Around Town: Cloverdale Community Kitchen, Open Generation, Heart for Asia

A church-based organization is stepping in to take up the slack for another group that has been providing meals for vulnerable people.

The Surrey Now-Leader reported on the situation October 18:

A local charity is expanding its Mobile Meals program.

The Cloverdale Community Kitchen (CCK) is filling a gap that recently opened up when White Rock Meals on Wheels told its customers it was closing its doors.

Matthew Campbell, the director of CCK, said the surge in demand has created a surge in need for both volunteers and donations.

“When we heard the White Rock Meals on Wheels program was shutting down, we contacted them to figure out how we could take on their clients,” said Campbell. “They’d been running for 51 years, so we knew we had to do something.” . . .

Campbell said CCK’s Mobile Meals serves 130 seniors five meals four times a week in the Cloverdale, Langley and Surrey areas.

They deliver two meals on Thursdays so the seniors also have a meal for Friday. Adding in the White Rock numbers, the Cloverdale Community Kitchen will eventually be serving nearly 200 clients per week.

The CCK site states:

The Cloverdale Community Kitchen began in 2011 when the City of Surrey and the RCMP approached Pacific Community Church and asked if they would provide meals for the homeless as another organization had closed their kitchen.

Pacific Community Church describes its role with CCK:

In 2011 Pacific decided to build a kitchen and since then the Kitchen has grown into a ministry that impacts 100s of lives weekly. Many of Pacific are involved in its work. It is an expression of our belief that the church exists for the world just as Jesus came to serve those in need. Not that those who aren’t sick or lost are more important, it is just that we too easily ignore or overlook the obvious needs of our neighbours.

We have witnessed with amazement how a small endeavour to invite people for lasagna on a Monday night has grown into an expansive array of services and activity including a huge Christmas Hamper project, a Bike Shop, a Food Bank, Mobile Meals, Community Meals and so much more!

Go here for the full Surrey Now-Leader article.

The Open Generation

World Vision Canada is presenting The Open Generation: Gen Z, Jesus & Justice, a “night of connection to discuss faith & social justice alongside Canadian teens” next Wednesday (October 26):

World Vision is hosting a connection event in response to Barna’s latest study, The Open Generation, which explored the perceptions and practices of 13 – 17 year olds surrounding Jesus, the Bible and social justice.

We’re going to be passing the mic to Canadian teens to hear directly from them and discussing related topics that matter to youth, parents and leaders across Canada.

    • Watch Barna President, David Kinnaman highlight the latest findings on Canadian teenagers and how they feel about faith and practice it.
    • Listen to a live discussion between youth and church leaders as they reflect on the findings and relate it to their own lives.
    • Ask your own questions of the on-stage speakers and help guide the discussion to the topics that are most important to you!

You can download a summary of the report by going here.

There is a local connection, kind of – Alpha, though it works across Canada, is based in New Westminster! But I’m also hoping a number of local pastors will discover some valuable insights during the webinar.

Heart for Asia

One of the best mission conferences around is coming up this Saturday (October 22). Vancouver Chinese Baptist Church will host Let the Nations be Glad! from 9 am to 3 pm.

Anyone considering serving cross-culturally or supporting missions from home – especially, but not only, in East Asia – would benefit this from these sessions:

Seminar Session 1:

Session 1-A | Second Wind  When God calls, the gifts and experience of mature believers make a difference for Christ (English with Cantonese translation) —Reg & Mary Shum, Milton Po

第二風, 精彩下半場 – 成熟信徒如何參與宣教(英語- 粵語)

Session 1-B | Dawn for the Poor  How God is using people of different backgrounds to creatively serve the poor and other groups in the Philippines (English) —Melanie Au

窮人的黎明 – 不同背景的人創意無限地服侍菲律賓的窮人(英語)

Seminar Session 2:

Session 2-A | Welcome Church  Equip your church to welcome and build community with newcomers (Cantonese with English translation) —Antony Law

歡迎教會 – 如何裝備你的教會,以歡迎新移民(粵語- 英語)

Session 2-B | The Great Canadian Mission Field  Disciple Making Movements for the Canadian church (English) —Jon Luesink

加拿大宣教工場 – 加拿大教會的建立門徒運動 (英語)

Seminar Session 3:

Session 3-A | Good News for Taiwan’s Working Class  Church planting and foster care in Taiwan (English with Cantonese translation) —David & Ruth Ullstrom

臺灣勞動階層的喜訊 – 在臺灣植堂(英語 – 粵語)

Session 3-B | House of Hope  How the House of Omeed brings hope and a sense of family to refugees and newcomers (English) —Dan Shackelford

希望之家 – 為難民和新移民帶來希望和家庭意識(英語)

There is also a Heart for Asia youth event, on Friday night – Living for Impact. Both events are sponsored by OMF Canada, in partnership with Mission Central.

