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100 YEARS

WESLEY

UNITED CHURCH

Rev. Heather M. McClure

SUNDAY MORNING

10:30 A.M. WORSHIP

OTHER SERVICES & EVENTS

AS ANNOUNCED 



5964 Notre Dame de Grâce
N.D.G., Montreal


514-484-7221 
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This Week@Wesley

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July 20, 2018

 

HI all,

 

By the time you read this, I will be on my way to (or arrived at)  the United Church’s General Council meeting happening in Oshawa, ON from July 21-28.  I have been elected as a Commissioner (just a fact word for delegate) by the Montreal and Ottawa Conference. But just because I have been elected does not mean that I technically represent the conference. All Commissioners are expected to prepare for the meeting by reading all the material, tuning into webinars at least once a week for 2 months ahead of time and keep track of the endless emails that fill our inboxes. But then when we go to the meeting itself, we are expected to listen to the presentations, participate in the discussions and most importantly, to listen for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and to take all of this into account when we finally vote on anything.

 

The goal of General Council meetings is to make decisions about the future directions of the church in many different areas. This time around, one of our major decisions is to enact the remit decision concerning the structure and governance of the church as a whole.  Another big decision we have to make is the election of our next Moderator.  As well we will be looking at matters concerning reconciliation with our indigenous brothers and sisters and wrestling with what it means to be an intercultural church.If I am honest with you, I am a bit intimidated about all the work and the many matters we need to be considering and deciding. I am relieved that I do not make these decisions as a representative of a particular constituency, but as a child of God who will worship and pray as I discern the Spirit’s calling for the church.  With any luck, I will get it right at least some of the time!

 

If you would like to follow the General Council you can catch live streaming on the Church’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/unitedchurchofcanada

 

If there is a pastoral emergency while I am away, please contact the church office at 514-484-7221 and leave a message. Your call will be returned within 24 hours.

 

This week at Wesley Sunday, July 22, the Rev. Ellie Hummel of the Concordia University Multi-Faith and Spirituality Centre will be sharing worship with you. On July 29, Ryan Fea, candidate for the ministry, returns to our pulpit.

 

Take care folks,

Rev. Heather