Broadview subscription renewal

To all Broadview subscribers,

Our subscriptions to Broadview expire by the middle of April. I heard from the publisher and they are extending this until early May. I have asked the Board to approve First United paying for all your subscriptions. The Board approved this and so I ask you to send in your cheque to First United Church. The amount is the same as last year $25.00. The address of the church is 721 Bernard Ave. V1Y 6P6. Please make your cheque payable to First United Church.

If you have any questions please contact me at 250-763-7656 or by email at [email protected] If you are not a subscriber to our United Church magazine and would like to receive a subscription please let me know. Thank you everyone.

~Beryl Itani

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Between Parades

We’re good at planning!
Give us a task force
and a project
and we’re off and running!
No trouble at all!
Going to the village and finding the colt,
even negotiating with the owners
is right down our alley.
And how we love a parade!
In a frenzy of celebration
we gladly focus on Jesus
and generously throw our coats
and palms in his path.
And we can shout praise
loudly enough
to make the Pharisees complain.
It’s all so good!

It’s between parades that
we don’t do so well.
From Sunday to Sunday
we forget our hosannas.
Between parades
the stones will have to shout
because we don’t.

~Ann Weems

Steven, Jay, and Oscar


This is my cat Steve French (i did not name him, but anyone who watches Trailer Park Boys will get the reference). Steve is a rescue, so we don't know exactly how old he is, but we think he is about 5 years old, and i have had him for 2.5 years. This picture was of Steve trying to tag along with me on a youth group sleepover!
~Rachel Anweiler
This is my cat Steve French (i did not name him, but anyone who watches Trailer Park Boys will get the reference). Steve is a rescue, so we don’t know exactly how old he is, but we think he is about 5 years old, and i have had him for 2.5 years. This picture was of Steve trying to tag along with me on a youth group sleepover!
~Rachel Anweiler

This is Jay (left) and Oscar (right), patiently waiting by the door all day for me to come home from work!
~Rachel Anweiler
This is Jay (left) and Oscar (right), patiently waiting by the door all day for me to come home from work!
~Rachel Anweiler

A day in the life of an essential worker, First’s own Rachel Anweiler

The idea for interviewing Rachel came when I encountered her and her colleague Cheryl Foort (I know, another Cheryl?!) driving a shopping cart into the church hall, because they had donations for the outreach family food baskets. And it struck me, does anyone know about these angels in our midst?

Rachel and Cheryl cook for children during the week at Building Blocks, a daycare agency in Kelowna. And what they can’t use, they bring to the church. I had so many questions and Rachel was kind enough to answer them before she faceplanted into bed. ~Tanya

How many kids?
We have 2 campuses, one on Sutherland ave, and one on Gordon Ave. Together we serve just under 300 kids every day. The Sutherland campus holds 75 kids, and the Gordon campus currently holds 180 kids, and that number is likely to go up.

How old are they?
The kids range in age from 6 months to 5 years (or until thy start kindergarten). On certain occasions (such as now) we will accept kids that are younger if their parents needs to return to work.

What kind of essential services do their parents provide?
With that many students, you can imagine the parents hold a variety of different jobs, but we do have several parents that are doctors, nurses, police officers, and teachers.

What do you cook/feed them?
We feed them 2 snacks and a lunch every single day. We ensure that every snack has at least 2 food groups in it, and that lunches have all 4. We serve every snack and lunch with fresh fruit or fresh veggies. We feed them a whole assortment of food! For lunches, it can range from soups, pastas, rice dishes, sandwiches, and wraps. Some of their favorite dishes are Turkey Chili, Beef Stroganoff, Pizza Roll Ups, and Butter Chicken (their absolute favorite!)! Snacks can range anything from Toasted Engish Muffins, Bagels, Cookies, Fruit/Veggie Platters, Muffins, Loafs, Meat Cheese and Pickle platters. All baking we make from scratch in house.

How long have you and Cheryl worked there?
Rachel has been running the Sutherland location and assisting at the Gordon location for 10 months, and Cheryl Foort, who runs the Gordon campus, has been there since the very beginning when it was just a small daycare of 6 kids being run out of an apartment, about 13 years ago.

Any anecdotes from the workplace?
For Rachel, at the Sutherland campus, there is a doorway in the kitchen that is shared with the 6 month-24 month classroom. There is a baby gate in the doorway to keep the babies from coming to the kitchen, but the babies love coming up to me and see what I am cooking for them. The few that can talk love standing there saying “Hi Rachel”, or “What’s that” over and over again. One of my favorite stories is that one child learned to say “Hat Please” (although it sounds like “peas”), so I would give him my hat, and that has now become everyone’s favorite toy! The kids love sharing my hat and trying to put it on. For some of the kids, the first word I can hear them mumble is “hat”. It is something that makes my day every single day!

For Cheryl F., this happened just this week. Cheryl F. and Rachel were making mini pizzas for the kids for lunch. We were standing side by side while we were building these. We always have the radio on at work to help keep us motivated, and at one point, an ad came on reminding people to continue practicing physical distancing. Once the add was over, we both immediately took one step opposite of each other, looked at each other, and in unison said “you’re too close!” We both burst out laughing! Cheryl F. commented that “they say when you spend enough time with someone, you start to think the same”.

