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Pentecost Ponderings: Back in Gear?

Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.Philippians 3:12-14

Because of Thanksgiving and how my study leave fell, this is the first time I have been in the office since October 3rd! It is also the first time since then that I have actually successfully sat down to write one of my weekly reflections. It’s a good discipline to be in, a way to offer some reflections at the beginning of the week, and an insight on what’s happening in our life together here at St. Matthew’s. Hopefully, I am back in gear.

I spent a few minutes helping Wayne Valleau set up for his final session of Richard III this morning. I am always grateful for his work and his enthusiasm in leading his studies here at the church, plus the connections with the Calgary and Area Life-long Learners (CALL) that has opened the door for us to connect to a larger community within the city. As Wayne winds down Richard III today, I continue to ramp up with Early Christianity that started last week, and continues tonight in the Sanctuary at 7:30pm. Anyone, of course, is welcome to come. One does not have to be a CALL member or even a part of St. Matthew’s for that matter. Tonight is looking at what Early Christianity looked like under the expansive rule of the Roman Empire. Last week we had a great turnout, good questions, and positive feedback. If you’re even a bit curious, you don’t need to come every week, and I try to make it so each session can stand on its own.

Of course, next week, since it is Halloween, we won’t be having our usual seminar as I will be otherwise occupied. However, in that same vein, this coming Saturday is our congregational Halloween party at 6:30pm in Fitzgerald Hall! Our Spooktacular Soiree comes with plenty of activities, group games, and fun for everyone. So put on your favourite costume and come and join us!

Last, but certainly not least, is this coming Sunday, October 30th, I relinquish the pulpit to representatives from Brenda’s House who are coming to speak during what would normally be the sermon time. I will still be leading worship, but Paula Bannerman and Dawn Boustead from the Children’s Cottage Society and Brenda’s House will be presenting the work that they are doing. This is our major local ministry effort as our congregation takes on this new service project that addresses needs in our immediate community. I look forward to their presentation, and we can reflect together on how it helps us put our faith into action.

Yours in Christ,



Upcoming Events

  • Christianity, the First 1000 years.
    • Continuing on Monday nights, this course explores the first 1000 years of Christianity, from its formation as a sect of Judaism to the circumstances leading up to the infamous Crusades. Tonight’s session (October 24) looks at Christianity under the Roman Empire.
  • Halloween Spooktacular! – October 29th
    • On Saturday, October 29th, 2016, at 6:30pm, we are having our annual family Halloween Party! Come for tricks, treats, games and fun!
    • Get your costume and get your spook on!
  • Brenda’s House – Treasure Trunk outreach.
    • Starting on November 12th, we are beginning an ongoing outreach program with the nearby Brenda’s House.
    • It is a social outreach for interaction and play with the residents and children of Brenda’s House
    • We are in need of 6-8 volunteers to help run the program from 6:30-8:30 on the second Wednesday of the month.
    • If you’re interested, please contact myself, Wendy, or Shaundra Carvey and we can provide additional details.
    • There is a special presentation as part of our worship service on October 30th that will detail some of the work that Brenda’s House does.
  • Congregational Membership Classes
    • If you or someone you know would like to formalize membership with St. Matthew’s, I am hoping to run a membership class in the next few months. If you are interested, please email me, call me at the church, or speak with me directly on Sunday mornings.

Church Office Hours

  • Wendy’s regular office hours are Mondays, 11am-3pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday from 9am-3pm.
  • My regular office hours during the day are Sunday through Thursdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Pastoral care visits and community meetings sometimes require that I be out of the office from time to time during those hours.



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