Responding to Covid-19 — Please note that Sunday Worship in-person services resumed on September 13th. Most other in-person activities continue to be suspended until further notice. Please read more about the changes for Sunday morning worship services and information about Essential Practices, Expectations and Procedures in the September 3rd Update Regarding Covid-19. We are not alone; we live in God’s presence. May you experience God’s guidance, love and strength.
November 22nd, Reign of Christ Sunday – Our scripture text for this week is Matthew 25:31–46, the Judgement of the Nations. See the worship service, with prayers, hymns and a reflection on the scripture in our November 22nd Worship Service.
November 29th, First Sunday in Advent – Our scripture text for this week is Ephesians 3:14–21. See the worship service, with prayers, hymns and a reflection on the scripture in our November 29th Worship Service.
Monday Zoom Scripture Conversations – Join with others by Zoom on Mondays (except for stat holidays) at 4:30 pm for stimulating conversation and reflection on the Bible lectionary readings for the week. The atmosphere is open and encouraging; no Bible experience is needed. All are welcome to join in the discussion any time you are able from September through June. Please contact the church office to get the Zoom link.
We are excited to invite you to our Virtual Family Advent Craft Night on Zoom on Sunday, December 6th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. We have some fun activities planned for you! Please register with the church office by November 25th so we know you’re coming. Read more about our Family Advent Craft Night and contact the church office for the Zoom link.
Advent and Christmas at Parkdale United — The season of Advent begins on Sunday, November 29th and continues for four weeks through to Christmas. This year, we invite you to experience the journey of Advent and Christmas through symbols. Please join us for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am as we experience the different symbols of Advent. This year, we will be offering a Virtual Christmas Eve Service, rather than in-person services. Read more about Advent and Christmas 2020.
Our next Book Club is scheduled to meet on Saturday, December 12th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. This will be a virtual gathering, using Zoom. Contact the church office to get the Zoom link to connect to the meeting. Our December book selection is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Read more about the reading selections for the 2020-2021 season and our November discussion in the Parkdale Book Club November Newsletter.
Parkdale United Church is part of the Chinook Winds Region of the United Church of Canada. This region includes United Churches in central and southern Alberta. Read more about Chinook Winds Region and learn about news and events in the wider church.
Parkdale United Church is committed to protecting God’s wonderful creation and ensuring that we have a “green” facility. In March 2020, we installed 99 solar panels on the roof of our sanctuary. This exciting project is the culmination of a year of planning, working with Sky Fire Energy who designed our solar energy system. There are 45 panels on the west-facing roof of our sanctuary and 54 panels on the east-facing roof. Each panel is capable of generating 395 watts of solar energy. The combined capacity of all the panels is 39.105 kilowatts. The solar panels allow us to generate electricity for our own use as well as contribute some back to the grid. See photos of Parkdale United Church New Solar Panels. View the Historic and Current Power Generation of our new solar panels! In 2018, we replaced our 55-year-old boilers that were 55% efficient with new boilers that are 85% efficient. Hank’s Plumbing & Gasfitting Ltd. installed our new boilers that save 30 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. See a photo of our New Boilers.
Each week, we send out a “Spiritual Reflection” to individuals who are on our email mailing list. We send a blessing along with these reflections, hoping that the quotes and photographs will bring you peace, joy or encouragement for the week. If you would like to receive our weekly Spiritual Reflections, please contact the church to have your name added to our mailing list. Click here for the November 29th Spiritual Reflection. We invite you to view a gallery of some of our past Spiritual Reflections.