April 15, 2020

        Beloved Carstairs Bancroft United Church Members, Today, I chose to forward you the daily devotion from my friend, Rev. Alice. I found those words encouraging and I trust that you will, too. We always need encouraging words, and an assurance that we are beloved and valuable in someone’s eyes. However, it …

April 14, 2020

    April 14, 2020 By Rev. Maria Szabo Berces     Beloved Carstairs Bancroft United Church Members, Today’s Our Daily Bread devotion – see below – brought up a sensitive, yet timely issue to me. Namely, how can we stay kind, patient and gracious to one another when all of our nerves are stretched …

Good Friday

April 10, 2020 Good Friday DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC By Rev. Maria Szabo Berces   Beloved Carstairs Bancroft United Church Members, Today we would have had a joint service with Didsbury and Olds United Churches. The choirs of these three church families would have joined voices in a beautiful anthem. Instead, we are forced to …

Easter Sunday Service

      Carstairs-Bancroft United Church April 12, 2020 Easter Sunday WORSHIP DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC Minister: Rev. Maria Szabo Berces     Welcome   Good morning! Let me wish you Happy Easter, as we celebrate in our homes on this Easter Sunday!  I greet you with the words we have been using as a welcome …

April 8

Beloved Carstairs Bancroft United Church Members, I trust that you are managing to stay well in body and soul! I was honored to hear that some of you find these daily encouragements helpful and uplifting. And as I can see, appreciating the elevating love of God is the best way to strengthen our spirits, no …

Palm Sunday

Beloved Carstairs Bancroft United Church Members, Today we would have celebrated Palm Sunday with Holy Communion during our in-person worship service. I know a sweet elderly lady, from whom I heard this saying: “If the Good Lord will, and the creek doesn’t rise”. Well, the creek definitely rose in these days, however I would like …

Joshua ‘s courage

Beloved Carstairs Bancroft United Church Members, Let me start today’s encouragement with the Holy One’s words to Joshua: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) It’s a nice encouragement, except that …

Beloved Carstairs Bancroft United Church Members, I hope this message finds you well. I keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers, and besides these e-mails I try to make as many phone calls as possible to keep in touch with you. Please, feel free to e-mail or phone me when you feel you need any …

March 27

Beloved Carstairs Bancroft United Church Members,   How are you doing today? I hope these daily e-mails remind you of our connectivity, and that you are not alone even if we asked of “social distancing”…   I found today’s “Our Daily Bread” message difficult on one hand, because it brings up an issue that is feared …