- Written by Heather
23 September, 2020
Autumn has arrived in all its glory. Hopefully these nice sunny days will allow farmers to finish their harvest before the weather turns.
We are in our third week of in-person worship services, and overall the transition has gone smoothly. Several people are choosing to stay at home and Zoom into worship and we plan to continue offering livestream services for many months, even years to come. To that end we are in the process of purchasing state of the art equipment that will help us create an upgraded, polished service with extended capabilities to try creative ways of bringing God’s presence to you. Most of the funds to cover the cost of this equipment have already been promised; however, if you would like to donate to this project, this would be gratefully received. Please clearly mark your donation ‘AV Equipment Fundraiser’ so it may be directed to the correct account.
We complete the Season of Creation this Sunday with a time to reflect on the Rivers of our earth…and all the ways rivers and water in general are at the very heart of life on our planet. The focus lesson will be from the book of Revelation, which describes and compares God’s love to life-giving waters of the Spirit. The book of Revelation has been shrouded in mystery and misunderstandings for centuries. John of Patmos, who is credited with its writing, purposely wrote in imagery and metaphor to waylay suspicions the Roman Empire had of new Christians. Sadly, this mystique has carried on and instead of a book describing a close, loving relationship between God and Creation, many view Revelation as a ‘code to be cracked so that a very few will be assured salvation’.
As always, even though we are not seeing one another in person as often as we wish we could, we are still a community and share each others' joys and concerns. If you would like a joy or concern mentioned during a worship service, please feel free to call, email or text me and I will be sure to include it on your behalf.
Stay well and enjoy the beauty of our created world in whatever way you are able.
CONTACT INFO: Church: 780-963-4745; Heather’s Cell 1 306 850-1511;
- Written by Cameron Park
Virtual Sunday Worship Link:
Join us at 10:30AM Sunday mornings
for worship together.
See Minister's Message and link to bulletin. We are still trying new and better ways to provide our worship experience. Thanks for your patience and support.
STONY PLAIN & MEWASSIN IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES RESUME! The day has finally arrived! Mewassin and Stony Plain are finally offering in-person services again! Mind you, this doesn't mean that you have to come; you can still join in remotely via Zoom or by telephone if you like. If you SHOULD choose to come, please be aware of the following rules:
- All people entering either church MUST WEAR A MASK. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.
- Make sure that you sanitize your hands upon entering. Sanitizer can be found in several locations.
- When you sit down, make certain that there are two meters (6 feet) between you and the person sitting next to you (unless that person is with you e.g. your spouse or child).
- Worship in Stony Plain will be hands free. Mewassin will have bulletins, however we ask that you pick your bulletin up without touching the others.
Worship will take place at 10:30 AM each Sunday. A link to a bulletin for the service is available here on our website's home page. A "Coffee Time" will be held immediately after the service, and the link will be left open for chatting. Link information available from the Sue in the office or by Erna's email blast.
We would like to remind our Zoom attendees to please mute your microphones during the service so as to reduce background noise (you are, of course, free to un-mute your microphone if you are reading or leading a prayer, or asking/answering a question). If you cannot mute your microphone, than we ask that you please be very quiet during the service. We also ask that, when conversing, you speak slowly and try to avoid talking over anyone else.
FROM SPUC COUNCIL(Cathy Yamada-Swan, Chair): After many years of service to the Stony Plain congregation, a few members have retired from their Chair/Council positions, although they are remaining in active duty on many committees and in other ways:
- Lloyd Doige has resigned from Chair of Properties and Chair of Nominations.
- Marilyn Doige has resigned as Chair of Catering.
- Cathy Brock has resigned as President of UCW and Chair of Congregational Care.
We have been so blessed to have their leadership and expertise, but we are fortunate to have them continue as involved members of our cherished church family. Many thanks to Lloyd, Marilyn and Cathy for their dedication and continued service to us all.
BULLETIN COVERS: THANK-YOU to to Bob and Pat Scheideman for the bulletin covers that we are using at Mewassin today. The picture depicts the beautiful waters of Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia.
UNDERSTANDING FRAUD WORKSHOP - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1: FSCC invites us to join them for a special RCMP presentation on understanding fraud and how to protect yourself. This virtual workshop is available for free via Zoom, and will be held on Thursday, October 1 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Please call FCSS at 780-963-8583 to register.
PREVIOUS SERVICES AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE: If you missed a service, or would like to hear one again, the audio versions for all our Zoom services are on the website. As well, the previous week’s video version can be viewed any time during the week following the original recording. Go to www.stonyplainunitedchurch.com and once you are on the home page, scroll down past Rev. Heather's letter. To the right of ‘Announcements’, you will see ‘Past Sunday Worship Service Links’. Click on the service you would like to access.
- Written by Jon
Sunday Worship - Recordings
Video (available until following Sunday)
September 27, 2020
September 20, 2020