News Update to May 29, 2018
Every week presents its own challenge to me to fit in time to do the updates to our website. Mom told me there would be days like this!! Anyway, the merry month of May is drawing to a close. If you haven't already contacted the office about your inclusion in the directory you have until tomorrow.
The value of the month for May was Significance and we did accomplish some significant achievements like welcoming Trent, Stephanie, Claire, Abby and Rachelle through confirmation this past Sunday. As well the contributions of Claire (music and council) and Abby (Ministry of Families) were recognized as we say good-bye to these amazing young people. Claire heads to France while Abby goes to Halifax for further studies next year. God's Blessings on you both - you will be missed. P.S. Amelia, big sister to Claire, is off to Florence, Italy to further her education. Next month our value is Celebration and at St. David's, we know how to celebrate!!
Join the Friendship Club on Friday night and enjoy your first taste of Stampeding. This upcoming weekend, members of our congregation active in Healing Touch will be gathering to enjoy an afternoon with Bonnie Lawrence and her flutes. Bonnie and I worked together with the children's choir during the 70s. Fond memories.
News Update to May 22, 2018
"Music blesses us," was Rev. Peggy's final thought in her reflection that explored the importance of music in Christian lives. She quoted Martin Luther saying, "Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful gifts God has given us." From Psalm 148, incorporated into the beginning of the service, we said, "Hallelujah! With open hearts we are ready to be touched by the beauty and inspiration of praise," and what followed found us clapping and toe-tapping as the Sanctuary Choir with guest soloists, Bethany Yon and Carsten Rubeling (trombone) and Garrett Krause offered their ministry in song.
This past week has had the various committee chairs hard at work with budget requests for the upcoming year. With both Kyle Carroll and Bob Clare finishing their committee terms June 30, we need to step up to the plate and help out wherever we can. Our Congregational Budget meeting is scheduled for after worship on June 10 so come along and be prepared to offer your thoughts and support to St. David's during the upcoming year.
If you happen to go up to the balcony, you will see the new projection screen that has been given to SDUC by the Friendship Club. It won't be raised into place until July but that's only six weeks from now.
The Newsletter May 20, 2018 is unchanged from May 13, 2018 and can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this News Page.
News Update to May 14, 2018
Coffee and Muffin Ministry is really catching on. Thanks to Janet F. and her team, the goodies keep coming and, with plates of cheese and fruit along with assorted beverages available, the folks keep coming in. This is our last date before Fall. We will miss our monthly Thursday date.
St. David's has hosted some large gatherings during the last month. On Friday night last, parking was at a premium within several blocks of the church. There were parking attendants whose job it was to find space for everyone. A city-wide gathering of the Iglesia Ni Christo Church filled the sanctuary, TM room and Balcony.
Our Council Chair person, Deb Charnuski, has been with family in Ontario during the past few weeks. A celebration of life for her mom was held on May 12. We miss Deb a great deal and hope she will be able to join us soon. Rev. Peggy is back at task after a three week study break. Rev. Kelley took care of ministerial duties in her absence.
Our Spiritual Development Minister, Wayne Holst, and I attended a gathering of the Reconciliation Group last Wednesday at the Aboriginal Centre in South Calgary. (Calgary Alliance for the Common Good (CACG)) A message from Ryan Anderson, Director. "I wanted to say thank you to everyone who came out out to our Leader's Lunch on reconciliation. I also want to offer a special thank you to the Aboriginal Friendship Centre for hosting us and feeding us some delicious food.
A few take aways are:
For reconciliation we need to embrace and tell the Truth about both the past and the present.
It is important for us to step in, and build relationships, by going to and supporting indigenous events and efforts.
The arts are how we can connect and begin to understand each other.
We need to educate ourselves, especially about how we can be effective and true allies."
The next meeting of the Reconciliation group is May 16, 2018 at the Unitarian Church on 16th AVE. NW.
April was unbelievably busy at SDUC, however, May promises to take the lead. Beginning with a week ago Saturday, the fund-raiser held in Robertson Hall, under the direction of artist, Alicia, was a success. Lots of butterflies, sitting on limbs in the moonlight, adorn several homes as we diligently used our personally-selected acrylics to create "masterpieces." Enjoy the picture of Kelley and Chantal as they concentrate while painting.
Monday, April 30, beginning with a light lunch, Calgary Presbytery Pastoral Care Committee hosted their "Mindfulness" lecture at St. David's. Dr. Linda Carlson was our guest speaker, sharing her research findings, specifically, on the role of yoga and meditation effective strategies for beast cancer survivors and, more widely-based, mindfulness and meditation strategies for all of us. About 80 folk were on hand to enjoy her presentation.
On Friday night, May 4, the Friendship Club welcomed the Irish Cultural Society Choir to their May meeting. The choir featured a Cross-Canada tour of music from each province and territory. Our own Noel Rae was among the singers. The St. Davidians gathered together on Friday evening for the concert, reception and meeting are truly the heart of our church.
Sunday, May 6, was our annual Family Service presided over by Ministry of Families, led by Alison Demeter, her team and the children and youth of our congregation. We are so very fortunate to have such a remarkable group of adults working with our children.
This week we will have our final Coffee and Muffin Ministry at St. David's from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come, drink, eat and enjoy visiting with our community and congregation.