Way to go, Arlene!

Way to go, Arlene!

After speaking up for herself and others, St. Andrew’s Arlene Lai will be involved in training new Calgary Transit drivers.      About ten days ago, Arlene wrote on Facebook about encountering a situation where a Calgary Transit Access driver referred to her as...
Blessed to Be a Blessing

Blessed to Be a Blessing

It was exactly one year ago this week, that I packed a small suitcase and travelled to the city of Calgary for an in-person interview at St. Andrew’s United Church. It was an action packed three days beginning with meeting Barb and Wendy at the airport and then days...
Payback

Payback

By Jim Dennis  St. Andrew’s Jim Dennis recalls a farmer’s gift of kindness that he was encouraged to payback. My parents lived in the village of Mirror, east of Lacombe, AB. To celebrate Christmas with them in 1964, my wife and I took our eight-month-old...
Dare to Lead

Dare to Lead

Friends, I began writing this blog from the comforts of my family home in London ON. The home my grandfather built, my Dad was raised, and myself along with my three siblings grew-up. The snow was falling, the fireplace was crackling and my glass of water was cold. I...
Ski, Matthew!

Ski, Matthew!

St. Andrew’s Jim Dennis was sorting through some files recently and came across an article he’d written several years ago. It’s a beautiful piece on persistence and resiliency. Thank you, Jim! After my wife died I continued to work for a couple of...
Exploring the Creche

Exploring the Creche

As we bring down the Christmas boxes and totes from the attics or bring them up from the basement, for many of us, hidden in one of the boxes are our beloved nativity scenes. I know for myself, my favourite Christmas decoration is my Willow Tree Creche. It was...
Raising Fairtrade Awareness

Raising Fairtrade Awareness

Fair Trade Calgary – Raising Fairtrade Awareness – Helping People Make Helpful Purchasing Choices. The image below helps people who like their purchases to really matter: On Sunday, November 25, Ken Kernaghan will be sharing what he has learned about Fairtrade...
God’s Extra-ordinary Quilt

God’s Extra-ordinary Quilt

A few folks were asking me to share the poem from my sermon on November 4, 2018 where we celebrated 5 years of partnership with Deer Park United and where I shared a message on God’s Extra-Ordinary Quilt made of the scattered, torn, frayed, and still beautiful...
Abundantly Thankful!

Abundantly Thankful!

Friends, Below is the thanksgiving letter that was distributed to members of St. Andrew’s United Church at the beginning of this month. I want to acknowledge all those who responded to this letter graciously. We are abundantly blessed to be part of the community...