Much springs forth from within the congregation! The weekly e-newsletter provides all the information you need - and more!
What Is A Passion Cluster?
A Passion Cluster is a group working together to achieve a common goal that impacts our church life, our surrounding community, or the world. Members of the congregation may volunteer to initiate and lead groups at Oasis. Passion Clusters meet as needed, to provide a service on an open time line. Clusters encourage people to join together in the work of compassion, education, worship preparation, spiritual growth, hospitality, communication, friendship and enjoyment.
Look for a group where you might offer your gifts and talents to fulfill a personal passion. At the end of each description, a team’s contact name is provided. Most groups are ready for new participants! Please request information from the Oasis office. Phone 250-770-0182.
Affirming Ministry: Providing educational opportunities for the Oasis United Church community as we live out being an Affirming Ministry congregation. Working for the full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in The United Church of Canada and in society. Read more here. Team Lead: Barb McFadyen (250-493-5530).
Anti-Racism: After attending the "Confronting the White Elephant" Forum, May 12, 2023 Oasis committed to supporting the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS) in their journey to confront racism in our Okanagan community. We start with education, and knowing how to intervene when witnessing racist behaviour. "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King Jr. Contact Lynn Walford, Barb McFadyen, Marianne Lummin, Susan Douglas, Linda Smuin or Gail Dennis Moise.
Benevolent Fund & Food Cupboard: Supplies food items and helpful information to those who require it in this time of low employment and economic need. We are always looking for more replenishments. Congregational members share their abundance and offer compassionate help as they are able. Non-perishables along with financial donations are always welcome. Team Lead: Doreen McLennan.
Bliss Congregational Development Fund: Accepting submissions from the congregation of Oasis for educational opportunities. The focus will be on collective learning initiatives, either through Oasis or elsewhere. By having a group of Oasis people attend the same event we hope the participants will be empowered to bring some of the information and experience back to the congregation. Learning opportunities release new energy and open us to dream bigger for our mission and ministry. We invite the congregation to submit development-focused proposals. The Bliss Congregational Development Passion Cluster will meet monthly to review proposal submissions and to plan educational events. Please submit your proposal through the events email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Card & Note: Keeps in touch with Oasis people who need a little note to let them know that Oasis cares for them and is wishing them well. Offers congratulatory wishes, condolences, as well as well wishes. If you know of anyone needing to hear from the Oasis community, please contact us. Team Lead: Brenda Kroschinsky 250-493-2832 or email@example.com
Centering Prayer: Gathers at Oasis most Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. The contemplative prayer begins with a check-in, and the opportunity to read, say, or think names of people and groups who may need support. The group then sits for twenty minutes in silence, holding the intent of relationship with God. As this group occasionally takes a break of one or two weeks, please check with the office regarding any date you are interested in attending. Team Lead: Keri Wehlander.
Green Up: The re-convened Green Up Passion Cluster was approved at the November 16, 2021 leadership meeting. Its function is to represent Oasis when collective action is requested for an environmental or social justice issue. We have eleven people who are lending their names to the Green Up Passion Cluster so that Oasis can claim group support using the Oasis Green Up signature. Team Lead: Lynn Walford (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Healing Ministry: An opportunity to experience healing from the heart. A number of Oasis folks are trained and experienced in Healing Pathways, Reiki, and other energetic healing modalities. Healing blessings are available in church the 2nd Sunday of the month. If you prefer a healing blessing can be arranged, the performed through Zoom.
Library: Organizes and replenishes Oasis’ lending library. Team Lead: Karen Kellerman.
Living Compassion: Monthly, this group explores how to bring compassion into our day-to-day lives. Team Leads: Nancy Wyse and Karen Coogan.
Prayer Shawl: Countless knitters and crocheters extend a message of hope around the community and around the world. Those creating the shawls and those receiving them find spiritual sustenance. Patterns and lessons are available for anyone who would like to be part of this creative spiritual practice. Team Lead: Doreen McLennan.
Zatoun: Oasis United is the Penticton Distributor for Zatoun products. With every purchase of Zatoun you support the farmers of Palestine in the struggle for their livelihood and land. Farmers are paid fair trade prices. As well, a share of the proceeds support Project Hope, an education and art therapy program for youth in Palestine. Another portion is donated to Trees of Life, a project to plant tens of thousands of olive tree saplings to replace trees destroyed by the occupation. For details, click here. Team Lead: Barb McFadyen 250-493-5530.
Building Maintenance: Maintaining, repairing, and landscaping the Oasis property and building, keeping it safe and welcoming for all who enter the doors. The bulk of the work was done when we first moved into the facility in 2009, and converted the neglected space into a warm and inviting area for a worship and meeting site. Our dedicated women and men who take on the jobs of upkeep are always happy to include new faces and a willing set of hands to tackle the many jobs that arise. Team Lead: Russ Smith
Leadership Team: Made up of elected members of the congregation, this group holds monthly meetings to look at decisions and direction for Oasis, and regularly inform the congregation of matters arising from the meetings. At Oasis we aim to include the congregation in the leadership of our church and encourage everyone to follow their passion as the Spirit leads them in their lives and in the life of the church. Current Members:
Keri Wehlander, Minister
Ryan Allsbrook, Member-at-Large
Corinne Durston, Co-Treasurer
Barb McFadyen, Co-Treasurer
Marion Boyd, Member-at-Large
Karen Kellerman, Chairperson
Brenda Kroschinsky, Ministry and Personnel
Margot Newton, Region Representative
Ian McLean, Pastoral Supervisor
Lynn Walford, Secretary
Holly Sjodin, Member-at-Large
Power Point: Provides PowerPoint presentations for our Sunday Gatherings, special occasions, and meditative moments. Team Lead: Karen Coogan
Sunday Service Leaders & Volunteers: “It takes a congregation to make a worship service.” If you are willing to sometimes help out as greeter, announcement presenter, candle lighter, scripture reader, offerings gatherer, Mission and Service presenter, passion cluster reporter, coffee maker, or pulpit supply, please reach out. Team Lead: Annabelle Redman 250-492-6662.
Trustees: Holds all property on behalf of the congregation and ensures there is a suitable place to worship and carry out the ministry of Oasis.