The change of the font colour from gold to red should give you a clue that there is something different happening this Sunday. This Sunday is Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Easter. The scriptures record in Acts that on this day the disciples were gathered in a room in Jerusalem, wondering what to do next. It seemed that Jesus was really gone now, they watched him being taken up into heaven. But he had told them to stick around for the coming of the Spirit. So there they were in Jerusalem not really sure what “the coming of the Spirit” meant, and not really sure if they would recognize the Spirit’s coming when (and if) it did happen. It does happen, and some wonderful things follow. It seems that the Spirit is what they needed. And the passage from 1 Corinthians elaborates on the gifts of the Spirit. Pentecost is often considered the birthday of the Church.
The scripture readings for Sunday are Act 2: 1-21 and 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13. In the Time for All Ages, I will be asking, “What is the Church” The sermon is titled, “The gifts of the Spirit”
We will be having Sunday School Presentations and we will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Come dressed casually because the Service will be followed by the…
SPIRIT WEST CHURCH PICNIC
After church this Sunday, June 4 we will have our Sunday School/Church Picnic. Let’s get together for Food, Fellowship and Fun. The food will be provided, and there will be games. The picnic will happen rain or shine (but pray for “shine).
With One Voice – Hymns and Choral Works of the Reformation Era
The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton and the Alberta-BC District of the Lutheran Church-Canada, are pleased to invite you to an ecumenical concert on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The Concert will take place at St. Joseph’s Basilica, 10044 -113 St.
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, and pray. There is no “sign-up” for this, just come as you feel the need. If you are interested, join us on Thursdays.
EXTREME HUNGER APPEAL – United Church of Canda
The United Church of Canada is launching an Extreme Hunger Appeal as the humanitarian crisis in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen reaches grave levels.
Starvation and extreme hunger are rapidly reaching a scale the world has not seen before in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. There is also extreme hunger, malnutrition, and starvation in Kenya. Vulnerable people are most impacted, including children.
Small-scale farmers supply the majority of food in Africa. But climate change has created a devastating and prolonged drought, resulting in both water and food shortages. Farmers are unable to grow crops and their livestock have died. Ongoing conflict is also contributing to the crisis as many families are forced to flee their homes, farms, and livelihoods.
The people of Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Kenya urgently need your help. All donations raised for this appeal will go to our long-term Mission & Service partners, including ACT Alliance, which is saving lives in the region.
Online via the United Church of Canada’s secure donation page.
Phone 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.
Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:
The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit - Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
Please be sure to note "Emergency Response—Extreme Hunger Appeal" on the face of your cheque.
Note: As part of the United Church’s Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.
Pray for the millions of people in Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen facing extreme drought, food insecurity, malnutrition, and conflict, and for our Mission & Service partners working on the ground to meet the needs of those affected.
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 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 .
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- Monday to Friday 9:30 – 2:30
- Norma => June hours – 11:00 am to 4:00 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