Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Capes and courage will abound this August

This August we will be exploring the superpowers of Wisdom, Loyalty and Imagination. We will get to know some biblical characters such as Esther and Jonah along heroes of comics and literature (Anne Shirley to Bruce Wayne!) Masked Men! Women in Disguise! Join us for summer worship! At your friendly neighbourhood United Church, Robertson-Wesley!

The Full listing of Sunday servies can be found on the Join Us page on our website.

Flowers Over the Summer

We invite you to take part in offering flowers to our sanctuary. Anyone can donate flowers to be displayed for Sunday morning worship. Flowers can be donated to celebrate any season or to mark an important day, anniversary or in memory of someone.

To donate: just bring your bouquet on Sunday morning and give it to an usher!
Remember: take it home with you or gift it to someone to take home with them.
At this time: the Church office can mark the occasion in the bulletin if you let them know by Wednesday at noon, before the Sunday you choose. The Church office cannot receive donations of flowers on your behalf.

With deep gratitude for the ministry of the Flower Group over the years, this is how we will receive flowers during the transition as we explore new ways to continue this ministry.

14th Women's Weekend

Earth's Weavers: Making Connections

The weekend is a time to relax, eat delicious meals and most of all, the time to get to know the women at R-W.
Phone or email the church office at mail@rwuc.org if you have any questions. More details can also be found on the Women's Weekend webpage.

2017 Sept 15-17
A weekend time for:
prayer, love
friends, laughter
spiritual practice

photo by Jane Cheseborough

Click here to download the registration form. Drop off your registration and deposit to the church office by July 2, 2017.

Musical Afternoon with
Ewald Cheung

2017 July 29, Saturday, 2:00 pm

The lovely violin stylings of Ewald Cheung, along with Henry Mokken will entertain you with some beautiful, familiar classical and light music over refreshments and dessert.
Tickets are only $15.00 and are available for purchase after worship in Memorial Hall. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Rev. Karen Bridges Goes on Sabbatical

2017 August 1 – October 31

In The United Church of Canada ministers are eligible to go on a three-month Sabbatical after working in a congregation for 5 years. As this is my 7th year here at Robertson-Wesley, it is time to engage a spiritual practice of Sabbath. The term sabbatical actually is derived from the biblical word Sabbath which serves an ancient human need to build periods of rest and rejuvenation into a lifetime. A sabbatical is simply getting an extended leave from work to pursue a break from one’s regular duties.

During the month of August, I will be spending my time reading, and doing some creative dramatic writing which I don’t usually have space or energy to do. I hope to have some dramatic pieces to share in worship when I’m back, and perhaps a play for the theatre (I have a play that is 1/3 done, it would be nice to finish it.) In September I plan to unplug from the world. I will be heading to Botswana and South Africa to go on Safari. I will commune with nature, while living a very simple life. I’m looking forward to seeing the animals in their own habitat while looking up at the stars at night in all their abundance. I will take lots of pictures, and I will not have my phone with me… (I may have a mild addiction).

Upon returning in October I will spend my time exploring and applying for different grants that the church might be eligible for so that we can continue to grow and explore new ministries here at Robertson-Wesley. A time of Sabbath is really an opportunity to make space for God to move in my life. In order to make space, I will need to let go of a few things that keep me busy, and instead I will also spend my time being present to the simple rituals of life, like a proper cup of tea, reading a book, playing the guitar and singing, a run in the river valley, a round of golf with my father, the preparation of food! (I never have time for this one.) It will be strange to not be around all of you, day in and day out, but know that I will look forward to returning to you all, spiritually full and ready to continue what God is calling us to do.

Koinonia Worship

A friendly group that meets for potluck supper, followed by worship, usually the 3rd or 4th Sunday evening. The worship services are planned and conducted by members of the group in a less formal, more casual style. Themes are varied and can include anything from examining our faith through group discussion, discovering what is meant by ‘holy ground’, to Sunday Sundae Sing! Come give us a try! Koinonia will re-start in September. We look forward to seeing you – you’re sure to get a warm welcome!

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.

Get Blessed

Blessing of the backpacks and briefcases

2017 Sep 10, Sunday

Robertson-Wesley United Church invites the Oliver and surrounding community to join us for worship at 10:30 am to have your backpack, book bag, iPad, laptop or whatever symbolizes school for you to have your various items blessed for the coming year.

Grocery Cards

Pay for your groceries with gift cards bought through Robertson-Wesley United Church. This will generate a 3 to 5% rebate to our congregation, based on the volume we purchase.

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!
Cards can be purchased after worship in the hall.

Upcoming Improvements
at R-W

Two projects will be completed at Robertson-Wesley this year, likely by the end of July. Those projects are:

  • Replace the present elevator. Note: elevator will be out of service from June 5 - July 31.
  • Upgrade the basement washrooms to make them handicap accessible. This project is expected to run from June 22-July 31

The Property Committee submitted grant applications and has received substantial funding from the federal and provincial governments toward these projects. Below is the summary:

Projects cost
Elevator $55,090
Washrooms $51,755
Total $106,865
Federal Government $36,681
Provincial Government $53,271
Total $89,952
Robertson-Wesley Contribution $16,913

So the church is getting $106,865 worth of work done for less than $17,000. If you would like to make a donation to help offset these costs, it would be much appreciated. Any residual amount will come from the church reserve funds.

Bear with us during these renovations as the lack of an elevator will inconvenience some people. The east entrance with the ramp will be used by those who can’t manage the stairs.

2017 July & August

Sunday Morning

Jul 2
Pentecost 4
Belinda Chiang, organ
Marilee Stephens, soprano
Jul 9
Pentecost 5
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
Claire Rolheiser, soprano
Jul 16
Pentecost 6
Belinda Chiang, organ
Jill Hoogewoonink, soprano
Jul 23
Pentecost 7
Belinda Chiang, organ
Amber Stefanyk, oboe
Jul 30
Pentecost 8
Belinda Chiang, organ
Ewald Cheung, violin
Aug 6
Pentecost 9
Belinda Chiang, organ
Melisa Guilbeault, alto
Aug 13
Pentecost 10
Belinda Chiang, organ
Dushan Bednarsky, viola
Aug 20
Pentecost 11
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
Jim Findlay, guitar and MingMei Xu, violin
Aug 27
Pentecost 12
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
Joni Soans, violin
Sep 3
Pentecost 13
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
Matthew McGuigan, flute
Sep 10
Pentecost 14
Blessing of the backpacks
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ

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