Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Weekly
Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on  April 15, 2018 


CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP

Greeters: Joy & Cam McMann
Worship Leader: Rick Hester
Children's Church: Joan VonEngelbrechten
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Barb Profitt, Donna Egglestone, Pam Barrett
Musical Director: Tanya Sullivan
Administration: Sondy Szymanis - 403-678-5354 - office@ralphconnor.ca
In the Pulpit: Rev. Greg Wooley -  403-493-4923 - minister@ralphconnor.ca

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SUNDAY BULLETIN
 
Now that all the prayers & hymns are on the TV screen on Sunday morning... and detailed announcements are in your weekly Thursday e-newsletter... we are test-driving a simplified Sunday bulletin the next three weeks.  

Let us know what you think, via the tear-off strip on Sunday morning or by emailing office@ralphconnor.ca

(On Communion Sundays, we will likely continue to have the full old-style bulletin.)

HEALING PATHWAY 

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



Isabelle and Sue attended Knox United Church in Parksville this past Sunday and had a good visit with former Ralph Connor Minister Bruce McIntyre and his wife June...who  receive and read the Ralph Connor news letter each week !

Bruce was instrumental in the introduction of Healing Pathway ministries, in Canmore and in other communities he served in Alberta. 


You can see this image of Rev. M. B. McIntyre in the Church Narthex.
HEALING PATHWAY WORKSHOPS
REGISTER TODAY!!!

> Please spread the word to friends and acquaintances - in the Bow Valley or beyond - who are interested in health, healing and wholeness! <

May 4 - 6 at Ralph Connor

Phase 1 
Introduction to the Healing  Pathway
an introduction to the basic concepts of healing hands within the Christian tradition, with an emphasis on learning to be a healing presence and instrument of God's healing power. 
No prerequisite. 

This workshop includes the following:
  • Discussion of the basic concepts of healing in the Christian tradition
  • Discussion of the traditional, scriptural, and spiritual sources of healing 
  • Presentation and review of the Healing Pathway Code of Ethics 
  • Discussion of the elements of self-care 
  • Centring and grounding through prayer and meditation 
  • Experience of being a heart-centred instrument of healing 
  • Learning and practising a healing sequence and specific techniques
Discussion of the application of a healing ministry within a congregation or faith community

Registration form here
Contact: Karen James -  Phone: 403-678-4335 -  Email: mkj716@shaw.ca

EVENSONG
 
Each Wednesday night at 7:15, we gather for holy silence, chant, song, reflective words, and experience the gentle nudging of the Spirit.  
Sometimes we will also incorporate poetry, or art, or physical movement. 

A special request: if you have friends, neighbours, young adult children, or anyone else who would be interested in a worship experience that is lay-led, contemplative, non-doctrinal, with a broad, inclusive spirituality... please invite them to come some Wednesday night, to "come and find the quiet centre".

CHOIR REHEARSAL

Join the choir every Thursday,  
at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary.
 
New singers are 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!
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!
COMMUNITY OUTREACH

In order to spend more time out-and-about in the community rather than being stranded in the office, on Wednesday mornings you won't find Greg at his office...  but you will find him at 10 AM at the Good Earth Cafe!  

Feel free to come by for a chat.  If you'd ever like to set up a time for a home or office visit, don't hesitate to call his cell phone at 403-493-4923 or email him at minister@ralphconnor.ca


CYAN PASTA NIGHT

Join Canmore Young Adult Network for our very first Pasta Night! 

Tuesday, April 17 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm 

Volunteers will be cooking up a nutritious meal for you to enjoy with good company. 

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

The event will take place at the Ralph Connor Memorial Church, 617 Main Street Canmore. 

This event is by donation with all proceeds going toward future CYAN events.


A WIDENING EMBRACE

A circle for women of all ages with Carolyn McDade.

This is an invitation for women to come together and create a holy space through song, reflection and simple ritual.
Carolyn McDade is a lover of language and sound ~ a songwriter committed to the power of singing in personal and social transformation.

Friday, Apr. 27, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Saturday, Apr. 28, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Ralph Connor Memorial United Church
Contact Jan Tissandier for more information: 
 

STUDY OPPORTUNITY

The United Church of Canada presents many interesting webinars through its "United in Learning" program. Coming up on May 2-3 is a course with 
Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek, "A Palestinian Theology of Liberation." 

This course comes highly recommended by friends at St. George's College in Jerusalem. For more information or to register,
https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/palestinian-theology-of-liberation-cdn

TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION SPEAKER SERIES

Reconciliation through First Nation Governance with Tracy O'Donnell at the Whtye Museum in Banff on Thursday April 26, 7:00 pm 
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. 


COMING UP at St. Mike's...

A MUSICAL SOIREE: Saturday, April 14 at 7:00 PM at St Mikes: a 125th anniversary event with In the Pink, Poco Rit, Men of the Mountains, Ukulele Ensemble, Hummingbird & Moldy Fig Fusion.  Tickets $20 at St Mike's.

REACHING OUT IN THE STORM: a conference on Compassionate Approaches to Living with Chronic Pain and Illness, April 27-28.  Registration, including lunch & refreshments, is $30 with a $5 reduction for those booking by April 9th.  To register or for more info, reachingoutinthestorm@gmail.com
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