Thursday September 29th, 2022

Please note the church and the church office will be closed this Friday the 30th of September for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, if you have a pastoral care emergency please call Julie Lees on 604-738-3708 or Colleen Blair on 604-862-4574. The church office will reopen on Tuesday the 4th of October at 9am.

Minister’s musings

‘Animator of Intercultural Ministries’ : Announcing a New staff person! 
Animator:  One who imparts energy and vitality and spirit to others; one who brings something to life. 
Intercultural: Individually and in community, we do everything through the lens of culture: there is no such thing as a culture-free perspective. Our experiences and understandings are shaped by our cultures, eg. ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation, faith, social class.  In an intercultural community there is deep understanding and respect for all cultures acknowledging differences while developing deep relationships. 
The Role Working among the ministry areas of Local Connections, Affirm, TRC, Refugee Sponsorship, and ELL,  the ‘Animator of Intercultural Ministries’ will help us live into our call to be a truly inclusive, welcoming and intercultural church.  This work falls within the goal area of our Five Year Ministry Plan: Beyond Ourselves. 
The Person: With delight and gratitude we welcome Wendy McNaughton to this role. She will fill it with grace, compassion, leadership, and deep understanding, while helping raise up and equip leaders and volunteers, as we live into our life together ‘Beyond Ourselves'.  Wendy is already connected in so many ways to the life and ministry of Highlands: Saturday Lunch, ELL, Refugee Committee, Affirm, Leadership Board to name just a few!  Wendy brings her background in education, her workshops and course in Canadian Indigenous Studies, her creative eye, and an ability to listen carefully, speak thoughtfully, and guide and motivate. To contact Wendy please email at 
We acknowledge and are grateful to the ProVision Fund of the Pacific Mountain Region who have fully funded this work for one year at 15 hours per week. 
Sandi Parker 

Sunday Service Link

Support Artesana

For 16 years now, our Guatemala partners the Artesana Collective have provided incarcerated women in Guatemala with legal and medical accompaniment, facilitated family visits and programs for their children, and provided accompaniment for women immediately after their release. Highlands have supported their work.
Artesana have now appealed for Highlands' help as they support Carmela to begin a new life, after a court ruled that killing her husband was an act of self-defence.
For more information and to donate to Artesana, visit our website HERE.

Gigantic Flea Market Sale

There’s a briskness in the air and the leaves are starting to turn to their glorious Fall colours which means that our Annual Flea Market Sale is coming up! Our sale this year is on Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 9am to 2pm. With your generous donations of household items throughout the year, the church is able to support numerous outreach programs, build community and make a significant contribution to our recycling efforts.

This is a huge event in the life of the church and requires many hands to make it happen. If you haven’t signed up to help out with set-up or on the day of the sale, please click on THIS LINK to access the on-line sign-up form.  There are lots of opportunities to have fun and make new friends. Not sure how you can help – drop a line to one of our coordinators below and we’ll find a spot that suits your talents.

To ensure that we are doing our job to keep everyone safe, we’re asking all volunteers to have COVID vaccines up to date (masks are suggested but not mandatory). Please spread the word about the sale and forward the poster to all your friends, family and neighbours. You can also download the poster from our website at

Any questions, please contact our Flea Market Team: Thanks everyone – we can’t wait to welcome hundreds of Lower Mainland folks to our sale!

Your Flea Market Team

The Affirming Process 

Children, Youth & Families News

Sunday children's programs this Sunday, please ask your children to follow Allie after theme time. 
Thursday G2 (Youth choir grades 4 to 12) will meet 6 pm to 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. 
Gods Free Spirits ( age 4 to grade 3) will meet 6:30 to 7pm  in the choir room. 
For more information please contact Allie Keir or the church office.

To Everything There is a Season

Planning for a good death
Wednesday October 5th, 10:30-noon Dr Paul Sugar and Dr Marylene Kyriazis, of the Paul Sugar Foundation, Please join our guests as they talk about choices at the end of life.  With 40 years of experience Paul Sugar is committed to making the time before death a safe, comfortable and meaningful time for patients and their families. RSVP to Colleen Blair or call 604 980 6071 ext 227
Due to a scheduling issue, the children, youth, and families All Hallows Eve Event will be taking place on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30th from 4 - 7 pm! Please save the date as it's sure to be a fun night!

