Around Town: Word Guild winners, Mobile Showers, Hong Kong prayer

Bruce Hindmarsh, Carolyn Arends and Steve Bell are Word Guild award winners.

One Regent College professor and two others who often teach and sing there won Word Guild awards at the group’s 31st annual gala June 14 in Hamilton, Ontario.

The Regent College winners were:

• Academic Books: Bruce Hindmarsh: The Spirit of Early Evangelicalism: True Religion in a Modern World (Oxford University Press)

• Column Series: Carolyn Arends: “A Curious Pattern” (Jan/Feb) & “A Convert’s Conversion” (Mar/Apr), Faith Today

• Poetry: Steve Bell: “The Name” (Novalis).

Another high profile winner was Tenth Church senior pastor Ken Shigematsu, for his book Survival Guide for the Soul (Zondervan) in the Christian Living category.

Writers involved in a book about Surrey attracted two awards:

  • Christian Non-Fiction – Culture: “The Church In Surrey & White Rock: The Untold Story” (SWR Publishing Company). All 12 co-editors and chapter writers were cited: Neil Bramble, Frank Bucholtz, MaryAnne Connor, Marvin Hunt, Beverley Johnston, Ross Johnston, Lloyd Mackey, Joanne Pepper, Perrie Peverall, John H. Redekop, Jack Taylor, Barbara Warwick.
  • Long Feature: John H. Redekop: “Christian Contributions to Political Affairs” (excerpt from The Church In Surrey & White Rock: The Untold Story)

Other Metro Vancouver / Fraser Valley winners were:

  • Harvey/Mackey Award – Journalism: Jack Taylor: “Secularism and Medicine in Canada” (The Light Magazine)
  • Castle Quest Best New Canadian Manuscript: Bosco H.C. Poon: Beyond My Wildest Imagination
  • Christian Non-Fiction – Instructional: Leonard Hjalmarson: Broken Futures: Leaders and Churches Lost in Transition (Urban Loft Publishers)

Go here for the full run-down of awards.

I have posted write-ups about, or excerpts from three of these books:

Mobile support

Volunteers Wes de Vries, Anna Keyes, and Henry Penner greet patrons and clean the shower units.

Two new mobile services for the homeless have started up in Abbotsford over the past couple of months.

Refresh Mobile Showers

The first was reported on by the MB Herald:

It is easy to take the things we use every day for granted: the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the water with which we wash.

Refresh Mobile Showers, a ministry of King Road MB Church and other local partners, is helping to bring these essentials to people in Abbotsford, who don’t have access to them every day.

A couple of years ago, King Road member Henry Penner saw a video of a pastor who was using a mobile unit to provide showers to people who are homeless. . . .

When he brought the mobile shower plan to King Road’s missions committee, they encouraged him to get the city’s support.

After a positive response from the mayor, meetings with the city’s Homelessness Action Advisory Committee, and consultation with the police and fire departments and paramedics, there was nothing to stop Penner from taking Refresh Mobile Shower from idea to reality.

Local businesses, individuals and a fundraising campaign at King Road raised the $40,000 cost of the trailer.

Ongoing costs include fuel for towing the trailer. A local shop has offered to perform any repairs on the trailer, and a member of King Road is storing it for free.

On May 1, Refresh Mobile Showers were used in Abbotsford for the first time.

Go here for the full story.

Mobile Mission van

Union Gospel Mission officially launched its Mobile Mission van on Monday morning in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)

The Abbotsford News posted a story about another new service which seeks out people needing help:

Union Gospel Mission (UGM) launched a mobile “rescue vehicle” in Abbotsford [April 29] to provide survival gear and food to homeless people.

Jeremy Hunka of UGM said the specially outfitted Mobile Mission van is the only dedicated vehicle of its kind in the Abbotsford area.

He said the service finds vulnerable people living on the streets – whether under bridges or in makeshift camps – and provides needed items such as pre-made meals and coffee, warm clothing, hygiene items, sleeping bags and more. . . .

The expansion aims to build on the success of UGM’s original Mobile Mission, located in Metro Vancouver, which will continue to operate west of the Fraser River and serve up to 200 people weekly.

Go here for the full story.

Pray for Hong Kong

Last week I wrote about a June 16 prayer rally for Hong Kong outside the Chinese Consulate.

The organizers of that event are hosting another event tonight (June 27) at Tenth Church: Pray for Hong Kong (How This is Not Politics):

We are a group of Christians from different denominations in Vancouver who are concerned about Hong Kong. We are committed to promoting love, peace and justice in Hong Kong through prayer and other social actions.

We invite you to another prayer meeting on June 27, Thursday from 7:30 pm to 9 pm. Everyone is welcome.

Vancouver Christians for Love, Peace and Justice was initiated by Rev. Henry Chan, Chaplain Lawrence T Cheung, Christopher Chiu, Samuel Chiu, Truman Chiu, Rev. Antony Law, Rev. Fr. Richard Soo, SJ and Rev. Alan Yu.

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

July 1, 2019

Mark Buchanan: Pedestrian – Keeping Pace with the Three-Mile-an-Hour God – July 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 3, 2019

Regen: Simon Gau – July 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chad Wriglesworth: Contemporary Poetry & the Complexities of Human Experience – July 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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