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Newsletter for September 18, 2022
This week's service will be available on YouTube at 10:00 am. You can watch live at that time or any time after by clicking here:

Worship - Sunday, September 18, 2022

Today we continue our series of “An Attitude for Gratitude”.  This Sunday we are looking at Gratitude for Creation.  Dr. Caveney is away and the service will be led by Alix Dolson, Chair of the Camp Grafton Board.  Camp Grafton is owned by Kamloops United Church and run by the Camp Grafton Society.  Click here for more info. 
Music will be led by Kamloops United Church music director Tomas Bijok.  
Next Sunday, the KUC Choir will be back and we will also have special musicians.  (More about that in next week’s eNews.)  We will be celebrating Gratitude for Music.

We look forward to you joining us!

Click here for a copy of this week's Service Bulletin, Sermon, and Scripture Reading:

Service Bulletin For September 18, 2022

Scripture Reading For September 18, 2022

For past Newsletters, Service Bulletins, Sermons, and Scripture readings.

Kamloops United Church - Archives

Upcoming Worship Services:
September 18, 2022 – Gratitude for Creation – Led by Alix Dolson, Camp Grafton
September 25, 2022 – Gratitude for Music – with the choir and guest musicians
October 2, 2022 – Gratitude for Food – World Communion Sunday
October 9, 2022 – Thanksgiving Sunday – For What are You Grateful?
October 16, 2022 – The Rev. Dr. John Pentland preaching
October 23, 2022 – Worship led by the Pacific Mountain Region Youth
October 30, 2022 – Visioning Worship
November 6, 2022 – Remembrance Sunday with Bells of Note
We remember with thanks the life of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and give thanks for the faithful service that she gave to the Commonwealth.  "Grant unto her rest eternal.  May she rest in peace."  Click here for the prayer to be used in worship this Sunday.
Last Sunday, Spencer Lucas Salituro and Grace Frances Salituro, son and daughter of Anthony Salituro and Logan Giesbrecht were baptized.  
ADVANCE NOTICE:  The Kamloops United Church Choir will be starting rehearsals on Thursday September 22, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.  They will be singing in church on Sunday September 25.
Last Sunday, Jayne Martin spoke to us in worship about her relationship with Kamloops United Church.
After Worship Coffee Hour
Join us for In-Person coffee hour in the church hall, after Sunday Worship.

We are looking for volunteers for After Worship Coffee on Sundays, please email if you are able to help!
Click on the image above to donate today.
If you prefer, you may mail us a cheque at
421 St Paul St Kamloops, V2C 2J7.
Please contact the church office at 250-372-3020 or via email at, if you have any questions.
Thank you for your generosity!
This Week at Kamloops United Church
Sunday, September 18, 2022 
10:00 am Worship Service "Gratitude for Creation"
11:00 am In Person Fellowship Hour
11:15 am Zoom Coffee Hour
3:30 pm PIT Stop Meal

1:30 pm Ensemble (Bells) rehearsal
4:00 pm Harmony in Hand Rehearsal
7:00 pm Bells of Note Rehearsal

11:00 am Zoom Coffee Hour
6:30 pm Council Circle (Zoom)
7:00 pm Pride Choir Rehearsal


11:00 am Zoom Coffee Hour
2:00 pm Pastoral Care (In person and Zoom)


12:00 pm Ukrainian History Series (online) please register

Next Sunday, September 25, 2022
10:00 am Worship Service "Gratitude for Music"
11:15 am Zoom Coffee Hour
In Memoriam
Please remember in your prayers the family of
Paul Newman
who passed away earlier in the month. Especially remember in your prayers his son Greg Newman, and his wife, Edith who is coping with Paul's passing. Paul was 88 years old and had lived an amazing life.

Greg Newman is taking any calls and messages for the family.

Please click here for Paul Newman's Obituary
 The Deadline for all Newsletter Pieces is Wednesday Evening.
A note from our beautiful building
This past Tuesday the building was full and it was so great. I don't usually work in the evening but I was working with MJaye, our new custodian on his first day. In the building we had; a meeting in the Boardroom, a young peoples group in the Lounge, dancers in the Hall and a choir rehearsing in the Sanctuary. I stood in the lobby and soaked in all the energy and different voices. It seems like the tide may truly have turned and people are back gathering here again. 

I really enjoyed that moment because there have been some unusual bumps this year. Our building is quite new and in the last 5 years, there have not been any significant repairs. This last season the building has needed some love; replacing the annunciator which (I now know) is a part of our fire alarm system, ($1,500), a new compressor for the main level AC ($3,000), and the TX valve that the compressor damaged when it broke ($2,000). We installed a new boiler coil for the main furnace for $5,000 which promptly broke but is under warranty. We are also experiencing too many dropped calls so we are looking into new phones as well. 

