Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Standing against transphobia

Hate speech exists. Yes, even in our mountain towns, recently-expressed words and sentiments of transphobia and homophobia remind us that there is still much work to be done in making our community a safe and healthy place for all, explicitly including those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. In 2019 RCMUC committed itself to be an Affirming Ministry, embracing Christ’s love and desire for justice, inclusion, and affirmation for all. In July 2022 we recommit ourselves to these goals, and stand with …

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Summer Worship Continues in Canmore

This summer of 2022 we welcome guest preachers to the pulpit of Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore:  Rev Michael Ward on July 24, August 7 and August 14; Rev Sheena Trotter Dennis on July 31.  While we will not be live-recording these services, by the wonders of modern technology we will have YouTube services featuring these same preachers, posted each Sunday on our “Ralph Connor Canmore” YouTube channel (along with an “anthem of the week” each Wednesday). Rev Greg …

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Sermon: January 30, 2022 – 1 Corinthians 12: 4-27

Note: I am greatly indebted to my spouse, Rev Shannon Mang, for much of the groundwork that went into today’s sermon.  Some of these words are hers, some are mine, some are quoted from or influenced by other authors, and I trust that the Holy Spirit has been at work knitting it all together! – GW Watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXaOe44PDcs  Download PDF: Sermon_30January2022 The community of Jesus followers at Corinth were a messy bunch.  The apostle Paul loved them deeply, but …

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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!

Sermon: November 14, 2021 – 1 Samuel 3: 1-10

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.  (1 Samuel 3: 9, 10) There are many “call stories” in the Bible, and the one we heard today is ready for the stage. The characters in this scene are an aging priest named Eli, his young charge Samuel, and off stage, a voice which the audience understands to be the voice of God, though not immediately understood as such by young Samuel.  From previous scenes and scenes yet to come we have …

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Indigenous History Month – June 2021

Two learning opportunities lead us into National Indigenous History Month, June 2021. 1. Pacific Mountain Region of the United Church presents: Calls to the Church: Listening to the Wisdom of the Elders Four evenings online of learning and listening, with Tony Snow and Rev. John Snow Jr. June 1 – 4, 2021 from 6:30 -7:30 pm PT / 7:30 -8:30 pm MT; registration is free of charge. for more information or to register: https://www.leadershiftpm.ca/register/calls-to-the-church-06-2021 2. the Canmore Museum presents: These Mountains …

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