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New Members

We welcome new members who have attended our Sunday Services for at least three months. New member applications are available on the bulletin board in the church foyer. Or you can email cotoffice2017@gmail.com to request a form.
 


Community Bulletin



Provide Feedback on Potential Ideas for Welcoming City Strategy
The City of Victoria is creating a Welcoming City Strategy that will serve as a roadmap to guide Victoria towards becoming a stronger, more inclusive community where everyone, including newcomers, immigrants and refugees, are accepted, respected and feel like they belong. Building on public input during the first round of engagement, the community now has the opportunity to provide feedback on potential ideas for the Welcoming City Strategy in an online survey.
 
The Welcoming City Task Force is assessing Victoria against an international Welcoming Standard, which helps cities become more prosperous by ensuring everyone belongs. The online survey organizes potential ideas for the Strategy into seven categories aligned with the Welcoming Standard, which include: Government Leadership, Equitable Access, Civic Engagement, Connected Communities, Education, Economic Development and Safe Communities.
The Council-appointed Welcoming City Task Force is made up of people who reflect Victoria’s increasingly diverse population and is leading the Welcoming City work with the assistance of consultants and City staff. Sharing their own expertise and lived experience, Task Force members reached out to other community stakeholders through a series of virtual workshops to gather input in the spring. Broad public input was also collected through online activities on the City’s Have Your Say engagement platform.
 
The community is invited to provide feedback on ideas that will inform the actions in the Welcoming City Strategy by completing an online survey by July 11 at engage.victoria.ca.               
 
The draft Welcoming City Strategy will be presented to Council for consideration this fall.
 
Thank you.
 
Engagement
City of Victoria
1 Centennial Square, Victoria BC  V8W 1P6


 

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City of Victoria Honorary Citizen Award Call for Nominations
Do you know someone who makes our community a better place? Nominate them for the City of Victoria’s Honorary Citizen Award which celebrates those who have performed outstanding service for the betterment of our community and personal achievements.
Nominees must be a current or former resident of the local First Nations, the City of Victoria or the Capital Region, and must demonstrate outstanding contribution(s) in one or more of the following categories:
  • Arts and Culture
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Community/Volunteer
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Heritage
  • Indigenous
  • Inspirational Youth (up to and including 24 years of age)
  • Multicultural
  • Social/Health Issues
  • Sports
  • Other
Nomination packages are to include a completed nomination form signed by two nominators, statement of nomination, a digital photo of the nominee for publication purposes and two letters of support. Previous recipients are not eligible for nomination, except for recipients of the Inspirational Youth category once 10 years have elapsed.
 
Depending on the number of nominations received, there will be approximately 10 award recipients this year.
 
The deadline to submit a nomination package is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 25, 2021.
 
Nomination packages can be emailed to mayorandcouncil@victoria.ca, dropped off in person or mailed to Victoria City Hall.
 
Recipients of the 2021 Honorary Citizen Award will be notified in September and acknowledged at a virtual or in-person ceremony this fall.
 
The Honorary Citizen Award program was established in 1970 as an official recognition of persons who had, over time, served the city meritoriously in any walk of life, often in a volunteer capacity and without recognition. The awards are presented every four years. 
 
The nomination package and a poster promoting this opportunity are available at victoria.ca/honorarycitizen.
 
Thank you.
 
Engagement
City of Victoria
1 Centennial Square, Victoria BC  V8W 1P6
 


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$50,000 for Participatory Budgeting Projects to Improve Neighbourhood Spaces
Residents are invited to pitch their ideas and possibly get funded through the 2021 Participatory Budgeting initiative, which will see $50,000 invested in projects designed to enhance and enrich neighbourhood spaces throughout Victoria.
“Neighbourhood spaces and places - whether in our physical communities or virtually - can help us feel more connected,” said Keltie Craig, a volunteer member of the PB Steering Committee. “By turning over leadership and creativity to the community to develop these spaces, the PB process creates an opportunity for a diversity of residents to make something 'for us and by us’ and increase feelings of community ownership and belonging.”
The Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee is seeking proposals from local residents with an idea for a project or activity that will enhance or enrich physical, social or virtual neighbourhood spaces in a way that encourages connection to self, nature or others. Individuals or groups are invited to apply at engage.victoria.ca/pb by 4 p.m. on July 25, 2021.
 
Proposals could include art installations, community gardens, walk-in movie events, virtual music halls, or anything else designed to benefit neighbourhood spaces in Victoria.
 
Participatory Budgeting Information Sessions
The Steering Committee and City staff will co-host a series of online information session events for residents and organizations interested in submitting a proposal.
 