The projects that we planned for are going well (if a bit slowly). We are waiting on the famous 'supply chain" to send us the parts to update the lower level AC approved by the congregation. Which will be a great relief in next year's heat and possibly smoke. The Lift is also in the mail (so to speak) and the contractor who will be preparing the space is getting ready to make some dusty noise. Once he gives me the word I will tarp the area to keep the dust in check! I am grateful that the Lift project is in motion. I hate to say a date it will be complete BUT the contractors are in communication and doing their best. 

Thank you to all who (like me) love our building! She is upright, beautiful, and doing her best for us all.

~ Florence Ballard
Did you know that sitting in the booth supporting worship is WAY easier than it looks? If you are brave enough to give it a try please call Florence at 250-372-3020 or email Here is what you can expect if you give it a try:
  • Individual training
  • Support as long as you need it
  • A great feeling from doing a vital job for Worship
  • Being part of a team of awesome individuals
  • Self-scheduled once a month or so
 We hope you consider helping out. 
Events at Kamloops United Church
ONLINE Ukrainian History Series
Starting Saturday, September 24th, 12 PM

Hosted By: Dr. Oleksandr (Sasha) Kondrashov

Sasha will be teaching an ONLINE Ukrainian History Series, starting Sep 24th, every Saturday at 12:00 PM. For those who are looking to learn about Ukraine, please register for the series (button below).
Currently, Sasha is working with settling Ukrainians in Kamloops and has been responsible for organizing the rallies each Saturday at City Hall. 
Click here to Register for Ukrainian History Series
Our host, Sasha is currently working with settling Ukrainians in Kamloops and has been responsible for organizing the rallies each Saturday at City Hall. 
Walks with Derm: Fall Edition
Starting October 5th, 10 AM at Riverside Park
Meet at Rose Garden Parking Lot

We are back with the popular Walks with Derm. Derm Strong, our amazing host is going to lead us for 5 weeks on Wednesday at 10:00 am starting October 5th at Riverside Park. Everyone is welcome!

Walks happening on:
Oct 5
Oct 12
Oct 19
Oct 26
Nov 2

For any questions please reach out to Shakshi at or 250-372-3020 ext 209
TwentySomething Barbeque, Sep 30th
Are you in your twenties?  Do you know someone who is in their twenties?  There will be a meeting of twentysomethings towards the end of the month, September 30th at 6:00 pm for a barbeque at the home of Michael and Joe.  Following the barbeque meal, we will have a social time and will be considering social justice projects here in Kamloops that we might undertake, especially how we might help new Ukrainian families to Kamloops in partnership with Immigrant Services Kamloops and Thompson Rivers University.  If interested contact Michael at
KUC Together

Join us every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday (after service) at 11:00 AM for our virtual coffee hour on Zoom, hosted by the lovely Jayne Martin!

Here is the link: Kamloops United Church Zoom Meetings

Password if required:


Orange Shirt Day

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022 also Known as Orange Shirt  Day

September 30, 2022, marks the 2nd annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

On this day we honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities. Widespread public commemoration and acknowledgment of the tragic and painful history continued impact, and intergenerational trauma of Canada's residential school legacy is a vital component of the reconciliation process. The University of Waterloo and the Office of Indigenous Relations continue to amplify that truth as we build towards reconciliation. We will also highlight the beauty and resilience of indigeneity and the strengthening of bonds with allies as we navigate this complex and meaningful day.

 KUC will acknowledge this important day at our September 25th Service. Please remember to wear your orange shirts.

Kamloops United Church has purchased a Survivors Flag and it will fly for the month of September.
Survivors speak on the significance of the flag:
This Is My Anti-Racist Church: A United Church Anti-Racism Gathering

 [Image credit: The United Church of Canada]

What are your hopes for anti-racism in the United Church? Join us via Zoom for This Is My Anti-Racist Church, a speaker-led conversation on visions for an anti-racist denomination.

Thursday, September 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT.

Register now.

This gathering is hosted by a national network of anti-racism supporters and leaders across The United Church of Canada. To join this network, please fill out this form

For inquiries contact Sarah Williams:

Thursdays in Black Webinar
[Image credit: Thursdays in Black/The United Church of Canada]

On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, join us for Thursdays in Black: Working Together to End Gender-based Violence in Canada, an online conversation with spiritual justice advocate Danielle Strickland and Sage Lacerte, and David Stevenson from the Moose Hide Campaign. We will discuss how gender-based violence is a critical issue affecting our communities and ways local action can work to stop violence against women in Canada.  
This week your editor is Shakshi Paul

KUC Staff:

Minister: Rev. Dr. Michael Caveney

Admin. Manager: Florence Ballard

Activities Coordinator: Shakshi Paul

Office Coordinator: Candace Morrison

Music Director: Tomas Bijok


Lay Marriage Minister: Chris Dolson

Custodial: Dawn Brodie

Custodial: Ignacio Villalba

Custodial: Jim Cunliffe

Custodial: Manon Tim

Custodial: Sandy Maher

Custodial: M. Jaye

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