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Join us for Sunday Jan 1st 10am

It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. We are grateful for God’s grace and mercy as He has led us throughout the year; and how God continues to reveal Himself to us every year. This week we celebrate the Epiphany (“appearing”) of God to the Gentiles. Jesus was revealed to the Wise Men. And of course, by extension He was revealed to us! This week the Rev. Dr. Ed Hird will be preaching an “Epiphany” sermon entitled “Wisdom In Your Own Eyes.” This will be part of a two-week series on Proverbs 26 by Ed.

So come, join us as we worship the triune God together. Here’s the announcement:

Church @ Church this Sunday—the 1st January at 10:00am—The Epiphany of the Lord
In case you missed it, you can find the Christmas Eve service by clicking HERE.
(Remember that Ladies’ Refresh (on Tuesdays) and our Thursday Support Group and Bible Study are having a break during January.)
If you have any further questions, or need help in any way, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thank you Church.
Stay vigilant and prayerful.
Love each other deeply and keep Jesus at the very centre of everything you do.
Blessings on all you do.
The peace of our Lord,
Peter Klenner
Bishop and Pastor
All Saints Community Church
Crescent Beach
604.209.5570


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Advent/Merry Christmas letter

Advent/Christmas letter 2022

We wish you a happy Advent and Merry Christmas, in Jesus’ wonderful name.

It has been an active year of babysitting and writing articles.  With Ed being president of our strata, there are many days when he needs to lend out keys and check things out with different workers.  Sometimes Janice gets to do the job if he is away. 

When things opened up again in the summer, we were happy to go across the border down to Bellingham, WA, to see Anne and her family.  Twice we went down in July so we got to see all her family by the second visit.  She will be coming up here for her birthday.  The first time in 3 years!  Ed and I were both blessed with good health till the fall where we both took turns being ill.  But we are now healthy again, thank the Lord Jesus.

Our grandchildren are now a year older of course. Isaiah just had his third birthday and he celebrated with his father Andrew who also has his birthday in November. We were fortunate as a Strata complex to buy new furniture for the Common Room so we were able to celebrate the two birthdays there on Sunday Nov 13th. Only the immediate family were able to be included as we are still trying to keep people safe from anymore illness. Mark and Janice were able to find the Christmas decorations so we celebrated Advent early! Catherine who is also 3 had a great time running around with Isaiah. Kelsea is 7, and Aaron is now 9. They were a big help with the smaller children at the party.

Catherine, who is James and Alicia’s daughter, is a very happy child who now often says “why” to any statements.  She is a very good athlete and loves to do somersaults and goes to dance lessons.  Her mom and dad are busy with work, so sometimes we get to babysit when they have a night out.  Alicia was able to go to her grandfather’s funeral in the fall.  He was almost 103 years old!  Sometimes James and Catherine drop by for dinner on their way home from her daycare.  They still go to Peace Portal Alliance Church.

We are blessed to have our middle son Mark living in the apartment building behind our building so we get to see him weekly to play games or watch old movies.  He has a lovely apartment with some of his Grandparents’ art on the walls.  He is still working at Safeway with James where he works in the deli department as he loves to cook.  Mark is still active with REC which is a Chinese Anglican Mission church in Richmond. Twice per month, he sings on the worship team.  Their church has just bought a new property which they are renovating.

Andrew (our youngest son) and his wife Ruth love attending Riverside Church in Port Coquitlam. We go over to Coquitlam usually 2 or 3 days a week and babysit the children.  Aaron at age 9 loves to make videos, often with a Christian theme. He is a very good reader, and loves drawing cartoons like his father.  Kelsea, who is age 7, recently started wearing glasses which has helped her reading, as she is far-sighted.  She is also a good artist, and a kind sister.  Isaiah at age 3 loves keeping up with his older siblings, and now goes to preschool. He has a delightful smile, and is full of fun.  All three children are wonderful singers, and like to put on plays for us. Andrew now does some ‘in charge’ management shifts at White Spot, and still loves to draw his special comic character which he shares on-line with his fellow artists.  Ruth is kept busy working part-time at Starbucks and watching her children.  She has some creative talent like her mother and has been making Christmas cards to sell for the last few years at her church fair.   

Last Christmas at the last moment, Janice was fortunate to get to sing at Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Sunday after Christmas as Jenny Klenner was sick. Janice was happy to sing but it was a bit hectic. Then Ed also got to preach. He has preached a few times this year at our church All Saints. In fact,he recently preaching at a healing service there. Every week at All Saints, there are healing teams for those needing prayer.Janice has been helping out with the Sunday school when the main person Elaine is unavailable. She will be helping again in December. Ed preached and led the healing communion service at Holy Cross on Sunday December 4th in Abbotsford. We lived in Abbotsford from 1982 to 1987 and have good friends there. The book that we published last November, God’s Fire-starters has been received very well. You can order it through Amazon. We are working on some new books, one of which is on Ed’s hero E Stanley Jones called Fire in the Fireplace. The second book is being co-written with David Kitz who is the National Chair of The Word Guild in Canada called the Elisha Code. Every month as columnists we send in 2 articles to the Christian Light Magazine.

While in Oklahoma City for the United Christian Ashram International Board in September, Ed was installed as one of the Group of 4, who give spiritual mentorship for the movement.  This year once again we did our BC Christian Ashram on-line.  It was well-received even though some of the on-line people had trouble with Rogers Internet which went off-line all across Canada on the Friday evening, including for Janice.  We enjoyed having 10 people from Africa join us at the retreat.  The registrants from India did not manage to make it on-line but we had people from the Eastern states of USA join us as well.   Mark, James and Janice Hird were blessed to lead the worship on line and we had a talent show which was also on-line but some people did in-person on the Zoom platform.  The speakers, Pastors Giulio & Lina Gabeli, were very enjoyable and the prayer time was well-received.  You can view the talks online. On Friday July 7th to Saturday 8th 2023 we will go back to in-person at TWU but as a hybrid with on-line access.

