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Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on Sunday April 14 , 2019

Palm Sunday

CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP


Greeters: Barbara & Terry Tuepah
Worship Leader: Isabelle Ramsay
Children's Church: Joan VonEngelbrechten
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Carole & Bill Rowe
Musical Director: Tanya Sullivan
Administration: Sondy Szymanis - 403-678-5354 - office@ralphconnor.ca
In the Pulpit: Rev. Bill Millar - billmillar@ralphconnor.ca

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PREPARATION FOR PALM SUNDAY

Rock on!  

While you are out walking look for that "special" rock and bring it to Church on Palm Sunday, April 14.  Rocks will be part of our Lent Celebration. 

BYOR (Bring your own rock) 

JOIN US TO WELCOME THESE VISITORS


Sondy at Worship this Sunday

As you may know I am leaving my position as the Church Administrator,  I will be speaking at Church on Palm Sunday to say Thank You for the most wonderful 5 years at the Church.   Hope to see you there.   

My last day will be on Thursday April 18, the day before Good Friday.  Dave and I are heading to live in Malakwa, BC for the summer (just this side of Sicamous).  

Dave's brother owns the Old Malakwa Post office on Malakwa Road, we will be  renovating it as it had sat empty for 25 years. It is 117 years old and was a working post office until the mid 1980's.  The PO is just a few doors down from the Old Malakwa United Church.  We plan to take a break from renovating to go boating and play on the Shuswap.  Dave has family and we have friends in the area. 

We would like to extend an invitation to anyone driving down the highway this summer to stop  take a break from driving and have a  visit.  My email is sondy.szymanis@gmail.com and I will be keeping my Alberta phone for some time at 403-679-1053 feel free to call or text. (and I am serious!!!). 

~ Sondy



UPCOMING EASTER SERVICES



Here is a map where to meet on Good Friday. 


WE ARE HIRING A NEW ADMINISTRATOR

Ralph Connor Memorial United Church is looking for a permanent, part-time (14 hr/wk Tues.-Fri.) Office Administrator.

The Office Administrator for Ralph Connor Memorial United Church provides administrative services to both paid and lay leadership in the congregation as they execute the mission of the church. The Office Administrator is a first-contact for persons communicating with the church.

Starting wage: $20/hr plus benefits.


Please email your covering letter and resume to:  canmoreexplorer@gmail.com
Closing date: April 30, 2019.

EVENSONG 
 
Evensong, our contemplative mid-week service. Join us each
Wednesday at 7:15 for this contemplative service. 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Children's Church and Toddler care for Sunday Services are key ways that we support the faith development of children, and hospitality to young families.

Children may go to Children's Church after the first hymn and return later in the service in time for the anthem.  We are making a couple of adjustments to the Sunday service to give a bit more time for the Children's Church lesson, and a bit less back-in-the service time.

Easy to lead lessons are ready for use, in the upstairs cupboard. 

Please sign up on the Sunday clipboard to help!

CHOIR REHEARSAL

Choir rehearsal each Thursday at 7:30 pm.  

New members are welcome to join us!  

Give Tanya an email at  music@ralphconnor.ca
HEALING PATHWAY 

To book a session or inquire about this gentle healing ministry p lease contact: Isabelle Ramsay or Vicky Connoy for an appointment.

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". 
  
CYAN - Canmore Young Adult Network


PASTA NIGHT

CYAN is serving up another fresh & delicious meal by donation! Everyone is welcome to come out! 
Join us Tuesday, April 16th from 6-7:30 PM at 617 Main street.

Fresh Pasta, salad & garlic toast all served with fresh tea!
We can cater to vegan & gluten free diets upon request.


Come out and connect with your community without having to worry about cooking or cleaning up after yourself!

All proceeds from your donations go toward future CYAN events.

LAST MONTH WAS CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF VOLUNTEERS - HELP CYAN THIS MONTH BY VOLUNTEERING AS A FRIEND OF CYAN

We need your help to make this event possible!

