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.

Run For Music

Once again, members of our choir are participating in the Run for Music as Team Robertson-Wesley. The Run for Music is a fundraising project sponsored by Choir Alberta, with some of the funds raised going to support participating choirs. Our share goes to support music programs here at Robertson-Wesley such as Choral Morphosis.

Pledges can be made online. Please be sure to pledge for Team Robertson-Wesley!
Thank you again for your continuing support.

DVD Series: Violence Divine

Monday evenings in May at 7 pm

Violence Divine: Overcoming the Bible's Betrayal of its non-Violent God is the latest in a series of DVD lectures by scholar Dominic Crossan.
Jesus declared Peace, but we have misunderstood much of his message.

Join facilitator Nancy Heule on Monday evenings May 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 7 pm in the Club Room for viewing and discussion. Refreshments provided.

Fill-A-Crib

2017 May 8 - June 19


Between Mother's Day, May 8 and Father's Day June 19 we will be collecting supplies for the Bissell Centre to distribute to families with young babies.

Gifts can be brought in any time during this period and placed in the portable crib that will be either in the sanctuary. Good news for the knitters in our congregation: The Bissell Centre is happy to accept handmade baby clothes and any new mother would be overjoyed to receive such a gift. Why not host a knitting party and have some fun creating some warm hats, or maybe even an entire layette? If anyone is unsure of what to contribute, there are lots of families with young children in our congregation who would be happy to point you in the right direction.
Thank you for your generosity, and let's fill that crib!

Soul OUTing

2017 Sunday, May 14

SouL OUTing is held in the chapel on the second Sunday of each month at 7 pm.

A safe place where LGBT persons can explore the sacred and connect with one another. This informal service is part worship, part bible study, part sharing circle.

2017 Women's Weekend

Sept 15 - Sept 17

R-W Women. If you’re thinking that this is the year to attend the Fall Women’s Weekend, these are the dates to hold: the weekend of September 15-17. Strawberry Creek Lodge is booked and program planning is underway.


Can’t go but able to support someone who needs financial assistance? Gifts to the Women’s Weekend Bursary Fund are appreciated and your donation is tax deductible. For further information contact Jill Lambie or the church office.

Canterbury Tea

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 is posted in Memorial Hall.

If you have questions please contact the church office. The Tea is an annual highlight for the Canterbury residents and always greatly appreciated. So please join us -- first-time participants are welcome.

Oliver Community Festival

There Goes the Neighbourhood!

The Oliver Community Festival is happening on Saturday June 3, 2017 from 3pm - 9pm.

This year we will be creating an outdoor living room on the street with a market place, entertainment, and activities. There will be a political panel discussion, and a family friendly drag show and other fun activities like board games. We are looking for people to help organize events, and the site see the sign up sheet in Memorial Hall. We are also looking for people who would be willing to bring their outdoor patio furniture for the event and then pick them up after the event. If you are interested in helping please e-mail olivercommunityfestival@gmail.com
This event is about bringing people together in our city.

Celebrating 50 years of handbell ringing!

Sunday, June 4

The current members of the Robertson-Wesley Ringers and Nova Bells would like to invite you to a special celebration. The R-W Ringers will play in the service on Sunday, June 4 at 10:30 and the service will be followed by a concert with the R-W Ringers and Nova Bells.

This celebration is in honour of the 50th anniversary of handbell ringing here at Robertson-Wesley United Church. Robertson United Church, under Music Director Douglas Millson, was one of the first churches in Canada to get a set of handbells, and what a legacy that purchase has created! We are are calling on all alumni handbell ringers and directors, as well as audience members to join us in this celebration. The concert will begin at approximately 11:30 am on Sunday, June 4.
No admission charge, but a freewill offering will be appreciated.

The musicians of R-W are going on tour!!!

The combined choirs of United on Whyte, Choir of R-W, the R-W Ringers and First Nations singer/songwriter Karen Donaldson Shepherd are going on a “tour” in June. We received a Canada 150 grant to do five concerts in four days in the Edmonton region including all four surrounding counties. We will be performing all Canadian music in the following venues:

Friday June 9 evening - First United (10409-100 Avenue) Fort Saskatchewan
Saturday June 10 evening – Seba Beach Golden Age Seniors Centre (109-1st Street), Seba Beach
Sunday June 11 afternoon – St. Vital Catholic Church (4905 50 Street), Beaumont
Sunday June 11 evening – Morinville United Church (9610 Morinville Drive), Morinville
Monday June 12 evening – Robertson-Wesley United Church (10209-123 Street), Edmonton

Get out of the city and be our groupies! For more details, look for an article in the upcoming Between the Aisles, posters, our web site concerts page and the next eNews!

Steering Forward

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, Garth van Herwaarden (more on that below this article).

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.

From Ministry & Personnel

It is with great pleasure that the Ministry and Personnel Committee announces that we've hired a business manager. Garth van Herwaarden has been a Chartered Accountant for over 20 years and brings an excellent background in tax and financial controls as well as a deep love of our congregation as a member of Robertson-Wesley. He'll be working with the Finance Committee and our new treasurer, Donna Chmielewski.

Garth will be joined by Iain Gillis, who will lead the development of a communications strategy and implementation plan. Iain has been a valued part of our community since his time as General Manager of Cantilon Choirs. The communications work is inspired by the Joint Needs Assessment, which identified communications, especially social media and technology, as a priority for staffing.

Both Iain and Garth will rely on working with volunteers, committees and congregation members to achieve our mission together - please be sure to identify if you have an interest, passion or skills in these areas.

Please contact Lisa, Chair of M&P at lisatrev@hotmail.com or 780-616-7763 if you have any questions about the business manager or communications work, or any other ministry and personnel questions.

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
Grants
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.

Meditation Group

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.

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.

2017 May

Sunday Morning

May 7
Easter 4
Communion
Minute for Mission
Choir of R-W
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
May 14
Easter 5
Choir of R-W
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
May 21
Easter 6
Choir of R-W
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
May 28
Easter 7
Cantilon Chamber Choir
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
Jun 4
Pentecost
R-W Ringers
R-W Ringers
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
Jun 11
Trinity
Choir of R-W
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ

Worship Calendar

Newsletter

Between the Aisles

Winter
2017 Feb
Next edition
2017 Jun 4
Deadline: 2017 May 7
rwucnews@gmail.com

YouTube

R-W has its own YouTube channel!

Check it out by clicking here, and watch for more video posts!

R-W Blogs

RW Sermons
Listen to audio
Read or print text
e-mail to a friend
even on pod cast
RW Thoughts

By R-W staff and members

Answering the Call: For God and Country by a R-W community member

United Church

The United Church
of Canada
exploring our denomination
Presbytery Matters
The latest issue is in the brochure racks and posted in Memorial Hall. "Presbytery Matters" provides a summary of each meeting.

eNews

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  • Sep: Sep 4

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