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Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on Sunday February 21 , 2019

CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP

Greeters: Gloria Phillips & Diane Travers
Worship Leader: Dale Stanway
Children's Church: Isabelle Ramsay & Sim Gascoyne
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Mary Shearer & Sim Gascoyne
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 21st.  

Canmore Observations - after a whole 3 weeks.
Perhaps offering any insights after three weeks is a bit presumptuous but... I can't resist.  Canmore is a fascinating community! On Sunday evening,  I attended the small Filipino fellowship/church that meets across the highway on Palliser. Next day it was the Monday night community meal [which nearly caused my brain to explode! How can a community do this every week?]. And on Tuesday night I was awarded the high honour of being the chief pasta server at the CYAN Pasta Dinner - and again my mind was reeling.  While there is, externally, clear evident economic diversity in Canmore, there is also the most amazing 'vertical integration' - a deep social cohesion that links folk from the various income levels together.  It is utterly unlike any other community I have seen!
 
So while I can help, I hope, in the 'horizontal integration', the bringing together of a more culturally diverse population, you have already achieved this on a vertical/economic level. The next step then is likely simply be a matter of applying the same processes and principles on this level.  I encourage you to start by reflecting a bit: What has made Canmore unique in this way? What has helped create this cohesion? [Be as specific as you can in this]. Were there obstacles along the way? [If so how did you navigate through/around these?]. What has helped create such a hands-on environment for volunteers?  How have you avoided burn-out?  Etc.

 
Join us this Sunday after worship for more explorations! 
Also check out   enmeso.ca  

NEWSLETTER INFO NEEDED

Please feel free to email the office with any Church or Ministry related events or goings on. 

Greg was always up to date and letting me know these things, now that he is away I am going to count on you to send it over for me to post. 

Many thanks!!!  Sondy
RALPH CONNOR FAMILY VISITATION

This week we visited by some of the Ralph Connor / Charles Gordon family -shown in this picture
 
from left to right
James and Rachael Mcfadyen (great-great grandchildren), Jennifer Mcfadyen (great-grandchild) and her husband Hugh Mcfadyen, and Bill Millar (Jennifer's uncle). Though they have moved to Calgary from Winnipeg this was the Mcfadyen's first time inside the church.

 

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". 
  
CYAN - Canmore Young Adult Network

CYAN February Cross Country Ski Night
February 25 from 5:30 pm - 7:45 pm at Trail Sports - Canmore Nordic Center

We are pleased to offer another discounted Community Cross Country Ski evening this season! Join your community as you explore the Nordic Centre at night! (the paths are lit so you know where you're going)

To get in on this deal - Meet at Trail sports at the Nordic Centre at 530 PM -to rent your gear for only $10. All rentals must be returned before 745 PM before Trail Sports closes at 8 PM.

We would love one or two volunteers to help out with the rental process at trail sports as they typically only have one staff member on at the time. If you would like to volunteer please sign up using this link: volunteersignup.org/FXDX3

Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm until May 29  -  CYAN YOGA NIGHT - at the Canmore Opera House
 
from our AFFIRMING MINISTRY COMMITTEE ...

Gender Can Be Complicated But Respecting People Isn't

"It's easier to dehumanize someone when you can blame it on tradition."

When it comes to the topic of gender, some folks have a hard time wrapping their heads around the fact than more than two boxes can be checked.

But the reality is that while we can't control the biological sex we were assigned at birth,  gender is very much a social construct, which can vary across cultures....

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
UKULELE RESUMES TONIGHT

Join the players at  5:00 pm tonight in the Sanctuary.  

Beginner or Pro all players are welcome!
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.

Last day tomorrow - 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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