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Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on June 24 , 2018


CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP

Greeters: Vicky Connoy & Marg Suuriallik
Worship Leader: Rick Hester
Children's Church: Joan VonEngelbrechten 
Toddler Care: Ariel McGuire
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Bob & Marilses MacDonell
Musicians:  JS Ryu
Administration: Sondy Szymanis - 403-678-5354 - office@ralphconnor.ca
In the Pulpit: Rev. Michael Ward

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Happy Longest Day of the Year ~ Summer Solstice


TODAY ~ Happy Indigenous Peoples Day

Today, Thursday June 21 is Indigenous People's Day!  
For Canmore events - including the 11 AM parade on Main Street and events in Centennial Park until 2:30 pm, see

Don't miss the displays in front of the civic centre - 
thanks to Judy Archer for arranging this. 

For Banff Centre events, see 

NEWS & COMING EVENTS news
GREG IS ON VACATION 

Greg will be away 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

This week, June 24th (and July 8 and 15) we welcome Rev. Michael Ward to the pulpit 

On Canada Day, July 1st we welcome the Rev. Dave Crawford. 

CYAN - AHS FENTANYL WORKSHOP

On June 26 at 8:00 pm  Join CYAN and the Bow Valley Young Adult Coalition for an evening of learning about the drug, Fentanyl and receive a demonstration on how to use a Naloxone kit to stop an overdose when it occurs.

There will be  a brief presentation, question period and Naloxone Kit demonstration. Free to attend and everyone is welcome to join!
 
Snacks will be provided and everyone will have the opportunity to receive a FREE Naloxone kit to take home.
 
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



SUPPORT MARY SHEARER IN THE ALVIN DIXON RUN

At the United Church General Council I will be running in this event. The Alvin Dixon Memorial Bursary Fund supports multi-year academic education programs for Indigenous students.
   
Alvin 
Dixon was  a Heiltsuk First Nation Elder born in 1937 near Bella Bella and raised in the traditional way by his Grandmother. At age 10, Alvin was taken to the Alberni Indian Residential School. In 1956 he was one of only six First Nations students to attend the University of British Columbia. Alvin was a strong activist. Within the United Church he served on the general executive, was a founder of the Native Ministries Consortium and the native ministries program at UBC. He died in 2014.
 
You can contribute online (see below) or give me funds directly. Online indicate that you are supporting Mary Shearer in the Alvin Dixon Run.
CONGRATULATIONS  

We would again like to congratulate Mary Shearer and Rev. Murray Speer, both who were elected as Commissioners to GC43. 
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
 
 Evensong has concluded for the summer and will be returning in time for the Fall Solstice in September.  


Thank you so much to Jan Tissandier and the many Lay Leaders who make this midweek Contemplative service a truly Spiritual Oasis!

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

This Sunday marks the last Children's Church for the summer.  This ministry will return in the Fall. 

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Thank you to everyone who signed up each week for both Toddler Care and Children's Church. 
THE CHURCH NEWSLETTER

This week marks the second last newsletter for the season.  We will be taking a summer break and return in September. 

Look for the last newsletter next Thursday. 
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS community
CANMORE COMMUNITY FOOD & FRIENDS - VOLUNTEER
 
Each 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. 
   
Please contact Judy or Marshall directly to volunteer. 

 
Judy Vincent (mjmjmv@telusplanet.net )and 
Marshall Ouellet (bakouel@shaw.ca)
CCFF Volunteer Organizers

LET OUR TRUE COLOURS SHINE

Kathryn Dorrell writes in a blog post marking Pride Month, "The United Church must never stop shouting our openness from the rooftops. 


We must never stop drawing the circle wider, acting on that divine nudge to find the next barrier to compassionately break down. 

We must all play a role in ensuring that anyone who walks up the drab, or colourful, steps of a United Church is radically welcomed." 

Read the full blog post and take a look at our  Pride celebration worship resources. 

CAMP fYrefly - Welcome to our Neighbourhood

Camp fYrefly is a camp for LGBTQ2 youth aged 14-24.
 
They will be at Camp Chief Hector from June 30 to July 3.
 

NARAMATA and SORRENTO and CAMP KASOTA WEST

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. 

The Sorrento Centre is at Sorrento, BC, run by the Anglican Church.  This offer thoughtful, ecumenical programs throughout the summer.  For more info go to http://www.sorrento-centre.bc.ca/

Camp Kasota West offers United Church Summer Camps for grades 1 - 6 at Sylvan lake.  For more info go to  http://campkasotawest.com/
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