Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Weekly
Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on  April 22, 2018 for Earth Sunday


CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP

Greeters: Diane Travers & Sandy McCaig
Worship Leader: Mary Shearer
Minute for Mission: Tara, Zach and Zarifa from Canmore Young Adult Network
Children's Church: Joan VonEngelbrechten
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Anne & Rick Hester
Music 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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PRAYER SHAWL KNITTERS - TOMORROW

Meet on Friday March 20th at 1:00 in the Gordon Hall.  

All knitters are welcome, wool and patterns available.  

Shawls go to women or men in need of comfort including those in hospital, grief or that have suffered acts of violence. Over 1000 shawls have been given out over the last years. 

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

HEALING PATHWAY WORKSHOP HAVE BEEN CANCELLED

Due to lack of registration the workshop on May 4 - 6 at Ralph Connor have been cancelled. 

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!
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.)

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


THE HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE

On Friday, May 4 at 2:00 pm at the church Shannon and Greg will share words and pictures from their Pilgrimage to the Land of the Holy One. 


A photo of St. George's monastery in the Judean wilderness, east of Jerusalem 

CYAN PASTA NIGHT

The first ever pasta night was a great success. 
The next one is scheduled  for  Tuesday, May 15 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm 

CYAN & friends of CYAN volunteers cooked up a fresh & nutritious meal for 56 guests on Tuesday. The meal would not have been possible without the generous donations from Save on Foods, Canmore Tea Company, Canmore Food Recovery Barn, JK Bakery & Evoolution!

We look forward to putting together more community events & hosting meals for young adults to connect.
 




A WIDENING EMBRACE

A circle for women of all ages with hymn-writer 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

CAMP fYrefly

Camp fYrefly, a camp for LGBTQ2 youth, will be held at Camp Chief Hector this year, from June 30 to July 3. The RCMUC Affirming Ministries group has made contact with the camp organizers and would like to pass along the following info:
youth who would like to attend as campers, need to apply by April 29
if you would like to volunteer to help with this camp, training in Calgary is on June 9th.   This would be a great place for RCMUC folk to offer direct support to the LGBTQ2 community!
 
The Coming Out Monologues - Bow Valley, whose rehearsals were hosted at RCMUC last year, was a fundraiser for Camp fYrefly.  We hope that fYrefly will be able to expand its program over time, to host camps in both Edmonton and Calgary regions.   


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...

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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