Around Town: Winter Aesthetic, Daniel Plan, St. Mary’s: No marijuana store . . .

Snow Laden by WL Hibberd.

Snow Laden by WL Hibberd.

The Lookout Gallery at Regent College displays good art all year round, but this time it’s seasonal, with WL Hibberd’s Winter Aesthetic. According to the gallery, Hibberd “searches for beauty in the light, form and colour of winter’s landscape.”

Hibberd, who lives in the Okanagan, says this of his work:
This collection of winter paintings was realized over a number of years from 2007 to the present. Over that period I have moved through a variety of processes, media and ability (hopefully). The earlier work was done on location outdoors (en plein-air) in sometimes extremely cold conditions.
The joy of painting from life was tempered with a respect for working in close proximity to large carnivorous wildlife. I transitioned to a process of beginning my work outdoors and then moving into the studio for finish.
My latest work is built on gold or silver leaf and oil paint. The light shines through transparent passages and reflects off of the leaf, creating a cohesive and dynamic inner glow. The precious metal underlay represents a unity of sacredness in all things; thereby the medium is the message.
If you visit the Lookout exhibition (which runs until February 4), you might also want to walk across the UBC campus to see Colleen Barlow’s Whale Dreams at Beaty Biodiversity Museum. See story here.
The Daniel Plan
danielplan1A simulcast presentation by pastor Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman, Miles McPherson and Dr. John Townsend offers “an innovative approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle where people get better together by optimizing their health in the key areas of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends.”
And how does the author of The Purpose Driven Life come to be involved with such a project? Actually, there’s quite a good answer, spelled out in a Gospel Coalition (Jason Seville) review of the original book. This is how it all began for Rick Warren:

His inspiration came during a baptism service at Saddleback Church when more than 800 members were baptized. After personally lifting more than 145,000 pounds of soggy church members, Warren had an epiphany: “Everybody’s fat!” (13; cf. TIME interview). It simultaneously struck him that he wasn’t exempted from this observation; he was physically unhealthy as well, setting a bad example for his congregation.

He stood before his church, confessed his poor stewardship, and invited Saddleback to join him in getting fit. Warren assembled a crack squad of elite nutritionists, doctors and exercise physiologists to help put this plan together. To his surprise, more than 12,000 church members joined the cause that Sunday, and they collectively lost over 250,000 pounds in the first year.

There are two Daniel Plan events, one at Broadway Church in Vancouver this Saturday (January 16) and the other at Church in the Valley in Langley a week later.

St. Mary’s: No marijuana store
stmaryscatholicAdrian Dix, NDP MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway joined members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church as they delivered piles of petitions against a proposed marijuana dispensary to Vancouver City Hall December 23. Following is a portion of a story in The B.C. Catholic:
A proposed marijuana dispensary has members of St. Mary’s Parish worried about the impact on their community. More than 1,800 signed a petition asking the City of Vancouver to not approve the Scooter Health Society’s application to sell the drug at 3441 Kingsway.

“This is something that is really in my heart,” said Mildred Moy, the head of St. Mary’s street ministry, who launched the petition.

“We encounter a lot of people in addiction,” and marijuana is a gateway drug that can lead to other abuses, she said.

“A friend of mine is a medical marijuana user, and even she signed the petition. Both of us agree that medical marijuana should be sold in pharmacies and should go through (government) approval to ensure safety for those using it as medicine.”

Dix, who attends Wilson Heights United Church, said, “It’s a really exciting thing when citizens get involved.” Several years ago, St. Mary’s successfully opposed a liquor store that wanted to open up a couple of blocks from them, near the Joyce Street SkyTrain station.
For the full story, go here.

Briefly noted

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity runs January 18 – 25. There will be joint services at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Vancouver January 20, St. Aiden’s Presbyterian in New Westminster January 22, and several other locations in the Metro Vancouver / Fraser Valley region.

Mikhail Lennikov at First Lutheran Church in November, 2014.

Mikhail Lennikov at First Lutheran Church in November, 2014.

Pat Johnson of the Vancouver Courier wrote Canadian Bible Society closes Vancouver bookstore January 13. The decision to sell has been made, but apparently not yet the actual sale.

Another Courier article – Former Vancouver MP buoyed by ruling on one-time KGB agent – suggested that Mikhail Lennikov may be able to return to Canada. Lennikov voluntarily returned to Russia last summer after living for six years in the First Lutheran Church at 41st and Wales, a place he sought sanctuary in June 2009 to avoid deportation.

January 14, 2016

#SingItFwd Finale: Concert / Fundraiser for Saint James Music Academy – January 14, 2016 - January 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

January 15, 2016

City in Focus: So You Wear a Uniform on Our Behalf – January 15, 2016 at 7:00 am - 9:30 am

January 16, 2016

The Daniel Plan – January 16, 2016 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Worth - Whats it to ya? Comedy Gospel Illusionist – January 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Missional Cafe – Re:Placing the Church (Sean Hall) – January 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

January 17, 2016

The Sanctuary: A Christian View on Physician-Assisted Suicide (part one) – January 17, 2016 at 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

January 18, 2016

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – January 18, 2016 - January 25, 2016 at All Day

January 19, 2016

The Toque Sessions: Freedom Singer (Khari McClelland) – January 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

January 20, 2016

PreK - 12 Open House – January 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Benjamin L. Corey: Undiluted Inclusivity: How Moving Beyond a Fundamentalist View of God and Gender Promotes Deeper Inclusivity – January 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Vancouver – January 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Colleen Savage – January 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

