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Heartbeat February 2019

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An African proverb says,

 “You must treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It is loaned to you by your children.”

These words of wisdom are a saying of the Kikuyu people of Kenya, who have long had a keen sense of their responsibility to care for the earth. The Kikuyu name for Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa, literally means “God’s resting place.”

Imagine, if those of us who name ourselves Christian believed the whole earth was the resting place of God.  That we didn’t just say the words, perhaps on a Sunday morning as part of a prayer or creedal statement of belief; but lived this in our lives.  That we not only acted upon this at a personal level but became activists in our cities, provinces, and country.

Imagine joining with others who follow a different path to God and those who question the existence of a higher power.  It would mean joining together with scientists, musicians, economists, business entrepreneurs, politicians and world leaders of all stripes.  And most importantly of all, humankind would listen to the earth and learn from our fellow creatures, who have so much to teach us.

Please join me on Sunday mornings in February as we look for the “vital signs” which would enable us to “cool it” in this increasingly hot and volatile world.  So that Beach United Church could say the words of Tom Rand [from his book “Waking the Frog”] – “We get it.  We’re on it!”

With hope, Karen Dale

in ministry with Beach United Church 

eBlast Jan 15


Concert of Hope, Saturday Jan 26, 7.30 pm. Doors open at 6.45 pm.   Featuring award-winning singer/songwriter Abby Zotz with Chris & Joel Saunders

PLUS 60 joyous voices performing blues, jazz, folk and gospel Powerful!

Tickets $20 adults, $10 children – available on & church office weekdays 9 am-1 pm.

Proceeds support BUC programs which help alleviate hunger and homelessness in our city.


SOUNDWAVE CAFE Sat Jan 19, 2.30-4.30 pm. Claire Coupland, contemporary folk singer/songwriter.  Drop in and sip a complementary coffee. Free-will offering.

WIDENING THE WELCOME worship series. Sunday Jan 20, 10.30 am. Presenter Leslie Hirsh on Gender Identity.

NEEDED modest rental housing for a delightful newcomer family who has been here now 3 years. They want to stay in our community for school stability for their children who are at Kimberley and doing well. Maximum rent $1600.00 a month utilities included. If anyone knows of any leads please contact Kim Echlin at