Hummingbird Ministries celebrates Christmas with the Tsawwassen First Nation community on December 8, 2018.

Our first Christmas Circle was held at TFN in December 2005. We look forward to a wonderful time together with Indigenous and Ecumenical friends we have come to know and love over the years. Our Circle time includes the Christmas story, Carol singing, dance entertainment and sharing our stories in the Circle.

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Hummingbird Ministries was honoured by the Brentwood Presbyterian Church through their creative Piano on the Porch Fundraiser on (date). The Rev. Mary Fontaine dedicated the piano on the porch and the Hummingbird children danced their prayer dances to bless the ground and the people at Brentwood and all who pass by. Help us to raise funds for the children's music videos by purchasing a key from Hummingbird's Piano on the Porch at Brentwood.

 

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And we were asking people who want to donate to the piano on the porch project to use fundraiser section of our Canada helps link. 

We have sold 42 of the 88 keys of our piano on the porch st Brentwood.  And we invite people to donate to Hummingbird Ministries music video program to lift up through the gift of music, the spirits of Indigenous children living in poverty. 

The Canada helps link by itself invites donations towards our ministry programs, projects and annual events.

 

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For the second year, Hummingbird will be performing our "Star Boy's Promise" play on January 5, 2019. We are pleased to be hosted by our new partners in reconciliation, the Northwood United Church in Surrey. We are also pleased with the amount of interest in our play. Our children look forward to their performance and together with their arts teachers, we are working hard at our drama rehearsals. The play is narrated and acted by the children, Hummingbird's Star-blanket Dancers who also sing. Elders contribute through their drum songs in Indigenous languages and the professional dancers through fantastic choreography. We are grateful for these gifts and we pray for a successful performance. All my Relations!

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Hummingbird Ministries celebrated our 9th annual Harmony through the Arts Festival on November 3rd at the Gilmore Park United Church. (Mike please post our festival poster and the few festival photos attached) We look forward to next year's festival as we celebrate our 10th anniversary reunion on Nov 1-2, 2019. We hope it will be held at the South Delta Baptist Church in Tsawwassen, where this first multicultural festival was held. Watch for the updates in the new year! 

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Hello Dear Family and Friends

View PDF version of CD cover

Sharing the good news!

Things have turned out for us to go ahead and publish 100 copies of our CD after all due to a good sale we were made aware of and due to some good connections that God has given us through our friend Darryl.  We were connected to a graphics artist (Chris, a Regent student) and Ryan (a recording artist who helped us with edits in Ed's absence). Thanks to both these guys and Darryl who helped us to make this possible.

This is the pdf copy of the cover of our soon to be released CD!  Some of you will find yourselves on the photo page. I hope you will be honored to be included but If anyone has any objection at all, please let me know immediately. I sure hope not because it goes to print today and it would hold up the publishing.  We are trying to have CDs in hand for sale at our upcoming festival, Nov 9 and 10.  If by chance, you are okay with your photo in there this time, we may be able to alter it for the next order of the CDs. But please let me know.

For the photos page, sorry if I missed some of you, it was done quite quickly late last night when we realized we had one more CD cover panel to complete.  I really wanted to send a photo of the Hummingbird Council but we have no recent photos (something we will have to do).

Anyway, hope you like it.  And I'm so glad to share this good news with you!

The CDs are $20 each - this helps us with our festival and other expenses.  If you want me to reserve 1 or more CDs for you to pick up at the Festival, please let me know.  Or if you would like to order one to be sent in the mail, let me know.  

The CD includes stories of the First Nations experience in Canada, accompanied by the beautiful music of a gold flute playing Many and Great and Amazing Grace.  

There are 12 songs in a variety of music genres such as blues, classical, country & western and drum songs. There are 6 First Nations singers; one Chinese friend who sings Cheryl Bear's melody of the Lord's Prayer (with her permission) in Mandarin; and 6 non-First Nations singers  who donated their songs and their time and energy to us over the past two years at music Circles where we shared our lives together as well as our music.  Most of the Hummingbird Wings artists are also musicians and composers - some are accomplishments musicians with careers in music - Tim Corlis is the maestro for the Vancouver Peace Choir and professor of Music at the Canadian Mennonite University, Marcia Meyer has her own website and teaches music in N. Van, Rennie Nahanee has his own band and the founder and director of Rennie's School of Music in the Squamish in N. BC.

A Metis friend played the fiddle for some of the songs and another good friend accompanied some of the songs with bass and lead guitar.

If anyone is looking for an awesome CD graphics artist I know one.  If anyone is looking for recording artists, I know two of them.

in Kindness and Peace,

Mary Fontaine

Executive Director

Hummingbird Ministries

 

 
 












 

 

 

 

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