Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

January 30 Worship and AGM

Sunday, January 30, 2022 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church holds its 2021 AGM. Worship will be on YouTube at https://youtu.be/RXaOe44PDcs and then the AGM will be on Zoom at 11:00 AM – see Newsletter for login.  The AGM report may be downloaded at https://ralphconnor.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/AGM-2021-FINAL-REPORT.pdf  and the 2022 proposed Budget, which is not included in the AGM Report, may be downloaded at https://ralphconnor.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/BudgetOverviewRalphConnor2022Budget-FY22PL-4.pdf   Hope to “see” you at the AGM! Blessings, Rev Greg Wooley

Boxing Day – New Year’s – Epiphany

Upcoming Worship Services: Boxing Day, Sunday, December 26 – online Worship by Tony Snow and the Urban Indigenous Ministries’ group Sunday, January 2, 2022 – online Worship celebrating Epiphany and New Year’s. Sunday, January 9, 2022 – in-person Worship, 10:30 AM at Rundle Memorial United Church, Banff.  Pre-registration is required: https://volunteersignup.org/7H749 and, of course, if you missed our Christmas Eve “Hometown Mountain Christmas” service, it is available here!

Christmas Eve Service now available online!

Come join us for our second annual “Mountain HomeTown Christmas” service, on YouTube at https://youtu.be/avq1xwtMvEc Enjoy the story of Jesus’ birth, set in a Mountain Town just like Canmore.   Special guests include a scripture reader from afar, and “King Herod” in the flesh.  Lots of singing, too!

upcoming Worship dates and locations

As we gradually move toward in-person Worship services, here is the list of upcoming services: Sunday, December 5 – online Sunday, December 12 – online Sunday, December 19 – in person at Rundle Memorial UC Banff, 10:30 AM, Pre-Registration required Christmas Eve, December 24 – online “Hometown Mountain Christmas”, take two! Sunday, December 26 – online Sunday, January 2, 2022 – online Sunday, January 9 – in person at Rundle Memorial UC Banff, 10:30 AM, Pre-Registration required Sunday, January 16 …

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Sermon: November 28, 2021 – Advent I – Luke 1: 68-80

Note: Sunday, November 28, 2021, the congregations of Ralph Connor Memorial UC, Canmore and Rundle Memorial UC, Banff joined to worship, in Banff.  For the Ralph Connor congregation, this was the first time in 89 weeks that they had been able to worship in-person, indoors.  Each year in the season of Advent, the scriptures lead us to consider what it is to wait expectantly: our expectant waiting for the full emergence of the new realm of love and justice that …

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Thanksgiving Sunday

With regret, our in-person outdoor Thanksgiving service has been cancelled. We had hoped to have one more outdoor service at the Ball Diamond on October 10th… but in order to reduce the risk of Thanksgiving super-spreaders,  revised government regulations have decreased the allowable size of outdoor gatherings, from 200 all the way down to 20.  With this in mind, we are cancelling our outdoor service.  We’ll be posting worship to our usual location, the Ralph Connor Canmore YouTube channel, followed …

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September 30 – Orange Shirt Day events

Here are some local events on Sept 30th – National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. the TOWN OF CANMORE is having an event at the Civic Centre at 12 noon to honour the survivors of residential schools and the children who never returned home.  We will gather in ceremony with our Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney) neighbours outside at the Civic Centre Plaza (902 7 Avenue, Canmore) to remember in prayer, in dance, in voice, and in tradition. the TOWN OF BANFF and Parks Canada …

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Outdoor Worship – Sunday August 15 at 11:00 AM

Sunday, August 15, 2021 –  join us for worship at 11:00 AM (note time!!) at the Millennium Park Ball Diamond (south end of 5th Avenue, Canmore).  ALL are welcome!! Bring a lawn chair, a water bottle, and dress for the elements! We will have a place to receive offering envelopes and cash donations, for those who wish to make such a contribution.  We also hope to have the RCMUC greeting cards available, as well as information about “Orange Shirt Day” …

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A prayer: “Remembering the Children”

The Most Rev. Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Archbishop in the Anglican Church of Canada, shared a prayer that was used at every gathering of the “Remembering the Children” church leaders tour, gatherings that took place before the time of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. These words still speak today… “God of our Ancestors, who holds the spirits of our grandmothers and grandfathers and the spirits of our grandchildren, Remembering the Children, we now pledge ourselves to speak the Truth, and …

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