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McDougall Church On-Site Takes a Break

COVID-19

McDougall United Church will be suspending on-site 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services beginning immediately and until further notice. The Church is operating, but the building is closed to the public.


Option to Celebrate Easter


Palm Sunday

This Sunday, April 5

We are offering worship electronically; we will be meeting by Zoom and conference call at 10:30 a.m.


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: https://zoom.us/j/629902253?pwd=NDFYeDU0MTBwajRGR1hDSU5DUmNyUT09

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.

It’s a Virtual Palm Sunday!!!

You are invited to hang some greenery on your front door!

Then, in preparation for worship, why not create a “palm branch” in whatever way you can:

  • a fern leaf, a fir tree branch, trace your hands on green paper,
  • or trace your hands on plain paper and colour them green cut them out and glue them to a wooden spoon or stick to create your palm.
  • Or find a palm branch pattern on Pinterest to help you make one.

Have them ready to wave as we sing the hymn, “All Glory, Laud and Honour”.

 

Holy Week and Easter Services

MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 9, 2020 – 6:30 p.m.

LastSupper

All are invited to gather by Zoom over your dinner table at home beginning at 6:30 pm.
We will eat together, have a time of worship around 7:00 pm that will include Communion. Please set your table with bread and juice/wine along with your dinner and we will share The Last Supper together as part of our worship.

Your "virtual" worship options:

1) Zoom Meeting: Click HERE for information

2) Conference Call: Click HERE for information

 

CrossesGOOD FRIDAY, April 10, 2020 – 2:00 pm

We will gather by Zoom and Conference Call today to hear the story of the last days, last hours of Jesus life.
Through, scripture, music and reflections may we gain strength and courage in our faith journey as we gather at the cross.

Your "virtual" worship options:

1) Zoom Meeting: Click HERE for information

2) Conference Call: Click HERE for information



Easter liliesEASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP AND COMMUNION April 12, 2020 – 10:30 am.
We are all invited to worship, to un-box the “A” word (Alleluia), sing and praise God for the new life of Jesus.
Please bring bread and juice/wine to your worship space so we may celebrate being in community together.
We are never alone! Thanks be to God!

Your "virtual" worship options:

1) Zoom Meeting: Click HERE for information

2) Conference Call: Click HERE for information

Holy Communion

 

A Message of Hope

"Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.

But,

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise

You can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet

The sky is no longer thick with fumes

But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi

People are singing to each other

across the empty squares,

keeping their windows open

so that those who are alone

may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland

Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know

is busy spreading fliers with her number

through the neighbourhood

So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples

are preparing to welcome

and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting

All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way

All over the world people are waking up to a new reality

To how big we really are.

To how little control we really have.

To what really matters.

To Love.

So we pray and we remember that

Yes there is fear.

But there does not have to be hate.

Yes there is isolation.

But there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying.

But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness.

But there does not have to be disease of the soul

Yes there is even death.

But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic

The birds are singing again

The sky is clearing,

Spring is coming,

And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul

And though you may not be able

to touch across the empty square,

Sing."

- Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM
March 13, 2020


A Message from the Minister

“O for a world where love is lived”, familiar words from a very favourite hymn of mine. We are certainly living in a time in our world where love is living and needs to live. We are working to share that love in creative ways.

MaryAnn PastluckPlease join our minister, MaryAnn Pastuck for her reassuring words of hope, love and care, and the ways in which McDougall United Church will be going forward in the weeks to come.

Click here for A Message to Our McDougall Family

 

 

Worship with The Moderator of the United Church of Canada

We invite you to check out The United Church of Canada’s website (united-church.ca) where our Moderator, The Right Reverend Richard Bott, is offering prayer and worship.

 

In Case you Missed it!

A Reflection: Sunday, March 29, 2020
A Rubber Band Religion
by Gary Simpson, Lay Worship Leader
Scripture: Ezekiel 37: 1-14

“You may wonder why I am delving into the Hebrew Scriptures. We are in Lent in the liturgical year, and, as a province, as a church, we are going through a dry-bones Lenten season. There are also members of our congregation who are going through a personal dry-bones Lenten season. I think Ezekiel speaks to the personal, church and provincial dry-bones season. This passage gives hope. Ezekiel’s vision ‘speaks to us of a God who can achieve the impossible.’ ”

Click here for a PDF of the reflection.

 


The Season of Lent - Spirituality in Action

Lenten Cross

Lent is traditionally a time of soulfulness, spirituality, self-discipline, and an inward journey. Perhaps making some time to find silence, give back, unplug from technology, putting more time into what you truly value. As well, instead of the usual “giving up”, why not consider doing something for someone?

Week 1: March 1 - 7: The Hands of Love
Send an email, a card, write a note to a friend or someone not related to you, near or far, to reconnect, keep in touch, and say something of appreciation or care.

Week 2 – March 8 - 14: The Voice of Love
Call two or three people for a chat just to say “hello, how are you, thank you.” Contact people you have meant to call, but just haven’t.

Week 3 – March 15 – 21: The Deed of Love
Remember someone who means a lot to you with a small gift or token of appreciation for your friendship, or a family member who could really use some help – a plant, a pie, cookies, a casserole, a gift card?

Week 4 – March 22 – 28: The Feet of Love
Visit someone who is shut-in, lonely, or a missing church member. Nothing can take the place of the personal touch of visiting with someone.

Week 5 – March 29 - April 4: The Heart of Love
Make a list of at least 10 people for whom you will pray daily. Include friends and strangers, and those you don’t particularly like. Forgive them if they have wronged you, and forgive yourself, too.

For more information about Easter, please visit our Celebrations page.

 

The Changing Seasons at McDougall
A Place for You!

Winter

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!

 

 

McDougall Welcomes Rev. Dr. Bruce Miller

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Note: This will be a “virtual” service. Please watch for details.

 

 

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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