Weekly email October 30

By Terri Bowser
October 31, 2015

Greetings in the Names of the Risen One,

The Visioning Team is pleased to invite you to join them as they share the vision (draft)  for St. Mary’s Road United Church.  The vision will be shared on Sunday, November 1st between 11:45 and 1:30 in the Journey Sanctuary; a light lunch will be served.  The Visioning Team welcomes your feedback and suggestions as they continue to shape the draft into the Vision for SMRUC.  If you are able to attend, could you please contact Rhonda Abraham at the office, (204) 257-0678, or by email,   smruc@mymts.net, by Today, October 30th.

The Visioning Team wishes to thank everyone who has, in the past months, shared  their dreams, concerns, wishes, hopes  and prayers for our church community, all of which have been so important in shaping the vision to date.

The vision of Jesus’ gospel is wondrously offered in the sacrament of communion. Both the Tree of Life and Journey worship will have an open table, where all are invited.

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 will be donated to SMRUC’s emergency food box.

There are times for waiting, standing firmly on the wall but there are also times when we need to take action; climb a tree and wonder the coming of Christ. Tree of Life will learn about how Habakkuk waited to the Lord and also about Zacchaeus who took action in order to meet Jesus.

Journey Worship continues its explorations of Joy. This Sunday we reflect on what it means to see through someone else’s eyes: the Joy of Empathy. Deb Anderson-Pratt will talk about a course she is developing for churches to help with reconciliation with aboriginals. We also reflect on refugee camp rations as we share in our communion feast.

Worship starts at 10:15 and all are welcome!  Or come a bit earlier for Fair Trade Coffee. 


We look forward to seeing you! 


Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Béke, Peace,


Alice & Philip






FRIDAY TONIGHT! Oct. 30 Family Movie Night!  Ghostbusters!  (free admission & costume contest!) 

Fly and Camel Cafe Sunday, Nov 1st  @ 2:30 pm Collage-a-Trois.  All proceeds go to Justine’s Orphans Fund

Join, or donate to, the SMRUC Movember Team! http://moteam.co/smruc

Raising awareness and funds for “Connecting clinicians and researchers from around the world to accelerate health outcomes for men living with prostate and testicular cancer.” 

“Courageous Conversations” are an ongoing events that seeks to explore, celebrate, and honour the fact that we are all Treaty People. But that requires understanding, and understanding requires dialogue and an openness to learn. Our first event was with Rt. Rev. Stan McKay where he offered his understanding of the 7 Sacred Teaching & being an Aboriginal Christian. The Next one was with Speakers from the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba–Elder Harry Bone and Aimee Craft. They shared and educated us on the history and (mis)understandings of Treaty relations.

This is the poster for Deb’s event here at SMRUC. Deb is a student with All Native Circle Conference. She is a mother of five; a grandmother to twenty-one; a Cree/Saulteaux Woman; and a Christian. On Saturday Morning Oct. 31st, Deb will share her story filled with many heart-aches and pain, but also joy and hope. Like our other events there will be a time of sharing and feasting.  It will start with a smudge for those interested.