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In Winter

“There is a privacy about winter
which no other season gives you.
Only in winter can you have longer, quiet stretches,
when you can savour
belonging to yourself.”

-Ruth Stout


Praise Revolution Worship Service

Praise RevolutionDate: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: McDougall United Church, 10025 – 101 Street
Worship Leaders: Michael Pinnock, Gary Simpson,
Rev. Christina Bellsmith


Sunday School Family Lunch

Family LunchDate: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: 12 noon
Location: South Hall
Who: Sunday School parents, caregivers & kids
Hosted by: Jodine Chase, Natalie DeRoij, Karen Bishop
About: These lunches are scheduled for the last Sunday of each month and will be a time of community, fun, and keeping our friendships alive. The food will be simple and kid friendly, the energy will be high, and the Spirit of McDougall will prevail!!!



Annual General Meeting of the Congregation

2017 Annual Report


Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location: Banquet Hall (lower level)
About: This will be a time to review the governance, committees and groups of McDougall United Church during 2017, and take a look at the financial picture as we move into 2018.
Lunch: Will be served prior to the meeting.





Rediscovering Your Faith

A Baptism and Membership Workshop

DoveDates: Sunday March 11, 18, 25
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: Banner Room (lower level)
Facilitator: Rev. Christina Bellsmith
About: Topics during these sessions will include:

  • Who is God?
  • What About the Bible?
  • Who is Jesus?
  • The Church’s Role on Earth?
  • The Meaning of Life?

To Register: Please sign up at the Welcome Center at the back of the church, call 780-428-1818, email or


World Day of Prayer

World Day of PrayerAn Ecumenical Prayer Service created by the women of Suriname, Dutch Giana.

This is a world-wide ecumenical movement of Christian women who come together on the first Friday in March each year to observe a common day of prayer.

Date: Friday, March 2, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Service Location: Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209 – 123 Street
About: Women affirm their faith in Jesus and engage with the whole world. They are enriched by the faith experience of Christians of other countries and cultures, share burdens of other people praying with them and for them, and use their own talents in the service of God’s world. Prayer and action are inseparable and both have immeasurable influence in the world.



Black History Month

Origin of Black History Month

The story of Black History Month begins in Chicago during the summer of 1915. An alumnus of the University of Chicago with many friends in the city, Carter G. Woodson traveled from Washington, D.C. to participate in a national celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of emancipation sponsored by the state of Illinois.

Thousands of African Americans travelled from across the country to see exhibits highlighting the progress their people had made since the destruction of slavery. Awarded a doctorate in Harvard three years earlier, Woodson joined the other exhibitors with a black history display. Despite being held at the Coliseum, the site of the 1912 Republican convention, an overflow crowd of six to twelve thousand waited outside for their turn to view the exhibits. Inspired by the three-week celebration, Woodson decided to form an organization to promote the scientific study of black life and history before leaving town. On September 9th, Woodson met at the Wabash YMCA with A. L. Jackson and three others and formed the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH).

Woodson chose February for reasons of tradition and reform. It is commonly said that Woodson selected February to encompass the birthdays of two great Americans who played a prominent role in shaping black history, namely Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, whose birthdays are the 12th and the 14th, respectively. More importantly, he chose them for reasons of tradition. Since Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, the black community, along with other Republicans, had been celebrating the fallen President’s birthday. And since the late 1890s, black communities across the country had been celebrating Douglass’. Well aware of the pre-existing celebrations, Woodson built Negro History Week around traditional days of commemorating the black past. He was asking the public to extend their study of black history, not to create a new tradition. In doing so, he increased his chances for success.

The 1960s had a dramatic effect on the study and celebration of black history. Before the decade was over, Negro History Week would be well on its way to becoming Black History Month. Since the mid-1970s, every American president, Democrat and Republican, has issued proclamations endorsing the Association’s annual theme.

Daryl Michael Scott
Professor of History
Howard University
Vice President of Program, ASALH

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Good News Music Celebration


Date: Sunday mornings in February
10:30 a.m.
McDougall Sanctuary
About: Join us for a spirited month of music as we honour Black History Month
February 4 – McDougall Choir

February 11 – McDougall Choir

February 18 – Back Porch Swing

February 25 – McDougall Choir



A Tribute to Black History Month

Amber ValleyA History of the Amber Valley Settlement

In a tribute to Black History Month, we will be presenting a short video during coffee time featuring the Amber Valley Settlement. Of special interest, congregation member Adelle Mayes has ancestral history to the people of this community and to Amber Valley. Adelle will be available to speak to you or answer questions following the video.




Sunday Morning Study Group

FearlessImagine Your Life Without Fear

Date: Sunday mornings (begins Jan. 21)
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Banner Room, lower level (please use south entrance 10086 Macdonald Dr.)
Facilitator: Velia Watts, Spiritual Development Ministry
About: This is a video series with Max Lucado called Fearless – Imagine Your Life Without Fear

  • Why are we afraid?
  • Fear of not mattering
  • Fear of disappointing God
  • Fear of life’s final moments
  • Fear of global calamity
  • Fear of God getting out of my box


Sunday School

Sunday school

We'll be looking for you!

Kids meet at the back of the church at 10:30 a.m. during the Sunday service, then go to their session following the all “ages and kid’s time” story. Their guide is Jodine Chase, who has a program of interesting topics, ideas, and fun things to do for all ages. Please plan to join us.



Children & Youth Ministry

Cosmic Adventures

Click here to find more information on the Children and Youth Ministry program online.

For inquires about CYM or any of the upcoming events, email Jodine Chase.

McDougall Affirm (LGBTQ) Group

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 Church, lower level (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.



McDougall is a Breastfeeding Friendly Church

McDougall United Church bBreastfeeding logoecame Edmonton’s first official Breastfeeding Friendly church in 2013. In keeping with being an inclusive and welcoming church, mothers will not be asked to move or cover while breastfeeding. They are welcome to breastfeed anytime, anywhere at McDougall.

Business and public places in Edmonton who have adopted the Edmonton Capital Region Breastfeeding Friendly Policy for Businesses and Public Places are eligible to become official Breastfeeding Friendly Community Partners. Community Partners train their staff and volunteers to display a welcoming attitude towards breastfeeding mothers and children, not ask them to cover up or relocate, and to offer appropriate private facilities for women who ask. Training also helps staff handle other patron complaints about breastfeeding.

Community Partners display the International Breastfeeding Symbol. This lets Edmonton’s breastfeeding families know the facility is a safe and friendly space.



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2016 Annual Report

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