to Tsawwassen Mills Shopping Centre in Tsawwassen. We will be catching the 9:00 am ferry from Swartz Bay and when we arrive in Tsawwassen we will connect with the free shuttle to the shopping centre. We’ll visit together and eat together and shop together. It will be an opportunity to get to know each other in a deeper way. We will return on the 5:00 p.m. ferry.

Also, this week, on Friday 9 December @ 7:00 pm we are having a “Christmas Movie Night (with popcorn) and Shortbread Festival.
Everyone is invited to bring their best shortbread.  There will be a “people’s choice” award, and so no need for judges etc. but it should be fun to have categories like Scottish, novelty, whipped, healthy and so on.
We’ll share other refreshments as well as a good cup of tea or coffee and everyone is invited to come along to either or both of the above-mentioned events, we’d love to have you within our fellowship, a very warm welcome awaits you.

“Fellowship is a place of grace, where mistakes aren't rubbed in but rubbed out.
Fellowship happens when mercy wins over justice.”
Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

Other Christmas events at SPPC:
  • Sun., Dec. 11, 10.00am -- White Gift Sunday
  • Sun. Dec. 18  10:00am -- Sunday School presents "The Christmas Story"
  • Sat.  Dec. 24 7:00 pm  -- Christmas Eve Service of Carols and Candles
  • Sun. Dec. 25 10:00am -- Christmas Morning worship service.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Leading with Care

Leading with Care is a policy of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, designed to keep everyone, especially children, youth and vulnerable adults safe in our church buildings and our church programs.  

The policy has been in effect at SPPC for several years. I first became aware of it when  the minister, elders, Sunday School teachers and others working with children were required to have a police check. Not something we usually associate with church membership but in our world it is a fact of life that volunteers must be screened.  

Since the implementation of Leading with Care by the national church, session members and other leaders receive training and support in all aspects of the policy.  A few of the most obvious measures include:

  • Guidelines for our facilities.  Rev. Irwin mentioned fire drill a few weeks ago.  
  • We keep a first aid kit, well-stocked and accessible. 
  • We have the AED (automated external defibrillator) hanging in the narthex. 
  •  Chairs, pews and other furnishings are kept in good repair to avoid hazards.  
  • Fire extinguishers are in plain sight.
  • Exits are clearly marked.  
  • Reminders about hand washing are posted in the kitchen and washrooms.
Most of these matters just seem like good housekeeping, but the Leading With Care program provides our session with a handy checklist and guidelines to ensure safety is everyone's priority.

In the secular world, landlords are required by law to provide and maintain a safe, physical environment.  In our Christian practice, the requirement goes beyond the standards of the law, striking to the heart of who we are as followers of Christ.  As the body of Christ, the church must do all in its power to follow His example,  to protect the vulnerable, to welcome them into fellowship, and to learn from them. 
Here is a quote from the preamble of the policy as posted on the Presbyterian Church in Canada website. 

The policy is titled Leading with Care because:
• our Lord modelled for us how to lead with care as He healed the sick and infirm,and welcomed the young, the weak, and the vulnerable
• it is our awareness that some people in our church need special protection
• it affirms our commitment to training and supporting teachers and leaders in our churches so that children/youth/vulnerable adults will grow in faith and the love of Christ in a climate of safety.
In Leading with Care there is a dual focus of safety and prevention, and training and support of teachers/leaders. In creating a safe environment, the church protects people,prevents abuse, and, if necessary, reports abuse. Through training, support and evaluation.

If you want to read the entire policy and checklists, go here.  They are available as downloads to your own computer.  You can also order a written copy.

Leaders in our congregation have undertaken a responsibility laid on them not only by the church but by scripture. 

 So keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock which the Holy Spirit has placed in your care. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he made his own through the blood of his Son.
Acts 20:28 (GNT)

 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,  to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.  Eph.4:11-12 (ESV)

Let us all encourage our elders as they undertake the work of Leading with Care in this congregation.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Book Report

Praying God’s Word – by Beth Moore

Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds

This book is simply a must have for your daily prayer time. Beth Moore has provided us with a scripture-based book that specifically addresses the strongholds that prevent Christians from living a truly free and spirit- filled life.

