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McDougall Church On-Site Takes a Break


McDougall United Church has suspended on-site 10:30 a.m. Sunday services until further notice. The church is operating, but the building is closed to the public.

We may not be able to meet physically during this time, but that doesn’t change our desire to share the “good news” and put our arms around the people in our care. To be a place for gathering, and for seeking help and hope in tough times.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
- Hebrews 10:23-25

Option to Celebrate Easter

Zoom Meeting Instructions:

If you have a computer, notebook or smartphone, you are invited to join our worship using Zoom video conferencing by clicking on this link:

If you haven’t used Zoom before, join the meeting 10 or 15 minutes early to make sure you can get in. If you have any problems, call 780-995-2253.

Conference Call Instructions:

If you prefer to join by telephone conference call (toll free), dial 1-888-224-1908 and enter the participant code 64035074.


The Changing Seasons at McDougall
A Place for You!


Sunday, September 6 - Minister: MaryAnn Pastuck, DM
Holy Communion

Sunday, September 13- Worship Leader: Larry Derkach

Sunday, September 20- Minister: MaryAnn Pastuck, DM
Prayer Candles

Sunday, September 27- Worship Leader: Gary Simpson

We are a diverse, inclusive
Christian spiritual community
of the United Church of Canada …

striving to be a safe place for people
of all races, cultures, creeds, ages,
abilities, sexual orientations, and
gender identities

We will be back as soon as it is safe to do so!



Creating Your At-Home Worship Space

Homemade worship spaceMany of you are tuning into our Zoom and phone-in services each week. But physically, is it more than just sitting in front of your computer or on the phone? Might be.

We invite you to think about creating a meaningful worship space for yourself with elements that will nurture your mind, body and spirit as you worship. Here are some thoughts:

  • Arrange a white cloth for your worship space.
  • Perhaps set a special cloth underneath your screen to set the messaging medium apart.
  • Place some water to remind you of your baptism.
  • Set some candles, a Bible, a cross, flowers, or items from nature which will inspire and hold meaning for you.



Weekly Wisdom

Weekly Wisdom

Prayer is like calling home every day.




This is Prayer Candle Sunday

Prayer candlesDate: Sunday, September 20, 2020
Time: 10:30
Service on Zoom (see instructions)

We invite you to light a candle in your home worship space during the service. A light and a prayer for yourself, for others, for the local community, marginalized communities, the global community, and for all those who are on your heart today.

Be the answer to someone’s prayer.



About Re-Opening: A note from McDougall’s Council

McDougall’s Council has been meeting regularly over the summer, wrestling with all the current challenges facing churches. Chair Larry Derkach has been giving updates during the Sunday service online; we have learned that Council will not be considering McDougall re-opening until at least October.

Some churches, of all denominations, are cautiously re-opening, some are not, some are monitoring the situation month by month. So watch for further news about McDougall as this health crisis unfolds, and we will keep you up-to-date!


Daily Devotional...

A Liturgy by Gary Simpson

Gary Simpson is broadcasting "A Liturgy" daily on Facebook. You can watch the liturgy at 7 pm or at a more convenient time, because the liturgies are saved to the McDougall United Church Facebook Group.

The liturgy usually includes a short centering exercise and prayer, a Psalm, a short story or reading from the Old Testament and from the New Testament, community prayers, the Lord's prayer, and a benediction. Some days, there is a short one minute reflection onone of the passages. The entire program usually lasts between 4 and 8 minutes.

Gary has been broadcasting live on Facebook and then saves it on his Facebook Page, Gary on Religion, on his Facebook account and on the following Facebook Group accounts:

This daily liturgy is another way McDougall Church is helping people feel more spiritually connected. There is no need for you to dial into a number or give any codes. It is available to anyone who has a cell phone, tablet, or computer, has internet access and has a Facebook Account. You should be able to easily access it either at 7 p.m. or after it has been saved.



ORANGE SHIRT DAY - September 30th

Orange Shirt Day

Why is September 30th a special date?
September 30th falls during the time of year when Indigenous children were taken away to residential schools. Orange Shirt Day is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent to these schools in Canada, and to learn more about the history of those schools.

What’s the Story?
The “orange shirt” refers to the new shirt that Phyllis Webstad was given to her by her grandmother for her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia. When Phyllis got to school, they took away her clothes, including her new shirt. It was never returned. To Phyllis, the colour orange has always reminded her of her experiences at residential school and, as she has said, “how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared, and I felt like I was worth nothing. All of us little children were crying and no one cared.

The Message
The message that Phyllis wants to pass along on Orange Shirt Day – and every day – is that every child matters. Orange Shirt Day was started by Phyllis to educate people about residential schools and fight racism and bullying.

The History
Residential schools were church-run schools where approximately 150,000 Metis, Inuit and First Nations children were sent between the 1860s and the 1990s. The schools harmed Indigenous children by removing them from their families, forcing them to speak English or French instead of their ancestral languages, disconnecting them from their culture and traditions and forcing them to adopt Christianity in order to assimilate into Canadian society. The government has since acknowledged that this approach was wrong, cruel and ineffective, and offered an official apology to the Indigenous people of Canada in 2008.

What Can You Do?

  • Wear an orange shirt on September 30th
  • Read Phyllis Webstad’s story “the Orange Shirt Story”
  • Trace your hand and write something on it that you can do to help others feel like they matter.

Orange Shirt Day (September 30) began in Williams Lake in 2013, and has since spread to schools across B.C. and Canada, including Sweetgrass School near Battleford, Saskatchewan.




