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Our Community 💗 September 21, 2023


 

Talk for this Sunday, September 24, 2023


Love Wins

— Rev. Barbara Samuel and Neal Klassen

 

"Love understands love; it needs no talk."

— Frances Havergal


We are changing the world by leaning into love. Advocating for ourselves and each other’s right to express love in our own unique ways helps to create a world that works for everyone. Regardless of what challenges we’re facing in our personal lives or in the world, love is the answer. The universe makes no mistakes. Every experience is unfolding for the highest and best for the world at large. When we live from the understanding that love always wins, we consciously see how love is always unfolding before us.


Rev. Barb and Neal talk about their most favourite subject ever! LOVE… it's in the air… love is never wrong… love is all we need… love endures… love is forgiving… love is all there is!


Join Rev. Barb and Neal this Sunday, September 24 at 10:30am PT at Studio 9, 1180 Houghton Road, Kelowna, BC. Doors open at 10:15am. Please visit the event page for more details and a map. Everyone is welcome!


If you are not feeling well, please take good care of yourself and watch us on Facebook Live.

 

This Week’s Science of Mind Theme

Love Wins


Many people look at the events in the world and are concerned for our future. But if we look at our past, we can see that we’ve always been just fine. There has always been conflict, dis-ease, and division. However, healing, growth, and compassion have also existed throughout the ages.


Love is the solution to every “problem”. Any experience that causes conflict is actually an invitation for a shift. When we dive deeper into love to resolve any situation that arises, we allow for that shift to occur. Conflict allows for us to practice radical forgiveness. When we respond to our challenges with radical forgiveness, we demonstrate the value of forgiveness itself. Our choices serve as an example to others of how radical forgiveness can look. Every challenge is an invitation to discover how love resides behind it.


When we love ourselves, our lives shift. Authenticity inspires joy. When we’re out in the world serving as an example of self-love, we are proving to others that love always wins! Our decision to embrace who we are inspires others to do the same. Loving ourselves out loud attracts people into our lives who celebrate us, instead of merely tolerating ourselves. Loving ourselves and each other aligns us with beautiful opportunities, experiences and peace.



 

Love Thy Neighbour

Last week, Neal Klassen gave a talk titled Love Thy Neighbour.

Rev. Barbara Samuel led an affirmative prayer before the service began.

People brought their contributions towards the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive taking place this week. (See more info below.)

Rev. Barb sang some inspirational songs.

People waved to our livestream audience.

Rev. Melody Bailey made announcements.

People greeted each other.

Practitioner Pauline Weninger shared an affirmative prayer.

After service, Pam and Cassie brought in the coffee and pastries.

See past services on our YouTube channel.

 

BC Thanksgiving Food Drive

CSLK is delighted to join with other faith groups and organizations to serve the people of Kelowna by participating in the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive.


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.


The paper bags, which were dropped off on Tuesday, explain that the volunteers will pick up the paper bags (hopefully filled with non-perishable food donations) on Saturday, September 23. Please sign up for the paper food bag pick up!


Rev. Corinne, Tracy, Rev. Melody, Rev. Jeanette, Sharon, Val and 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.


To volunteer, please sign-up on our website or contact Tracy Anderson at tbtaylor@shaw.ca for more information.

 

Walk of Memories

Everyone who has experienced loss is invited to participate in the Walk of Memories held at Waterfront Park in Kelowna on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023. This is an interactive and ceremonial 1 km walk with four stations for participants to stop and reflect on the life of their loved one, or other losses they may have experienced. The event concludes with refreshments, music, inspirational speakers and a closing ceremony. The event is free and wheelchair accessible. Volunteers will be available as walking partners.


Date: Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023

Time: Start walk between 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Closing ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

Location: The Dolphins at Waterfront Park, Kelowna


There are four stations of activities designed to help people reflect on the stages of life and memories of lost loved ones, as well as other losses experienced. Volunteers are available at each station to explain the activities and assist. The walk concludes with a fifth and final station of music, refreshments and speakers. Read more details about how this event came to be and how it works, in this week's Happy Monday blog post.

 

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.

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Practitioner Support

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 corinne_crockett@telus.net.

 

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 corinne_crockett@telus.net.

 

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:

  1. Online via the Ways to Donate page of our website (PayPal or credit card).

  2. By Interac e-transfers sent to donate@cslkelowna.org.

  3. Cheques can be mailed to: Suite 131, 101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9T1.

For more information, please contact Rev. Melody Bailey.

 

MIND-FULL MOMENT


If we look at love long enough, we shall become lovely, for this is the way of love. God is Love. If we gaze longingly at joy, it will make its home with us, and we shall enter its portals and be happy.”

Ernest Holmes

 

Copyright © 2023, Centre for Spiritual Living Kelowna. All rights reserved.

Vol. 32, Issue 39 | Editor: Annie Zalezsak

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