Minister’s musings

“To give is to sow”
Thanksgiving weekend is here already. The scripture for Sunday references a farmer and fields and planting and sowing. Today I read the phrase “to give is to sow” and it caused me to pause. Maybe you’ve heard that expression (or have it embroidered on a pillow) “to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” I guess they mean the same thing, but “to give is to sow” sits differently with me. It makes me think about what we give contributes to what grows. Like there’s more intention in it, more relationship, more connection.
To give is to sow.

To give implies a recipient … someone or something that will be influenced by our action. If I give off anger I sow anger. If I give generosity I sow generosity.
And, is it only sown in the recipient or is it sown in ourselves as well?
And, I wonder what God gives that has been sown, is sowing or will be sown in us?

To give is to sow. To give is to be in relationship, to connect, to know and be known.

With gratitude, 

Sunday Service Link

Leadership Board News

The Leadership Board is pleased to announce that Wendy McNaughton has graciously agreed to fill a position on the Board that was recently made vacant due to the passing of Kerry Karram.  Wendy’s term will begin immediately and will continue to the end of June. 
The Leadership Board continues to miss Kerry’s wonderful presence and energy on the Board, but know that Wendy will soften Kerry’s absence.

Sandra and Ardis, co-chairs of the Leadership Board

Upcoming Events

Gigantic Flea Market Sale!

The excitement is building! Your coordinating team together with many volunteers have been busy getting everything ready for our Gigantic Flea Market Sale coming up next week. Doors will open at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 15th, and we will be welcoming hundreds of people from the North Shore and across the Lower Mainland. Many of you have stepped up to volunteer by filling in the Sign-Up form and we are so grateful for your donation of time and talents. If anyone would like to help during set-up week, on the day of the sale or help us with clean up on the Monday and Tuesday after the sale, send an email to Carol Smith  ( with your phone number and when you are available OR speak to Chris Robertson or Bonny Ball. Our team will also be available on Sunday after the church service to help with signup or to answer any questions.

Everyone who has signed up to volunteer using the Google Form will receive an email today with all the information needed for the day of the sale including name tags, parking, refreshments, cash boxes etc. Don’t forget to share the poster with family and friends.

Any questions? Contact your Flea Market Team:
·        Chris Robertson at: Phone: 604-988-5483
·        Carol Smith at: Phone: 604-312-7211
·        Jonathan Maillie at:  Phone: 604-929-4884

Thank you to Highlands Staff and members of the congregation for your amazing support – we are looking forward to a stellar sale! 

Please sign up here to let us know if you are coming to the dinner on OCT 20, so we can plan for quantities and special dietary needs.

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.

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 19th MAID
Alex Muir, president of the Vancouver chapter of Dying with Dignity, will be with us to talk about Medical Assistance in Dying. The time is 10:30-noon and the cost is $5.  Please arrive a bit early so that we can begin promptly at 10:30. RSVP to Colleen Blair or call 604 980 6071 ext 227

Upcoming Events 

Coffee This Sunday 

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

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 lists of candidates and their websites.
You can see North Shore News interviews with candidates, including their answers to the question “What is your plan for local climate action?”,
at these links:
District of North Vancouver; District of West Vancouver; City of North Vancouver.
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

Huddle Fall Invitation

If you are curious about Highlands Huddles, or would like to join a 
Huddle, now is the time! Presently we have 8 Huddles with 34 active members meeting an hour every week or two! Always room for more. Contact Ann Echols for more information. 
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 3:30 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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