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Movie Nights

FUMC has two exciting movie nights at the end of January --

On Tuesday January 28th at 7pm, our local film expert Aften Thiessen will be conducting a showing and discussion of John Ford's Stagecoach . Bring your ten-gallon hats, folks!

And then, for a more kid-friendly event, there's our Community Outreach Movie Night on Friday January 31st, with a showing of Pixar's Ratatouille .

Come join us for the magic and the joy of the movies!

'tis the Season... for Conferences and Annual General Meetings!

There are a number of important meetings (within our own church and denomination) and conferences (for the wider church community) coming up in the next month. Here's a quick rundown of all of them:

1. First United Mennonite Annual General Meeting (AGM) -- Sun. Feb. 2nd
After our Sunday morning service, we'll have our now-traditional "AGM Pizza Party" (all are invited!), and then settle down to discuss some of the nitty-gritty details of church governance -- our finances, our vision for the future, and even what we should do with our flower beds! Some find these meetings dull, but it's how we live out our faith in the details that really shows our commitment to Jesus' gospel of peace, reconciliation, and generous grace. Come one, come all, and make your voice heard as we decide how best to love and to serve as a church.

2. Mennonite Church British Columbia -- LEAD conference and AGM -- Friday Feb. 21 and Saturday Feb. 22
First there's a LEAD conference on Friday afternoon, where Rick Faw of A Rocha will teach on Creation Care, then an all-day AGM on Saturday to discuss finances, committee reports, and other items. All these events will be held at Eden Mennonite Church in Chilliwack, and more details will be found at the MCBC website . Please talk to our Admin Assistant Monika if you'd like to go as an FUMC delegate.

3. Missions Fest (Canada Place) -- January 24th-26th
An annual conference which focusses on global missions initiatives, Missions Fest has hundreds of seminars and exhibits, along with films, children's and youth events, and teaching sessions. There is no general entrance fee, and more information can be found here.

4. The Justice Conference -- Feb. 21-22

Parables Pulpit Exchange!

We are delighted to welcome local Mennonite Pastors Tim Kuepfer and James Wittenberg to our Sunday morning service, as they (and our own Pastor Lydia) engage in a Pulpit Exchange, travelling to one another's churches to preach on some of the less famous (but no less puzzling and inspiring) parables from the gospel of Luke. Whether online (though the 'Sermons' tab or in person), make sure to take advantage of hearing some new perspectives on the parables this January!

Communion and Prayer -- This Wednesday!

The first Wednesday of every month, we will be having a service of communion and prayer, in which we come together to pray for ourselves, our church, our city and our world, and in which we gather together around the table to receive the bread and the cup which Jesus so freely offered us. All are welcome to our first meeting -- this Wednesday, January 8th, at 7:30pm in the church basement.

Ecumenical Prayer Service

For those who wish to pray with their brothers and sisters of different denominations, our church (led by our ecumenically-minded associate pastor, Greg Thiessen) will be participating in an Ecumenical Prayer Service on Sunday January 19th at 7pm at First Lutheran Church (5745 Wales St., just off of 41st Ave.) Come join us as we worship Jesus together and pray for the Kingdom!

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