This Sunday (and next) I will be in Guadalajara, Mexico with my daughter Rebecca. We are delegates to the 2nd Universal Multicultural Dialogue (Diálogo Multicultural Universal II)
representing the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action, (and also the Interchurch Interfaith Committee of Edmonton Presbytery.) In my absence, Sunday worship will be led by our very own Licenced Lay Worship Leader, Anne Dingwell.
The readings for Sunday are Acts 8: 26-40, 1 John 4: 7-21, and John 15: 1-8. In her Reflection, Ann will be asking the question, “Is Someone in Your Way?”
EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL
I trust you will all have heard by now of the devastating earthquake and aftershocks in Nepal. In response to this tragedy, the United Church of Canada has established a Nepal Earthquake Relief fund. Your donation to Nepal Earthquake Relief will be applied directly to support relief, rehabilitation, and restoration efforts in the country. Here’s how you can donate:
· Online via the United Church of Canada’s secure donation page.
· Phone 416-231-5931 ext. 3050 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 3050 and use your Visa or MasterCard.
· Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:
o The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit—Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
Please be sure to note “Emergency Response—Nepal Earthquake Relief” on the face of your cheque.
For more information on the United Church’s response go to http://www.united-church.ca/communications/news/response/150427
And please keep the people of Nepal and the relief workers in your prayers.
If you happen by the church between now and Sunday, you will note more activity than usual. Our church is the site of an Elections Alberta advance polling place. We have a Provincial Election coming on May 5. It is always important in a society like ours not to take our freedoms for granted. You have the freedom to elect your government. No matter how jaded or frustrated you may be with the way “the system” works, it is still your responsibility (and, to use a rare concept, your duty) to exercise that freedom you have and vote. In ancient Athenian democracy, they had a specific name used for people who did not vote in elections. Since those who did not vote were seen not to show reasonable concern for the public good, as opposed to their own good, the citizens of Athens called them “idiots.” Because I will be in Mexico at the time of the Election, I have already voted in an Advance Poll.
FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Come enjoy games, fun and food. On Saturday, May 9th from 7-9 pm we are hosting our 2nd Family Fun Night for the whole community. Bring your family, friends, neighbours, anyone you can find. Bring your appetite too!
ANNUAL PLANT SALE
The Annual Spirit West Plant Sale will be happening May 15-16. Please share this news with all your gardening friends. There are still opportunities to help out, there are sign-up sheets by the church office..
Spirit West Prayer Chain
We have a new Prayer Chain Co-ordinator, Shannon F. 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 Shannon F. at 780-481-5262, Marian T. at 780-487-2851 or Bonnie C. at 780-444-2230.
Check out our New Website at www.spiritwest.org . Thanks to our Webmaster: Bonnie S.
- 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
Remember to check us our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SpirtWestUnitedChurch
See you Sunday,
(Rev.) Larry K. Wright, CD, BA, MDiv
Spirit West United Church