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Welcome to Riverbend United Church, an Affirming congregation of the United Church of Canada.  No matter what, you are welcome here.  Please feel free to reach out and let us know you’re here. You can subscribe to our weekly emails by clicking here.

May 14, 2021


Dear friends:

Please click here for this week’s service of worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday or anytime thereafter.

Have you heard the phrase “thin place”?  It’s a place where the border between “here and there” becomes thin — a place, a space, a moment when we sense into the “more” of life, a place where we sense something “beyond.”

In this week’s reflection, we look at the story of Jesus’ ascension.  Heaven and earth come together in this story, body and spirit intermingled as one in him: a thin place.

What are your thin places? I’d love to hear from you.

We start a new segment of worship this week called “Faces of Faith.”  We’ll be hearing from various church members from time to time, starting with our Board members, getting to know them, learning a wee bit of their journey with the church as people of faith. This week we start off with Doug and Jill Spaner.

I hope you can join us for worship this week.  Tune in at 10:30 Sunday to watch with others.  We’re gathered in Spirit, though not in body until later.  The Board decided this week to continue with pre-recorded services into August and discern later when to return to in-person worship, pending the COVID situation.

A new beginning is a-coming … just not quite yet in our neck of the woods.




  • Doreen Hall, struggling with health and mobility challenges.
  • Charles Hitschfeld, facing surgery (knee) and recovery after a serious bicycle accident. Charles expressed gratitude for our health care system, for passers by who helped him, and for his wife Dorothy for her care.
  • The family of Jim Fargey on his passing.  Jim was an active member and leader in the church in early years.  As Tom LaPointe put it: “Just a simple pointing to those beautiful glue-lam beams that hold up our church will remind us all how much Jim meant to our Church.”  Jim’s obituary can be found here.


Zoom Coffee Fellowship Sunday at 10:00 a.m.  Click here for the link.

Accompanist needed: Riverbend United Church (RUC) is seeking a qualified candidate with excellent piano skills and experience with choral accompaniment.  This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Previous church accompanist experience would be an asset.  For more details please click here.

Celebrating our Grads: We will be honouring our grads on Sunday June 6th. If you are graduating please let me know. Send a photo and a brief bio with your connection to RUC and program completed or future plans (if known) to valerie@riverbendunited.org by May 28. As your community of faith, we want to share with you in this threshold moment of your life.

Canada Summer Jobs positions:  Once again we have been approved for a federal Canada Summer Jobs grant for two summer student positions.  We are looking for a part-time Maintenance & Landscaping Assistant as well as a part-time Audio-Visual and Office Assistant.  Please click here to view job details and how to apply.