Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Weekly
Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on Sunday, February 11, 2018
Transfiguration Sunday.  We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Communion this Sunday, and receiving the monthly Benevolent Offering. 

CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP

Greeters: Doris Leavitt & Donna Egglestone
Worship Leader: Jim Ridley
Communion Servers: Rick Anderson, Faye Forbes-Anderson, & Vicky Connoy
Children's Church and Toddler Care: NEEDED - please contact Greg if you can help this Sunday
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Gloria & Marvin Phillips
Musical Director: Tanya Sullivan
Administration: Sondy Szymanis - 403-678-5354 - office@ralphconnor.ca
Minister: Rev. Greg Wooley - 403-493-4923 - minister@ralphconnor.ca

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EVENSONG
 
Join us this  Wednesday night at 7:15 , as we begin the season of Lent with an
Ash Wednesday Service. 

We gather for holy silence, chant, song, reflective words, and experience the gentle nudging of the Spirit.  

"Come and find the quiet centre".

HEALING PATHWAY


To book a session or inquire about this gentle healing ministry by appointment. 
Please contact: Sue Nichols, Phone: 403-678-7025 or email:  iamsue@telus.net 


THANK YOU

To the Healing Pathway Ministry for showing the documentary "Heal" last Sunday.  There was a great turnout: 45 people attended this showing. 

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

NEEDED:
Leaders for Children's Church in February (specifically Feb 11 and 25). Lesson packs are ready to go and available in the upstairs cupboard or you can tell your own story of faith. 

Please contact the office or sign up on the Sunday clipboard. 

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!
THE ABC'S OF LGBTQ2...A...I...P...etc.

Join us after Worship one week from Sunday, February 18th for an informative session with Rev. Shannon Mang.

Once upon a time there were only males and females and these two groups of people would fall in love and get married...to each other. 

That 'once upon a time' existed when the amazing diversity of biological sex; gender identity and sexual attraction was ignored. Conversation about sexual diversity has opened up a brand new dictionary of ways that people express their lived experience; a dictionary that is constantly changing as the conversation continues. 

We will introduce folks to the words and the world of sexual diversity as we know it...now! 

RCMUC AFFIRMING MINISTRY CONGREGATION SURVEY

As  RCMUC moves towards becoming another " Affirming " church in Canada - welcoming of all, including folks who identify as LGBTQ - we ask that all members of our congregation fill out this brief 8 question survey to help the Affirm committee chart our course going forward. Our goal is to holding a final vote on approving the Affirm designation by the end of 2018.

THANK YOU to those who have already completed the survey!!  




HAPPY 98TH BIRTHDAY TO JEAN ELLIOTT


 
WHY I BELIEVE
Daily Devotions on Faith & Discipleship

Lent 2018 begins on February 14th.  Lent provides us with a great opportunity to "go deep" in our spiritual journey, and many books and online guides can help us with that task. 

In this year's United Church Lenten devotional, a variety of members and friends of the church tell their personal journeys. Their candid, thoughtful reflections help us engage questions such as: What does it mean to follow Jesus, remain faithful, and choose hope, especially during times of uncertainty and doubt? 

Daily devotions included a scripture passage, personal reflection, hymn suggestions, reflections question, and prayer.  Study guide included.

Available at the UCRDstore.ca

Paperback: $12.95 or  Ebook: $7.95

IN MEMORY OF JEAN MARGARET SHAFTO

We have received word that Jean Margaret Shafto passed away on January 21st. Jean was residing in West Vancouver. 

A Memorial will be held on Friday, February 16 at 3:00 PM at Rundle United in Banff.  
2017 DONATION RECEIPTS

Were sent out in January.  If you did not get yours via email please contact Mona or Sondy at the office and we will get it to you right away. 


DID YOU KNOW?

If you miss a Sunday... or would like to re-read a sermon... just go to the website, ralphconnor.ca , then pick "Worship" and "Sunday Sermons."  

Greg posts his sermons on Sunday afternoon, each week. 

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPERS

This Tuesday, February 13

St. Michael's, Canmore from 5:00 - 7:00 pm 

or

Rundle Memorial, Banff at 6:00 pm
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION SPEAKER SERIES

One week from today: February 15, 7:00-9:00 pm   at   the Whyte Museum in Banff.  

Reconciliation through an Indigenous Worldview with  Dr. Leroy Little Bear. 

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