Weekly Update

Notes and News

Richmond Presbyterian Church

11:00am – Ukrainian Hall,

5311 Francis Rd., 1 block west of Railway


www.richpres.com /richpres@telus.net


July 31, 2015


The Move Back In Committee is looking for feedback – On August 2nd and August 9th, posted in the hall, the Move Back In Committee will have on display a Floor Plan for each room in our new building.   The Floor Plan will identify occupancy capacity, proposed usage of each room, furniture layout and “wish list” items.  Your feedback is encouraged.  A comment box is available to accept suggestions or concerns or you can speak to Pearl or Heather. 

Important message from Session

Session would like to inform the congregation that our Interim Moderator, the Rev. Bruce Dayton, has decided to resign.  Bruce has been filling this role for a year now, and guided the session through the selection of the search committee, then facilitated the search committee itself through the tasks of conducting the congregational survey, preparing the congregational profile, and the launch of the search itself.  He helped the committee gather, communicate with, and consider dozens of names.  Eventually we focused on 2 excellent candidates, only to have the one we approached first withdraw and the other opt for a different call.  Bruce feels this is a time to stand down and allow a new Interim Moderator to take us through to the conclusion of the search.  We appreciate all his efforts, and his willingness to do what he believes is in the best interests of RPC.

Session is pleased to advise the congregation that the Rev. Dr. Richard Topping has agreed to be appointed by Presbytery to be our new Interim Moderator, effective immediately.  Session and search committee look forward to working with Richard in the tasks that remain until a new minister is in place.

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Sharon McIntyre.  Sharon’s friend Alma called this week to let us know that Sharon passed away last month in Duncan.  Sharon was a long time member of this congregation but when her struggle with MS became too difficult she moved to Duncan to be closer to one of her sons.  Alma will be holding a drop-in Celebration of Life in her home on Saturday, August 15th from      1 – 4 PM.  All are welcome.  Please RSVP to Pearl in the church office if you are interested in attending.

Two new ministers in our midst:  We are excited to announce that Elaine and Curtis Wilson have been called to Strathcona Park Presbyterian Church.  With both Presbyteries having approved the call, it’s official – they will be moving to Kingston, Ontario.  Elaine and Curtis are grateful for all the prayers and support and invite you to the Ordination Service to be held at Fairview Presbyterian Church located at 2725 Fir Street, Vancouver, on August 9th at 3:30pm.

Service at Courtyard Gardens is this Sunday, August 2 – if you are able to assist, please be at the residence at 1:30 pm.  7051 Moffat Road, Richmond.

5th Annual George Mar Memorial Golf Tournament – Is coming Saturday, August 29th at the Richmond Pitch and Putt.  A terrific intergenerational event that’s a “hole” lot of fun.  Following the nine holes refreshments and prizes will be held in the new church hall.  Consider inviting a friend or a neighbour – it’s a great way to get to know them and to show off our new church.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for 15 years and under.  See Tom, Allan or Barry for more information or tickets.

We are ALL called to Ministry!  There are no “jobs” in church, but only “ways in which to serve”.  God has been working hard in your life and blessed you with specific gifts and talents – the question is “do you know your gifts and talents?”  Soon we will be worshipping in our new building, but that is not the sole purpose of the church building.  We are to witness, to be the hands and feet of Christ.  Soon new people will be walking through our front doors – are we ready to welcome, reach out and use the skills God has given us?

Church School and Nursery are two vital ministries at RPC that need to be running by September when neighbours come to visit.  The Educational Ministries Team is planning lessons, gathering supplies and preparing schedules.  Has God been calling you into this ministry?  All you need is a faithful heart, willingness to try and the courage to trust God.  Think about it, pray about it, follow God’s lead – has He given you skills to serve Him in this way?    Contact Pearl at the church office – she’ll be happy to discuss any concerns with you or if you’re ready, put your name on the list.

Update from the Move Back In Team:  We are getting close and there is much to do – CAN YOU HELP?  Here’s a list of the types of jobs needing volunteers.  Dates and times to be announced soon!

