Around Town: Love My City, St. Paul’s book, Crystal Mall, The Missing Project

The ‘Love My City’ team is organizing several clean ups in the Tri-Cities and would love some company.

Clean up crews will be out in several locations around the Tri-Cities next week as Love My City Week returns for its second year. They will tackle four sites in Coquitlam, three in Port Coquitlam and one in Port Moody.

But they will kick off the week just outside of the Tri-Cities area by painting Pitt Meadows United Church, a heritage building, July 6 (9 am – 4 pm) and 7 (1 – 4 pm).

Here is a list of the clean up events:

* July 7: Lions Park, Port Coquitlam (2 – 4 pm)
* July 8: Robinson Memorial Park Cemetery, Coquitlam (6 – 8 pm)
* July 9: Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam (6 – 8 pm)
* July 9: Oxford Cemetery, Port Coquitlam (10 am – noon)
* July 9: Citadel Heights, Port Coquitlam (6 – 8 pm)
* July 10: Mundy Park, Coquitlam (6 – 8 pm)
* July 11: Shoreline Trail, Port Moody (6 – 8 pm)
* July 12: Coquitlam Crunch, Coquitlam (6 – 8 pm)

Organizers say:

Our platform exists to unify communities by facilitating a week of events devoted to showing love to our cities and the people therein.

There are many community sponsors: Starbucks, Home Depot, Pattison, Real Canadian Superstore, Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co., Save-On-Foods, Pawn.Design, CocaCola, Poco Building Supplies, Rona and Riverside Community Church.

Go here for more information on how to get involved and where to meet, and regarding a follow-up Celebration July 13. (I wrote about last year’s event here.)

The book on St. Paul’s

Leslie Buck has attended St. Paul’s Anglican Church in the West End for many years, and now he has written a book about his home church: Peace Be to the Whole Community: the story of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in the West End of Vancouver.

Here is how he describes the book:

The story begins with a little wooden church on Hornby Street, built in 1889 as the new city was taking shape. As the bush was cleared, the church was moved to Jervis Street at the top of the hill, where it expanded and grew.

As the city prospered, St Paul’s became a vibrant and important part of the life of the West End.

Following the end of the Second World War, church life continued vigorously, but the population of the West End was changing and so were attitudes towards religion and what the church stood for.

The book relates how St Paul’s responded by developing new and more inclusive forms of liturgy, opening up its property for use by community groups, addressing the AIDS crisis and the needs of the LGBT community, and creating imaginative programs like the St Paul’s Advocacy Office and the St Paul’s Labyrinth.

Go here for information on how to order the book, and here for access to two pdf files (70 pages in total) by Leslie Buck on the history of St. Paul’s.

Crystal Mall, appreciated

Christopher Cheung reports on urban issues for The Tyee. He has a real nose for intriguing and often overlooked corners and characters in Metro Vancouver (his most popular stories are The Dictator, The Doughnut King and a Shop Called Duffin’s and The Mystery of the Baklava Man.)

This week he wrote The Story of Burnaby’s ‘totally quirky’ Crystal Mall, which begins like this:

Bright, buzzing neon will light your way through the cavernous heart of Crystal Mall, a labyrinth of stalls that sell produce alongside specialties like fresh tofu and peppercorn pig ears.

Vendors will shout that their veggies are the cheapest. Shoppers, mostly older than you, will push and shove to secure a spot in one of many snaking lines. You’ll smell buns and bubble waffles, curry and charsiu – you might even glimpse a butcher wheeling a rack with a whole animal carcass.

It’s not in Chinatown, but a suburban mall.

It may be hard to believe that this very Chinese place can exist as part of Burnaby’s Metrotown. Its chaotic charisma is at odds with the polished vision sold by the neighbourhood’s condo ads.

Chinese Christian Mission of Canada is located right in the centre of Crystal Mall.

The article includes this portion:

A Christian organization took over a massive 13,000-square-foot space at the centre of the food court, and offers Bible studies and activities like martial arts, health social support groups and an art gallery for the public.

“For us, it was a miracle,” said Thomas Tam, the director of the Chinese Christian Mission of Canada, known as CCM.

The organization, now 40 years old, used to be located in a small storefront on Fraser Street.

