Posted by on Aug 4, 2017

 

SUNDAY AFTER SERVICE: Please join us for special Cake to celebrate Ian Wilgus’ time with Knox-Metropolitan United Church as part of the United Church Explorer’s Program. Ian flies back to Ontario on Tuesday, August 6. We hope he’ll stay in touch and let us know about his future adventures!

NEXT SUNDAY: August 13, Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 37:1–4, 12–28; Psalm 105:1–6, 16–22, 45b; Romans 10:5–15; Matthew 14:22–33.
SERMON: Cam Fraser, preaching

The Saskatchewan Conference Prayer Cycle invites us to pray this week for the following congregations and ministries: General Council Offices; Eston: St. Andrew’s, Prairie Pine; Foam Lake, Leslie, Good Spirit; Five Oaks (Naicam, Spalding), Tamarack.

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. Today, we welcome representatives of Ministry and Personnel. 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. We need 4 for September. 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. No experience necessary!

Thanks for those who came to the Blessing of the Peace Garden last Sunday. If anyone has any pictures from the event please get in touch with Cam.

Special congratulations and blessings to young people who graduated from High School this year – David Put from Sheldon Williams and Elona LaForge from Martin Collegiate. Many blessings on your next adventures!

Sharlene McGowan, daughter of Carol and Leo Ortman, successfully defended her PhD in educational psychology this past week. Congratulations to Sharlene!

Street closures: Note that due to the upcoming Regina Folk Festival, the 1900 block of Lorne Street will be closed from 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 8 until 7 p.m. Monday August 14.

In Memoriam: Our prayers and sympathy are extended to Debra Burnett and family on the death of Debra’s mother, Shirley Corman, who died on Tuesday, July 25. A Memorial Service was conducted in Knox-Metropolitan on Saturday, July 29.

Food and Fun Summer Event: Sadly the Bowls and BBQ event has had to be cancelled. Our thanks to all who offered to help and those who wanted to come. All ticket money will be returned. Please watch for the Autumn Pot Luck!

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

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 is a great chance to show of our space to interested folks within the community. We are looking for people who can welcome guests during 2 shifts – 9:45 a.m to 12 p.m. and then from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or both). If you are able to help with this important Outreach to the community, please contact the office to sign up. No experience needed, materials provided, you just need to offer an enthusiastic welcome!

Prayers and Blessings to Sloan Mae Kelly Sarai and parents Kyle & Alexa Sarai all of whom currently live in Vancouver, BC. We celebrated Sloan’s Baptism on Thursday, August 3 along with members of her extended family and representatives from the Church Board, Ministries, and Staff. Alexa’s family (Robertson) have long been connected to Knox-Metropolitan United Church and would have loved to have held this Baptism on Sunday morning but travel plans (here for a family wedding) meant that Kyle could not be in the city on a Sunday.

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!

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.

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.

FROM OUR NEIGHBOURS:

Spiritsong – Music to Soothe Your Soul: Our lives get so busy in the summer that it is good to take some time to pause, reflect, and allow our spirits to be fed.  Join us at Lakeview United Church Sunday nights at 7 p.m. all through the summer for a variety of musical services.  These simple, short, reflective services are intended to let the music lead us into a place of inner quiet, closer to God, and energized for a new week. Complete your weekend with an opportunity to get silent, let music speak to your soul, and prepare you for the week ahead.

Upcoming services:

  • Sunday July 30 – Sacred Music, Classical
  • Sunday August 6 – Christian Music from Around the World
  • Sunday August 13 – Songs of Faith in Broadway and Cinema
  • Sunday August 20 – Contemporary Christian Music
  • Sunday August 27 – Queen City Brass

Coffee hospitality offered beginning at 6:30 p.m. each Sunday, during, and after the service. Join us, you are welcome, you belong!