Around Town: Kinder Morgan rally, Ring Out!, church burned, IDOP Sunday . . .

earthkeepers-stop-kinder-morgan-insideEarthkeepers and several other faith-based groups will be taking part in another kind of pro-life action next Saturday (November 19) at city hall.
 
They will be joining what they describe as “a monumental effort led by hundreds of organizations and thousands of common citizens in Metro Vancouver” to block the Kinder Morgan pipeline, “for the sake of atmospheric and planetary stability.”:
 
As followers of Jesus, we recognize that by saying ‘no’ to the pipeline expansion in the Burrard Inlet, we are affirming the way of the God of righteousness and love. This is a big ‘yes’ to life. May God’s kingdom come and God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
 
Earthkeepers: Christians for Climate Justice is “an ecumenical group in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories, working out biblical teachings in regards to ecology, love of neighbour and climate justice.”
 
The Say ‘Yes’ to Life (and Stop Kinder Morgan) event will run from 10 am – 3 pm. Members of Earthkeepers, Salal and Cedar and other Christian groups will meet at Spirit of Life Lutheran Church, just a few steps east along 10th Avenue from city hall, starting at 10 am. There will be a eucharist/communion service from 10:30 – 11:30. At 11:45 people will gather to head over to the march, which begins at noon.
 
For a comment from Earthkeepers organizer Jason Wood about protesting Kinder Morgan on Burnaby Mountain in 2014 and civil disobedience go here. Retired Regent College professor Loren Wilkinson took on similar issues here, and commented on Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ Encyclical here.
 
Ring Out! at Christ Church
 
ring-out-2Christ Church Cathedral is inviting the community to celebrate the completion of three major programs: Raise the Roof, Ring the Bells and Feed the Hungry.
 
The Ring Out! celebration and open house will be held at the Cathedral next Thursday (November 17), 4:30 – 6:30 pm, and will include the inaugural illumination of the spire and pealing of the bells.
 
Here is some of the history, from the Christ Church website:

In 1994, the Cathedral community embraced an ambitious plan to restore the fabric of the building, reveal its heritage features and strengthen its foundations through a seismic upgrade. More than $12.5 million has been raised to date, completely renovating the interior, installing a new pipe organ in a ‘floating’ choir loft, restoring Vancouver’s WWI and WWII Regimental Colours, as well as making the building functional and accessible for all people.

In this final phase of renewal, the Cathedral’s roof must be replaced with a new seismically safe and more durable roof, an elegant stained glass bell spire will be constructed at the northeast side of the church with four bells, and the Cathedral’s small kitchen will be doubled in size so the Cathedral can better serve the needs of Vancouver’s hungry and vulnerable.

Heritage church burned
errisdale Church was named one of Heritage Vancouver's Top 10 Endangered Sites.

Kerrisdale Baptist Church was named one of Heritage Vancouver’s Top 10 Endangered Sites; photo from 2014.

A church listed by Heritage Vancouver on its Top Ten Endangered Sites list in 2014 burned down in the early morning hours of November 8. The vacant building was located at 43rd and East Boulevard.

 
The Kerrisdale Baptist Church was built in 1912 and served as a Sunday school in Port Coquitlam before it was moved to Kerrisdale in 1921. It operated as a Christian Science Church from 1956 until 2013, when it closed.
 
The Kerrisdale Baptist congregation continues as Trinity Baptist Church at 49th and Granville. Go here for a Heritage Vancouver article I posted about it in 2014.
 
A few days earlier (November 2), Gospel Mission (not Union Gospel Mission) was forced to close. A CBC News report noted:

All services and programs offered by Gospel Mission on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside have been cancelled because shaking from a demolition project next door has left the over-a-century-old building structurally unsafe.  

“We have a crack running right from the ground up into the second level in our main structural corner on Carrall Street itself,” said mission pastor Wesley Chadwick. . . . 

“We’re the last of seven original missions that had been set up during the Gastown era, before it became officially Vancouver – and, the great fire,” said Chadwick.  

Five years ago, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation named the building where the mission has been located since the 1940s one of Vancouver’s 125 “places that matter.”

In the 1880s, the building was called the Vancouver Drug Company and at the turn of the century became the Louvre Hotel

It is not known when Gospel Mission will be able to resume operations.

IDOP Sunday: Praying for persecuted Christians
 
icopsundaycanada1Many local churches will be marking IDOP Sunday November 13. Organizers say:
 
“Pray for us . . .” is the cry of persecuted Christians around the world. Today across the earth more than 200 million of them are suffering for their faith in Jesus Christ. Each year, Christians in more than 130 countries stand in prayer with our persecuted sisters and brothers through the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). Join with us as Christians across Canada unite in prayer for our brothers and sisters who suffer because they declare their faith in Christ.

One IDOP Sunday event will take place at Surrey Pentecostal Church. Pastor Steve, who spent more than seven years in prison for preaching the gospel in Vietnam – and now has 1,000 local churches and 40,000 believers – will speak. Joining him will be Canadian director of International Christian Response Mel Wiebe; the Royal Heirs will provide music.