January 21, 2016

January Lecture Series 2016 (weekdays) – January 21, 2016 - January 26, 2016 at 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Supervise: A Helping Professions Workshop – January 21, 2016 at 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

January 22, 2016

Grand Opening and Dedication of the Mennonite Heritage Museum – January 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Laudato Si After Paris, COP 21: Our Mission for a Healthy Planet – January 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: New Westminster – January 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zaac Pick – January 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Seventh Annual Improv Comedy Benefit – January 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

January 23, 2016

God: Closer Than We Can Imagine – January 23, 2016 at 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Joy of Preaching with Will Willimon – January 23, 2016 at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Daniel Plan – January 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Vancouver Chamber Choir: The Maestro's Art - The National Conductors' Symposium Concert – January 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

January 24, 2016

Jazz Vespers: Jennifer Hodge Group – January 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm
The Sanctuary: A Christian View on Physician-Assisted Suicide (part two) – January 24, 2016 at 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
The Throwdown and Legacy One Present: Slam Poetry – January 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

January 25, 2016

The Grenz Lectures 2016, with Dr. William Willimon: The Trinity and Missional Leadership – January 25, 2016 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Rethinking Our Relationship to Land (part one) – January 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sam Rocha: Atheism, Doubt and the Search for God (Monday evenings) – January 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Grenz Lectures 2016, with Dr. William Willimon: Ministry as Missional Leadership – January 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

January 26, 2016

Women's event with Connally Gilliam – January 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

January 27, 2016

Sarah Stewart-Kroeker: Delivering on the Promise of Happiness: Augustine, Beauty & Morality – January 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Churches and the Housing Crisis – January 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Masked Saint (at several theatres) – January 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Glenn Chatten – January 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

January 28, 2016

Go! Conference – January 28, 2016 - January 31, 2016 at All Day
Missions Fest Fundraising Banquet – January 28, 2016 at 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

January 29, 2016

Missions Fest Film Festival 2016 – January 29, 2016 - January 31, 2016 at All Day
Missions Fest Vancouver – January 29, 2016 - January 31, 2016 at All Day
Lori-Anne Boutin-Crawford: 'Psalms for a Hopeful Heart' CD Release Concert – January 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

January 30, 2016

UBC Alzheimer Update – January 30, 2016 at 12:00 am
Open Mind Eyes Heart: Premier Screening (at Missions Fest Film Festival) – January 30, 2016 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
True Compassion: A Workshop on How to Respond to Physician Assisted Suicide in Canada – January 30, 2016 at 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Matt Maher: The Saints & Sinners Tour, with Chris McClarney – January 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eagle Rock Gospel Singers with guests Lovecoast – January 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

February 2, 2016

Open House – February 2, 2016 at All Day
Open House – February 2, 2016 at All Day
Ying Kai: Disciple Multiplying Movement – Leaders Meeting – February 2, 2016 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Brentwood Concert Series: The Borealis String Quartet – February 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

February 3, 2016

Open House 2015 – February 3, 2016 at All Day
Open House 2015 – February 3, 2016 at All Day
Ying Kai: Disciple Multiplying Movement – Leaders Meeting – February 3, 2016 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Vancouver Pastors Prayer Fellowship – February 3, 2016 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Business By the Book: How Love Works, with special guest speaker Jenny Konkin – February 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Augustine for Beginners – February 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Early Music Vancouver / Pacific Baroque Orchestra: Death and Devotion with Soprano Dorothee Mields – February 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: The Rossi Gang – February 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

February 4, 2016

WL Hibberd: Winter Aesthetic – February 4, 2016 at All Day
City in Focus: Navigating for Non Profits – February 4, 2016 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Hans Boersma: Scripture, Sacrament and Metaphysics - Origen, Hobbes and Spinoza – February 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

February 5, 2016

Disciple Multiplying Small Group Training with Ying Kai – February 5, 2016 - February 6, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Life in the Margins Weekend Workshop – February 5, 2016 - February 6, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Dr. Dave Currie: i-Parent Seminar – February 5, 2016 - February 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 3:00 pm

February 6, 2016

Just Life: A Biblical Framework for Practicing Justice in Everyday Life – February 6, 2016 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
What is Christian Worship? – February 6, 2016 at 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Worship Central: Worship Leaders Hub – February 6, 2016 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

February 8, 2016

Family Day at the Mennonite Heritage Museum – February 8, 2016 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Metro Vancouver Alliance: Affordable Housing Assembly – February 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

February 10, 2016

Regent Redux: Beyond Black and White – Truth, Paradox and the Substance of Faith – February 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Trinity Worship Night – February 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Leora Cashe – February 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

February 11, 2016

Cantonese Kairos Course – February 11, 2016 at All Day
Whale Dreams – February 11, 2016 - February 14, 2016 at All Day
Perspectives Course (Thursday evenings) – February 11, 2016 at 6:45 pm - 9:45 pm
Common Grace by Shauna Johannesen – February 11, 2016 - February 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

February 12, 2016

Do Nice People Always Finish Last? – February 12, 2016 at 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Weekend Series with Dr. Caroline Leaf – February 12, 2016 - February 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Wes Howard-Brook: Come Out, My People! God's Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond – February 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Vancouver Chamber Choir: The Source of Song - Gregory's Gift of Chant – February 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

February 13, 2016

Growing In Faith Through Worship: Celebrating and Nurturing Differing Abilities in the Church (Part II) – February 13, 2016 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Max Oliva SJ: Beatitudes for the Workplace – February 13, 2016 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

February 14, 2016

Celtic Music: Marco Del Rio – February 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Glenda Rae Trio – February 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm

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