Entries by First United

Putting Your Money to Good Use

Many of us seniors have just received the $300 tax-free payment from the Government of Canada this week, a one-time payment to help us survive the financial crunch caused by the pandemic. If you are like me and have been receiving your regular company pension and CPP and OAS payments, you may not be facing […]

Living the Dream 2

We were devastated….how stupid to stuff all that fat money into a small wallet – in the middle of a busy train station no less. One minute we were happy wanderers, the next we felt like idiotic fools. On a broad scale, the violation was small. It was the slashed scrim of naive innocence through […]

Building A Bridge As We Cross It

In June, the Board of First United made a decision that worship will continue “online only” throughout the summer months. A small working group is looking at the safety and feasibility of re-opening our building and eventually offering limited in-person worship (in addition to continuing to offer worship online, likely through livestreaming). No decisions have […]

Living the Dream

After singing last week’s anthem ‘Walking by Faith’ (featured in the June 21 worship, click link here), I wondered, when so many bad things happen, how can we continue to walk in faith despite the sadness, toil and danger? In my pondering, I was reminded of this story: About 10 years before retirement, my husband […]

Busting Myths and Advocating for Refugees

Amnesty International Okanagan is pleased to welcome Justin Mohammed as the guest speaker. Justin is the Human Rights Law and Policy Campaigner at Amnesty International Canada (English branch). Prior to his current role with Amnesty International Canada, he clerked at the Federal Court of Canada, served as a Human Rights Officer with the United Nations […]

Central Okanagan United Churches Joint Working Group – Update

Within the representative working group, made up of ministry staff and laity from Westbank United, First United, St. Paul’s United, Rutland United and Winfield United, we have four focus groups: Governance; Administration & Facilities; Community Outreach; and Music and Worship. Each of these task groups has met to brainstorm and share ideas and possibilities within […]

Updates from El Salvador

~Pat & Greig McPhee As Salvadorans emerge from the COVID lockdown, they are facing even more economic uncertainty due to the devastation unleased by Tropical Storms Amanda and Cristobal at the end of May. These caused deadly flooding and landslides and the UN estimates that 336,000 people living in both rural and urban areas are […]