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WANTED

Several Christmas Trees (artificial, any size, in GOOD shape) for Marcus Hoople to use in decorating the sanctuary for Advent and Christmas.Contact Marcus Hoople – mhoople@hotmail.com


WANTED

We are looking for at least 4-6 people who would be willing to work the chair lift on special occasions. Easy training will be provided. Please contact Myra Lonsbury.

(780) 419-3288 or via email:  4me01.lonsbury@gmail.com


SAFEWAY / SOBEY’S GIFT CARDS

This will be the last sale of cards until February 2020. Stock up for Christmas and January.  Order on November 10, 17 and 24 (before church only).  Delivery will be on December 1, 2019.


NEW PROPERTY COMMITTEE

We would like to introduce our new Property team:

Bob Poirier, Mike Anhorn and Neil Lonsbury

These gentlemen have much knowledge with regard to properties – both inside and outside.  If anyone in the congregation has a concern(s) regarding the church property please feel free to contact myself (Myra Lonsbury) or anyone of these gentlemen in order that we may address and rectify the situation ASAP.


The Grief Recovery Method 7week Grief Support Group
Moving beyond the loss of a Relationship through Separation,
Divorce, or Death
Thursdays Oct. 24th – Dec. 5th 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
200 Carnegie Drive, St. Albert, AB
Contact Terri Ward 587-986-2739
(See bulletin board poster for more details)


COFFEE SERVERS NEEDED!

Coffee

We need help with Coffee Time for the months of November and December in order to keep this going.

This is a great way to meet people and to have a social visit after the church service!

Please sign the coffee time sheet so that we can all continue to have coffee!!!


UCW – POTLUCK CHRISTMAS SUPPER

 December 2nd at 6:00 p.m.

 Christmas will be here before we know it and UCW will once again be hosting our annual social event with a potluck supper for all the ladies in the congregation. Following the potluck will be some entertainment and a candlelight Vesper service.  This is always a well attended event and a great way to start the Christmas season.

Please bring the following:

  • A casserole, salad or dessert
  • A plate (or 2), cup and cutlery.

NEW THIS YEAR:

Please bring:

  • A gift card from Walmart, Superstore, Winners or Visions or an unwrapped toy or books for the Kinettes.
  •   Donations for the food bank (this could also be a gift card.)

Youville – Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

A service will be conducted at Youville on December 4th for those who live there.

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBOUR: A COMMUNITY EXPLORATION

Program Purpose                                                                                                                 

Through the spring/summer of 2019 Rev. Mervin Gallant was on sabbatical meeting with a variety of marginalized community groups. Through these conversations it became clear that to be supportive of these neighbours in our community we need to get to know their stories and build relationships. Come hear the stories of a different group of folks each week, ask your questions, join in a discussion of how we can be more supportive neighbours to each other.

Where: SAUC Sanctuary 

Upcoming Dates:  Wednesday, December 4 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

                                   “Michif Cultural Connections Presents:                                                                                 Indigenous Youth Initiatives in Reconciliation”

Michif Cultural Connections Josh Morin is a youth leader representing Region 4 of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Born and Raised in the Edmonton Area. Josh has worked hard to provide indigenous led workshops such as Moccasin Making or Drum Making and running the day to day operations at Michif Cultural Connections the Métis Cultural Centre and Museum in St. Albert. Josh is also the grandson of Senator Thelma Chalifoux the first Métis woman appointed to the Canadian Senate. His family has long historical roots in the St. Albert and Lac St Anne communities dating back to the communities earliest iterations.

Jessica and Sarah Groat are Métis sisters and have been steady volunteers at Michif Cultural connections they have worked hard connecting with their Métis Roots and Culture partaking in Métis culture camps across the province. Coming from the historical Métis community of Jasper House they represent our strong matriarchal history we are working hard to revitalize in the Métis Nation and are also currently students at the UofA.

Kyla Pascal is a Métis, Black woman born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Over the years Kyla has worked with a number of non profit organizations as well as in the Edmonton food and coffee industry. It was through her work in these two areas where she gained her interest in food accessibility, sovereignty, and the ways in which food plays a significant role in our lives. A University of Alberta graduate with a Community Service-Learning certificate Kyla has recently returned to campus where she works for the Alberta Public Interest Research Group. The goal of her work is to help build more resilient, just, and healthier communities. As for Metis community connection. My grandmother was a Brosseau from near Brosseau, Alberta (near St. Paul). Further back I am related to Coutu, L’Hirondelle, and Lagimodiere families. Currently I’m doing my best learning about metis history by attending events, celebrations, and taking fiddling lessons at the Metis Nation of Alberta. 

“Indigenous youth initiatives in Reconciliation” will mainly focus on what Indigenous youth in Canada are currently doing to move Truth and Reconciliation forward at a Individual, Community, and Global level. We will discuss what Truth and Reconciliation means to us and our communities and how important and impactful it will be for us and our future generations moving forward. Currently Three-quarters of Indigenous youth across Canada are optimistic reconciliation will happen in their lifetime, according to a poll provided by the Environics Institute for Survey Research to measure youth perspectives on Reconciliation. This is a conversation for the hearts but anyone is welcome!


THE BALM SOCIETY OF EDMONTON

Second Annual Sing-along Messiah

Saturday, December 14 – 2:00 p.m. – Robertson Wesley United Church

Buy tickets:  Sing-along Messiah

For more information:  Balm Society


St Albert United Church Extended Advent/Christmas schedule is as follows:

November 24 – 10:00 AM – Advent 2 – Theme: “An Enduring Vision: A Promised Paradise”

December 1 – 10:00 AM – Advent 3 – Theme: “An Enduring Vision: A Call to Readiness”

December 2 – 6:30 PM – UCW Christmas Candlelight Service

December 8 – 10:00 AM – Advent 4

– Theme: “An Enduring Vision: A Spirit of New Possibility”

– Worship Content: Lessons and Carols and White Gifts service

December 8 – 2:00 PM – Season of Song

– Christmas Carol sing-a-long with the students of St Albert Teachers Association

December 15 – 10:00 AM – Advent 5

– Theme: “An Enduring Vision: A Healing Transformation”

– Worship Content: Christmas Pageant

December 18 – 7:00 PM – Blue Christmas Service

December 22 – 10:00 AM – Advent 6 – Theme: “An Enduring Vision: Fear Erased”

December 24 – Christmas Eve

– 5:00 PM – Children’s PJ service

– 7:00 PM – Family Service with sharing of candlelight

– 9:00 PM – Traditional Service with communion and sharing of candlelight


BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE

Blue christmas

 Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at  7:00 p.m.

To honour whatever places we find ourselves in at this time of year St. Albert United Church would like to stand in solidarity with you by inviting you to a “Blue Christmas” Service Wednesday, December 18, 2019 beginning at 7PM

Everyone is welcome!  If you know of someone we should specifically invite, please contact Laurie Symbaluk at the office.

(780) 458-8355 or office@stalbertunited.ca

 


MISSION HILL BRASS AND CAPITAL CITY BIG BANDChristmas music

Present their Christmas concert – December 22 – 7 p.m. – $20 at the door (children under 12 are free).

For more details please click on the following link:  Mission Hill Brass Christmas Concert