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Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on Sunday February 10 , 2019

CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP
Sacrament of Communion and Benevolent Offering

Greeters: Jean Slaght & Ellen Andersen
Worship Leader: Ruben Nelson
Communion Servers: Marilese & Bob MacDonell
Children's Church: Joy McMann
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Vicky Connoy
Musical Director: Tanya Sullivan
Administration: Sondy Szymanis - 403-678-5354 - office@ralphconnor.ca
Minister February 1 - April 30 - Rev. Bill Millar, billmillar@ralphconnor.ca

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We have an open table. However strong your faith,
however persistent your doubts, you are invited, you belong.
The bread and juice will be served to you. It's simple community...
bundled and shared in bread & juice.

OPEN OUT - CULTURAL DIVERSITY WITH BILL MILLAR

Following worship on Sunday February 10th.  

Last week in the initial 'Open Out' presentation [an intro to the series] Bill Millar presented several levels of welcome that a congregation can extend to newcomers [intercultural or other expressions of diversity].  You can find more info on this on the research blog enmeso.ca - here's a summary of the levels:
  1. Unwelcome/intolerant. 
  2. Grudging tolerance
  3. Pleasant tolerance
  4. Conditional welcome
  5. Unconditional welcome. 
  6. Deep welcome.
The blog has other information that you might find helpful as well - enjoy!

'In preparation for this Sunday's Open Out conversation/workshop following worship on Sunday, Bill Millar is sending out a couple of brain exercises to try...'


  
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!

CHOIR REHEARSAL

Choir rehearsal each Thursday at 7:30 pm.  

New members are welcome to join us!  

Give Tanya an email at  music@ralphconnor.ca
EVENSONG 
 
Evensong, our contemplative mid-week service. Join us each
Wednesday at 7:15 for this contemplative service. 

We hope to see you there!

HEALING PATHWAY 

To book a session or inquire about this gentle healing ministry p lease contact: Isabelle Ramsay 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". 
  
PRAYER SHAWL KNITTERS

Join the Prayer Shawl knitters on Friday, February 15th at 1:00 pm in the Gordon Hall. 

Beginners and Pro's all welcome!
  
CYAN - Canmore Young Adult Network

Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm until May 29  -  CYAN YOGA NIGHT - at the Canmore Opera House

PASTA NIGHT - is held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 
Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a fresh & delicious meal by donation! The next Pasta Night will be on Tuesday, February 19th from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. 

If you would like to volunteer to help out please sign up here. 

Visit CYAN on Facebook or their website for more events, information or to sign up for their newsletter.   http://cyancanmore.ca/ 
 
from our AFFIRMING MINISTRY COMMITTEE ...

'Kids are hurting. Adults are hurting': Brock McGillis fights homophobia in hockey | CBC Sports

'The language used for the last 50 years hasn't shifted,' says gay former semi-pro goaltender.

Brock McGillis has spent the last two years sharing his story of being a gay semi-professional hockey player with elementary schools, high schools, and junior hockey teams across Canada.   (photo by Brock McGillis)

 
THE AFFIRM GROUP IS HOSTING "PIE" LUNCHEON ...

All are welcome to join the Affirm Group on T hursday, March 14 from noon - 2:00 pm in the Gordon Hall for International Pi Day.  

PIE = Public. Intentional. Explicit. 

These are the standards we hold ourselves and our welcome to as we become Affirming, Welcoming, and Inclusive!

We invite you to enjoy some pie and help us roll out the PIE in our ministry.  This is your chance to celebrate and honour the full inclusion of LGBTQ2SIA+ people in faith communities and beyond, with everyone across Canada!

Please RSVP on or before March 10th to Donna Scott
donnacanmore@gmail.com or 403-609-9174
 
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
NO UKULELE THIS WEEK

Uke class is taking a short break for February 7 & 14.  Class will resume on February 21 at 5:00.  

Beginner or Pro all players are welcome!
NEED A HOUSESITTER WHILE YOU ARE ON VACATION?

One of our Choir members and Greeters Karen Parmiter has returned to Canmore this past year and working P/T plus exchanging House/Pet Sitting Services for negotiable Accommodations. 

Has References and needs next place by February 15th. To work out arrangement, call Karen's cell at 604-250-6982 or see her at coffee after church. 

INTERCULTURAL CHURCH SURVEY

Share your views! Can you spare a few minutes for an important new survey from the United Church? We want to know how the church is doing at becoming intercultural. 


Our intercultural vision calls us to be radically welcoming, living together with a respectful awareness of our diversity. We are hoping for input from all the varied voices that make up our church. Reflect on your experience of church, good and bad, and offer suggestions for the future. The survey is open to anyone who is a part of a United Church congregation or community of faith.
 
 You can find the survey online until February 22. Your experiences and suggestions are important for us! Please consider participating, and encourage others in your community of faith to participate as well.


LIVING SPIRIT UC PRESENTS "BARE" A POP OPERA

This will be held February 15 - 23 in Calgary. Bare: is a coming-of-age musical that follows a group of teens as they wrestle with their identities, sexuality, religion, and even a little bit of Shakespeare, in a co-ed Catholic boarding school. This musical presents an incredibly relevant story in Alberta's cultural and political climate, with impactful themes such as peer and family rejection, acceptance, and what it means to be yourself. 

This show is not only a powerful story that everyone can enjoy, but it is also an incredible platform for local emerging artists to tell relevant stories and practice their craft. In light of the relevance of this piece, we are looking to invite various Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to further empower community building within the arts, queer, Calgary community as a whole through the medium of musical theatre. 
  

 
The subject matter is raw, and the company suggests that it is suitable for teens and adults 15 years and older.

NARAMATA PROGRAMS

Naramata (United Church Educational Centre in the Okanagan) has released their spring and summer programs list.
 
For all the programming visit the following pages. 

 
NARAMATA CENTRE'S YOUNG ADULT SUMMER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Naramata Centre's Young Adult Summer Leadership Program is now open for applications.
 
Youth and young adult leadership development is an integral part of  Naramata Centre's  mission in action. Our Young Adult Summer Leadership Program provides opportunities for young adults aged 18-30 to learn and grow in a paid live-in work setting. Through direct training, mentorship, and supported opportunities to lead, Young Adult Summer Leaders will have a chance to experience a range of functions and aspects of life at the Centre, while learning more about their own leadership and gifts.  Applications close February 17, 2019.
 
 
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