Please take note of the invitation below to the Congregational Meeting on November 20 after Church and consider the vacant Church Board positions which we hope to fill at that meeting.
This SUNDAY – November 13 – Rodeo Sunday
One of the uniquely Spirit West traditions is Rodeo Sunday. This is a Sunday in November that coincides with the presence in Edmonton of the Canadian Finals Rodeo. This Sunday is that occasion. The most notable aspect of this tradition is that the music for this Sunday tends to the “ol’ time country” flavour. The other obvious sign is that members of the congregation are often seen in their western finery. However, though I will be wearing my cowboy boots, I will not be preaching about cowboys. The lectionary readings for this Sunday, do however seem appropriately apt to our current world situation. In the gospel reading, Luke presents a very dire picture of what is to come in the world. It is an “end time” passage. Now many people are looking at what has been happening in our world; wars, unrest, waves of refugees, Brexit, and the election of Donald Trump as signs that the end of the world is near. Maybe? As we have seen, the response of some is to arm themselves to the teeth and hunker down for the apocalypse. But that is not what Jesus calls us to do in the face of difficulties.
The readings for Sunday are 2 Thessalonians 3: 6-13, and Luke 21: 5-19. In the time for all ages I will talk about “WorryðTrust,” and I have titled the sermon, “We will stand firm”
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – 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
Vacant => Stewardship
Marjorie Hewitt => Treasurer
Larry Wright => Minister
Norma Balcombe => Secretary
FAITH FORMATION AND EDUCATION Fall Programs
Sunday School: Our Sunday School is up and running with teachers until the beginning of January, but we continue to look for adults who would like to teach or help. Look for a signup sheet at church. The Sunday School is looking for empty baby food jars. If you have any, there is a drop-off container in the coat rack area at the church.
Adult Study: The eight session video study called The Good Shepherd – A Theological Journey of 1,000 years continues on Wednesday, Nov 16 at 1:30 pm in the Lounge. The study continues until November 23.
Messy Church is Saturday Nov. 19, We will be looking at “Messy Advent - a time to get ready.” Edina T. is the coordinator. If you want to be involved look for the signup sheet or call Edina. If your family is coming to Messy Church send us an email to email@example.com or phone the church office.
ANTE MERIDIEM CHOIR CONCERT
The Ante Meridiem Choir of Edmonton will be having a Concert on Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 pm at our Church. More details with follow.
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