About us

Welcome to Riverbend United Church, an Affirming congregation of the United Church of Canada.  No matter what, you are welcome here.

While we are currently joining in worship virtually rather than in person, we encourage you to be part of our services on RUC YouTube, and we hope you find something in these pages that seems fitting for your spiritual life.

We invite you to join us on our Lenten Journey, Faith on the Move that began February 17. See details here: Faith on the Move (Lent 2021).

Please feel free to reach out and let us know you’re here. You can subscribe to our weekly emails by clicking here.

February 26, 2021

Dear Friends:

Please click here for this week’s worship service for the Second Sunday in Lent, available from 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning (“church time”), onward.

This week, we’ll explore a metaphorical reading of the Bible story of the children of Israel moving from slavery in Egypt to wandering through the wilderness toward the Promised Land. We’ll see a few photos of members out and about for our Lenten call to be a people of Faith on the Move. And we’ll be drawn into a special sense of prayer by Ray and Diane Hawrelak as they share an experience from their week.

In our Prayers, we celebrate with Ori and Gail Windjack that Ori’s heart surgery went well and he is recovering nicely. He is anticipating going home next week. We also remember Fran Cuyler as she continues recovering from a compression fracture in her spine.

Have a blessed week,



Call for Photos: Are you participating in Faith on the Move by walking out and about or in place? Please send photos to the church office of scenes from your journey along with the location and a title or tag line. These will be used in our worship services. Send to: contactus@riverbendunited.org.

RUC Zoom Connections:  All are welcome to join in fellowship and connection on Zoom. Click the day for the link to the Zoom room– Tuesday Morning Coffee at 9 am or Thursday Afternoon Teatime at 3:00 pm.

RUC Lenten Study, Faith on the Move, Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. with primary leadership by Jill Spaner. You don’t need to have read the book to join the discussion, although a few books are still available if you wish. Click here for the link. 

COVID-19 vaccinations: as of February 24th, adults in Alberta over 75 years of age can make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations.  You can either call Health Link at 811, or book online through the AHS booking tool, which can be found here.  Although there have been technical challenges with both the AHS website and the 811 phone lines due to overwhelming demand, the government encourages you to continue to try until you are able to book an appointment.  You will need to have an AHS health care number on hand to book an appointment for yourself or another family member.

Pastoral Visits are now allowed by AB Health. If you would like a (masked) visit from Valerie, whether it’s just to chat or for your spiritual journey, call her cell at: 780.983.1238.

Grocery gift cards: are available until Sunday, February 28th by reaching out to Doug Michalko at 587.982.3703 to coordinate a time for the socially distant hand off.  All grocery card sales generate income for the Church.