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Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on Sunday December 2 , 2018 
First Sunday of Advent -  Sacrament of Communion

CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP

Greeters: Terry & Barbara Tuepah
Worship Leader: Lynn Katarey
Communion Servers: Anne & Rick Hester
Advent Candle Lighters: Ellen Andersen & Barb Profitt
Children's Church: Sue Nichols & Allison Husband
Fellowship/Coffee Time:  Gloria & Marvin Phillips, Diane Travers
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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NEWS & COMING EVENTS news
FAMILY CHRISTMAS CRAFT DAY

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Saturday, December 15, 9:00 am-11:00 am 
Crafts, snacks and singing. 

Parent(s) and Grandparents are invited to attend with their children. Share this around with all your family and friends - we hope that this will be a community event, not just an in-house event! 

Please register by Wed, Dec 12. at office@ralphconnor.ca   - this will help us to have proper quantities of craft materials, etc. 

For more information or to volunteer please email 
Jan Dougall at  janisdougall@gmail.com

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT ACTORS

This year we need characters for the Christmas Pageant, there will be very few speaking parts.  Only two rehearsals. 

Contact Isabelle Ramsay at  redbelle_20@yahoo.ca or sign up on the Sunday Clipboard. 


MITTEN TREE and Food Collection

The mitten tree is up and ready to be decorated with your gifts of Mittens, Socks, Scarves...  we have also been asked to collect non-perishable food items for the Morley Food Bank. 

As we have done for many years, the donated items will be distributed to people in need at Christmastime.  We will not be collecting food items this year, as we are no longer actively using our food cupboard. 

Bring your donations along to Worship on Sunday or Wednesday.  Thank you!
ROAD TO BETHLEHEM

Through the lens of recent archaeology and first-hand experience Richard LeSueur, former guide and lecturer with St. George's College, Jerusalem, will lead an exploration of "Bethlehem; Then and Now" on Saturday, December 8th in Gordon Hall. 

Come at 9:30am for coffee and muffins followed by a presentation/discussion which will end at 11:00am.

Canon Dr. Richard LeSueur also runs tours to Bethlehem; some of our very own Congregation have gone on this Pilgrimage. If this is of interest to you  Richard will be leading an in-depth pilgrimage through Israel and Jordan next September 2019 (Sept 19-Oct 5), with an option to take the 13 day Israel segment on it's own. For full trip information contact Richard: 403-493-9922.

COIN CATCHERS FOR M&S

Throughout Advent the children will help us to relieve you of your pocket change to benefit the Mission and Service fund. 
 
So bring your coins to Worship and Jingle all the Way, December 2, 9, 16 & 23. 

POINSETTIAS 

Will be arriving on December 6 - and a crew led by Ann & John Thorburn will be adding them to the sanctuary decorations.

Thank you to everyone who ordered these!

You may take your poinsettia home on Christmas Eve after service.  

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Community Advent/Christmas Service, with lessons, carols and musical performances from RCMUC and many local congregations, will be on
Sunday, December 2 at 7:00 PM  at St Mike's Hall. 
please note: RCMUC needs to provide one more greeter for this service, as well as someone to run the laptop and helpers to assist with take-down after the service.  Please let Greg know if you can help!

Candlelight Service of Remembrance, a time to all who would like to light a candle in memory of those we have loved and who have died.  Prayer Shawls will also be dedicated. 
Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 PM at St. Mike's Church. 

Family Christmas Crafts, will be held on  Saturday, December 15 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at Ralph Connor Hall. 

Ecumenical Senior's Service and Lunch  - Tuesday, December 18 at 11:00 am at St. Mikes

Evensong Longest Night, Wednesday December 19 at 7:15 PM 
at Ralph Connor

Christmas Eve Services, Monday, December 24th 
5:00 PM  Community Service with Pageant at the Senior's Centre Hall, 
8:00 PM Service of Readings and Carols at Ralph Connor. 

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.

ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

We have more children attending Church in December. We now have easy to lead lessons pre-prepared 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 
Another beautiful song from our very own Choir!

Soon and Very Soon RCMUC Choir

Soon and Very Soon RCMUC Choir

EVENSONG 
  
Each Wednesday night at 7:15,
we gather for holy silence, chant, song, reflective words, and experience the gentle nudging of the Spirit.  

Come and join with us for "sabbath time" in the middle of the week. 

HEALING PATHWAY 

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

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!  
CYAN - Canmore Young Adult Network

GOOD NEWS - CYAN applied to the Alberta and Northwest Conference for a grant and have been approved for $23,000 to go toward funding and staff for this fantastic Youth Ministry.  

Well done Tara and Caylee. 

"And we shall remember to rejoice and be thankful as we seek to nurture CYAN into a more stable and robust life."
Ruben Nelson
 
MISSED A SUNDAY SERMON?
Click to go to Sunday Sermons

Away for a while? Missed a Sunday?  

You can the latest Sunday Sermon on our web page.  

Each Sermon is uploaded on Sunday afternoon. 

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.  


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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS community
THE MODERATOR'S ADVENT MESSAGE

Moderator Richard Bott's Advent message for 2018

Moderator Richard Bott's Advent message for 2018


This Advent, Moderator Richard Bott invites us to reflect and realign our lives with Christ's calling. Would you be willing to set aside six minutes each day during Advent to join the Moderator in "rebalancing" our lives? 

TONIGHT (Thursday) - UKULELE


The Ukulele Group  is well under way for its new season. 
Newbies welcome, no experience needed.  No need to pre-register, just bring your $5 per class along with you!

Newbie Group starts at 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary with  Vets at 6:00 pm.

Come for the start and stay for the finish, have fun and rock on!
GIFTS WITH VISION

This year's United Church "Gifts with Vision" book has arrived!  

Observer subscribers should have received their copy with this month's issue, and a few copies are available in Gordon Hall. Or... you may shop online at  https://www.giftswithvision.ca/projects 

This year a Morley-based program, listed under "Cultural Revitalization," is one of the options.   A great alternative to giving "stuff" at Christmas (or anytime!)

ADVENT UNWRAPPED

What is Advent? We often think of Advent as a time of preparation to get ready for Christmas. 

But it is more accurately a time to look forward to Christ's coming and Christ's reign. 

Let's get ready for Christ(mas)! 

See Advent Unwrapped for worship resources, reflections, and Bible studies for all ages. 
18TH ANNUAL LADIES CHRISTMAS GATHERING

Trinity Bible Church presents Christmas: Unwrapping the Gift of Love. On Monday December 3 at the Cornerstone Theatre. Guest Speaker: Deb Falconer with Musical performance by hummingBird.

Dinner at 6:45 doors open at 6:00 pm, Tickets are $40 This event is 50% sold out so get your tickets now Charisma Collections 10-801 Main Street. 
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