This Sunday I am going to focus on the reading from 1 Kings. In this passage, King David has died and his son Solomon is now the King of Israel. In a dream, God comes to Solomon and says, “Tell me what you would have me give you.” This is right up there with “you have one wish.” So what does Solomon ask for... long life, riches, health, success? Solomon’s answer is, “Give your servant an understanding mind.”
The readings for Sunday are 1 Kings 2:10-12 and John 6: 51-58. With the children in the Time for all ages, we will talk about “wishes”, and my sermon is titled, “Give your servant an understanding mind.”
Community Garage Sale – will be held in the sanctuary on Fri, Aug. 21, noon to 7pm and Sat, Aug. 22 from 9am to 3pm. Tables can now be booked for $30.00 for two days or you can donate items to the church table. Donations for the church table are now being accepted at the church during office hours. All items except clothing are very welcome. All proceeds to go to paying down the mortgage.
Church Membership Program starts September 6
I will be starting a Membership Program on Sunday, September 6 right after church. The program will continue for 5 Sundays, with Confirmation or Reception on Thanksgiving Sunday. This is open to anyone, youth or adult seeking to confirm their faith, those wishing to join the United Church from another faith community, or anyone else looking for an opportunity for some faith exploration. If you are interested, or just have questions, please give me a call.
We will be starting Sunday School soon, and in order to do that we do need people who are willing to give some time as teachers or helpers. If you are interested call the office.
Mark your calendars for Messy Church! Saturday, September 19th, The Good Shepherd, and Saturday, November 28th, Messy Advent. I am looking for volunteers who want to help make these two Messy Churches happen. We need people to make Messy Church happen. We need people who will set up and guide the participants through the crafts, and we need people working in the kitchen preparing our dinner. If you are able to help, please call me.
About Messy Church: For those of you not familiar with Messy Church, it is a concept first developed in the UK. The idea is to provide an opportunity for families to learn the stories of the Bible and of the Christian faith in a setting that is not like Sunday church. So Messy Church is composed of a song and story time, where we hear and celebrate a biblical story. Then we make crafts (and some are MESSY) that relate to the story, and we end our time together by sharing dinner together. Everything is provided. It is expected that children will bring their parents or grandparents with them so that the whole family can enjoy the fellowship, fun and food. So, come bring your family and friends! If you have any questions about Messy Church call me at the church.
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 .
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- 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