L’Arche Greater Vancouver is pleased to introduce our 2016 Christmas Benefit Concert musicians: Michael Hart and Garth Bowen.
From 1985-2010, Michael Hart recorded eight albums. One of his most popular is Dulcimer Light Christmas. He’s a gifted songwriter and guitar player who loves playing Christmas events. From the Celtic folk-pop to blues-jazz, Michael’s performances in concerts are engaging and fun. In his daily life he works as both Chaplain and Music Director for Harbour Light, Salvation Army. He has been a friend of L’Arche for around 25 years and married to Jan for 31 years. They live in New Westminster.
For more info and reviews: http://www.michaelhart.ca
Appearing with Michael will be Garth Bowen. Garth is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and dedicated music educator. After growing up in Vancouver – Kitsilano, Garth moved to Richmond where he worked for many years performing and teaching music. After completing a degree in Jazz Education Garth became increasingly passionate about teaching students to improvise and compose music. He enjoyed several years of performing and touring with other musicians. After 34 years of teaching music with the Richmond School District, he retired and now serves as an adjunct professor with the Faculty of Education at UBC. In his spare time Garth enjoys recording in his studio and helping others with their musical projects. Playing music with friends is always a joy and something Garth intends to sustain. He has self-recorded a warm and folky Christmas record entitled, “A Single Birth” (2008) and is currently working on another record of inspired originals. He hopes to have many more opportunities to teach and make music with talented people.
Join us on Friday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m. at 1st Lutheran Church 5745 Wales Street as these gifted musicians help us enter into the advent season. Michael and Garth have promised us some sing-along pieces as well. A reception will be held after the concert.
This is a free concert with opportunity given to support L’Arche locally and globally.
A fun evening for young (and young at heart) adults with and without developmental disabilities.
We will gather for the first time on Friday September 9th from 7pm-8:30pm in the big living room at L’Arche, 7401 Sussex Avenue.
Please come and bring your friends. Please RSVP to Annette at 604-435-9544 ext. 34 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BIG BIG thanks to the wonderful people at Canada Life for inviting L’Arche back for their 11th Annual Charity Softball Tournament. We had fun and, because of everyone’s contributions we have been able to raise more than $26,000! Canada Life will match that with $20,000!
The funds will be used for a new van that has special accessibility features for the people at L’Arche’s Emily House.
Thank you to everyone who donated, played our games and came by for a visit.
A group of people from L’Arche recently went on retreat to Rivendale on beautiful Bowen Island. Here is their story along with photos. We are grateful for the grant received from Project Advance that funded this memorable experience.
Theresa, Mary, Delinda, Barbara, Hitomi, Maddison, Fairy and I(Katie) spent time on retreat wondering together about Psalm 23.
Mary was asked to tell us a bit about the retreat. Here are her thoughts:
We managed to fit into one van(it was tight). Rivendell was very peaceful. You could go for a walk. We all had our own room and bathroom. We were welcomed to their community’s 5 o’clock prayer. Then Fairy and Teresa made us dinner. After dinner we had our first prayer session together like our regular Wednesday prayers We sang and we heard a bible reading and we prayed for each other. The next day we had activates and more time to relax and pray together. Then in the evening I (Mary) wore my beautiful dress. We had banana splits for dessert; we made a new friend at Rivendell who joined us for dessert.
We heard different Bible readings on our retreat and we began and ended with the 23rd Psalm.
We were reminded that Jesus is with us in hard times and good times. Sometimes our hard times are very scary like when we are sick or someone we love is dying, and sometimes our hard times are frustrating like when we want to go out but the rest of the house is too tired and wants to stay in, sometimes we finish a job and wonder what God has for us next. In all of this and more Jesus is with us. He is with us in the good times too, sharing a meal together, laughing, praying around the table and going on retreat with our friends.
We ended the retreat the way we began it praying for each other. Mary was goodness and Teresa was love. They put their hands on our shoulder’s and Katie said “Goodness and Love have found you. Jesus is with you in the darkest valley leading you to the good green grass.”
Our Closing Blessing:
May the peace of the Jesus go with us,
wherever He sends us.
May He guide us through the wilderness,
protect us through the darkest valley.
May He bring us home rejoicing
at the wonders He has shown us.
May He bring us home rejoicing
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen