Friday September 2nd, 2022
Hello everyone,
You can’t see it, but I’m smiling as I write this – like a big smile with teeth showing and everything.
Thank you for welcoming me into your community. My name is Julie Lees and I’m new to your ministry staff.
This coming Sunday, worship will be centred around table talk … what does being around Christ’s table mean for our lives; what does it teach us about how to be together?
How exactly does Jesus affect our daily lives? Well…
I write this note on my first official day at Highlands, but already I feel like a part of this church. There was an email of welcome waiting for me in the inbox of my brand new Highlands email account which was prepared for me before I arrived; there was a lovely card on my desk with warm wishes of welcome and joy; smiling faces stopped in at my new office door. One of the first tasks was to give me a detailed and caring tour of the church to ensure I knew my way around and felt like I already belonged (go ahead, test me on where the tea lights are stored!).
As many of you know, I loved my previous job as recruiter at Vancouver School of Theology – I loved the people I worked with, the school itself and the many inquirers I had the privilege to listen to. My last days were filled with conversations about change, relationship, impact, joy and more.
How does Jesus affect our daily lives through the practice of sharing in a meal? 
We learn to see each other. We want to make each other feel comfortable. We gain a sense of deep belonging and extend that to others. We hold abiding gratitude for how others have built us up. We trust that in all major change love and care remain.
I’M SO EXCITED to share communion with you on Sunday.


If you would like to contact Julie or send her a welcome message you can click HERE 

Sunday Service Link 

New Position at Highlands

We are looking to fill the position of Animator of Intercultural Ministries. If you are interested in applying please click HERE to read the full Job Description.  
Please apply with resume and cover letter to:

Upcoming Events 

Refugee Committee - URGENT NEED 

URGENT NEED for housing for SYRIAN REFUGEE FAMILY  of 4 ......apt.,house, in Vancouver with maximum budget of $1800 per month arriving Sept.13 from Abdullah Refugee Camp in Jordan. 
This link gives all the info who to contact.
Thanks for your help. 
Sheila Durward 

Meridian Fundraiser is Back!!

Have there been tantalizing smells wafting over from your neighbour’s barbecue? Perhaps you have a hankering for sweet local peaches or juicy corn. Maybe you’re one of those uber organized people already planning your Thanksgiving feast. What a great time to stock up on gift cards for yourself or friends from our community partner, Meridian Farm Market. 30% of gift card sales ordered through Highlands is returned for the work of the church. So, as an example, if you buy spend $200, you receive $200 in gift cards and the church gets $60. How’s that for a deal?!
Sales will open on September 9th and will close on September 28th. Please check the Highlights for your links. 
Gift cards, which never expire, are available in the following denominations.
$10, $25, $50, $75, $100
If you’ve seen the cute little red tractor on Marine Drive but aren’t  sure what Meridian Farm Market offers, check out this 30 second video:
Sign up HERE and the form will take you straight to Paypal don't worry if you don't have a Paypal account just scroll done and find the pay with your credit card button.
If you have other questions, please reach out to Susan Hogman, Sandra Whittle, Julie or Ed Hunt

Janet Gear Book Launch 

Please join Janet Gear for the launch for her book “Undivided Love”
Tuesday Sept. 13 from 7pm – 8:30pm
At St. Andrew's Wesley United Church Downtown Vancouver
You can also find details on Facebook:
(this event is hosted by Leadershift)
Everyone is most welcome!

Welcome Back BBQ 

Sponsored by the Shelter-to-Home Ministry and all proceeds will go to help in their amazing work. 

Come one, come all to the 
Welcome Back BBQ- Sept 11th
Full Meal Deal-  $7.00 a person, $25 or a family  
Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Chips, and all the fixings
Sign up in Welcoming space or click here
Payment will be taken on the day by cash.

For more information or to volunteer please email Melissa at

Anyone who enjoys singing in harmony is welcome to come sing in the Summer Choir. This weeks anthem is My Lord, very easy to learn and is especially suited to younger singers. We will wear masks and keep some distance but should be able to manage as many as 20 singers. 

