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November 28, 2021: https://youtu.be/3E8daBMxVMk

Rev. Peggy McDonagh

First Sunday of Advent: The Inn -- Housing the Holy

A message from Council: 

At our October 26 Council Meeting (on ZOOM), Council passed a motion to reopen the church for Advent! On  November 28th we will begin regular in-person worship services. We are will continue to closely monitor and follow all AHS guidelines and recommendations and will update our plans accordingly as new information is presented.          

The safety and health of the St. David’s community is very important to us. That being said, we have implemented the following protocols for our re-opening: 

· Masks are mandatory.

· Sanitizing stations are provided throughout the church.

· Sanctuary will be set up with chairs set apart to promote social distancing.

· No food or drink will be served after service.

· Vaccination???  For those who are still uncomfortable, or unable to return to in person worship, our new equipment will allow us to continue to live-stream the service as well. A link will to be provided each week to members via email. If you are interested in getting a copy of this link and joining us online, please send an email to [email protected] to join our mailing list.          

We look forward to celebrating the advent season with you, both in person, and online. Please be advised that if hearing is an issue for you, we cannot use the sound system while using ZOOM so hearing can be difficult.             

A Message from Rev. Peggy

My friends,

We begin this week on our spiritual journey through Advent, a season of waiting for the birth of one who welcomed all people into the Inn of his heart.  This Advent we are engaging the series entitled “The Inn, Housing the Holy,”

Through this series we will come to recognize that each of us is an Innkeeper of the Inn of our hearts, a place in which we “House the Holy.” We are also the Innkeepers of our church. 

During this time of transition at St. David’s it is important to ponder how your church Inn can be a welcoming place, care for your neighbours, as you house the holy in imaginative and life-giving ways.   I am excited that we are beginning in person worship this Sunday, enabling some social connection that we have missed so deeply through this pandemic. 

This Advent may Hope, Peace, Joy and Love reside within us, move outward from us, to meet the needs of the world, making a house for the Holy that is each person of God. 

Peace and love be with you, 

Rev. Peggy McDonagh

St. David's United Church

403 284-2276  Ext. 104 

I celebrate the beauty of the diversity of our sacred planet and acknowledge the land and territory of Treaty 7 and the Metis Nations Region 3 upon which I strive to live within the oneness of God’s ever enlivening love.  

“A morning breeze, the gleam of a new day, may we discern the possibilities that are before us, may we wrap out lives around the challenges of today.”  (Adapted Gretta Vospers)

Reminders:

  • Starting November 28, St. David’s will be open for worship for the Advent season. There was an email sent by council mid-week with more details on our protocols and procedures for our re-opening. We will continue to live-stream our services as well.
  • We are collecting donations for our Giving Tree program. This year we are collecting for Children’s Cottage Society and The Centre for Newcomers. Donations can be dropped off at the church during our office hours or on Sundays during Advent.
  • Again this year there is the opportunity to purchase a Christmas Poinsettias (or make a donation to the Flower Fund) in honor or in memory of important people in your life. If you would like to do so, details are available in the Christmas newsletter, or you can contact the office for assistance.  The order form is found as an attachment on the NEWS page for November. 
  • A copy of the Annual Report is available upon request. If you would like a hard copy printed for you, please let me know and we can arrange that for you. (It will be uploaded after its approval on the ABOUT page above.)

You will find the Worship Folder for Sunday's Service on the MINISTRIES/WORSHIP page as a file attachment. You might like to print it so you can follow along with the prayers and hymns. 

“When life gives you something that makes you feel afraid, that’s when life gives you a chance to be brave.”  Lupytha Hermin 

Your invitation to our ZOOM service for Sunday is emailed to you usually by Friday of each week. If you would like to be added to our email listing, contact the church at 403 284 2276 or [email protected]

Please Note: Office hours at St. David's will comply with Alberta guidelines. Our office administer will be operating from home. Call 403 284 2276 to leave voice mail (for Rev. Peggy, Amy, Brent, Roberto, Wayne, Walley)

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“The Centre of your heart is the centre of the Universe. Go to that centre and radiate positive vibration for the well-being of humanity [and all created life].”   -Amit Ray    

  • CALGARY ALLIANCE FOR THE COMMON GOOD: St. David's is an active member of the CACG in Calgary, joining with some 30 other organizations, including churches, synagogues, temples, unions, etc. CACG offers many training, learning and acting opportunities as it works to make Calgary the best it can be. The Newsletter link can be found on the Ministries/Adult Spiritual Development page. You are most welcome to participate.  http://www.calgarycommongood.org/ . If you copy and paste the address, St. David's attendendees at the 2019 General Assembly are found in the centre of the picture, right side. 

November 14, 2021:https://youtu.be/4bxAKe6cV80

Amy Haynes, Pastoral Care Ministry

November 7, 2021: https://youtu.be/eColSXbu52I

Rev. Peggy McDonagh

October 31, 2021:

October 24, 2021: https://youtu.be/ugtNBkVAo3w

Amy Haynes, Pastoral Care Ministry

Spirit of Compassion: Sacred Earth, Sacred Work

October 17, 2021: https://youtu.be/ks7Y_Vf7CQg

Rev. Peggy McDonagh: "Diversity, in all its Beauty"

October 10, 2021:https://youtu.be/Zi48Z7uiPI0 

Rev. Peggy McDonagh

Thanksgiving Sunday: Expressions of Gratitude

October 3, 2021: https://youtu.be/HE3EG3XnO1o

Rev. Peggy McDonagh

"Eucharist, the Fabric of God's Love"

Sacred Earth, Sacred Work. 

September 26, 2021

Rev. Peggy McDonagh

September 19, 2021: https://youtu.be/vaAVEoVDeAY

Amy Haynes, Pastoral Care Ministry for St. David's on ZOOM

Click on MINISTRIES/WORSHIP to find the Worship Folder for Sunday's Service 

September 12, 2021: https://youtu.be/dG0wNY_j6U0

Dr. Richard Christmas and Diane Bates

Science, God and Us. 

September 5, 2021: There will not be a service on Sunday.

You are invited to attend online the Third Annual City Pride Service offered by Calgary's Affirming Network.  https://affirmingconnections.com/what-were-up-to. St. Davidians will be participating in the service. 

August 29, 2021: Rev. Tim Nethercott presiding: "Clean and Unclean" 

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 (NRSV)

Deb Charnuski offered "Little Gifts of New Life," joining us from Niagara.

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UPCOMING EVENTS/REMINDERS/INVITATIONS/CELEBRATIONS 

  • Staying connected has become ever more important as we continue during this Time of COVID-19. Be safe, open your phone directories and make a call to someone who might just be waiting to hear from you and know that the St. David's community exists wherever we are - at home, in our community or in church.
  • If you know of someone who might like to receive one of our online worship services please feel free to forward it and remind people to send their email address to us so we can keep connected. Reflections for the Worship Services can be found by clicking on SERMONS at the top of this page. P.S. Since beginning this time of COVID-19 our email list has increased by almost 90 addresses. 
  • If you are unable to attend church but wish to contribute your offering to the life and work of St. David's, you may do so by clicking on the link at the top of the Home Page or contacting the office at 403 284 2276 for assistance.
  • PRAYER CONCERNS The prayer chain is committed to praying for you in times of crisis for a period of 30 days.  Please contact the office or one of the ministers.