Weekly E-mail – March 11/16

By SMRUC_admin
March 12, 2016

In the Name of the Risen One,

I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine. Hope is in the air, and dust, but mostly hope. Apologies for anyone who liked the Kevin Costner western, Open Range, but every year, at about this time, I remember that ridiculous scene where he struggled to cross the road. To be fair it was raining. And the film score at that moment heightens the anxiety that one watching is supposed to be feeling. And just in case you weren’t sure what the big deal was…a puppy, a poor puppy needs a rescue as it is carried by a current in, lets say, 6 inches of water. So I am reminded of the beguiling dangers of Winnipeg streets at this time of year: water rivulets cut miniature canyons in grimy ice; sudden lakes form at the perfect distance to the parallel sidewalks that when hit ensure pedestrians get soaked; and hidden potholes that keep mechanics in business. It’s a wild wild world out there! Keep vigilant.

Also, remember that it is daylights savings this weekend–lose an hour.

Worship in the Tree of Life sanctuary this Sunday looks at the gift of Mary anointing Jesus. What does it mean to love extravagantly? How do we show gratitude? How do we live our thanks?

In Journey author, artist, and theological poet Bob Haverluck joins us as again as we hear God’s message through his imaginative re-telling of scripture.

This week Young People’s Worship at St. Mary’s Road United Church has Nursery, Tots, Elementary Kids, Jr. Cafe, and Sr. Youth Group. We’re encouraging children in our young people’s worship to bring a non-perishable food item as their “offering.” Food items donated go to Harvest, West Broadway Community Ministry, and the SMRUC Emergency Food.

Worship starts at 10:15 (not 11:15 check your clocks!) and all are welcome! |
Or come a bit earlier for Fair Trade Coffee.

We look forward to seeing you!

Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Béke, Peace,

Debbie & Philip


A Lenten Journey: Going out into the Wild and letting the Wild in too!

SMRUC is excited to have Bob Haverluck join us for a special event, where he will share his creative gifts and wisdom. Accompanied by St. Mary’s Road’s own Chuck Kroeker with music, we will be offering two illustrated dramatic readings from Bob’s newest publication, “When God was Flesh and Wild: stories in defense of the Earth.”

TOMORROW, Saturday, March 12, 9:15 am – 3 pm, with lunch & coffee provided


What to expect:

Think radio stories: the re-telling of scriptural stories with wild imagination often employs humour to paint a powerful message
Think art exhibit: the vivid representation of prophetic witness which requires the observer to engage it
Think worship: desire to give thanks to our Creator interwoven through it

Paul Campbell, Bev Ward, Celoris Miller, Barb Parnell-Best & Phil Read will help facilitate the event. There is no cost but a free will donation can be given to help pay for the refreshments.

Please RSVP so we can plan our meal and refreshments.