From Treena Duncan: Reflections on meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian faith leaders

One of the great gifts of the pandemic for me has been to witness the resilience and vitality of our leaders and our communities of faith. Another important gift has been the revelation that the government still sees the church as important in our society. This is the invitation extended to myself, and details of […] Read More

From President Blair Odney and Executive Minister Treena Duncan

Statement in Support of Public Health Orders November 30, 2020 The Pacific Mountain Regional Council of The United Church of Canada remains supportive of the British Columbia Public Health directives currently disallowing in-person worship. Many of our members are in vulnerable categories, and even one person contracting the virus at church is one too many. […] Read More

Release: Nov 23, 2020

The Pacific Mountain Regional Council of The United Church of Canada remains supportive of the British Columbia Public Health directives currently disallowing in-person worship. Many of our members are in vulnerable categories, and even one person contracting the virus at church is one too many. Thankfully, we have had no reported cases of COVID-19 stemming […] Read More

Restrictions for Faith-based Organizations, Nov 19

Friends, Some of us have been gathering over the past few weeks with Matt Miofsky and reflecting together on leadership, change and the wilderness. It is clear that many of us find these COVID times to be a wilderness time, but Matt reminds us that “Wherever you are, just know that you aren’t alone. We […] Read More

Updated COVID Response recommendations

Friends, I’m sure that you have all been following the Coronavirus numbers over the past few weeks, and they have definitely not been going in the right direction. Today, November 7, Dr Bonnie Henry has issued a new health order banning all gatherings for Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health effective tonight. While worship gatherings […] Read More

Gov’t Subsides

Jane Harding, the Regional Council’s Givings Officer, has updated and information to support communities of faith with government subsidies, stewardship and mission: Re Government Subsidies Dear Colleagues The landscape keeps shifting. Announcements yesterday expand several programs our congregations have been applying for. In some cases, congregations will now be eligible when they weren’t before. The […] Read More

General Meeting of the PMRC Oct 16 and 17, 2020

Please add October 16-18, 2020 into your calendars for the Pacific Mountain Regional Council General Meeting. COVID-19 made nothing business as usual! This will be an online, virtual gathering of worship, community, business and celebrating the life and work of our denomination and regional council. General Meeting details will be posted to our website closer to the date, and the information will be sent out through the PMRC newsletter. Read More

Expectations, Discernment and Guidelines from the PMRC Executive Minister, in reopening United Church communities of faith buildings and ministries

As the information from the BC Ministry of Health and WorksafeBC continue to evolve regarding guidelines and best practices during COVID-19, the PMRC leadership will provide updates. Click to read the latest updated July 2020. Read More

Re-Opening Information for Thrift Shops in the PMRC

This document offers information from Regional Ministers, to support PMRC-located Thrift Shops as they consider why and how they might re-open. Updated July 2020 Read More

New PAR option, by fax, and other encouraging information from Jane

Hi All,  Please share as you see fit, with your leaders and communities of faith.  This is an addition to the Generosity in Unprecedented Times letter we posted here on March 31st. New PAR option available to forward the forms and void cheque to fax number 416-232-6003 Only 2 weeks left to apply for Seeds of Hope Grants Mission & Service is making a difference through the COVID-19 Pandemic – see here Information about employment for ministers, lay leaders and M&P leaders here Imagine Canada update on how COVID-19 is affecting Charities (churches included) – excellent updates/information for Not for profits Some highlights from the letter are: Read More

From the April 1st Online Townhall Conference – power point resource

Dear friends, Treena and Jay, Executive Minister and President of the Pacific Mountain Regional Council, hosted an online Townhall Conference earlier today, with guest Erik Mathiesen. Erik is the Chief Finances Officer for The United Church of Canada. This is the Power Point slide show used in the meeting: Congregational Finances during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Read More

Generosity in Unprecedented Times

This letter comes from the Philanthropy Unit of The United Church of Canada - shared to us in the Pacific Mountain Regional Council by Jane Harding.  As communities of faith, we find ourselves unable to gather in person due to the Covid-19 pandemic. These days, when we aren’t able to meet physically, are challenging but also heartening as our church has come together to help each other offer new ways of worshiping and reaching out to those in need. Our ministry continues; especially online. So in these unprecedented times, to help make giving accessible and easy - here are some practical, recommended, tools you can use to invite an ongoing commitment to God through the continued support of important ministries in your community of faith and the ministry we do together, through Mission & Service: Read More

Finances in Communities of Faith During COVID-19 – Some Step-by- Step Process Tips

In the midst of the COVID-19 odyssey on which we have all embarked, Pacific Mountain Regional Council wants to work with your community of faith to keep ministry vital and active. We want to continue to be there for one another, to remain connected to our participants and our communities. We want to minimize loss and distress to our congregational staff and ensure that ministry can unfold without placing our congregational finances under undue strain.  In order to help out, Chinook Winds Regional Council leaders (and have given us permission to share with PMRC) have put together the following step-by-step approach to think through your situation.  Read More

We are part of a generous act – encouraging givings in the midst of COVID-19

We asked Jane Harding to offer some guidance for our Community of Faiths and Ministries about managing stewardship and inviting givings. Here's what she's shared: Read More