Social distancing for the health of the community – other ways we will pray together – no in person gathering today

Friends, many in our community have vulnerable health or live with those with vulnerable health. For the next while we will attempt to find other ways to connect, pray and learn together.

Today a few of us will attempt to use Google Hangouts for a group video call. If you’d like to be invited to the call, please call or text Sarah at 604-349-5027.

Thank you to a community member who suggested this video as a reflection for today, we think there’s a few great and pertinent messages contained within.

Seasonal gatherings & events – Advent/Christmas

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community invites you to join us for
Advent in the New Universe Story 2019. This Advent program provides an opportunity for Christians to deepen their understanding of the Christmas/ Incarnation reality in the context of the New Universe Story. We now know that creation began 13.8 billion years ago, that the expanding universe contains billions of galaxies, that we and all creation are new each moment and intrinsically interconnected. We no longer live in a world with God “above.” This requires some basic re- thinking of the Christmas story! The Incarnation is a Mystery that a lifetime of contemplation would not exhaust. More and more theologians and others are writing about the transitions needed for its mutual integration with cosmic history. These pages contain just a few of their insights.

The four weeks include:

New Consciousness, New Christian Understanding
The Cosmos Prepares for New Life
Evolving Understanding of Humanity’s Place in Creation
Incarnation Revisited

When: 6:30 pm on Nov. 27th, Dec. 4th, 11th, 18th (drop-ins welcome)

Where: Samaritan House, 1143 East Pender St.,Vancouver

To register or for more information, please contact: vikki, tepeyacvancouver@gmail.com

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You are invited to join the Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community Feast Day Celebration in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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December 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm

at 1143 East Pender Street, Vancouver

Finger Food Feast follows the Liturgy,

Please bring something to share (if possible).

Ongoing discussion & education – join us

Lectionary-Based Scripture Study:

On Thursday evenings, Bonnie is facilitating and hosting an opportunity for study of the scriptures using exegetical methods, as well as current research, literature and thought. Please feel free to bring any refreshments to share.

Time: Thursdays, 6:30 pm

Location: please email or phone Bonnie for location details in East Vancouver – bonnieglassford at yahoo.com or 604-767-7122


Unsettling the Word – Reconciliation Scripture study:

For generations, the Bible has been employed by settler colonial societies as a weapon to dispossess Indigenous and racialized peoples of their lands, cultures, and spiritualities. Given this devastating legacy, many want nothing to do with it. But is it possible for the exploited and their allies to reclaim the Bible from the dominant powers? Can we make it an instrument for justice in the cause of the oppressed? Even a nonviolent weapon toward decolonization?

In Unsettling the Word, over 60 Indigenous and Settler authors come together to wrestle with the Scriptures, re-reading and re-imagining the ancient text for the sake of reparative futures. Created by Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations program, Unsettling the Word is intended to nurture courageous conversations with the Bible, our current settler colonial contexts, and the Church’s call to costly peacemaking.

The Study Guide by Peter Haresnape is available for free download at: https://www.commonword.ca/ResourceDownload/19793?select=0

Feel free to drop in for one, a few or all sessions – no pre-reading is required

Time: Second Saturday of the month, 2 pm

Location: Samaritan House, 1143 East Pender Street, Vancouver

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September 1st service out in the community – McLean Park 10:30am

As we are members of the Downtown Eastside Faith-based Group, OLGT will be joining other church communities at our quarterly combined worship on September 1st rather than holding our own regular 1st Sunday of the month service. We have role in the service so we’d love to see you there.

DTES Quarterly Combined Worship Gathering

September 1st at MacLean Park at 10:30am

BBQ follows worship service

If it’s raining then the back up plan is to meet at Strathcona Church basement ( 431 Princess Ave).

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Pat McSherry – Gone, never forgotten

Pat McSherry – Gone, never forgotten

Friends, we are heartbroken to share the news of the passing of our dear friend and OLGT founding member Pat McSherry. She left us peacefully on the morning of March 23rd in the company of her children and friends. See service details and her obituary below.

Anglican Eucharist and celebration of life will be held at

St. James Anglican Church, 303 East Cordova St.

2:00 PM Wednesday March 28

An outdoor Eucharist and scattering of ashes will be held at a later date and time.

In lieu of flowers please bring a book or graphic novel on Indigenous culture and history or other fiction by Indigenous authors suitable for youth. The St. James’ Coming Home Society and Mothers’ Union will donate them to Urban Native Youth Association.

Patricia McSherry died March 23, after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in mid February. Born in Vancouver BC to Art and Christine (nee Oliver) McSherry on March 10, 1946. In 1948, the family moved to Pine Falls, Manitoba where Pat attended Pine Falls School & Collegiate, before moving to Winnipeg to attend the University of Winnipeg, graduating in 1970 with a B.A. and in 1973 with a B.Ed from the University of Manitoba.
In 1965, Pat married Orest Meleschuk. Together they had two children Sean and Karin. Pat spent 10 years teaching High School and Junior High school in St. Vital and Selkirk, Manitoba.
Pat and Orest divorced in 1979 when Pat and Karin moved to Vancouver, BC. She enjoyed a second career as an Arts Administrator working for Carousel Theatre Co & School, Waterfront Theatre and the Judith Marcuse Dance Company. She retired from Manager of Public Affairs and Programs on Granville Island in 1995.
Pat was passionate about the ocean and in 1995 she moved to Costa Rica where she owned and managed a charter fishing boat. In 2000, she returned to Vancouver where she spent years as an active member of several faith communities: St James, Our Lady Guadalupe Tonantzin and Salal & Cedar. Pat also volunteered for numerous community organizations: Carnegie Community Centre Association, Vancouver Curling Club, Saint James Music Academy, Metro Vancouver Alliance and others in the DtES. Making friends and completing projects were the highlights of these years.
Pat was an avid curler. She was generous, patient, forgiving and she deeply loved her family and friends who will forever remember her good heart, great sense of humour and wonderful intellect.
Pat is survived by her children Sean (Jennifer) and Karin (James), grandchildren Nora, Aidan, Lucy and Max and extended family and good friends. The family is grateful to all the friends and family who have supported and comforted Pat through this illness. Special thanks as well to the staff and volunteers at the Vancouver General Hospital Gyne-Oncology Unit for their professional and compassionate care.
An Anglican Eucharist and celebration of life will be held at St. James Anglican Church, 303 East Cordova St. at 2:00 PM Wednesday March 28. An outdoor Eucharist and scattering of ashes will be held at a later date and time. In lieu of flowers please bring a book or graphic novel on Indigenous culture and history or other fiction by Indigenous authors suitable for youth. The St. James’ Coming Home Society and Mothers’ Union will donate them to Urban Native Youth Association.

 

Way of the Cross Walk – March 30

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Friday March 30, 2018

Noon – 2pm

Starts at First United Church – 320 E. Hastings

An ecumenical pilgrimage through one of Canada’s poorest neighbourhoods; Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Commemorating the places of pain and hope in our community; Featuring reflection, song and prayer.

The Way of the Cross is an ancient form of meditation, using sight and movement. Early Christians used to walk the “Via Dolorosa” of Jesus in Jerusalem, following in the footsteps of our Lord.

All that is required to “make the stations” is a prayerful pondering of the mystery of Jesus’ suffering, moving from one scene to the next.

Stations: 12:00 noon
1. Gather at First United Church (Hastings & Gore Sts.)
2. the Listening Post (382 Main St.)
3. process to Community Court and also, Salad Bowl alleyway
4. process to St. James Anglican church
5. process to St. Paul’s RC Church
6. Oppenheimer park near the Totem poles