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Star Gifts

We celebrate Epiphany today with "Star Gifts".  
Each star has a word written on it with an invitation to let the word guide, inspire or challenge your living for the year. 

Today's service with Communion was recorded with Rev. Nancy,
Rev. Carla & Julian Pattison.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 2: 1-12

We invite you to prepare a worship space in your home. 
This week we will invite you to light a Christ candle when we light our candle during the service.  

Note - Please bring bread and juice, crackers and tea or other kind of food and beverage to join in communion.

Join this morning's Worship.

To read the text of the sermon - Click here.

2021 Star gifts will be available for “drive-thru pickup” from 12-2pm. 
Please note:  You will need to stay in your car and we will deliver your star gift to your car.  If you do not have a car, please come anyway and we will give you special dispensation.

Themes for the upcoming weeks: 
Jan 10 - “Awe and Wonder” - Psalm 29


Sunday Morning "Coffee Hour" 11am - Every Sunday

Join this week's Coffee Hour Here
Passcode: 080786
Meeting ID: 979 1237 6327

Youth and Children

Every week join Anne Ellis for a Youth and Children Gathering video.  We'll share a story, a prayer, a craft or activity. 

This week's theme is "Epiphany & Two Modern Magi look for the Star".

Watch the video here or by clicking on the image above.

And if Sunday doesn't work for you, watch it when it's
convenient for you and your family.  

Sign up Here for the Mt. Seymour United Church Youth and
Children's Community Newsletter to follow the latest activities
and upcoming events.


It is with deep sadness we share with you that Monday, December 21st, Dilys Sostad chose to have a compassionate death at the North Shore Hospice. Her sons Christopher and Andrew, her sister Cynthia and I were able to be with her. Her daughter-in-law and dear friends Maureen and Susan gathered at the window.  She received communion, was surrounded by words and gestures of love and care and quietly said her goodbyes.

Dilys asked that this message be shared with you: "Over the last several months I’ve been overwhelmed by the love and caring the congregation has shown me and my family. The food, the flowers, the phone calls and the good wishes not only to me but also to my sons and grandsons have been more than anybody can expect or anticipate.  I want to thank you all for being there for me and my family when I needed you most. Mt. Seymour United Church has always been a large part of my life and now I know why. Thank you and from the bottom of my heart. God bless you all. Dilys”

Carla and I feel with you the large hole that Dilys’ absence leaves at the heart of our community.  We offer each and everyone of you who are feeling deeply this loss our compassion and care.  We have set up a makeshift memorial for her in the sanctuary of the church and invite those of you who are volunteering in the building to come by and pay your respects.  

Due to the current public health orders there is no plan for an immediate gathering to honour Dilys’ life. We will inform you about any decisions the family makes regarding a celebration of her life as they become known.

Dilys had very much hoped to be with her family through Christmas.  By late last week she no longer felt able to last that long.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to her sons Christopher and Andrew and her grandsons Ryan and Evan and their extended family in this sad time.

Please feel free to call or email Carla or myself if you need a listening ear.

Nancy (and Carla)

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Life is a succession of exclamations from
“Oh No!” to “Help” to “Oh Yes!”

As we enter the new year, we had hoped we would be past the “Oh No!” of 2020.  Instead, we find ourselves with ongoing prayers for “Help!”  The writers of the Psalms knows all about this. 

Their sacred poetry will accompany us in this six week Sunday series reminding us that through it all, we can trust and even give a thankful
“Oh Yes!” because God is, indeed, holding our lives.

January 10: “Awe and Wonder”  Psalm 29

Meditation via Zoom - Monday, January 4th at 7pm

Rev. Carla Wilks leads a monthly meditation session on the first Monday of each month at 7pm.  Contact Carla to be added to the email list for meditation.

Join Monday Meditation Here
Passcode: 041423
Meeting ID: 920 1845 1431

Living Room meetings will be held via Zoom on the
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Upcoming Date:  
Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Living Room is a drop-in support group for people living with mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, bipolar and psychotic disorders. 
We are a confidential peer-support group who gather to receive and give support by sharing our painful and joyous experiences with each other.

Use the Thrift Shop front door entrance  

Customers are required to wear a mask in the shop,
practice physical distancing while shopping
and use hand sanitizer upon entry.




Please check the Thrift Shop FACEBOOK page to see
if the sheds are closed for the day (already full)
before bringing your donations.


Please make sure that your donations are
in closed bags or closed containers.

Sunday Morning "Coffee Hour" 11am - Every Sunday 

Each Sunday at our regular coffee time we gather for a "virtual coffee hour" via Zoom video/phone.  We encourage you to try it out, either by calling in or joining via video with your computer/iPad/smartphone as we gather again this Sunday.  We gather for a check in – how we are doing, and then we usually answer a question that is often related to the theme of worship.

You can join by phoning in to this phone number 778 907 2071 and then entering the meeting ID: 979 1237 6327 followed by the # sign. You may have to also enter a  Password: 080786.  You can also join with video from your computer (with webcam), smartphone, iPad or tablet by clicking on the following link.

Join this week's Coffee Hour Here
Passcode: 080786
Meeting ID: 979 1237 6327
When you click on that link, you will be instructed to download an app on your phone or iPad, or some software on your computer (if you haven't used Zoom before). 
If you phone in to the phone number and you can't get through, there are several other numbers you can try - just make sure you enter the same Meeting ID once you connect (see below).
587 328 1099 Canada
647 374 4685 Canada
647 558 0588 Canada
438 809 7799 Canada

Meeting ID: 979 1237 6327 
Password: 080786

If you have any trouble or need some help, please contact Rev Carla 604 340 4009 or

Making an Offering

Our expenses continue even while programming and
worship services can no longer be in-person as before. 

2021 Offering Envelopes are available for pickup.  

Offerings, if possible, can be sent in the following ways:

as a cheque in the mail;
via e-transfer to; or
via the donate button on our website.

Thank you for your continued support.

Wanting more United Church
connection & content? 


Pacific Mountain Regional Council

United Church of Canada Faith Communities and COVID-19

Broadview Magazine

E-ssentials United Church of Canada Newsletter

United Church of Canada e-Newsletters 
including Living Into Right Relations,
United Action for Justice, and more

Rev. Nancy Talbot - Lead Minister -   604-929-4114

Rev. Carla Wilks - Associate Minister -   604-340-4009

Anne Ellis - Children and Families Minister  -

Jenn Farrell - Office Administrator -   604-929-1336

Alexis Doss - Thrift Shop Manager -  604-339-4399

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