Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Weekly
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Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on June 17 , 2018


CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP

Greeters: Margaret Claveau & Karen Parmiter
Worship Leader: Rev. Greg Wooley
Children's Church: Joan VonEngelbrechten & Jim Ridley
Toddler Care: Ariel McGuire
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Samara McMann & Adam Draper-Millan
Musicians:  Jan Tissandier and Cathy Harrop
Administration: Sondy Szymanis - 403-678-5354 - office@ralphconnor.ca
In the Pulpit: Rev. Ray Goodship 

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Rev. Ray Goodship is on a "SPIRIT RIDE" across Canada during his Sabbatical from St. Andrew's UC in Cochrane, stopping to preach at United Churches along the way!  We welcome Ray to RCMUC this Sunday, June 17th. 

NEWS & COMING EVENTS news
GREG IS GOING ON VACATION 

Greg will be away starting Monday June 18, until July 17. He will be back in the pulpit on Sunday, July 22nd   

Rev. Murray Speer of Rundle Memorial in Banff will cover pastoral emergencies in Greg's absence. You can reach Murray at murray@rundleunited.ca or call 587-435-4245

IN THE PULPIT

On June 24th (and July 8 and 15) we welcome Rev. Michael Ward to the pulpit 
and on Canada Day, July 1st we welcome the Rev. Dave Crawford. 

STONEY NAKODA HISTORIC CONNECTIONS

A week ago, Ralph Connor's Living into Right Relations group were honoured to attend the unveiling ceremony of the Stoney Nakoda story sign at Tinda Mimun (Indian Flats).  

This series of eight signs, stretching from Bear Hill to Yamnuska to Canmore, tell the stories of the Indigenous People's relationship with the land.  This sign, at the Travel Info Centre in Canmore, tells of the Stoney Nakoda historic connections to Cochrane and Canmore. 

Usually, Indigenous Day of Prayer https://www.united-church.ca/worship-special-days/indigenous-day-prayer is marked on the Sunday prior to June 21, but this year we marked it on June 3, in continuity with the unveiling of these signs. 



CYAN PASTA NIGHT

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The next Canmore Young Adult Network Pasta night will be held on Tuesday June 19 in the Gordon Hall.  All Young Adults (ages 18-35ish but we won't be checking ID!) welcome to come and pay what you can. 

Friends of CYAN: Be a friend of CYAN and volunteer to help feed the masses. Just fill out this form to join the fun.  https://www.volunteersignup.org/QKTTB 


SCREENINGS WITH MEANINGS

Check next weeks newsletter for details on the summer film series "SCREENINGS WITH MEANINGS" at RCMUC.  

The first on is scheduled for July 18th .

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Mark your calendars!  The Canmore Ministerial is hoping to have a community Vacation Bible School this summer, August 20-24 at St.Mike's from 9 AM to 12 noon.  

In order to make this run, volunteers are needed from each congregation.  If you would like to have fun with the kids in August, please contact Greg ASAP!

FESTIVAL OF FAITH -  Risking Faith, Daring Hope
 
July 21 - 22 in Oshawa, Ontario. For more information go to generalcouncil43.ca/festival



THANK YOU

Thank you to Kelly Ernst from the Centre for Newcomers in Calgary for his well-attended presentation last Sunday, on the heart-wrenching realities faced by LGBTQ people in many nations of the world.  

There are hopes to set up a "Rainbow Railroad" depot in Calgary to provide safety and welcome for LGBTQ refugees. For more information see  http://centrefornewcomers.ca/our-services/settling-in-canada/lgbtq-project

PRAYER SHAWL KNITTERS MEET TOMORROW

Join the ladies in the Hall at 1:00 pm on Friday, June 15 to knit a shawl and enjoy some company, patterns and wool.  

Everyone welcome! 

HEALING PATHWAY 

Will continue by appointment all summer. To book a session or inquire about this gentle healing ministry p lease contact: Sue Nichols at iamsue@telus.net  or call her at 403-678-4536

EVENSONG
 
The last Evensong for the summer will be held on Wednesday, June 20 
"The Eve of the Summer Solstice and national Indigenous Peoples' Day"


If you have friends, neighbours, young adult children, or anyone else you could invite to a worship experience that is lay-led, contemplative, non-doctrinal, with a broad, inclusive spirituality... or if you've never been to Evensong to discover this mid-week spiritual oasis for yourself...please come some Wednesday night, to "come and find the quiet centre".

