Help us understand how you feel about the possible renovation/expansion of our historic Church sanctuary and hall.

Click  here  to complete the survey. 

To register for any of the following sessions,
please call 403-678-5354 or email the Church office. 

Those focus group are currently scheduled at the Church for:
Friday June 7 at 11:00 AM (Church Hall)
Friday June 7 at 7:00 PM (Church Hall)
Sunday June 9 at 3:00 PM (Church Hall)
Sunday June 9 at 7:00 PM (Church Hall)
Tuesday June 11 at 3:00 PM (Upstairs Meeting Room)

Thanks for your participation!
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Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on Sunday June 2 , 2019. This is Communion Sunday with benevolent offering. This is also UCC Pride Sunday.


CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP


Greeters: Jean Slaght and Donna Egglestone
Worship Leader: John Cranston
Communion Servers: Mary & John Cranston
Children's Church: IN NEED - PLEASE LET THE OFFICE KNOW
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Vicky Connoy, Mary Shearer
Musical Director: Tanya Sullivan
Administration: Dianne Deans - 403-678-5354 - office@ralphconnor.ca
In the Pulpit: Rev. Greg Wooley  minister@ralphconnor.ca

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Scripture Lesson:  John 17: 20-26

DON'T FORGET! IF YOU HAVE TICKETS FOR THE KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION CONCERTS - THEY ARE THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENINGS.

If you still want tickets, email dmkennedy11@gmail.com for last minute availability...


A fundraising concert for Ralph Connor Memorial United Church. 

THE AFFIRM COMMITTEE - JUNE PLANS

Each Sunday in the month of June, the Worship service will focus on a different aspect of what it means to be a radically inclusive congregation - including, but not limited to, inclusion of the LGBTQ2 community.  A discussion time will follow each Sunday's service, for folks in the congregation to meet with members of the Affirming Committee, to share thoughts, feelings and experiences.   At the end of the month, a brief survey will help to determine our next steps in the process toward being designated as an Affirming Ministry.
 
What does the Affirming Committee envision, if Ralph Connor Memorial United Church (RCMUC) were to become an Affirming Ministry?  By becoming an Affirming Ministry of the United Church of Canada,
  •           We affirm Christ's desire to reach out in love toward people who feel marginalized in our community.
    • o   We acknowledge that many populations feel marginalized, and wish to learn how to be more explicitly welcoming and supportive of them.   We want to address a variety of areas including ageism, sexism, racism, and classism and in particular to the Affirming Ministry, the issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.  Since LGBTQ2 persons have been, and continue to be, specifically denigrated and excluded by many Churches, we overtly and specifically include them in our affirming words and actions.
  •          We affirm the spirit of the present RCMUC Mission Statement, and the heart for inclusion that is already demonstrated in this place.
    • o   We celebrate that this statement shapes the choices and priorities of this congregation, committing us to spiritual growth and exploration, to practices of intentional invitation, and to become agents of social justice.   These commitments are essential for a thriving, healthy Affirming Ministry.
  •          We affirm the importance of connecting with other communities of faith who have also demonstrated a heart for inclusion, namely, the over 130 communities of faith who have already been declared Affirming Ministries.
    • o   We understand that becoming designated as an "Affirming Ministry" does not mean that we have completed the journey toward inclusiveness.  This designation will commit ourselves to be a community that will continue to listen to and learn from those who experience marginalization, and will continue to engage in study, education and dialogue through workshops, events and partnerships as we continue our journey
For more information, please see http://ralphconnor.ca/inclusion/ - and do come to Worship in June!

SPRING TEA WAS ENJOYED BY ALL LAST FRIDAY!

A HUGE THANK-YOU 
to all who helped make this wonderful afternoon possible: the Pastoral Care Committee, the "High Strung" Ukulele group, and all who helped & attended. 

Twenty-nine tea cups were filled as the room was alive with conversation, treats and music.



SPRING CLEAN-UP SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY JUNE 8

Come and help with our annual clean-up inside and outside from 9:00 A.M.- NOON.  There will be a sign-up sheet available on Sunday...or just come! Everything is supplied. 

Many hands make light work! 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A SUMMER PIANIST

piano
to play at the 10:00 A.M. Sunday Worship Service for eight Sundays, June 30 to August 18, 2019, with the potential of an extension for casual relief throughout the Church year. Compensation will be $90 per Sunday.

