In the Gospel this Sunday, Jesus asks his followers how they would identify him. “Who do you say that I am?” Each of us has an understanding of who Jesus is, and each of our understandings is unique. But the question for each of us, is whether our understanding allows Jesus to “self-identify.” In the Gospel story, the various followers of Jesus repeat what they have heard about Jesus. But Peter has a moment of insight, and reflects not what others are saying about Jesus, but reveals an understanding of Jesus based on his relationship with Jesus. The story from Paul’s letter to the Romans looks at the uniqueness of each person and their gifts and relationship to the church.
The scripture readings are Romans 12: 1-8 and Matthew 16: 13-20. In the Time for All Ages I will be looking at what is “Most Valuable” to God, and the title of the sermon is “Names You Call Me.”
WELCOME BACK SUNDAY – September 10
Sep 10 will be our Welcome Back Sunday. There will be a program for the children, on Sep 10, there will be a lunch after church, and there will be an opportunity to register your children for Sunday School. Sunday School “classes” will start on Sunday, Sep 17. We continue to look for adults who would like to teach or help with Sunday School. Look for a signup sheet at church.
Ladies Group Welcome Back Social –
September 11 at 7pm, in the sanctuary. Everyone Welcome! We are going to have a dessert party and get to know you social. We are asking everyone who attends to bring their favorite dessert recipe. A sign-up sheet we will be available soon. Our theme for the year is “Recipes” which we will be including at every meeting and sharing them at the end of the year.
INNER-CITY PASTORAL MINISTRY LUNCH – SUNDAY, OCT 1 Save the date!
Spirit West will be co-sponsoring the ICPM Lunch at the Bissell Centre on Sunday, October 1.
We will be looking for: Donations of time, food, and/or money if you are unable to help volunteer your time cooking or working;
Various food donations (loaves of sandwiches, cut raw vegetables, desserts, whole fruit, etc.);
10 - 12 volunteers to deliver the food to Bissell, help prepare it for the people who come to the lunch, and to serve. (A time commitment of approx. 830am - 2pm)
Lori W. will have sign-up sheets available on the 10th of September at the back of the church for food and volunteers. If you have questions or you want to confirm earlier than that what you can contribute, you can leave a message on Lori’s home phone or call her after the 3rd of September.
There is now a Spirit West Prayer Circle. We gather at the church on Thursday mornings at 10:30. We share a reading, share our stories or concerns, and pray. There is no “sign-up” for this, just come as you feel the need. If you are interested, join us on Thursdays.
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
- Norma => August 9 & 10; August 30 to Sept.
(Rev.) Larry K. Wright, CD, BA, MDiv
Spirit West United Church