Weekly Update


Richmond Presbyterian Church

7111 No 2 Road, Richmond (just south of Granville Avenue)


www.richpres.com /richpres@telus.net

April 22, 2016


  Please come join us for Worship every Sunday at 10:00AM.

Summer Student Employment: RPC will be looking for two summer students to help with various projects – job descriptions will be posted shortly. Be sure to check out the website or the bulletin board in the hall.

Westminster Presbyterial June ‘Picnic’ Tea will be hosted by Kerrisdale and West Point Grey groups on June 7th, 11:30 to 2:00 PM,  at Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church (2733 West 41st Ave, Vancouver). For further details please see the posting on the bulletin board in the hallway.

The annual Church Family Retreat will be taking place at Camp Douglas from June 3rd to 5th.  The whole church family is invited to an informal and relaxing time while reconnecting with God in the beauty and majesty of God’s good creation on the Sunshine Coast. Rev. Victor Kim will be leading a study on Original Grace – A Theology of God’s Good Creation.  For further details, including transportation, please pick up a brochure or contact Pearl in the church office.

Heads Up! The Presbytery of Kamloops will be meeting in our Church  the weekend following Thanksgiving from October 12th to 14th with Synod meeting  October 14th to 16th.  We will be asking for help  with food, worship, transportation and billeting.  Please watch for further details. If you would like to be involved, please contact Isabel

Anchors Aweigh!  Join us for the Camp Douglas Annual Fundraising Dinner at Richmond Presbyterian Church, on Saturday, May 14th.  Doors open at 5:30 PM and dinner is served at 6 PM.  Tickets: $15 per adult and $10 per child.  RSVP to Director Sarah “Cheerio”  at cheerio@campdouglas.ca (please include any dietary restrictions you may have).  Come support the work of Camp Douglas and enjoy a night of Fun, Food and Entertainment!

Kitchen Cleaning – Volunteers are needed to clean the kitchen on a periodic basis. It involves cleaning the fridge, wiping down cupboards, as well as tidying up shelves. Find a partner to make a team of two. We hope to have as many teams as possible so that you would only clean once every four or five months. If you are interested, please contact Margaret B

Recycle eyeglasses – Pat M collects used eyeglasses to give to an organization that distributes them to people in need in developing countries. Please place used eyeglasses in the basket under the mail slots outside the church offices.

Parking reminder:  The City of Richmond has granted us permission to park on No 2 Road on Sunday mornings until 12:30 PM only when the parking lot is full.  Please note.

Reconciliation Sunday: The Presbyterian Church in Canada marks Sunday, May 22nd as Healing and Reconciliation Sunday.  The Rev. Mary Fontaine and Hummingbird Ministries will take a leading role in worship that Sunday morning here at RPC.  Our worship service will feature the Confession Skit, a dramatic presentation based on the 1994 Confession of the Presbyterian Church in Canada to the Aboriginal people for our part in the Residential School system.  We will also hang framed copies of the Presbyterian Church’s Confession in the church hall following worship.  Hummingbird Ministries is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Canada which is committed to walking with Aboriginal people in their healing journeys and to promote healing and reconciliation between Aboriginal people and the Church.  It is supported by Presbyterians Sharing and also by the Presbytery of Westminster.

New Members Classes:  Are you interested in growing your discipleship and faith as a follower of Jesus Christ through becoming a member of RPC?    Do you want to understand the core beliefs and what it means to be Presbyterian?      Then, please join Rev. Kim for one of the New Member Classes to be held in May.  Friday, May 13th    6:00–9:00 PM and Saturday, May 14th     9:00–3:00 PM.    Please contact the church office to let us know if you’re coming so we can prepare to welcome you!

 Bible Study:  Come join Rev. Kim for a seven week series entitled Bible 101.  Do you have questions about the Bible or do you need a refresher course on the basics?  If your answer is yes, then this study is for you.  Using an innovative approach and accessible multi-media resources, Bible 101 is exactly what you’ve been looking for.  Study starts Monday, April 18th and winds up June 13th (there are no classes on May 9th or May 23rd).   Two times available:     12:00-1:30 PM or 7:00-8:30 PM.   Come join us and bring a friend.

 Body, Mind and Soul:  Thinking together about human sexuality and sexual orientation in The Presbyterian Church in Canada – Last session will be May 4th at noon and 7pm.  Copies of the Study Guide for Body, Mind and Soul can be downloaded from the denominational website, http://presbyterian.ca/sexuality/Additional resources may be downloaded from the Presbytery of Hamilton, http://www.presbykirk.com/humansexuality.html


Session Notes: March and April 2016

 The spring Leadership Retreat will be held on Saturday, June 18 at VST. Members of the Session, Board, and Action Team Leads will meet to plan a strategic direction for RPC based on our mission.  In the fall, the various groups will plan specific programs and events for 2017 based on the strategic direction established at the Retreat.

The Presbytery is considering a possible Mandarin ministry (other Chinese Presbyterian congregations in greater Vancouver are Cantonese-speaking), and RPC is a candidate for implementing this. Joseph Q, who preached here while we were vacant, is a graduating student at VST who could work in this area, and there may be Presbytery funds available to support a possible ministry.  Any such ministry would be an RPC ministry, with oversight from our Session and fitting within our mission.  It is very early in the planning process, there will be much deliberation before any decisions are taken.

One membership class has been held, with another scheduled for May 13-14. These are arranged and primarily led by Victor.  In addition, two elders talk about their faith journeys, and members of the Board and Action Teams describe their group and its ministry.  Two of the three Wednesday studies on Human Sexuality have been held.  The ‘Bible 101’ study is also continuing.