Flea Market News.

The Flea Market is coming on Saturday, October 15 and many, many volunteers will be needed around that time.  More details to follow.
  • Sorting for the Flea Market will restart on Tuesday, August 30 at 9:00 in the Lower Hall.  The following week we will be sorting on Wednesday, Sept. 8 and thereafter on the Tuesdays.  Interested in joining in the fun of sorting - we  have lots of opportunities for both men and women. Contact: Chris Robertson.
  • If you can't help sort then maybe you can take a turn helping out at the Drop Off on Saturdays, 10:00 - 12:00.  Sign up here:

Shelter to Home



More on Transformational Economics
What if the world embarked on a bold economic strategy to achieve prosperity for a liveable planet?
More from Earth4All, with events beginning August 30. Opportunities to hear from leaders in the fields of Sustainable Prosperity and Economics. Information and registration here. [Note, some times given in CEST which is 9 hours ahead of Pacific Time].
How will we rid the oceans of plastic?
One of our members was encouraged by finding a well-produced video by Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch foundation developing technologies to rid the oceans of plastic. In the video, after clearly explaining the technology, Mr. Slat confidently declares, “We can now clean up 50% of the Pacific Garbage Patch in just 5 years time.”
That video is from 2017. So, how is the project going? We found several news updates:
2018: an unforeseen challenge needs to be remedied, article in the Guardian
2021: A base of operations is set up in Victoria BC, and the goal is now to remove 90% of the patch by 2040.
2022: The cleanup is back on track, with a new system that has removed 28,659 kilograms of plastic waste.
The Foundation has also developed a solution to clean plastic out of rivers before it reaches the oceans.
We are impressed by Mr. Slat’s persistent efforts for our environment since he founded the company in 2013 at age 18.

Opportunities to Connect

Calling all golfers or wanna-be golfers;
Next Tee Time Thursday, September 8 at 3:30 pm
- Come join us for a fun afternoon of Pitch and Putt 
- Little experience necessary- just a delight in gathering in fun activity
- contact Mechel MacDonald  or Ann Echols
Companion Adventures
Have you ever wanted to go somewhere like the theater, Grouse Mountain, a restaurant or a movie but not wanted to go alone? Why not link up with others who enjoy the same activities and who would like some company. Sign up here and add your ideas, someone will be in touch either by email or phone to connect you with another person who has the same interest as you. Together we can make it happen! 
"Create or join a casual Coffee Clutch this summer" 

Gather in a small group to have a coffee - either in your home, back yard, or at one of our three Edgemont Village Coffee shops.

Simply look through the directory and invite a friend or two and possibly someone new or someone you'd like to know better.

Your choice of company, time, and place. 
If you are a bit shy to initiate a Clutch yet would like an invitation, please contact  Ann Echols 
Summer Collaborative High Tea
Set up your own collaborative tea party or register to be a guest, for all the details contact Ann Echols 
We Welcome All!!
  • Starting in September on Mondays at 1pm in the choir room, the prayer shawl group is growing to include crafters and sewers.
  • As well our prayer shawls and toques projects we are excited to included needle crafts.
  • No need to be alone with your projects join our group for laughter, friendship and conversation.
  • contact Joy Dancey to join the group or learn more about the projects. email-

HUC Book Circle

Last Monday of the Month Book Circle:
Using our usual democratic dot-voting system we have selected the following variety of books for our up-coming discussions:  

   August 29th  - The Stationery Shop (2019) by Marjan Kamali

                           A story of idealistic lovers separated during the political upheaval of 1953 Tehran but leading across the decades to California.   
                           Introductory quotation is from Harry Truman:  "There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know."  

   September - On the Road (1957) by Jack Kerouac 
   October - How It All Began (2011) by Penelope Lively 
NOTE:  We hope to gather in a garden for August so will decide closer to the time whether that meeting is during the day.   We welcome readers whose work, volunteer or recreational commitments lessen in the summer giving you more time to join us once or twice.    
 We are a circle not a club!  
If you have any comments or questions, please contact Phyllis HERE 


Community Events

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