Around Town: Connections, Unplanned, Hillsong, Epiphany/Surrey Food Bank …

Connections Coffee House volunteers Helen and Carol along with pastor Don Dyck at the farewell barbecue.

Many churches are looking for creative ways to get to know their neighbours, but few have done as well as Brentwood Park Alliance Church, which has been running Connections Coffee House in a quiet Brentwood neighbourhood for the past eight years.

So it is a shame to learn that the neighbourhood gathering spot served its last cup of coffee May 26.

An article in Burnaby Now took note of the closure, speaking with long-time volunteer Sue From:

Connections opened with a vision of providing a community space to a rapidly densifying neighbourhood, From said. As more people moved into the area’s new highrises, they were looking for a place to meet their neighbours.

From said the café was a special, welcoming place.

“It’s a friendly atmosphere; it’s not like going into a Starbucks,” she said. “It’s all about community.”

Over the years, many regular customers became friends with the volunteer baristas and fellow patrons, From said. And many of them became so attached to the place, they became volunteers themselves.

“We’re a listening ear for a lot of people,” From said.

From said the café is unlikely to reopen somewhere else because its location is part of what made it necessary and viable as a volunteer-run operation.

Connections hosted a barbecue last weekend that was attended by some 300 people – a testament to its popularity in the community, From said.

The coffee shop posted this notice on its website:

Dear Valued Customers,

It is with great sadness we announce our last day of business will be May 26, 2019. Although we have been in negotiations for the last several months we were unsuccessful in renewing our lease.

We have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this community for the past 7 years. We have developed significant relationships with many of you and watched this neighbourhood become a very caring place. Although our future as a coffee shop is unknown we hope to find ways to stay in touch.

Yours truly,

Connections Coffee House

I posted a story about Connections just over two years ago.

Brentwood Park will host its 20th annual Canada Day event July 1.

Unplanned update

Last week I asked ‘Why isn’t the movie Unplanned being shown in Canada?” From a recent post on The B.C. Catholic site, it appears that the situation may be changing:

After much debate and controversy, Unplanned may soon be hitting theatres across Canada.

Co-director Cary Solomon says the filmmakers are currently negotiating to bring the pro-life project to movie theatres in 10 to 20 Canadian cities. A deal may be announced as early as this week.

Go here for the full story.

Hillsong United

Hillsong seems to come in quite a number of forms these days. It’s now a denomination in Australia, it’s a worldwide movement, it’s bucking church decline in England – and it is, of course, a major force in worship music.

This spring alone we have two manifestations in Vancouver. Hillsong Y & F visited our town in April and the Hillsong United’s The People Tour will be at the Pacific Coliseum this Friday (May 31).

While some bemoan the Hillsongization of worship, others clearly love their music. Many of us sing their songs at church, and tens of thousands are attending their shows.

Fader recently published a helpful overview of their history and influence:

“Hillsong is just this massive, massive presence in Christian music,” says ethnomusicologist Tom Wagner, who wrote the book The Hillsong Movement Examined. “There’s nobody with as much influence as they have, and even as someone who doesn’t believe what they believe, it is absolutely incredible the work that they are doing. They’ve just kind of taken over.”

Already, the community of Christians around the world have crowned Hillsong a staying power. Whether it is mammoth marketing, meditative songwriting, killer hooks, a movement of the Lord or just business savvy, there’s definitely something sticky about Hillsong.

The show may or may not be sold out. Premier Productions says it is, on Facebook, but not on its website – so it’s probably still worth checking if you’re keen to go.

Epiphany Anglican / Surrey Food Bank

It appears that Church of the Epiphany is getting closer to confirming plans for new buildings which will house the church and the Surrey Food Bank.

A May 16 update by Randy Murray, communications officer for the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster, said a new sign detailing the development proposal is an indication that the “partnership has come one step closer.”

Murray wrote in more detail about the partnership and prospects for the future in an earlier article. He said the church has a long history of supporting community groups, and that a coalition of churches started a food cupboard ministry in Surrey in 1981. The Surrey Food Bank (SFB) began officially a couple of years later.

He added:

SFB provides $30,000 worth of food a day to over 180 families from their principal facility and through other centres in Surrey, Cloverdale and North Delta. SFB also delivers hampers to 120 individuals with severe medical and mental health issues. . . .

In 2017, SFB and ‘Epiphany’ were brought together to see if a partnership that could produce significant opportunities to assist the neighbourhood and the greater community would be possible.

In their vision for the future, ‘Epiphany’ plans to host events related to community development as well as  being a welcoming and well equipped meeting space for concerts and community gatherings. Among the parish’s goals is the desire to provide a safe and comfortable space for those who are new to Canada, seniors, young people and parents as well as others who use the SFB.

With these goals, Epiphany felt that SFB was the perfect partner, as they share similar ideals, and the vision of growing our community beyond hunger.

Go here for the full article.

