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!
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.
2017 May 8 - June 19
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.
2017 Sunday, May 14
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
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!
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 email@example.com or 780-616-7763 if you have any questions about the business manager or communications work, or any other ministry and personnel questions.
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.
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