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Beginning Sunday, August 7 at 10:30 a.m. we will resume broadcasting our services …

  • On Zoom
  • By teleconference
  • Live-streaming to our YouTube channel, AND

Please join us in whatever way you choose. We will be glad to welcome you!

Zoom Meeting Instructions:

If you have a computer, notebook or smartphone, you are invited to join our worship using Zoom video conferencing by clicking on this link:

If you haven’t used Zoom before, join the meeting 10 or 15 minutes early to make sure you can get in. If you have any problems, call 780-995-2253.

Conference Call Instructions:

If you prefer to join by telephone conference call (toll free), dial 1-888-224-1908 and enter the participant code 64035074#

There is a new telephone dial-in number as of August 1st.
Call: 780-666-0144
Enter meeting ID: 629 902 253 #
Press # again to be connected.
NOTE: This is a direct dial-in to Zoom. You will hear “Welcome to Zoom” but you will actually be connected by telephone. Don’t hang up - you are connected.



Sundays at McDougall
A Place for You!


All services are at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, August 7:  Minister, MaryAnn Pastuck, DM
Communion, Emancipation Sunday, Pentecost 9

Sunday, August 14:  MaryAnn Pastuck, DM
Pentecost 10

Sunday, August 21:  Lay Minister, Larry Derkach
Prayer Candles, Pentecost 11

Sunday, August 28:  Lay Minister, Larry Derkach
Pentecost 12

Music Leaders:

Music Director: Kimberley McMann
Pianist: Dan Belland
The McDougall Choir and Section Leaders: Emilia Grindlay, Sidney M’sahel, Kent Sutherland, Merrill Tanner

Technical Staff:

Zoom Hosts: Larry Derkach, Scott Townsend
Power Point Operators: Gordon Dunmore
Social Media Recorder: Karsten Buhler-Espinaco

We are a diverse, inclusive
Christian spiritual community
of the United Church of Canada …

striving to be a safe place for people
of all races, cultures, creeds, ages,
abilities, sexual orientations, and
gender identities



Prayers for indigenous People

Truth • Justice • Healing • Reconciliation • Hope



General Council of The United Church of Canada Elects 44th Moderator

Carmen Landsdowne

The United Church of Canada has elected the Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Kwisa’lakw, 47, as its 44th Moderator. She will be the church’s spiritual leader for the next three years.

Ordained in 2007, the Rev. Dr. Lansdowne is only the second Indigenous person to be elected Moderator, following the Very Rev. Stan McKay, who served as Moderator 1992‒1994. A member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, she was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia, and has been a lifelong member of the United Church. She is committed to an Indigenous way of being in the world.

In articulating her vision for The United Church of Canada, the Rev. Dr. Lansdowne speaks of a church committed: “To build new connections and rebuild old ones. To work towards social change that sees a world cared for, and human dignity honoured. To walk together every day in repentance and reconciliation. To march and fight and change unjust systems together. To pray together. To sing together. To discern together.”

You can view her full biography and statement of vision for being Moderator.

The General Council will install the new Moderator at its closing worship service on August 7, 2022. This worship service will be live-streamed across the country, with an in-person event held at Canadian Memorial United Church in Vancouver at 1 p.m. PT.




Community Gathers in McDougall

While many programs and events were suspended the past two years, the following groups are meeting via Zoom or in-person:

  • Painting for Pleasure meets via Zoom Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.
  • Book Group meets via Zoom third Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
  • McDougall Choir meets in-person Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • McDougall Council meets via Zoom second Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
  • Visioning 90-Day Group: meets via Zoom Fridays
  • Worship Committee meets via Zoom last Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday worship: meets in Sanctuary, via Zoom & teleconference 10:30 a.m.

Resident Choir
Kokopelli Choirs: meet in Sanctuary Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings

Community Concerts
McDougall Concert Association, Wednesdays at Noon concerts, fall and winter

Partner Worshipping Community
Muslim Association of Canada: meets in-person, Friday prayers at 2:00 p.m.




Pray for Peace Ukraine

Here is a way you can help provide relief for Ukraine through The United Church of Canada. United Church Mission & Service partners are responding to the rapidly unfolding crisis.

