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Sunday, June 26 - Eric Stephanson goodbye
Sunday, July 3 - We welcome Rev. Aaron Miller
Dear Friends of University Hill Congregation
As I come to the conclusion of my year with you—with everyone at UHill—I feel like a runner passing a baton from Ed, after carrying it only briefly, and now passing it forward to Aaron. My "run" has gone quickly, and I am filled with a sense of wonder and gratitude for the gift you have been to me (and to Carol as well).
We have enjoyed getting to know many of you and marvelled at the patterns of mutuality and forward-tilting congregational organization. The engagement of so many in worship leadership, together with the beautiful offerings of the Singers each Sunday, has been a deep blessing for us. I am impressed and proud of the serious commitment to Bible study, the willingness to share insight and struggle (e.g. through the Lenten study series), and the continued emphasis that we are a mission, that we want to look beyond where we are or have been, to discern God's purpose for us in the months and years to come.
You are fun to be with! I have enjoyed so many conversations open both to laughter and serious sharing of "the things of God". You have helped me to keep learning and growing, with positive energy flowing back and forth in ways that remind me of the excitement the first disciples must have had trying to keep up with Jesus.
The truth is, I find it hard to let go of you! UHill is a strong congregation, with great potential to capitalize on our twin purposes of congregational life and a growing ministry at UBC, both with students who may become involved in the Food and Faith community, but also in a broad outreach on behalf of the Christian community in relation to the academic community. I am unreservedly excited about what God may develop in your midst and beyond in the months to come. I encourage you to consciously collaborate with the ministry of the kingdom which is the focus of any Jesus-oriented congregation. I commend Aaron, Karen, and Robin to you as your ministry staff, together with all of those in leadership roles in various committees and task groups, Sunday school and Bible studies, and the fellowship circles of the whole community.
Thank you for the many ways in which you have challenged and encouraged me. Thank you for the picnic send-off last week, and all the well-wishes which have deeply warmed our hearts. Carol and I are very appreciative of your friendship and your love, and hope you know the feeling is quite mutual!
We anticipate moving to the island very soon, after a fierce crescendo of packing and de-cluttering (which already feels like a wave crashing about my shoulders!)
Before the end of the summer, I hope to be spending my days girded with a tool-belt, framing and roofing the house we have designed with others in the family. If all goes well, sometime later in the fall we may be able to stop in at worship with you. Between now and then you will be in my thoughts and prayers, and we will look forward to hearing about the life and witness at UHill as you move forward.
May the Lord bless and watch over you, and give you strength and vision to follow your kingdom purpose together. May the Holy Spirit encourage you with joy, peace, and anticipation for the unfolding of grace, witness, and fellowship in your midst.
Blessings always, in Jesus Christ.
Our new minister
We are pleased to announce that Aaron and his family will be joining us at worship on Sunday, June 26, and will preach on Sunday, July 3.
Here's a note Aaron sent around this week:
Greetings, U Hill!
It feels like we have been waiting for ages to be out there, and now—all of a sudden—we’re less than a month from flying into Vancouver! The boxes are beginning to pile up around here. I confess that it’s been a strange space, having my head in two different places. I am really looking forward to being among you and discovering what God has got in store for us!
As you may have heard by now, we have found a place to live. Needless to say, this is a great relief. We’ll be living in a house, at Fraser and 28th. We’re very pleased to be in that neighborhood. Kate and the boys are especially excited to explore the area. Also, we’re right across the street from a grocery store, which will be truly novel for us! There are certainly advantages to city-living!
To keep everyone in the loop, we are flying out on June 21, arriving in Vancouver mid-afternoon. (The boys are excited about their first flight!) Our stuff should arrive by the end of the month. Thanks to those who have already offered to lend us some essentials in the meantime. We plan to be worshiping with you on June 26. I’m glad that we will get to be there as you give thanks for, and celebrate Eric’s time with you. And then, I’m really looking forward to preaching on July 3. Thanks to Karen for her offer to guide me through that day!
Thanks also to all of those who have been working out the details for this transition (goodness, there are a lot of details). Administration is not my special spiritual gift, so I am always grateful for those who minister among us in that way. And thanks especially for each of your prayers, individually and as a congregation, as Kate, Levi, Jude and I prepare to make this move. Please know that you are in our prayers, as well.
I am so looking forward to meeting you all.
In the hope, peace, joy, and love of Christ,
Christian Seasons Calendar
We are looking for contributions to next year's calendar from Christian artists. Please see the calendar website for details.
Salt of the Earth: A Christian Seasons Calendar holds an unusual depiction of the seasons. We keep time from Advent to Christmas to Epiphany to Lent to Easter to the end of the Christian year.
The art is contributed by artists from Christians in the Visial Arts. This year they are from the United States and Great Britain. The CIVA artists have supported this ministry for many years, and we thank them for this new contribution.
The calendar is for sale at $12.95, with discounts for orders of 10 and 25 items. The calendar makes a nice gift at Advent or Christmas. Please join us in celebration of this wonderful gift of God's presence among us!
United Church Campus Ministry at UBC
This ministry is a partnership between the congregation and BC Conference of the United Church of Canada. Our campus minister is Karen Hollis. Learn more at the Food and Faith Community, the United Church campus club, which meets over dinner every Monday at 5:30 pm for food and conversation about living the Christian faith.
During the next year, Karen will spend one-quarter of her time as congregational intern, in preparation for her ordination next May.
The annual meeting of University Hill Congregation was held after worship on Sunday, May 15. Please have a look at our annual report. It is not planned that we will print copies of the report for distribution at the meeting, in an effort to reduce our paper consumption.
If you would like a printed copy, please email the church office.
Please note that this report and meeting will be concerned with the spiritual life of the congregation; our financial affairs are reviewed in October each year.
Where we are
The Chapel of the Epiphany is located at 6030 Chancellor Boulevard on the campus of the Vancouver School of Theology at the University of British Columbia. Here are directions to the chapel.
Reach us by phone.
Eric Stephanson is at 604-822-9374; Karen Hollis is at 604-827-4301 and Marjorie Morrison Ross, our church secretary, is at 604-822-0638.
Videos of the Worship Service
Recent videos are available:
* Sunday, November 29 - Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee preaching.
* Sunday, November 22 - Eric Stephanson preaching.
* Sunday, October 25 - Karen Hollis preaching.
* Sunday, October 18 - Eric Stephanson preaching.
* Sunday, October 11 - Eric Stephanson preaching.
FAQs - answers to frequently asked questions
Rites of Passage
We welcome inquiries about baptisms, marriages and funerals . . . more.
Art for the banners on these pages is from the artists of the Christian Seasons Calendar for 2015-2016.
Thanks to William Butler, ULalo Garcia, Kerri Jones, Laura Kestley, Andrea Kraybill, Aletheia Schmidt, Cornelia Schmitter, Gill Sakakini and Virginia Wieringa.