Building Community with Food and Mutual Aid

Everyone needs to eat, but not everyone has the money, time, energy, or desire to cook good food. In early 2023, I decided to see what would happen if I offered to cook dinner once a week for friends, asking only that they pitch in for groceries as they could. Over a year later, I’m now regularly making 30 meals for old friends and new comrades every Tuesday on an entirely Pay What You Can basis. This Sunday, I’d like to share some of the laughs and lessons I’ve learned along the way in my quest to feed people really good food in the spirit of mutual aid.

Service Leader and Coordinator: Ashlyn Noble

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Order of Service

Centering Thought

Kindness eases Change.
Love quiets fear.
And a sweet and powerful
Positive obsession
Blunts pain,
Diverts rage,
And engages each of us
In the greatest,
The most intense
Of our chosen struggles.
– Octavia Butler, Parable of the Talents


French Suite No. 6, BWV 854 by J.S. Bach Performed by Daniel Clark

Opening Words and Chalice Lighting

Do The Impossible by Octavia Butler

Welcome and Land Acknowledgment

Ashlyn Noble


Love Is the Spirit

Story Wisdom

Pies From Nowhere by Dee Romito & Laura Freeman, read by Ashlyn Noble

Sing and Rejoice

as children and youth go downstairs for Religious Exploration

Joys and Sorrows

Andre Vanderstoep, Pastoral Care Coordinator

If you have a Joy or Sorrow to share in our upcoming service, please follow this link. Alternatively, Andre can be reached at 204-558-7464 or email him at

Pastoral Hymn

#402 From You I Receive (sung seated)


The Low Road by Marge Piercy

Singing Meditation

Joy in Resistance by The Resistance Revival Chorus


What is Mutual Aid? by Dean Spade and Ciro Carrillo


#134 Our World Is One World

Share the Plate Offering

Our Share the Plate Partner for April is Pulford Community Living Services.

The offering will be gratefully received, both right now, and continuing when our stream ends.  Donation options are at this link.

Offertory Music

The Best of Times by Dennis DeYoung, performed by Daniel Clark


Building Community with Food and Mutual Aid, Ashlyn Noble

Closing Song

#1017 Building a New Way


Cate Ziegler

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Closing Words

We Can Choose by Octavia E Butler

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Following the service, please join us for community and refreshments in the sanctuary. For Zoom participants, please consider staying for conversation in our breakout room.

Transition for Breakout Room

Arthur Burstow or Simer Kaur (Zoom only)


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader and Coordinator: Ashlyn Noble
  • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Coordinator Lifespan Religious Exploration (CLRE): Ana Gabriela Castaneda Aguilera
  • Childcare Provider: Paulina Hernandez
  • Pastoral Care: Andre Vanderstoep (Coordinator)
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Simer Kaur, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers:  Kristin Jimmy, Bromley Basford, Joan Carolson, Ken Carolson, Norman Mayer, Cheryl Simmonds, et al
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead, Ann LeDuc
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen
  • Hospitality: Dylon Martin, Allison Baird, Wendy Buckle, et. al.
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • Chalice Logo Designer: Nancy Gilbert
  • Website Support: Karin Carlson
  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
  • All-Church Email Bulletin: Lorie Battershilll

To contact SunServ (Sunday Services Team), please email

Want to help setting up on Sunday mornings? Please contact Norm Cobb or Jim Gardiner.

Please refrain from taking photographs and making recordings during and after the service unless you have the express permission of all people involved. Also, please turn off electronic devices during the service. Thank you.