December 21, 2018
 
Dear friends of Kootenay Presbytery,
You know well that in a matter of days, our denomination will undergo its single greatest transformation since Union in 1925. While this signals the end of being together as a presbytery, by no means does this mean goodbye.
 
Already a “Beyond Team” is working on a faith festival to take place in June.
 
Already there is talk of how to support congregations less formally than we have known.
 
Already some are thinking of committees to join with the Pacific Mountain Region, which will assume many of the tasks we have done as presbyters. (You might have been looking forward to a rest, but be prepared to have your shoulder tapped at some point!)
 
I, for one, am so grateful for what Kootenay Presbytery has done. We have brought important issues to BC Conference and to General Council, and back to our congregations; we have cared for each other; we have sought faithful ways to be the followers that Jesus might have foreseen; we have disagreed, and continued in loving relationship; we have asked much of each other, encouraging one another for the endurance required to partner with God to fulfill the promised kin-dom.
 
I will look back on this time with great fondness, and I will look forward with hope and gratitude.
 
At our final meeting, your Planning and Visioning Team raised our mugs of tea to all of us and our work. I hope you will do that same, taking some time to appreciate our time together.
 
And may you all experience the hope, peace, joy, and love of this season of Advent and Christmas.
 
Much peace to you,
Greg
 
 

Rev. Greg Powell, Chair

Kootenay Presbytery

The United Church of Canada

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We are at a doorway that leads into a new way of being church.
At this doorway
we are not alone:

God has invited us to gather courage from the great cloud of witnesses before us,
as we remember what was…

Christ has challenged us to accept his radical call to discipleship,
as we acknowledge what is…

The Spirit has led us to be Christ’s Church,
as we imagine what will be…

At this doorway:

We take courage in the assurance that God is with us;
we affirm our call to go where Christ leads; and
we trust the Spirit to guide us through the challenging space between what was, what is, and what will be.

Surely, we are not alone.
Thanks be to God.

 

Sending Forth

As we greet each new doorway,
let us give all thanks and glory to God,
whose power working in us
can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the church, and through the Spirit,

now and forever,
Amen.

 

Closing Kootenay Presbytery

 

On January 1, 2019, Kootenay Presbytery will cease to exist as a court of the Pacific Mountain Region which comes into effect January 1, 2019. Consequently, this presbytery website will go offline.

If it is the desire of congregations of Communities of Faith in the south-east area of British Columbia to have some ability to have an online connection to communicate their events and activities of Networks and Clusters, then a new website will emerge to fill this role.

When this occurs and a new website is online Communities of Faith will be notified. 

If you have recommendations or ideas for what would need to be available on a new website, please let the current PVT members or Presbytery Reps know what you think. Your ideas could be included in a new site.

In the meantime, and on behalf of Kootenay Presbytery PVT, I thank you for your use and participation in making our Kootenay Presbytery website so useful and informative.

Jody Dudley 
Webminister
http://kootenayunited.ca/presbytery/

KP Fall Gathering

This is the crew KP sent to the Evolve Conference this past weekend…   We had a blast!

   Peace, and Thanks,
          Robin

 


Transformation Time

October 12 – 14, 2018

Trinity United Church, Creston, BC

 

We gathered one last time as the Pastoral Charges in the Kootenay Presbytery of BC Conference. We are will leaving, anticipating our new relationships, as Communities of Faith in the Pacific Mountain Region looking forward with plans to cluster in the new year.