THIS SUNDAY – Basis of Union Article XV – Of the Church
This Sunday, using Article XV of the Basis of Union “Of the Church, as a starting point we will be looking at what it means to be the church. What or who is “the church?” What is the church’s purpose? Given that “churches” in Edmonton are closing, and that the presentation of “the church” in the media these days is on the whole rather negative, is the church relevant in our modern society? We will look at the vision for the church that is described in Article XV, and we will look at how that vision may have changed in the years since 1925. What do you think? Drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Sunday and tell me where you think the church is or should be in our world today. Your ideas, but not your name, may become part of my sermon.
The Scripture readings for Sunday are Ephesians 3: 14-21, and Acts 2: 43-47. The story in the Time for All Ages is called “We are the Church.” and the title of my sermon is “Of the Church”
CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS – Feb 10 and Feb 24
There will be a Congregation Meeting following the Service this Sunday, February 24 to review, through the Annual Reports, the mission and ministry of the Spirit West United in 2018. We will also make such decisions as will determine our vision for the Congregation in 2019. You attendance and input at both these meetings is greatly desired
Lenten Study – “Living Faith – Invitations from the Cross”
This Lent, through the study “Living Faith – Invitations from the Cross,” discover how the words spoken by Jesus as he was crucified are invitations to each of us – invitations to a dynamic, living faith. Each of the six Bible study sessions will explore one of the sayings of Jesus from the cross, and look at how we can respond in ways that will not only transform our relationship with Christ, but potentially the world around us. The author of this study, Krish Kandiah, reflects on how the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion present an invitation to us, and how Christ calls us to forgiveness, service, hope, adoption, empathy and trust.
Join us for this study on the Wednesdays of Lent, at 1:30 pm in the Lounge, starting on March 13. If there is interest, this study will also be offered on the Sundays of Lent, after church, starting on March 10. There is a signup sheet by the office.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner!
Join us in using cunning stealth and covert organization, to surprise our phenomenal Spirit West chefs. Only at the ring of their doorbell, should they discover who will join them for dinner on their chosen night of gastronomical delights!! This fund-raiser for the church will take place during the months of late March, April and May! It is a terrific time to enjoy a fabulous meal and fellowship. Those who wish to host a dinner are asked to contact Bill C or Colleen F. Hosts need to indicate the dates and times of their dinners and the number of guests they will be hosting. If there is a theme for the evening, this should also be provided. Guests will have the opportunity to select where they will dine and to provide any dietary restrictions to the conveners (who will secretly pass on the information to the hosts). A free will offering, in envelopes, will be collected by the host. A minimum offering of $25.00 per person is suggested. Please plan on attending one of these sensational evening parties and generously supporting our church.
SPIRIT WEST ON INSTAGRAM
In our church’s continuing efforts to be more widely known in the community, Aly L. of our Communications Committee has created an Instagram Account for Spirit West. But an Instagram account with no updates is not that useful. Aly would like to establish a small team of three or four people who will take pictures at Spirit West events to be posted on Instagram. Before this team starts posting, Aly would like to meet with them to set ground rules and policies so that the posts show Spirit West at its best and also protect the privacy of individuals. If you are interested please speak to Aly.
SOCIAL MEDIA 101 (Social Media for Beginners)
Does the previous paragraph mean anything to you? Are you among those people who hear words like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat and think you are hearing a foreign language. When some of your friends ask you to “friend them” are you confused? Do you think you might be missing out when someone you know asks you if you have seen the post on Instagram of a mutual friend’s darling new grandchild? Is sharing what your church is doing beyond Sunday (with pictures), something you might like to do? If this might be you, help and hope is at hand. Aly L. would like to offer a session to introduce members of the Sprit West congregation to the possibilities of Social Media. Watch this space for details.
Your Favourite Hymn
Do you have a favourite hymn that you’d like to hear included in one of our worship services? Please let Bonnie C. know your choice and she will make sure it is sung within the month.
A WAY TO CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY
You don’t have offering envelopes, you are not on PAR, and you don’t get to church as often as you would like, but you want to make a financial contribution to work of Spirit West, and receive a tax receipt. Now you can! Check out the online donation option on our website spiritwest.org and click on the Donate tab in the navigation bar.
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 email@example.com . 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
- Norma => 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Thursday
- Larry => 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday to Friday
(Rev.) Larry K. Wright, CD, BA, MDiv
Spirit West United Church