November 10, 2016

Irene Kordalis Pedersen: The Book of Hebrews – November 10, 2016 - November 17, 2016 at All Day
Saint of Calcutta: Mother Teresa Exhibit – November 10, 2016 - November 12, 2016 at All Day
JustWork: A Taste of Dignity – November 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Suitcase Stories by Maki Yi – November 10, 2016 - November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Most Massive Woman Wins by Madeleine George – November 10, 2016 - November 12, 2016 at 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

November 11, 2016

Eryn Sharpe Trio – November 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fr. Rob Galea: No Greater Love – November 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Music for Remembrance: Duruflé’s Requiem – November 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 12, 2016

Youth Unlimited: That Love – November 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

November 13, 2016

IDOP Sunday: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – November 13, 2016 at All Day
The OTHER Catholics: The Eastern Catholic Churches – November 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Andrea Menard – November 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Dave Guiney Swing Band – November 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
IDOP Sunday: International Christian Response – November 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

November 15, 2016

Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – November 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 16, 2016

Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – November 16, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Welcome the Stranger: Refugees Becoming Neighbours – November 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Bill Sample – November 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

November 17, 2016

Ring Out! – November 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Vancouver Water Bash 2016 – November 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 18, 2016

Indigenous Wisdom of the Earth Conference – November 18, 2016 - November 20, 2016 at All Day
TWU Preview Weekend – November 18, 2016 - November 19, 2016 at 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Christmas Kettle Campaign: Official Launch – November 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
'Uncovering Vision' Art Show - Opening Night (Eastside Culture Crawl) – November 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Michael W. Smith & Amy Grant Christmas – November 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Music@Queens Concert Series: Two on the Bench – November 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Youth Unlimited: That Love – November 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

November 19, 2016

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love – November 19, 2016 - November 20, 2016 at 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Maple Ridge Christian School Kindergarten Open House – November 19, 2016 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Crossroads' Annual Decor & More Sale – November 19, 2016 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fair Trade Christmas Market – November 19, 2016 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Say 'Yes' to Life (and Stop Kinder Morgan) – November 19, 2016 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunshine Ridge Craft Market – November 19, 2016 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
'Uncovering Vision' Art Show (Eastside Culture Crawl) – November 19, 2016 - November 20, 2016 at 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Christmas Open Market – November 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Missions Fest 2016 Fundraising Bash – November 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Forgiven / Forgotten – November 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In His Presence – November 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Youth Unlimited: That Love – November 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

November 20, 2016

Jazz Vespers: Ingrid Stitt – November 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: The Arntzens - Three Generations – November 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

November 21, 2016

BC Christian Academy Kindergarten Open House – November 21, 2016 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am

November 22, 2016

Arnold Sikkema: Quantum Physics & Christianity – November 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Catholic Forum: Depression - A Sickness or a Sin? – November 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Physician Assisted Suicide – November 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 23, 2016

EFC Webinar: Is pornography a public health issue? – November 23, 2016 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Kairos Blanket Exercise Facilitator Training – November 23, 2016 - November 24, 2016 at 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Surrey Christian School Open House – November 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: LJ Mounteney – November 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

November 24, 2016

Christmas Shopping at Brooksdale – November 24, 2016 - November 25, 2016 at All Day
Vancouver Consultation: City Summit – November 24, 2016 - November 25, 2016 at All Day
Alex Schadenberg: Bill C-14 Assisted Suicide Bill – November 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 25, 2016

Ecstasy of the Soul Before the Glory of Christ: Holy Eucharist and Mystical Experience – November 25, 2016 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Alex Schadenberg: The Euthanasia Deception – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel North Shore – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Richmond-Delta – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Surrey – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Tri-Cities – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Vancouver – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christmas Benefit Concert presented by L'Arche Greater Vancouver – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Joshua Hyslop – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Luke 15 House Dinner Fundraiser – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Langley – November 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Awaiting Christmas: Sacred Music for Advent – November 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Forgiven / Forgotten – November 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

November 26, 2016

JustUs Workshop – November 26, 2016 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Holy Family’s First Annual Christmas Craft Fair – November 26, 2016 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Living our Faith and being Medicine for the People – November 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Songs of Advent with Sarah Patterson – November 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Sounds of Christmas – November 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
A Laugh Again Christmas, with Phil Callaway – November 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Forgiven / Forgotten – November 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Prairie Christmas – November 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Abendmusik: Advent Vespers – November 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

November 27, 2016

Advent Lessons & Carols – November 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Jennifer Hayes – November 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lessons and Carols for Advent – November 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Advent Carol Service – November 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Voices Together: United in Prayer, United in Mission – November 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Abendmusik: Advent Vespers – November 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Vancouver Oratorio Society: Silver Jubilee Christmas Concert - Invitation to a Miracle – November 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 28, 2016

Lighthouse Harbour Ministries Advent Breakfast – November 28, 2016 at 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Paused & Present: Christmas, Curry and Capacity – November 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Lecture and Book Launch with Bill Reimer – November 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 30, 2016

Entrepreneurial Leaders Conference – November 30, 2016 at All Day
Trinity Western University's Chamber Music Night – November 30, 2016 at 12:00 am
Christmas Artisan Fair – November 30, 2016 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Christmas Tales with Justyn Rees & Russ Rosen – November 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Friedrich Peter: A Saviour Has Been Born to You - Opening Reception – November 30, 2016 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Christmas Tales with Justyn Rees & Russ Rosen – November 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dr. Jonathan Wilson: The World According to the Gospel - Mid-week Class – November 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Sandra-Mae – November 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

December 1, 2016

disPlace: Refugee Stories in Their Own Words – December 1, 2016 - December 3, 2016 at All Day
The Salvation Army's 15th Annual Hope in the City Breakfast – December 1, 2016 at 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Christmas Shopping at Brooksdale – December 1, 2016 - December 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Coptic Jesus: Book Release + Art Show – December 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Vancouver Welsh Men's Choir Christmas Concert – December 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

December 2, 2016

Both Sides of Christmas: Youth at Risk in Our City – December 2, 2016 at 7:30 am - 8:30 am
ReImagine Vancouver – December 2, 2016 - December 3, 2016 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ty Gibson: Reimagining God – December 2, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
 

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