Posted by on Jul 21, 2017

NEXT SUNDAY: July 30, Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 29:15-28, Psalm 105, Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 25:31-46
SERMON: Special guest speaker, Tyler Gray from Carmichael Outreach

The Saskatchewan Conference Prayer Cycle invites us to pray this week for the following congregations and ministries: Spiritual Care Educator, St. Paul’s Hospital River Bend; Crossroads United (Maryfield, Wawota), Twin Valleys; Cut Knife, Prairie Pine; Davidson-Girvin, River Bend.

Summer Ushers: During July and August, we have invited members (and friends and families) of our many Ministries and Committees to greet us as we come into the Church, and to usher during the service. This Sunday, we welcome representatives of the Official Board. We thank them all for their work – today and throughout the year.

Fall Ushers: It is time to set the rota for Greeters and Ushers for the coming months. To start, we need 4 for September and 2 more for October. Please see Elizabeth Calam or call 306-924-0533. In October, we will be having a sign-up campaign for the rest of the year. If you have a favourite month, now is the time to let us know. REMEMBER…NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

Our friend and former caretaker, Michael Sandapen is featured in this month’s edition of The United Church Observer magazine (you’ll see his smiling face on pg. 24) where he is interviewed as part of a story called From Far and Wide: Meet 11 new immigrants who are putting down new roots in the United Church.

After Worship on Sunday, July 30, we will be holding a brief blessing of the Peace Garden immediately after worship – rain or shine!

Carmichael Sunday:  July 30th is the 5th Sunday in July, therefore, the Outreach Ministry will take up a collection to be given to Carmichael Outreach. This Sunday, we welcome guest speaker Tyler Gray from Carmichael Outreach. Suggested items for donation:  canned foods, hygiene products, or we would gladly accept a loonie or toonie instead.

Our ‘Affirming Ministries Steering Group’ has prepared a survey to get the discussion going over the summer as we discern the possibility of becoming an Affirming Ministry within the United Church of Canada. It is available online and in paper format. A link can be found on the Knox-Met Facebook Page and has been emailed out to our electronic mailing list. Paper copies can be picked up and returned to blue box in the Narthex on Sunday and in the Office throughout the week. Help us make the most of this process by taking a few minutes to share your thoughts!

Harry Potter And The Sacred Text: Have you ever wondered how to get more out of your reading experience? How to appreciate every gift the text has to offer? How to take something from a book and apply it to daily life?

On Thursday, July 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Chapel (note new location), we will gather to engage with the podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text – discussing the podcast, and the methods and spiritual practices the hosts use when reading a beloved book to gain wisdom and inspiration.

Coffee and tea will be provided, and participants are invited to bring a snack to share. We hope you will join Ian (our Summer Explorer) and Cam for this magical time of sharing and discussing! No background in Harry Potter required to enjoy this experience.

If you want to get the most out of the experience, we invite you to listen to CBC Radio’s Tapestry episode – How to read Harry Potter — or anything else — as a sacred text, and visit the podcast’s website

August 6 will be our final Sunday Service with Ian Wilgus, our first ever Explorer. Please join us for a special Liturgy of Blessing and Sending forth (and likely some tasty post-service snacks).

The Labyrinth @ Knox-Met Is Open For The Summer: The Labyrinth is now open for the duration of the summer during regular office hours, M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and before/after services on Sunday morning. All are welcome to come and walk the Sacred Path as a spiritual practice. This is a self-guided experience and materials are available to guide your journey. You will find the Labyrinth in the Gym/Upper Hall.

Welcome Signs expressing “I’m glad we’re neighbours” in English and Arabic and then saying Welcome in over 20 other languages are still available.  There is a suggested donation of $10, all of which goes back to the Heritage Community Association who developed this project.  Signs can be picked up from Ian today or anytime during office hours Monday to Friday.

Our friends at First Presbyterian Church (2170 Albert) will be welcoming their new minister, the Rev. Amanda Currie in a special Service of Induction at 7:00 pm on Friday, July 28. All are welcome to attend and show our support to our neighbours in faith and the downtown!

Doors Open Regina: Knox-Metropolitan United Church (and the bell tower) is one of the most popular stops on Doors Open Regina (a tour of special downtown buildings) which happens on Saturday, August 19 this year. We need greeters and tour guides for this event. No experience needed, materials provided, you just need to offer an enthusiastic welcome! Please sign up in the office if available.

Summer Flowers: For the months of July and August, you are invited to share your garden flowers on Sunday mornings as has been the tradition at Knox-Met in past years.  The flowers can be placed on the communion table or on the stage just prior to the service.  Thank you for sharing the beauty of God’s world with us! Consider the lilies how they grow — Luke 12:27

Flea Market News: The annual Knox-Met Flea Market will be held this year on Saturday, September 30. We welcome Men’s, Women’s and Children’s clothing, shoes, hats, purses, scarves, household items, small electrical appliances, seasonal and sporting goods and jewelry. New or good quality items are also requested for the Gift Shop. We are unable to accept cushions, pillows, comforters, stuffed toys or furniture. Please put your donations in closed boxes or plastic bags. They can be dropped off at the church any time during office hours, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Remit 1: Three Council Model

Presbyteries:            Yes: 74             No: 7             Did Not Vote: 3

Pastoral Charges:    Yes: 1672         No: 222         Did Not Vote: 242

Total: Yes: 1746 (79%)    No: 229 (10%)     Did Not Vote: 245 (11%)


Remit 2: Elimination of Transfer and Settlement

Presbyteries:            Yes: 74             No: 7               Did Not Vote: 3

Pastoral Charges:    Yes: 1792         No: 89             Did Not Vote: 255

Total: Yes: 1866 (84 %)   No: 96 (4%)         Did Not Vote: 258 (12%)


Remit 3: Office of Vocation

Presbyteries:            Yes: 69             No: 12             Did Not Vote: 3

Pastoral Charges:    Yes: 1681         No: 190           Did Not Vote: 265

Total: Yes: 1750 (79%)    No: 202 (9%)       Did Not Vote: 268 (12%)


Remit 4: Funding a New Model

Presbyteries:           Yes: 70             No: 12             Did Not Vote: 2

Pastoral Charges:   Yes: 1472         No: 398           Did Not Vote: 266

Total: Yes: 1542 (69%)    No: 410(18%)      Did Not Vote: 268 (12%)


Number of Presbyteries: 84

Number of Pastoral Charges: 2136

Total: 2220