Talk for this Sunday, September 17, 2023
Love Thy Neighbour
— Neal Klassen
I see every being as a divine expression of love!
Peace in the world starts with us. To truly create a world that works best for everyone, we must ensure that everyone’s voice is included. We must make space in our lives and our communities for people who think differently than we do. When we surround ourselves with people of all ages, races, sexual orientations, political affiliations, spiritual beliefs, cultural backgrounds and life experiences, we expand our own understanding of love. Living by example and loving each other, regardless of our differences, is a beautiful way to create a peaceful world that works for all.
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This Week’s Science of Mind Theme
Love Thy Neighbour
Science of Mind points out that everything that happens to us, happens for us. Any experience of perceived betrayal is actually love in action inspiring us to shift.
Loving each other involves accepting people for who they are. Family members who have opposing beliefs creates space for everyone to expand their own understanding. We don’t have to agree on every subject to love each other.
If we desire to see more love in the communities around us, we have the opportunity to lead the shift. Practicing radical forgiveness for each other allows for a deep experience of love. We are not expected to maintain relationships with people we do not want in our lives. Forgiveness is about letting go of resentment and trusting that the challenging experience was a divine appointment that allowed for the growth of all people involved.
Love on a Spectrum
Last week, Rev. Corinne Crockett gave a talk titled Love on a Spectrum.
Rev. Barbara Samuel led an affirmative prayer before the service began.
Neal Klassen and Rev. Barbara Samuel provided the music.
Rev. Jeanette Vinek made announcements.
Rev. Melody Bailey shared an affirmative prayer.
We had quite a few new faces as well as long-time congregants attend.
Damon, our audio-visual tech, spent time training Darcy as a tech backup.
People socialized while waiting for lunch to be ready.
See past services on our YouTube channel.
Conscious Givers and Volunteers Luncheon
After service last Sunday, many people stayed to celebrate our conscious givers and volunteers at a luncheon. The kitchen crew (Irene, Tracy, Magda and Pauline) arrived early to prepare the after-service luncheon.
Rev. Jeanette spoke about how important these roles are to our community.
Conscious givers were asked to stand, and Rev. Melody offered a blessing.
Then, volunteers were asked to stand, and Rev. Corinne spoke words of gratitude.
Meanwhile, the kitchen crew set up tables in a classroom, providing everything for people to create their own delicious, nutritious and tasty Buddha bowl combo.
The ingredients took into account all kinds of dietary needs and preferences. There was rice, corn, beans and many toppings, sauces and dressings.
Here's who attended: Ornella, Pam C, Tracy, Rev. Corinne, Wendy, Sheree, Claudia
Magda, Rev. Melody, Sharon, Marjorie, Pauline, Rev. Diane, Val, Lori
Ron, Irene, Kathy, Lainey, Angela, Trish (Angela’s daughter)
Deep conversations at this table: Wendy, Sheree, Ornella, Pam C, Rev. Corinne
Eric, Christine, Deborah, Rev. Jeanette, Fred
See below for more opportunities to get together as a community!
BC Thanksgiving Food Drive
CSLK is delighted to be able to join with other faith groups and organizations to serve the people of Kelowna by participating in the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive next week.
The local need for food is greater than ever. Sign up via the event page on our website to volunteer for this opportunity to replenish Food Bank supplies and support those in need within our area.
You can also participate in this important event by bringing grocery items to the Centre this Sunday, September 17. Your non-perishable, dried or canned food items will be added to the bounty that will be collected. Let's volunteer together!
We'll meet 6pm at Studio 9 for the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive: drop off bags event. We'll be given paper food bags to drop off at each home in a selected area. The paper bag explains that the volunteers will pick up the paper bag (hopefully filled with non-perishable food donations) on the following Saturday. Please sign up for the paper food bag pick up on September 23, too, if you can!
Rev. Corinne, Tracy, Rev. Melody, Rev. Jeanette, Sharon, Val, Fred invite you to come along!
These collected bags are taken to the cultural hall of the local church where the bags are emptied, sorted into boxes or containers to be quickly shipped over to the local Food Bank.
Posters will have been displayed throughout the community to ensure that everyone is aware of this food drive. They are also distributed into businesses and grocery stores.
For more details about the initiative, please visit BCfooddrive.org.
More Upcoming Opportunities for Our Community
There are opportunities to be involved in our community's co-creation process to help identify who we are and what qualities we want to attract in our new senior minister. There are also events for fun and celebration.
BC Thanksgiving Food Drive: drop off bags September 19
BC Thanksgiving Food Drive: pick up & sort bags September 23
Walk of Memories September 24
Community Co-Creation September 28
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Our ministers and practitioners are in service to all of us. If you need help to see the Truth in a situation; if you are looking for clarity; if you are struggling in this challenging time; our ministers and practitioners are here to support you. You can contact them through the About page on our website, or you can submit a prayer request on the Contact page.
Bring Nature’s Fare Receipts to CSLK!
Nature’s Fare grocery store receipts are worth a pretty penny to us! Bring your shopping receipts to Sunday service and place them into the receipt box on the table in front of the stage in the Studio 9 auditorium. Nature’s Fare will donate 3% of the total of your purchases to CSL Kelowna! Every receipt helps! Thank you!
Regular Events at CSLK
See more details and dates under Upcoming Events on our home page.
Sunday Celebrations start at 10:30am PT at Studio 9, 1180 Houghton Road, Kelowna. Please park on the street or at Ben Lee Park (1.5 blocks from the school). You can also watch us live on Facebook or watch the replay later on YouTube.
Our volunteers are immensely valuable to CSLK! If you can help out with making coffee, setting up and/or after-service taking down, please contact Rev. Corinne Crockett at 250-868-9090 or email email@example.com.
Do you have an idea for CSLK community opportunities you’d like to experience? We'd love to hear your thoughts! Please contact Rev. Corinne Crockett at 250-868-9090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to create a meaningful VIBE program for children and youth. If you have an idea, interest or passion in this area, please contact Rev. Corinne Crockett.
Your Support Means So Much to Our Community!
We’re grateful for the ways CSL Kelowna is able to accept donations:
Online via the Ways to Donate page of our website (PayPal or credit card).
By Interac e-transfers sent to email@example.com.
Cheques can be mailed to: Suite 131, 101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9T1.
For more information, please contact Rev. Melody Bailey.
“A constant realization of the presence of Spirit will provide a sense of Divine Companionship that no other attitude could produce.”
— Ernest Holmes
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