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Friday, September 16, 2022

Minister's Musings - Julie Lees, Congregational Minister

Mother and Baby Ram


You know how some of the stories in the Bible seem so incredulous – a global flood, a burning bush, 40 years wandering in the desert, an itinerant preacher who could heal people, and who raised Lazarus from the dead? Not to mention the empty tomb. I mean unbelievable, right? How could this happen?

When I think about some of these stories (that some of us hold as narrative and some of us hold as fact) I think about how HUGE they are – so beyond what anyone had experienced or known before. Something inexplicable. Something that would have been a real challenge to put into words.

Well, that’s how I feel about Psalm 91 (our scripture for Sunday – vs 1-6, 14-16). When I read it and hold it privately in my heart it makes all the sense in the world and feels comforting and nourishing. Feels like a real gift I want to hold safe. Reading it out loud, trying to put into words what the feelings mean and how they stir a heart, and where God is in all of it – well I wonder if that’s how the Israelites might have felt when they had to explain Manna, without warning, falling from the heavens. Inexplicable.
What is your experience of Psalm 91? How would you articulate it to a friend?


Julie Lees

Sunday Service online

To Everything There Is a Season
Planning for a good death

  • Advance Care Planning Workshop
  • Saturday, October 1st
  • 1-3 p.m., cost is $5

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is preparation for a time when you are not able to speak for yourself due to serious injury, illness, or advancing cognitive decline. This is not just for older adults! It is preparation for all adults of all ages, no matter their state of health.

To RSVP or for more information
contact Colleen Blair at 604-980-6071 ext. 277
or send Colleen a message.

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Note from Allie Keir Minister of Children Youth  Families

Notes from Allie

Sunday children's programs start this Sunday. Please ask your children to follow Allie after theme time.

The G2 choir (grades 4 to 12) rehearses on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 pm in the sanctuary.
God's Free Spirits (4 years old to Grade 3) begins practices this week, on Thursday from 6:30 to 7 pm in the choir room.

For more information, please contact Allie Keir or the church office.

Thursday Dinners Return!

On Thursday, September 29 we'll be serving a vegetarian meal of homemade mac and cheese, garden salad, and apple crisp. 

Meals are $7 per person and $25 for a family of four or more. Children 4 and under eat free.

Please sign up here to let us know if you're coming on the first dinner on September 29, so we can plan for quantities and special dietary needs.


Poster for Thursday dinners at Highlands United

Volunteer help needed graphic

We're looking for:

  1. Chat box ‘hosts’ for Sunday morning online worship. If you know how to say ‘good morning’ in the chat box you already have the skills needed! Training is provided.

  2. Helpers for Thursday dinners on September 29 and/or October 20. Duties include setting up tables/chairs, serving, and cleaning up from about 4:45 to 7 pm. 

Please contact Sandi Parker for more information and/or to volunteer. 

Coffee this Sunday 

Poster announcing coffee being served before and after Sunday services


Poster announcing coffee time on Zoom after the Sunday service on September 18

Poster announcing the Meridian farm fresh fundraiser

The Meridian farm fresh fundraiser is back!

Have there been tantalizing smells wafting over from your neighbour’s barbecue? Perhaps you have a hankering for sweet local peaches or juicy corn. Maybe you’re one of those uber organized people already planning your Thanksgiving feast.

What a great time to stock up on gift cards for yourself or friends from our community partner, Meridian Farm Market. Thirty percent of gift card sales ordered through Highlands is returned for the work of the church. For example, if you spend $200, you receive $200 in gift cards and the church gets $60. How’s that for a deal?!
Sales will open on September 9 and will close on September 28. Gift cards, which never expire, are available in the following denominations: $10 / $25 / $50 / $75 / $100.
If you’ve seen the cute little red tractor on Marine Drive but aren’t sure what Meridian Farm Market offers, check out this 30-second video.

You can sign up here and the form will take you straight to PayPal. Don't worry if you don't have a PayPal account. Simply scroll down and find the Pay with your credit card button.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Susan HogmanSandra Soderling, or Julie and Ed Hunt.

Poster thanking volunteers and participants at the Welcome back BBQ.

Poster for the Undivided Love book - copies available in the church office

Janet Gear - Undivided Love

During COVID, Janet was the writer-in-residence at Highlands and wrote part of her book while she was here! If you'd like to purchase a signed copy of Undivided Love, please visit the church office. A payment of $25 for the book can be made in cash or by cheque written out to Janet Gear.

