(Please be sure to read the notices about Messy Church and Prayer Shawls)
This Sunday is Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Easter. It is also considered the “Birthday” of the Church. The event commemorated by Pentecost is recorded in the second chapter of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. A frightened group of Jesus’ followers was gathered together when an amazing thing happened. According to Acts, the followers were given the ability, and the motivation to proclaim the story of Jesus in a variety of languages to a culturally diverse crowd that had gathered out of curiosity. Proclaiming the Gospel in a way that people will hear and understand has been the ongoing challenge of Christians.
The readings for Sunday are Acts 2: 1-21 and John 15: 26-27, 16: 4b-15. The title of the Children’s time is ἀκούσατε τοὺς λόγους τούτους and in the Sermon I will look at the question, “Do I speak your language?”
At this service we will be welcoming two new members to our congregation.
Note for Children: In Sunday School you will be doing some gardening. Wear clothes that can get a bit dirty.
SECOND EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL
There has been another devastating earthquake with after shocks 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.
Sat, June 6. The money raised will go to support the Jasper Place Health and Wellness Centre. Pledge sheets and information are available at the church. Meet at the church at 9:45 pm. Make sure you bring your pledge sheets and money. Walk starts at 10:00 am.
Women’s Group Social and Meeting!
Celebration of women’s specialness! 5:30 pm, June 8, Boston Pizza in Mayfield Common. Fun, good food and fellowship! Bring a friend; see you there, we like to share! Please sign up on the sheet by the church office so we know how many to expect. See Anne Dingwell (780-244-9525) or Janice Shields (780-487-6243) for more information.
We have another Messy Church coming up on Saturday, June 20. The theme for this Messy Church is “The Sower and the Seed.” We have a couple of kitchen volunteers and one craft already, but we need more people and ideas. Let’s try for a meeting after church this Sunday in the lounge. (No experience necessary)
I would like to start a membership program for those who wish to join the United Church, and this congregation in particular. If you are already a member of the United Church (or Presbyterian or similar), but your membership is with another congregation, your membership can be transferred by certificate. In other circumstances you become a member by profession of faith or confirmation. If you are interested, or just have questions, please give me a call.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Our Prayer Shawl Supply coordinator is Bonnie C. So now, what is needed is knitters/crocheters who will make the prayer shawls. Basic knitting skills are all that is required We have some wool, knitting needles and a basic pattern available. If you are interested contact me or Bonnie C. For those of you unfamiliar with Prayer Shawl Ministries, it is a program where hand knit shawls, are given to people in hospital with the prayers of our church. The shawl provides a tangible reminder of the church’s and God’s presence with the person in hospital.
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 Shannon F. at 780-481-5262, Marian T. at 780-487-2851 or Bonnie C. at 780-444-2230.
SPIRIT WEST ONLINE!
Our Website is at www.spiritwest.org . Thanks to our Webmaster: Bonnie S.
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
See you Sunday,
(Rev.) Larry K. Wright, CD, BA, MDiv
Spirit West United Church