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New Spirituality for the 21st Century

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As we welcome the Advent/Christmas season, we will resume in-person services in our sanctuary on November 28, 2021 at our regular time of 10:30 a.m.
We will also continue to broadcast via Zoom and teleconference.

When you come to church, masks will be required; hand sanitizing, and social distancing protocols will be observed. Ushers will escort worshipers to available and marked pews for seating. We encourage everyone to sit as close to the front as possible. There will be no coffee service, and we ask folks to leave the building immediately following the service. Welcome back to our sanctuary!

Since in-person services have resumed at McDougall Church, all are welcome to worship in-person at 10:30 a.m. AHS protocols are being observed. Proof of Vaccination is not required. Thank you.

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, November 28: Minister, MaryAnn Pastuck, DM
Advent I - Lighting the candle for HOPE

Sunday, December 5: Minister, MaryAnn Pastuck, DM
Advent II - Lighting the candle for PEACE; Holy Communion

Sunday, December 12: Worship Leader: Larry Derkach
Advent III - Lighting the candle for JOY; Infant Baptism

Sunday, December 19: Worship Leader: Larry Derkach
Advent IV - Lighting the candle for LOVE

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




Weekly Wisdom

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


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:
December 15, 2021 - 5:30 p.m.
January 12, 2022 - 5:30 p.m.




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


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2020 Annual Report (PDF)


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