Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Weekly
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Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on Sunday November 25 , 2018 
Reign of Christ Sunday - with reception of members by transfer. 

CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP

Greeter: Karen Parmiter
Worship Leader: John Cranston
Children's Church:Joy McMann & Carole Rowe
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Joy & Cam McMann,  Carol &  Bill  Rowe
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
POINSETTIAS - PRE-ORDER

Ann Thorburn will be selling  poinsettias to decorate our sanctuary over the Christmas season.  

Plants are $15 each and donors may take them home after the Christmas Eve services to enjoy for the rest of the season.  

Order forms will be available each Sunday and Ann will be taking the orders after church services until Dec 2 - alternatively, call Ann at 403 609 3510 or email her at thorb@shaw.ca.

FAMILY CHRISTMAS CRAFT DAY

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Saturday, December 15, 9:00 am-11:00 am 
Crafts, snacks and singing. 

Parent(s) are invited to attend with their children. 

Please register by Wed, Dec 12. at office@ralphconnor.ca   - this will help us to have proper quantities of craft materials, etc. 

For more information or to volunteer please email 
Jan Dougall at  janisdougall@gmail.com

MITTEN TREE

The mitten tree is up and ready to be decorated with your gifts of Mittens, Socks, Scarves... 

As we have done for many years, the donated items will be distributed to people in need at Christmastime.  We will not be collecting food items this year, as we are no longer actively using our food cupboard. 

Bring your donations along to Worship on Sunday or Wednesday.  Thank you!
THANK YOU

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To this month's dessert makers for Food & Friends

Jean Slaght
Betty Baggott
Donna Baergen
Anne Hester
Cathy Harrop
Faye Forbes-Anderson
CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Community Advent/Christmas Service, with lessons, carols and musical performances from RCMUC and many local congregations, will be on
Sunday, December 2 at 7:00 PM  at St Mike's Hall. 

Candlelight Service of Remembrance, a time to all who would like to light a candle in memory of those we have loved and who have died.
Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 PM at St. Mike's Church. 

Family Christmas Crafts, will be held on  Saturday, December 15 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at Ralph Connor Hall

Ecumenical Senior's Service and Lunch  - TBA (watch this space!!)

Evensong Longest Night, Wednesday December 19 at 7:15 PM 
at Ralph Connor

Christmas Eve Services, Monday, December 24th 
5:00 PM  Community Service with Pageant at the Senior's Centre Hall, 
8:00 PM Service of Readings and Carols at Ralph Connor. 

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.

ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

We have more children attending Church in December. We now have easy to lead lessons pre-prepared 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 
Join the Choir and you can participate in the beauty of singing like this:

Ave Verum
Ave Verum

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!  
CYAN - Canmore Young Adult Network

CYAN Yoga has secured a new home for fall & winter!

Meet us at the Canmore Opera House every Wednesday from 7-8 pm, doors open at 6:45.  Class is by donation. 

The yoga class is geared for everyone to enjoy - no experience or flexibility needed to participate. Minors will need a parent or guardian present.
 
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.  


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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS community
TONIGHT (Thursday) - UKULELE


The Ukulele Group  is well under way for its new season. 
Newbies welcome, no experience needed.  No need to pre-register, just bring your $5 per class along with you!

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!
GIFTS WITH VISION

This year's United Church "Gifts with Vision" book has arrived!  

Observer subscribers should have received their copy with this month's issue, and a few copies are available in Gordon Hall. Or... you may shop online at  https://www.giftswithvision.ca/projects 

This year a Morley-based program, listed under "Cultural Revitalization," is one of the options.   A great alternative to giving "stuff" at Christmas (or anytime!)

ADVENT UNWRAPPED

What is Advent? We often think of Advent as a time of preparation to get ready for Christmas. 

But it is more accurately a time to look forward to Christ's coming and Christ's reign. 

Let's get ready for Christ(mas)! 

See Advent Unwrapped for worship resources, reflections, and Bible studies for all ages. 
IS THERE A FUTURE FOR JUDAISM & CHRISTIANITY IN CANADA?

Sunday, November 25 from 3:00 pm  at the House of Jacob - Mikveh israel Synagogue, 1613 92 Ave SW, Calgary

A debate and discussion with Rabbi Yisroel Miller & Reverend Ray Matheson.  No charge or registration.  All are welcome. 
HAPPY U.S. THANKSGIVING!

Each Tuesday night, a joint book study group gathers at Ralph Connor and at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Kiel, Wisconsin.  We consider ourselves "one group in two nations."  Using "Google Hangouts" for our video link, we discuss topics from Marcus Borg's book, Speaking Christian.   Happy Thanksgiving to our partners at St. Peter's and Immanuel United Church of Christ, and to all who celebrate Thanksgiving today!
18TH ANNUAL LADIES CHRISTMAS GATHERING

Trinity Bible Church presents Christmas: Unwrapping the Gift of Love. On Monday December 3 at the Cornerstone Theatre. Guest Speaker: Deb Falconer with Musical performance by hummingBird.

Dinner at 6:45 doors open at 6:00 pm, Tickets are $40 This event is 50% sold out so get your tickets now Charisma Collections 10-801 Main Street. 
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