Please take note of Messy Church this Saturday, and the Congregational Meeting on Sunday after Church and consider the vacant Church Board positions which we hope to fill at that meeting.
This SUNDAY – November 20 – Reign of Christ
We have come to the end of the Christian Year. This Sunday, Reign of Christ Sunday, is the last Sunday in the Church calendar. This Sunday was once called Christ the King Sunday, and though the name has changed the emphasis is intended to be on our understanding of Christ as the one “in charge” of our lives. But this becomes awkward in our current society, where individualism has become an almost religious conviction, with the subsequent view that “no one can tell me what to do.” We have a strange view of authority. We tend to want everyone to behave just like we do. But if my behaviour is the standard by which I judge others, doesn’t that mean that for you your behaviour is the standard, and you will be judging me. You can see where problems might arise. But for the Christian, Christ is supposed to be the standard, the authority. But can we and do we accept that authority? How does Christ reign in our lives?
The readings for Sunday are Jeremiah 23: 1-6, and Luke 23: 33-43. We will also be sharing a Gospel canticle (song) from Luke 1: 68-79. In the time for all ages I will talk about “the King,” and I have titled the sermon, “Shepherd-King”
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – This Sunday, November 20 after Church
It has been the practice of Spirit West United Church to hold a Congregational Meeting in the fall to elect members to the Church Board for the coming year. You will notice in the chart below that there are currently vacancies on the Board for 2017, please consider stepping forward. We will also have a first glance at a congregational budget for 2017, though the budget will not be approved in its final form until the Congregational Meeting in February 2017.
Your attendance at this meeting is very important.
Person - Board Position for 2017
Bill Callas -=> Chair / Membership
Vacant => Vice-Chair
Gerry Maciejko =>Past Chair
Janice Roy => Communications
Olivier Roy =>Education & Faith Formation
John Punko =>Ministry & Personnel
Bob Hoy =>Operations Co-Chair
Paul Fujishige =>Operations Co-Chair
Doreen Olynyk =>Outreach Co-Chair
Lori Walkhouse =>Outreach Co-Chair
Rhea Olson => Presbytery Representative
Margaret Benson =>Worship
Vacant =>Pastoral Care
Marjorie Hewitt =>Treasurer
Larry Wright =>Minister
Norma Balcombe => Secretary
Messy Church is this Saturday Nov. 19 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. We will be looking at “Messy Advent - a time to get ready.” There will be stories, songs, crafts (some messy) and dinner together. Everything is provided including dinner, so just come as a family and enjoy!
If your family is coming to Messy Church send us an email to email@example.com or phone the church office.
The Men of Spirit West will be gathering for Breakfast this Saturday, November 19 at 8:00 am in the Lower Hall. Breakfast is open to any man who wants to come out for a great breakfast. As a note, each man usually put in $10 dollars, this covers the breakfast supplies and the surplus is put into a fund that offsets the cost of minor repairs around the church.
POINSETTIAS FOR CHRISTMAS
Once again, we will be selling Christmas poinsettias as a fundraiser and as a way of beautifying Spirit West for Christmas. Orders can be placed on November 20 and 27. The poinsettias will be delivered to the church in time for the December 18 service and the choir's Christmas concert. It would be appreciated if you leave your poinsettias at church until Christmas Eve, and then take them home to enjoy.
Prices are: 6 inch pot for $17;
8 inch pot for $30;
10 inch pot for $41.
To place your order, see Margery W.
ANTE MERIDIEM CHOIR CONCERT
The Ante Meridiem Choir of Edmonton will be having a Concert on Sunday, December 4 at 2:30 pm at our Church. Tickets: $12 in advance through choir members; $15 at the door. Reception to follow. See Bonnie S. for tickets.
SPIRIT WEST UNITED CHURCH CHRISTMAS CONCERT
The Spirt West United Church Christmas Concert, “Nowell, Now all is well” will be held at the Church on Sunday, December 18 at 6:30 pm. This moving evening of music and word for the whole family will feature our own choir as well as members of the Harp Beat Harp Choir and other guest musicians. Bring your friends!
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,
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