Beth Moore is a well-known author of best-selling books and Bible studies. She is a meticulous researcher and prayer warrior with spiritual insights in scripture that can only be a true gift from God. She tells us that God has called her to teach and that her best teaching comes from lessons she has learned the hard way! She confesses to the reader that; “This book is a result of my unquenchable desire to share one of the most effective approaches to the liberated life in Christ that God has ever taught me: praying scripture to overcome strongholds.”

Praying God’s Word is a topical prayer guide that shows us how to put into practice II Corinthians 10:3-5. “tearing down strongholds by captivating our minds with the knowledge of God” How do we practise this? By using God’s word in prayer.

 This book isn’t a Bible study, a novel or a book of advice. It is a scripture-based devotional resource. The author incorporates scripture in prayer form. You can use it for a few minutes a day or for several hours. You can use it for intercessory prayer as well. Beth Moore has organised hundreds of scriptures into fourteen chapters that address some of the most powerful strongholds of our minds. After all, the battlefield is in our minds. God’s word teaches us that our only offensive weapon in warfare (Ephesians 6) is the sword of the Spirit… the Word of God. We need to allow scripture to take captive our minds so that we can pray in the spirit and defeat our strongholds.

 What is a stronghold? The author explains that,” it is anything that consumes so much of our emotional and mental energy that abundant life is strangled, our callings remain unfulfilled and our believing lives are virtually ineffective”. Are you holding on to past hurts? Do you need to pray for God’s help in overcoming pride, unbelief, insecurity, depression? Using scripture will plug you into His power to overcome these and so many more strongholds …… bitterness, anger, anxiety to add a few more.

What makes this book, Praying God’s Word, so inspiring to me is that Beth Moore talks us through the scripture in prayer form. She incorporates the scriptures into a form of prayer. I find this allows me to see a clearer picture, in plain language, of what God expects from me and wants to do for me. Yes, we can take the time and look up all the scriptures that pertain to our strongholds. Honestly, how often would we take the time, or have the time to do that? This book shows me quickly and specifically literally hundreds of scriptures that I can go to over and over again to pray for myself and others.

Taking our thoughts captive and presenting them to Christ using our Lord’s words in scripture is so empowering!

 Book Report by Ruth Rockliff

Editor's Note:  If you'd like to own a copy of this book, Ruth has several available.   

Monday, November 14, 2016

New Bible Study

On the eve of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Bible Study group watched the movie "Luther" on Wednesday.  Fascinating insight into the character of Martin Luther and his time in history.  I particularly enjoyed Peter Ustinov as "Frederick the Wise,"

This coming week, we're beginning a new study by Jack Kuhatschek on the Letter of Paul to the Galatians.  Paul wrote the epistle to the church in Galatia because it was having troubles.  Questions of belief and practice plagued this early congregation.  As a consequence, Paul's letter gives one of the clearest statements of Christian faith found in the New Testament.  2100 years later, the words of the apostle resonate with the modern church as it struggles to remain true to its beliefs in a changing world.

The study guide includes 11 sessions, but don't worry if you can't make them all. There is no exam at the end of term. :-)
Time:  9:30 am on Wednesdays or 7:30 pm.
Place:  Ross Lounge, SPPC.
All welcome.  Bring your friends.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Remembrance Poppy

On Sunday we observed the Act of Remembrance during our worship service.  On Friday, across Canada and elsewhere in the world, nations will pay tribute to their soldiers, past and present, with parades, prayers and promises.  We do this in every community, large or small, because each has been touched by war, particularly The Great War of 1914 - 1918, and World War II, 1939 - 1945.  It was these two world-wide conflicts that reached into nearly every home and village of Canada.  Between the two conflicts, over 1.7 million Canadians served in the military, over 100,000 died, over 225,000 others were wounded.
 In the aftermath of such loss and sorrow, citizens felt a need to honour and remember their fallen, so they built memorials, some grand some simple, but all heartfelt.

