AndyChurch @ Mayfair Centre

By Wilma Clark Approximately once a month or six weeks, four or five  wonderful St. Andrew’s volunteers join Wilma Clark at Mayfair Care Centre to offer a   Sunday afternoon worship service We gather at 2 pm to bring our guests to the 2:30 pm service; some of the...

More canoe ventures planned

By Jim Kenney Our trip down the Bow River on August 19 was very enjoyable with only one major glitch. We made a poor choice and I made a bad move in our approach to the last real set of rapids. Then we went for a swim. The water temperature was about the same as Cabos...

A Short Commentary on Romans 12:9-21

A Short Commentary on Romans 12:9-21 (NRSV) (Note:  many commentators consider the meaning of the Greek original and context of the time; my focus is on what the words we have mean to us in our time.) “Let love be genuine”:  Of his list, “let love be genuine” may be...

Developing Grit: Following Jesus in a Changing World

This week three items from 3 very different sources about grit and goals converged for me as I look towards the coming fall. The first was a Facebook post featuring a researcher speaking about grit.  Grit is that quality that sustains people as they pursue difficult...

One Way of Being Christian Today

I subscribe to Kolbe Times, and the most recent issue had an intriguing interview with Shane Claibourne.  This interview is a powerful expression of Christian witness.  You may want to go to www.kolbetimes.com to read the interview, listen to the audio tape, and read...

Israelites and Canaanites: Anglo Saxons and First Nations

The story about Jesus and the Canaanite woman prompted me to reflect on the history between the Israelites and the Canaanites.  That reflection led me to seeing a parallel with the relations between settlers and indigenous peoples in North America and elsewhere. The...

Pervasive Prejudice: Message for August 20, 2017

When I read the Gospel passage, the humanness of Jesus struck me.  Pervasive prejudice is part of our human condition.  Our challenge is to work past that prejudice.  What follows includes my original text plus revisions and additions. August 20, 2017 Pervasive...

An Invitation to Jim’s Birthday Party

Bonnie, my wife, likes to celebrate those life events where I hit important age milestones.  For my 70th, she wanted us to have a special party, and we decided to host a party on September 2 at the Calgary Horseshoe Club from 2 pm to 8 pm, with the pot-luck supper to...

11 Signs of Fully Affirming Congregations

I am currently on the Needs Assessment Committee regarding a potential position of Affirming Ministries Coordinator, and brought it to the Planning and Administration Commission meeting last evening.  Recent discussions and my past research and discussions prompted me...

Fall is coming and so is planning

I am still trying to remember the rhythm of meetings for St. Andrew's.  I am currently working on my planning calendar for the fall and need to put in the dates for all the meetings which I usually or might attend as well as church events.  Please let Andrew or me...

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