May 29, 2020 Coffee Break

Hi All,

 

I hope you can join us on zoom tomorrow at 10:00 AM Friday May 29 for a “coffee break” a chance to catch up with others during this time of social distancing.

 

To sign on via zoom:

enter zoom.us in your computer browser

click on join a meeting

enter the meeting number 255 045 1052

click on join with computer audio and you should be in the meeting

 

To sign on via your telephone (including your land line)

dial 778-907-2071

when asked to do so enter the meeting number 255 045 1052 and you should be in the meeting,

 

Hope to see and hear you tomorrow.

 

Dennis

 

Rev. Dennis Howard – MDiv.

Pastor – Langley Presbyterian Church

20867 44 Ave. Langley BC

V3A 5A9 Ph 604-836-4576

Coffee Break at 10 AM on May 15, 2020

Hi All,

I hope you can join us on zoom tomorrow at 10:00 AM Friday May 1 for a “coffee break” a chance to catch up with others during this time of social distancing.

To sign on via zoom:

enter zoom.us in your computer browser

click on join a meeting

enter the meeting number 255 045 1052

click on join with computer audio and you should be in the meeting

 

To sign on via your telephone (including your land line)

dial 778-907-2071

when asked to do so enter the meeting number 255 045 1052 and you should be in the meeting,

 

Hope to see and hear you tomorrow.

 

Dennis

Minister’s Retirement Announcement on May 13, 2020

MINISTER’S RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear Congregation,

I am writing you this letter because Gayle and I have discerned that the time for me to retire from being your pastor has come. Therefore, it is my intention to retire from being the minister of word and sacrament at Langley Presbyterian Church effective October 1, 2020 (pending the approval of the Presbytery of Westminster).

Gayle and I would like to say that being your pastor, and your pastor’s wife, has been a wonderful experience. You are such a gracious and loving congregation that it is difficult for us to make this decision to leave you and move on to the next phase of our married life. But for reasons of my declining energies and Gayle’s declining health our decision to retire is a choice that cannot be delayed beyond the above stated date.

Through God’s blessing we have accomplished a lot together; as a session and as a congregation. You are now a congregation fully able to call a full-time minister to your pulpit. You have accomplished this in seven short years. Your future in Langley is bright. Your witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ is strong in your community. Your partnerships with the Rev. Bill Gammer of the Restoration Community Church and the Reverends DJ and Clara of The Vancouver Shepherd’s House ministry make you a congregation with two unique opportunities to continue growing and becoming stronger in deed and in faith. I pray you will continue to cherish and nurture these relationships.

As for the short-term future. God no doubt will provide you with a caring and competent interim moderator to help guide you and your session through the next steps of your life together. Which I am confident will include the formation of a search committee resulting in, praise be to God, a true gospel call to the person who God is even now preparing to lead you all into your future as a thriving community of dedicated disciples to our Lord Jesus.

I am available in the coming days to meet, in person at a distance or over the phone, with any of you who wish to reflect with me on your continued relationship with Langley Presbyterian. I am leaving. God is not. I encourage you to walk together with God’s Holy Spirit into this new phase of your life as the Body of Christ who calls LPC home.

May God bless you all.

In the love of Christ,

Gayle and Dennis Howard

May 10, 2020 Children’s time

Hi All, please join us on zoom at 10:00 AM this coming Sunday May 10 for a children’s time.

All are welcome.

 

To sign on to zoom on your computer

enter zoom.us in your computer browser

click on join a meeting

enter meeting number 255 045 1052

click on join with audio when prompted to do so and you should be signed on with video and audio

 

You can also join using your telephone including your landline by doing the following

dial 778-907-2071

when prompted to do so enter meeting number 255 045 1052 and you will be able to hear everyone who is signed into the meeting and they can hear you

 

Hope to see and hear you all on Sunday as we open the Red Box with the children.

