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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!


All services are at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, October 3: Minister, MaryAnn Pastuck, DM
World Communion Suday

Sunday, October 10: Minister, MaryAnn Pastuck, DM
Thanksgiving Sunday

Sunday, October 17: Worship Leader: Larry Derkach
Prayer Candles

Sunday, October 24: Minister, MaryAnn Pastuck, DM

Sunday, October 31: Worship Leader: Gary Simpson
All Saints' Sunday

Technical Staff:
Zoom Hosts: Larry Derkach, Scott Townsend
Power Point Operators: Gordon Dunmore, John Short
Social Media Recorder: Karsten Buhler-Espinaco

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!




Weekly Wisdom

“Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.”
-Marianne Williamson



McDougall Re-Opening News




The recommencement of in-person worship at McDougall Church WILL BE POSTPONED until the Public Health Emergency is lifted.

Worship services continue each Sunday online and conference call only.

NOTE: The province does not permit us to require vaccinations for those attending worship (when it recommences), but we are required to ensure masks are worn and social distancing is observed, as well as other sanitary procedures.


We are accepting requests for building use for concerts, choirs and other events. Please email to inquire.

McDougall Church Facilities & Property will implement the Restrictions Exemption Program for all user and rental groups who use our building (other than for worship, when it recommences).

NOTE: This means that user and rental groups will be required to ensure that all their participants are fully vaccinated.




National Day of Truth and Reconcilliation

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.


Orange Shirt

Please be careful! As many of us search out orange t-shirts and pins to show commitment to residential school survivors, a growing number of non-Indigenous for-profit companies are selling them. Please follow these two principles when searching or buying. Support Indigenous-run companies or non-profits, or artists, the more local the better where possible. Check which groups or efforts they are donating to, such as the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, First Nations-controlled searches, local healing supports, and more. Both of these principles will involve some research, but learning and discerning are part of what non-Indigenous people are called to do.


Sacred Pause

“We know that many within our church will still not understand why each of us must bear the scar, the blame, for this horrendous period in Canadian history. But the truth is, we are the bearers of many blessings from our ancestors, and therefore, we must also bear their burdens.”
- The Very Rev. Bill Phipps, 1998, former Moderator of The United Church of Canada
Quoted in “Sorry. Why Our Church Apologized”


Kamloops 215 Children

We ask forgiveness.
We commit to justice.




Upcoming Executive / Full Council Meeting Dates

Via Zoom…

The McDougall Council meets monthly on Zoom to fulfill its responsibilities of dealing with business, mission, governance and the future of the church. The meetings are combined Full and Executive meetings.

Next Meetings on Zoom:
October 13, 2021 - 5:30 p.m.
November 10, 2021 - 5:30 p.m.




Something to think about....


The October/November issue of Broadview is here, and has some timely, thoughtful reading on what’s going on in the church and the world. Here are some topics that might stimulate your thinking and conversation:

  • The Genealogy of Faith: How I came to know God through family.
  • Are Canadians Actually Polite? Let’s ditch passive aggression for genuine tenderness.
  • Peaks and Valleys: Living with depression is like having an annoying roommate.
  • Sacred Wilderness: Victoria Loorz’s outdoor church network aims to heal our spiritual relationship with the Earth.
  • Survivors’ Journey: Indigenous women travel west to offer support and healing to First Nations communities mourning the children buried at residential schools.

BROADVIEW is available online and at your local newsstand.




McDougall Working Towards its Future

In April 2014, McDougall United Church became a designated Provincial Historic Resource by the Province of Alberta and a Registered Historic Site by the City of Edmonton.

In response to our need to find a viable future for McDougall’s building as a community resource, we have invited Trinity Centres Foundation to join us in our exploration of site development, and the potential of creating a new mixed-use community hub and adjoining mixed-use development with a church at its heart. We are collaborating with Trinity Centres to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To maintain and grow an authentic Christian ministry at McDougall.
  2. To continue to serve the local community and beyond.
  3. To re-develop our property in a way that would enhance ministry and provide a strong financial legacy for the future, while maintaining its historic significance.
  4. To accomplish this in a creative, timely, and leading way.

Members of the project team for McDougall Church are: Paul Conway, Larry Derkach, Gerald Watts. Also working with us are: Anna Bubel, Consultant, Edmonton; and Graham Singh, Executive Director, Trinity Centres Foundation, Montreal. An extensive reporting and info session for the congregation was held on Zoom and teleconference on March 7 and May 30 following the worship service.

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.

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


2019 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report (PDF)


Beuilding Restoration

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