There are more than 6200 war memorials across Canada.
     Sadly, Canada continues to lose lives to international conflict,  the Korean war, peacekeeping missions, the war in Afghanistan.  Despite the promise that The Great War was the "war to end all wars," and the oft repeated "lest we forget," the roll call of the dead and injured grows year after year.
  One of the most visible symbols of our common sorrow is the poppy, worn on the left lapel or over the heart, first adopted in 1921 when Anne Guerin, of France travelled to Britain and Canada to convince the Veterans Association (predecessor of the Canadian Legion) to designate the poppy as their symbol of remembrance. She was inspired in part by Canadian John McCrae's poem, "In Flanders Fields."
   Originally, the poppies were made by disabled veterans as a means to earn a small income for themselves and their families.  In 1996, the responsibility for manufacturing the poppies passed from Veterans Affairs Canada to the Royal Canadian Legion. Those donation boxes raise approximately $14 million per year. The money is used for programs and for financial assistance to veterans and their families. During the Legion’s annual poppy campaign, an estimated 18 million poppies are distributed in Canada and overseas.
  Traditionally the poppy is worn from the last Friday in October to the end of the day on November 11.  In 2000 a new tradition was born when crowds of people removed their poppies after Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa and placed them on the grave of the unknown soldier.  No organization ordered or requested or planned this deed.  It was a spontaneous outpouring of respect and grief from the people standing there that day.  Since then the tradition has spread to every memorial service in the country.
   The centre of the Lapel Poppy was originally black, reflecting the actual colours of the poppies in Flanders.  In 1980 the centre was changed to green to symbolize the fields of France, but in 2002 the centre was changed back to black.

   Because the lapel poppy has a tendency to fall off and become lost, many people like to secure it with a small Canadian flag pin. The Legion discourages this practice as they see the poppy as a sacred symbol of remembrance that should not be defaced in any way.  That said, they'd rather you wore a poppy with a pin in the centre than no poppy at all.  I've found this method of attaching the poppy, where I use the pin to catch the bottom edge of the petal, works well.
However you wear your poppy, wear it with respect and with gratitude.

Monday, October 31, 2016


Once again the Parking Lot Club suffered a rain out on Thursday, so we were the indoor Parking Lot Club.  Some watched a movie in the lounge, some played with dolls in the quiet room and the rest turned the hall into a hockey rink.
The action was too fast for my camera but you get the idea.

Everyone enjoyed a spread of Hallowe'en themed snacks.
I loved this "healthy" skeleton.

Many thanks to Felicity and her helpers for putting on such a feast for us all. 

 The Parking Lot Club is a joyful couple of hours on Thursday evenings, 4:30pm - 6:00 pm. that is fun for those who play with a ball and stick and those who cheer them on.  Young or old, please come and enjoy.  You'll meet friendly faces, enthusiastic sportsmen, and a surprising array of goodies.

While you're enjoying your Hallowe'en ghosts and goodies, remember that you are really celebrating the e'en (evening) of All Saints Day.  The really big event is November 1 when the Church honours every saint, known and unknown.  In the New Testament, the word saint (meaning “holy person”) refers not just to people who are unusually virtuous, but to all members of the Christian community, present and past,  On All Saints Day we give glory to God for the ordinary, holy lives of the believers in this and every age, especially those of our own community who have died in the past year. We also pray that we may be counted among the company of the faithful.

Happy Hallowe'en and a Blessed All Saints Day to you all.

