Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Weekly
Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on Sunday, January 21, 2018
Third Sunday after the Epiphany

CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP

Greeters: Sue & Randy Nichols
Worship Leader: Bob MacDonell
Children's Church: Joy McMann
Fellowship/Coffee Time:  Joy & Cam McMann
Musical Director: Tanya Sullivan
Administration: Sondy Szymanis - 403-678-5354 - office@ralphconnor.ca
Minister: Rev. Greg Wooley - 403-493-4923 - minister@ralphconnor.ca

~~~  


RALPH CONNOR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Mark your calendars!  

The Annual General Meeting for the year 2017 will be held on Sunday January 28th 2018 directly after Worship.  

Reports will be available after Worship this Sunday!

OR you can download the report below:


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. 
"Come and find the quiet centre".

HEALING PATHWAY


To book a session or inquire about this gentle healing ministry by appointment. 
Please contact: Sue Nichols, Phone: 403-678-7025 or email:  iamsue@telus.net 


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

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!
HEARTS , MINDS and SPIRITS

Faith Journey Exploration Group
 
You are invited to join an ad hoc RCMUC Faith Journey Exploration Group, which is being formed   to nurture the spiritual exploration and growth of all our members and adherents (from RCMUC Mission Statement)

Each person will map their spiritual journey and share them with the group. Questions that emerge from all the journeys will be considered for further investigation. This group will begin to meet in January. 

See more information and sign-up sheet at coffee time at Sunday Worship, or contact Joy McMann at 403-609-4359. 

 
DOOR CODE CHANGE

We have changed the door code.   

We have sent the list an email, if you are not on the list and need to have the code, please email the office and Sondy will fill you in and put you on the list. 


CONTINUING OUR TRUTH & RECONCILIATION JOURNEY

Writing to Reconcile with Carolyn Pogue

Monday, February 5 from 7:00 - 9:30 PM.  
Carolyn is a wonderful author with a depth of experience with indigenous peoples.  She will lead us in a creative, respectful process - please join us!  And if you wish, come  at 6:15 to share a simple supper of soup and a bun.   

Cost: $15 (or donation). 

To register contact judyarcher249@gmail.com 
or sign up on the bulletin board outside the Sanctuary.  This session is confirmed. Join us!
REGIONAL COUNCILS - UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

Proposed on January 10, 2018 - to be finalized on January 31, 2018:
Replacing the 13 Conferences & 91 Presbyteries... 17 regional councils, plus Indigenous Churches will have their own association and are welcome to join regional councils as well. 

Ralph Connor will be in a regional council that covers southern Alberta (Rimbey - Ponoka - Consort and south to the border). We are also encouraged to develop "clusters" with other local congregations, and broader "networks" of congregations (now called "communities of faith") with which we have an affinity.

For maps and more information on this proposal, and the mechanism for sending feedback, see http://www.united-church.ca/news/interim-report-regional-council-boundaries

And... for more information on the structural changes coming up in the United Church, see  http://www.united-church.ca/leadership/church-administration/remit-implementation


DID YOU KNOW?

If you miss a Sunday... or would like to re-read a sermon... just go to the website, ralphconnor.ca , then pick "Worship" and "Sunday Sermons."  

Greg posts his sermons on Sunday afternoon, each week. 

TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION SPEAKER SERIES

Reconciliation through and Indigenous Worldview with  Dr. Leroy Little Bear. 

February 15, 7:00-9:00 pm at the Whyte Museum in Banff. 

EXPLORING DEATH, GRIEF AND MOURNING

Dr Alan Wolfelt will be in Calgary on Monday, March 12th for an evening seminar, "Exploring Death, Grief and Mourning." 

Presented by McInnis & Holloway and Heritage Funeral Homes, there is no charge for this educational event. 
 
Greg greatly appreciated Dr Wolfelt's work when doing a course on grief a few years ago, and has heard good things about these in-person presentations. 



STAY CONNECTED:

Follow us on Facebook

 Phone: 403-678-5354 | Email: o ffice@ralphconnor.ca | w ww.ralphconnor.ca