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Saturday October 15, 5 pm.   Congregational Gratitude Dinner.  FREE!  Get your tickets on Sundays or from the church office.  Email and we will hold tickets for you.  This is our way of saying thank you to you for being a part of KUC!  This is a catered meal.  Rev. Dr. John Pentland from Calgary is our guest speaker. 

Sunday October 30, 10am - 12 pm - Join us as we vision for the future for our church.  Have your input into how we will make decisions over the next five years.  An optional light lunch will follow.   
This Sunday, wear your orange shirt to worship.
Newsletter for September 25, 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 25, 2022

Today we continue our series of “An Attitude for Gratitude”.  This Sunday we are looking at Gratitude for Music and the KUC Music Director Tomas Bijok has also lined up a number of musicians for this service.  Tomas will be playing violin accompanied by Alex Ward on piano.  Robert McBain will be playing piano and Rob Gretsinger will do a sound meditation to call us to worship and as a prelude.  The Kamloops United Church choir will also be back at the front of the church.  To put you in the spirit, click here.  

In addition to the music, the Reconciliation Team will be leading us at various points in the service in observing Orange Shirt Day.   See more about this in this newsletter.  

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 25, 2022
Sermon For September 25, 2022
Scripture Reading For September 25, 2022

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

Kamloops United Church - Archives

Upcoming Worship Services:

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
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.
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 past week, those on the KUC mailing list should have received a letter talking about the KUC "Attitude of Gratitude".  We have so much for which to be thankful!  Also included was an offering envelope.  We are inviting you to make a gratitude offering.  Click here to read the letter for more details.   If you would like to donate online, click here and mark in the notes field your offering is for Gratitude.   Thank you for your heart of generosity.  The Stewardship Team

The celebration of life service of
Ishbel Mairi Elliot
is on Oct 1, at 3 pm
Interment service is Sunday, Oct 2 at noon (family only)

Link for Ishbel's Service on Oct 1: Celebration of Life for Ishbel Mairi Elliot
This Week at Kamloops United Church
Sunday, September 25, 2022 
10:00 am Worship Service "Gratitude for Music"
11:00 am In Person Fellowship Hour
3:30 pm PIT Stop Meal

11:00 am Staff Meeting
1:30 pm Ensemble (Bells) rehearsal
4:00 pm Harmony in Hand Rehearsal
6:00 pm Chimers Bell Choir
7:00 pm Bells of Note Rehearsal

10:00 am Fibre Arts
7:00 pm Pride Choir Rehearsal

2:00 pm Stewardship Team

7:00 pm Folk of Note Rehearsal

6:00 pm 20-Something Barbecue (at Rev. Dr. Caveney's House)

9:00 am Ukrainian History Series please register (online only)
3:00 pm Celebration of Life Service for Ishbel Elliot

Next Sunday, October 2, 2022
10:00 am Worship Service - WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
11:15 am Zoom Coffee Hour
12:00 pm Interment Service for Ishbel Elliot (family)
 The Deadline for all Newsletter Pieces is Wednesday Evening.
Save The Date, Dec 3rd
Kamloops United Church is having a big fundraiser on
Saturday, December 3rd, a CHRISTMAS BAZAAR.
We will need many volunteers and lots of baking. Please put this in your calendar and be ready when the call for help comes. This is going to be a very fun day with; kid's activities, photos with Santa, Craft tables, special Christmas gifts, Gift wrapping, and Lunch by Joe!

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
Events at Kamloops United Church
ONLINE Ukrainian History Series
Starting Saturday, September 24th, 9 AM

Hosted By: Dr. Oleksandr (Sasha) Kondrashov

Sasha will be teaching an ONLINE Ukrainian History Series, starting Sep 24th, every Saturday at 9:00 AM. For those who are looking to learn about Ukraine, please register for the series (button below).
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. 

For any questions please reach out to Shakshi at or 250-372-3020 ext 209
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, 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

Sunday, Sep 25th
Tuesday, Sep 27th
Thursday, Sep 29th

Monthly Tea with United Church Women
Join the United Church Women for Tea,
every first Tuesday of the month

This month: October 4th at 1:30 PM

Please join us in the church lounge
Want to knit?
Would you like to get together and knit for our church's fundraiser, please get in touch with Shakshi at or
250-372-3020 ext. 209

Yarn and knitting needles are available at the church
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:
Camp Grafton
On September 18, Kamloops United observed Camp Sunday. Worship, led by Alix Dolson, had a camp theme and those in attendance heard about the camping season successes of 2022 and a preview of the future goals. 

Feel free to talk to Chris Dolson or Alix Dolson if you are interested in learning more about how you can help. If a day at the lake painting or sweeping cabins sounds enticing, let us know! Watch for dates of work parties. Donations will be receipted and if you have a preference you can indicate that you would like your donation directed to Camperships or to a capital fund for improvements.

Chris Dolson
Zion United Church, Ashcroft
We would like to inform you that the Zion United Church in Ashcroft has come to
the painful decision to discontinue and it will be closing its doors by December 31, 2022.

The congregation of Zion would like to invite you to join us for a special service
on Saturday, October 8, to celebrate the history and life of the Church which
has faithfully served the community of Ashcroft and the area since 1892.
We will be hosting lunch at 11:30 am in the Church Hall and then proceed to the
Sanctuary for a 1:00 service.

The Church and hall are located at 401 Bancroft St. Ashcroft. If you are planning to attend the luncheon we ask that you RSVP by September 23 so we can plan the refreshments accordingly. If one person would like to take the numbers of persons that will be attending and get back to us on the amount, that would be most appreciated. You can RSVP to All are welcome at the 1:00 service and do not need to RSVP for that. Thank you and we hope to see you there,

The Ashcroft Zion Church Board
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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