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July 30th, 2021
Our weekly service will be available at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 1st. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay updated.
Message from Valerie
This Sunday marks four years since I first started in ministry with you. And yet, in some ways, it feels like we are all beginning anew together in this mid-pandemic time.
Like you, I wonder what the coming year will present. We’ve heard this week that our government seems to be leaving things in our hands. I don’t know if that news that brings you a sense of relief or a sense of anxiety, but it sends me straight into the final line of our United Church creed: God is with us. We are not alone.
We are in this new beginning together.
This Sunday’s worship finds us in the garden of Peggy Robinson for a reprise of last summer’s garden tours. We also hear from Carolyn Miller in the Faces of Faith segment of worship and we have a new Faith on the Move with summer photos from our members. I hope you can join us on YouTube for worship.
In our Prayers this week:
- Fran Cuyler and family on the death of her husband Dolf on Tuesday after several years of living with Parkinson’s.
- Dave and Rena Greenwood and family as Dave has entered Palliative Care this week.
- We celebrate with Anita Haine and Brandon Kerswell on their wedding celebration Saturday, after a year-long CoVid delay
At this time we continue with our pre-recorded services. Please watch for updates regarding returning to in-person worship later this summer.
Seeking Volunteers for Church Repairs
Riverbend United Church is seeking four volunteers to assist Don Trenn in various labour tasks from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on August 8th and August 15th as we prepare for repainting. Work will require lifting, bending over, and carrying ~25 kg. Please reach out to Don Trenn via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are able to volunteer. We wholeheartedly appreciate any volunteers who are able help.
Summer Outdoor Concerts
Enjoy music? Love being outdoors? We have the perfect solution for you. Each Saturday, during the summer, at 2pm, you can enjoy a live music concert on the church lawn. All you need to bring is either a blanket or chair, yourself and some friends. On a hot day there is shade to be found! Full details of the performers can be found at www.brassmonkeyarts.com.
Zoom Coffee and Fellowship
Join us for Zoom Coffee and Fellowship 10:00 – 10:25 Sunday mornings. Click here for the link to the Zoom Room.
Faith on the Move
Following the success of “Faith on the Move” for Lent, the Spiritual Formation committee has decided to expand the initiative for summer. On the first and last Sunday of August, we will include a slide show of members of RUC on the move, enjoying the outdoors. Of course, for that to be possible, we need you to submit your photographs to be included. They can be from your garden, around Edmonton, or further afield if you have travelled. Please send them either to the church office or directly to Carolyn Miller at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing where your travels have taken you.
Grocery Gift Card Sales
Socially distant sales of grocery gift cards will be available from July 26th to August 1st, August 16th to 22nd and August 30th to September 5th. Please text Doug Michalko to coordinate pick-up details and a time for the hand off. Denominations of $25, $50, $100 and $500 are available.