Give yourself a pat on the back or whatever you want to do to congratulate yourself, you have made it to October 2020.
Please note below the invitation from Lori of our Outreach Committee to a Drive and Drop collection of items for the Food Bank
This Sunday – The Fourth Sunday in Creation Time – World Communion Sunday
The Scripture Readings are Exodus 20: 1-4, 7, 12-20 and Matthew 21: 33-46. In the Time for All Ages, I will be talking about “One Family.” My sermon is titled, “Ten Commandments”
This is the Sunday that many Christian denominations who do not celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday have agreed to celebrate this Sacrament. It has come to be called World Communion Sunday. I have always found it a rather inspiring thought that on this Sunday, people are gathering around the Lord’s table throughout the twenty-four hours of this day, across the world, across languages and cultures, naming Jesus the Bread of Life and the True Vine.
But this Sunday I am also continuing to follow the Children of Israel as they continue their journey to the Promised Land. In this Sunday’s reading from Exodus, we hear what we have come to call the Ten Commandments, although in the Lectionary, a few verses are left out. Now the Ten Commandments have always seemed kind of a big deal. Charlton Heston and Cecil B. DeMille might have helped with that in the twentieth century. But why is that people who don’t go to church and don’t seem to believe in God, a Higher Power, want to tell me, usually on airplanes, that they are actually good people and follow the Ten Commandments? I have never had the heart or nerve to challenge them to name all ten, but I wonder if they actually know what is contained in those Commandments. They probably are thinking that they have never murdered anyone or committed adultery but beyond that… However, when we actually look at the “Commandments” we find some interesting things. The first is that in the Bible they are not called commandments, there is a specific Hebrew word for that. They are just called sayings or words. The passage reads, “Then God spoke all these words.” The next is that there are more than ten “words” or “sayings” in the list, and at different times, and by different groups, and in different ways they have been divided into ten. The “sayings” are recorded differently in the book of Deuteronomy than in the book of Exodus. Things are not as simple as they seem. But what is at the heart of these “words?” - the acknowledgement and worship of God as the one God, and good relations between people in a community. The first few sayings describe our relationship with God, the remainder describe our relationship with others in the community. If people did actually follow the “sayings” of God in fact and in spirit, perhaps the world would be a better place.
ZOOM INTO SUNDAY SCHOOL continues this Sunday, October, 4 at 10:00am
If you have someone registered for our ZOOM into Sunday School, the ZOOM link from the message sent to you two weeks ago will work. A reminder message will also be sent to all registered households.
To register send an email to the church with your child’s (children’s) name and age, along with an email address to which the ZOOM invitation can be sent.
We still have a couple of Craft Kits to be picked up or delivered.
Drive and Drop for the Food Bank – Saturday, October 10
In the spirit of Thanksgiving you are invited to take a drive to the church, on Saturday, of October 10th, between 10 and 11am, wave at some familiar faces and make a difference to those that are struggling by dropping off items for the Food Bank.
Items that are needed:
Canned beans (with or without pork)
Canned meat (fish, ham, etc.)
Healthy School Snacks (juice boxes, granola bars, fruit cups) Soup Canned fruit and vegetables Pasta and Pasta Sauce
We will also have a jar available for monetary (cash) donations.
We will need a couple of volunteers to help direct traffic around our parking lot as well as a few people to take the food from the vehicles to put in the box. Volunteers will be required to use sanitizer, wear gloves and a mask as well as socially distance where possible. Call or text Lori at 780-221-7729 if you are interested in volunteering.
SPIRIT WEST CRABAPPLE JELLY – a few jars left
There are a few jars left of this year's batch of Spirit West Crabapple Jelly is now ready. The jelly is made from crabapples grown on the Spirit West property. You can pick up a jar at the church for $5. If you want curbside pick-up, just call the church before you head over and we will be ready for you. We can also deliver if that works best for you; just call the church to make arrangements. The proceeds of the jelly sales go to the church.
SPIRIT WEST WORSHIP VIDEOS
We are looking for people to read the scriptures for our videos! To volunteer to be a scripture reader, send an email to Norma at firstname.lastname@example.org We will include you in the schedule and we will send you all the information you need about the options you have for recording your segment.
We are continuing to invite members of the congregations to share virtual greetings as part of our Sunday Worship Video. It is a way for us to see each other. Bonnie C. is spearheading this program, and has been doing the recording. You may get a call from her asking if you want to be a “Greeter.” If you have not heard from Bonnie and want to be a greeter, you can call the church and your name will be given to Bonnie, or you can record you own greeting. Record a 10-30 second greeting on your phone (record in “landscape,” hold your phone horizontally, this way ‘---,’ not this way ‘I’) and email your video to email@example.com .
