Hi everyone,

This weekend marks three months since our last in-person worship service in the sanctuary.  One could say that we have experienced a season of COVID. My message this day reminds us all that another full season of being in community at a distance is still to come. This week's Pacific Mountain Town Hall gathering had the Hon. Adrian Dix, MInister of Health, join us. While the COVID future cannot be predicted, we were encouraged to hold our current course of maintaining social distance and continuing with online Sunday services and other meetings where appropriate. I know this is hard. It is going to get harder as more and more things return to normal. The Region will re-evaluate at the end of summer but are expecting to keep things much as they are now into the fall season. I was reminded in the Town Hall how I need to model the example that reflects our commitment to public safety. If you are interested in the interview with Adrian Dix, you can  find it here for a limited time: 

watch interview with Adrian Dix

The church closure has us all thinking about what are the pieces of our Sunday gatherings and weekly activities that we value and what are some of the things we are ready to see change.  At last month's Church Council meeting, a motion was approved to see the creation of a Transition/Visioning team to look at how we create community with one another. This committee will be Ad Hoc and accountable to Council. At this early date, it is too soon to tell what our timeline will be, but it is our plan to seek input from the congregation on how we see ourselves going forward. The committee members we believe represent a cross-section of the congregation and are there not to make decisions on behalf of others, but rather to listen, discern and help shape ideas going forward. The members are: Karen Gibbons, Adam Jones, Eleanor Geen, Margaret Kyle, Don Sawatzky, Verena Velten, Gary Munro, Fran Schultz, and myself. We will update regularly on our work together and will be developing means of collecting input from the congregation. Stay tuned.

Peace to you all,



Watch last week's service
Read last week's reflection
In the bulb there is a flower In the seed, an apple tree...

These words from a familiar hymn speak to us of hidden potential. During this time of church closure, we are called to look for the hidden potential of our daily living and the tasks we undertake. Little things shared create something bigger. Our faith community continues to look for the possibilities in sharing life together as we continue in this time of uncertainty. Your support of Winfield United in time, talent, and treasure, regardless of the size, all adds up to an amazing opportunity to serve our community. Thank you for your generous support!

During this time of closure, offerings can be mailed or e-transferred to the church office:

3751 Woodsdale Rd.
Lake Country, BC
V4V 1X2

Your continued stewardship will help ensure the mission and ministry of our faith community continues.


Join friends for a catch up on news and happenings every Thursday at 10 am. This group is self-led with no agenda other than the conversation of the day.
Meeting ID: 968 8416 4898
Password: coffe3
Circle of Peace ONLINE
Everyone is welcome every Tuesday at 4 pm to connect hearts and voices.
The ZOOM link is emailed out every Tuesday.
Every Wednesday at 2:30 pm 
If you are interested in participating send an email to Verena and ask for the ZOOM link to join the virtual conversation.
Healing Pathways
For more information or to book your appointment contact Sandy Bogardis (250-766-2542) or Sharon Hartwick (250-548-0074).
Please join on Sunday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time / 4:00 p.m. Pacific time for United against Racism, a special online worship service presented by the Black Clergy Network of The United Church of Canada. This will be a time of worship, prayer, and reflection on issues of anti-Black racism across our country and in our church. In worship we will lament, we will hope, and we will be reminded of the need to act against racism.

This service of prayer and reflection will be led by members of the Black Clergy Network and will be livestreamed on The United Church of Canada's YouTube Channel. You will be able to observe the service as well as chat and comment through YouTube by logging in with a Google account.

Find out more and spread the news!
June 2020


Rev. Joan Kessler
+1 (780) 512-3916

Church Office Administrator
Verena Velten

Pastoral Care
Sandy Bogardis
Fran Schulz
Orchid cactus blooms.
Courtesy of Fran Schultz.


Joan Phipps & family

Sandy Hebert

Jim Taylor with Sharon & family

Crystal and Lyn Krastal (friends of Colleen Moody)

If you have a prayer request you would like shared publicly in our email newsletter and website, please contact Joan or a member of the Pastoral Care Committee (Fran Schultz or Sandy Bogardis).  We will endeavor to respect the privacy of those named.
Requests can be submitted here. 


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