The October issue of Broadview (formerly Observer) has some timely, thoughtful reading on what’s going on in the church and the world. Here are some topics to check out:

  • Raising Better Boys: Educators are trying to help boys become better men. Can we stop toxic masculinity before it takes root?
  • Rethinking the Police: Three people with first-hand experience of law enforcement share their visions for changing a racist system.
  • When I Was Hungry, You Fed Me: When the worst happens, the simple gift of food is the best kind of love and care.
  • Why Statues Should Fall: Many of our monuments celebrate the great white fantasy of Canada. It’s time to let them go.
  • The United Church in Focus:
    - General Secretary, Nora Sanders, retires after 13 years of service.
    - COVID-19 Puts Church Camp Fun on Pause
    - Church Membership Online
    - When Normal Disappears: On finding hope after heart surgery

Broadview is available at your newsstand and online.



Continuing Community Needs...

Continuing Community Needs


Inner City Response to COVID

Inner City graffiti

How You Can Help...

The Bissell Center continues to minister to its clients at this critical time. They will welcome donations of money to support their work. Here are some ways to help: 1) $100 supports the Recovery Fund, 2) Urgent Needs Fund: $64 provides 20 meals and lunches, 3) $25 can go toward disinfectants, 4) $25 for diapers and formula. CHEQUES payable to Bissell Center, 10527 – 96 Street, Edmonton T5H 2H6.

The Inner City Pastoral Ministry (ICPM) continues its street ministry of presence and seeks donations of money for the current needs. CHEQUES payable to Inner City Pastoral Ministry, 10527 – 96 Street, Edmonton T5H 2H6.

The Mustard Seed has sent greetings and prayers to churches: “Praying you find peace in the good work God is doing in your lives, and that this be a time of reflection … holding you up in our prayers as we continue to carry out the work we’ve been called to do during this pandemic.”

e4c continues its work in the inner city; their shelter and housing programs are considered essential services. “Thank you for lending your spiritual strength to our work, especially during these most difficult of times. May your journey be one of social distancing and kindness.”

FIND - Household Donations welcome! This used furniture store, located at 5120 – 122 Street (Phone: 780-988-171 | Website) is an initiative of Homeward Trust. Furniture and household items are provided FREE to participants in the Housing First Program – an affordable housing program.

If you are still cleaning out your basement or spare room, this is an exceptionally worthy place to send your “no longer needed” furnishings and household items to support this Program: Kitchenware, living room sets, bedroom suites, home accessories, exercise, camping and sporting equipment, artwork, books and other media – no clothing.

For the general public, this is a social enterprise that offers quality, low-cost, previously used furniture at incredibly low prices! It is also a haven for urban treasure hunters! The merchandise is fantastic, and there is a pick-up service if you are not able to deliver goods to Find. Why not check it out? Call ahead for store or drop-off hours.

Imagine the challenges formerly homeless people face when moving into their first home.

Donations provided by you help people transform their lives and turn their house into a home. Proceeds go directly back into our community.


Food BankEdmonton’s Food Bank News …


Veggie garden

Help us beet hunger.

If you have a bountiful harvest from your garden this season, the Food Bank will gladly accept donations of fresh vegetables!

Please bring them directly to their main warehouse (11508 – 120 Street), Monday – Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Your financial support is welcome and crucial.

You may also consider supporting Edmonton’s Food Bank by donating securely online.

Cheques may be mailed to:
Edmonton’s Food Bank, PO Box 62061, Edmonton, AB T5M 4B5

Non-perishable food donations may be left in the EFB donation bins at your favourite grocery store.

Thank you for your ongoing support and friendship!



A Prayer

(Voices United 349, Traditional Celtic)

May the Christ who walks on wounded feet
walk with you on the road.
May the Christ who serves with wounded hands
stretch out your hands to serve.
May the Christ who loves with a wounded heart
open your hearts to love.
May you see the face of Christ in everyone you meet,
and may everyone you meet
see the face of Christ in you.

Affirming News

United Church Affirm

August 2020

Click HERE to read local Affirming News

Click HERE to read National UCC Affrim News




COVID-19 and Communities of Faith United Church of Canada Response

Wash your hands

Click HERE to read



Sunday School

Sunday school

Due to COVID-19, Sunday School at McDougall has been cancelled until further notice, in compliance with Alberta Health Services advisories.

We’ll be looking for you!

Kids are welcome to sit with their families when they arrive. They are invited to come forward early in the service to share a story with the minister, then go downstairs to a Sunday School session for children of all-ages.

McDougall Affirm (LGBTQ) Group

Due to COVID-19, all programs at McDougall have been cancelled until further notice, in compliance with Alberta Health Services advisories.

AffirmDate: Last Sunday of each month
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: State & Main, 101 Street and Jasper Avenue
About: An informal social gathering for conversation and community. All are welcome

Learn more about Affirm! in Programs


Haven (LGBTQ)

Date: Third Sunday of the month
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: McDougall United Church, Norwood Room 2nd floor (please use 10086 Macdonald Drive entrance)
About: Haven is a group of LGBTQ people of all ages who create a contemporary, evangelical style of Christian worship largely for this community, although all are welcome. Their purpose is to provide a safe place where LGBTQ and straight Christians can worship God; it is largely LGBTQ led.


2019 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report (PDF)


Beuilding Restoration

Life at McDougall - Visit our Photo Gallery for images taken in and around McDougall Church.

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