Monday, October 24, 2016

World Food Day

Last Sunday was World Food Day -- a day designated to raise public awareness about the global struggle against hunger and malnutrition and inspire solutions for lasting change.
Don't worry if you missed it.  You can make a contribution any day.
The Presbyterian Church, through our World Service and Development division works in partnership with organizations such as Canadian Foodgrains Bank, to end world hunger.  
Just a few facts:

  • There is enough food in the world to feed everyone, but around 800 million people do not have enough to eat.
  • Roughly 97 per cent of hungry people live in developing countries.
  • Unfortunately, the people who are most food insecure are rural farmers -- at least 70% of small-holder farmers regularly go to bed hungry.
  • hunger and malnutrition hit children hardest.  A lack of nutrient-rich food puts children at a higher risk for stunted growth and disease.
Canada used to claim the title "bread basket to the world." Today Canadian farmers are heavily involved in supporting Canadian Foodgrains, providing food, assistance, and knowledge to allow farmers in developing countries improve their own production.
To help, you can donate directly to Canadian Foodgrains Bank or donate to Presbyterian World Service and Development either through their website or in your weekly envelope.

If it seems this blog has been a lot about giving recently, it's because October is Mission Month at SPPC and because we are commanded by God to be generous. 

 Luke 3:11 – He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. (KJV)

2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.(KJV)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Bible Study and New Elder

by Ruth Rockliff

I was so thankful to be able to attend the last two sessions of the Wednesday morning Bible study in the spring. Having just moved to the Island from Chilliwack I have been wondering how The Lord would be leading me to find Christian Fellowship and spiritual support. 
The Bible study was beyond my expectations!
 The topic "How We Got the Bible" could have been very dry indeed if it weren't for the passion and extensive knowledge ‎of Reverend Cunningham. I learned so much from his excellent and very inspiring presentation style. SPPC are truly blessed to have such an amazing teacher.
I also loved the discussion groups and the warm and welcoming reception I received. All in all I can't wait until September for the start of a new topic. 

With that recommendation fresh in your mind, all are invited to come to the new Bible Study "How to Pray in Your Own Way," by Kathy Cawsey.  We're talking about personal prayer, not public prayer.  Don't be afraid you'll be asked to pray aloud in front of the class.  Instead, the course explores techniques to help individuals reach deeper into their own psyche and personality so that personal prayer is more meaningful.

And speaking of prayer, the entire congregation joined in thanksgiving and commitment on Thanksgiving Sunday as we ordained Joan Adamcsak as an elder.  She has accepted a role of great responsibility within the congregation and we offer her our thanks, our assistance and our prayers as she undertakes her ministry. 

 Lord, pour Thy Spirit from on high,
And Thine ordainèd servants bless;
Graces and gifts to each supply,
And clothe Thy priests with righteousness.

Wisdom, and zeal, and faith impart,
Firmness with meekness, from above,
To hear Thy people in their heart,
And love the souls whom Thou dost love.

                                    --James Montgomery

Monday, October 10, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks

At Thanksgiving, this blog usually features gratitude for the harvest of the garden, the field and the orchard.  This time, I want to celebrate a different harvest with a poem.

Let Us Give Thanks

Let us give thanks for a bounty of people:

For children who are our second

planting, and though they grow like weeds
and the wind too soon blows them away,
may they forgive us our cultivation and 
fondly remember where their roots are.

Let us give thanks,
For generous friends - heart-
and smiles as bright as their

For feisty friends as tart as apples;

For continuous friends, who, like scallions
and cucumbers, keep reminding us
that we've had them;

For crotchety friends, as sour as 

rhubarb and as indestructible;

For handsome friends, who are as gorgeous as

eggplants and as elegant as a row of corn,
and others, as plain as potatoes and
just as good for you;

For funny friends, who are as silly 
as Brussels sprouts and as amusing
as Jerusalem artichokes, and serious friends,
as complex as cauliflowers and as intricate as onions;

For friends as unpretentious as cabbages,

as subtle as summer squash, as persistent'
as parsley, as delightful as dill, as endless
as zucchini, and who, like parsnips, can be counted
on to see you through the winter;

For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the 

evening-time, and young friends coming
on as fast as radishes;

For loving friends, who wind around us

like tendrils and hold us, despite our
blights, wilts and witherings;

And, finally, for those friends now

gone, like gardens past that have been harvested,
and who fed us in their times that we
might have life thereafter;

for all these we give thanks.

