Thanks to those who have completed the survey about the possible renovation/expansion of our historic Church sanctuary and hall.

If you haven't, we NEED to hear from you! These big decisions need ALL your voices heard. 
(We've heard from nearly 1/2 of you...)

Click  here  to complete the survey. 
Alternately, paper surveys are available at the Church Office  or 
at Sunday's Service.

We thank all those who shared their thoughts, compliments, and concerns at one of the focus groups.   
A special thank you to Joy McMann for facilitating these.

Thanks for your participation, it means a lot!
Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Weekly
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Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on Sunday June 16 , 2019.


CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP:

Greeters: Diane & Gus Campbell
Worship Leader: Jim Ridley 
Children's Church: Isabelle Ramsay 
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Jim Ridley & Cathy Harrop
Musical Director: Tanya Sullivan
Administration: Dianne Deans - 403-678-5354 - office@ralphconnor.ca
In the Pulpit: Rev. Greg Wooley  minister@ralphconnor.ca

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Scripture Lesson:  Acts 17:16-21
WISHING ALL FATHER'S A HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
SUNDAY JUNE 16TH IS YOUR DAY!
REMEMBERING JEAN ELLIOTT


Jean Elliott 
Feb 02, 1920 - Jun 09, 2019

Jean died last Sunday, at the age of 99. We give thanks for her life, her friendship, and her dedication to the Church.
Among her involvements at RCMUC, Jean was Offering Envelope Secretary for a number of years.

There will not be a public memorial service.
For more details please click to be directed to Jean's Obituary on the Bow Valley Funeral Services website.
THE AFFIRM COMMITTEE - JUNE PLANS

Each Sunday in the month of June, the Worship service will focus on a different aspect of what it means to be a radically inclusive congregation - including, but not limited to, inclusion of the LGBTQ2 community.  A discussion time will follow each Sunday's service, for folks in the congregation to meet with members of the Affirming Committee, to share thoughts, feelings and experiences.   At the end of the month, a brief survey will help to determine our next steps in the process toward being designated as an Affirming Ministry. This Sunday's discussion will be in the "upper room" rather than the Sanctuary, as Summer Pianist interviews will be happening in the Sanctuary. 
 
What does the Affirming Committee envision, if Ralph Connor Memorial United Church (RCMUC) were to become an Affirming Ministry?  By becoming an Affirming Ministry of the United Church of Canada,
  •  We affirm Christ's desire to reach out in love toward people who feel marginalized in our community.
    • o   We acknowledge that many populations feel marginalized, and wish to learn how to be more explicitly welcoming and supportive of them.   We want to address a variety of areas including ageism, sexism, racism, and classism and in particular to the Affirming Ministry, the issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.  Since LGBTQ2 persons have been, and continue to be, specifically denigrated and excluded by many Churches, we overtly and specifically include them in our affirming words and actions.
  • We affirm the spirit of the present RCMUC Mission Statement, and the heart for inclusion that is already demonstrated in this place.
    • o   We celebrate that this statement shapes the choices and priorities of this congregation, committing us to spiritual growth and exploration, to practices of intentional invitation, and to become agents of social justice.   These commitments are essential for a thriving, healthy Affirming Ministry.
  • We affirm the importance of connecting with other communities of faith who have also demonstrated a heart for inclusion, namely, the over 130 communities of faith who have already been declared Affirming Ministries.
    • o   We understand that becoming designated as an "Affirming Ministry" does not mean that we have completed the journey toward inclusiveness.  This designation will commit ourselves to be a community that will continue to listen to and learn from those who experience marginalization, and will continue to engage in study, education and dialogue through workshops, events and partnerships as we continue our journey
For more information, please see http://ralphconnor.ca/inclusion/ - and do come to Worship in June!

SUCCESSFUL SPRING CLEAN-UP LAST  SATURDAY JUNE 8

To the cleaning Angels that showed up and jumped right in with enthusiasm. We send a HUGE  THANK YOU for sharing your Saturday with us! 

We g reatly appreciate  the Many hands that made light work! 
The Best LGBTQ+ Movies On Netflix Right Now

In "Pride Month" the Affirm Committee says: You don't have to leave your house to have access to a goldmine o f films that explore the queer experience. 

PRAYER SHAWL KNITTERS

Will be meeting on Friday June 21 at 1:00pm at ST. MICHAEL'S ANGLICAN CHURCH.  Please note change of venue. 

All are welcome! 
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.

Easy to lead lessons are ready for use, in the upstairs cupboard. 

Please sign up on the Sunday clipboard to help!