As one of the elders at the church, Ed keeps active; we are soon going to go ahead with the renovations for All Saints Community Church.  Any donations to assist with this would be appreciated.  We continue to welcome new people weekly to our church.  It is right down in Crescent Beach so it is very visible to tourists and new people.

May Jesus the Word made flesh shine in your lives this Advent and Christmas. 

Ed & Janice Hird


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Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus ‘visiting’ Crescent Beach

Church @ Church at All Saints
The Second Sunday of Advent
4th December 2022.

This Sunday was the second Sunday of Advent. In anticipation of the coming of the Christ, we lighted our Advent candles. This week, I continued my series on “Spiritual Friendship” based on the book by Aelred of Rievaulx. I’m also excited to welcome Leanne Anthony to the All Saints team. Leanne has taken over from David Wiens, who has served us for many years by sending out these emails and keeping our Contact List updated. We welcomed Leanne as the new “Keeper Of The List.”
This Sunday we’re had our All Saints Community Lunch and Christmas Party after the service.
In case you missed it, you can find the service from last week by clicking HERE.
Important Dates:
If you have any further questions, or need help in any way, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thank you Church.
Stay vigilant and prayerful.
Love each other deeply and keep Jesus at the very centre of everything you do.
Blessings on all you do.
The peace of our Lord,
Peter Klenner
Bishop and Pastor
All Saints Community Church
Crescent Beach
604.209.5570


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Jimmy Stewart’s Wonderful Life

How many of you also love Jimmy Stewart’s iconic Christmas movie It’s a wonderful Life? What is your favorite scene? Click to view our Light Magazine article

Jimmy Stewart’s Wonderful Life

by Rev. Dr. Ed & Janice Hird

One of our favourite Christmas movies is It’s a Wonderful Life where Jimmy Stewart plays the part of a generous but discouraged businessman who discovers that he really was making a positive impact. You will remember how the Christmas angel Clarence had to earn his wings by helping out Jimmy Stewart (aka George Bailey). George was so distraught at Christmas that he was about to jump off a bridge.  Clarence, the delightful angel shows George what an amazing impact his generosity is making, and how much poorer his town would be without him.

The movie was based on a short story and booklet The Greatest Gift, written by Philip Van Doren Stern in 1943. Stern wrote a Charles Dickens ‘Christmas Carol’ spinoff for the North American audience. In 1946, Frank Capra wrote the movie version.  It was initially seen as a box-office flop, falling three million dollars short of breaking even, and not even winning one Academy Award Oscar.  In 1947, the FBI and Senator Joseph McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) secretly investigated It’s a Wonderful Life, fearing it was “communist propaganda”, stirring up class warfare, because it portrayed the villain as being a “scrooge-type” banker.

Since It’s a Wonderful Life was seen as a failure, the producers didn’t even bother to renew the copyright license in the late 1970s. This meant that television studios could show the movie for free at Christmas. After a few years   It’s a Wonderful Life became a cult classic.   It later went on to become the number one inspirational North American movie ever made.

Who can forget the conflict around the Christmas tree as George Bailey was close to committing suicide? We loved his honest prayer: “Dear Father in Heaven, I’m not a praying man, but if you’re up there and you can hear me, show me the way. I’m at the end of my rope. Show me the way, God.” His unscripted tears were genuine. Stewart commented in a 1987 interview, “As I said those words, I felt the loneliness, the hopelessness of people who had nowhere to turn, and my eyes filled with tears. I broke down sobbing.” Actress Carol Burnett called this one of the finest pieces of acting ever seen. Because Jimmy Stewart was suffering from post-World War II PTSD, he was able to connect with George Bailey’s trauma with unusual depth.  On his twentieth combat mission flying over the city of Gotha, the floor of Stewart’s plane was hit, blowing a hole right below his feet.  It was one mission too many for Stewart.  He was grounded because of his paralyzing fear of making a mistake and causing someone to die. Friends observed that he had aged ten to twenty years. He began suffering from shakes, sweats, a short temper, mood swings, and nightmares.  He couldn’t keep food down, and had to live on just ice cream and peanut butter.

Christmas 1946 was surprisingly healing for both George Bailey and Jimmy Stewart himself. Who can fail to recall the final scene around the Christmas tree when all his friends come together and unite in support? Who can forget the joyful Christmas carols sung by Jimmy Stewart, friends and family as they thanked the baby Jesus for the true meaning of Christmas?

This Christmas, let not forget to unwrap the true gift of Christmas, the Christ Child come to earth to save us.


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Time to close down the nonperforming $35 Billion Canada Infrastructure Bank

We cannot afford this $35 billion dollar nonperformer.

OTTAWA, ON – Leslyn Lewis, Conservative Shadow Minister of Infrastructure and Communities released the following statement after it was discovered that a $1.7 billion dollar Canada Infrastructure Bank project has failed:

“Trudeau’s bank invested $655 million in a $1.7 billion-dollar project to build an underwater electricity cable that is now dead in the water due to financial volatility and inflation. The Lake Erie Connector Project is yet another failure for the Canada Infrastructure Bank – a $35 billion taxpayer-funded bank that has not completed one project in almost 6 years.