Please take particular note of the information below on the Spring Concert, the ICPM Lunch, the change of date for the Men’s Breakfast, the Women’s event and the Garage Sale.
THIS SUNDAY – Palm Sunday
This Sunday, Palm Sunday, is the start of Holy Week. We remember Jesus coming into Jerusalem and being greeted by palm waving crowds shouting “Hosanna.” I always understood “Hosanna” to be a word or cry of praise. A sort of cheer for someone important. But, as someone fascinated by language, I could not just let “hosanna” go by without checking out its meaning. We get the word “hosanna” from Latin, via Greek from Hebrew and Aramaic. Now when a word wanders through that many languages, it is sometimes tricky getting back to the original meaning. It turns out that the meaning of the word as it is used in the Bible is something like “help” or “save, I pray.” A form of the word appears in Psalm 118:25 where it is translated in the Jewish Publication Society version of the Psalms as “deliver us.” So more than just a cry of praise, “hosanna” is a cry for help. In view of this, perhaps it is easier to see how crowds that were welcoming “one who comes in the name of the Lord,” could call for his crucifixion less than a week later. Perhaps they felt that they did not get the help they wanted or needed. What were they expecting? What do we expect from God?
The Scripture readings for Sunday are Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29 and Luke 19: 28-40. We will start the service with a Procession of Palms. The title of the Sermon is “Palms to a Cross.”
MUSIC MATTERS – Spring Concert tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, April 12, at 7:00 pm, Bonnie C. and friends will present Music Matters, celebrating all things musical. Featuring a bell choir, harp ensemble, violins, voice and a ukulele ensemble. It will be a wonderful evening of music and you will have the opportunity to make a donation to support the ongoing work and witness of Spirit West.
SPIRIT WEST MEN’S BREAKFAST
The Spirit West Men’s Breakfast will be this Saturday morning (April 13) as our usual 3rd Saturday falls on Easter weekend this month. We'll still cook up a fantastic pancake breakfast for you (only it'll be a week earlier this month.) We were going to have 2 or 3 jobs we could do. I think the weather is nice enough now that we can take down the snow fences, Posts might still be frozen in.
I hope this doesn't disrupt your plans too much and we'll still see you this Saturday April 13th. downstairs at 8am.
Inner City Pastoral Ministry (ICPM) Bissell Lunch This Sunday
- This Sunday. April 14, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
- ICPM Lunch at the Bissell Centre, 10530-96th St (west side of street) to help feed the homeless and other folks in need.
- To do this we need:
- loaves of sandwiches, pieces of finger desserts (cookies and squares), whole fruit (oranges, bananas, apples), veggie trays
- 10-12 volunteers to help deliver the food and serve the lunch Sunday morning (a time commitment of approximately 8:30 am to 2 pm).
- Sign-up sheets are available at the back. Please let us know what you can contribute. Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted.
- Food drop off will take place Sat. April 13 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the Spirit West Church kitchen.
- For more information, talk to Lori W. or call the church office at 780-481-1406
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner!
Join us in using cunning stealth and covert organization, to surprise our phenomenal Spirit West chefs. Only at the ring of their doorbell, should they discover who will join them for dinner on their chosen night of gastronomical delights!! This fund-raiser for the church will take place during the months of late March, April and May! It is a terrific time to enjoy a fabulous meal and fellowship. Those who wish to host a dinner are asked to contact Bill C or Colleen F. Hosts need to indicate the dates and times of their dinners and the number of guests they will be hosting. If there is a theme for the evening, this should also be provided. Guests will have the opportunity to select where they will dine and to provide any dietary restrictions to the conveners (who will secretly pass on the information to the hosts). A free will offering, in envelopes, will be collected by the host. A minimum offering of $25.00 per person is suggested. Please plan on attending one of these sensational evening parties and generously supporting our church.
SPIRIT WEST WOMEN’S GROUP EVENT - SPRING is the season, plants are the THING!
Monday, May 6. Gather at Salisbury Greenhouse at 7pm to do a walkabout and see their facility and products. (Check them out at salisburygreenhouse.com) The address is: 52337 Range Road 232 Sherwood Park. CARPOOL for event? For those that would like to meet at Spirit West and carpool to the greenhouse please meet in the parking lot at 6:15pm AND sign up on the sheet on the counter by the office! We ask for signup so that we can arrange drivers, and so that we don’t leave someone behind. If you have questions about the event please check with Margery Wright.
SPIRIT WEST COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE – June 20 & 21 – While you are spring cleaning, please save household goods, toys, books, tools, etc. for our annual garage sale. Donations will be accepted at the church starting after Easter. Please, no clothing!
CHURCH PHOTO DIRECTORY – 2019 Edition is going to happen
We have decided that we will proceed with a Photo Directory for this our tenth year as Spirit West in our current building, and the fortieth anniversary of our constitution as a congregation. Photos will be taken on Monday, June 10. Please watch this space for details on how to book your appointment for your photo session. As a reminder, the only cost to you is if you decide to purchase copies of the photos. Even if you do not purchase photos, your family photo will appear in the directory.
Lenten Study – “Living Faith – Invitations from the Cross”
Our Lenten study “Living Faith – Invitations from the Cross,” continues on Wednesday, April 17 at 1:30 pm in the Lounge Room. Discover how the words spoken by Jesus as he was crucified are invitations to each of us – invitations to a dynamic, living faith. Each of the six Bible study sessions will explore one of the sayings of Jesus from the cross, and look at how we can respond in ways that will not only transform our relationship with Christ, but potentially the world around us. The sixth and final study is Invitation to Trust – “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”
Even if you have not signed up, please join us if you wish.
SOCIAL MEDIA 101 (Social Media for Beginners)
Does the previous paragraph mean anything to you? Are you among those people who hear words like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat and think you are hearing a foreign language. When some of your friends ask you to “friend them” are you confused? Do you think you might be missing out when someone you know asks you if you have seen the post on Instagram of a mutual friend’s darling new grandchild? Is sharing what your church is doing beyond Sunday (with pictures), something you might like to do? If this might be you, help and hope is at hand. Aly L. would like to offer a session to introduce members of the Sprit West congregation to the possibilities of Social Media. Watch this space for details.
Your Favourite Hymn
Do you have a favourite hymn that you’d like to hear included in one of our worship services? Please let Bonnie C. know your choice and she will make sure it is sung within the month.
A WAY TO CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY
You don’t have offering envelopes, you are not on PAR, and you don’t get to church as often as you would like, but you want to make a financial contribution to work of Spirit West, and receive a tax receipt. Now you can! Check out the online donation option on our website spiritwest.org and click on the Donate tab in the navigation bar.
RIDE TO CHURCH?
From time to time we encounter people who would like to come to church at Spirit West, but are unable to because they do not have means of transportation. Can you give a ride? If you would be willing to make yourself available to provide a ride to church please call the church office. Do you need a ride? Would you like to come to church at Spirit West, but are unable to because you have no ride, please call the church office. (780-481-1406)
Spirit West Prayer Chain
The Spirit West Prayer Chain is a group of people who have committed to continue our prayers of concern from Sunday through the week. To be part of this ministry, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org . You may also email a request for prayer to the same email address. If you would prefer to talk to someone, you can call the church or call Edina T. at 780-481-3508
SPIRIT WEST ONLINE!
Our Website is at www.spiritwest.org .
Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/SpirtWestUnitedChurch
- Norma => 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Monday to Thursday (April hours)
- Larry => 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday to Friday
(Rev.) Larry K. Wright, CD, BA, MDiv
Spirit West United Church