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October 25, 2023

Refugee Special Needs

Over the past year, the Kerrisdale church, in partnership with the Vancouver Taiwanese congregation, has accomplished something very special!  Thanks to your overwhelming support, we have been able to sponsor two desperate people who had to flee their home country to find safety and a new place to call home. We met our fundraising goal of $28,000 to support our two new friends for one year. But you did much more. Your donations of furniture, household items and clothing came pouring in, so Elaha and Tamim are now settling successfully into their new life in Canada.

Basic expenses for one year are shared between the government and our sponsoring body. However, the base budget does not cover some expenses which will cause considerable financial hardship for our new friends.  For example, all sponsored refugees, after one year, receive a bill for their travel expenses to Canada.  Additionally, there is a need for major dental treatments which are not covered by the basic budget or the newcomers’ health plans. 

The Refugee Sponsorship Committee is initiating a new fundraising campaign this fall to help our newcomers with these extra expenses.  Tamim and Elaha are off to a good start, and we can help them to make it even better through our generous contributions to cover these expenses. So, we are coming to you now with the invitation to donate to the Refugee Sponsorship Fund.  Also, we will be holding a few fundraising events in the coming months and we are counting on your participation in those as well.

On November 5th, we will have a Refugee Committee Fall Fundraiser - Bake Sale right after the service. If you wish to contribute baked goods for ti, please sign the signup sheet on the bulletin board by the church office, or contact a member of the Refugee Committee if any questions.

Tamin and Elaha will also be present at the sale to sign the cards featuring his photographs. The congregation is invited to come and meet our newcomers.

Thank you, and God bless you.


 Hi friends,

We’re less than a week away from Trunk or Treat!

The plan is to open up the KPC parking lot from 5-6:30pm for kids to come around and move from car trunk to car trunk. Each trunk will have a little game where kids can win a candy (or a few candies!).

We’re still in need for about 4 more cars to take part…

If you’re for being a “trunk”, here’s what’s involved [if you don’t have a vehicle, but are open to hosting – we can do that too!]:

Think of a small game kids could play from your trunk (I have a bunch of games I could give you if you’d like help – plinko, ball toss, velcro darts, etc)Bring a few boxes of candy to distribute (I can supply you with candy if that would help)Dress up in a costume (that’s not essential – but it’ll help create a fun atmosphere for the kids)Come at 4:30pm with your vehicle to the parking lot and we’ll get all set up! 

We’ll have hot apple cider and popcorn that we’ll be giving out to everyone. And we’ll have some music going too! If you’re able to come, host a trunk, or invite a friend – that’d be brilliant…




Thanks for participating  in our Congregational Survey. We have received over 40 responses! Session is sorting through the data over the next month or so and  will get back to you with some information about the results. Thank you again for helping us out and participating.

God Bless, Richard

Upcoming Events

  • Choir Practice - Saturday, October 28, 10:30 a.m.
  • Knitting & Crocheting Group - Monday, October 30, 10 a.m.
  • Trunk or Treat - Tuesday, October 31, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
  • "The Gift of Years" - Book discussion Wednesday November 1 at 7;30 pm.
  • Men's Breakfast Fellowship - Saturday, November 4, 8:30 a.m.
  • Refugee Committee Fall Fundraiser - Sunday, November 5, after the service


As we embark on the fall academic term, we recognize that some of our new international students need help to find affordable rental rooms. This concern has prompted us to reach out to our church partners with a special request. If you have property to rent, either a room ($500-$850 a month) or a house (2-3 bedrooms, $2-3k a month), we would love to hear from you. Your openness to offer a room in your home or to share this information within your congregation would be immensely appreciated.

If you have a room available or know someone who might, please contact Astrid Melatunan at +1 604-771-9207 or vststudentbuddy or Laura Chen at +1 604-822-0824 or Your generosity in opening up your homes can truly make a positive difference in the lives of these students and contribute to the vibrancy of our international community.

The Vancouver School of Theology (VST)

8:30 a.m., Sat., Nov. 4, at the KPC church hall (on the north side of the church parking lot)

The speaker will be our Pastor, Richard Watson who will speak about a pilgrimage he recently took to visit the George Floyfd Memorial in Minneapolis Minnesota. If you are coming to this breakfast meeting, please notify Rev. Richard Watson or Kiejoon Kim.  Also, you can put your names down on the sign-up sheet at the church narthex. 

The Knitting and Crocheting group has begun. Join us on Monday, October 16th. 


Christmas is coming sooner than you think. Join us in preparing for our Christmas Concert on December 15th (Friday) 2023. Everyone, mark your calendar and tell your friends because it is going to be special! Singers - this is a special invitation for you to consider. Anyone who likes to sing and wants to have a bit of fun. Soprano, Alto Tenor, Bass - men, women, children, youth... we hope to include all singers. Choir practices start on October 28th from 10:45 to noon and will continue every Saturday. Our regular Choir practice starts at 10 am. Please contact our music director Chang Hwa Kim at or call our office at (604) 261-1493. 


KPC Weekly Worship at 10 AM

Order of Service October 29, 2023 

“so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.”
Romans 12:5

Gathering Music 
Hymn #483 Glorious things of thee are spoken (verses 1,2,4)
Call to Worship and Lighting of the Christ Candle
Prayer of Adoration, Confession & Assurance of Pardon
Children’s Time
Hymn #475 I am the church! You are the church! (verses 1,2,4)
Scripture: Leviticus 19:1-4, 13-18; Romans 12:1-15
Sermon “We are the church of God.”
Choir Anthem: The Prayer with Lead Us Lord C. & D. Foster (arr. T. Fettke)
Prayers of the People
Hymn #479 The church’s one foundation (verses 1,2,5)
Blessing and Benediction
Sung Response – Go in the grace of the Lord
Sending music