                          -- Max Coots

Ed. Note:  Bible Study begins this Wed. Oct. 12, 2016

 The Parking Lot Club is every Thursday, rain or shine.  When it rains, we play hockey in the hall.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Church Life

This blog is always looking for new topics to discuss, new programs to present, new people to interview.  But "new" is not really necessary.  At SPPC, we're a community and stuff happens in a community.  So here's a glimpse of life at SPPC over the last week.

Barb and John celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.  They shared the occasion with the congregation.  The cake was not only beautiful, it was delicious. 

 Also on Sunday, we led worship at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital.  That's another event that comes around regularly, but each time is different, because the people are different.  This time we sang lots of naval hymns because there was a retired submariner in the congregation.  "Will Your Anchor Hold" was a hit.

  On Thursday night the Parking Lot Club began its weekly schedule.  There was a threat of rain, but it didn't dampen the spirit of the hockey players. 

  Our woods seem like magic to two little girls. 

There was also pizza.  Good thing, since some of us stayed for Choir practice at 7:00 pm.  Barely time to clear up the parking lot, let alone go home for supper and get back again. 

Speaking of Choir practice, it is every Thursday from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.  Larry would love to have more singers join us.  Even if you can't read music but love the sound of choral voices, come talk to him.  Come on a Thursday and give it a try.  We don't bite.

Yesterday we celebrated World Wide Communion.  Bombs and injured children are so far from our peaceful corner of the world, but on World Wide Communion, we celebrate the Lord's Supper with Christians everywhere.  Some will be affluent and safe, like us, others will live in fear, yet we are one in spirit.  We claim "One Faith, One Hope, One Lord."

So, there is a glimpse of a week in the life of Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church.  Perhaps there's something there for you.  We're open every Sunday.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Parking Lot Extras

There was some unexpected use of our parking lot on Saturday afternoon when the neighbourhood turned out to try and catch a glimpse of Prince William and his family at the roundabout.

He truly is a prince because just as his car passed us, he rolled down the tinted window.  I actually got a picture. 

    On Thursday, Sept. 29, the parking lot will have a different purpose -- the Parking Lot Club will meet there from 4:30pm - 6:00 pm.  From our last experience, I expect there will be lots of ball hockey played.  We also have facilities to play volleyball, badminton, do crafts, walk in the woods or watch a movie.
Again, based on the number from last time, we're expecting over a dozen kids.  Rain or shine we'll be there. If it's raining we'll set up inside. 
    We're asking for prayers from the congregation as well as  baking (mainly cookies) from week to week.   There won't be hot food every time, but as a special treat, and because we found a sale,  this week, September 29, we're having pizza.
   Come and play, come and enjoy, bring a friend, have fun.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Food Bank Sunday

You may have received a plastic bag at your door this week, asking you to donate to the Food Banks of B.C.  If you missed getting your bag of food to the curb on Saturday, don't despair, you can bring it to the church on Sunday, Sept. 25.  In fact, you can bring it to the church any Sunday. It will be picked up and delivered to the Sidney food bank on the Monday after the last Sunday of the month.
Right now, in the season of harvest, many gardeners are overwhelmed with produce.  Don't despair. You can take that to the Food Bank too.  They will accept tomatoes and squash and apples and pears and similar fresh produce during the first three weeks of the month.  They are closed for distribution on the last week of the month and can't store fresh produce that long, so check the calendar. When I've missed getting fresh produce to the Food Bank at the right time, I've taken it to the Community Thrift Store on Third Street.  So long as the food can last a few hours without refrigeration, you can leave it there for customers to help themselves.
The Food Bank is just one example of SPPC working in co-operation with other groups such as Faith Link, Our Place, Saanich Peninsula Hospital and the Compassionate Warehouse for the benefit of our community and our world.  So, clean out your store room, clean out your garden, clean out your closet -- the church was in the recycling business long before the blue box!

10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?

11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.

Luke 3:10-11King James Version (KJV)