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.

NTPC Worship and Picnic June 2013 - Sermon      NTPC Worship and Picnic June 2013 - Brian with Joy Church   NTPC Worship and Picnic June 2013 - Receiving offering    NTPC Worship and Picnic June 2013 - Brian filling his plate   NTPC Worship and Picnic June 2013 - Brian trying on Micki's hat


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.


Bible Studies Begin This Week!

A five week Bible Study begins this week in

  • Clearwater on Thursdays at 2:30 pm at Leslie’s
  • Barriere on Fridays at 9:30 am at the church

Each session will last approximately 1.5 hours.  You are encouraged to attend as many as you are able or as interest you.

The first session has been titled “How to Read the Bible”.  It will be a sharing of information and discussion around topics such as inspiration, inerrancy, infallibility, historicity, accuracy, style, genre, language, translation, interpretation, and canon.

Luke, the Evangelist, detail of altarpiece, 1453; Artist:  Andrea Mantegna, 1431-1506

Luke, the Evangelist, detail of altarpiece, 1453; Artist: Andrea Mantegna, 1431-1506

The next four sessions will be looking at the gospel of St. Luke, from which most of the gospel readings for the coming year are taken. Some of that discussion will be about the author and the original intended audience, and some of it will be about selected texts and the stories in them.

Pastor Brian describes his Bible studies this way:

I really enjoy it when people are engaged in a lively discussion so the Bible studies that I lead are most often of that nature.  I am there as one who will facilitate the discussion, provide resources to bring to discussion, and to learn myself.

Guests and friends are welcome as well.  Hope to see you there!

The Fallen Feather, April 5th at 7 pm at TRU

This film  explores the root causes and government policy behind the creation of Indian Residential Schools, and gives the moving stories of those who attended the Kamloops Residential School.   It will be shown at TRU Alumnae Theatre, Clock Tower Building, Friday, April 5 at 7 pm.

The show is sponsored by TRU Canadian Studies and the T’kemlups Indian Band and is supported by a number of Kamloops churches. The moderator for the evening will be  Dr. Nathan Matthew, Executive Director, Aboriginal Studies, TRU.  Shane Gottfriedson of the TIB will also be in attendance.  An opportunity for discussion will follow the film showing.

Admission:  free

For more information about the film go to


Installation / Covenanting Service of Rev. Brian Krushel

On Sunday, March 10th at 4 pm at the Church of St Paul, folk from the Pastoral Charge and the wider church will gather to celebrate the start of Rev. Brian Krushel’s pastoral leadership in the North Thompson Pastoral Charge in an Installation / Covenanting Service.

The service will include the Installation traditions of the Anglicans and Lutherans and the Covenanting traditions of the United Church.  Dignitaries from the three denominations who will be participating in the service are Rev. Karen Medland, Chair of Kamloops Okanagan Presbytery of the United Church of Canada, Rev. Rick Schulz, Dean of the Southern Interior Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and Bishop Barbara Andrews, Bishop of the Anglican Parish of the Central Interior.  A potluck supper will follow.