Cleaning Team.  although the construction crew will tidy up the site the church will still need a full cleaning.  Many hands make light work.

Grounds/Yard Work:  There will be some weeding and yard maintenance along the perimeter of the property that will need attention as well as the tackling of the playground.

Assembly Team:  The church will be purchasing a number of cabinets and shelving units from IKEA and these will need to be assembled.

Unpacking Crew:  Once rooms have been set up to receive items people will be required to unpack and sort items.

Misc Maintenance Jobs:  We anticipate some small construction jobs:  ie  building shelves from old plywood for back storage areas.

Call Pearl in the church office if you can help!!

Looking for something “jazzy” to do on Wednesday nights?  Brentwood Presbyterian Church conducts JAZZ EVENSONG every Wednesday night starting at 8:00PM.  The evening is mostly music with inspired prayers.  Check out the Brentwood Presbyterian Church website for complete details at www.brentwoodpc.ca.

Love to Sing?  Brentwood Presbyterian Church is also offering a great choral workshop this summer  (August 22) and a chance to perform in a concert on that same day.  Come join with others for communal gospel singing and find out what it means to sing songs of hope and joy.  Check out the Brentwood Presbyterian Church website for complete details at www.brentwoodpc.ca.

Looking for a Christian Family Holiday? The Ministry of Westminster Presbytery is offering two Family Camps this summer:  July 31st to August 3rd and August 6th to 9th.  Come to the sunshine coast and experience summer together with other Christians.  A flyer containing detailed information is available from the Greeters.  Be sure to pick up your copy or contact the Camp Director at director@campdouglas.ca.

Celebration Team Project that you can help with. Once we move back into the building we would like to have a Display Board in the entrance area for all our visitors to see.  The word “Welcome” will be on it, and our members’ or adherents’ pictures (no names, just smiling faces) welcoming people to the building. So please bring your favorite picture of yourself or family and put it in the box at the back of the hall or email it to richpres@telus.net. Smile!

 A Picnic-Style Potluck Lunch is being planned for our first Sunday back in our new building.  Since it is unclear at this point how functional the facility (in particular the kitchen) will be, a potluck lunch is being planned with a picnic style theme.   Be a host or be a guest but be sure to come.  Please check out the Sign-Up sheets for complete details or speak with Margie or Joan.

 Worship When We Return To 7111 No 2 Road   We are all anticipating a return to our renovated building.  It is looking like this will happen in late July.  However, it will be several more weeks after that until we are fully settled in, and very unlikely that a new minister will be here by then.  In view of the reality that there will be an ongoing state of transition with continued pulpit supply, Session has decided that upon our return we will stay with a single, blended service (such as we have now at the Ukrainian Centre) at 10:00 am.  The situation will be reviewed in September.  We would welcome your prayerful and considered comments as we seek to be true to our ministry in the circumstances we find ourselves.

Stamps: Just a reminder to please clip and save used postage stamps (no metered stamps). They are used in fundraising activities by the Canadian Bible Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Please leave a ½” trim around stamps.  Stamps may be given to Pat M.  Thank you.


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Participants in worship this week, Sunday August 2nd

Guest minister:  Joseph Qian

Announcements: Mary H.

Lay reader:   Mike Z.

Counters:  Lynn G, Bill G., Nonnie P.

Greeters:   Fred & Pat

Children’s story:   Fred G.


Participants in worship next week, Sunday August 9th

Guest minister:  Mark Carter

Announcements: Isabel E.

Greeters:  John and Helen B.

Children’s story:   Pearl O.

Lay reader:   Abby B.

Counters:  Mary H., John H., David O.



 Dates to Remember

Service at Courtyard Gardens – August 2nd      2:00 PM

Ordination Service for Elaine and Curtis Wilson – August 9th  3:30pm

Service at Minoru Residence – August 16th & 30th      3:15 PM

5th Annual George Mar Golf Tournament – August 29th 

Rededication Service – September 20                     3:00 PM

Open House for new building – September 26th       1-4 PM











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