Click here for the full job description.
Closing date: June 7, 2019

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!

EVENSONG 
 
Evensong, our contemplative mid-week service. Join us each 
Wednesday at 7:15 pm for this contemplative service. 

CHOIR REHEARSAL

The final choir rehearsal for this season is  TONIGHT - May 30 at 7:30 P.M. at Sue & Randy Nichols' house.  

Our wonderful Choir is wrapping up their season this Sunday, June 2nd and going on summer hiatus.  

SHARE YOUR MUSICAL GIFTS

During the remaining Sundays in June...and July... and August... do YOU have musical gifts you would like to share to enhance our Worship experience?  If you play a musical instrument...or would like to share a vocal solo, duet, trio, quartet... or if you know someone willing to volunteer their gifts in this way...please contact either of the co-Chairs of our Worship Committee, Isabelle Ramsay or Janis Dougall.  Thank you!

HEALING PATHWAY 

To book a session or inquire about this gentle healing ministry p lease contact: Sue Nichols 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."
  
THE AFFIRM COMMITTEE - time-limited action requested

Your Support is needed! 
MAY 27, 2019 - Banning gay conversion therapy

The UCP has cancelled a working group tasked with banning gay conversion therapy in Alberta.Former NDP health minister Sarah Hoffman established the working group in February.  Learn more.

Please copy and paste the text below and email it to health.minister@gov.ab.ca:

Dear Honourable Tyler Shandro,

It has come to my attention that you and the UCP government of Alberta have cancelled a working group tasked with banning gay conversion therapy in Alberta.

I would like to formally request and plead that you reinstate the working group and create legislation to ban the practice. While it may not be "a health service," there are many medical professionals and faith-based organizations who continue to practice conversion therapy to the detriment of Alberta's queer youth.
Conversion therapy can cause PTSD, internalized homophobia, and a myriad of other mental health issues. It's important to Albertans that we get with the times and put legislation in place to officially ban it.
Please protect Alberta's youth from this demeaning and degrading practice.

Sincerely,

Your Name
  
CYAN - Canmore Young Adult Network

Come check us out at the
Canmore Mountain Market today! We'd love to have a chat and get to know you better. We will have a booth set up from
10AM - 6PM.

Free yoga in the park with CYAN
Riverside Park e very Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. from Jun 5 - Aug 28

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

SPECIAL PRAYER AND PRAISE SERVICE

You are invited to join the Anglican Churches of Banff and Canmore 

TONIGHT
May 30, 2019 7:00 P.M.
at St. Michael's Anglican, Canmore


TAIZE Event

May 31, 2019 in Calgary.





MCC Relief Sale

Auction and Handmade Market,
May 31 and June 1 in Coaldale, AB.


SUPER SOUL SUNDAY

Father Richard Rohr joins Oprah Winfrey to talk about the Universal Christ. Watch the conversation streamed live Sunday, June 2, at 11:00 a.m. ET or listen to the podcast episode on Monday, June 3. Learn more at oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday.



Spring Commemorative Church Service
East of Morley on the 1A Highway
3:00 - 4:00 P.M. Sunday, June 9, 2019


NARAMATA CENTRE - SUMMER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS...

July 13-20, 2019

Summer Week 3 with Linnea Good, David Jonsson, Claire Davie and Jennifer Beavington, Lee Beavington, Philip Stephen and Young Adult Summer Leaders

August 10-17, 2019

Lift Each Voice  with Morina Edmundson, Elizabeth Paynter, Liz DiMarino, Anita Perlau, Shirley Jorgensen and Young Adult Summer Leaders .


Naramata Centre is a United Church educational centre in Naramata, BC

July 21-27, 2019

Dawn: Bound for Emmaus - Contemporary Signs of Resurrection for a Pilgrim Church
with Herbert O'Driscoll & Richard LeSueur


July 28-Aug 3, 2019

Songs of Transformation, Reformation, and Liberation  with Paul Vasile
What do songs of the past and music of today teach us about the power of music to shape congregational life, especially how we worship? Singers of all backgrounds and skill levels are invited to experience music from a tapestry of cultures and musical traditions.


Sorrento Centre is an Anglican Educational Centre in Sorrento, BC

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