Sharing our Celebrations (change in submission deadline)
In this time when it is important for us to look for signs of hope and joy, opportunity is being given for you to share your celebrations (birthdays, anniversaries, new grandchildren etc) with the wider community. If you have a celebration you want to share please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the church. (must be sent in before noon on Thursday for inclusion on the Sunday) During the opening section or our Worship Video, I will announce celebrations that have been shared with me.
I appreciate all the positive feedback that we have received about the Worship Videos. We (Margaret, Bonnie, Glenn, Paul W. and I) are trying our best to provide you with something that will assist you in your faith journey during this “crazy” time. We would also like to hear from you if you have suggestions on how we could make the videos better or more helpful (like Scripture readers, Greeters, music with the hymns …). Email your comments to me email@example.com or post them on our Facebook page.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT (and this is not a Scam)
We can now accept donations by eTransfer. The contact name for the eTransfer is Spirit West United Church, and the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org . If you include a security question with your eTransfer, please notify Norma at the church office by phone or email. And remember that if you are not on PAR(Pre-Authorized Remittance), you can also mail in cheques to the church office (Spirit West United Church, 7003 – 199 St. Edmonton, AB T5T 3A8, include your envelope number if you have one.) The church office is open and you can drop off your offering/donation in the offering plate just inside the front doors. You can also donate online, see ANOTHER WAY TO CONTRIBUTE… below.
OUTREACH – Underwear and Face Masks Needed at Bissell Centre
There is still a need at Bissell for UNDERWEAR. Ladies and Men’s - sizes Medium and Large.
If any of you would like to shop and deliver undies to the church, Lori will pick them up and deliver them to the Bissell Centre. If you would rather have your donation picked up, call the church office to arrange it.
They are also taking donations of FABRIC FACE MASKS. So any of you crafty people out there - We know there are a few quilters out there with a good stash of fabric - if you would like a little project to do in your self-isolation (patterns can be found online) ..... Again - these can be dropped at the church (or call the church office to arrange pick-up) and Lori will deliver them to the Bissell Centre.
YOUR BOTTLES FOR THE CHURCH (with a real update)
You may have bottles piling up for recycling. You can bring them to the church (or you can call for pick up). If you want to bring your bottles (and any other recyclable beverage containers) in during our office hours and put them directly in the Bottle Shed (by the garage), give us a call, and we can have the shed open for you. All money raised from the return of bottles goes towards paying down the principal on our mortgage. Since the beginning of the year, Don and Bob have redeemed $530.35 worth of bottles from our shed for the church.
PASTORAL CARE DURING A PANDEMIC
A team has been put together to begin a phone ministry. We will be reaching out by phone to members of Spirit West to remind ourselves that we are a community of faith, even if at the moment we have to practice social distancing, and in some cases self-isolation. The team will initially target those whom we believe are most likely to be isolated. We may not always get it right. If you get a call, and think you really didn’t need it, thank the caller anyway. If you don’t hear from anyone in the next week or so, and really would like a call, let me know. We are playing this by ear in an “interesting” time.
If you are self-isolating for whatever reason (you are not feeling well, you are in a susceptible population, or you are just not taking chances) and you cannot get out to do shopping, let us know. There are people in the congregation who will do your shopping and deliver it to your home. Mention this to the caller from the phone ministry, or call or send an email to the church to let us know.
If you would like to volunteer as a “shopper” let me know by phone or email.
David S. has started a Casserole Ministry as part of Pastoral Care. Volunteers from Pastoral Care at Spirit West will deliver a casserole to someone in isolation, recovering from illness, or grieving the loss of family members.
We would need a supply of three or four casseroles made by members of Spirit West in tin foil pans and frozen in the church freezer available for delivery. The casseroles should be dated and labelled with all ingredients and the instructions for reheating. The supply of casseroles can be replenished as needed. If you are interested in providing a casserole please call David S. so he can keep an accurate inventory of casseroles (not too many, not too few).
Spirit West Prayer Chain
Prayer is important. We know that people still face challenges and difficulties not related to Covid-19, and we cannot forget them. Our Prayer Chain will continue to be active. If you have a prayer request, please send it to email@example.com. These requests will be shared regularly with the prayer chain.
ANOTHER WAY TO CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY TO SPIRIT WEST DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC
You are stuck home, Spirit West is not holding services, you are not on PAR, but you want to make a financial contribution to the work of Spirit West, because the church has bills to pay even when we are not gathering on Sunday. Check out the online donation option on our website spiritwest.org and click on the Donate tab in the navigation bar.
SPIRIT WEST ONLINE!
Facebook: Spirit West United Church and Friends of Spirit West Outreach
YouTube: Spirt West United Church, Edmonton
The Spirit West Church office remains open.
- Norma => Noon to 5:00 pm, Monday to Thursday
- Larry => 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday to Friday
(Rev.) Larry K. Wright, CD, BA, MDiv
Spirit West United Church