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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, July 18 - Worship Leader, Larry Derkach
Prayer Candles

Sunday, July 25 - Worship Leader, Gary Simpson

Sunday, August 1: Minister, MaryAnn Pastuck, DM

Sunday, August 8: Minister, MaryAnn Pastuck, DM

Sunday, August 15: Worship Leader, Gary Simpson
Prayer Candles

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

“Building capacity dissolves differences. It irons out inequalities.”
- A.P.J. Abdul Kalam



McDougall Re-Opening News


We are happy to announce that the Council and Worship Committee have been working toward a church re-opening date, and have set a goal for Sunday, September 12, 2021. This, of course, is always subject to Alberta Health Services guidelines if current relaxation of the rules should change. Zoom services will continue - in-person services will resume! PLEASE WATCH FOR DETAILS in the coming months.



Soulful Destinations


We hope you find some soulful places this summer to reflect and enjoy during this glorious season: sit by a lake or take a cool dip, watch the sunset, take a quiet walk in a park, wonder at a star-filled sky or a brilliant moon, sit in a garden.




Unmarked Burials and a Time of Mourning and Support

Kamloops 215 Children

215, 751 and more …
We ask forgiveness.
We commit to justice.




Residential School

With residential schools in our minds, and their survivors so close to our hearts, it is important that we recognize United Church involvement.

  • Of the 139 recognized schools across the country, the United Church ran 15 (three in Alberta), with about 6.7% of the total number of students.
  • Government funding was often inadequate and the churches often assisted with fund-raising and other projects.
  • The United Church was also part of the management and programming at these schools.
  • In 1986, the United Church apologized to the Indigenous people for its part in colonization.
  • In 1984, the United Church established the Dr. Jessie Saulteaux Resource Centre.
  • In 1987, the Francis Sandy Theological Centre was established
  • In 1988, the Indigenous church acknowledged the apology, expressing its hope that the church would live into its words.
  • In 1994, the United Church established its Healing Fund “to support healing initiatives for survivors and its ongoing intergenerational impacts.”
  • In 1998, the United Church issued a subsequent apology for its role in the management of residential schools.
  • In 2011, The Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre was established as an amalgamation, with a goal “to provide culturally specific theological education and preparation for both lay and ordered ministry that respects both Christian beliefs and traditional First Nation, Metis and Inuit spirituality and values”.
  • In 2019, the United Church established a new independent decision-making body for indigenous communities of faith, called the National Indigenous Council, along with the establishment of the National Indigenous Elders Council.

In June 2015, THE Truth and Reconciliation Commission released their final report with 94 Calls to Action, 14 of those calls are Calls to Action to the churches and the remaining 80 to governments and citizens.


A Program of Inner City Pastoral Ministry

TRCThis program was developed by Inner City Pastoral Ministry in response to the recommendations for action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report (2014), as Indigenous and non-Indigenous people learn to live together in Canada in a way that is just for all. These events occur in Edmonton throughout the year, and are open to everyone.

In the spirit of friendship, Our Common Ground creates opportunities to come together as human beings to share in story, ceremony and love for Creator. Some examples of activities that have been part of Our Common Ground include:

8th Fire Discussion Circles
Pipe Ceremony
Kairos Blanket Exercise
Sweat Lodge
Legends of the northern sky
Medicine gathering
Traditional dancing and drumming
Mini Round dance


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.



Northern Spirit and Chinook Winds Regional Councils have sent letters of concern to the Alberta government regarding the proposed K-6 social studies curriculum, and the ways in which the curriculum fails to respect formal commitments Alberta made to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Residential Schools; to rescind proposed changes that would roll back or remove important curricula related to Truth and Reconciliation commitments from the K-6 curriculum.


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.”
- Rev. Bill Phipps, 1998, former Moderator of The United Church of Canada
Quoted in “Sorry. Why Our Church Apologized”




The Community Prays

Richard Bott

The Right Reverend Richard Bott - Moderator of The United Church of Canada

“A prayer from Moderator Richard Bott for kin at Samson United Church, Maskwacis, (on the lands of the Samson Cree Nation) and Angus Bonner Memorial United, South Indian Lake MB (on the lands of the O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation). And indeed, all of the First Nations, Metis and Inuk communities and people facing the burning of a space sacred to them.”

- Northern Spirit Regional Council facebook page

"Let us hold all of those who are grieving the loss of their church spaces in prayer. Let us hold their families and communities in prayer. Let us hold the continuing work of uncovering the truth and seeking reconciliation, and all those engaged in that work, in prayer.
Creator, God,
help us to find a good way,
to journey, together.
Help us to find each other,
to see each other,
to know each other,
and to work for the good of all,
in all ways.

- Posted on the Moderator’s Facebook Page, July 5, 2021




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:
August 4, 2021 - 5:30 p.m.





The July/August 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 that might stimulate your thinking and conversation:

  • I am a Pandemic Retail Worker: A glimpse into the underappreciated essential work.
  • A Place Like Home: Immigrant families lack long-term care options that integrate their culture, language and faith.
  • Space to Create: New initiatives for Black art seek to transform the cultural landscape in Canada.
  • Children’s Time: A theologian talks to kids about faith.

BROADVIEW is available online and at your local newsstand.




McDougall Working Towards its Future

It has been six years this month that 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.




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


2019 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report (PDF)


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