Around Town: TWU champs, memorial for sisters, burying the unknown . . .

The TWU women's volleyball team won the Canadian university championships for the first time last weekend.

The TWU women’s volleyball team won the Canadian university championships for the first time last weekend.

Trinity Western has become a dominant force in Canadian university volleyball. The women’s team won the national championship Sunday (March 1), while the men took home the silver medal.

Province sports writer Howard Tsumura says the team has come a long way in a short time:

It’s not like it’s ancient history, but if you look back on the humble beginning of Trinity Western Spartans women’s volleyball, it certainly seems like a long time ago.

Starting in the 1999 – 2000 Canada West season, the Langley program began its life in Canadian Interuniversity Sport [CIS] by losing its first 42 straight conference matches.

On Sunday, as it won for the 23rd time in its past 24 matches, the contrast over 16 seasons was stunning.

“It’s an unreal feeling, a feeling that it’s hard to believe it’s actually happening,” Spartans head coach Ryan Hofer exclaimed in the moments after his team rallied from an 0-2 start to stun the Alberta Pandas 3-2 (22-25, 23-25, 25-15 25-15, 15-11) to win the program’s first-ever national title. “You just think back on the all of the hard work a go, wow, this is so rewarding.”

Second-year setter Nikki Cornwall of Coquitlam was named the 2015 championship MVP. For the full story go here.
 
The TWU men’s team has been very strong over the past few years; it has taken home two national volleyball titles and was playing in its fourth national final in the past six seasons. This time they came away with the silver medal, losing to the Alberta Golden Bears.
 
In other sports news, on February 28 the TWU Spartans women’s track and field team won the Canada West championship for the second straight year, while the men finished third overall.

Memorial for Shiloh and Keziah Johnston

The lives of Keziah (left) and Shiloh Johnston will be celebrated at Willingdon Church.

The lives of Keziah (left) and Shiloh Johnston will be celebrated at Willingdon Church.

The lives of two sisters who died just a few days apart last month will be celebrated at Willingdon Church this Saturday (March 7) at 10 am. Here is a portion of an article about Shiloh and Keziah Johnston in The Tri-City News:

A grieving young Coquitlam woman who wanted a legacy bench to keep the memory of her younger sister alive will now have a bench in her name as well after she died tragically in a car accident.

A fundraising campaign has been established on the website gofundme.com to buy the bench and contribute to other charities supported by Keziah, 20, and Shiloh Johnston, 22.

The two young women died within 10 days of each other, Keziah earlier in February of undisclosed causes, and Shiloh on February 17 from injuries she sustained when she was hit by a car while walking.

Now their friends, families and church communities are in mourning. . . .

According to the website, Shiloh was back at her second day of work after taking a week off to grieve her younger sister’s death and was walking during a lunch break when she was struck by a car that had collided with another vehicle.

Cari Andrews, a friend from Shiloh’s drama ministry at Northside Foursquare, recalls Shiloh as a person who was full of life and drew people in. “You could tell [she] had Jesus in her,” noted Andrews, who recalled her friend’s perseverance and dedication.

Burying those without a name
Ves Vukovic with one of his creations at work. He makes gravestones for people who have died without family.

Ves Vukovic with one of his creations at his business, Stonemarks. He also makes gravestones for people who have died without family.

Douglas Todd’s blog featured an interesting story the other day about how people are buried when no one knows who they are. Most such burials – “in this careful-to-not-offend era . . . ‘pauper’s burials’ are now technically called ‘ministry burials’ – take place at Surrey Centre Cemetery.

Todd included a heart-warming story about a local Orthodox Christian who has made it his business to provide gravestones for graves that would otherwise be unmarked:

Ves Vukovic had a friend whom he saw only once or twice a year. After the Serbian man died, it was months before Vukovic found out.

When Vukovic tried to find where his friend was buried, it wasn’t easy. But, along with discovering the fellow had been on welfare, Vukovic . . . learned his friend had a ministry burial – and there was no gravestone.

It so happens that Vukovic makes them.

Since Vukovic arrived in Metro Vancouver in 1995 from war-ravaged former Yugoslavia, he has carried on with his family’s traditional engraving business, which is called Stonemarks. . . . Vukovic began making simple gravestones out of B.C. granite – not only for his friend, but for other so-called paupers.

“I make headstones for all these needy people,” Vukovic said this week. So far he and family members have been making about 50 flat gravestones a year.

Vukovic and his family do so at the end of their normal workday. Each headstone takes about three hours. They would cost anywhere from $450 to $850 retail. But Vukovic donates them, receiving only a charitable tax receipt. Why?

“When I came to this great country of Canada, after experiencing five years of war, people with big hearts made our family feel very welcome,” said Vukovic, a member of Burnaby’s St. Archangel Michael Serbian Church. “And I thought: ‘It’s our time to do something on behalf of this society.’”

As a result of the generosity of the Vukovics, other supporters and the city of Surrey waiving certain fees, roughly 175 of Metro Vancouver’s deceased so-called ‘paupers’ have now had headstones placed on their graves.

Anna Christian, the coordinator of Surrey Centre Cemetery, told Todd she “wants to approach religious groups to find volunteers who would serve as witnesses at the burial of a person who would be a stranger to them.”

