This is the last eMessage for 2016, the next eMessage will be coming out on Thursday, January 5, 2017.
This SATURDAY – December 24 – Christmas Eve
Come and join us at 6:30 pm on Saturday as we journey in word and song to Bethlehem. This year the service is based around the book “The Christmas Gift,” which is a retelling of the biblical stories of Christ’s birth by Elizabeth Laird and Bettina Paterson. Children are especially welcome at this service as there will be opportunities to take part in a Nativity Tableau (a Christmas Pageant with no lines to memorize or rehearsals) Parts available are angels, shepherds and three magi. No sign up required, just come a bit early so that children can be costumed.
As we have done in the past, the offering at the Christmas Eve Service will be split between the work of Spirt West and the designated project of “No Room In the Inn.” The “No Room in the Inn” Committee is a committee of the Edmonton and District Council of Churches. Each year the committee choses to support an organization in the Capital Region which in some way provides housing or shelter to those in need. This year we will be supporting “A Safe Place” – a shelter for abused women and their children in Sherwood Park.
This is no Service on Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day. There will also be no Service on Sunday, January 1, 2017, New Year’s Day.
The first Service of 2017 will be Cinnamon Bun Sunday on January 8, 2017 at 10:30 am.
Please note that the Church office will be closed from Sunday, December 25 to Monday, January 2 inclusive. A voice message on the church phone will provide information for emergency contact during this period.
GLENDALE SCHOOL HOT DOG LUNCH
Yesterday a number of people from the Church headed over to Glendale School for the annual Spirit West Hot Dog Lunch Each child (and teacher) gets one or two hot dogs (chicken or veggie), a carton of chocolate milk, an orange, and a doughnut. This year some special donations really helped us with the lunch. Below is the text of a thank you note from one of the children in the Grade 3 class.
Thank you for the hot dogs. Thank you for the hot dogs. Thank you for the hot dogs for lunch. Your guyses veggie hot dog is so yummy so I took 2 because I love your guyses veggie one. The veggie one is the best one I ever had in my whole life. I wish I can work there right now to help you guys. I think when you guys are hear maybe you are going to have a bright face and a bright smile to make me the happiest in the whole world. You guys are the best cooker in the whole tier world. I wish I can eat the veggie terian hot dog every day but I can’t. Have a very happy Cristmas and a really happy New Year’s.
CHRISTMAS HAMPERS – Final Update
The "Hamper Delivery" is tonight Thurs, Dec. 22. Come to the Church between 5:30-6:30 pm. Please call Lori or Bill W. if you have any questions (780-483-6542) We had a very successful “Shopping Trip” last night. The Hampers are ready and so are the gifts. Come help us tonight with the delivery.
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