Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Weekly
Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on Sunday, March 25, 2018 - Palm Sunday


CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP

Greeters: Barb Profitt & Henk Wind
Worship Leader: Cidnee Wind
Children's Church:  IN NEED
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Carole & Bill Rowe
Pianist: 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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EARTH HOUR               

This Earth Hour, Saturday, March 24 at 8:30 p.m. local time, switch off your lights to draw attention to wildlife loss in Canada and around the world.

How to mark Earth Hour 
  • Get together with others to share stories and photos of your favourite natural places. It is out of love for these places that we will work to preserve them. You can find some images and stories on the Earth Hour website.
  • Read some stories like this recent blog from Citizens for Public Justice staff Karri Munn-Venn about her time at the 2017 UN Climate Conference.
  • Share a daily practice of love for God's creation that you might want to foster or strengthen in the months and days to come.
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HEALING PATHWAY


To book a session or inquire about this gentle healing ministry by appointment. 
Please contact: Vicky Connoy at vconnoy@hotmail.com  
or call her at 403-609-2428.


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".


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

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!
HOLY WEEK SERVICES

Mark your Calendars for the following services

Sunday, March 25 - 10:00 AM at the Church
Palm Sunday. Greg will be back in the pulpit.

Wednesday, March 28 - 11:00 AM at St Mike's
Ecumenical Lent/Easter Seniors' worship service and luncheon. 

Wednesday, March 28 - 7:15 PM at the Church
Holy Week Evensong.

Good Friday, March 30 - 9:45 AM at St. Mikes
The Outdoor Way of the Cross - Ecumenical walk

Good Friday, March 30 - 7:00 PM at the Church
Good Friday worship with dramatic readings.

Easter Sunday, April 1
8:00 AM - Riverside service at Riverside Park
8:45 AM - Refreshments at the Church
10:00 AM - Worship at the Church




THANK YOU               

To both the  March 11th dessert making team: Barb Profitt, Janis Dougall, Marshall Ouellet, Cathy Harrop 

and the March 18th  Dessert making team: Faye Forbes-Anderson, Janis Dougall, Isabelle Ramsay, Ann Thorburn, Linda Bolen, Rema Bakhash, Irma Herrera, Donna Egglestone, Pat Grayling

EASTER MUSICAL CONCERT

On March 31 at 7:00 pm at St. Mikes, come and enjoy a musical evening of celebrating, sponsored by the Mountain Sanctuary Seventh-Day Adventist Church, in honour of the resurrection of Christ.

Music by Harpist: Deborah Nyack 

A WIDENING EMBRACE

A circle for women of all ages with Carolyn McDade.

This is an invitation for women to come together and create a holy space through song, reflection and simple ritual.
Carolyn McDade is a lover of language and sound ~ a songwriter committed to the power of singing in personal and social transformation.

Friday, Apr. 27, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Saturday, Apr. 28, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Ralph Connor Memorial United Church
Contact Jan Tissandier for more information: 
 

HEALING PATHWAY WORSHOPS

May 4 - 6 at Ralph Connor

Phase 1 
Introduction to the Healing  Pathway
an introduction to the basic concepts of healing hands within the Christian tradition, with an emphasis on learning to be a healing presence and instrument of God's healing power. 
No prerequisite. 

This workshop includes the following:
  • Discussion of the basic concepts of healing in the Christian tradition
  • Discussion of the traditional, scriptural, and spiritual sources of healing 
  • Presentation and review of the Healing Pathway Code of Ethics 
  • Discussion of the elements of self-care 
  • Centring and grounding through prayer and meditation 
  • Experience of being a heart-centred instrument of healing 
  • Learning and practising a healing sequence and specific techniques
Discussion of the application of a healing ministry within a congregation or faith community

Registration form here
Contact: Karen James -  Phone: 403-678-4335 -  Email: mkj716@shaw.ca

AFFIRMING MINISTRIES EVENT

Hillhurst United Church, Calgary and The Coming Out Monologues YYC proudly present:

The Coming Out In Faith Monologues!
Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, 2018
Doors - 7 pm - Show - 7:30 pm

This event celebrates our diverse personal stories of coming out from the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community. Our performers stories reveal how their spirituality connected and collided with their coming out journey. Different faith backgrounds and experiences are represented, which makes for a fun, diverse, and enlightening night!  Tickets at...   Tickets $15 online  

"NEW BLOOD" PERFORMANCE

On April 13 in Calgary Join Siksika Musicians and dancers at the Foothills Mennonite Church for an evening of song and dance. Performance starts at 7:30.  Tickets $14 at bit.ly/New-Blood 

If you would like to car-pool to the play contact Joy at jcmcmann@gmail.com or phone 403-609-4359

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. 


SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS OPEN

Camp Kasota West at Half Moon Bay, Sylvan Lake - a United Church camp - is now accepting registration for summer camp.  Receive $40 off if you book prior to March 24. Further bursaries available from Foothills Presbytery (see bulletin board for details). Children & Youth Camps, Sailing Camp & Counselor in Training. Perfect for grades 1 - 11.  

More information and booking online at campkasotawest.com

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