Love Your Muslim Neighbour
Love Your Muslim Neighbour

Join us for our in depth discussion on Islamic culture and the Muslim faith during our two part series “Love Your Muslim Neighbour”.  We’ll be featuring  a DVD with North American Muslim leaders plus Mohamed Ghilan (a teacher at the local mosque) and other Victoria Muslims sharing their insights.

March 17  Islam 101 – Key Basics of Islam

March 24  Addressing Misconceptions about Islam

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Share Your Time and Talents: Volunteer!
Volunteer at First†Met

This is a great time to get involved  with the First†Met community as we have several opportunities available for volunteers. The following areas are in need of your help:

  • Inner City Dinner
  • Out of the Rain
  • Hospitality
  • Poster & Flyer Design
  • Newcomers Welcoming
  • Refugee Sponsorship
  • Epiphany Explorations 2016

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Music Staff Positions at First†Met
First†Met Staff Openings

First†Metroplitan United Church, a citywide congregation based in downtown Victoria and home of Epiphany Explorations will be seeking new music ministry staff, effective August 1, 2015. The Search Group currently is facilitating a revue of our vision and model for music ministry and related position description(s). Any inquiries in this regard can be sent to musicsearch@firstmetvictoria.com.

Lenten Project 2015
Lenten Project 2015

Every year, during Lent, Sunday School Children & Youth choose a project and invite the whole congregation to raise funds for the project. One of the ways to raise money is using the First Met Lenten calendar.

This year Sr. Youth class chose the “Foster Peace Project” in the “gift with vision” booklet for the Mission & Service Fund.
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An Afternoon of Song & Strings
An Afternoon of Song & Strings

Join us for an afternoon musical recital featuring Aline Dumalski on violin, Cathie Lylock  performing mezzo-soprano, and Fran Pollet on piano.

Sunday March 15th, 12:45 PM @ First Metropolitan United Church,  in the Sanctuary.

Lent Gatherings Four Week Series on Sons and Daughters of Encouragement
Our congregation-wide month of neighourhood discussion group gatherings begins next week!  You may sign up through the church office or before and after worship this Sunday or email tammy.lindahl@firstmetvictoria.com with your requested date.
Daughters and Sons of Encouragement: Lenten Booklet Plus Group Gatherings

This year, the First†Met congregation is invited to reflect and share in two ways: Lenten Booklet and reflections from Lois Wilson.   Once again the Lenten Booklet will include reflections from First†Met folk.  In addition, there will be 12 reflections from Lois Wilson, drawn from her recent book “I want to be in that number.”

Cost is $8 Now Available

Small Group Gatherings:
During Lent there will be an opportunity to participate in small gatherings to reflect on the Daughters and Sons of Encouragement (loosely based on Lois Wilson’s book: I Want to Be in That Number: Cool Saints I Have Known.) Some groups will meet in people’s homes, others will be at the church and there will be a variety of times and days to choose from. More information to come.

Succession Planning Task Group Final Report

The Succession Planning Task Group Report recommendations have been approved by FMUC council. We extend deep thanks to the members of this task group for their dedication and hard work. You are encouraged to read the report to help give you an understanding of the next phase of our transition. A Transition Task Group has been appointed by council to implement the recommendations in the report. Core members of the TTG are Tammy Lindahl, Liane Clark and Clarice Dillman. Others, internally and externally, will be asked to ask help as resources as the process unfolds.

Final Report Document (Updated February 23)

Our Place Acknowledged by MLA

MLA Carole James  stood up in the B.C. Legislature to praise the work being done by Our Place for the most vulnerable in our community.

James especially wanted to acknowledge our Sponsor-A-Breakfast program that allows local businesses and individuals to sponsor a cooked breakfast for our family members.

Finding Love at Our Place
Finding Love at Our Place

It isn’t every day that we get to celebrate a romance 20 years in the making here at Our Place, so when we heard that two of our family members, Ward & Lisa, had recently become engaged, we couldn’t wait to share the news.Neither Lisa or Ward can drive. He’s legally blind, she has inner ear damage and hearing loss. They met on the bus 20 years ago and fell in love while sharing daily lunches at Our Place. Now the couple, both in their 50s, are engaged and plan to marry this summer. Surviving on their meagre pensions, friends have launched a fundraising campaign to help pay for their wedding.

 

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Download a copy of our newsletter here.

Emily MacDonald Change of Hours

Emily MacDonald the Parish Nurse\Health and Wellness Advocate, will be changing her half- time hours to full days on Wednesday and Thursday as well as Sunday mornings, starting February 18th. You can contact Emily at 250-388-5188 local 233, or email her at wellness@firstmetvictoria.com.

2014 Tax Receipts are Available

2014 tax receipts are available for pick up on today and Feb. 15. After February 15 the tax receipts will be mailed out. Please contact Katya in the Finance office if you have any questions: 250-388-5188 ext. 224 or finance@firstmetvictoria.com.

What a Great way to Join Our Church!
  • Pick a partner/sponsor, someone who already is part of First†Met with whom you’d like to have some meaningful conversations, Don’t have anyone in mind? We can help you.
  • View some exciting highlights from our recent Epiphany Explorations and discuss with your partner/sponsor.
  • Pick a small group with whom you will be discussing reflections by LOIS WILSON as she considers “Cool Saints”she has known. Several groups will be taking place in March as part of our Daughters and Sons of Encouragement program in Lent.
  • Confirmation Sunday will take place right after Easter on April 12th (alternative arrangements can be made if you will be away that day)
  • Current members welcome to participate as a Reaffirmation of Faith exercise
  • Optional rededication dip in the Jordan River (one hour east of Victoria) offered in the summer.

Contact the church office to register at 250-388-5188 or sharon@firstmetvictoria.com.

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