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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, December 6 - Minister: MaryAnn Pastuck, DM
Second Sunday of Advent, Holy Communion

Sunday, December 13 - Worship Leader: Larry Derkach
Third Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 20 - Worship Leader: Larry Derkach
Fourth Sunday of Advent, Prayer Candles

Thursday, December 24 - Christmas Eve, 7:30 p.m.
Minister, Maryann Pastuck, DM

Friday, December 25 – Christmas Morning, 11 a.m.
Worship Leader: Gary Simpson

Sunday, December 27 – Minister, MaryAnn Pastuck, DM
Year-end service

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

“It is impossible to cancel Christmas. Christmas is celebrated each time a disciple of Jesus lives love.”
- Moderator Richard Bott, United Church of Canada



This is Prayer Candle Sunday

Prayer candlesDate: Sunday, December 20, 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.



Christmas at McDougall

Advent candles This is the fourth Sunday of Advent – LOVE



The Journey to Bethlehem

Journey to BethlehemIn the Christian tradition, Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus. It is celebrated on four Sundays preceding Christmas.

On each of the Sundays, we light Advent candles representing Hope, Peace, Joy, Love, accompanied by readings and music.

Advent wreathSunday, November 29– Advent 1 HOPE

Sunday, December 6 – Advent 2 – PEACE

Sunday, December 13 – Advent 3 – JOY

Sunday, December 21 – Advent 4 – LOVE


Catch the Spirit

Season of Advent - A virtual Christmas!

The Season of Advent and Christmas is here – and YES McDougall Church will be celebrating – virtually, of course!




A Christmas “Carol Sing” – by Request!

A Fundraiser in Support of Edmonton’s Food Bank

Chistmas Carollers

Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Where: On Eventbrite
How: Log onto Eventbrite. When asked for “ticket purchase”, enter the amount of your donation. Please follow the links.
Donation: suggested minimum $4 per carol.
Hosted by: Kimberley McMann
Guest singers: McDougall Church and Robertson-Wesley Church singers



Longest Night Service of Lament & Light

Date: Monday, December 21, 2020
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: On Zoom and teleconference
Hosts: MaryAnn Pastuck, DM, Gary Simpson, Velia Watts

Christmas is a time of memories and remembering. For some, the memories are of beloved family members who have died, or of a beloved pet that has died. The holiday season makes the pain of those losses ever more real.

For others living through COVID, there is anguish of broken relationships, insecurity of jobs or employment, anxiety of illness or poor health, the emptiness of loss after a tragedy.

We invite you to join us at a virtual “Longest Night Service of Lament and Light” as we come together to acknowledge the uncertainty of this unusual time, and look to the Light that we have been promised.

Please have a candle to light in your home worship space.

TO JOIN US: Please use the link for Zoom:
Or phone in at 1-888-224-1908 and enter the participant code 64035074#


Christmas Eve Service

Xmas CandlesDate: Thursday, December 24, 2020
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: broadcast from McDougall Church sanctuary on Zoom and telephone call-in.
Minister: MaryAnn Pastuck, DM

TO JOIN US: Please use the link for Zoom:
Or phone in at 1-888-224-1908 and enter the participant code 64035074#



Christmas Mornign Service

Date: Friday, December 25, 2020
Time: 11 a.m.
Where: on Zoom and telephone call-in
Worship Leader: Gary Simpson

TO JOIN US: Please use the link for Zoom:
Or phone in at 1-888-224-1908 and enter the participant code 64035074#


Deep Winter Song – A Winter Solstice Celebration

A Mystical Evening of Music and Story

Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Eventbrite - Deep Winter Song 2020
Artists: Martin Kerr, Gord Oaks, Waymatea ellis, Marcus Fung, Keri Lynn Zwicker, Ayla Modeste, and special guests.
Tickets: $20 per person/ $40 per family

This musical presentation will explore and celebrate the Mystery of the Winter Solstice, Christmas, and this wondrous dark season of winter. The program will include traditional and modern songs of winter, inspiring stories and poetry, angelic voices, delightful and mystical moods, beautiful projections, a time of Sacred Sound Journey and a Solstice Fire Ritual.

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.



About Re-Opening: A note from McDougall’s Council


McDougall Church Council has committed itself to meeting regularly every two weeks during these times of extra planning, responsibilities, and direction for the future. Two major items Council has been discussing are:

  1. Current Sunday services and returning to in-person worship.
  2. McDougall’s building future plans/visioning process.

A recent letter to McDougall’s community of faith regarding re-opening and a proposal for redevelopment of the building describes both these initiatives, and gives much food for thought.



The December 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:

  • Who Deserves a Good Death? Mobile palliative care services bring comfort to homeless people.
    Boycotting the Salvation Army: I walked by the Sally Ann red kettle for years. Now I’m rethinking that decision.
  • What Mary Means to Me: The mother of Jesus has an important place in Muslim tradition, too.
  • Food fighter: Chef, activist and author Joshna Maharaj wants to revolutionize institutional kitchens.
  • The United Church in FOCUS:
    • Michael Blair Becomes new General Secretary.
    • New Development Corporation to keep Real Estate in the Church.
    • A Fallow Christmas: The Right Rev. Richard Bott
    • Unexpected Healing: Blue Christmas – exactly what I needed.

Broadview is available at your newsstand and online.



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

Life at McDougall - Visit our Photo Gallery for images taken in and around McDougall Church.

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