The First Met 2016 Summer Newsletter is now available! Enjoy special messages from Tammy Lindahl and Allan Saunders as well as updates on the Our Place shelter and the Minister Review. Be sure to keep up to date up to date on what is happening throughout the Summer. Printed versions are available from the church office.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Kyla Morrison Morgan as First Met’s new Health and Wellness Advocate. Kyla, who joins First Met this week, is a registered social worker with nearly 20 years’ experience in human services, the last 10 years as a hospital social worker at both the Royal Jubilee Hospital and Victoria General Hospital. She brings a wide knowledge of the local health care system and a wealth of experience in working with community service providers. She is also an active community member with a deep commitment to social justice and the mother of two young boys. We welcome Kyla to the First Met family!
Art Show: “The Earth is my Sister”, April 28 – May 8th, 2016.
Paintings by Linda Mulhall, member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, graduate of the Ontario College of Art. All proceeds go to the Refugee Sponsorship Program. Opening: Thursday April 28th at 7:30 – 9:00 PM, Sanctuary of First Metropolitan United Church. Please enter through the Balmoral doors, at 932 Balmoral Road.
Paintings will be sold through a silent auction. Paintings can be viewed and financial pledges made on Sunday May 1st and 8th, after the 9:00 AM and 11:00 am services, Friday April 29th, and Tuesday-Friday May 3–5th from 12:30 to 3:30 PM, as well as May 6th 1:30–3:30 PM. See Linda’s art at : www.lindamulhall.ca .
The United Church of Canada recently sent a hearty thank-you letter plus certificate to First Metropolitan for donations to the Mission and Service fund in 2015 totalling $65,662. Many thanks for your generous support!
Creative Steps to End Homelessness A Mayor’s Panel
Mark your calendars now! Monday, May 30th @ 7:00 pm First Met Sanctuary. The panel will include:
Mayor Piercy of Eugene, Oregon where micro-housing has helped address homelessness
Mayor Clugston of Medicine Hat, AB, the first Canadian city to eliminate homelessness
Mayor Lisa Helps of Victoria
Check back for further updates and also in the bulletin and through the media.
Lead Minister Search Update
The Council has requested that BC Conference declare a vacancy for an Intentional Interim Minister or someone with equivalent experience for up to two years. The chosen candidate will bridge the gap between the departure of the Rev. Dr. Allan Saunders and the arrival of a carefully chosen full time replacement.
Our First Met community is continuing to go through a time of great change with the retirement of long time staff and excitement for the future as we journey with Christ. We all want to feel listened to. One role of the Ministry and Personnel (M&P) Committee is to listen to you and to voice your kudos/comments/constructive feedback to our ministry personnel and staff. This task of building healthy relationships between the congregation, Ministry personnel and staff is mandated to M&P by the United Church of Canada.
We welcome your input in writing. Please include your name, in case follow up is needed. You can email your comments to any of the members of M&P (see their contact information on in current Spring 2016 Newsletter) or leave your comments in the M&P Chair’s (Leanne Prestwich) mail slot in the hallway, opposite the church office.