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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!


Sunday, Augut 2- Minister: MaryAnn Pastuck, DM
Holy Communion

Sunday, August 9- Minister: MaryAnn Pastuck, DM

Sunday, August 16- Worship Leader: Larry Derkach
Prayer Candles

Sunday, August 23- Minister: MaryAnn Pastuck, DM

Sunday, August 30 - Worship Leader: Gary Simpson

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

"All the days to come will depend on what you do today."




Soulful Destinations

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 the woods or a part, Zoom into worship, wonder at a star-filled sky or a brilliant moon.



Creating Your At-Home Worship Space

Homemade worship spaceMany of you are tuning into our Zoom and phone-in services each week. But physically, is it more than just sitting in front of your computer or on the phone? Might be.

We invite you to think about creating a meaningful worship space for yourself with elements that will nurture your mind, body and spirit as you worship. Here are some thoughts:

  • Arrange a white cloth for your worship space.
  • Perhaps set a special cloth underneath your screen to set the messaging medium apart.
  • Place some water to remind you of your baptism.
  • Set some candles, a Bible, a cross, flowers, or items from nature which will inspire and hold meaning for you.

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 on one 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.


Did You Know … ???

Remembering August 1 - “End of Slavery in Canada”

The Slavery Abolition Act came into effect August 1, 1834, ending slavery throughout most of the British Empire – including the colonies that would become Canada. It is estimated that on that day, 800,000 enslaved Black peoples were freed, as it became illegal for anyone to be a slave in the British Empire.

Intentional Anti-Racism

Rewrite the Stories of Systemic Racism

Whether we are aware of it or not, we have been conditioned to view people of colour a certain way. Sometimes the stories we were taught took the form of intentional racist statements, but often they took the form of absence: missing role models on television, untaught history in school, predominantly white professions …

Intentional Anti-Racism requires us to swim against the current of our conditioning and to begin filling in some of the gaps.

Broadview will help us understand and explore the issues of racism; why not follow the stories in print or on their website? Watch for their monthly magazine. Thank you.



Prayers for the People

LebanonLebanon has been in the news these past weeks with the horrific explosions that destroyed so much of the city, with so many killed and injured. We stand in solidarity and prayer with our Lebanese friends and their community as they mourn the losses in their beloved country.





UCC Rendezvous

Dates: August 11-14, 2020
Hosted By: McDougall United Church Youth and Friends at UCC Rendezvous!
About: Through real-time online events, recordings, and DIY workshop kits, we will celebrate bold faith, brave space and brazen grace.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Inspiring speakers, powerful worship and singing your favorite songs
  • Fun, engaging and interactive workshops and activities
  • New friends from across the country and around the world
  • AND ONE FREE PIZZA from McDougall United Church for our affiliated young people when you register and email your confirmation for attendance (limit one medium pizza per person).

Details: More info will be released towards the event date.
Questions? Email:



Sacred Pause


“Today … relax.
Do what you must,
According to your responsibilities,
But relax.

Notice that life can be lived peacefully, restfully,
And calmly,
No matter the circumstance.

Your inner life is yours …
Breathe in peace,
Breathe out calm.
Breathe in calm …
Breathe out relax …

Speak and act from calm energy,
Knowing that stress can be met with the spiritual agency of
Peace …
Calm …
Relax …

Breathe them in, hold them in, live them out.
Be blessed with them today.”

- David Sharp, Power for Life (p. 107)



Continuing Community Needs...

Continuing Community Needs


Inner City Response to COVID

Inner City graffiti

How You Can Help...

The Bissell Center continues to minister to its clients at this critical time. They will welcome donations of money to support their work. Here are some ways to help: 1) $100 supports the Recovery Fund, 2) Urgent Needs Fund: $64 provides 20 meals and lunches, 3) $25 can go toward disinfectants, 4) $25 for diapers and formula. CHEQUES payable to Bissell Center, 10527 – 96 Street, Edmonton T5H 2H6.

The Inner City Pastoral Ministry (ICPM) continues its street ministry of presence and seeks donations of money for the current needs. CHEQUES payable to Inner City Pastoral Ministry, 10527 – 96 Street, Edmonton T5H 2H6.

The Mustard Seed has sent greetings and prayers to churches: “Praying you find peace in the good work God is doing in your lives, and that this be a time of reflection … holding you up in our prayers as we continue to carry out the work we’ve been called to do during this pandemic.”

e4c continues its work in the inner city; their shelter and housing programs are considered essential services. “Thank you for lending your spiritual strength to our work, especially during these most difficult of times. May your journey be one of social distancing and kindness.”

FIND - Household Donations welcome! This used furniture store, located at 5120 – 122 Street (Phone: 780-988-171 | Website) is an initiative of Homeward Trust. Furniture and household items are provided FREE to participants in the Housing First Program – an affordable housing program.

If you are still cleaning out your basement or spare room, this is an exceptionally worthy place to send your “no longer needed” furnishings and household items to support this Program: Kitchenware, living room sets, bedroom suites, home accessories, exercise, camping and sporting equipment, artwork, books and other media – no clothing.

For the general public, this is a social enterprise that offers quality, low-cost, previously used furniture at incredibly low prices! It is also a haven for urban treasure hunters! The merchandise is fantastic, and there is a pick-up service if you are not able to deliver goods to Find. Why not check it out? Call ahead for store or drop-off hours.

Imagine the challenges formerly homeless people face when moving into their first home.

Donations provided by you help people transform their lives and turn their house into a home. Proceeds go directly back into our community.


Food BankEdmonton’s Food Bank News …


Veggie garden

Help us beet hunger.

If you have a bountiful harvest from your garden this season, the Food Bank will gladly accept donations of fresh vegetables!

Please bring them directly to their main warehouse (11508 – 120 Street), Monday – Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Your financial support is welcome and crucial.

You may also consider supporting Edmonton’s Food Bank by donating securely online.

Cheques may be mailed to:
Edmonton’s Food Bank, PO Box 62061, Edmonton, AB T5M 4B5

Non-perishable food donations may be left in the EFB donation bins at your favourite grocery store.

Thank you for your ongoing support and friendship!

Affirming News

United Church Affirm

August 2020

Click HERE to read local Affirming News

Click HERE to read National UCC Affrim News




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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