May 30, 2019

Thy Kingdom Come – May 30, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Cake – May 30, 2019 - June 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

May 31, 2019

Walk in the Spirit of Reconciliation – May 31, 2019 - June 2, 2019 at All Day
Hillsong United Tour 2019 – May 31, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

June 1, 2019

HomeStart Foundation Garage Sale – June 1, 2019 at All Day

June 2, 2019

Canadian-American Theological Association (CATA) Conference – June 2, 2019 at All Day
Peter Craigie Memorial Lecture 2019: Rethinking Samuel – June 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

June 3, 2019

Gordon T. Smith: Christ Centred or Spirit Centred? Why the Question Matters & Why the Answer Makes All the Difference – June 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 4, 2019

ARC Canada Conference: Family Vibes – June 4, 2019 - June 5, 2019 at All Day

June 5, 2019

Near-Future Evangelicalism: Anticipating the Next 10 Years – June 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Roots: Shaping a Deeper Life (Wednesday evenings) – June 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Vancouver Formosan Singers – June 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mark Noll: 'Liberty' Has Been Precious for Canadians & American, But Have They Meant the Same Thing? – June 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 6, 2019

Welcome to Worship – June 6, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

June 7, 2019

Starfield: The Reunion Tour – June 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Vance Nelson: The Brief History of Mankind – Evidence for the Tower of Babel – June 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Ellisa Sun & Ursidae – June 7, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

June 8, 2019

Memorial Service for Pastor Tom Cheung – June 8, 2019 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Artisan Fair – June 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Alzheimer's Café – June 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Vance Nelson: Monumental Monsters / The Brief History of Mankind – June 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Creation Science Association of BC AGM Dinner Meeting & Dire Dragons: the Missing Link in Dinosaur History with Vance Nelson – June 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hymn Festival: I Will Sing of the Mercies of the Lord – June 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

June 9, 2019

Leave a Legacy – June 9, 2019 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Jazz Vespers in the Valley: Kristian Alexandrov Trio – June 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
African Children's Choir: Just as I Am Tour – June 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
VOS 2019 Spring Concert: A Psalm for Our Time – June 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

June 10, 2019

Redefining Healing Seminar – June 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

June 12, 2019

1,000 Women in Religion Edit-a-thon – June 12, 2019 at 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
UGM Summer Connect – June 12, 2019 at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

June 13, 2019

Memory House by Kathleen Tolan – June 13, 2019 - June 15, 2019 at All Day
SongStage with Ivan Boudreau – June 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

June 14, 2019

Pastors Forum: Pastors for the Common Good – June 14, 2019 at 9:15 am - 11:30 am
The Practices of Faith in the World of Work – June 14, 2019 - June 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Notes of Freedom – June 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

June 15, 2019

Journey Home Refugee Support: Basic Training – June 15, 2019 at 8:45 am - 3:00 pm
Step Up! Speak Up! Freedom Rally – June 15, 2019 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration – June 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Golden Threads from Heaven: Weavings by Debra Sparrow – June 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Porter's Gate Worship Project: featuring Isaac Wardell, Audrey Assad & more – June 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

June 16, 2019

Prayer Rally for Hong Kong – June 16, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

June 18, 2019

Beulah AZ Café (third Tuesday of each month) – June 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

June 19, 2019

EFC Webinar: What Churches Can & Cannot Do During a Federal Election – June 19, 2019 at 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Leaving a Legacy: a seminar on wills, estates & legacy gifting – June 19, 2019 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Indigenous People's Day Celebrations – June 19, 2019 at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Jazz Evensong – June 19, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

June 20, 2019

We are the Body by Andrew Kooman – June 20, 2019 - June 22, 2019 at All Day
World Refugee Day – June 20, 2019 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Welcome Table: A Summer Solstice Soiree: a fundraiser for Journey Home Community on World Refugee Day – June 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 21, 2019

One Heart B.C. – June 21, 2019 - June 22, 2019 at All Day
Emerging Artist Showcase – June 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

June 22, 2019

Teddy Bear Picnic – June 22, 2019 at 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Join us for FEED (Family Empowerment Enrichment Day with Kids) – June 22, 2019 at 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Candid: An ACTS Seminaries Storytelling Open House – June 22, 2019 at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Kevin & Julia Garratt – June 22, 2019 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Ember – June 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Marty Franklin Jazz – June 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Somerset Trio – June 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Laila Biali – June 22, 2019 at 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

June 23, 2019

Point Grey Fiesta: Ecumenical Worship Service in the Park – June 23, 2019 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Feather Dance: Unveiling Party – June 23, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jazz Vespers in the Valley: Gabriel Hasselbach – June 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Taizé Contemplative Service – June 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Erosion of Freedom: How Transgender Politics in School & Society are Undermining Our Freedom . . . – June 23, 2019 at 6:45 pm - 9:45 pm

June 24, 2019

Iain Provan: The Emperor's New Clothes – Constantine as Old Testament Hero – June 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 25, 2019

Day of the Seafarer – June 25, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

June 26, 2019

Faculty Roundtable: What the Church Needs to Hear About the Holy Spirit – June 26, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Tremper Longman: The Beginning of Wisdom – Becoming Wise According to the Bible – June 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 27, 2019

Henry V by William Shakespeare – June 27, 2019 - June 29, 2019 at All Day
Business by the Book Breakfast, with Michael Franzese – June 27, 2019 at 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Celebration of the Life & Legacy of Jean Vanier – June 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Songs for the Fatherless with Brian Doerksen – June 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pray for Hong Kong (How This is Not Politics) – June 27, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 28, 2019

Mighty Men's Conference with Angus Buchan & Robin Mark – June 28, 2019 - June 30, 2019 at All Day
Evening of Music with Steve James, Carolyn Arends, Spencer Capier, Roy Salmond & Katie Ritson – June 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

June 29, 2019

Platinum Artist Project Playoff Concert – June 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fort Night Comedy Presents Saturday Night Improv – June 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Worship Invasion says . . . HELLO Summer!!! – June 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

June 30, 2019

Canada Day Family Picnic – June 30, 2019 at 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Party in the Park – June 30, 2019 at 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Merienda: An Afternoon of Filipino & Mexican Food & Stories – June 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers @ St. Andrew's United Church on the North Shore – June 30, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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