I am going to start this eMessage with a reminder of our Drive and Drop for the Food Bank on Saturday.
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, this Saturday, 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.)
- Baby formula
- Peanut Butter
- Healthy School Snacks (juice boxes, granola bars, fruit cups)
- 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.
This Sunday – The Last Sunday in Creation Time – Thanksgiving Sunday
The Scripture Readings are Deuteronomy 8: 7-18 and Luke 17: 11-19. In the Time for All Ages, I will be talking about “Thinking of God.” My sermon is titled, “Giving Thanks in our World”
This Sunday is Thanksgiving Sunday in Canada. It is essentially a Harvest Festival. And it seems that across time and cultures, harvest time has been marked with celebrations of thanksgiving. And an important aspect of these celebrations has been the acknowledgement of the Divine as the ultimate source of the bounty. Another aspect often associated with thanksgiving celebrations is the commitment to use the fruits of the harvest wisely and for the benefit of the community. There are echoes of these aspects in our modern thanksgiving celebrations, but to my mind they are very faint. In the reading from Deuteronomy, God warns the people that with prosperity and security comes forgetfulness. We know from the readings from Exodus over the past few weeks, that the children of Israel never forgot God during the tough times. It was at these times that they blamed God for their difficulties, and demanded that God help them. God did help them, and fulfilled the promise of a new land for the people. They are called to remember God even when everything is going well.
In the Gospel reading, Jesus is travelling through the region between Samaria, a foreign territory, and Galilee when he encounters ten lepers. I note that in order to protect Jesus and his followers, the lepers maintain their distance. But they called out for mercy. Jesus tells them to go show themselves to the priests, as was required of those who had been healed of a disease, and as they were heading off they realize that they had been healed. One of the ten, a Samaritan, a foreigner, turns back to thank Jesus and praise God. The rest do not. Jesus wonders aloud why of the ten who were healed only one, a foreigner, returns? Does good health also lead to forgetfulness?
ZOOM INTO SUNDAY SCHOOL continues this Sunday, October, 11 at 10:00am
If you have someone registered for our ZOOM into Sunday School, the ZOOM link from the message sent to you three 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com . 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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