Well, it’s September now and to me it seems like a sort of New Year. My son started grade 12 yesterday, and my daughter starts her second year at MacEwan next week. And so it is that our programs at Spirit West start up again. Please check out the item on FAITH FORMATION AND EDUCATION
This Sunday we will be having a guest minister, Jo-ann Wilson Simonds who is a retired Diaconal Minister.
The readings for Sunday are Jeremiah 18: 1-11 and Luke 14 :25-33. Joann will also share a contemporary reading from Mother Teresa. The title of Joann’s reflection is “There is always hope.”
CHILDREN AT CHURCH DURING THE SUMMER
Although the Sunday School has ended for the season, children are still welcome at church! We will have Activity Packs (look for the maroon nylon cases at the welcome table) which children can explore either in the sanctuary or in the lounge
See the note in the following item about the start of Sunday School.
FAITH FORMATION AND EDUCATION Fall Programs
Although there were not a lot of people at the planning meeting, we did make some plans.
Sunday School: September 11 will be our Welcome Back Sunday with a lunch after church. There will be a program for the children, on Sep 11 and there will be an opportunity to register your children for Sunday School. Sunday School “classes” will start on Sunday, Sep 18. We continue to look for adults who would like to teach or help with Sunday School. Look for a signup sheet at church.
Messy Church: We hope to be able to offer this family centred church experience on Saturday, October 1 (Messy Thanks) and on Saturday, November 19 (Messy Advent). If you want to be involved look for the signup sheet.
Adult Study: I will be offering the eight session video study called The Good Shepherd – A Theological Journey of 1,000 years in the fall, likely starting in early October. There will be a sheet where you can indicate what day/time you would prefer for the study. I am willing to present it at two different times each week.
SPIRIT WEST WOMEN’S GROUP WINE AND CHEESE GET TOGETHER – Monday, Sep 12 at 7:00.
Come and meet the ladies of our church while enjoying wine, punch, cheese, appetizers and dessert. If you are able to bring any of these items, please indicate so on the sign-up sheet at the church.
Inner City Pastoral Ministry (ICPM) Bissell Lunch - Sun. Oct. 2nd, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
- ICPM Lunch at the Bissell Centre, 10530-96th St (west side of street) to help feed the homeless and other folks in need.
- This year we expect to feed 300 people.
- We will need 50 loaves of sandwiches, 300 pieces of finger desserts (cookies and squares), whole and sliced fruit, veggies, pickles and eleven (11) volunteers to help deliver the food and serve the lunch on the Sunday morning. Please find the signup sheet and let us know what you can contribute. Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted.
- Food drop off will take place Sat. Oct. 1 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at the Spirit West Church kitchen.
- For more information, talk to Doreen O. or call the church office at 780-481-1406
Help needed to take milk and cereal to Glendale School – once a week from week of Sept 19 to Oct. 15 while Norma is away. If you are able to do this, please talk to Norma at the office (780-481-1406)
RIDE TO CHURCH?
From time to time we encounter people who would like to come to church at Spirit West, but are unable to because they do not have means of transportation. Can you give a ride? If you would be willing to make yourself available to provide a ride to church please call the church office. Do you need a ride? Would you like to come to church at Spirit West, but are unable to because you have no ride, please call the church office.
Spirit West Prayer Chain
The Spirit West Prayer Chain is a group of people who have committed to continue our prayers of concern from Sunday through the week. To be part of this ministry, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org . You may also email a request for prayer to the same email address. If you would prefer to talk to someone, you can call the church or call Shannon F. at 780-481-5262
SPIRIT WEST ONLINE!
Our Website is at www.spiritwest.org .
Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/SpirtWestUnitedChurch
- Monday to Friday 9:30 – 2:30
- Norma => 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Monday to Thursday
- Larry => 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Tuesday to Friday
(Rev.) Larry K. Wright, CD, BA, MDiv
Spirit West United Church