Welcome Our New Communications Coodinator

We are pleased to announce the appointment of John Skene as First Met’s new Communications Coordinator. John joins the staff august 31st and brings solid credentials and experience to this new position. John has an advanced diploma in Business Administration, majoring in marketing and is a volunteer in several Victoria community programs. The position of Communications Coordinator was recommended by the Succession Planning Task Group last December.  John will be responsible for First Met’s internal and most external communication and we are confident he will prove to be a valued addition to the First Met team.  Please join us in welcoming John!

Afghan Refugee Sponsorship Project Update:

The two refugees we are sponsoring will likely be arriving very soon and we are collecting furniture and housewares to set up an apartment for them. If you have small housewares, such as dishes, pots and pans, and kitchenware or bed frames you would be able to donate, please contact Kathy Cook, 250-370- 0991 or kcook@datagruven.com.

 Enneagram Postponed

Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul with Allan Saunders, has been postponed. If you wish to be alerted when it is offered at a later date, please contact Allan Saunders.

 Message from Fran Pollet
Message from Fran

This  week we welcome Kelly Charlton on board  as our new  Director of Music Ministries. He will be introduced into our Sunday morning  worship services as of Aug 16th.   He  will play at 11am, and observe  at 9am.  Please do give him a warm welcome and friendly words of encouragement.  He is passionate about music, a talented artist, and will have lots to share with us.

Web mail will be directed to  music@firstmetvictoria.com and linked to his  office email.

My last day is Sunday, August 30th, when we will collaborate on some special music.

My appreciation  goes to all of those who have been so committed to a smooth transition process.  Folks have really been working  hard on this, and this will ensure that the start-up of the new church season is well in hand.

Sincerely, Fran

Transformation Through First Nations History
First Met with Our Place

We are all blessed to live in a place as beautiful as Vancouver Island, but how much do we really know about the spiritual history of this land? Join First Nations leaders and elders for a free, three-part series presented by Our Place that will explore the history of this rich culture.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 16 — Butch and Bradley Dick: History of the Lukwungen people of South Vancouver Island
Wednesday, Sept. 23 — Alex Nelson: Residential School and the ‘60s sweep
Wednesday, Sept. 30 — Chief Robert Joseph: Truth and Reconciliation today

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Jordan Cantwell Installed as United Church Moderator
Jordan Cantwell Installed as Moderator

The installation of the Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell as the 42nd Moderator of The United Church of Canada was a buoyant, joyous, and intercultural worship celebration that concluded the 42nd General Council meeting, and capped off what had been a long day of business.

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Commitment Ceremony at the Jordan River
Recommitment at the Jordan River

Adults and youth are invited to take part in FirstMet’s Commitment Ceremony at the Jordan River on Sunday, Sept 6th.  It is a simple ceremony which includes being fully immersed in our own Jordan River here on Vancouver Island.  For some, it will be a commitment for the first time, while for others it will be a recommitment in response to God’s goodness in our lives.

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Greeting From the New Music Minister

This past week has seen my arrival at First Met and it has been both busy and productive. Staff have been absolutely wonderful in helping me to adjust to my new surroundings and have made me feel very welcome indeed. Through their kind diligence I now have a reasonable idea as to which key fits which door, the basic daily routine, and most importantly…where to find the coffee! My particular thanks go to Fran Pollet who has been patiently guiding me through a mountain of information, making the transition process so much easier for me.
I am excited to start the Fall Music Program and plans are already underway for some of the special services such as Thanksgiving, All Saints, Remembrance Sunday and of course those of the Advent and Christmas seasons which are particularly close to my heart. Sanctuary choir rehearsals recommence on Thursday, 10th September, and Pringle Bells on Friday, 18th September. New members are always welcome, so if you are thinking along those lines please feel free to contact me.

Best wishes, Kelly

CGIT Anniversary Luncheon Registration Extended
CGIT 100th Anniversary Celebration

It’s the 100th Anniversary of CGIT this year and we are having a celebration! To all Victoria, BC and CGIT Alumnae, there will be a 100th Anniversary Luncheon and Celebration on Sunday, September 27th at First†Metropolitan United Church from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Tickets are $15.00

Cheques can be made payable to First†Metropolitan United Church (with CGIT in the Memo line) and mailed to 932 Balmoral Rd, Victoria, BC V8T 1A8. Deadline for Payment and Registration is Sunday ,September 13th, 2015. For more information, please contact Colette Scrimgeour at 250-661-6550.
First Met Crew Join Rolling Justice

Kathy Cook, Steve and Janet Gray from First Met will be joining 15 others from around Vancouver Island and the lower mainland to ride the BC KAIROS Rolling Justice Bus from Vancouver to Fort St John and back again.

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Volunteers Needed for 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
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.
Legacy Circle
Legacy Circle: Growth of membership continues. Introduction Luncheon to be held in the Chapel for new or invited members, who have interest in joining, on 30th Aug following Sanctuary Service at 12:30 pm. Questions, answers and presentations included. Jane Harding UCC expert will be present. Contact Finance Office 250-388-5188 ext. 224 for initial information.
Summer Strollers
Summer Strollers meet at 10:30 am every Thursday morning at Willows Beach for a stroll and coffee/tea in the Tea Room, from now until mid- September. Please feel free to join us. We do provide rides for people who need them. If you are interested, call Emily MacDonald, Parish Nurse at 250- 388-5188 ext. 233.
2015 Pride Parade
Our congregation joined several other United Church congregations in this year’s Pride Parade.  It was a great day (thankfully not too warm) for the festivities and the walk downtown. There was great response from the crowd to see the United Church out in force. This was First Met’s first time marching and sure not to be the last.
Pringle All Comer’s Handbell Choir
Four Fridays in August (7, 14, 21 and 28) at 10:00 AM. If you have an elementary music reading ability, come see how much fun it is to ring bells and chimes! For further information and signup contact Carol Brown.
Fran Appreciation Day DVDs Available

DVD’s of the video and slides shown at Fran Pollet’s Appreciation Day are available for sale in the office and online. The $20 charge will be donated to the Music Bursary Fund in Fran’s name. Order the DVD Online

Tai Chi Summer Hours & Dates
JULY: Wednesdays only 12:00-1:00 pm in Fellowship Hall. Newcomers always welcome! AUGUST: No Tai Chi
Summer 2015 Newsletter

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