You can help. Right now, people urgently need shelter, clean water, food, and medical attention. Please show your support by making a gift today. Here are your options:

1) Online via our secure donation page:

Click here

2) Phone 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738
and use your Visa or MasteCard.

3) Send a cheque or money order to:

The United Church of Canada Philanthropy Unit
Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200 Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
* Please be sure to note "Emergency Response—Ukraine" on the face of your cheque.

Note: As part of the United Church’s Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief, with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.

Act Alliance

The United Church of Canada is committed to working in partnership. We are responding to the crisis in Ukraine with Mission & Service partners ACT Alliance and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, we have joined the Humanitarian Coalition to call on Canadians to show tangible support for the people of Ukraine.



Something to think about....


The September issue of Broadview is here, and has some timely, thoughtful reading on what’s going on in the church and the world. Here are some topics that might stimulate your thinking and conversation:

  • Was Jesus a Pharisee?: A long tradition of anti-Semitism as taken Christ out of context.
  • Investing for Good: Canadian churches should use their stock holdings to support Indigenous communities.
  • Enjoy the Silence: The Quiet Parks movement fights an invisible yet dangerous form of pollution: noise.
  • Born Leader: For seven years, Natan Obed has been the national voice for Inuit people in Canada.

BROADVIEW is available online and at your local newsstand.


Sacred Pause

“We know that many within our church will still not understand why each of us must bear the scar, the blame, for this horrendous period in Canadian history. But the truth is, we are the bearers of many blessings from our ancestors, and therefore, we must also bear their burdens.”
- The Very Rev. Bill Phipps, 1998, former Moderator of The United Church of Canada
Quoted in “Sorry. Why Our Church Apologized”


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We ask forgiveness.
We commit to justice.




McDougall Working Towards its Future

In April 2015, McDougall United Church became a designated Provincial Historic Resource by the Province of Alberta and a Registered Historic Site by the City of Edmonton.

In response to our need to find a viable future for McDougall’s building as a community resource, we have invited Trinity Centres Foundation to join us in our exploration of site development, and the potential of creating a new mixed-use community hub and adjoining mixed-use development with a church at its heart. We are collaborating with Trinity Centres to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To maintain and grow an authentic Christian ministry at McDougall.
  2. To continue to serve the local community and beyond.
  3. To re-develop our property in a way that would enhance ministry and provide a strong financial legacy for the future, while maintaining its historic significance.
  4. To accomplish this in a creative, timely, and leading way.

Members of the project team for McDougall Church are: Paul Conway, Larry Derkach, Gerald Watts. Also working with us are: Anna Bubel, Consultant, Edmonton; and Graham Singh, Executive Director, Trinity Centres Foundation, Montreal. An extensive reporting and info session for the congregation was held on Zoom and teleconference on March 7 and May 30 following the worship service.

Daily Devotional...

A Liturgy by Gary Simpson

Gary Simpson is broadcasting "A Liturgy" daily on Facebook. You can watch the liturgy at 7 pm or at a more convenient time, because the liturgies are saved to the McDougall United Church Facebook Group.

The liturgy usually includes a short centering exercise and prayer, a Psalm, a short story or reading from the Old Testament and from the New Testament, community prayers, the Lord's prayer, and a benediction. Some days, there is a short one minute reflection onone of the passages. The entire program usually lasts between 4 and 8 minutes.

Gary has been broadcasting live on Facebook and then saves it on his Facebook Page, Gary on Religion, on his Facebook account and on the following Facebook Group accounts:

This daily liturgy is another way McDougall Church is helping people feel more spiritually connected. There is no need for you to dial into a number or give any codes. It is available to anyone who has a cell phone, tablet, or computer, has internet access and has a Facebook Account. You should be able to easily access it either at 7 p.m. or after it has been saved.

McDougall Affirm (LGBTQ) Group

Due to COVID-19, all programs at McDougall have been cancelled until further notice, in compliance with Alberta Health Services advisories.


Learn more about Affirm! in Programs


2019 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report (PDF)


Beuilding Restoration

Life at McDougall - Visit our Photo Gallery for images taken in and around McDougall Church.

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