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Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on June 3 , 2018, First Nations Sunday

CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP

Greeters: Samara McMann & Adam Draper-Millan
Worship Leader: Bob MacDonell
Children's Church: needed...contact Greg if you can help
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Joy & Cam McMann
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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NEWS & COMING EVENTS news
WHERE WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE GOING

THIS SUNDAY There will be a gathering after worship on  June 3, from 11:30 to 1:00, to do two things:  

(1) the "Ministry Site Self-Assessment" that all congregations in Foothills Presbytery are being asked to complete, and  

(2) to receive the initial "Building Needs Assessment" report, which will help us to think about how our building can best meet the needs of the community of Canmore.  Questions and discussion on this report will be held on the evening of Tuesday, June 12th (see below). 

Sandwiches will be provided!  
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION CONCERT

This is in addition to the sold-out June 2nd concert. You can get tickets from Marsh or Donna.  dmkennedy11@gmail.com  A fund-raiser for RCMUC!

CHURCH TOWN HALL

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

This meeting will discuss the initial report received from the Church Architect regarding building usage & changes.

CREATING A RAINBOW RAILROAD STATION IN CALGARY

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 
 


MODERATOR OF THE UNITED CHURCH - UPDATE

To date, there are 9 nominees for Moderator of the United Church... including Rev Dr Catherine MacLean!  Catherine served in team ministry at RCMUC with her husband, Rev Earl Reaburn, from 1996 to 2003.   The voting will take place at General Council 43, this summer in Oshawa, Ontario. 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

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!

THIS MONTH'S DESSERT MAKERS - THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this month's desserts for Food and Friends!  

Linda Bolen,  Joan von Engelbrechten,  Rima Bakhash.  Jean Slaght,  Diane Campbell,  Pat Grayling,  Donna Egglestone,  Cathy Harrop,  Karen Parmiter


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SPRING TEA - THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who attended and especially those who volunteered to put on this lovely event!

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YOUR PROPERTY COMMITTEE AT WORK


An awning from the Catholic Church, which is currently being dismantled, has been moved to the backside of our shed to provide some shade for the Alberta Health senior users of Gordon Hall.  

WEEKLY BULLETIN AT SUNDAY WORSHIP

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.

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

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. 

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".

BIBLE STUDY
 
Each Friday at 4:30 pm at Margaret Lumsden's. 

 Please contact her if you plan to attend at 403-609-8191

CHOIR REHEARSAL

Choir is ending for the season - final anthem will be this Sunday!  Watch for start-up info in the fall, new members 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!

(see also the "Vacation Bible School" notice, above)
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

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS community
TELLING OUR STORIES

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... so let's make a week of it!
  • Sunday, June 3 - 10:00 am Sunday Worship at RCMUC will include special acknowledgements of our First Nations neighbours
     
  • Tuesday night, June 5 - the movie Indian Horse (based on the book by Richard Wagamese) will be shown at ArtsPlace at 7:00 PM ($10 admission)
     
  • Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Stoney Nakoda Story Sign dedications at various locations, including a large event featuring Pipe Ceremony, Blessing Song, Speeches and Round Dance at 1:00 PM on Wed June 6 at Indian Flats Road (just east of Canmore, by the Alpine Club) and a smaller event at 2:00 PM on Thur June 7 at the Travel Alberta Centre in Canmore. 
     
  • Wednesday night, June 6 - 7:15 PM Evensong at RCMUC will include a "sacred circle dance"
     
  • Thursday night, 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!


CELEBRATION AND RENEWAL DAY FOR HEALERS

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:

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. 

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