“Our philosophy is to go where the people are,” he said. “When we heard about this space at the heart of Metrotown, right at the centre of Greater Vancouver, our board members started to explore the opportunity.”

They bought the space as one of the Crystal’s first owners, a smart decision considering how religious groups are struggling to find space today. The mission also plays the role of landlord, with three other churches renting their space at the Crystal for Sunday services.

Go here for the full article, which is well worth reading.

The Missing Project

Two new films make this a good month for pro-lifers in Canada.

The Missing Project has just been released; here is how those behind the film describe it:

To mark the 50th anniversary of abortion’s legalization under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, several producers have worked with a Calgary-based filmmaker in putting together The Missing Project. This is a two-part initiative that began with the release of daily short video stories on how abortion has impacted Canadians. That 50-day process culminated Canada Day weekend with the exclusive online release of a full-length documentary [until midnight July 6].

The Missing Project documentary is a 70-minute film that documents what is missing in our nation because of 50 years of legal abortion.

Filmmaker and producer Ryan Stockert gathered stories from lawyers, politicians, medical professionals, post-abortive women and men, adopted children, foster families and advocates.

“We called the documentary ‘The Missing Project’ because so much of the abortion discussion is missing from public spaces,” said Stockert. “I always thought abortion is a private discussion and no one else should be involved. But as I’ve talked to Canadians across the country, it’s clear the stories of Canadians affected by abortion need to be heard.”

Go here for more information.

A little over a month ago I wrote that the unexpectedly popular pro-life movie Unplanned was not scheduled for distribution in Canada, but that many groups and individuals were working hard to change that reality.

Now the film is scheduled to be shown in numerous theatres across the country, beginning July 12. More next week.

July 4, 2019

Agamemnon by Aeschylus – July 4, 2019 - July 6, 2019 at All Day
Burning Ones Conference 2019 : The Convocation – July 4, 2019 - July 6, 2019 at All Day

July 5, 2019

Celebration of Life for MP Mark Warawa – July 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dean Pinter: The Book of Acts – God's Story & Our Story – July 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 6, 2019

Love My City Week (Tri-Cities) – July 6, 2019 - July 13, 2019 at All Day
Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Pitt Meadows United Church Painting – July 6, 2019 - July 7, 2019 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Race for the Ridge – July 6, 2019 at 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Richmond Community Day – July 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

July 7, 2019

Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Lions Park Clean Up – July 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

July 8, 2019

Kickers Soccer Camp – July 8, 2019 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lunchtime Concert: Tracy Fehr - Stories from North Africa – July 8, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Flo Soccer Camp – July 8, 2019 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
ROAR: FREE Kids Camp: Life is Wild and God is Good! – July 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Robinson Memorial Park Cemetery Clean Up – July 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hymn Festival – July 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
John Walton: Lost World of the Israelite Conquest – July 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 9, 2019

Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Oxford Cemetery Clean Up – July 9, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Citadel Heights Clean Up – July 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Lafarge Lake Clean Up – July 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

July 10, 2019

Faculty Roundtable: Practicing Hospitality in a Modern Church – July 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Mundy Park Clean Up – July 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
DivorceCare Summer 2019 (Wednesday evenings) – July 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Regen: Mental Wellness - Unfiltered – July 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Paul Stevens: Investing in Heaven - the Ultimate Use of Money – July 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 11, 2019

Canadian Viewpoints: Concealed and Revealed – July 11, 2019 - July 12, 2019 at All Day
Dennis T.W. Ng: A Faith that Enables People to be the Ambassador of Harmony Under Globalization - a Theology in the Context of Contemporary China – July 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Shoreline Trail Clean Up – July 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

July 12, 2019

BC Christian Ashram: Refreshing Revival in Christ Jesus – July 12, 2019 - July 14, 2019 at 12:00 am
Unplanned (movie) – July 12, 2019 - July 19, 2019 at All Day
Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Coquitlam Crunch Encouragement & Clean Up – July 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lights for Liberty – July 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

July 13, 2019

Whole Way House: Amazing Race to the Family Picnic – July 13, 2019 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
MHM Book Launch: Women in Ministry Leadership by Doug Heidebrecht – July 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

