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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Community Service: Action on Violence Against Women
Community Service: Action on Violence Against Women

December 6th 2:30 -3:30 pm
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

  • Remembering 14 women murdered in Montreal in 1989.
  • Remembering First Nations women who are murdered and missing
  • Remembering women who are victims of violence in Canada and the world

We affirm our commitment to end violence with actions and prayers.  We will share stories.  Please join us.

Speaker: Bernice Kamano from the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, Outreach worker for the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness
Sponsors: Raging Grannies and First Metropolitan United Church
For more info contact Megumi Matsuo Saunders: 250-896-3876 or 250-388-5188 etx. 235

Ecumenical Advent: An Advent Journey of Discovery
United Church Women: An Advent Journey of Discovery

Monday, November 30th.  All are welcome to join the UCW at their Ecumenical Advent Service, “An Advent Journey of Discovery” through the birth stories from Matthew and Luke.

Coffee and Fellowship at 10:00 am.  Service at 11:00 am in the Chapel.

Nov 22: Meaningful Responses to the Current Refugee Crisis (Update)
Alison Paul

Nov 22nd: 9 and 11 am worship services followed by Q&A.  Special guest speaker from the Canadian Red Cross:

Alison Paul joined the Canadian Red Cross as a youth volunteer with the Global Issues program in 2002. She began working for the Red Cross in 2005 in the Disaster and International Services Department. Ali has managed many projects for the Red Cross relating to forced migration and child protection and currently holds the role of Manager, Detention Monitoring and Restoring Family Links programs for Western Canada. A social worker, Ali has worked internationally with UNICEF, the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), and most recently with the German Red Cross supporting their response to refugees in crisis.

 Advent Turkey Dinner
First Met United Church Turkey Dinner

Sunday, Nov 22;  Advent Turkey Dinner will be from 5:30 to 7:30 pm with Silent Auction, Entertainment (Christmas carols, etc). Tickets are on sale now after worship and at the front office. Price: Adults (12yr and older) $16.00, Youth (4 to 11 yr) $7, Under 3 (free). We have different diet menus for Vegetarian, Gluten Free and other, so please let us know when you purchase tickets. Silent Auction donations ,we are looking for baked goods, we welcome business coupons, child care, lawn mowing, computer teaching, etc.

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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 First Met Retirement Dates
First Met Ministers Retirement Dates

After 17 years of service to the congregation and community, our Lead Minister announced his retirement date at Sunday Service last weekend. Dr. Rev. Allan Saunders will be retiring on August 1, 2016.

Also, Parish Nurse Emily MacDonald announced after four years with First Met that she will be retiring on February 1st, 2016.

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Volunteers Needed for Out of the Rain
First Met Victoria Out of the Rain

Out of the Rain is our young adult shelter and First Met has a long history of being involved in this wonderful program in Victoria. We offer a dry safe place to sleep,soup and other foods for up to 30 youth 15-25 years of age on Tuesday nights once a week starting mid October and running through until mid April. We are looking for a few people that feel that they could offer some leadership here: coordinating food volunteers, overseeing the roster of evening and morning volunteers, volunteering a shift once or twice during the winter or making soup. If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities please phone or contact Janet Gray at 250-478-5066  for more information. Any offer of help will be warmly welcomed.

Our Place Volunteers Needed
First Met Volunteers Needed
On the first Sunday of the month, First Met volunteers are helping with supper at Our Place. The main shift is 4:30-6:00 PM, but we also need a few people to cut up veggies from 2:30-4:30 PM. Enter through the main entrance and identify yourself at the reception desk. Please email the church office or phone 250-388-5188 ext 221.