Brenda Wallace
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October 29, 2018

One more month is drawing to a close. Hallowe'en on Wednesday night and, suddenly, it is November. So... this week has been a busy time in lots of households as Hallowe'en costumes were assembled. I know that the grandchildren (and children) in our lives are all set to go. Once more grandma's sewing machine was conscripted into duty. Our weather has been incredibly delightful so we will remember that come the deep freezes that lie ahead, right?

We have an amazing number of events upcoming at St. David's. It is truly a great place to be! Our Book and Bible Studies are moving into their sixth sessions and the Christmas season will be launched at the Confederation Seniors Centre as the SDUC Friendship Group host their annual Christmas dinner and dance. Don't miss it!

The Chameleon Drama Group are preparing another awesome production under the direction of Janice Rider. Pop in on a Friday or Saturday night this week and see what our young people are up to. Thanks to Janice, Yvonne, Debbie et al who will help make the production November 18 a success. 

Fifty-Six Sleeps until Christmas Eve - in case you are counting!!

October 22, 2018

Coffee and Muffin Ministry was its usual successful event - lots of treats, coffee and great conversation. See you in November.  Thanks, again, for our hostesses that offer continuous hospitality from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday evening's Calgary Alliance for the Common Good Action Assembly was standing room only with over 200 people in attendance. We heard Mayor Nenshi (via video), four City Councillors and one MLA promise to help us attain our goals for Seniors' Aging in Place programs and Reconciliation between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous folk. There will be a City-wide leadership training program being offered at St. David's on November 2 and 3rd. Check Events for particulars.

I complained about the weather when over 16" of snow covered our patio and now the weather calls for long walks, kicking up the leaves as we go, basking in awesome autumn days. Neighbouring farmers are racing to harvest their crops, celebrating the warm weather.

Our young people, under the direction of Janice Rider, are preparing "The Scarlet Pimpernel" adapted by Janice for presentation on Nov. 18, 2018, after service. They are practising twice a week now. Plan to attend. P.S. Grandson Hugo is excited about his role. 

Council meets on Tuesday night, preparing for the upcoming AGM on November 25, 2018 after service. Check out ads about town that invite people in the community to St. David's. Friday night's Concerto Extravaganza promises to be a special night - Friday night, 8 p.m. 

October 15, 2018

A highlight of the upcoming week at St. David's is our own Coffee and Muffin Ministry which runs from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. It is always fun to come in to the warmth and comradery that our hosts offer. Bless you! 

For me, personally, will be attending the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good ACTION Assembly Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 pm at Temple B’nai Tikvah (900 47thAve SW). Five city councilors have committed to attend.  Chief Crowchild will be offering some advice as to what is needed for reconciliation to advance in our area. Our political leaders will be asked to work with us to advance our work in seniors and reconciliation.  A strong turn-out at the event will send a strong message to the city and province to create the home supports program for seniors we are advocating for. Pat Fryer has been encouraging us to attend during her Minute Speaks Sunday mornings.

Meanwhile, Monday Night Book Study and Thursday Morning Bible Study are in full swing. Notes from our Monday Night sessions can be found on ACTS Spiritual Development Ministries Page (see Ministries) and follow along with us. 

Our weather has changed to the better, more fitting to our fall season, to say the least. We have endured an unusually cold autumn season thus far. Have a great week!

 October 8, 2018

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Turkey, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and gravy, a plethora of veggie dishes and life is good. And, yes, it is snowing again. Hmm? For all of us about to set out on the roads today, drive safely and create awesome memories of time spent in thanksgiving with family and friends. 

St. David's sanctuary looked so beautiful in its fall colours and decor. The quilted backdrop on the chancel was the gift of Dorothy Duker and her sister, Judy. This creative work involved the children in their designing which in turn were interpreted into quilted images. Alison's amazing creativity was behind the project. Thank you, Alison, Dorothy et al. 

For those in attendance at the worship service on September 30 2018 you will remember the attack of the sound "Gremlin." In our continuing fight to eliminate the random bass sound from interfering with the sound system, we have met with Jason W., who has been intimately involved with the sound system since at least 2005, and he has some ideas for solving the issue. Meanwhile, if you want to see panic, just sit in the balcony when it - the Gremlin - decides to visit. 

Next week will be an extra busy one for St. Davidians. On Tuesday night, Oct. 16, we can participate in the "Action Assembly" with Calgary Alliance for the Common Good at Temple B'Nai Tikvah. On Thursday, Oct. 18, any time between 7am and 2pm, we can just hang out at St. David's with lots of good food and beverages and great company during our monthly Muffin Ministry. 

Check out the Newsletter for October 7, 2018 by scrolling to the bottom of the page. 

October 1, 2018 and we are supposed to get lots of snow over the next 24 hours. As someone said on the radio this morning, we went from smoke to black ice in a blink of the eye!!

Still, as I've mentioned before, hope springs eternal and those warm balmy days of autumn will soon be upon us. Meanwhile, drain your outside hoses and turn off those taps because it is cold. 

Fall programs at SDUC are underway as are the myriad of programs offered across the city. Sports, service clubs, exercise groups... keep us very busy.