This Sunday – Thanksgiving Sunday
What is the nature of thankfulness? How do you express your thanks?
Here are the readings we’ll hear in this week’s service:
• The First Letter of Paul to Timothy 2:1-7
The two Letters to Timothy are written as instructions from Paul, with advice on church leadership for Timothy, who was a companion and assistant to Paul during the early missionary travels. However, the letters were probably compiled and written in Paul’s name after his death.
• The Gospel of Matthew 6:25-33
The Gospel Lesson for Thanksgiving Sunday is part of the Sermon on the Mount, a collection of teachings of Jesus about discipleship. This passage invites us to reflect on what is most important in life.
Thanksgiving has always been connected to harvest festivals, to the “harvest home”. As long as humans have planted and harvested, there have been harvest thanksgivings. We decorate our churches and homes with signs of the harvest: garden produce, sheaves of wheat, and so on.
An important aspect of Thanksgiving is to reconnect us with who we are and where we have come from, and with what we are becoming. We need to remember our roots, even as we make our thanksgiving.
THERE WILL BE A ZOOM COFFEE HOUR (this is the link for September and October)
Join Zoom Coffee on Sunday at 11:30
Meeting ID: 847 3719 9288
The plan is that this is a no-host gathering. Anyone with the meeting ID and Passcode can join. If there are any problems, please let Norma know on Monday.
Drive & Drop for the Food Bank. Saturday 16 October. 1-3 PM
In keeping with COVID-19 requested social distancing guidelines, we will offer a drive-up service for donations so you don’t have to leave your vehicle. Kindly place your donations in your trunk or back seat and we will unload for you.
Some suggestions of items the food bank is looking for:
- Beans, Canned meat or fish, Baby formula, Peanut Butter, Canned soups, Canned Vegetables, Canned fruit, Granola Bars, Pasta, Pasta Sauce. Monetary donations (cash only) will also be collected into a large envelope and delivered directly to the food bank.
If you are interested in volunteering for this event (2-3 people required) please let me know as well.
FROM THE PASTORAL SEARCH COMMITTEE
We have completed the first round of our search and are doing our mock interview with our Regional Liaison this week. We will soon be starting the interview process with the 4 candidates we have chosen. Once we are finished the first stage of interviews, we will choose the candidates we want to meet for a second interview.
ZOOM SUNDAY SCHOOL
The Spirit West Sunday School is looking forward to welcoming children and teachers to another session of ZOOM Sunday School classes. The time is 10:00am and after registration (confirmation of attendance) an email will be sent to each home with a link to connect to the classes on Sunday mornings.
If you have children that would like to enroll in these classes, please email:
Cathy Sutherland email@example.com OR Norma Balcombe at the office firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in teaching Sunday School, we have a wonderful curriculum that is online that we use and an easy to follow format. Please email Cathy at email@example.com OR Sheila Hoy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thank you so much for your attention. The experience last year was so good, that we’re excited to get going again
SPIRIT WEST CRABAPPLE JELLY
Spirit West Crabapple Jelly 2021 is now available at the church (during office hours). As in past years, the cost of the jelly is a donation of $5 per jar to Spirit West United Church. (If you have empty jars from previous years, could you return them to the church for reuse)
SPIRIT WEST WORSHIP VIDEOS
You may have gotten (or will get) a call from Diane H. our new “Greeter Co-ordinator,” asking you if you would record a greeting for our Sunday Worship videos. If at all possible, please say yes. Recorded greetings should be sent to our “Recording technician” (Paul W.) at email@example.com or you can come into the church and we will record your greeting. Video greetings need to be sent in or recorded by the Friday before “your” Sunday.
Using the list of those who have volunteered to be Scripture readers, I have sent out a schedule of readers for October 3 to Dec 26, 2021. If you have read scripture for one of the worship videos, you will be on the schedule and will have received a copy. Readings can be done during the worship service on Sundays, once we are back to in-person worship. Readings can also be recorded well in advance of the date required. Your reading can also be recorded at the church between 3:30 and 4:30 on Thursday afternoons.
Sharing our Celebrations
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 Wednesday for inclusion on the Sunday) During the opening section or our Worship Video, we will announce celebrations that have been shared with us.
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. Dave S has agreed to send out the request for prayers to the Prayer Chain group. He will do this as his schedule permits which may not be every Tuesday as in the past.
If you have a prayer request, please send it to email@example.com. These requests will be shared regularly with the prayer chain and will form part of the Prayers of the People in our Sunday Worship videos.
Please remember to have people removed from the prayer chain if the prayers are no longer needed. Our chain is quite lengthy at present so we will cleanse the list in a month’s time and start to repopulate it from scratch
YOUR BOTTLES FOR THE CHURCH
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 and interest on our mortgage.
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 below…
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.
- Stuart => 9:30am to 2:30pm, Tuesday and Thursday
- Norma => Noon to 5:00pm, Monday to Thursday
Spirit West United Church
7003 - 199st.NW Edmonton, AB T5T 3A8
phone: (780) 481-1406