2020 Stewardship Campaign

What does “stewardship campaign” mean?

Once a year, usually in October, First United Church launches a Stewardship Campaign. While the Finance Committee has worked on many campaigns and understands what it means and what is involved, not everybody knows what is meant by the term “stewardship campaign”.

“Stewardship” is defined as “the job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or property. The Biblical meaning of stewardship involves a theological belief that we are responsible for the world and must take care of it – through our time, labour and financial resources. At First United Church, we believe stewardship means formally committing to giving gifts of time, labour and financial resources to support the work of our church – both for the congregants and the wider community.

So as our campaign approaches we ask that you seriously consider what you can give. May we offer a couple of suggestions for gifts of time – Pastoral Care and Christian Education badly need your help. If you are a snowbird, commit to help either of these core ministries for the time that you are here. All gifts gratefully received.

First United needs your help!

Adult Study

Come be part of this lively 12-part study of Christianity in the 21st century. Contributors include: Brian McLaren, Diana Butler Bass, Robin Meyers, Marcus Borg, Walter Brueggemann, John Dominic Crossan, Matthew Fox, Amy-Jill Levine, and a host of others for a conversation around the relevance of Jesus for today.

This video-based series will begin on Wednesday October 16 at 7:00 pm in room 14 and run to November 20. Facilitated by Sharon Wilson.

Welcome Potluck

The Affirm Committee encourages everyone to join in a welcome meal in the church hall on Saturday, October 5 at 5pm to come and meet our new supply minister, Rev. Bob Wallace. You are encouraged to bring a dish to share that reflects your heritage.

Adopt-a-Road Clean Up

Enjoy some fresh air, an opportunity to get to know others in the congregation, and participate in a project that helps keep our city beautiful! First United is part of the City of Kelowna Adopt-a-Road Program and is responsible for a stretch of Guisachan Road east of the Chevron gas station at Gordon & Guisachan. If you would like to participate, please join us in the parking lot of the Chevron at 10:30am. The City provides reflective vests, bags to collect garbage, gloves, and signage. We provide the volunteers!

Click here for event details and map.

Chicken Time!

The Alleluia Ringers fall sale of Colonial Farms chicken is coming up! Orders are due by Sunday, September 29, and pick up day is Saturday, October 5 between 7:00 and 8:30 a.m. Please speak to any member of the bell choir if you wish to place an order. Thank you!

Potluck (not) in the Park

Come and meet other members from the other United Churches in Kelowna—St. Paul’s, Rutland, and Westbank United. This is a bring-a-dish-to-share picnic lunch starting at 11:45am on Sunday, September 29, at the First United Church Hall, 721 Bernard Avenue (location changed due to weather).

Tournament Raises $17K for Refugees

A successful evening at First United Church was held on March 8, 2019. This fun tournament raised more than $17,000 dollars for Central Okanagan Refugee Committee (CORC) sponsorships, including a Yemeni family. Thanks to all the friends, family, co-workers, and neighbours who pledged to support the Scrabble players! The evening was a lot of fun! Highlights included an opportunity to meet author Sharon Bala, author of The Boat People which won the 2015 Percy Janes First Novel Award and was selected for the 2018 edition of Canada Reads. At the intermission between games, tournament players listened to Bala read from her debut novel and talk about the process of writing, her own family’s experience in Sri Lanka and their eventual emigration to Canada. Bala ended her comments with a moving, heart-felt welcome to “those [in the audience] who have newly arrived…Welcome to Canada, there is room for you here!” Among the players were CORC’s most recent sponsoree, Anas Kartoumeh, a gay man from Syria who arrived in November 2016, and members of the Al-Shahoud family who arrived in 2013. The significance of that, noted tournament organizer Jodine Ducs, was not lost on those present. “At our last tournament, three years ago, the Al-Shahoud family had been present to say hello. They had just arrived a month earlier, knowing very little English. Tonight they are here playing Scrabble!”

Ringing and Singing for Christmas

Join us for an afternoon concert of Christmas music performed with hand bells and vocal choirs. The Alleluia Ringers, under the direction of Nikki Attwell, and Alleluia Singers directed by Frances Chiasson will perform carols followed by refreshments in the church hall. Part of our Concerts at the Corner series. Admission by donation at the door. For information, phone 250.762.3311.

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Transgendered People in the Church

First United’s Affirm Committee is hosting a potluck dinner Monday, November 19 at 5:30pm followed by the screening of the documentary film “Belonging in the Body: Transgender Journeys of Faith.” Following the 60-minute film, we are excited to have Beth Carlson-Malena, who’s the director of community for Generous Space Ministries, who created the video, with […]