Entries by Graham Zell

A Meditation on a Bible Story

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) I have been turning this story over in my head for the past couple days, for no reason better than it decided to come in and make itself at home for a little bit. The story in brief goes: a landowner hires groups of workers […]

Living into Right Relations

Last week’s Lunch and Learn, Decolonizing Discipleship, is now on YouTube and is a great introduction to looking at family history in relation to indigenous neighbours. It’s led by Sara Stratton, Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice Animator for The United Church of Canada, and is appr 50 minutes long. This is an eye-opening discussion and a […]

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 […]

Hishuk Ish Tsawalk (Everything is One and All is Interconnected)

Being the last Sunday of the month, in regular times the Alleluia Ringers would be playing in church, as we love to do. In this time of “virtual church,” perhaps you’d like to watch this video of a performance from October 2016. I’ve chosen this video, because the piece is titled “Hishuk Ish Tsawalk” which […]

Where Are The First United Church Staff?

In case you are wondering, as I’m sure many of you are, here is an update on how to access the First United Church Team. Even though our Church building has been closed, our staff is available and accessible in a new and different way – they have moved to remote and virtual services. What […]

See You Sunday!

We’d like to give “virtual worship” a whorl this Sunday and the ministry staff will be leading it via Zoom. It won’t be perfect but it will be adventurous and we will be together in the name of God so what can go wrong? Please note that this service will be recorded and posted to […]

Wild Church Book Club

We have talked about starting a book club for a while and have decided this would be a good time to do so. And to practice safe social/physical distancing we will offer this book group via Zoom. We hope that the idea of Zoom is not too terrifying for you. It really is relatively easy […]

News from El Triunfo

This came from our sister community on the 40th Anniversary of Archbishop Oscar Romero’s assassination (March 24, 1980). Because the annual international March in San Salvador was cancelled, the young people had a “virtual” celebration in his honour. ~Pat McPhee From Adonay (one of First’s scholarship students) Thank you very much for your message, it’s […]

First’s Got Talent

We will be hosting a potluck dinner and talent show on Saturday February 8 at 5:30pm. Everyone is invited to join in on the potluck and watch some of the fabulous talent our church has to show. We are looking for anyone with talent to be a part of our talent show. If you sing, […]

Congregational Knowledge Exchange!

The Education Core Ministry would like to invite you to an all ages event – a Congregational Knowledge Exchange – on February 9 after church in the hall. If you are interested, please see Suki Vernet to fill out a questionnaire of knowledge you can share (for example – how to write in cursive, speak […]