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 our Sunday morning worship services and our ongoing response to COVID-19 in our December 9th Letter to the Congregation. We are not alone; we live in God’s presence. May you experience God’s guidance, love and strength.
Please read this January 7th Letter from Our Minister, Murray Laverty.
Welcome to our Virtual Christmas Eve Service. This year, we offered our Christmas Eve service online instead of having an in-person service. The scripture for Christmas Eve was Luke 2:1-20, the story of the Birth of Jesus. 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.
January 17th – Our scripture text for this week is 1 Samuel 3:1-20, the story of Samuel’s calling. See the worship service, with prayers, hymns and a reflection on the scripture in our January 17th Worship Service.
January 24th – Our scripture texts for this week are Jonah 3:1-10 and Mark 1:14-20. See the worship service, with prayers, hymns and a reflection on the scripture in our January 24th 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.
You are invited to our Sunday Virtual Movie Night, January 24th, at 6:30 pm. Have you been missing Sunday Movie Nights? Until further notice, the Faith and Justice Committee will host Virtual Movie Nights on Zoom. Get comfy on your own couch at home with some virtual dessert and watch a movie together with others. The January movie is The Social Dilemma. Read more about The Social Dilemma.
Our next Book Club is scheduled to meet on Saturday, February 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 February book selection is No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin. Read more about the reading selections for the 2020-2021 season and our January discussion in the Parkdale Book Club January Newsletter.
Please come out and support the Coldest Night of the Year walk on Sunday, February 20th. Meet at the church at 6:30 pm and walk along the river with our Parkdale Team. Read more about the Coldest Night of the Year and read about how you can walk with the Parkdale United Church CNOY Team or support with a financial contribution.
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 January 24th Spiritual Reflection. We invite you to view a gallery of some of our past Spiritual Reflections.