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Greetings! 

We hope to  see you at Church on Sunday November 11 , 2018 

Remembrance Day Services
100th Anniversary of the end of World War I
a brief service featuring writings by WWI Chaplain
Rev. Charles Gordon (a.k.a. Ralph Connor)

* Service on Sunday will be short and there will be no Fellowship/Coffee time afterwards so that everyone that wishes can attend the Cenotaph Service at the Royal Canadian Legion


CONTRIBUTING TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM WORSHIP

Greeters: John & Ann Thorburn
Worship Leader: Cathy Harrop
Readings: Brian Fell
Worship Coordinator: Isabelle Ramsay
Musical Director: Tanya Sullivan
Administration: Sondy Szymanis - 403-678-5354 - office@ralphconnor.ca

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Photo courtesy of Canmore Legion
NEWS & COMING EVENTS news
#100 BELLS

On November 11, 1918 ... church bells rang out spontaneously across the country to celebrate the signing of the "Armistice." After four brutal years ... and so many young men and women dead or injured...the First World War was officially over.
 
One hundred years ago, relief and joy swept our land. On November 11 at sundown in Canmore at 4:59 pm Ralph Connor Memorial United Church and Saint Michael's Anglican Church will commemorate Armistice 100.  We will mark the occasion through the Royal Canadian Legion Bells of Peace ceremony.
 
On November 11, 2018 ...
our bells will toll 100 times.
 

With each peal, we will remember the close to 66-thousand Canadians and Newfoundlanders at that time, who were killed in the First World War ... the 172-thousand wounded ... and the countless others who suffered invisible yet painful wounds.
 
We will also remember the total number of Canadians who served our country during that war - over 650 thousand people.
 
This Ceremony will be happening at sunset (local time) across Canada, United States, Europe and Worldwide.

Join us on the front steps of the church for this short celebration!
NEXT SUNDAY - THE VERY REVEREND BILL PHIPPS
 
Our guest preacher on Sunday, November 18 will be The Very Rev. Bill Phipps, Moderator of the United Church of Canada from 1997-2000.  

Over the years, Bill has been a fearless spokesperson and activist for the rights of Indigenous People and the needs of the planet.  

In 1998, he delivered the United Church's Apology to Indigenous people, regarding the damage done by the Indian Residential School system.  

We've hoped to have Bill come and preach at RCMUC for many years and are delighted that he will be joining us on the 18th.


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.

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. 

November 14 ~ Come for an evening of sacred circle dancing. No experience required. 
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!  
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!

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
TONIGHT (Thursday) - UKULELE


The Ukulele Group  started their season last Thursday.  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, or 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!)

ST. MIKES CHRISTMAS MARKET AND LUNCH

Saturday November 17 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm   

Join the Anglican Church Women and browse the bountiful cake table, crafts, inexpensive Christmas gifts and decor.  

Enjoy homemade soup, bunwiches, dessert and refreshments for only $7.00 per adult and $3.00 per child. 
"HEALING NARRATIVES: STORIES WE TELL ABOUT CANCER"

November 21 from 11:00 am - 12:30pm  MST

Webinar: David Giuliano's new book "It's Good To Be Here" challenges the ubiquitous and one dimensional "battle with cancer" narrative, with alternative narratives about temples, treasure, light, pilgrimage, wolves and love. In this webinar we'll invite him to reflect on how those different narratives might change the ways that we can offer pastoral and spiritual care to those struggling with cancer and other serious illness.

https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/healing-narratives 
$9.99 (if registering online with credit card)

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. 
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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