The staff

The Minister

Rev. Maria Szabo Berces

 

“Every word of God is flawless;

he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” (Proverbs 30:5)

 Rev.Maria: "I am an ordained minister of the Reformed Church in Hungary and now I am in the admission procedure to become a minister of the United Church of Canada. I was brought up in Hungary in a pastor family. I got my Master of Divinity Degree in 1989 and I was ordained in Budapest in 1991. I had an opportunity to serve full time at the General Synod Office of the Hungarian Reformed Church for five years. Later on I gained administrative experience as Office Manager and Executive Assistant at different companies.

 

I arrived in Killarney along with my husband, Attila and our 11 year old daughter, Anita in  August 2012. We came from Budapest, the capital of Hungary with a population of 2 million people. It was a big change in our lives but we are thankful to God who has led us into such a nice place and nice community in Killarney.

 It is my life experience that the above verse from the Bible is truthful. We can find strength and a shield in the love of God if we want to take refuge in Him. This is why I would like to encourage everybody to make use of this possibility that is offered to all of us.

One form of it is to develop a closer relationship with the Christian community: with those who have similar life experiences of the providence and love of God. The other form is to use all the opportunities to get the Word of God: reading your Bible on a daily basis and to come to Sunday worships as often as it is possible. The third form is to talk to God in prayers and by this to bring your concerns to our Almighty, whom we can call our Heavenly Father."

 

The Choir Director

Jean Lawson

 

 

 

 

 

 Jean:       

"Growing up in Minnedosa, Manitoba I was immersed in music, both at home and in the United Church.  I first sang in the Junior Choir comprised of 60 members ranging from grades 6 - 12. We performed an anthem in Sunday school every week and in church once in a while.  We also travelled for festivals and put on a concert each year.  I began accompanying the group in Grade 9 and went on into the Senior Choir later in high school.  I was the pianist for many cantatas and concerts during those years and it set the stage for a career in music. 

With a Music Education degree and a year of teaching under my belt, I was married and moved to Killarney.  After many years raising a family and teaching, the opportunity to take over leadership of the Killarney United Church choir presented itself' in the fall of 2012. I am very fortunate to have 25 singers in the choir as well as some wonderful instrumentalists.  We are able to provide a variety of music for Worship services."

  

The Voluntary Office Staff 

 

Merle Campbell

 

  

Merle:

 "I am married to Gordon and have lived in Killarney for 52 years. I have a married son in Killarney with 2 boys and a daughter married in Calgary with 2 boys and 2 girls. I have served on various Committees in the Church and presently as Secretary of Council and Volunteer Office Manager."

 

Cheryl Nichol

  

Cheryl:

"I have been going to this Church for 31 years. I am married to Garth, have 3 Boys; one daughter-in-law and one grand-daughter, all living in Killarney. We sold our flower shop after 27 years and now I enjoy volunteering at the Church."

 

Elaine May

 

Elaine:  

    "I have lived in the Killarney area most of my life.  I am a widow still living on the farm enjoying country life. I have two married children and four grandchildren. 
     I worked at the Credit Union for many years and since retirement have enjoyed doing volunteer work with time to work as volunteer in the church office."

  

Louise Pinkerton

 

 Louise: "
 In the early seventies I was posted to Killarney as a Medical Laboratory Technologist, that is when I transfered in to Killarney United Church. John (my husband) and I have two daughters, two son-in-laws and three granddaughters. Our granddaughters reside in Calgary and the oldest is only two at the time of this writing, so for now we travel west as often as possible.
 
 Volunteering for me is a rewarding way to give back to our church, beside working in the office, there is the worship committee, ushering, scripture reading, work in the Thrift shop and be a member of U.C.W."

 Debbie Jones

 

 

 Debbie grew up on a farm near Killarney with four brothers.  After graduating from Killarney School she attended Red River Community College in Winnipeg before returning home to Killarney.  

She married David in 1979 and together they have worked in the insurance/investment business and raised four daughters.  Debbie retired from Lewis & Jones in 2009 and enjoys volunteering one morning a week at the church office. 

She is also enjoying her new granddaughter, Evie, who was born Nov. 11, 2012.

   

The Organist

Glenda Archibald

  

 

 

 

 

Glenda:

“I have been happily married to my husband Kevin for almost 35 years. We have 3 grown children: Kristin married to Brian Hayward live in Winnipeg with our adorable grandson, Taylor, who is 2 years old. Marina is married to Connor Kroeker and they live close by in Boissevain. Our son Cory farms with us and drives a winch truck in the Saskatchewan oil patch during the winter. We farm south of Killarney and love our life working on the land.

I have played the piano since I was 8 years old and was the organist in our old church building for about 15 years. I am so pleased to be back playing and I feel that our music program contributes meaningfully to Sunday worship." 

 

The Caretakers

 

Thrift Shop Volunteers