Brenda Wallace
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Special thank you to the Garden Committee

On our last Coffee and Muffin Ministry event in September, Karen McKeown and her group of dedicated gardeners were hard at work, preparing the grounds at St. David's for winter. Thank you so very much. Their group photo appears below. Enjoy!!

October 15, 2019

First of many leftover turkey and trimmings meals has just finished. It was a great celebration of Thanksgiving and Rev. Peggy helped us to reflect upon the role of generosity in our lives during service Sunday morning. Bonnae McTavish and her team of volunteers made sure that the sanctuary reflected our bountifulness as the chancel was decked out with all kinds of harvest produce. The Communion table centre piece was left by the Nemeth family in memory of Valerie, daughter of Linda and Bernie, sister of Marilyn. Val was in our CGIT group from grades 7-12 and I remember her taking an active role in our Vesper Services (that usually coincided with Grey Cup Sunday). 

Back in the day, we prepared for two services Sunday morning with a box of Christmas oranges being consumed between services. At its height of the first Sunday of Advent Service's popularity, we had as many as 70 CGIT girls in their middies, even more Explorers and many leaders participating in the service. We would rehearse during our weekly CGIT meetings, sometimes working on services prepared by local CGIT groups or from services written by CGIT groups across Canada. It was only fitting that three of her high school leaders were on hand Saturday afternoon to celebrate Val's life. 

The Chameleon Drama Group are hard at work preparing for their November 17 presentation of *THE SHARK WHO LEFT THE SEA: A Reimagining of a Native American Tale, The King of Sharks, from Hawaii by our director extraordinaire, Janice Rider. Saturday evening our grandson Hugo works along with his fellow cast members in an amazing learning opportunity. Thank you so much, Janice, Yvonne and Debbie for your faithfulness and dedication and to the parents/grandparents who make the drive Saturday night - some coming as far away as from McKenzie town. 

This week - week #42 of 2019 for those type A personalities reading this - is a busy one, especially Thursday which begins at 7 a.m. with our very successful Coffee and Muffin Ministry. ACTS Bible study group meets at 9:30, Prayer Chain meets at 1:30, Hearts and Hands Foundation at 6:30 and Janice's Qigong series begins at 6:30. And that doesn't include choir practices for both Sanctuary and Chamber Choirs. 

Enjoy the warm 'seasonal' weather this week. Back in 1976, this week was exceptionally pleasant - the killing frost didn't happen until after my youngest daughter was born on October 18, 2019. Okay, there was snow on the ground when we returned home that year but, nonetheless, I do remember those warm fall days. 

October 6, 2019

October in Calgary  is full of surprises: it has been snowing since midnight and the accumulation on the patio railing is working on 5cm. Yesterday was shirt sleeve weather and they tell us that, by Thanksgiving Sunday, we will be back to a more normal? high for the day. Meanwhile, get out the snow shovel and the boots. It's time to build snowmen.

On Friday, we celebrated the life of Bea Cochrane whose faithfulness to St. David's was steadfast and on Sunday morning, we were able to enjoy some of the flowers that adorned the sanctuary. Saturday afternoon marked a birthday celebration for Ruth Montgomery at Parkdale United Church where Ruth warmly welcomed the host of people who came to wish her a happy 95th birthday. Later, at St. David's, Cindy Stevenson's son and her new daughter-in-law celebrated their marriage.

Sunday morning we celebrated World Wide Communion with the October Sacred Service team serving along with Rev. Peggy.  The congregational meeting was woven into the service, following behind Garrett's organ postlude and the good news is that we have officially adopted the budget for St. David's 2019-2020. Our church year runs from July 1 to June 30 so we were operating on a draft budget until Sunday. This was my inaugural congregational meeting as Chair of Council. Our AGM will be held in November. 

Our Sunday morning programming for the children is running smoothly. A number of St. Davidians have stepped up to the plate to help provide a meaningful experience for the children. Janice Rider was lead on Sunday working from the lesson entitled "That Monkey and the Well." We are looking for more volunteers during November so if you want to join the team, welcome!! The curriculum, "A Joyful Path" provides a comprehensive and easy to follow weekly lesson plans.