- Written by Heather
30 June, 2020
Greetings on a cool rainy day. By the time you receive this letter we will have moved into July, and celebrated Canada Day.
We may not be a perfect country, but we are truly fortunate to live in a nation so rich in beauty, diversity and freedom from the kind of fear
many people around the world live with every day. I saw a cartoon the other day, that showed dozens of dogs and cats dancing together in a field,
giving high fives and hugging. Behind them stood a sign that stated that the normal fireworks festival for Canada Day was cancelled due to COVID-19!
I would like to take a moment to send out a huge word of thanks to all the people who have made our worship time possible during the past months.
All the technical knowledge that is required has been so ably met by Jon and Terry Blois, Garry Scheuerman, and Percy Janke. We have enjoyed wonderful
music offered by Terry, Lesley Janke, and of course our wonderful Sue and Meredith. And those of you who have offered to read Scripture are also much
appreciated. And to you, who have kept with us through the glitches and bumps, so that we can gather as a community to worship, thank you.
This week we will be looking at a familiar passage from the Gospel of Matthew as well as verses from Song of Solomon. We rarely take time to reflect on
this short text from our Hebrew Bible, and that is too bad. For the poet who wrote them describes so beautifully the relationship God longs for us to share
with God: a relationship that is intimate, real and stands firm through all of life’s ups and downs. Matthew reminds us that growing faith is not easy,
however we will always have another to share the burden with, one whose love for us never grows weary or weak. All are invited to join in worship via
the link offered in the bulletin or over the phone. And remember, Sue and I are keeping regular office hours. I am also only a phone call away.
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 VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE: Worship via Teleconference 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.
It has been decided that we will continue to perform our worship services in this way until such time as things can return to normal. During the service, please mute your microphones 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.
Church doors will be locked until further notice: The church office is still operating for phone, email and regular mail. However all worship, meetings and other gatherings are suspended until further notice. This is to minimize the spread of the current COVID pandemic.
NORTHERN SPIRIT REGIONAL COUNCIL: The website is now in place www.northernspiritrc.ca Be sure to check it out!
REQUEST FROM REHOBOTH: As you know, our church has a long-standing relationship with Rehoboth in Stony Plain. Apart from government funding, Rehoboth relies on fundraising and donations to support over 240 clients with cognitive disabilities across Alberta. This year, due to COVID-19, all of Rehoboth's major fundraising events have been cancelled, greatly reducing its revenue stream while leaving it facing increased COVID-related expenses, such as PPE. If you are able to help out financially at this time, any donation would be greatly appreciated. Please send your donation to: Rehoboth Christian Ministries, 3920-49 Avenue, Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2J7.
- Written by Jon
Lecture 05 - Innovating Our Way Out of the COVID Pandemic, Deepak Srivastava, MD 2020 May (58 minutes)
The COVID pandemic has put the world population at risk. Scientists are collaborating around the globe to find vaccines and effective treatments to combat the COVID-19 virus. Deepak Srivastava leads the Gladstone Institute which is very active in this research today. In this video he explains the how COVID compares to other outbreaks and several approaches researchers are working on today. He also gives timelines on what to expect as scientists find solutions.
Link to watch again: Gladstone-COVID 2020
Feel free to discuss this lecture with one another. Below are some discussion questions:
1 – The chances of finding useful solutions for COVID are good based on historical developments of vaccines and other medicines. When is the earliest and latest we might find a solution.
2 - More information can be found at the Gladstone Institute. https://gladstone.org/