A Word from Darlene

Churches don’t run by themselves, and SouthWest is no exception! From our elders, chairs, team members, and mission volunteers and our congregation, we try to work together along with our part-time staff, including our minister, to plan, organize and execute every event and activity from within SouthWest for ourselves and our wider community. We live out and encompass our vision, ”providing a table where all are welcome, with food for body, mind and spirit.

Not easy. There’s so much more than is visible in the life of our church and mission: garden care, building repair, dishwashers, bill payments, snow removal, food pick up, preparation, lights on and lights off, buzzers and alarms going off—all the “behind the scenes” work that can so easily be taken for granted. I’m grateful to each and every one of you for all that you do and we do.

After our Boxing Day community turkey meal on December 26 where we are topping the 300 mark for meals prepared with donations, served and delivered by volunteers (no small feat), we then take the opportunity to personally recharge, restore, renew and reflect.

We work hard, we worship joyfully, and we support one another, in both good and hard times. Our worship is rich, varied, and contains elements that both honor tradition and challenge us to open our hearts and minds to a wider view of Christ and the world. I have hope and faith that we shall persevere and continue.

 Thank You with much Hope, Peace, Joy and Love!


Chair of Council