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We have resumed in-person worship services in our sanctuary at our regular time of 10:30 a.m.

We will also continue to broadcast via Zoom and teleconference.

We will continue to observe the protocols of wearing masks, hand sanitizing and social distancing. There will be no coffee service at this time. Welcome back to our sanctuary.

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#


McDougall United Church Office and Facilities Have Re-Opened


During the last two years of the pandemic, our office has been closed except for internal business and deliveries of supplies. Some staff worked from home and some came into the office or, by choice, they did both. All work was done according to pandemic restrictions.

As the pandemic restrictions started to ease off, rentals/concerts were scheduled again, worship services in person resumed, and we began to reopen the church office and building to the wider public.

Here are the current working arrangements for our staff and clergy:

Office Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Alex (Office Admin and Finance)
Alex is available at the church during office hours, Tuesday to Friday

Dolores (Programs, Worship Assistants, Congregation/Pastoral Care, Church Communications)
Dolores works afternoons on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Kimberley (Director of Music)
Kimberley can be contacted through the church office.

MaryAnn and Anne (Ministers)
MaryAnn & Ann work from their homes but will come to the church as needed for meetings and church services


Sundays at McDougall
A Place for You!


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

Sunday, May 1: Minister, MaryAnn Pastuck, DM
3rd Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 8: Lay Minister, Gary Simpson
4th Sunday of Easter, Christian Family Sunday & Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 15: Lay Minister, Larry Derkach
5th Sunday of Easter, Prayer Candles

Sunday, May 22: Minister, MaryAnn Pastuck, DM
6th Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 29: Lay Minister, Larry Derkach
7th Sunday of Easter

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, John Short
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



Life Together Apart

A Post Easter Study and Discussion Series

Easter isn’t just a day. It is an entire season that stretches from Easter Sunday to Pentecost. Life Together Apart is a 7-week Easter practice. Join us as we explore and share in community!

When: Tuesdays from May 3 to June 14, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Facilitators: MaryAnn Pastuck and Velia Watts
How: by Zoom

Have a candle to light, refreshments to enjoy!
Come as you are, however you are!

These 50 days between Easter and Pentecost are meant for hope, celebration, and joy!

  • But what about when we don’t feel very hopeful?
  • What if celebration feels incongruent?
  • What if joy is hard to come by because life has gone off the rails?

This program was developed early in the pandemic, when we looked for ways to be together, to hunt for hope, to practice being Easter People then – and now.
Some of the themes will look at gratitude, interdependence, hope, community, and joy through a short video presentation at each session, discussion, and our own spiritual practice.





General Council News

The 44th General Council of The United Church of Canada is meeting online from February 13 to August 7, 2022. The theme of the Council is: “Who Do You Say I Am?” (Matthew 16:15) Our prayers to with the Commissioners, faith and global partners, staff, and resource people, as they embark on a great deal of work on our behalf.


Visit the Council website






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.
  • Study Group (Life Together Apart) meets via Zoom Tuesdays at 7:00 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 MasterCard.

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 June 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:

  • Sacred Practice: Spiritual direction helps me experience the Holy.
  • Difficult Goodbyes: Medically assisted dying is meant to offer a peaceful ending. In some families, it’s anything but.
  • A Trust Betrayed: Deana Hills was emotionally and sexually abused by her United Church minister in the 1980s. Over three decades later, she’s finally being heard.
  • Held in Common: Across Canada, community organizers are embracing a non-profit housing model that protects people from eviction.
  • Where Is the Church? After the tragedies that befell southern British Columbia in 2021, one question remained.
  • Their Fates Are Still Bound by Patriarchy: For women in China, the fight for equality continues.
  • Dancing for Joy: Yukon internet sensation Gurdeep Pandher has a message of positivity for the world.

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”


Kamloops 215 Children

We ask forgiveness.
We commit to justice.




Upcoming Executive / Full Council Meeting Dates

Via Zoom…

The McDougall Council meets monthly on Zoom to fulfill its responsibilities of dealing with business, mission, governance and the future of the church. The meetings are combined Full and Executive meetings.

Next Meetings on Zoom:
June 8 - 5:30 p.m.
July 13 - 5:30 p.m.

Council Retreat:
Wednesday, May 25 - 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 8 - 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

This retreat will explore: Our values, Our Covenant, Shifting our Focus, and Leadership Roles.




McDougall Working Towards its Future

In April 2014, 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

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