EASTER SERVICES (The Easter Triduum)
Maundy Thursday, April 18 (tonight) – 6:00 pm. At this simple service we will remember the Last Supper. This is the last meal that Jesus shared with his disciples and is the beginning of what we know as Holy Communion. Included in this commemoration will be the ancient practice of foot washing, see John 13: 3-17 (or hand washing for those who prefer to keep their shoes on)
Good Friday, April 19 – 10:30 am. “Were you there...?” We will follow Jesus’ last hours through the eyes of those who were there.
Easter Sunday, April 21 – 10:30 am. This is the Feast of the Resurrection, the promise of new life. During the Time for All Ages we will think about what happens when people say, “That’s impossible,” as we share the story of the empty tomb. In the Scriptures and the sermon, we will hear again the Good News of “Resurrection”
REMEMBERING LIL KOCH
This Saturday, April 20, we will be celebrating the Life of Lil Koch who passed away on January 2, and who was such an active part of the Spirit West congregation.
The service will be held at 2:30 pm at the church and a fellowship time will follow.
OFFERING IN SUNDAY SCHOOL
This Sunday, Edina T. will be introducing the idea of a children’s offering in Sunday School. This follows from a lesson suggestion in our Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.
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 quality. Slightly used household appliance, china, glassware, 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 and Tuesday, June 11. 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.
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 email@example.com . 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