This Sunday – January 29th
This Sunday we are going to be focussing on a reading from Micah. Micah is considered one of the minor prophets (Isaiah, for example, is a major prophet), and his book of only seven chapters is found almost at the end of what we have called the Old Testament in our Bible. Micah deals with the very rocky relationship between God and the people of Israel. It outlines many of the “sins” of the people, ways in which they have departed from the call of God. And in chapter six we find out God’s desire for the people expressed in this somewhat famous phrase, “and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” We will look at what that means for us.
The Readings for Sunday are Micah 6: 1-8 and Matthew 5: 1-12. In the Time for All Ages, I will be talking about “Words and actions.” I have called my sermon, “What does God require?”
You may remember that last fall we elected our Church Board for 2017. This Sunday we will recognize and covenant with our Board to support them through the coming year .
Court Whist Night
Sat, Feb 4, 7:00 pm; snacks, coffee, tea & punch provided to enjoy during the games. Although there are no advance ticket sales ($5.00 per person at the door,) Doreen O. would like some idea of the level of interest in advance (for cards, tables and snacks), so give her a call at 780-487-5372. No experience with whist necessary! Loads of fun! If you have a card table that could be used that night, please call Doreen.
Ladies Group Valentine Social and Meeting
Ladies, mark your calendars for our annual Valentine Luncheon at 11:30 am on Sat, Feb. 11th at the Homefire Grill Restaurant, 18210 – 100 Ave. Cost is $20.00 per person which includes food and gratuity. Reservations and payment can be made through Diane L. (780-444-0284) Good food and valentine surprises! All women welcome!
SPIRIT WEST UNITED CHURCH CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS
There will be a Congregational Budget Meeting after Church on Sunday, February 12, 2017. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and approve the 2017 Budget for Spirit West United Church. There will be a Congregational Meeting after Church on Sunday, February 26, 2017. The purpose of this meeting is to receive and discuss the Annual Report, to discuss and approve a Business Plan for Spirit West United Church (a proposed Business Plan will be sent out next week), and to discuss and confirm (or not) the recommendations of the Church Board on General Council Remits 1 and 2 (see below).
GENERAL COUNCIL REMITS
At the Church Board meeting last night, Remit 1- The Three Council Model from the General Council was discussed and voted on. Remit 2- Elimination of Transfer and Settlement will be dealt with at the February Board Meeting. It is however, the desire of the Board to allow for the fuller engagement of the congregation in the Remit Process. Therefore, Remits 1 and 2, along with the results of the vote by the Board will be presented at the Congregational Meeting on February 26 for discussion and confirmation. Remits 3 and 4 will be dealt with by the Board in March and April and the results will presented to the Congregation at a later date. Information about all the Remits can be found online at gc42.ca/remits.
Volunteers Needed for Jasper Place Wellness Centre
As has been our practice at Spirit West Outreach during the last few winters, we will again be cooking and serving a hot meal on Saturday evenings to those in need during January, February and March at Jasper Place Wellness on Stony Plain Road and 152 St. Our church, together with five other churches, will be sharing the preparation and serving of these meals. We need help cooking and serving on Jan. 21 and 28 and March 4 and 11. If you can help with this very worthy cause, please call Doreen Olynyk at 780-487-5372. For those who cannot participate on these dates but still want to be involved, a cash donation is always appreciated.
CHALLENGES TO MOBILITY?
Spirit West has a Walker (Evolution Xpresso Lite) that is available for use at the church. The walker can also be borrowed by those whose mobility is temporarily challenged. For more information about the Walker, please contact the Church office (780-481-1406).
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
- Monday to Friday 9:30 – 2:30
- Norma => 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Monday to Thursday
- Larry => 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Tuesday to Friday
(Rev.) Larry K. Wright, CD, BA, MDiv
Spirit West United Church