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Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on Sunday January 20 , 2019

CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP

Greeters: Sandy & Duncan McCaig
Worship Leader: Lynn Katarey
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  

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NEWS & COMING EVENTS news
URGENT!  HELP!! - NEED ACCOMMODATION!!!

Unfortunately, our plans to accommodate Bill Millar, our Sabbatical Supply minister, for the months of March and April have fallen through.  We need accommodation for Bill and his Bernese Mountain Dog, Finn for 7 weeks in March or April.  

If you can help for all or part of that period, please contact Ian Schofield,
Joy McMann or Donna Kennedy as soon as possible.  

THANK YOU to everyone that joined us to welcome Bill last Sunday. 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Ralph Connor Memorial Church will be holding its AGM on Sunday, January 27 after Worship.  

A limited number of black and white paper copies of The Annual Report will be available after Worship this Sunday.

Or preferably (to save copies and paper)

You can go to our website  www.ralphconnor.ca  tomorrow afternoon (Fri Jan 18) and read it in a .pdf format.

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: 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". 
  
PRAYER SHAWL KNITTERS

Join us in the Gordon Hall this  Friday, January 18 at 1:00 for a Shawl knitting circle. 

Everyone is welcome to come and knit. 
  
CYAN - Canmore Young Adult Network
(an Outreach Ministry of RCMUC)

Jan 23 -  CYAN Yoga at the Opera House
 
Jan 28 -  CYAN Cross Country Ski Night
 
Jan 29 -  CYAN NIGHT - Canmore Eagles VS Brooks Bandits

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 ...

Scott Brison, who resigned from cabinet on January 10, 2019, was the first federal politician to marry a same-sex partner.  Here is a link to this historic event. 
 
The couple welcomed twin girls on February 21, 2014.
 
CULTURAL DIVERSITY WITH BILL MILLAR

Bill Millar, your gap minister while Greg is on study leave, has been doing research for the United Church on helping out church communities open themselves to the increasing cultural diversity of Canada. 

This process includes opening to newcomer populations, but also indigenous, LGBTQ+, youth and others. 

Bill is hoping that RCMUC will help shape that research and resource and is inviting everyone to share in a conversation following worship on Sunday February 3rd (Bill's first Sunday at RCMUC). You can also check out some of this research at enmeso.ca or on Facebook
[En Meso Intercultural Research]."

 
MISSED A SUNDAY SERMON?
Click to go to Sunday Sermons

Away for a while? Missed a Sunday?  

You can the latest Sunday Sermon on our web page.  

Each Sermon is uploaded on Sunday afternoon. 

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
UKULELE

Uke class resumes in the Sanctuary Tonight.
Newbie class starts at 5:00 pm and Vets are at 6:00 pm.  If you would like to join and learn the Ukulele just show up at 5:00 pm.  

NEW UNITED CHURCH ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

The new organizational structure of The United Church of Canada became official on January 1, 2019. Find out more about the new changes, including names of the regional councils, on the United Church website.


NEW WEST SYMPHONY AND CHORUS

January 27,  2019 at 7:00 pm in the Margaret Greenham Theatre at the Banff Centre.

The New West Symphony and Chorus is an outstanding Christian group that has performed across Canada and will be performing in New York, New York this coming summer.

This fundraiser benefits The Bridge House, a transitional housing program established through a partnership between the YWCA Banff and St. George-in-the-Pines Anglican Church. All proceeds and funds raised go directly to The Bridge House. 

Every penny raised will go to the YWCA Bridge House project to help women and children who have been the victims of domestic violence in the Bow Valley. It is a place that allows them to rebuild their lives and create a future which prepares them to live with hope.

Tickets $20
TRAVIS ENRIGHT - RECONCILIATION AND WORLDVIEW

The Wisdom Centre and Christ Church, Calgary look forward to welcoming The Rev. Travis Enright for a three-day event on Reconciliation and Worldview February 8 - 10, 2019.   

Travis comes from the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton where he serves both as archdeacon for Indigenous ministry and rector of St. Faith's Anglican Church. He will offer perspectives on two World Views, the Western Christian world view, and the Cree (Indigenous) world view, outlining a convergence of the two world views that will help the church and society journey together.  

Click here for more information and to register

*please note that the link did not work last week as the Wisdom Centre was experiencing website problems. 
JOHN BELL - ANCIENT AND EVER NEW: SPIRITUALITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY - an introduction to Celtic Spirituality

March 22-24, 2019 at 7:30 pmSt. Laurence Calgary
   
From the 5th century, there has been a distinctive spirituality developed in the Celtic nations by leading figures in religious movements and by lay people. Though allied to and part of the catholic church, the Celts had a greater fondness for the incarnation which they regarded as the key to how we relate to God, to each other and to the physical earth. John Bell, a noted worship leader and hymn-writer from the Iona Community in Scotland, will be leading this Calgary event .

Click here for more information and to register
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