Weekly Update

Notes and News

December 14, 2014, Advent III

Richmond Presbyterian Church

11:00am – Ukrainian Hall,

5311 Francis Rd., 1 block east of Railway

604-277-5410

www.richpres.com /richpres@telus.net

Today we welcome Reverend Joanne Kim to be our guest preacher. Joanne is a Korean-Canadian, and the first ordained Korean woman minister in PCC in Western Canada. She has now retired from serving in North Peace Territorial Ministry in Peace River region in AB. Prior to beginning her ministry; she had been an RN for over 25 years.  She is married to Chin, and has two adult sons.  At present, among the many things she does, she serves the Lord as volunteer clergy at Queen’s Park Care Centre in New Westminster, and attends Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Burnaby, which was her home church before she was ordained.

To my church family:  The last three weeks have been very difficult watching my Mom make the journey towards Home.  I was amazed at the power of her faith and during the highs and lows God was present offering comfort, reassurance and peace thanks to the prayers offered through you.    So to my church family I am deeply grateful – and to our Lord, who never left our side, my deepest adoration.   Oh, Lord How great thou art!     Pearl Overhill and family.

A letter from Lucille Maxwell’s daughter: I just wanted to let you know that Mom has been moved from Holy Family Hospital to a residential care facility in Vancouver:  St. Vincent’s Langara, 255 W. 62nd Avenue.  She is on the waiting list for a residential care room at Courtyard Gardens, but it may be awhile before a bed becomes available there.  In the meantime, she is being well looked after at St. Vincent’s.  Her room is 316 on the 3rd floor.  Visiting hours are any time after 11:00 a.m.

I would like to express my deep appreciation to those members of the congregation who have taken the time to visit her during her stay at both Richmond Hospital and Holy Family.   Thank you, Jane Knight

Together in Advent – In Advent, the church around the world looks forward to Christ’s coming at Christmas. Each week of the season, watch for posters on the themes of hope, peace, joy, love featuring hands of adults and children in our church family together.

RPC Library – Advent is here, Christmas is coming – …and RPC Library has resources to help you throughout this time of preparation. The Library display again features devotionals, stories, music, and more to take you deeper into the meaning of the season. Come on over, and check it out!

Beyond Sunday Newsletter will be handed out this Sunday. Be sure to pick up your copy from Pat Dyksterhuis at the back of the hall.

Time to Renew Subscriptions for the Presbyterian Record – RPC is paying the Every Home Plan rate of $23.95 for every family which subscribes so that the congregation can take advantage of the lower rate. The individual rate is $33.95. It would help our budget if those who receive the Record would reimburse us for the $23.95. You can do so but cash or cheque in an envelope with the offering. If you would like to be added to the subscription list or if you no longer wish to receive the Record, please let John Hanson know, john.hanson@telus.net. 

We are in need of lay readers and greeters for the New Year. Please email or phone the office if you can do any of these in the coming weeks or months.  richpres@telus.net or 604-277-5410

Audit Committee – We are looking for a volunteer to join the Audit Committee. We need someone with an accounting or business background. We do not pay for an auditor but have an audit committee which reviews the books to ensure that proper financial practices are being followed. The work involved would take place in January following year end. John Hanson and Gloria Moore have formed this committee for a number of years. John handles a number of functions for RPC but would like to have someone else take over this one. If you have any questions please talk to John or Gloria and submit your name to Anne Davidson or RPC office. 

Are you looking for an Advent Bible Study?  The Journey Advent Study begins this Monday November 24th.  We will meet at 2 p.m. at the Greaves. Contact Pat if you have any questions

Minoru services:Sunday December 21st , led by Larry Jackson – 3:15pm, Minoru Extended Care, 6111 Minoru Blvd. Help is always appreciated. Please arrive about ½ hour before the service time.

Service at Courtyard GardensSunday, January 4th at 2:00pm, 7051 Moffatt Rd., led by Fred Greaves.

Offering Envelopes and PAR users – 2015 boxed offering envelopes are ready for pickup. They are on the table at the entrance. Please note, to reduce waste, assigned envelope numbers have changed. DO NOT use 2015 envelopes in 2014 and DO NOT use 2014 envelopes in 2015. For those of you who do not use boxed envelopes, if you would like to receive them, please contact me for those of you using PAR, record your PAR number when making donations in envelopes because your old envelope number may be used by another person. If you do not know what your PAR number is please contact me thank you Heather Campbell, at 604.271.5045 or hecampbe@shaw.ca

There will be a combined service at Richmond Alliance Church, 11371 No. 3 Rd., at 10:30 on Sunday, December 28th  Joanne Kim is participating on behalf of RPC and the choir is singing. People are asked to bring some goodies to contribute to potluck refreshments afterwards.  There will be a nursery for children up to age 2 and a children’s church for children from 3 – 8. There will be no service at the Ukrainian Community Centre that week.

We are in need of lay readers and greeters for the New Year. Please email or phone the office if you can do any of these in the coming weeks or months.     richpres@telus.net or 604-277-5410

Christmas Letter – This year’s Christmas letter is from Session. It was emailed this past Friday, but if you would like a paper copy they are available at the back of the Hall.  We encourage you to read it; it contains some words on our congregational life right now

Are you looking for an Advent Bible Study? The Journey Advent Study continues this Monday December 8th.  We will meet at 2 p.m. at the Greaves’.  Contact Pat if you have any questions.

Lectionary readings for next Sunday

December 21/14, 4th Sunday of Advent

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 89:1-4,

19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

Dates to mark on your calendar

Jesus in the Gospels Bible Study, Mondays, 2 p.m. (Pat’s place)

Elders’ Prayer Lunch, every Wednesday until further notice. (12 noon, Eleanor Tan’s home)

Christmas Pageant – Sunday December 21st, 11:00am

Christmas Eve Service – Wednesday December 24th, 7:00pm

Christmas Morning Service – Thursday December 25th, 10:00am

Combined service at Richmond Alliance Church, 11371 No. 3 Rd., 10:30 on Sunday, December 28th.

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