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Click here to see the calendar of events at Parkdale United Church.  If you click on any event on the calendar, you will be able to read more details about that event.   Please note that Sunday worship services and all church activities have been temporarily suspended Please read more about Parkdale United Church Response to Covid-19.

Weekly Announcements

Sunday worship services and weekly activities have been temporarily suspended, due to concerns about Covid-19.  Read about the life, worship and work of the church throughout the year in our Parkdale United Church Annual Report for 2019.

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Responding to Covid-19 — Please note that Sunday Worship services and all church activities are suspended until further notice.  We trust you and your loved ones are healthy.  These are unprecedented days and we are all trying our best to navigate this uncharted and challenging terrain.  These are days to be especially mindful of making good choices with ourselves and each other; choices like gratitude and kindness, patience and respect.  These are days to express our care and compassion; a quick note or a phone call can be a wonderful grace filled gift.  Please read more in our May 26th Update.  We are not alone; we live in God’s presence. May you experience God’s guidance, love and strength.

May 24th –  The text for this Sunday is a beautiful Celtic prayer.  Read some prayers, Murray’s reflection and a song in May 24th Reflection on the Scripture.

May 31st –  This Sunday we celebrate the Day of Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit. The text for Pentecost Sunday is Acts 2: 1-21.  Read some prayers, Murray’s reflection and some Pentecost songs in May 31st Reflections on the Scripture.

Zoom Tea Parties – Although we are keeping physical distance between us these days, we don’t have to be socially isolated from one another. Parkdale United Church is hosting weekly Tea Parties where we can get together using Zoom. It gives us a chance to visit with each other and catch up, while sitting in the comfort of our own homes with a cup of tea. Please contact the church office for the weekly tea party dates and the Zoom login information.  We hope you will join us for tea and a chat!

Our next Book Club is scheduled to meet on Saturday, June 13th.  from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.  In lieu of an in-person gathering, we will be exchanging our comments about the book in a distance format — either by email or Zoom.  Contact the church office to get the Zoom link to connect to the meeting.  Our June book selection is There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald.  Now is the time to vote for next year’s reading list.  Please get your votes in before May 31st.  Read more about our May discussion and next year’s nominations in the Parkdale Book Club May 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.

Solar Panels and High-Efficiency Boilers:  Nobody Need Wait to Improve the World!

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.

 

Weekly Spiritual Reflection

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 May 31st Spiritual Reflection.  We invite you to view a gallery of some of our past Spiritual Reflections.