To volunteer for the event please sign up using this link here:
volunteersignup.org/9KXDD

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CYAN YOGA NIGHT - Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm until May 29  at the Canmore Opera House
 
HAVE YOU VOLUNTEERED AS A SUNDAY HELPER?

Help us weekly and contribute to our Sunday Service, it is easy!

Just sign up on the clipboard during Sunday Worship or after at Coffee time, then go to our website at  http://ralphconnor.ca/volunteering/ and view or download the duty sheet for the position you have selected for instructions.  


click on the image to go to the webpage

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS community
UKULELE

Ukes are winding down for the summer.  

High Strung will perform at the Origins, Bow River Lodge and  their final gig of the season at the Drake on April 18th.  We invite folk to come out to the Drake  and a sing a-long from 5:30pm til 7:00 PM.
 
The last session for all Uke players will be on April 25th. at the church. Thanks everyone for a great season!

 Watch for a startup date sometime after Thanksgiving in October. 

CYCLONE IDAI

Your donation to the Cyclone Idai appeal can be doubled by the Canadian government. Canada announced on April 1 that it will match donations made on or after March 15 until April 15, 2019.


Cyclone Idai swept through Southern Africa in March 2019, leaving terrible disaster in its wake. Severe flooding and devastation has affected millions people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. United Church Mission & Service partner ACT Alliance, together with local partners, are assessing the impact of the crisis on the ground in order to provide immediate assistance, minimize loss of life, and ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable are met.

The United Church sent an initial contribution of $20,000 to partners and is launching an church-wide appeal to respond to massive emergency needs and support eventual rehabilitation and rebuilding. Find out how you can help or Donate now. 


BOW VALLEY PALLIATIVE CARE

As valued members of the Bow Valley community with expertise in the area of Grief and Loss, the Palliative Care Society of the Bow Valley would like to invite you to a 1.5 hour meeting on Wednesday, April 17 starting at 4:30 pm to discuss the Loss and Grief services available in our community. 

How well are the resources working, what is missing, how can we market these resources, what can we at the PCSBV do to act as an advocate for these resources. Should we be helping to develop other programs? 

Please RSVP to Marlene at ed.pcsbv@gmail.com by Friday, April 12. 
Light refreshments will be provided. 

This meeting will be held at our new office space at 1080 Railway ave, #202 - above Sports Experts in e=mc2 collaborative space. 

AFFIRMING CONNECTIONS

Calgary Queer Church and Affirming Connections, in partnership with the Calgary Public Library, Skipping Stone Foundation, and Calgary Queer Arts Society, are proud to announce a free opportunity to meet  internationally renowned visual artist and author from Montreal Sophie Labelle. Sophie is the transgender cartoonist behind Assigned Male, a webcomic about a group of trans and queer teenagers that has been running since 2014 and has already touched millions of readers worldwide.
 
The event will take place Saturday, April 20 at 2pm at the Memorial Park Library in the Beltline. (if you are looking for a free event during the Easter weekend, here is one!)

This event is free, but we kindly request that you register here: so we have an idea of numbers. Space is limited (30% tickets are reserved already!) so reserve today! Registration will close at midnight, Sunday April 14.

BOW VALLEY SYRIA REFUGEE PROJECT PRESENTS...

ORONTES GUITAR QUARTET

A fundraising concert in support of the Bow Valley Syria Refugee Project
 
Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 pm at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Banff.  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online here

Hailing from Damascus, Syria, the Orontes Guitar Quartet excel in many musical styles including classical, blues, jazz, flamenco, baroque, latin music and folklore. The quartet are Artist Protection Fund Fellows currently in residence at the University of Victoria. Read the Globe & Mail story about the international effort to help the Orontes Guitar Quartet continue to 'celebrate beauty through music'. 

All proceeds from the concert will support the efforts of the Bow Valley Syria Refugee Project to welcome a second Syrian family to the Bow Valley.
SPRING TEA - Friday May 24.

Mark your May Calendar. 



KENNEDY ADMIN RETURNS...


A fundraising concert for Ralph Connor Memorial United Church. 

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