Please read this January 7th Letter from Our Minister, Murray Laverty.
Please read more about our Sunday morning worship services, our ongoing response to COVID-19 and news of the Search Committee in our February 17th Letter to the Congregation. We are not alone; we live in God’s presence. May you experience God’s guidance, love and strength.
You can still enjoy our Virtual Christmas Eve Service. See the worship service, with prayers, hymns and a reflection on the scripture in our Christmas Eve Worship Service. Click here to watch the Christmas Eve service.
February 21st, First Sunday in Lent — Our scripture text for this week is Mark 1:9-15. See the worship service, with prayers, hymns and a reflection on the scripture in our February 21st Worship Service.
February 28th, Second Sunday in Lent – Our scripture text for this week is Mark 8:31-38. See the worship service, with prayers, hymns and a reflection on the scripture in our February 28th 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.
The Lenten Season begins with Ash Wednesday on February 17th and continues through until Easter Sunday, April 4th. This year we will be Following the Footsteps of Jesus as we journey through Lent. Read about our worship services in Lent and Easter 2021.
You are invited to join us for Sunday Zoom Movie Night on February 28th at 6:30 pm. The evening begins when you login from the comfort of your own home to join others for virtual dessert. Then we watch a movie together with Zoom and finish the evening with stimulating conversation. This month’s movie, Flint, follows the experiences of a handful of motivated women who rally to expose the growing risk of the city’s water. Read more about Flint.
Our next Book Club is scheduled to meet on Saturday, March 13th 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 March book selection is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Read more about the reading selections for the 2020-2021 season and our February discussion in the Parkdale Book Club February 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 February 28th Spiritual Reflection. We invite you to view a gallery of some of our past Spiritual Reflections.