Adult Spiritual Development - ACTS Ministry


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September 13, 2021: 

A Message for our ACTS community: 

Next Monday night, September 20, 2021, our book study will commence at 7:00. On Thursday morning at 9:30, Bible study begins. Watch for your invitations to Zoom. We will be reading "Starlight" by Richard Wagamese, one of Canada's best story tellers of this century. If you are not on our e-mailing list, contact the office and your name will be added.

August 13, 2021:

A message from Wayne: 

Dear Monday Book Study People:

We have received 10 book suggestions for the autumn season and have made a selection.The title will be "Starlight" by Richard Wagamese, a Canadian Indigenous writer what we studied once before but felt his last book would be a worthy study. Thanks to Deb. Charnuski for suggesting it last year.

Please order your copy from or Indigo in time for class next month. Our 10 week series runs from September 20th through November 29th on Zoom - 7:00 - 8:30PM. Brenda, Joan and I will be leading the study as usual. Have a good end-of-summer. I hope you will find a copy and join us again this autumn.


Starlight     by Richard Wagamese (paper, $19.75)The final novel from Richard Wagamese, the bestselling and beloved author of Indian Horse and Medicine Walk, centres on an abused woman on the run who finds refuge on a farm owned by an Indigenous man with wounds of his own. A profoundly moving novel about the redemptive power of love, mercy, and compassion--and the land's ability to heal us. Frank Starlight has long settled into a quiet life, working his remote farm, but his contemplative existence comes to an abrupt end with the arrival of Emmy, who has committed a desperate act so she and her child can escape a harrowing life of violence. Starlight takes in Emmy and her daughter to help them get back on their feet, and this accidental family eventually grows into a real one. But Emmy's abusive ex isn't content to just let her go. He wants revenge and is determined to hunt her down. 

Starlight was unfinished at the time of Richard Wagamese's death, yet every page radiates with his masterful storytelling, intense humanism, and insights that are as hard-earned as they are beautiful. With astonishing scenes set in the rugged backcountry of the B.C. Interior, and characters whose scars cut deep even as their journey toward healing and forgiveness. lifts us, Starlight is a last gift from one who believed in the power of stories to save us.

June 2, 2021:

We received an email/ youtube from Bill Way, Chair of the Hearts and Hands Foundation, and frequent volunteer to the Stove-Building project in Guatemala. The situation in Guatemala during COVID-19 has been dire. Bill offers all kinds of suggestions for fun-raising this summer, beginning on June 4, 20201.  

Here is a link to his video.

The experience that we had in 2018, stove-building in Guatemala has left vivid memories of the working with the people in mountainous areas of Guatemala. The voluntouring project will continue once travel becomes viable as the need continues. For more information, contact Bill at [email protected]

May 25, 2021

Adult Spiritual Development Ministry, featuring the Thursday Morning Bible Study under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Wayne Holst,  presided over the Sunday Morning Worship Service on May 23, 2021. Scripture selections from the book of John were read by Betty Smith, Joan Montain, Joan Gray, Dr. Amin Ghali and Ruth Cross. Between readings, Wayne reflected on the reading. Barbara Fischer's reading has been added as an audio recording below. 

Each semester, the Thursday Morning Bible Study group choose their focus and this winter, it was the Book of John. This fall the group will be studying the Book of Isaiah. Gathering together on ZOOM replaced the gathering around the table in the Tatanga Mani room but the discussion and sharing remained.