Dennis

May 8, 2020-Coffee Break

Hi All,

 

I hope you can join us on zoom tomorrow at 10:00 AM Friday May 1 for a “coffee break” a chance to catch up with others during this time of social distancing.

 

To sign on via zoom:

enter zoom.us in your computer browser

click on join a meeting

enter the meeting number 255 045 1052

click on join with computer audio and you should be in the meeting

 

To sign on via your telephone (including your land line)

dial 778-907-2071

when asked to do so enter the meeting number 255 045 1052 and you should be in the meeting,

 

Hope to see and hear you tomorrow.

 

Dennis

May 1, 2020-Coffee Break

Hi All,

 

I hope you can join us on zoom tomorrow at 10:00 AM Friday May 1 for a “coffee break” a chance to catch up with others during this time of social distancing.

 

To sign on via zoom:

enter zoom.us in your computer browser

click on join a meeting

enter the meeting number 255 045 1052

click on join with computer audio and you should be in the meeting

 

To sign on via your telephone (including your land line)

dial 778-907-2071

when asked to do so enter the meeting number 255 045 1052 and you should be in the meeting,

 

Hope to see and hear you tomorrow.

 

Dennis

April 23, 2020-Coffee Break

Hi All,

I hope you can join us on zoom tomorrow at 10:00 AM Friday April 24 for a “coffee break” a chance to catch up with others during this time of social distancing.

To sign on via zoom:

enter zoom.us in your computer browser

click on join a meeting

enter the meeting number 255 045 1052

click on join with computer audio and you should be in the meeting

 

To sign on via your telephone (including your land line)

dial 778-907-2071

when asked to do so enter the meeting number 255 045 1052 and you should be in the meeting,

 

Hope to see and hear you tomorrow.

 

Dennis

April 19, 2020

Sorry for the delay but you can now sign on to today’s worship service by clicking on the link below.

We had to delete the music and singing to Holy, holy, holy because of copyright issues with Sony music.

 

https://youtu.be/DfLeehBzSOY

 

Rev. Dennis Howard – MDiv.

Pastor – Langley Presbyterian Church

20867 44 Ave. Langley BC

V3A 5A9 Ph 604-836-4576

April 17, 2020-Coffee Break

Hi All,

 

We are holding a zoom.us coffee break tomorrow, April 17 at 9:45 AM. If you would like to join us for some fellowship do the following:

 

1) Type zoom.us into your browser.

 

2) Click on join a meeting and enter the meeting number 255 045 1052 when prompted to do so.

 

You may also join the conversation by telephone by simply dialling 778-907-2071. When you get through on the phone you will be asked to enter a meeting number. The meeting number is 255 045 1052. If you get a busy signal keep trying and you will get on.

 

We will also hold a children’s time, complete with the red box, on zoom.us at 10:30 AM on Sunday April 19.

 

The same sign on instructions apply if you would like to tune into the children’s time.

 

 

Rev. Dennis Howard – MDiv.

Pastor – Langley Presbyterian Church

20867 44 Ave. Langley BC

V3A 5A9 Ph 604-836-4576

April 3, 2020-Coffee Break

COFFEE BREAK – If you need a break join us on zoom at 9:45 this Friday April 3.

 

Here is how to join in the meeting.

 

Type zoom.us into your computer browser.

click on join a meeting

meeting number is 255 045 1052

 

Or join by telephone by dialling 778-907-2071

If you get a busy signal keep trying, the line will come open as others get into the meeting.

 

See you then.

March 29, 2020

Good morning everyone.

As you know out of consideration of each others health we are temporarily not gathering for worship.

But thankfully, technology has provided us with alternative ways of meeting.

Click on this link and let’s join together in worship. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrWVRz3Q6Rc

I hope that this YouTube service of worship contributes to your celebration of the Sabbath this week.

I know it is not the same as being together face-to-face but under the circumstances, it’s the best we can do.

See you on Sunday.

March 26, 2020 coffee break

Hi All,

 

During this trying time it is good to stay in touch.