What do think of the current context we’re living/working in?
Given the current situation in our World, we are continuing to stay open so that parents who offer essential services are still able to do their job. This time is very difficult for everyone, especially young kids as they don’t understand why this virus is so serious and why they can’t continue to go to school or see their friends. We currently have between 40-50 children attending daily during this epidemic, and each child has had to deal with a lot of changes. We have temporarily closed our Sutherland campus, so all children that were attending there now have to attend the Gordon campus. Because we have such low numbers of kids, we currently have 6 classrooms (there is usually 14), and each class is comprised of 2-3 different classes. These changes are very difficult for children to deal with as children thrive on routine, but also, many of their classmates and teachers that they know are not around (several teachers have chosen to isolate themselves to keep themselves safe), so this is a time where things are changing all the time.
For all of us as staff, we have continued to give the children the love and care that they need. We all come to work with a smile on our faces, happy to still be able to work and to see the happy, smiling faces of the kids every day.

Online Worship April 5 , 2020

A Smile

From the home of Karen Kranabetter, Chris Fabbi, Tyson and Tru

A (True) Story

Finding a Brighter Perspective

Else Wieler

My mother has dementia and lives in Lethbridge at an assisted living residence. I used to call her at 7:30 every morning to talk her through getting dressed and downstairs in time for 8 am breakfast. Now I call at 8 to remind her not to go down but to wait for the breakfast cart to come to her.

She has taken well to social distancing. She is allowed to remain in the familiarity of her room and no one coerces her into activities when she’d rather nap. Homecare still visits 4 times a day to tend her.

My brother, sister and I each call at least once a day to help her navigate mealtimes and just to chat. Every day I remind her that she is in her room now because of a virus. She is not concerned about this.

She’s lived through her father’s arrest and subsequent execution – something that happened to many German Mennonite men from small villages in what was then simply Russia. She lived through German invasion, when her family spent almost a month cowering in their basement as Germans and Russians sent bombs flying over their heads. She lived through German retreat, when she, along with her mother, grandmother and siblings fled through Poland and finally East Germany to find refugee status in the West, just as borders were locked down.

On April 20th, we were to celebrate her 90th birthday. I had my flight booked. My sister was flying in from New Jersey and my brother lives near her. She tires easily so we had thought, just cake and coffee with us and the step-siblings for an hour or two. Now of course, she is in lockdown and will be alone. I don’t remind her of this every day, just once in awhile because I know on that day, it will be a disappointment.

More often, I simply listen to her reminiscences of happy childhood times. And then she adds, ‘Mama and Oma had to work so hard, but I didn’t really understand because I was off playing with my cousins and sisters.’

This morning, when her floor was last to get breakfast and she wondered aloud if she was ever getting her coffee, I reminded her that they take turns: she had hers first yesterday. That was enough to make her laugh and say, “Whenever have we had such a wonderful life? I mean with food and water. We have as much as we need. When I think back to when I was a child in Russia. There was never enough and we were hungry all the time. You didn’t live through it, so you’ll never know. We sit here so comfortable in Canada and America. As much of everything we could ever want. The only time I got enough back then was in the summer, when I sat in the fruit trees and ate until I was sick. And then the war came. We were lucky. We got away and didn’t get sent to Siberia.”

Then she saw her cat, and rhapsodized about her luck in having him for a companion. That’s how it goes. She is easily distracted. As she rambled, I ran to the computer thinking, her words are a good reminder for all of us.

My mother has always been good at looking around her to find the less fortunate and thus make herself feel better. Whatever you may think of this coping skill, it has served her well. She helped to serve the needy in her churches in Winnipeg and Coaldale by making quilts, raise funds through bake sales and serving at funerals. But there are times when we ourselves are the needy.

This may be just such a time. Perhaps my mother’s words can help someone to see the situation from a somewhat brighter perspective. This morning, her words did that for me.

~Elenore Wieler
(Elenore’s mother, Else, is pictured above.)

Please Join Us For Worship on Palm Sunday

Some of you may have heard that there are strange things happening on the internet these days called Zoom-bombing. Basically, this are bored and/or angry people having too little to do and just determined to “upset others.”

But it can be disturbing, or frightening, or disgusting to have someone break in to what you think is a private event and disrupt it. (Remember this can also happen if we are meeting in a building—someone comes in and acts inappropriately!). SO, to try and reduce the chance that this will happen we are making a few changes, as recommended by Zoom specialists.

To join the worship service, click this link: https://zoom.us/j/586245135 and put int he 6-digit password distributed in the First Word email newsletter on Saturday.

When you click on the link (or phone in) you will be put into a welcome/waiting room. This is the new feature for security. I will be able to see your “ID/Name” and will click a button on my computer that will let you “in” to the service – just like our greeters make you welcome to worship at church! Microphone

Microphone: Please have your microphone MUTED once you enter the “worship service” – this will keep the confusion to a minimum.

Video: Keep your video ON as you enter the “worship service” – this will allow us to wave at one another, and to see each other – a great joy.

Other Changes: We learned so much last week. Here are a few changes you will discover:

Prayer Requests: We are going to use the Chat feature to gather prayer requests. Just before the prayers of the people we will send out a typed message asking for names and concerns to be included in the prayers for today. Please type in your requests.
If you cannot type, wave your hand and we will unmute your microphone so you can speak your requests.

Coffee Hour: There were a lot of people frustrated with the chatter last Sunday cutting off what they wanted to say—it was a little like listening to all of us talk at once. We have learned that we can cut down on that, and give you a chance to have coffee/tea/juice and conversation with just a few people—like being at a table in coffee hour. To have this happen, my program will put you into a breakout group of no more that 5 or 6 people and you can each chat to one another. BUT – I do not have control over whom you get to talk with, so be prepared to meet one another, to share your name, etc. as if you were first-time friends – or be surprised to meet someone you have seen but never talked with.

I know this is a lot to take in – and we will all be a little confused – but for safety and more effective time together, let’s try it and make this work! And remember, God is also present in the electrons and even the internet – always, God is with us, we are not alone.

Grace and peace,

~Bob Wallace