What value do we put on human beings? How do we relate to each other?
Here are the readings we’ll hear in this week’s service:
• The Letter to the Hebrews 2:6-12
The author of Hebrews is never named in the book, but had a Jewish background, and was well-educated. The book interprets Jewish history in light of the Christian faith.
• The Gospel of Mark 10:2-16
Our Gospel reading is yet another confrontation between Jesus and the religious authorities. In the time of Jesus, the Pharisees were part of the religious establishment. As a group they upheld strict observation of the Jewish traditions. They saw Jesus as a challenge to their authority, and to those traditions. Under those traditions, gender relationships were extremely one-sided. Women were treated as possessions of men, and had no status on their own.
Perhaps, at the heart, the two parts of this passage are ultimately about God’s Shalom (a Hebrew concept of peace and well-being);– the trust, innocence and openness that should be the core of loving relationships between people, and in our relationship with God.
This is World Communion Sunday, so have something to eat and drink on hand. Try something new for Communion, like pita, naan, bannock or tortilla.
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 have any questions please contact Lori or Bill Walkhouse. 780-221-7729.
If you are interested in volunteering for this event (2-3 people required) please let me know as well.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org OR Norma Balcombe at the office email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org OR Sheila Hoy at email@example.com 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
Using the list of those who have volunteered to be Scripture readers, I have sent out a schedule of readers for July 18 to September 26. 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