“A Step Along the Path” – marking the 20th Anniversary of the Anglican Church’s apology to residential school survivors

On August 6th, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, marked the 20th anniversary of Archbishop Michael Peers’ apology to the survivors of residential schools with this statement.

In it, Hiltz states “Then and there the apology was offered-quietly and prayerfully. The next day Vi Smith, speaking on behalf of the elders and participants, said, “It was offered from the heart with sincerity, sensitivity, compassion and humility… We offer praise and thanks to our Creator for his courage.”  Here and now we give thanks to God for Michael’s leadership.  Far-sighted and firm, it set our Church on a new trajectory of healing, reconciliation and new life from which we can never turn back. While Michael described the apology as “a step along the path,” it was, in fact, a huge step.”

For information on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Residential Schools see Truth and Reconciliation.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission is able to explore Canada’s Archives for the first time

CBC reports that “the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is heading into the federal government’s archives Tuesday to gather more of the 3.5 million documents related to residential schools.

“At first, the federal government refused to give the TRC access to all federal residential school documents, but in January, a judge ordered the government to hand over all relevant documents.

Read more . . .

For more information on the Commission and Residential Schools see Truth and Reconciliation.

Blessings For Their Journey

During worship on the 4th, thanks and blessings were given as Lois and Don prepare for their move that will bring them closer to part of their family.  We were blessed by knowing them and having them in our church family.  Their contributions to our potlucks, both the excellent food and Don’s stories, will be missed.  Our pilgrimage folk are thankful to have been introduced to Lois’s eatmore bars as the tasty treats gave them the energy for that “one last hill”.  When the Voices United Community Choir was mentioned, Lois said that finding a choir would be a “must”.  Lois has served on the Board, been a member of the Ministry and Personnel Committee, and since 2009 been our treasurer.  We are grateful that they chose to be part of our family and appreciate their involvement with us.  May the move go smoothly and they be blessed with joy and contentment in their new community.

Picnic at Dutch Lake

Spend an afternoon with folk from the Clearwater congregation as they gather at the beach at Dutch Lake on Wednesday, June 10th about noon.  Bring a lunch and sunscreen.  Enjoy the opportunity to chat, swim, walk, paddle, and eat with friends in this wonderful outdoor setting.

Cheque Presented to Hospice House Society

Pastor Brian presented a $450 cheque to MaryAnn Shewchuk, a director of the North Thompson Valley Hospice House Society in late June.  This was the last piece connected to the Covenanting / Installation of Rev. Brian Krushel.  The decision had been made for the offering made at the Covenanting/Installation Service go to this Society because it serves both Barriere and Clearwater.  We are grateful that those who had attended the service were so generous.

Glorious Day for Our Outdoor Worship Service and Picnic

NTPC Worship and Picnic June 2013 - CommunionWe were blessed with fine weather for the Pastoral Charge’s Annual Worship Service and Picnic on June 23rd.  About forty folk from Vavenby to Kamloops gathered on the lawn next to the Church of St Paul.  A small chamber group of two violins and a drum led the music. However, there was the added surprise of us being serenaded at different points in the service by music coming over the speakers from an event happening at the bandstand across the road.  As Pastor Brian was giving the sermon, a crow decided to join in with his or her own comments.  After our souls were fed during communion, our bodies feasted on hotdogs, salads, and a fine selection of desserts.  Many continued visiting well into the afternoon.

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Annual Pastoral Charge Worship Service and Picnic

This year, the Church of St Paul is hosting the Pastoral Charge’s Annual Worship Service and Picnic.  It will be held at the Church of St Paul with the service beginning at 11:00 am.  The hosting congregation will provide the meat, buns/bread, trimmings, and beverages.  Clearwater United folk will provide salads.  Everyone is invited to bring desserts and lawn chairs.

This annual gathering of the congregations has a long tradition.  At one time, the gatherings were planned for places between the two communities, so there were several years where we met at the Darfield Hall and the Dunn Lake Bible Camp.  There were also invitations to other churches to join us.  In recent years, the two congregations have alternated hosting, with the event being at the home of a member of the host congregation.

“All Things Gardening” Plant Sale

Pretty Perennials & Garden Goodies

Clearwater United Church’s annual plant sale will be held June 1st from 9 am to noon in the Activity Room of the Catholic Church of St. James.  Enter from the back of the church.

Discover delightful surprises for your garden.  Irises, hosta, lilies, a variety of ground covers, and herbs are regular offerings.  Rhubarb and berry bushes may also be found.

Truth and Reconciliation Hearings in Kamloops, May 28th – 29th

Invited:  All former Kamloops Indian Residential School students and staff, community members, and the general public

Location:  Moccasin Square Gardens in Tk’emlups te Secwepmc-Kamloops BC

Date:    May 28 – 29, 2013 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day

This hearing will provide an opportunity for Residential School Survivors to share with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Canada the unique experiences of children who attended Residential School.

There is also an opportunity for all Canadians, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to learn more about and bear witness to the legacy of the Residential School system.