Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Weekly


We hope to  see you at Church on June 10 , 2018
93rd Anniversary of Church Union

Sacrament of Communion, Offering & Benevolent Offering


Greeters: Sandy McCaig & Don Snesrud
Worship Leader: John Cranston
Children's Church: Joan VonEngelbrechten & Mary Shearer
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Gloria Phillips & Diane Travers
Communion Servers: Anne & Rick Hester, Vicky Connoy
Pianist: Jan Tissandier and Clarinetist: Bob Bean
Administration: Sondy Szymanis - 403-678-5354 - office@ralphconnor.ca
In the Pulpit: Rev. Greg Wooley - 403-493-4923 - minister@ralphconnor.ca

June 10, 1925 - Inaugural Service of United Church of Canada
Mutual Street Arena, Toronto


MARK YOUR CALENDAR  for a Town Hall, June 12th at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. 

With Mr Tim Visser   
Architect, Transept Architecture

Re-imagining Our Building

We have hired Transept Architecture to complete a needs assessment for our building.  We have identified many areas of concern where our building might best serve our mission and vision, but we need everyone's input.

Transept Architecture will be completing their report soon after this engagement session 

This is your chance to be heard and have your say about these preliminary findings!    

Check out the full report and last Sunday's presentation on our website at:  http://ralphconnor.ca/re-imagining-our-building/


The Affirming Ministry group has invited a guest speaker on June 10th. 

LGBTQ+ refugees from around the world need Calgary as a landing place and Rainbow Railroad has a waiting list of LGBTQ+ refugees waiting to come to Canada.

Please join us for what promises to be a most informative presentation by Mr. Kelly Ernst of The Centre for Newcomers after service on June 10 about their plight and how Calgary might start welcoming LGBTQ+ refugees in a new way.

Link to Rainbow Railroad is  www.rainbowrailroad.ca 


Mark your calendars!  The Canmore Ministerial is hoping to have a community Vacation Bible School this summer, August 20-24 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!


For CD Download click here:  grantkennedy.ca

FESTIVAL OF FAITH -  Risking Faith, Daring Hope
July 21 - 22 in Oshawa, Ontario. For more information go to generalcouncil43.ca/festival


A month ago, we experimented with a half-sheet bulletin format on a 3 week trial basis.  Based on an overall very positive response, Worship Committee has agreed to move in this half-sheet bulletin direction.  

On Communion Sundays we will have a full bulletin, but in between will have a simpler format.  For detailed announcements, your best source is always the Thursday newsletter...sign up at www.ralphconnor.ca most of which are also highlighted on the TV Announcement loop prior to Sunday Worship.


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

Join us on Wednesday June 13 at 7:15 pm for 
Bathing in song with Alpine Voices Threshold Choir

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. 

If you have friends, neighbours, young adult children, or anyone else you could invite to a worship experience that is lay-led, contemplative, non-doctrinal, with a broad, inclusive spirituality... or if you've never been to Evensong to discover this mid-week spiritual oasis for yourself...please come some Wednesday night, to "come and find the quiet centre".

The last Evensong for the summer will be held on June 20 
"The Eve of the Summer Solstice and national Indigenous Peoples' Day"


Has ended for the season.   Watch for start-up info in the fall, new members always welcome.   


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. 

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!

(see also the "Vacation Bible School" notice, above)
CYAN- Canmore Young Adult Network

CYAN now has it's own newsletter.  

You can be in the know right to  your inbox. 
Sign up today here: CYAN NEWSLETTER

Great work Tara!!

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


Living into Right Relations: Celebrating Stories
This coming week a series of signs will be unveiled, telling some of the stories of our Stoney Nakoda neighbours... today is the last event.
  • Tonight, Thursday June 7 - Elder Lloyd Wesley will speak on the topic, "Stoney Nakoda History in the Bow Valley" at 7:00 PM at ArtsPlace.
We celebrate the growing connections between our communities!

 Click Here to download the full schedule of Stoney Nakoda Story Sign unvelings - June 7 and 8


Saturday, June 9th at  High River United Church from  9:00 am to 4:15 pm.  Cost: $50  Lunch and snacks included.  Please register early by:    e-mailing  hruc@telus.net    or phone: 403-652-3168.
Come join us in celebrating 21 years of healing ministry at High River United Church,  with our guest, Rochelle Graham, founder of the Healing Pathway. Hear Rochelle share her story of the Pathway and her journey with healing ministry.

Share stories, joys and challenges with other healing practitioners.
Rochelle will also offer a session on the history and cultural use of healing oils.
And, everyone is welcome to join in Sunday, June 10th worship at High River United,  which will include an anointing and (re)dedication ceremony for those involved in any aspect of healing ministry.

CAMP fYrefly

A camp for LGBTQ2 youth aged 14-24, is  looking for individuals to volunteer with their Campers by leading morning, afternoon, or evening workshops.  

Workshop presentations provide a whole range of content, whether it is queer identities, social justice, navigating systems, understanding oppression or building community. 
The camp will be at Camp Chief Hector from June 30 to July 3.
If  you are interested in helping with their "healing and self care afternoon" on July 1 go to    https://goo.gl/forms/Cv9EFYUhsWhzHX3Q2 

To register:


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. 


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