Date: Thursday, June 24
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
 
Date: Saturday, July 10
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
 
Participatory Budgeting is an innovative, democratic process that gives the entire community the opportunity to submit project ideas and decide how to invest a portion of the City budget in projects that matter to the people who live here. Projects can be put forward by an individual, groups, or non-profit organizations. All projects must take place within the City of Victoria. Community voting will determine the top projects for funding, and will occur in late summer / early fall.
 
After a successful pilot project in 2017, the City committed to three more years of Participatory Budgeting for 2019, 2020 and 2021. To date 15 community-led projects have received more than $150,000 in City of Victoria Participatory Budgeting funding. This year’s citizen-led volunteer Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee is being coordinated by the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network and the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods Society and includes 20 community volunteers.
 
Learn more, RSVP for a learning event, and apply for Participatory Budgeting funding at engage.victoria.ca/pb.
 
Please email engage@victoria.ca with any questions.
 
Thank you.
 
Engagement
City of Victoria
1 Centennial Square, Victoria BC  V8W 1P6


 

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Weekly Lighthouse for July 5, 2021

submission deadline - noon on Monday
 

Sunday Service

Services at the church are resuming in addition to Zoom.
Current Provincial Regulationa    BC Restart Plan


Join us from 11 a.m. to Noon each week

For Zoom, Click here or use the login information below
Zoom ID #: 765-216-352
Password: 030753


You can also join by calling the following number  
778-907-2071 (check your phone plan for long distance charges)
and then entering the Zoom ID # and Password above.
 
 

Upcoming Sunday Services

Sunday, July 11  Synopsis: The focus will be on some of Fransesca's teachings which include techniques for meditation and visualization. Discipline and being of service will also be mentioned.

BIOGRAPHY
 
Katrina Pavlovsky was born in Toronto. In 1977 she met Fransesca, a spiritual teacher who greatly influenced Katrina's life. In 2007 Katrina relocated to Victoria. She wrote "Fransesca A Remarkable Life" in 2020 which is a tribute to Fransesca and is about Fransesca's deep connection with the inner self.
 

For a clearer image, click here

To find the Sunday Service details any time, click here.


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 Inspirational Explorations
 

APPRECIATION OF THE POETRY AND SONG CIRCLE’S “ TUESDAY FOR TREES” EVENT.
Recently the Poetry and Song Circle received a small package from Jane Welton intended as a thank you for the April 20 event of readings, songs and visuals that the Circle sponsored. Her note reads as follows:
            Please accept this small token of appreciation from the Forestry Subcommittee of GVAT’s Climate ART for your support of the Tuesdays for Trees campaign. Your event was original, enjoyable and inspiring. Thank you to the Circle for doing your bit to make forestry in BC more sustainable.     Yours sincerely, Jane Welton.
The package contained badges, a bumper sticker and several beautiful forest cards and envelopes from the Ancient Forest alliance.  I have thanked Jane on behalf of the Circle, and my suggestion to the Poetry and Song Circle will be that we put these items in the Church book and music sale later this summer.
Chris Bullock
 
POETRY AND SONG CIRCLE WILL BE TAKING A BREAK TILL SEPTEMBER. See you then!
 
                                
Click here for all Inspirational Exploration listings.
 

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Financial Contributions

Donate to the church if you can.

Cheques can be mailed to Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street, Victoria, BC V8V 1T2.

E-transfers can be sent to cotoffice2017@gmail.com 

Thank you for your support.


Summer Fundraising for the Church

The church has received several fundraising ideas from members after the recent  financial appeal,  including a book sale.  The board discussed these ideas at their June 27th meeting and approved proceeding with a book and CD sale.  
 
Ron Rayner has agreed to coordinate the sale or a series of sales if we get enough books and CDs donated.  So we need  donations of books and CDs from our community to sell.  Donations can be dropped off at the church on Sunday mornings between 10:45 amd and 12:15 pm or you can contact Ron for pickup or delivery arrangements at 250 474 2715.
 


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Creative Contributions section:

 

 
Submissions welcome.

 
Find IE Wednesdays details any time here:  http://cotvictoria.ca/inspirational-explorations/
Upcoming Events

 
Events and Happenings at the 
Church of Truth
 Community of Conscious Living  
  • Wednesdays, 7:30 pm IE Wednesdays,

 For more info:  http://cotvictoria.ca/events/  
 
 
   
Church of Truth, Community of Conscious Living
111 Superior Street (corner of St. Lawrence and Superior Streets in James Bay) 
Web site:  cotvictoria.ca
Phone:   250-999-1064