We are having a goodbye gathering for Larry and his family this Sunday with a BBQ and cake after church. This is an opportunity for everyone to say goodbye and celebrate the time Larry had with us. The BBQ will be held outside (weather permitting) on the front lawn / parking lot. Please bring a lawn chair if you can. We hope to see you for the special time!
Sunday, September 18, 2022 – the Third Sunday in the Season of Creation - STORM
Have you booked an appointment for your snow tires yet? It’s getting to be that time of year when we get ready for the storms. There are storms that we are used to, and we know how to get ready for them. Even when a big storm comes through that shuts things down for a day or two, and we are ready to hunker down with extra blankets, warm drinks and well charged iPads.
Jesus asks his disciples during the storm “Where is your faith”. I take this not as an accusation, but a wondering question. In a normal storm, the type we know how to prepare for, our faith is in the walls of our home that they will keep the wind off our faces. Our faith is in weather reporters who will tell us how bad it will be.
What happens when the storm is bigger than we prepared for?
Have you faced a storm you weren’t able to prepare for?
For many of us, Covid has been such a storm. Everything has changed in two and a half years.
With wonder and curiosity I ask “Where is your faith?” How can we rebuilt trust and community?
The gospel lesson is “Jesus Calms the Storm” from Luke 8:22-25 https://youtu.be/XUQaVQC1QYk
With the kids we will be making a storm together.
I will be on the church porch Saturday 10-2 weather permitting, or I’ll be waiting to meet you in the warmth of the building.
If you would like to meet with me at another time, I’m available 9-9, Wednesday-Sunday by appointment.
(Rev) Eli Carter-Morgan (they/them)
Spirit West United Church
Proud to share the land through Treaty 6
GARAGE SALE – September 24 – We need volunteers and donations!
We will be holding our first garage sale, since the pandemic, on September 24! Start saving your items now and bring them to the church during the week before the sale. Items to donate include:
- Household items such as Dishes, glasses, pots & pans, small appliances
- Memorabilia, books, games, CDs
- Pick up larger items (probably need a truck)
- Set up
- Price items
- Floor salespeople
- Take down
APPLES, APPLES, APPLES
The church has an abundance of apples just waiting to be picked. There are crabs for jelly and others suitable for pies or eating (may be a bit tart yet). Everyone is welcome to come help themselves!
We have several people in our congregation who would love to come back to in-person worship but can no longer drive so are unable to get here easily. If you need a ride or if you can offer a ride to someone, please email the church or, if you prefer, call the office.
YouTube Videos Worship Services – September 18 – in person worship service
To watch online, you will need to go to YouTube and google “Spirit West United Church”.
This action will bring you to the Spirit West United Church YouTube page.
SPIRIT WEST PRAYER CHAIN
Prayer is important. We know that people face challenges and difficulties and we cannot forget them. Our Prayer Chain continues 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 and may form part of the Prayers of the People in our Sunday Worship.
Please remember to have people removed from the prayer chain if the prayers are no longer needed.
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 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 of the answer.
- 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. NW 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 or place it in the mailbox.
- You can also donate online by checking 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
- Norma => Noon to 5:00pm, Monday to Wednesday, 7:30am to 12:30 pm Thursday
Spirit West United Church
7003 - 199st.NW Edmonton, AB T5T 3A8
phone: (780) 481-1406