This space reports on how people at Mill Woods United live out our values of faith, hope, and love. For future activities see Upcoming Events. Highlights from 2017, 2016, and 2015 are just a click away.
Making A Difference — April 9-May 7
The photo below is of a display table with items representing some of the many activities and initiatives that occur at Mill Woods United Church. The more than 25 people who came to the April 9 and April 16 evenings of discussions about how our church is trying to make a difference saw this display.
Council chairpersons Rob McPhee and Carla Janzen have organized five Monday evening discussions using a 2013 booklet “Making A Difference” by Joyce Madsen and Clair Woodbury. The first two evenings focused on Purpose and Community. The remaining three will be on Communication, Hospitality, and Leadership.
All are welcome. Please consider coming out for one or all of these evenings. We expect that you will be engaged and inspired.
“Cribs and Croissants,” March 16
Forty people gathered around tables on the main floor of the church building on a Friday evening to play cribbage, enjoy tasty treats, and vie for prizes. Thanks to Rob and Jennifer McPhee for organizing this successful evening of fun and fellowship.
Hot Topics #5, March 15
Five of us gathered in the Lounge to discuss nationalism. To spark discussion, we screened a short video from the New York Times website (“How Nations Make Up National Identities”), watched an excerpt from a new Netflix cooking series called “Ugly Delicious” about the U.S./Mexican border and its impact on the restaurant industry and on people’s lives (this is episode #2 on Tacos!), and referred to a provocative opinion piece from The Atlantic Monthly magazine called “The Case for Getting Rid of Borders—Completely.” Some heat and light was generated!
Future sessions will occur on April 19 and May 17.
Annual General Meeting, March 11
Forty people stayed after the Sunday worship service to participate in the Annual General Meeting of Mill Woods United Church. Rob McPhee chaired the meeting, outgoing chairpersons Kathy Poechman and Carla Janzen presented a “year-in-review” report, Randy Round presented the 2017 Financials and 2018 Budget in an amusing and informative way, a new Council was elected, refreshments provided by Heavenly Hospitality were served, and everyone enjoyed the upbeat and positive tone of the meeting. For more details, please read the 2017 Annual Report.
Two fond farewells
On Wednesday, February 28, a steady stream of well-wishers came to the church to say congratulations to Janice Martin on her retirement and to thank her for more than 26 years of faithful service as the Church Office Administrator on her final day of work. Cake, cards, and good memories abounded.
Wednesday was also the final day for our Social Media and Marketing Coordinator, Paula Kirman, after almost two years with Mill Woods United. On Sunday February 25, Council Co-Chairperson Lindy Mair made a presentation to the Sunday morning gathering on the poetry, music, paintings, and activism of Paula. She thanked Paula for her service to the congregation and wished her well on future endeavours.
Blessings to both of you.
February 18, 2018 — a World Premiere!
On the first Sunday in Lent, the choir sang a world premiere of a composition by our own Bryan LeGrow, which featured Bryan singing a solo. It was met with a standing ovation! Listen here on Facebook
The tune and words came to Bryan from his friend Nelson, who sang a postlude at our 40th Anniversary service on November 20, 2016. Bryan composed a choral and piano accompaniment, and the end result was very well received.
Thanks and congratulations, Bryan!
February 13, Pancake Tuesday
A large group of people gathered in the Lower Hall from 5 to 6:30 pm to enjoy pancakes, ham, fruit, and conversation, and a chance mark the end of the Season after the Epiphany. This year, Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent, was on February 14. So our church honoured the tradition of Mardi Gras/Carnival/Pancake and Shrove Tuesday with a sweet feast on the evening before the 14th. Thanks to members of the Collective Kitchen and Heavenly Hospitality for organizing and preparing this dinner.
January 27, Mill Woods Resource Fair
Dave Elliot and Ian Kellogg staffed an information table about the church at the Mill Woods Resource Fair, which was hosted by MLA Christina Gray at the Mill Woods Seniors Centre. We distributed flyers about our many programs and chatted with interested people.
January 20, “From TIFF to Cannes”
About 30 people attended a screening of “The Post” at South Edmonton Common and then repaired to the McPhee’s house for savoury and sweet snacks and conversation. Thanks to Rob and Jennifer for another successful social event.
January 18, “Hot Topics” #3
Six of us gathered in the Lounge to watch two short excerpts from Michael Moore’s 2015 film “Where to Invade Next.” The first examines Portugal’s experience with decriminalizing all recreational drugs since 2000. The second is about the liberal prison system in Norway. We enjoyed a lively discussion about both topics.