We are hoping to hire two summer students again, but this is contingent on receiving the federal government grant. We will know very soon whether our application has been approved.

RPC will be hosting Synod in October. Various individuals and teams will be involved in hospitality, logistics, and other hosting duties.

Concern was raised about the tragic events taking place on the Attawapiskat reserve. Session will approach Hummingbird Ministries and Presbytery to see whether we could show leadership in expressing our concern and our care to the people in Attawapiskat and to see what influence our national church might have in the larger discussion around alleviating the core problems.    Graeme, Clerk of Session


Music in May Service: Fairview Presbyterian Church invites you to a special service of sacred music (including classical), African-American spiritual and contemporary music on Sunday, May 15th, at 7:00 PM. The Power of the Cross features singers from FPC as well as voices and musicians from the community.   Fairview is located at 2725 Fir Street (at West 11th Ave) in Vancouver.

A memorial for Lillian B is scheduled for April 30th at 12 noon here at RPC.  Lillian passed away in December 2015 at the age of 88 years.  Lillian and her husband Jack (Betty’s brother), were charter members of RPC before moving to Kelowna.   Lillian worked at Sears and was a member of the Presbyterian Church Women’s group.

The Korean Dinner on April 30th at Dai Jang Kum Restaurant (Bridgeport Road and St. Edward’s Drive) has  reached  its room capacity.  If you have put your name on the list and cannot make or if you would like to put your name on the “waiting list”, please let Mary H. know.

Did you notice?  Look to your left and you’ll see the stained glass windows previously located by our old entrance have been installed in our sanctuary.  Thanks to previous member John R for creating these works of art many years ago.

Church Plant Sale:  Care & Fellowship Team is holding a plant sale on Saturday, May 7th from   9:00-12:00 noon.  The Outreach Team is hosting a BBQ at the same time. There will also be a broad selection of plants, patio pots and hanging baskets to choose from on the Saturday morning.  Please plan to come and bring your friends and please pass the word on to others.  If you are going to be away on that date, arrangements can be made to hold plants for you.  Mark the date on your calendar and come and choose from a lovely selection of excellent quality plants at reasonable prices with no tax.  Proceeds from the sale will go to RPC Wish List.  Any queries – call Mary H.

Ladies please take note:  Get away for a few days of peace and quiet, singing, laughter, study, prayer, fellowship and great food.  Brochures and registration forms for the June 21st to 24th Ladies’ Retreat at Camp Douglas are available from the table in the hall.  For additional info call Randi at 604-530-9195 or email her at randik@telus.net

 Camp Douglas Work Party.  The camp is always looking for people who can paint, clean buildings, tend the grounds as well as garden and chop wood.  The next Work Party is scheduled for May 28th.  To sign up or get more detailed information please contact Ross McClelland at rmcclelland@telus.net.

Youth Event! The annual Camp Douglas Mini-Retreat and Work Party is scheduled for May 27th-29th.  Full details and registration can be found on the poster located on the bulletin board outside the nursery or contact Rev. Paddy at 604-720-1810.

Want to support Camp Douglas?  The camp is always looking for people who can paint, clean buildings, tend the grounds as well as garden and chop wood.  The next Work Party is scheduled for May 28th.  To sign up or get more detailed information please contact Ross M at rmcclelland@telus.net.

Camp Douglas Summer Camp 2016 brochures are in – grab your copy on from the table in the hall or check out the website at www.campdouglas.ca.

The Wishing Tree:  Be sure to check out the bulletin board in the hall and find out how you can support our Wish List.

Have ANY unused greeting cards? Our Richmond Hospital Auxiliary uses them in various ways and they are very much appreciated. Cards may be given to Desnia or Betty.   Thank you.

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 for Sunday, May 1st, 2016:

Greeters:  Mary and Harold

Lay reader:  Tom McKinnon

Time with Young Christians:  Rev. Victor Kim

Coffee Hosts:   Margaret  and Janice

Nursery attendant: Christie

Church School:  Abby  and Stephanie

Counters:  Mark, Yumin and Grace


Participants in worship for Sunday, May 8th, 2016:

Greeters: David & Christine

Lay reader: Barry

Time with Young Christians: Allan F

Coffee Hosts: Anne D & Margaret H

Nursery attendant: Carol V

Church School: Rachel & Janice

Counters: Mike , Heather , Janice



Dates to mark on your calendar

 Bible Study:  Bible 101

Mondays 12:00-1:30 PM or 7:00-8:30 PM    starting April 18th

(No  class May 9 or May 23)

Human Sexuality Info Sessions – April 20th, 27th and May 4th

Wednesdays 12:00-1:30 PM or 7:00-8:30 PM

Memorial Service for Lillian B – April 30th                  12 noon

Congregational Night Out – Korean Dinner April 30th           4:00 PM

Service at Courtyard Gardens – May 1st              2:00 PM

RPC Plant Sale – May 7th                     9:00-12:00 PM

Board of Managers Meeting – May 9th                6:30 PM

New Member Classes – May 13th and May 14th

Camp Douglas Fundraiser – May 14th          5:00 PM

Youth Mini-Retreat at Camp Douglas – May 27th-29th

Camp Douglas Work Party – May 28th

Church Family Retreat at Camp Douglas – June 3rd to 5th

Leadership Retreat at VST – June 18th                         9:00-3:00 PM

Vacation Bible School – July 11th to 15th                       9:00-12:00 PM

Community Worship & Church Picnic at South Arm – July 17th



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