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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, October 4- Minister: MaryAnn Pastuck, DM
World Communion Sunday

Sunday, October 11- Minister: MaryAnn Pastuck, DM
Thanksgiving Sunday

Sunday, October 18- Worship Leader: Larry Derkach
Prayer Candles

Sunday, October 25- 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!





Weekly Wisdom

Weekly Wisdom

What we wish for ourselves, we wish for all.




This is Prayer Candle Sunday

Prayer candlesDate: Sunday, October 18, 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.



Inner City Pastoral Ministry Lunch (ICPM)

Brown Bag Lunch

Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Time: 12 noon
Location: Bissell Center

It has been a long-standing tradition at McDougall to prepare lunch once a year for the after-service community time for ICPM at the Bissell Center. This year, there are changes in how food/snacks will be prepared, what we can serve, and how we do it. Our prepared bagged lunches of pre-packaged food is still one way we can serve this community, even though COVID has made it less nutritious and attr



Affirm Anniversary Celebration


Date: Sunday, November 22, 2020
Time: 10:30
Where: on Zoom
Guest Speaker: Peterson Toscano

Peterson will inspire us to renew our commitment to the ideals of an Affirming community of faith, and take us forward into the issues of today’s world. He is a playwright, actor, Bible scholar, blogger, podcaster, advocate against global warming, and an advocate for gay rights.

McDougall United Church became an Affirming congregation on November 24, 2013.



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.




A Prayer for Face Masks

Face masks

From Moderator, The Right Rev. Richard Bott

I was asked by a chaplain if there was a version of my “Prayer for Masking” that could be offered in a multi-faith or interfaith setting. Here’s what I was able to offer:

May I see the holy moment
in the wearing of this cloth
a sign to the world that I care
a tangible and visible way of living
love for my neighbours
as I love myself.

Since my lips will be covered
may I uncover my heart
that people would see my smile
in the crinkles around my eyes.

Since my voice may be muffled
may I speak clearly
not only with my words
but with my actions.

As the elastic touches my years
may I listen carefully
may I be full of care
for all those I meet.

May this simple piece of cloth be
shield and banner
and each breath that it holds
be filled with divine love.

By all I hold sacred
by the love that is intended
I say these things
I take this action.
May it be so.
May it be so.

(Adapted for interfaith sharing by Richard Bott, Moderator of The United Church of Canada, from a prayer he had previously written.)



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!




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.




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.



Continuing Community Needs...

Continuing Community Needs


Inner City Response to COVID

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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.



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

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