October 20, 2022

Illuminating the Word: An Exhibition of the St. John's Bible – Donald Jackson – October 20, 2022 - October 26, 2022 at All Day
The Global Leadership Summit 2022 – October 20, 2022 - October 21, 2022 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Global Leadership Summit 2022 – October 20, 2022 - October 21, 2022 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Philip Jenkins: Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith: How Changes in Climate Drive Religious Upheaval (Part 1) – October 20, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Official Launch: Houston Centre for Humanity and the Common Good – October 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 21, 2022

Book Launch: Religion, Spirituality and Secularity among Millennials: The Generation Shaping American and Canadian Trends – October 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Living for Impact: 2022 Heart for Asia Youth Celebration – October 21, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Crescent Sky – October 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

October 22, 2022

Let the Nations Be Glad! Heart for Asia Conference – October 22, 2022 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Intercessory Prayer Conference – October 22, 2022 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

October 23, 2022

Matt Maher & Friends: Love Reaches Everywhere – October 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

October 24, 2022

Faith that Indigenizes (Book Presentation) – October 24, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

October 25, 2022

Daniel K. Williams: How Should Christians Think about Politics? – October 25, 2022 at All Day
Philip Jenkins: Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith: How Changes in Climate Drive Religious Upheaval (Part 2) – October 25, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CityGate and Sanctuary Community Development Plan (four Tuesday evenings) – October 25, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 26, 2022

Human Rights Codes for Charities – October 26, 2022 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
2022 Laing Lectures: Dr. John Milbank will deliver this year's lecture, titled "Most Entanglings: The Trinity as the Root of All Being – October 26, 2022 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Webinar: Launching the Faith & Life Sciences Guidelines & Case Studies – October 26, 2022 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Open Generation: Gen Z, Jesus & Justice – October 26, 2022 at 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
'Paradoxical Spaces of Belief in Paranormal Investigation Cultures' by Dr. Paul Kingsbury – October 26, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: John Gross & Friends – October 26, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 27, 2022

Trauma-Informed Pastoral Care – October 27, 2022 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Run Alpha Q & A – October 27, 2022 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Business as Mission lunch with Graham Carter – October 27, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Toast Talks: Updates from First United – October 27, 2022 at 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
SIMinar: Poetry Speaks Louder Than Words – October 27, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Unbound: The Path to Change – October 27, 2022 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
'Subversive Mission': An Evening with Craig Greenfield and Alongsiders International – October 27, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 28, 2022

Apologetics Canada Leadership Summit – October 28, 2022 - October 30, 2022 at All Day
White Rock-South Surrey Leadership Prayer Breakfast – October 28, 2022 at 7:00 am - 9:00 am
St James' Church Open Tour and Bell Ringing – October 28, 2022 at 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

October 29, 2022

Ivan Boudreau Hosts a Night of Songwriters in the Round – October 29, 2022 at 12:00 am
Just1Morning with Craig Greenfield – October 29, 2022 at 9:00 am - 11:45 am
Fall Bazaar @ St. John's Port Moody – October 29, 2022 at 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
9th Hallelujah Night presented by Blue Ocean Movement – October 29, 2022 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

October 31, 2022

Fall Festival (five locations) – October 31, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

November 1, 2022

David S. Robinson: Does Everything Really Happen for a Reason? – November 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Stories from our Living Rooms 2022: New Hope Fundraising Night – November 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

November 2, 2022

Pastors Workshop: John Swinton & Daniel Whitehead – Seeking Sanctuary, Finding Shalom – November 2, 2022 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Conversations with Donors – November 2, 2022 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Janaki Larsen: Self-Assembly – Gallery Opening – November 2, 2022 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Singing Christmas Tree: Tickets available – November 2, 2022 at 5:00 pm
2022 Delta Christian School Annual Open House – November 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mother Teresa: No Greater Love Encore – November 2, 2022 - November 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Matt Franceschini & Friends – November 2, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 3, 2022

