Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Weekly
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Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on Sunday October 21 , 2018

CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP

Greeters: Margaret Claveau & Jean Slaght
Worship Leaders: Greg Wooley, Margaret Claveau & Paul Elfner
Children's Church: Mary Shearer
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Alison Edwards, Diane Travers & Marvin Phillips
Musical Director: Tanya Sullivan
Administration: Sondy Szymanis - 403-678-5354 - office@ralphconnor.ca
In the Pulpit: Pam Rocker

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NEWS & COMING EVENTS news
THIS SUNDAY - The Affirming Ministry group presents...
PAM ROCKER! 
 

Pam is on staff at McDougall United Church in Calgary, and works to strengthen LGBTQ connections in Calgary Presbytery and surrounding area.  

She was recently named one of Calgary's "top 40 under 40." 

Pam will be preaching at Ralph Connor one week from Sunday: October 21st.  See www.pamrocker.com for more info. 

NEW MEMBERS AND TRANSFERS

We will be receiving new members on an upcoming Sunday.  

If you would like to have your membership transferred, or have never joined a Church and are interested in doing so now,  please contact Greg at minister@ralphconnor.ca and we will make the necessary arrangements.  

CELEBRATION OF LIFE

The Celebration of Life for
Victoria (Vicky) McIsaac 
will be held on 
Wednesday, October 24th at 1:30
pm at Ralph Connor.    
  

CHRISTMAS CRAFT EVENT

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Plans are being made for a children's Christmas Craft event in December.  We will need a variety of volunteers to assist with planning, organizing and helping at the event.  

The date is TBA. If you are interested in helping in any way please email me at janisdougall@gmail.com

TOMORROW - PRAYER SHAWL KNITTERS 
  
The Prayer Shawl Knitters Ministry meets on the third Friday of each month in Gordon Hall at 1:00 pm.  The next meeting is on October 19th. 

Everyone, young, old, master knitter, newbie needler are welcome to come and knit. 

EVENSONG 
  
Each Wednesday night at 7:15,
we gather for holy silence, chant, song, reflective words, and experience the gentle nudging of the Spirit.  

Come and join with us for "sabbath time" in the middle of the week. 
HEALING PATHWAY 

To book a session or inquire about this gentle healing ministry p lease contact: Sue Nichols at iamsue@telus.net  or call her at 403-678-4536

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!  
CHOIR REHEARSAL

Choir rehearsal each Thursday at 7:30 pm.  

New members are welcome to join us!  

Give Tanya an email at 

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.

Please sign up on the Sunday clipboard to help!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO WORSHIP?

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
TONIGHT - UKULELE


The Ukulele Group will be starting up again next week on   Thursday October 18. Newbies welcome, no experience needed.

Newbie Group starts at 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary with  Vets at 6:00 pm.

Come for the start and stay for the finish, have fun and rock on!
TONIGHT - AMBLER MOUNTAIN WORKS SALE

For the third year Ambler is holding their samples sale in the Gordon Hall. This will be held on Thursday, October 18 from at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. This sale has some great deals on high quality products for an extremely reasonable price.  So get out your jingly and come do some early Christmas shopping. 

Of note: Ambler donates many left over hats, mitts... to the Church for the mitten tree after each sale. Thank you Ambler. 
THE BIBLE AND ACTION FOR JUSTICE WITH 
THE REV. LAUREL DYKSTRA

Friday, October 19 - Sunday
October 21 join a three day even in Calgary at St. Laurence Anglican Church.  Oct 19 -  Lecture: Reading the Bible in Public, Oct 20 - The Bible and our Lives: Engaging Scripture as a Sacred Story and Oct 21 Worship Service.  

Friday Tickets at the door $20, Saturday Tickets $50

THRIVE HEALTH AND WELLNESS FESTIVAL

Bringing Canmore's vibrant health and wellness community together for a World-Class celebration! October 25 - 28

Thrive Festival is an exciting new 4-day festival celebrating health and wellness in Canmore, Alberta. Nourish your body, mind and spirit in the serenity and splendor of the Rocky Mountains from the moment you arrive. From the opening celebration featuring Dr. David Hepburn, Jason Watkin, Marin McCue and Angela Ditch to the closing Incredible Life Quest adventure, you create your own experience from an array of amazing fitness and Yoga classes, experiential activities, educational workshops, and enlightening presentations. 

Prepare to be inspired, empowered and elevated!

For more information go to  https://www.thrivefestivalcanmore.com/ 

For $50 off tickets until October 15th use this link: https://thrive-health-and-wellness-festival-2018.eventbrite.ca?discount=Thrive2018 

PRESBYTERY UPDATE

Our new United Church Region now has a name:
Chinook Winds Regional Council!  

When Foothills Presbytery and Alberta Northwest Conference come to an end on December 31, 2018, this new Regional Council will officially come into being, but lots of work is already being done to build it.  

If you'd like to learn more about the Region, there are two great sources:

1.  Updates are posted on the bulletin board outside the RCMUC Office, and also available online at  https://foothillspresbyteryunitedchurchofcanada.wordpress.com/about/foothills-presbytery-minutes/

2. The Calgary Presbytery Learning Day on October 27 (see below) will have a panel discussion in the morning about the new Region. 

LEARNING DAY


Registration forms available in Gordon Hall!

FOOD AND FRIENDS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

Food and Friends each Monday night from 6 - 8 pm, 52 weeks per year, is short on volunteers.  It is a big commitment for those who volunteer every week and we thank them so much for their dedication.  

Help out by volunteering on a Monday night. No experience necessary. There are now two shifts each evening.

Please contact Judy at mjmjmv@telusplanet.net or 403-678-6440 if you can help.

APPEAL FOR HOUSING

As most of you will already know, our minister Greg will be going on sabbatical leave for the months of Feb. March, and April 2019. (and returning in May!!)
 
If you are going to be away and are willing to consider opening your home to Greg's sabbatical replacement please talk to Ian, Joy or Donna K.  We nearly have the housing finalized...just need to figure out the first bit of March. 
 
Thanks!
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