**NOTE** The Senior Youth Event on Friday, October 28th will still be taking place as previously sent out :) 

If you have any questions or would like more information please reach out to me at

Upcoming Events 

Urgent Appeal for Socks

The generous donations of socks for First United from Highlands and other congregations has been completely depleted. Before setting a date for our annual “Socks and Ponchos” appeal the Local Connections Committee is organizing a one day appeal for socks.  Sunday October 2nd will be “Sock Sunday”. On that day, there will a collection box in the Welcome Space to receive men’s or women’s socks or cash donations.  If it is more convenient for you to leave your donation during the previous week (September 27-30) it can be left at the church office.
Thank you in advance for responding to this urgent appeal.

Volunteer help needed! 

  1. Chatbox ‘hosts’ for Sunday morning online worship (if you know how to say ‘good morning’ in the chat box you already have the skills needed! Training provided.)  
  2. Helpers for Thursday dinners on Oct. 20.   Duties include setting up tables/chairs, serving and cleaning up from about 4:45 - 7:00 p.m. 
Please contact Sandi Parker for more information and to 

Coffee This Sunday 

Meridian Fundraiser is Back!!

Thanks for your support of our Meridian fundraiser. In next week’s Highlights, we’ll let you know how we did and when cards will be available for pickup. No doubt you’ve got some mouth-watering ideas for how to use your gift cards. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Susan Hogman, Sandra Whittle, Julie or Ed Hunt

Janet Gear's - Undivided Love 

During Covid, Janet was the writer in residence at Highlands and wrote part of her book while she was here! If you would like to own a signed copy please visit the church office, payment of $25 for the book can be in cash or cheque written to Janet Gear.

Healing Pathway Phase 1 Workshop 

Please register for this workshop via this FORM  on the Lynn Valley Church website, limited space is available so register soon!

ELL News

Sign up by clicking HERE or the poster for Intercultural Conversations and Speakers Group, for more detail please contact Judy O'Neill or Diana Bomford

TRC News

Honour Children Who Attended Residential Schools

On September 30, wear an orange shirt to remember and honour Indigenous children who were taken from their homes. On Orange Shirt Day we also observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. For non-Indigenous Christians in particular, this is a time to reflect on their role in colonialism and the ongoing responsibility to make reparations.
To read more about Orange Shirt Day please visit the United Church of Canada website.

Flea Market News.

The Flea Market is coming on Saturday, October 15 and many, many volunteers will be needed around that time.  Details elsewhere in this email.
  • Sorting for the Flea Market happens on Tuesdays at 9:00 in the Lower Hall until October 11th but will resume in January.  Interested in joining in the fun of sorting?  We  have lots of opportunities for both men and women so just come on a Tuesday and help out.
  • 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:
  • Drop off will be closed on Sat. Oct. 15th but will continue after that until Nov. 19th.  It will reopen in January.
Contact: Chris Robertson.

Shelter to Home



Municipal Elections: Vote for Climate Action!
In Canada, municipalities have influence over roughly 50% of GHG emissions – through building codes, traffic control, land use, etc. Keep this in mind when you decide who to vote for on October 15: Attend all-candidates’ meetings (there’s one at Highlands on Friday Oct. 7, 7-9 pm) and ask candidates “What can you do about climate change?” Research the candidates. Use this link to find your candidates and their websites. Vote for the environment and the climate!
Reduce, Re-use, Recycle . . . .
Do your bit for the environment by volunteering to help at Highlands' Flea Market, the North Shore's biggest recycling project! Sign up here.

Opportunities to Connect

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 
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:
 October 24th - How It All Began (2011) by Penelope Lively
- set in England
- a wry, wise story about the surprising ways that lives intersect 
- the author was awarded The Booker Prize in 1987 for her novel "Moon Tiger"


Important to Note:  October's meeting will be hosted by Ruth Wilson at her home at 4165 Pelly Road.  Ph = (604) 986-4910  
The following meetings will be held on the Last Monday of the Month either at the church or by Zoom depending on the public health recommendations at that time. 
November 28th - Our Homesick Songs (2019) by Emma Hooper 
- siblings in a Newfoundland semi-ghost town in the 1990s
January 30th - Cloud Cuckoo Land (2021) by Anthony Doerr
- "a magnificent tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness - with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us and with those who will be here after we are gone."  
**************Both "Our Homesick Songs" and "Cloud Cuckoo Land" are easily available from the Book Club sets at the NVDPL*************  

Thank you

Highlands Church Office
Opening Hours - Tuesday to Friday 9 am to 2:30 pm
Telephone number - 604 980 6071
Email address - or
If you have an emergency outside of office hours please call
Will Sparks on 778 968 7718.
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