Christian Advocacy Society Autumn Banquet Fundraiser – November 3, 2022 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
SAMC Theatre presents The Miracle Worker – November 3, 2022 - November 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

November 4, 2022

TWU Richmond Open House – November 4, 2022 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Audible – November 4, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hummingbird Ministries Peace Through the Arts Festival – November 4, 2022 - November 5, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Identity Crisis: Sexuality, Gender & Why Humans Exist – November 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Joy Restored: Adult & Teen Challenge BC 2022 Fall Choir Tour – November 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TWU Game Jam for high school students – November 4, 2022 - November 6, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Vancouver Chamber Choir: Cecilia – November 4, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jim Byrnes with Simon Kendall – November 4, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

November 5, 2022

From War to Peace: Heinrich Schütz and His Time – November 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 6, 2022

International Day of Prayer 2022: Stand Firm – November 6, 2022 at All Day
Book Reading and Q&A with Mary Jane Joe – November 6, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

November 9, 2022

Preaching Advent: An Immersive Encounter with the Scriptures – November 9, 2022 - November 10, 2022 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Theology Symposium: When does Translating Change the Meaning of Scripture? – November 9, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Lorraine Foster for Remembrance Week – November 9, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 10, 2022

'COP of Coffee': Live from COP27 in Egypt – November 10, 2022 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
New Man Vancouver – November 10, 2022 - November 12, 2022 at 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
SIMinar: Dark Moments in Missions – November 10, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

November 11, 2022

The Cookie Jar House Concert with Mark Glanville Jazz Trio – November 11, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

November 12, 2022

Have Art, Will Show – November 12, 2022 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Truth and Reconciliation Education Workshop Part 2 – November 12, 2022 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
'People & Planet First, Part II': 2022 Fall Campaign with Development and Peace, Caritas Canada – November 12, 2022 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Gig: New Artist Showcase – November 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Soweto Gospel Choir – November 12, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

November 13, 2022

Out of the Darkness and Into the Light of the Global Stage: Protestant Churches in China After 1979 – November 13, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

November 14, 2022

Rikk Watts: God's Biographers – Why We Can Trust the Gospels – November 14, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 15, 2022

ELO Forum Vancouver 2022 – November 15, 2022 at 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Is Canadian Healthcare at Risk? – November 15, 2022 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
OM Ships Partner Dinner – November 15, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Book Launch: A Place at the Table, with Jo Swinney – November 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 16, 2022

Common HR Pitfalls to Avoid – November 16, 2022 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Inklings Institute Event: The Symbolic Geography of C.S. Lewis' 'The Great Divorce' – November 16, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
JustWork's Taste of Dignity 2022 – November 16, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
How our Heavenly Citizenship Shapes Our Earthly Citizenship – November 16, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: The Hot Mamas – November 16, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 17, 2022

Janaki Larsen: Self-Assembly – November 17, 2022 - November 23, 2022 at All Day
Jesus Christ Superstar – November 17, 2022 - November 20, 2022 at All Day
Can Hospitality Change Canada? – November 17, 2022 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the US and Canada – November 17, 2022 at 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

November 18, 2022

The Chosen Season 3: Episode 1 & 2 (several theatres) – November 18, 2022 - November 22, 2022 at All Day
All Saints Bazaar – November 18, 2022 - November 19, 2022 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Paperboys (trio) – November 18, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 19, 2022

Refugee Support and Volunteer Training – November 19, 2022 at 8:45 am - 3:00 pm
22nd Annual Fundraising Breakfast of St. Mark's / Corpus Christi College – November 19, 2022 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Christmas Craft Fair – November 19, 2022 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
All Saints Bazaar – November 19, 2022 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Quality Fair Bazaar – November 19, 2022 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
St George's Annual Christmas Market – November 19, 2022 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Unique Role of the Church in Helping People Survive and Recover from Forced Displacement – November 19, 2022 at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Kairos Blanket Exercise – November 19, 2022 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

November 20, 2022

Advent Candle Workshop – November 20, 2022 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Taizé Service – November 20, 2022 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

November 21, 2022

Celebrating Jim Houston's 100th Birthday – November 21, 2022 at All Day

November 22, 2022

Let the Little Children Come to Me: Our Ecological Future & Biblical Past – November 22, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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