(Surrey Centre Cemetery was established by the Methodist Church and has been in use for over 110 years. The Christ Church Anglican Church and Cemetery, a heritage site, is adjacent to the cemetery.)

March 4, 2015

The Drop Box: Showing in Local Theatres – March 4, 2015 - March 5, 2015 at All Day

March 5, 2015

Awakening to Love Revival: Gathering of the Golden Eagles – March 5, 2015 - March 8, 2015 at All Day
6 week Lenten series on Palliative Care and End of Life Issues (III): Dr. Marylene Kyriazis – March 5, 2015 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Faith in Food: A Judeo-Christian Exploration of Food, Sustainability, and Culture-Making (weekly, on Saturdays) – March 5, 2015 - March 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

March 6, 2015

Apologetics Canada Conference 2015 – March 6, 2015 - March 7, 2015 at All Day
Apologetics Canada Conference 2015 – March 6, 2015 - March 7, 2015 at All Day
Perogy Night in Vancouver – March 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
REED Fundraiser: Raising Hope – March 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Clarke Scheibe: Looking for Meaning in a Closed Universe, Part II – March 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christian Perspectives on Islam, Muslims and the Kingdom of God – March 6, 2015 - March 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 2:30 pm
SAMC Chamber Singers: Songs of the Night – March 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mirror Dance Grad Show – March 6, 2015 - March 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm

March 7, 2015

Planning Ahead to Finish Well Workshop – March 7, 2015 at 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Praying With Ignatius of Loyola: Contemplative in Action – March 7, 2015 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Planted: Community Kitchen Connect the Dots – March 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Abendmusik Vesper Choir: Lenten Vespers – March 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 8, 2015

The Gallery Singers: Lux Aeterna – March 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Anita Eccleston – March 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Abendmusik Vesper Choir: Lenten Vespers – March 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 9, 2015

Red Light/Green Light Film Screening – March 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 11, 2015

You are Beloved and Sex is Good: What Does a New Covenant Understanding of Sexuality Look Like? – March 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Art and Spirit Lecture Series: Christopher Gaze (Drama) – March 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Bill Weeds & Bill Piggott – March 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 12, 2015

Called to Proclaim Cross-Canada Tour – March 12, 2015 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
6 week Lenten series on Palliative Care and End of Life Issues (IV): Lorraine Gerard – March 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dennis Venema: Endless Forms Most Beautiful - A Christian Exploration of Evolution – March 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Metro Vancouver Alliance Transit Forum – March 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 13, 2015

Tim Bowyer: Christianity and Islam – March 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
"Occupied Until He Returns" (Speaker: Rev. Jamie Taylor) – March 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 14, 2015

Christian Perspectives on Islam, Muslims and the Kingdom of God – March 14, 2015 at 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Called to Proclaim Cross-Canada Tour – March 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 15, 2015

Jazz Vespers: Group of 8 – March 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

March 17, 2015

Hudson Taylor Legacy Series: Pressing Ahead - A Glimpse of the State of the Church in China (in Mandarin) – March 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

March 18, 2015

Making Disciples in Our Diverse Neighbourhoods – March 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Metro Vancouver Alliance Transit Forum – March 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Art and Spirit Lecture Series: Jane Coop (Music) – March 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Keith Bennett – March 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 19, 2015

Artists from the Grunewald Guild & the Regent Community: What Sustains Us – March 19, 2015 at All Day
The Drowsy Chaperone – March 19, 2015 - March 28, 2015 at All Day
Sea to Heaven: The Photography of James Jeong – March 19, 2015 - March 20, 2015 at 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
6 week Lenten series on Palliative Care and End of Life Issues (V): Fr. Gary Franken – March 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dr. Paul Chamberlain: William Wilberforce: A Success Story in the Battle for Social Justice – March 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Whipping Man – March 19, 2015 - March 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 20, 2015

Identity Transformation Conference – March 20, 2015 - March 22, 2015 at All Day
The Drop Box – March 20, 2015 - March 26, 2015 at All Day
Graeme Saruk: 603,502 is the Loneliest Number: Understanding Loneliness and It's Impact – March 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Seminar on Assisted Suicide (for young adults) – March 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Choral Mosaic: The Joy of Song – March 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 21, 2015

Jeff Imbach and SoulStream Present: A Day with St. John of the Cross – March 21, 2015 at 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
United in Prayer Day: The Mystery of God – March 21, 2015 at 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Christ in the Passover Presentation – March 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Oculus Chamber Choir: Out of the Depths – March 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

March 22, 2015

Our Whole Society: Bridging the Religious-Secular Divide – March 22, 2015 - March 24, 2015 at All Day
Jazz Vespers: Leora Cashe & Nancy Newman – March 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Jazz Vespers: Nancy Newman, Michael Creber, Rene Worst, Phil Belanger – March 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Jazz Vespers: Willy Ward and Friends – March 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Testament of a Naked Man: Good News According to Mark – March 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Sound System Benefit: Great Jazz for a Great Cause – March 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 23, 2015

The Ideology of Russia and Church-State Tensions – March 23, 2015 at 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Religious Ethos of Putin's Regime in Russia – March 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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