BIBLE STUDY

Friday at 4:30 pm at Margaret Lumsden's. 
 
 Please contact her if you plan to attend at 403-609-8191
   

CHOIR REHEARSAL

Has ended for the season.   Watch for start-up info in the fall, new members always welcome.   

ALPINE VOICES THRESHOLD CHOIR

Rehearses the second and fourth Monday of each month from 7:30 - 9:00 pm in the sanctuary. Threshold Choir singing is described as "kindness made audible". 

If you would like to learn more about the practice of bedside singing, visit thresholdchoir.org , or contact Jan Tissandier, jan.tissandier@gmail.com  

New members welcome! Continues throughout the summer. 
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Sign up for a Sunday on the Clipboard. We have a multitude of Sunday lesson packages in the upstairs cupboard. 

Children's Church (ages 4 and up) and Nursery/Toddler care are both available as the first hymn is being sung. 

For Toddler Care, join the caregivers in Gordon Hall for a moment to apprise them of your child's needs.  
Please bring a snack if your child may need one, and advise if your child has any allergies.  Water or juice will be provided if needed.  

For  Children's Church , our teachers will take the children upstairs for their lesson.  All children will return to the sanctuary prior to the anthem.  We look forward to meeting your children!

(see also the "Vacation Bible School" notice, above)
CYAN- Canmore Young Adult Network

CYAN now has it's own newsletter.  

You can be in the know right to  your inbox. 
Sign up today here: CYAN NEWSLETTER

Great work Tara!!
WEEKLY BULLETIN AT SUNDAY WORSHIP

A month ago, we experimented with a half-sheet bulletin format on a 3 week trial basis.  Based on an overall very positive response, Worship Committee has agreed to move in this half-sheet bulletin direction.  

On Communion Sundays we will have a full bulletin, but in between will have a simpler format.  For detailed announcements, your best source is always the Thursday newsletter...sign up at www.ralphconnor.ca most of which are also highlighted on the TV Announcement loop prior to Sunday Worship.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS community
CANMORE COMMUNITY FOOD & FRIENDS - CALL FOR HELP

"Would you like to meet and welcome more people in our community? Do you enjoy being with people of different ages and backgrounds?
 
Every Monday (including statutory holidays) around 200 to 250 people enjoy friendship and a fabulous free meal at the community hall of St. Michael's Anglican Church. Donations are always appreciated. Several organizations organize their members to help with this endeavour including Rotary, Lion's Club, and several churches.
 
At least once a month, 12 volunteers are required from Ralph Connor United Church to set up, serve, wash dishes and clear and clean up. Hard working volunteers have been coming out to help with this amazing endeavour from 4pm to 7:30 or 8pm but are finding that this is a lengthly period of time so we are trying to do two shifts; the first shift is from 4 to 6 and the second shift is from 6 to closing. 6 people are required for each shift.
 
Please sign up on the clipboard that gets passed around on Sunday with your name and email if you are interested in volunteering. You will not be required every month. We will send out requests for volunteers a week to two weeks prior to the meal which we are hosting. You will be requested to provide a commercial dessert or fruit when you come to do your shift and of course chow down on an excellent meal before or after your shift.
 
We are looking forward to meeting you. Thanks for considering this."
 
Judy Vincent (mjmjmv@telusplanet.net )and 
Marshall Ouellet (bakouel@shaw.ca)
CCFF Volunteer Organizers

CAMP fYrefly

A camp for LGBTQ2 youth aged 14-24, is  looking for individuals to volunteer with their Campers by leading morning, afternoon, or evening workshops.  

Workshop presentations provide a whole range of content, whether it is queer identities, social justice, navigating systems, understanding oppression or building community. 
 
The camp will be at Camp Chief Hector from June 30 to July 3.
 
If  you are interested in helping with their "healing and self care afternoon" on July 1 go to    https://goo.gl/forms/Cv9EFYUhsWhzHX3Q2 

To register:

NARAMATA

Spring and Summer registration is now open.
Visit Naramatacentresociety.org   for registration and details. 

Open to people of all ages, Naramata Centre is a place of inclusive, welcoming place to connect and deepen in mind, body and spirit. Situated on the east shore of Lake Okanagan, the Centre provides a peaceful oasis for children, teens, adults, families and elders to play, relax, grow and be authentically themselves, supported in community. Founded as a United Church of Canada educational centre, Naramata has provided a place for spiritual engagement since 1948. 

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