Our 30+ year tradition continues! Volunteers will be gathering to make as many as 500 pies the first week of October using our tried and true Castlegar United Church Apple Pie Recipe that bring people back year after year. If you haven’t bought one in the past, now is your chance to try! Pies are 2 for $25 (or $12.50 each) Pre-order by Tuesday, October 3 and pick up on Thursday, October 5 between 11 am and 5:30 pm. Don’t miss out on these delicious apple pies you can take home and bake (or freeze for later) for the freshest homemade pie taste you will find anywhere!
We are celebrating all the teachers and students returning to school today! On Sunday, September 10th, 2023 bring in your back packs to church for a special blessing at the 10 am service.
There’s a common email scam out there targeting churches and church goers. In it, the scammer creates an email address similar to the one someone you know uses, often your minister. They pretend to be that person and then ask you to do them a favour and buy gift cards, or send money, or even just try and get your personal information. They may say they are in a meeting, or have a sore throat and can’t talk on the phone right now to prevent you from calling to double check.
Several churches and ministers in the Kootenays have been targeted by this scam in recent months.
If you get one of these emails, don’t answer. Check the email address against the one you already have for that person. Send them a message at their REAL email address, or call, text, or message them another way to let them know someone is impersonating them so they can warn their family, friends and church members. If the scammer is using a Gmail account, you can report it by forwarding the message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Yahoo and Hotmail also have abuse addresses.
The scammers prey on people who don’t understand much about email scams, gift cards, and online shopping, or how to double check the actual email address of the sender. They also flatter people and make them feel like they are somehow special to the minister or play to their sense of loyalty to church and friends.
If you have fallen victim to one of these scams, please report it to the RCMP. They probably won’t be able to get your money back, but they might be able to stop the scammers from cheating someone else.
Now is the time to register for Camp Spirit, a travelling Day Camp for children ages 5-11 that Castlegar United Church will be hosting the week of August 21-25. Last year’s Camp Spirit was a blast and we’re so excited that they are able to come back again this year! The cost is $175 and financial assistance is available. Register at: www.campspirit.ca