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New minister at St. John’s United

New minister at St. John’s United

A special Covenanting Service will be held to mark the beginning of Rev. Alan Claassen’s ministry with the congregation of St. John’s United Church, on Sunday, Nov. 19 during the 10am worship service, at 5085 Davis Bay Road, in Sechelt.

Rev. Claassen is a United Church of Christ minister, who has served churches in Washington, Oregon, and most recently in Sonoma, California.

Rev. Claassen is also a facilitator with the Seattle-based organization, the Center for Courage & Renewal, founded by author and social activist, Parker J. Palmer. He also is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and concert organizer, and worked as an event coordinator with several San Francisco Bay Area non-profit performing arts organizations, including Bread & Roses, which was founded by Joan Baez’s sister, Mimi Farina.

Alan and his wife, Betsy, first became acquainted with the beauty of this area when they began attending the Vancouver Island Music Fest in Courtney five years ago.

The Covenanting Service for Rev. Claassen will be a festive celebration of word, symbol, prayer and music. Rev. Robert Smith, former Moderator of the United Church of Canada, will offer the sermon.  Submitted

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