Hello Everyone

Jesus said, “I pray for these followers, but I am also praying for all those who will believe in me because of their teaching. Father, I pray that they can be one. As you are in me and I am in you, I pray that they can also be one in us. Then the world will believe that you sent me.”

John 17:20-22

I feel truly blessed to serve the Fairview Pastoral Charge here at St. Paul’s.

During this past summer, I have been on sabbatical. During that time, I have experienced a greater sense of a wider community of faith. I travelled to Vernon; worshipped in a small church in New Brunswick; Attended Loyola House Retreat and Ignatian Training (a spiritual directors’ workshop) in Guelph, Ontario.

Loyola House is a beautiful oasis where everything from the food to the environment is conducive to prayer and reflection. Those attending were from all over the world, including Canada, United states, Ireland, Hong Kong, and Haiti. This was truly an enriching time.

In August, I attended professional development time in Peace River with the Peace Retreat’s planning team, which was also enriching.

In 2018, we will be honoring 90 yrs of St. Paul’s United Church in Fairview, and I took the opportunity during my sabbatical to research St. Paul’s rich history.

We worked together with the community at our 11th annual Dare to Dream Drama Camp this summer. During these four days each summer, the sense of team work and accomplishment is truly a blessing.

As a church family, we worship together each week, enjoying, sharing, and caring for one another.

May God bless our lives and work as we continue on our journey as a church family here at St. Paul’s United Church.

Shalom,
Harold Imes, Minister

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