Sunday September 20 Worship

Dear friends,
Above it the Sunday service for this week.

Thank you to Carol Gardiner for reading and to Tom Farquharson for leading the prayers. Anna is this week's preacher. 
The announcements for this week are below. 

Sunday School

Usually by this time of year we would have started Sunday School but of course we aren't able to do that.  I realise the Sunday services aren't really suitable for children.   Every child and family is different but one way you might be able to engage your young ones is simply to listen to one or both of the readings that are part of the Sunday service and then to simply stop the service and ask some 'wonder questions' about the Bible passage.

Here are eight factors to think about as you craft your own wonder questions around the story:
  1. Age Level. Take age and grade into consideration for asking appropriate age-level questions. Younger children need more concrete questions while older children have begun to think more abstractly. For example, when introducing Zacchaeus to preschoolers you might ask, "Have you ever had to stand on your tip toes in order to see better?" For older children you might ask, "Have you ever wanted something so bad you were willing to do something unusual to get it?"
  2. Connection. Create connections between what they know and what they don't know by starting with what's familiar. For instance, while introducing King Solomon ask, "Who is the smartest person you know?" "How do you know they are so wise?"
  3. Empathy. Use a sense of empathy for a character or event to set up a question.  For instance with the prodigal son, "Why do you think the father might have been sad for his son to take his money and leave?"
  4. Environment. Ask leading questions that make sense to your child's surroundings and environment. While talking about Noah you might ask, "Have you ever been outside when it started to rain?"
  5. Imagination. Ask questions that engage a child's imagination. "I wonder what it would be like to be in the middle of a storm on a small boat?" or "I wonder what it would have been like on the sixth day of creation?"
  6. Metaphors. Ask questions that frame the story with another story. Jesus used this all the time while telling parables. "How is the kingdom of God like a mustard seed?"
  7. Narrative. Use narrative to help capture interest.  Ask a student to share a story related to your main idea. "Have you ever been fishing?" "What kinds of tools did you need?"
  8. Point of view. Ask questions that take a character's point of view in the story. "I wonder what the women were thinking when they arrived and no one was in the tomb?"
 Good luck! This is hard. And some Sundays this might go well and some Sundays this might not work at all.    Even the children just hearing the Bible passages will plant a seed.   

Parking Lot Dedication

Many thanks to those who were able to come out Saturday for the parking lot dedication.   Among other things we took the opportunity to unveil the 10 Commandments of Parking (as compiled by Anna Greenwood-Lee and Bob Herold)
10 Commandments of Parking - If you have a way to improve these please let me know!
1) Thou shalt not have no other parking lots other than this one. 
2) Thou shall not idle in this parking lot.
3) Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain - even if the person in front of you is taking an inordinately long time to park.

4) "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy." Thou shalt be timely in arriving

5) Honour thy father and thy mother - and the blue parking spaces reserved for they and those like them.

6) Thou shall not park outside the lines or back into the stalls. After parking, thou shalt not amble slowly down the very middle of the lane, least thou vex those behind thee.
7) Thou shalt not park thy 45-foot Airstream trailer in the parking lot.

8) Thou shall not drive the wrong way in the one-way parking lot.

9) Thou shalt not bear false witness if thou dost back into another car.

10) "Thou shalt not covet the parking spaces closest to the church on cold or rainy days. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours car, truck, SUV, bike, donkey, or anything else belonging to thy neighbour

Anna's Ordination Anniversary
We were able to surprise Anna with a very generous gift (Thanks to all of you) of over $6000.00. Pictures and videos to follow in next weeks newsletter. 

News from our companion church:
St. Laurence's 2019 Christmas offering was given to Emmanuel Church in Israel to create a sacristy.  The construction of a sacristy, in the form of a large closet, is now completed (Covid caused delays). Photos of the sacristy closet are below. On behalf of Emmanuel Church, Samuel Fanous has sent another note of deep appreciation for our prayerful and financial support.  

Fall Wisdom Centre Programming
  • The Turbulent 2020s: A Theological Field Guide.  The Rev. Christine Conkin and The Rev. Anna Greenwood-Lee will be offering this course online by Zoom Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 - 3:00 beginning on September 30 and finishing on October 28th.  Please email to register. Description below.
  • Interfaith Bible Study - please pencil in Thursday afternoons November 4 to December 10 from 1-2:30.  We hope to offer this study in person at Beth Tzedec Synagogue. There is ample room for people to socially distance in their social hall.   


Core Team Training: Mon. September 21 at 7pm.
What is your dream for Calgary? What would exist in the city you'd like to be a part of?
Let's start a conversation about the city that we want to see and be. How do we co-create the Calgary we want to exist?  Join us as we have this conversation in our institutions and in our city at our first CORE team training of the fall. 
In this CORE team training we will work with our core membership teams, develop strategies for having these conversations in our institutions, and discover how this can become a city wide conversation leading up to CACG's Fall Assembly and the City budget conversation. 
Free for all Calgary Alliance for the Common Good Members.
For more information or to register please click here.

YYC Community Helpers Volunteer Callout
YYC Community Helpers, one of our CACG intiatives, is in the immediate need of volunteers to deliver Food Bank food hampers weekday mornings (M,T, W, F) to households within Calgary experiencing food insecurity.  If you are interested, you can read more about the requirements of the position on the Propellus volunteer posting here.

With every blessing for your summer