September is here (already) Programs and activities (Sunday School, Choir, Ladies Group) are starting up again at Spirit West, and you will find information about them in this eMessage.
This Sunday – the First Sunday in Creation Time: Wonderfully Made
This Sunday is the start of a sort of mini-season in the Church year. It is called Creation Time and runs from this Sunday until Thanksgiving (it’s colour is orange). The focus of Creation Time is as the name suggests creation, all that God has made and is making. This Sunday we look at our own creation. For “my” reflection for this eMessage, I am turning to the commentary for this Sunday called “Sermon Starters” in Gathering (the United Church worship resource periodical). The following was written by Vicki McPhee, of Symons Valley United Church in Calgary. Vicki writes:
In an era when investment in social capital has diminished to such an extent that people are finding themselves unwillingly alone and lonely, Psalm 139 offers a welcome reassurance that we are not alone. Not only are we not alone, we are not unknown. God has known and loved us since before we were formed and will know and love us long after our time on earth is complete. Each one of us in fearfully and wonderfully made. By understanding and believing this about ourselves, might we have the courage to reach out and make ourselves known. … God loves us without measure. Can we extend that love out into the community by participating in the world around us beyond simply posting on social media? In our reaching out, maybe we can be a blessing to others who themselves feel lonely and unknown.
The Scripture readings are Jeremiah 18:1-11 and Luke 14:25-35, we will also be sharing parts of Psalm 139 responsively. In the Time for All Ages, I will look at , “The Potter and the Clay” The title of the sermon is “Wonderfully Made”
WELCOME (BACK) SUNDAY – This Sunday
September is approaching much faster than I realized. We will soon be gearing up for our fall programs. Sunday, September 8 is our WELCOME (BACK) SUNDAY. Our Sunday School Program (see next item) starts and our Service will be followed by a BBQ!
SUNDAY SCHOOL 2019-2020
There will be a program for the children this Sunday, and there will be an opportunity to register your children for Sunday School.
We are using the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.
We are looking for adults who would like to teach or help with Sunday School. A Sunday by Sunday signup sheet is available at the back of the church.
LADIES GROUP WELCOME BACK SOCIAL
On Monday, September 9 at 7 p.m., the Ladies' Group is holding our annual Welcome Back night. They will be celebrating the end of summer and the beginning of fall with a classic campfire program. The program will be in the Lower Hall, so there is no worry about the weather and there will be chairs to sit on. There will be cocoa, chips and dip, popcorn, and s'mores squares. To make this program a success, we need your participation. Could you tell a (short) story, or do a skit? Do you have a favourite camp song you could lead (remember, camp singing is all about fun and enthusiasm, not choral skill or excellence). “Location appropriate” jokes also welcome! So that the order of the program can be planned, please contact Margery W. with your contributions, firstname.lastname@example.org or 780 419 3224.
Please sign the sheet on the back table if you plan to attend.
SPIRIT WEST CHOIR
“Make a joyful noise all the earth. Come to this place with a song!” (VU 820) Choir rehearsals begin on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7:00 pm. Newcomers are welcome. Contact Bonnie C at 780-444-2230 for more information.
FALL SUPPER AND SILENT AUCTION
The date has been chosen - Sunday, October 27. If you are interested in volunteering to help plan the supper, please contact Margery W. at email@example.com or 780 419 3224. For those who wish to solicit local businesses for items for the Silent Auction, letters of introduction will be available.
Your Favourite Hymn
Do you have a favourite hymn that you’d like to hear included in one of our worship services? Please let Bonnie C. know your choice and she will make sure it is sung within the month.
A WAY TO CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY
You don’t have offering envelopes, you are not on PAR, and you don’t get to church as often as you would like, but you want to make a financial contribution to work of Spirit West, and receive a tax receipt. Now you can! Check out the online donation option on our website spiritwest.org and click on the Donate tab in the navigation bar.
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. (780-481-1406)
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 Edina T. at 780-481-3508
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