Burnaby Blood Donor Clinic -
DONORS URGENTLY NEEDED!
The next clinic will take place THURSDAY, December 12th, 2013
Cliff Avenue United Church
1600 Cliff Avenue, Burnaby
(entrance is at the back of the church. Parking is available)
Clinic Hours: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Appointments can be booked ONLINE at www.blood.ca
or by calling 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236 6283)
Canadian Blood Services – it’s in you to give
Advent is the season before Christmas where Christians prepare for the birth of Jesus! A candle is lit each week leading to up to Christmas Day as God’s greatest gift – Jesus, the Light of the World is given to ALL people….
Advent 1 – HOPE 10:30 a.m., December 1st - - Communion service.
Advent Songs and Stories 3:00 p.m., December 1st – - A combined service of all the United Churches of Burnaby. Refreshments will be served after the service. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Advent 2 – PEACE 10:30 a.m., December 8th -
Advent 3 – JOY 10:30 a.m., December 15th -
Advent 4 – LOVE 10:30 a.m., December 22nd -
Christmas Eve 7:00 p.m.,, December 24th – All Ages Carol Service
Christmas Eve 10:00 p.m., , December 24th – Candlelight and Communion Service
On Sunday, September 15th AND Sunday, September 22nd we will be worshipping together at Ellesmere United Church 160-8960 University High Street (SFU) at 10:30 am. Carpooling from Cliff Avenue United Church is available at 10:00 am.
ALL ARE WELCOME!!
The Truth & Reconciliation of Canada issues a broad invitation to all Canadians to bear witness to the National Hearings in Vancouver in Septebmer, 2013. The United Church of Canada encourages all Canadians to attend the events during Reconciliation Week, including some or all of the Truth and Reconciliation Hearings in Vancouver. There is no cost for any part of the events.
Monday, Sept. 16 Lighting of the Sacred Fire – Ambleside Beach (see reconciliationcanada.ca for more information.)
Tuesday, Sept. 17 Canoes from all over the province will be welcomed at a Ceremony at False Creek. The Welcome Celebration is open to everyone.
September 18 -21 Truth and Reconciliation Hearings, at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). Survivors,Teachers and Support Staff are welcome to share their stories of the Indian Residential Schools in either Public or Private forums. To tell your story please register at trc.ca.
Registration is not required for listeners. All Canadians are encouraged to come and bear witness.
Thursday, Sept 19 A Concert
Sunday Sept. 22 Several Events:
- 8:00 am Worship Gathering at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church, then head to the walk together
- 9:00 am Walkers Assembly and pre-walk ceremonies at the Queen Elizabeth Library
- 10:00 am Walk for Reconciliation, hosted by Reconcilliation Canada
- 11:00am-1:30 pm New Way Forward Celebration Event
What you can do
Attend any or all of the events in the Week of Reconciliation. (see ReconciliationCanada.ca and trc.ca)
Pray for all participants and those giving testimony.
Cupcakes are needed for the Survivors’ Birthday Party. Can your Congregation prepare cupcakes in a “Food Safe” Kitchen? contact email@example.com with the number of cupcakes you can supply.
Bus Tickets, can you provide bus tickets, or gas money for a shuttle, to transport Survivors from downtown Vancouver to the PNE? Donations gratefully accepted by BC Conference Office.
Prayer Shawls for Survivors giving testimony. Does your Congregation have a Prayer Shawl Ministry? Can you offer some of your shawls for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Hearings? Prayer Shawls may be dropped off at by Sept. 8, 2013 at:
- Eagle Ridge United Church, 2813 Glen Drive, Coquitlam
- Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver
- Northwood United Church, 8855 156th Street, Surrey BC
- Ryerson United Church 2195 West 45th Avenue, Vancouver
- Wilson Heights United Church 1634 East 41st Avenue, Vancouver (after Aug. 20, Tuesday-Friday: 9:30-2:30)
- South Burnaby United Church, 7591 Gray Ave., Burnaby Mon-Friday 9:00-noon
- In the Okanagan, drop off Prayer Shawls to Summerland United Church by September 6
Lunch Vouchers for Survivors. The PNE has indicated that $10.00 will cover a Survivors meal. This meal will include main course, side/snack and drink. As mentioned before, our goal is to have 3,000 Survivors lunch covered. On the Cheque Memo line please print: “Survivor food vouchers”. Donations can be sent to
BRUCE & BOIVIN CONSULTING GROUP INC.
70 Arthur Street, Suite 440
Winnipeg, MB (Manitoba)
Canada R3B 1G7
The United Church of Canada has been involved with the Truth & Reconciliation Commision from it’s beginning. Recently, BC Conference has been host to the Ecumenical Advocates of the Turth & Reconciliation Commission in BC, and has offered financial support to advertizing to the National Event in September.
For more information about the history of residential schools in Canada, the Montreal Presbytery of the United Church has information on their website.
Reconciliation Canada is hosting the 4 km walk (a 2 km walk is also available) in downtown Vancouver ending with “A New Way Forward”, an outdoor celebration that will bring All Nations, both Aboriginal and non-aboriginal people together to celebrate a new Spirit of companionship among us. Please register for the Walk as a “Team” or as individuals on the Reconciliation Canada website.
