Entries by Graham Zell

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 […]

Saving Jesus Redux

You don’t have to spend much time watching the news or trolling social media to encounter people who use Jesus to justify their words or actions. Sports figures, celebrities and politicians talk about Jesus like he’s a best buddy or mascot or secret power. The Jesus they know is always on “their side”. But how […]

Christmas Season Services & Events

Join us this Christmas Season for services celebrating the birth of Christ and the coming of the new year! There will be services every Sunday in December, a time of reflection for the winter solstice, two services on Christmas Eve, and a community dinner to welcome the new year! December 21, 3pm: The Longest Night: […]

Sparkle Tour

“It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas”. One of the things that gets me in the Christmas spirit is to drive around and look at the wonderful Christmas light displays. The Pastoral Care Core Ministry is pleased to once again organize the “Sparkle Tour”. People are picked up between 4:30 and 5pm, driven around […]

Profile: Laura Alvarado

Detention at the U.S. border touches our sister community, El Triunfo Over 166,000 Salvadorans are in the U.S. awaiting deportation hearings. One of them is Laura Alvarado, a young woman from a tiny rural community in El Salvador. Laura graduated from university with support from a sister community in Italy and for the past two […]

Film Screening: The Doctrine of Discovery

The Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen lands, Strong Hearts is a film about a devastating decision, made over 500 years ago, which continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler people worldwide. Pope Alexander VI ruled that the lands being discovered by European explorers at the time were “empty” land and its millions of Indigenous inhabitants were […]