Hiroshima/ Nagasaki 70th Anniversary Memorial
Minister of Children & Family, Megumi Matsuo Saunders, will lead some of our youth in a solemn program of words and music to commemorate the lives lost at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when the world first experienced the horrors of nuclear war. The memorial takes place Thursday, Aug. 6, at Esquimalt Gorge park, 1070 Tillicum Rd. at 7.30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend, make a lantern and bring a chair. Lantern making starts at 7:30 pm, with words and songs of peace at 8 pm, followed by floating the lanterns in the Gorge.
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.

42nd General Council
On August 8-15, the 42nd General Council of the United Church of Canada takes place in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Coverage and background material can be found on the General Council website. Major changes in our denomination’s structure and processes are featured in the Comprehensive Review Final Report (along with a video on the topic). Other items on the website include info re the nominees for the next Moderator, a Prayer Pilgrimage, and much more. The website tells how you can follow GC42 virtually, including worship, plenary sessions, nominee speeches, the vote for the next Moderator, etc, starting Saturday, August 8, to see General Council in action. Each day of the conference, brief video updates will be available on the United Church’s YouTube channel.
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 if you can assist at either time on August 2.
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

Sanctuary Renovation Update: July 8th

Thank you to all the congregants who worked their way around the temporary AV Desk in the Sanctuary beginning on July 5th. We encourage everyone to use the centre doors into the Sanctuary, and not go behind the old desk to ensure safety. The AV Sanctuary Desk reno team got the disconnecting and reconnecting job done in short order. Sound, visuals and live stream were back running for the Sunday Service on July 5. We are ahead of schedule, kudos to all involved. Paul Jenkins will continue the building of the desk through out the summer.

Tai Chi Summer Hours & Dates
JULY: Wednesdays only 12:00-1:00 pm in Fellowship Hall. Newcomers always welcome! AUGUST: No Tai Chi
New Director of Music Ministry: Kelly Charlton

The Music Search Task Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Charlton as Director of Music Ministry. Kelly is currently Assistant Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral where he has been responsible for the parish choir and organ accompaniment at the cathedral’s contemporary service at 9:15. He will join First Met on August 10. Read More…

Were you a Canadian Girl In Training?
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 Saturday, August 15th, 2015. For more information, please contact Colette Scrimgeour at 250-661-6550.
Summer 2015 Newsletter

Download a copy of our summer newsletter.

Anna Co-opFirst Met Victoria