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Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on Sunday February 17 , 2019

CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP

Greeters: Barb Profitt & Ellen Andersen
Worship Leader: Jean Slaght
Children's Church: Joan VonEngelbrechten
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Linda Bolen & Marg Suurallik
Musical Director: Tanya Sullivan
Administration: Sondy Szymanis - 403-678-5354 - office@ralphconnor.ca
Minister February 1 - April 30 - Rev. Bill Millar, billmillar@ralphconnor.ca

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OPEN OUT - CULTURAL DIVERSITY WITH BILL MILLAR

Following worship on Sunday February 17th.  

Hi folks here's a bit of information from our first 'Open Out' session - where we explore how we as individuals and as a church can become more open to folk who are somehow different than us - culturally, racially, economically, as well as orientation, etc. 
 
The Which Face is Lighter? exercise is a way for us to begin to see how our unconscious processes/biases impact how we think, the assumptions we make.  The Cultural Iceberg is a visual way of seeing how much of our cultural identity is hidden, not easily observable to the eyes and ears.  
 
The Church Privilege Questionnaire helps us glimpse how privilege works. The Church Angels  is just a fun way of imagining the 'personality' of Ralph Connor Church
 
Join us this Sunday after worship for more explorations!  Also check out
  enmeso.ca 


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

We hope to see you there!

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". 
  
PRAYER SHAWL KNITTERS - TOMORROW

Join the Prayer Shawl knitters on Friday, February 15th at 1:00 pm in the Gordon Hall. 

Beginners and Pro's all welcome!
  
CYAN - Canmore Young Adult Network

Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm until May 29  -  CYAN YOGA NIGHT - at the Canmore Opera House

PASTA NIGHT - is held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 
Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a fresh & delicious meal by donation! The next Pasta Night will be on Tuesday, February 19th from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. 

If you would like to volunteer to help out please sign up here. 

Visit CYAN on Facebook or their website for more events, information or to sign up for their newsletter.   http://cyancanmore.ca/ 
 
from our AFFIRMING MINISTRY COMMITTEE ...

LGBTQ cards and queer prints by little rainbow paper co.

We are one month out from PIE Day, RCMUC people! 

Why not send a card to someone you know as an Affirming gesture! 

Check out local Calgarian Heather's online shop or @littlerainbowpaperco on Instagram for art that aims "to reflect, affirm and celebrate, all of the ways we humans know how to live, love, and be. 


THE AFFIRM GROUP IS HOSTING "PIE" LUNCHEON ...

All are welcome to join the Affirm Group on T hursday, March 14 from noon - 2:00 pm in the Gordon Hall for International Pi Day.  

PIE = Public. Intentional. Explicit. 

These are the standards we hold ourselves and our welcome to as we become Affirming, Welcoming, and Inclusive!

We invite you to enjoy some pie and help us roll out the PIE in our ministry.  This is your chance to celebrate and honour the full inclusion of LGBTQ2SIA+ people in faith communities and beyond, with everyone across Canada!

Please RSVP on or before March 10th to Donna Scott
donnacanmore@gmail.com or 403-609-9174
 
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
NO UKULELE THIS WEEK

Uke class is taking a short break for February 14.  Class will resume on February 21 at 5:00.  

Beginner or Pro all players are welcome!
ACCOMMODATIONS NEEDED 

Gloria and Ken Snow are looking for a place to stay from end of February until end of June. 

"Just an update, I've recently accepted a position with Canmore Collegiate High School as the new Knowledge Keeper there until this coming June. I am looking for accommodation in Canmore until June of this school year.

I am hopeful to move end of Feb or March (Whatever works!) "

Many Thanks,
Ken & Gloria Snow
587-890-7496 or 
"OVATION" A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR KAREN MINSISH

On Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 pm at artsPlace, Canmore a fundraiser will be held. Tickets $20 

Banff-based professional singer, actor, and painter - and our good friend - Karen Minish, has been diagnosed with small cell sarcoma - neuro endocrinal cancer. Several of her top-notch colleagues are binding together to put on a great benefit show! 100% of door proceeds and bar profits will go towards supporting the cause of helping her through her healing.
  • Rachel Flatt, flute
  • Rob Maciak, percussion
  • David Robinson, bass
  • Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano
  • Nan Hughes Poole, Mezzo Soprano
  • Nigel Boehm, Cello
  • Ainsley Soutiere, Soprano
Tickets available at artsPlace - click here 
or to donate directly to Karen use the following link to GoFundMe

LIVING SPIRIT UC PRESENTS "BARE" A POP OPERA

This will be held February 15 - 23 in Calgary. Bare: is a coming-of-age musical that follows a group of teens as they wrestle with their identities, sexuality, religion, and even a little bit of Shakespeare, in a co-ed Catholic boarding school. This musical presents an incredibly relevant story in Alberta's cultural and political climate, with impactful themes such as peer and family rejection, acceptance, and what it means to be yourself. 

This show is not only a powerful story that everyone can enjoy, but it is also an incredible platform for local emerging artists to tell relevant stories and practice their craft. In light of the relevance of this piece, we are looking to invite various Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to further empower community building within the arts, queer, Calgary community as a whole through the medium of musical theatre. 
  

 
The subject matter is raw, and the company suggests that it is suitable for teens and adults 15 years and older.

INTERCULTURAL CHURCH SURVEY

Share your views! Can you spare a few minutes for an important new survey from the United Church? We want to know how the church is doing at becoming intercultural. 


Our intercultural vision calls us to be radically welcoming, living together with a respectful awareness of our diversity. We are hoping for input from all the varied voices that make up our church. Reflect on your experience of church, good and bad, and offer suggestions for the future. The survey is open to anyone who is a part of a United Church congregation or community of faith.
 
 You can find the survey online until February 22. Your experiences and suggestions are important for us! Please consider participating, and encourage others in your community of faith to participate as well.


NARAMATA PROGRAMS

Naramata (United Church Educational Centre in the Okanagan) has released their spring and summer programs list.
 
For all the programming visit the following pages. 

 
NARAMATA CENTRE'S YOUNG ADULT SUMMER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Naramata Centre's Young Adult Summer Leadership Program is now open for applications.
 
Youth and young adult leadership development is an integral part of  Naramata Centre's  mission in action. Our Young Adult Summer Leadership Program provides opportunities for young adults aged 18-30 to learn and grow in a paid live-in work setting. Through direct training, mentorship, and supported opportunities to lead, Young Adult Summer Leaders will have a chance to experience a range of functions and aspects of life at the Centre, while learning more about their own leadership and gifts.  Applications close February 17, 2019.
 
 
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