 

I am inviting you to join me tomorrow (March 27) at 9:45 for “coffee”.

 

To join the meeting on your computer enter the following URL address in your browser, press the enter key and follow the prompts – https://zoom.us/j/2550451052.

 

If you cannot sign on from your computer you can still join the coffee break by telephone.

 

To join on the telephone dial 778-907-2071 at about 9:50.

 

You will be asked to enter your meeting number followed by the # sign.

 

Your meeting number is 255 045 1052.

 

Enter # again when asked to do so and you will be signed into the meeting and able to hear everyone in the meeting and they will be able to hear you.

 

Starting Tuesday March 31, I plan to hold a morning prayer at 7:00 AM each week day.

 

The above sign on procedure will apply.

 

See you tomorrow and again on Monday.

 

Dennis

March 21, 2020

I am planning to try an experiment tomorrow  in the form of a brief on-line meeting for worship.

 

If you would like to join in on this experiment then at 10:00 AM tomorrow Sunday March 22 sign on to the internet and type zoom.us into your browser.

 

When the Zoom page comes up on your screen look in the top right hand corner of the screen and click on the Join a Meeting button.

 

You will be asked for a meeting number.

 

The meeting number is 255 045 1052.

 

Enter the meeting number and if your computer has a microphone and a camera we will meet face to face with sound and video,

 

There is room for 100 people to meet in this way via Zoom so I hope to see you tomorrow.

 

Peace,

 

Rev. Dennis Howard – MDiv.

Pastor – Langley Presbyterian Church

20867 44 Ave. Langley BC

V3A 5A9 Ph 604-836-4576

March 18, 2020

Following the guidance of our provincial health officer, session has decided to suspend congregational gatherings immediately and until further notice. At the moment, the limit on gathering size set by the government is 50 people. If last Sunday is any indication our current attendance is well under that number. Therefore we are technically able to carry on meeting on Sundays for worship.

However many of us fall into the group that is particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. So in the spirit of caring for one another, session has decided we should cease gatherings at the church until the situation changes. Also, as the church, we are called to help our community get through this troubling time. By not gathering we are helping to reduce the risk of the virus spreading to others.

At the same time session recognises that our worship life together is critically important, the more so in times like these. Therefore we have decided to use technology as a means for virtual gathering as the church.

Here is the plan. Beginning March 29 we will be using YouTube to “gather” in worship. Our first YouTube service will be at 10:00 AM that day. You will actually be able to join in worship via YouTube at any time after 10:00 AM. But it would be good if we met at 10:00 like we normally do. For those of us not comfortable with internet technology, we will be emailing everyone a link that you can click on and go straight to our YouTube worship service without having to navigate the YouTube system. Session is also considering how we can include in our life together those without internet.

To this end members of session will be making an extra effort to connect with you during this time. But it will take all of us working together, caring for each other, to get through this time. So, please keep an eye out for your neighbours and for those who you know in the church who may need help. We plan to gather a list of those who are willing and able to pitch in by doing things like picking up groceries, etc. When we have compiled this list we will get into your hands. Let Clara know if you either need help or would like to be one of the helpers.

Finally, a word about our church finances. Stating the obvious, household and church bills never cease. To address this reality our on-line services, as all worship services should do. will include an offering time, an opportunity to thank God for his generous care for us. To facilitate the process of giving back to God we have attached a PAR (Pre Authorised Remittance) form. If you complete this form and return it to Clara along with a void cheque, the amount you indicate on the form will be deducted from your account on the 20th of each month. You may withdraw this form of making your offering at any time.

If you wish to support the financial needs of the congregation during this difficult time but are not comfortable signing up for the PAR program you may drop your offerings off at the church between 9:00 AM and noon Tuesday through Friday. If Clara or Dennis are not at the church when you come to make you offering you may deposit it in the mail slot in the bell tower.

Session thanks you for your prayers as we move together through this difficult time.

May the peace of Christ be with you all.

Your pastor, Dennis.