Healing Pathway Phase 1 Workshop

Please register for this workshop via this form on the Lynn Valley United Church's website. Space is limited so register soon!

Poster announcing the Healing Hands Phase 1 workshop on October 21 to 23

Poster for the Intercultural conversations and speakers groups

English language learning news

Sign up HERE for the Intercultural Conversations Group or the Speakers Group. For more information on the Intercultural Conversations Group, contact Judy O'Neill. For more information on the Speakers Group, contact Diana Bomford.

Truth and Reconciliation Circle News

On Sunday, September 25, National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, our congregation is invited to remember the lives of children lost and survivors of the Indian residential school system.

We'd like to invite everyone to order an orange Every Child Matters shirt to wear on the 25th. If you're interested in purchasing one, the best website to order from is Native Northwest.

Poster of orange shirt day 2022.




Poster on drop off times for the flea market

Flea Market News

Highlands' Gigantic Flea Market is coming on Saturday, October 15 and many, many volunteers will be needed around that time.  More details to follow.

  • Donation sorting happens on Tuesday mornings in the lower hall.
  • Interested in joining in the fun of sorting? We have lots of opportunities for both men and women. Contact Chris Robertson for more information.
  • You could also take a turn helping out at the drop-off on Saturdays from 10 am to noon. You can sign up here.

Poster announcing badminton at Highlands

HUGG news Logo for Highlands United Growing Greener

More on Transformational Economics

What if the world embarked on a bold economic strategy to achieve prosperity for a liveable planet?

More from Earth4All, with events beginning August 30. Opportunities to hear from leaders in the fields of Sustainable Prosperity and Economics. Information and registration here. [Note: some times given in CEST, which is 9 hours ahead of Pacific Time].

How will we rid the oceans of plastic?

One of our members was encouraged by finding a well-produced video by Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch foundation developing technologies to rid the oceans of plastic. In the video, after clearly explaining the technology, Mr. Slat confidently declares, “We can now clean up 50% of the Pacific Garbage Patch in just five years' time.”

That video is from 2017. So, how is the project going? We found several news updates:

The Foundation has also developed a solution to clean plastic out of rivers before it reaches the oceans. 

We're impressed by Mr. Slat’s persistent efforts for our environment since he founded the company in 2013 at age 18.

Companion adventures

Have you ever wanted to go somewhere like the theatre, Grouse Mountain, a restaurant, or a movie, but didn't want to go alone? Why not link up with others who enjoy the same activities and who would like some company? Sign up here and add your ideas. We'll be in touch by email or phone to connect you with another person who has the same interest as you. Together we can make it happen!


Poster of the companion adventures program at Highlands



Poster announcing coffee clutches over the summer

Create or join a casual Coffee Clutch this summer

  • Gather in a small group to have a coffee–either in your home, back yard, or at one of our three Edgemont Village Coffee shops
  • Simply look through the directory and invite a friend or two and possibly someone new or someone you'd like to know better
  • Your choice of company, time, and place

If you're a bit shy to initiate a clutch, yet would like an invitation, please contact Ann Echols.

A poster on small group connections at Highlands

Poster on requesting prayers at Highlands United



A poster of the Knit or knot ministry at Highlands

Knit or Knot welcomes all!

  • The prayer shawl group is growing to include crafters and sewers
  • Starting on September 12, join us on Mondays at 1 pm in the choir room
  • Work on your own project or join in our prayer shawls and toques projects
  • There's no need to be alone with your projects–join our group for laughter, friendship, and conversation
  • Contact Joy Dancey to join the group or learn more about the projects

Book Circle (last Monday of the month)

Using our usual democratic dot voting system, we've selected the following books for our upcoming discussions: 

September 26:

  • The Woo Woo (2018) by Lindsay Wong, a darkly comedic memoir that is a harrowing and honest depiction of the vagaries of mental illness experienced by a Chinese immigrant family
  • Canada Reads choice for 2019
  • Multiple copies are quickly and easily available from the North Vancouver District Library's Book Club Sets program 

October: How It All Began (2011) by Penelope Lively

We are a circle, not a club!

If you have any comments or questions, please contact Phyllis Bottomer at 604-988-6806 or send her a note.

Poster on the healing hands ministry at Highlands

Poster of Shelter to Hom eneeds

Poster for indoor tennis lessons at Highlands United

Highlands church office open hours
Tuesday to Friday, 9 am to 3:30 pm
604-980-6071, write to the church office

If you have an emergency outside of office hours
please call Will Sparks at 778-968-7718