July 14, 2019

Canada in Crisis Prayer Gathering – July 14, 2019 at 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

July 15, 2019

Film Night for Cambodia: Don't Think I've Forgotten – Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll – July 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Andy Crouch: Putting Technology in its Proper Place – July 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 17, 2019

Faculty Roundtable: How Do Stories Shape Our Lives? – July 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Now and Then: Opening Reception – July 17, 2019 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Regen: Erin Larose (Home Church, Red Deer, AB) – July 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Barbara Armacost: Justice, Advocacy & the Redemptive Power of Law – Are We Asking Law to Do Too Much (Or Too Little) in a Broken World? – July 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 18, 2019

Mission Possible Tour – July 18, 2019 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

July 19, 2019

Film & Faith Evening: The Apostle – July 19, 2019 at 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm

July 20, 2019

Postmodern Urban Spaces: A City Tour – July 20, 2019 at 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Ezra Kwizera (African Descent Festival) – July 20, 2019 at 6:25 pm - 6:55 pm

July 21, 2019

Taizé Contemplative Service – July 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

July 22, 2019

Summer Kids Concert: The Springmans – July 22, 2019 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

July 23, 2019

Book Signing with N.T. Wright – July 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Parallel Love: the story of a band called Luxury – July 23, 2019 at 6:20 pm - 8:00 pm

July 24, 2019

Street Beats: Ezra Kwizera – July 24, 2019 at 12:00 am
Faculty Roundtable: The Impact of N.T. Wright on New Testament Studies – July 24, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Regen: Chris Karuhije – July 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
N.T. Wright: Jesus in Space, Time & History – Natural History & the Challenge of Talking About God – July 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 25, 2019

Now and Then – July 25, 2019 - August 8, 2019 at All Day

July 26, 2019

Summer Retreat at Kingfisher Farm – July 26, 2019 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

July 27, 2019

One Day Intentional Community Event – July 27, 2019 at 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

July 28, 2019

Church at Country Fest – July 28, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jazz Vespers @ St. Andrew's United Church on the North Shore – July 28, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Interdenominational Hymn Singing – July 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

July 29, 2019

Malcolm Guite: Ordinary Saints – July 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 30, 2019

Vancouver Bach Festival 2019 – July 30, 2019 - August 9, 2019 at All Day
Lunch Discussion with Malcolm Guite: The Poetic Imagination – a Way of Seeing Reality More Clearly – July 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

July 31, 2019

Faculty Roundtable: Spiritual Practices Informed by the Arts – July 31, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Regen 'Kickoff' – July 31, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Susan Phillips: Walking the Spiritual Exercises – Praying with Scripture on the Pilgrim Trail – July 31, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

August 1, 2019

Bethany Sollereder: God, Evolution & Animal Suffering – Theodicy Without a Fall – August 1, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

August 7, 2019

Mission Possible Summer Social – August 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

August 9, 2019

Perspectives Course: Intensive – August 9, 2019 at 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

August 11, 2019

Lauren Daigle Look Up Child Tour – August 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

August 14, 2019

Rhythms: Loving Your Neighbours – August 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Strategic Election Mobilization Presentation – August 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

August 15, 2019

Strategic Election Mobilization Presentation – August 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

August 16, 2019

Summer Used Book Sale: the biggest & best ever – August 16, 2019 - August 17, 2019 at All Day
Book Launch: Happy Colon, Happy Soul by Karen Giesbrecht – August 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Strategic Election Mobilization Presentation – August 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

August 17, 2019

Strategic Election Mobilization Presentation – August 17, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

August 18, 2019

Jesus at Work: Marketplace and Mission – August 18, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

August 19, 2019

Kickers Soccer Camp – August 19, 2019 - August 23, 2019 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

August 22, 2019

International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief – August 22, 2019 at All Day

August 23, 2019

Overcomer: Opening Day – August 23, 2019 at All Day
Flames of Revival Rally: Encounter with Jesus – August 23, 2019 - August 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 6:00 pm

August 25, 2019

Traditional Hymn Singing – August 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

August 26, 2019

Switchfoot – August 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

August 28, 2019

Association of Christian Clubs at UBC Prayer & Commissioning Night – August 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Newsboys United – August 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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