The Music Advisory Committee

The Music Advisory Committee is made up of Carol Brown (Pringle Bells), Sharon Stennes (Choir), Joan Mason (Taize and Celtic Vespers), Joan Mickelson (9AM service) and Kenneth McCallum (CYYAF), and Mona McGill. This group reports to Council and is the link with the Congregation in supporting and guiding our Director of Music Ministry, Kelly Charlton as he journeys with us here at First Met. Any of the committee members welcome your com- ments as we near the six-month anniversary of Kelly’s time with us. You may speak to any of the committee members or send your feed- back to jhmason@telus.net.

 Soup Socials

A group of us would like to organize monthly “Soup Socials” following the 11am service for anyone in the congregation who would like to join in. Are you able to pitch in to help in any way? Contact Janet @ 250-478-5066 or thegrays@shaw.ca.

2015 Tax Receipts Available

2015 tax receipts are available for pick up in the Sanctuary on Sundays: Feb. 7 and Feb. 14. After Feb. 14 the tax receipts left will be put in the mail. If you have any questions regarding your tax receipt please contact Katya at the Finance office at 250-388-5188 ext. 224 or email at finance@firstmetvictoria.com.

Epiphany Explorations 2016 Live Stream

The Epiphany Explorations live stream will begin Thursday at  2:00 PM (PST) with a performance by Aidan Miller.  The official opening will start at 3:30 PM (PST).  Please note you must login before you will be able to access the Epiphany Explorations live stream.

Lead Minister Review team Report

First Met is going through an unprecedented change with 3 ministerial retirements in a 9-month period. At first glance, you might say, “Oh No”, especially after many years of stability!  However, this is an opportunity few organizations ever get. We have the opportunity to review who we are and to look into the future and make any needed changes to help us along our path.

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Jan 31, Honouring Emily MacDonald 

Sunday, January 31, please join us at our 9 and 11 am worship, as we honour Emily MacDonald for her ministry with us as Parrish Nurse and Health and Wellness Advocate. Stay afterwards for visiting over refreshments and an opportunity to wish Emily the very best as she retires. Contributions to Emily’s retirement gift can be dropped off at the church office.

Refugee Sponsorship Opportunities
Refugee Sponsorship

Our First Met Refugee Sponsorship Group is taking on three new sponsorships in partnership with St John the Divine Anglican Church. These sponsorships are the eleven-year old son of our current newcomer from Afghanistan, a Palestinian family of five, currently in a refugee camp in Syria, and a person from the Syrian LGBTQ community. This is an ambitious undertaking with a budget of $42,500 to be raised by First Met.

If you are able to donate to this important work, please include “Refugee Sponsorship” or “LGBTQ Refugee Sponsorship” on the memo field of your cheque. We are looking for new members to our join group, both from within and outside our church community. For more information please contact Kathy Cook at 250-370-0991 or kcook@datagruven.com.

Out of the Rain Youth Shelter Presentation by Janet Gray
Out of the Rain Youth Shelter Presentation by Janet Gray

Just last week I was in Winnipeg speaking at a United Church there about KAIROS – and a elderly woman named Beth (not her real name) came up to me and told me she didn’t know if I could help her or not but she had a son who lived in…

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2015 Winter (Q4) Newsletter Now Available
First Met 2015 Winter Newsletter

The First Met 2015 Winter Newsletter is now available featuring an all new look!  Get all the latest news and events for all the happenings this season. Printed versions are available from the  church office.

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First Met & Our Place Shelter Featured in TC
First Metropolitan United Church & Our Place Society

With the cold weather season approaching, Our Place has opened an overnight shelter at First Metropolitan United Church to provide a temporary haven for the region’s most vulnerable residents.

“Every winter it breaks our hearts when we close our doors in the evening, leaving vulnerable people with so few places to go,” said Don Evans, executive director of Our Place Society. The group’s Pandora Avenue centre provides meals and drop-in services during the day, as well as 45 units of transitional housing, but it offers overnight shelter only during extreme winter weather.

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