EVENSONG 
 
Evensong is our contemplative mid-week service. Join us  Wednesday June 19 at 7:15 pm for this last service of the season,  that is being led by GLORIA SNOW.  We are so appreciative of this opportunity to honour the themes of Indigenous People's Day. 

Evensong will return in the Fall.  Thank you to Jan Tissandier and the Evensong team for a wonderful year of contemplative worship!

SHARE YOUR MUSICAL GIFTS

During the remaining Sundays in June...and July... and August... do YOU have musical gifts you would like to share to enhance our Worship experience?  If you play a musical instrument...or would like to share a vocal solo, duet, trio, quartet... or if you know someone willing to volunteer their gifts in this way...please contact either of the co-Chairs of our Worship Committee, Isabelle Ramsay or Janis Dougall .  Thank you!

HEALING PATHWAY 

To book a session or inquire about this gentle healing ministry p lease contact: Sue Nichols or Vicky Connoy for an appointment.

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."
  
CYAN - Canmore Young Adult Network

Free Yoga in Riverside Park with CYAN
Every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 PM from Jun 5 - Aug 28

PASTA NIGHT THIS Tuesday, June 18th from 6-730 PM at RCMUC: CYAN is serving up another fresh & delicious meal by donation! Everyone is welcome. Volunteers are appreciated - and it's a great opportunity for RCMUC folks to meet young adults in the Bow Valley. 

Wednesday June 26th:  Join Bow Valley Young Adult Coalition, AHS and CYAN for an evening of learning about the drug Fentanyl.  Meet at 8 pm at Communitea, for a brief presentation, question period and Naloxone Kit demonstration. Free to attend and everyone is welcome to join!


Visit the CYAN website for more information.
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.  


click on the image to go to the webpage

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS community
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY 
                     FRIDAY JUNE 21, 2019

A number of events are coming up; 
  • Gloria Snow will be leading our Evensong service on June 19, 7:15 PM
  • Canmore, June 21: Parade starts at 11 AM, Centennial Park events 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM including a BBQ
  • The Banff Centre, throughout the month of June Click here for more information
  • ArtsPlace, from June 18 to 25 Click here for more information
THE WITNESS BLANKET
ART EXHIBITION : MAY 4 TO JUNE 23, 2019

The Witness Blanket is a monument that recognizes the atrocities of the Indian residential school era, honours the children and symbolizes ongoing reconciliation.

This powerful Art installation is on exhibit at the Red Dee r Museum  from May 4 to June 23, 2019.  
THE WISDOM CENTRE & HILLHURST UNITED CHURCH

Are excited to welcome 
Brian McLaren on 
November 1-3, 2019.

REGISTER NOW AT 



 
HILLHURST UNITED CHURCH Friday November 1, 2019
9:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Speakers, Presenters:
David Gray, Tony Snow, Pam Rocker, Jeremy Duncan, Anna Greenwood-Lee, William Brook, Maren McLean Persaud, Mike Morrison, Hillary MacDonald, and Paul Douglas Walfall.

For details go to  wisdomcentre.ca  or  hillhurstunited.com

HOUSING NEEDED
A member of the congregation is grateful to friends for prayers and spreading the word regarding her house-sitting in Canmore. Karen is now seeking a small suite rental, or another 2 to 3-month house/pet sit. Great local references. 
Call or text 604-250-6982  before Thursday June 20th. 
Thanks so much! 

FAMILY GAMES DAY

WHO
All are welcome, young and old              alike.

WHAT
An old-fashioned sports day; free refreshments, races,and tours of the site. 

WHEN
Saturday, July 27 from 1-3:30PM

WHERE
McDougall Memorial Church, located 26kms west of Cochrane on 1A Highway. 
 



NARAMATA CENTRE - SUMMER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS...

July 13-20, 2019

Summer Week 3 with Linnea Good, David Jonsson, Claire Davie and Jennifer Beavington, Lee Beavington, Philip Stephen and Young Adult Summer Leaders

August 10-17, 2019

Lift Each Voice  with Morina Edmundson, Elizabeth Paynter, Liz DiMarino, Anita Perlau, Shirley Jorgensen and Young Adult Summer Leaders .


Naramata Centre is a United Church educational centre in Naramata, BC

July 21-27, 2019

Dawn: Bound for Emmaus - Contemporary Signs of Resurrection for a Pilgrim Church
with Herbert O'Driscoll & Richard LeSueur


July 28-Aug 3, 2019

Songs of Transformation, Reformation, and Liberation  with Paul Vasile
What do songs of the past and music of today teach us about the power of music to shape congregational life, especially how we worship? Singers of all backgrounds and skill levels are invited to experience music from a tapestry of cultures and musical traditions.


Sorrento Centre is an Anglican Educational Centre in Sorrento, BC

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