We invite you to take a look at our new web page on Volunteer Opportunities at Robertson-Wesley. We believe that everyone has a gift to share and everyone is called to discipleship.
The Robertson-Wesley United Church (RWUC) budget for 2017 was passed by the Board of Directors on February 3, 2017 and approved by the congregation on February 12. Details on the budget, including facts and figures, will be in the next edition of Between the Aisles.
Robertson-Wesley United Church was built on over 100 years of commitment, work, love, and steadfast faith. Times have changed dramatically during that period, but our need to live a spiritual life in service to God and our community is perhaps more urgent than ever. Five full-time day staff, three part-time events coordinators, and dozens of volunteers like you continue to work together to provide creative and affirming Christian programming and outreach.
RWUC Budget 2017 includes a provision for a part-time business manager whom we expect to join us in late spring to build on our momentum and work. The business manager will facilitate communication with people beyond our physical community to engage in dialog with Christians like you who may not know about us. S/he will also review our current methodology for funding our programs to ensure that we are making the most of our available resources. This includes the use of our facilities for weddings, rentals, funerals; alternate methods of payment (credit card, Apple Pay); government grants; and using our synergy to maximize the impact of our fundraising initiatives.
Perhaps most importantly, the business manager will help us to focus our efforts. There is so much good work that we do and so much more that we would like to do. We must become intentional with our gifts and resources so that we can be effective in our mission. Planning for our future also includes examining solutions and taking action on our parking challenges so that we can be as vibrant in the next one hundred years as we have been in the first one hundred.
Thank-you for your faith, support, and for being an important part of our community. We are very grateful and excited for the all the opportunities we have to expand our programming with more outreach, Christian development, community, and fellowship.
Truth and Reconciliation Conversation
2017 Sunday, April 2, 12:00 pm
A gathering of the Mission and Outreach Pod is called for Sunday, April 2 in the Club Room.
The focus of this gathering will be on building relationship with indigenous people. How are we called to reach out to indigenous people within our community? How can we embrace reconciliation within the life of our congregation?
The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015) lists ninety-four “Calls to Action” which can be used to engage a conversation about living into reconciliation.
Everyone who is interested, is invited to be a part of this gathering.
Spiritual Practices Evening
Sunday April 9, 7:00pm in Memorial Hall.
You are invited to drop by and participate in some meditative prayerful practices. There will be many stations set up around Memorial Hall with instructions to participate in a variety of Spiritual Practices on your own in silence. You can do as many or as few as you would like. This is a wonderful way to find peace, to connect with God and to enter Holy Week. Come for as long as you would like.
Visit the Easter page for more Easter services.
2017 Sunday, April 9
Lent Noon Hour concerts
Thursdays, 12:10 pm to 12:50 pm
Robertson-Wesley is hosting a noon-hour concert series again this Lent, for five Thursdays in March and April. The concerts will run from 12:10-12:50, and admission is by freewill offering with donations for the performers and for the Robertson-Wesley Music Society. Come and enjoy some tranquil, reflective music for the Lenten season.
March 30 – Erik Reinart, organ
April 6 – Alison Grant-Preville, flute and Jeanne Yang, keyboards and Andrea Lastiwka, guitar
Community Art Theory Workshop for Artists
2017 Sunday, April 7, 6:00 pm
What is the difference between an artist creating community informed work and facilitating work for and by a community? Local Expressive and Community Art practitioner, Brooke Leifso will lead artists through community art practices and introduce the ethics of how to work in a community-centered way. The workshop will explore the spectrum of community-engaged art in all mediums and will cover the experience of community art facilitation: how to create art as a community, the ethical concerns of working with communities and engaging in a reflexive practice when creating art with community.
2017 Sunday, April 21, 7:00 pm
Following the success of Dis/Harmonies with Brooke Leifso and Laura Raboud, The Spiritual Arts Collective is holding Dis/harmonies #2. Come explore your natural voice in our Sanctuary! We will be whispering, shouting, and jamming with our voices together.
For full details and to register for this session, visit the Arts Collective website.
Spring Rummage Sale
2017 Saturday April 29
Every year we pack our hall full of bargain priced items including linens, housewares, home décor, gardening items, electronic, toys, sports equipment, home hardware, games and craft supplies. This year we've added a concession booth!
Funds raised at the sale stay within the church.
Please see our Rummage Sale web page for more details.
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2017 Women's Weekend Planning Committee
Sunday, April 2 after worship
It is that time of the year when conversations begin about our Robertson-Wesley 2017 Women's Weekend.
If you are interested in being a part of the 2017 Women's Weekend Planning Committee, or you have any questions, contact Jill Lambie (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), or come to the Club Room right after worship. Visit the Women's Weekend page on the Robertson-Wesley web site for information about the Women's Weekend group.
Robertson-Wesley's annual Canterbury Tea is coming up on 2017 May 18 Thursday at 2:00 pm. We are once again inviting people to volunteer as servers; bakers for cookies, squares, etc; and drivers. Sign up sheet will be posted in Memorial Hall after Easter
Every Sunday from 10 am to 10:25 am, Room 11
Meditation has been important in many spiritual traditions through the centuries. Western medicine now has become very interested in the health benefits meditation and mindfulness seem to promote. If you are a committed meditator or would like to learn how to meditate, come Sunday mornings before the service at 10:00 am for a group meditation session. See for yourself how this technique can improve your health - mind, body and soul.
Scripture Reflection Tuesdays
Every Tuesday at 12:10 pm, Club Room
Join Rev. Karen Bridges in the Club Room over lunch on Tuesdays to reflect on the scripture passages for the upcoming Sunday. This is an informal gathering of people. We will read the scripture passage out loud, then we will take some time to write, or sit and reflect on the words of the scripture. After about 10-15 minutes in silence we will have a conversation about what the scriptures were stirring in you on that day.
Full details and previous reflections can be found on the Scripture Reflection page on our website.
Spirited Art Studio
Mondays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Art is a safe way for people to explore their life and express themselves and is a common language between the secular and sacred. Creating Art with others has created an opportunity for people to build deep and lasting relationships with others. People have experienced transformation and healing.
The Open Art Studio will be a set time where people can come work on their solo or group based visual art. Laura Foster will be facilitating the space.
Really, we're just asking you to change your method of payment. And it's a great way to budget!
Gift cards are available in denominations of $25, $50 or $100, for either Superstore/No Frills, Save On Foods, Sobeys/IGA or Safeway. They do not expire and they operate on a declining balance basis. Buy a $100 gift card and you will get $100 worth of groceries!
"Swell to Great" Gala
Saturday, April 1, 7:30 pm
First Baptist Church - 10031-109 Street
Lent Noon Hour Series
Wednesday April 5, noon-1:00
Holy Trinity Anglican Church - 10037 84 Avenue
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