Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Weekly
Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on May 6 , 2018 
Sacrament of Communion, Offering and Benevolent Offering


CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP

Greeters: Linda Bolen & Margaret Claveau
Worship Leader: Cathy Harrop
Children's Church: Joy McMann
Toddler Care: Jeanette Aishford
Communion Servers: Donna & Jim Smith
Fellowship/Coffee Time: Diane Campbell
Pianist: Beth Millard
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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HEALING PATHWAY 

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

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. 

A special request: if you have friends, neighbours, young adult children, or anyone else who would be interested in a worship experience that is lay-led, contemplative, non-doctrinal, with a broad, inclusive spirituality... please invite them to come some Wednesday night, to "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!
SPRING CLEANUP

Spring has sprung (finally) and it is time to give the Church a thorough cleaning. 


Sign up on the clipboard for Saturday, May 12 and lend a hand to the Property Committee.

ROOTS N WINGS

Our upstairs user group Roots n Wings is a a music, movement, play, nature and arts-based program for 2-4 year olds in this historic church on Mondays (morning) and Wednesdays (morning and afternoon).  Please see the note below from the Leaders of this group. 

Dear Ralph Connor community,

Happy spring! What better time to get outdoors and feel the sun on our faces, hear the bird song, and...get muddy!? Well, do I have an opportunity for you! It's time for "nature therapy" in our own backyard.

My name is Adrienne Lawlor and I am a community member, parent and occupational therapist. Together with Corina Strim, we facilitate Roots n Wings.

Since September 2017, we have enjoyed the space upstairs for our program, fully appreciating the support we have received from the church as well as our contact downstairs with our "grandfriends" in the Alberta Health Services' ADSP. What a rich environment for everyone!

We would like to enhance our nature-inspired experiences by designing and creating a space in the church yard which will be inspired, therapeutic and engaging for all.

I am sending out a call to all those who would like to join us as we re-imagine what this space could become over time, seeking to build this together with input and help from the children, elders and any others who will enjoy it.

Please see the photos below as inspiration and letthechildrenplay.net for further ideas and theory supporting this project.

If you would like to become involved, in any capacity, from gardening to carpentry, we need all the help we can get! Please contact me at adriennelawlor@shaw.ca or 403-688-0534 and we can discuss our next steps. 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

In order to spend more time out-and-about in the community rather than being stranded in the office, on Wednesday mornings you won't find Greg at his office...  but you will find him at 10 AM at the Good Earth Cafe!  This Wednesday, May 9th Greg will be in meetings but he'll be back at the Cafe on the 16th!

Feel free to come by for a chat.  If you'd ever like to set up a time for a home or office visit, don't hesitate to call his cell phone at 403-493-4923 or email him at minister@ralphconnor.ca

THE HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE

On Friday, May 4 at 2:00 pm at the church Shannon and Greg will share words and pictures from their Pilgrimage to the Land of the Holy One. 


A photo of St. George's monastery in the Judean wilderness, east of Jerusalem 

CYAN PASTA NIGHT

The first ever pasta night was a great success, with over 70 fed (young adults plus volunteers)!  The next one is scheduled  for  Tuesday, May 15 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in Gordon Hall.

We look forward to putting together more community events & hosting meals for young adults to connect.  For more information about this outreach initiative of RCMUC, see www.cyancanmore.ca
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION SPEAKER SERIES

RECONCILIATION: A TREND OR HERE TO STAY?
This monthly speaker series invites Bow Valley residents to engage in relevant topics, local discussions, and learn more about Indigenous culture, history, and knowledge.

At the Whyte Museum in Banff on Thursday May 17 at 7:00 pm join 
Elizabeth Logue, for her perspective on Reconciliation.

SPRING TEA



KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION CONCERT

Mark your calendars for June 2 at 7:30 pm for the Kennedy Administration.  Held in the Sanctuary enjoy this fantastic concert.  

You can get tickets from Marsh or Donna.  dmkennedy11@gmail.com

WHERE WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE GOING

As a congregation. Save the date for Sunday June 3 for a time of discussion after worship!  More information to come...

CAMP fYrefly

A camp for LGBTQ2 youth aged 14-24, is  looking for individuals to volunteer with their Campers by leading morning, afternoon, or evening workshops.  

Workshop presentations provide a whole range of content, whether it is queer identities, social justice, navigating systems, understanding oppression or building community. 
 
The camp will be at Camp Chief Hector from June 30 to July 3.
 
If you are interested in leading a workshop, go to:

or if you are interested in helping with their "healing and self care afternoon" on July 1 go to    https://goo.gl/forms/Cv9EFYUhsWhzHX3Q2 

To register:

FESTIVAL OF FAITH - Risking Faith, Daring Hope

July 21 - 22 in Oshawa, Ontario. For more information go to generalcouncil43.ca/festival



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. 

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