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Message of the week

Covid-19 update March 19, 2020


Moderator's worship service for March 22, 2020.

Links to other live services online right across Canada are found here.



Message of March 29, 2020


Opening Prayer


Week 2 Message March 27, 2020


Change of Office Email

Office email changed with the switch of internet service at the church. The initial email was incorrect it should have been: secretary1.saucwl@outlook.com

Change the information in your contact, so you send emails to the correct address.


Nancy's Test Message March 22, 2020

Nancy sent everyone an email this morning using her newly created congregational email contact list, taking email addresses from the alphabetical mailing and email list.

If you didn't get her email and want to be on her congregational contact list, please email her at minister.saucwl@outlook.com and let her know to add you.

With gratitude and thanksgiving.

Rev. Nancy Colton


Covid-19 Update of March 19, 2020

Dear friends, members, adherents, and friends of St. Andrew's United Church Williams Lake

Now that I have all your email contacts in a list I can send a message to all of you by blind carbon copy so I'm not sharing your personal email addresses without your permission. This is good news and I am pleased.

I was - and still am - in the midst of making pastoral phone calls to each of you, to say "hi", check in and see how you're doing in the midst of everything this COVID-19 business has imposed on us all, share some information from the Board meeting Tuesday, and provide the latest updates.

Some of you I've already spoken to this week, and I'll keep calling and make my way through my list.

For those I haven't met yet, I'm Nancy, the new minister here. I'm looking forward to meeting you.

The Board met on Tuesday, March 17. We had a good meeting and made some important decisions about St. Andrew's United Church's response to the pandemic. Part of the point of my calls was to let you know what's happening. I'll switch to an email so I can get all of you at once.

Here's what's happening:

Thanks for taking the time to read all this. Take care of yourself and each other. Be blessed and be a blessing.

With gratitude, respect, and much love,

Rev. Nancy Colton


Minister, St. Andrew's United Church
1000 Huckvale Place, Williams Lake, BC V2G 4L2
250 398-6745


March 8, 2020
By Rev. Nancy Colton - Annual Meeting Sunday and International Women’s Day

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

“For God so loved the world….” The opening words of John 3:16.

I don’t remember the whole context other than the congregation’s Annual General Meeting was on the horizon, or how exactly I connected what I do remember some weeks ago inviting you to share your stories of ministry in this place (and beyond this place) over the last 15 or so months, basically over the time you were on our own between ministers. I’m so grateful some of you did exactly that. A couple of you brought me written work; some of you stopped by my office door – a few ventured over the threshold – and shared your thoughts and your stories. Some stories I figured out using my best detective skills, others by combining my very best chaplain “loitering with intent skills,” still others by applying my very, very best listening skills.

With gratitude and respect, then, let me reflect some of the stories I collected, your stories, back to you for you. Listening with the ears of your hearts I hope you will hear them, let them into your very being, and in due course, perhaps, ponder them in your hearts. Any maybe carry yourselves a little taller in the ministry we have ahead of us together in community….

There were themes and LOTS of common ground in all the stories I heard, so the boundaries of where I heard what, and what I took away from what I heard, are a little – maybe a lot – fuzzy.

From the written work, this is some of what I heard reading with the eyes of the ear of my heart:

So that’s all some of what I heard.

Taking my cue from a colleague and friend, I spent some time wondering what you needed to hear.

With gratitude and respect, and dare I say out loud in a United Church context, even some authority – I’m bold to share some things I think you need to hear:

My hope was to keep all this under 10 minutes – and I don’t think I’ll quite make it, so in closing, then, on a personal note – and bold to speak for the community -let me say this, riffing on Goethe’s point about “thank you” being a prayer unto itself. Knowing there are others who I’ll miss, and for that I’m sorry, I do want to name these: The verse that begins with “For God so loved the world” concludes with “have eternal life.”

I don’t know about eternal life – that’s an awfully long time and it doesn’t even start until the future, in the next life, the next place. I’m thinking I’d sooner pass on eternal life. Life in the eternal, though, that’s a different thing altogether. That I could go for, it makes much more to me. Life in the eternal, I’d say that’s in the present.

That’s the kin-dom. Right here. Right now. All of us together. Living as best we can in right relationship with Creator and each other in community, and in this particular community sharing worship and ministry, sharing hope and joy and grace. Choosing gratitude and recognizing, welcoming abundance.

And for all of that, with gratitude and respect, I am – we are – grateful and we give thanks.

May it be so.

Amen and amen and amen.


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