Reconciliation Canada, and the Ecumenical Advocates group that supports their work are hoping for 50,000 people to Walk together for Reconciliation.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission came about as part of the settlement agreement between the Government of Canada, the Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and The United Church, and survivors of the Indian Residential Schools.
Its purpose is to bear witness and record the stories of abuse and tragedy at these schools. It is important for all Canadians to know about the tragedy of the Indian Residential Schools so that everyone understands the need for healing the relationship between the first peoples and the immigrant people.
Through government records we now know the schools were originally intended to be the final solution of the “Indian problem” within the new nation of Canada. Much of the land Canada claimed as her own was actually historic lands of Aboriginal people. The rights to the land were not won in any war. The land was taken with the arrogance of those who believed themselves to be superior and therefore entitled to take what they wanted with no regard for law.
The Government of Canada settled some land claims through treaties. This was expensive and time consuming. The MacDonald government was in a hurry to build a railroad and add the western territories to confederation. The idea of Residential Schools was used as an alternative to treaties. They took children as young as five into Residential Schools to take the “Indian” out of them. The intent was that the Schools would alienate children from their families thereby forcing them to assimilate quickly making “Indians” disappear.
The government recruited the Churches to run the schools promising them new converts and a chance to do good. What happened was chronic underfunding and very little supervision.
Inevitably the Schools became host to abuse, disease, and malnutrition. Every child who attended these schools has a story to tell. Teachers and other workers found themselves caught in a heart rending situation—some tried to make the best of a bad situation, others took advantage of the children who had no one to turn to for help. They created a nightmare situation for thousands of children who had no defense.
All of us need to know the truth. The pain caused by these schools needs to be shared among us. All Canadians need to bear witness to this dark part of our history. We need to acknowledge this was an unacceptable way to treat children. We need to rebuild relationships with Aboriginal people based on mutual respect, genuine love, and the acknowledgement that Canada needs the best of all her citizens to address the challenges facing us today.
As Christians we have seen how our faith can be a sword -dealing violence and pain. We need to stand up to say this is not what our faith is about. We need to be visible as we seek reconciliation and healing.
The United Church administered 5 Residential Schools in BC. The General Council Archives contains records for the following Indian Residential Schools included in the Settlement Agreement. The schools were initially operated by the Methodist and Presbyterian churches before 1925. Following union, The United Church of Canada inherited administration of the schools.
- Ahousaht, British Columbia (1904–1939)
- Alberni, British Columbia (1891–1973)
- Port Simpson, British Columbia (1874–1948)
- Kitimaat, British Columbia (1893–1941)
- Coqualeetza, British Columbia (1888–1940)
The Truth & Reconciliation Hearings in Vancouver will be Sept. 18-21. They will take place at the PNE to accommodate as many people as possible. Here stories of Indian Residential Schools will be told, grief shared, and healing celebrated. Survivors, Teachers and Support Staff are invited to share their stories. Feel free to come to only a few hours of this event; you do not need to attend it all.
In addition to the Hearings there will be other events initiated by Reconciliation Canada. Reconciliation Canada is a charitable project, established as a collaboration between the Indian Residential School Survivor’s Society and Tides Canada Initiatives Society. This project engages Canadians in meaningful dialogue to build stronger relationships between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals and to build resilience in our diverse community.
Working with Reconciliation Canada is the Ecumenical Advocates group, a diverse group of representatives from the denominations that ran residential schools as well as a significant number of people from churches that did not, including several Mennonite groups, the Salvation Army, Lutheran, Evangelical, and more. Meeting with people from the Indian Residential School Survivor Society regularly for the past year, this group has been planning and supporting a number of educational events throughout the province. It will also provide support for the presence of the churches at the Truth and Reconciliation hearings themselves.
Submitted by Rev. Kathy Hogman
TRC Educator, BC Conference
Sunday September 8th, 2013 from Noon – 1:30 pm. Rear Parking Lot (off Blaine Ave)
1600 Cliff Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5A 2K2
A joint venture of Cliff Ave United Church, Ellesmere United Church and Sae-Nal Korean Church. Come learn more about our community of faith and service. A great opportunity to get to know your neighbours! ALL ARE WELCOME!
Cliff Avenue and Ellesmere United Churches are sharing Sunday worship in July and August. The location is on a two-week rotation. All services begin at 10:30.
July 7 – Cliff Ave
July 14 – Cliff Ave
July 21 – Ellesmere
July 28 – Ellesmere
August 4 – Cliff Ave
August 11 – Cliff Ave
August 18 – Ellesmere
August 25 – Ellesmere
Ellesmere United Church is on the beautiful Simon Fraser University campus.
#160 – 8960 University High St., Burnaby
The church office is closed for July and August, however, Sunday services will take place throughout the summer months and we will be checking messages regularly. You can leave a voicemail at 604-420-2621 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regular office hours of 1:15 – 5 pm Tuesday – Friday will resume on September 2nd, 2013.