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Revelation plus Small Groups

We're well into the swing of things here at FUMC, and getting excited about the resumption of small groups this fall, as well as the start of our Revelation sermon series! If the following link (specifically, the green line on this graph ), then I'd encourage you to join a small group, where you'll not only meet some lovely people and be able to share life and pray together, you'll also get a chance to talk through some of the complexities of the last book of the bible!

UPDATE: (from Lydia) -- Thank you all SO much for your kind responses to my sermon this morning, and for your requests for copies of what I said. The audio file of the sermon will still be a few days in coming, but in the meantime here's both the manuscript of what I said, as well as the powerpoint file I used (so you can see the political cartoons and the chiasms, plus some nice pictures of onions ;). Enjoy reading this exclamation point of a book!

Introduction to Revelation (manuscript of sermon)

Introduction to Revelation (powerpoint file)

UPDATE #2: The audio version of this sermon is now available under the 'Sermons' section of this website. Our apologies for the background noise -- our regular machine didn't work this week, so we've had to convert this over from our analog tape recorder!

New Sermons!

The last sermon from our Minor Prophets series, and Brander McDonald's sermon on prayer from a native perspective, are both now up for your listening pleasure!

Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Schedule for Sept 17-22

Tue Sept 17 —

Reconciliation Canada All Nations Canoe Gathering – Be along False Creek and at Science World in Van. from 9:15 – 12:00 to catch the action and ceremonies including a Mennonite Canoe.

Wed - Sat – Sept 18 - 21 —

The Truth & Reconciliation Commission events at the P.N.E. from 9 am - 5 pm at various venues and times. See the schedule details here. Show our support for survivors of the Indian Residential School tragedy by coming to hear their stories and learn more of this sad part of Canada’s story that’s been hidden from public knowledge. There will also be a Mennonite display. Let’s help build a hopeful future for all Canadians. If you'd like to volunteer, it's not too late! Just e-mail Shannon Barry at: or complete the form on the TRC website.

Sun Sept 22 –

The Reconciliation Canada Walk for Reconciliation gathering begins at 8:30 at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza (Hamilton & West Georgia) and the walk begins at 10 AM. Join the team led by Garry Janzen and help them reach their goal of raising $500. General donations can be made to the work of Reconciliation Canada. The 2 or 4 KM walk ends in A New Way Forward Celebration from 11 AM – 1:30 PM at Science World. For route details go to:

Neighbourhood BBQ -- this Saturday!

It's time again for our annual Neighbourhood BBQ, complete with food, live music, and games for all ages. Come on out and bring your friends and neighbours this Saturday, August 24th, from 12-3pm, in the church parking lot.

If you'd like to help out for this event (we're still looking for someone to coordinate children's games and/or face painting), please contact Al Fleming (, 604-274-3341).

Opportunities for Hospitality...

Here at FUMC we know the importance of food and hospitality to forming a good community and for helping to welcome others in -- and so it's good to have a chance to host others in your home for a meal or to give someone a place to stay. Here's two upcoming opportunities to reach out to your neighbours:

Ahousaht Visitors: During Reconciliation Week here in Vancouver, some of our brothers and sisters from Ahousaht First Nation are thinking of coming to join in the TRC meetings and other events. Since folks from Ahousaht have hosted us so graciously whenever we've gone up there, we'd like to return the favour and open up our homes and our church to them (depending on how many come and what they'd prefer, we'll either host them in individual houses, or have them stay all together here at the church). Please contact the church office if you'd like to be involved in hosting or in helping provide support as they stay at the church!

Dinners for 8!: This fall we'll be having dinners for 8 again -- a casual evening where you can mix, mingle, and enjoy good food together with those from the church that you might not normally get a chance to talk to. If you're interested in hosting one of these dinners, please contact the church office!

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