what's happening - september 2017

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worship services     [f&s]

Sundays at 10:30am

All are welcome to join us.

Sermon Series: Why does Jesus always talk in parables? What do they say to us today? Great questions! This fall we explore those parables in our sermon series ReWired, and ask ‘how do these parables teach us new ways to be human and alive in this world?’ Starting Sunday, September 17.

Kidz Zone: The regular curriculum of Godly Play will resume. Pick up the Kidz Zone Newsletter from the Get Involved Table for the full Fall schedule.

All-ages services: September 3 and 10 - the children are invited to join us in the Sanctuary.

team meetings

Faith and Spirituality - September 5 at 6pm in the Resource Room

Finance - September 5 at 7pm in the Upper Room

Board - September 12 at 7pm in the Multipurpose Room

Congregational Care - September 19 at 10am in the Multipurpose Room

Congregational Care Prayer & Blessing - September 20 at 11:30am in the Upper Room

Healing - September 23 at 9am in the Multipurpose Room

Communications Team Meeting - September 26 at 1pm in the Upper Room

Worship - September 26 at 7pm in the Multipurpose Room


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qigong     [cc]

Mondays at 9:30am and Wednesdays at 7pm

Location: Upper Room

Come and experience this moving (prayerful) meditation that focuses on the breath and a closer connection to the unconditional love and healing of God’s universe!! Movements are (generally) slow and gentle. Find some peace, calm, happiness, strength, healing, and/or stillness inside. Come on out and try Qigong for Health and Wellness! More info, Darlene Abraham dhabraham@shaw.ca.

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calgary pride parade     [aff]

Sunday, September 3 at 12pm

Location; Downtown Calgary

Any persons interested in walking in the Pride Parade with the United Churches Affirm group can meet at position 87 staging block H at 11:30 am at 6th Ave. SE and 3rd St. SE. Any persons not wanting to walk in the parade are invited to watch the parade starting at 12pm at 6th Ave SE and 3rd St SE and ending at 6th St. SW and 1st Ave. SW at 2pm. The United Church booth will be open from 12PM- 6PM at Prince’s Island Park.
All are invited to stop by to check out the booth.

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faith and coffee     [f&s]

Wednesdays at 10am

Location: Multipurpose Room

Each week we gather to drink coffee and explore our faith. Nick will be taking a short break over the summer and returning again in September. Various members of the group will share the leadership and continue to meet.  It’s part community, part Bible Study, part coffee break! Just bring yourself!

men's breakfast     [com]

Saturday, September 2 at 9am

Location: Multipurpose Room

RDLUC Men are invited to a morning of conversation and fellowship over breakfast. Sign-up or contact the office, if you would like to attend. Kitchen help is always appreciated starting at 8:15am.
Topic: Get Connected and 2017-18 Program Discussion


solo sociables     [com]

Sunday, September 3 at 12pm

Location: Cathy Thomsen's home - more information on the Get Involved Table

Solo Sociable is going to have a pot luck and planning meeting following the church service.  The lunch will be at Cathy Thomsen's home in Lake Sundance.  Solo Sociable is a group that welcomes people that attend church solo.  If you will be able to attend, please signup at the Get Involved table in the Midlands Link. All are welcome.


office closed

Monday, September 4 at 20pm

The office will be closed for the Labour Day long weekend. Enjoy the celebrations!


choir meeting for 2017-18     [w]

Thursday, September 7 at 7pm

Location: Sanctuary

If you’ve been a part of our choir or musical leadership in the past or want to join this year, this meeting is for you. We want to let you know the plan your Worship Team is putting forward to affirm the place and role of the choir and musical leaders in our vision for this year’s worship. Everyone is welcome to attend and we’re looking forward to having a great year together!

communion service     [f&s]

Sunday, September 10 at 10:30am

Communion is about becoming the church; of sitting down with all kinds of people and breaking bread together, coming to know them as worthy, beautiful, God-filled people.


blessing of backpacks     [f&s]

Sunday, September 10 at 10:30am

Location: Sanctuary

It’s back to school, work, and other aspects of our life this fall so bring your backpacks, briefcases, purses, bags or whatever it is you carry around with you and we’ll fill it with blessings for a wonderful year.          


what's up with worship this year?     [w]

Sunday, September 10 at 11:30am

Location: Sanctuary

Worship isn’t just something we do on Sundays, it shapes us to be the kinds of people Jesus calls us to be. Your Worship Team is going to share the vision it has for the year ahead and offer its strategy for making it happen. If you'd like to hear what our plan is, please join us for 15 minutes after worship before heading to our church lunch.

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fall kickoff lunch     [com]

Sunday, September 10 at 12pm

Location: Lower Hall

As we head out of summer and into the fall, we begin another wonderful year together at RDLUC. Join us for Kick-Off Sunday as we kick off the year with great worship and throw a free lunch. It’s a chance to reconnect with our faith community and hear about some of the things we’ve got planned for the year. As always, everyone is welcome, wanted and accepted. Can’t wait to see you all there!



school kits program     [or]

Sunday, September 10 through Sunday, October 15

Your Outreach Team works hard to respond to God's call to help those in need, either in our own community or around the world.  Once again, we are asking for your generous support in filling School Kits for distribution to destitute, poor and needy children both in Canada and overseas. When we give a child an education, we are giving them the opportunity to grow and support themselves and others with the goal to break the poverty cycle they are trapped in. Please visit the table outside the Chapel and pick up your School Kit bags, requirement list and instructions. If you are not able to completely fill the bag with the list of items, please bring them back with whatever you are able to assist and we can help with the extras to complete the bag.

board meeting     [b]

Tuesday, September 12 at 7pm

Location: Multipurpose Room

In preparation for the upcoming RDLUC Board meeting, please submit any reports, minutes or concerns to the Church office at office@reddeerlakeuc.com by the Tuesday prior to the meeting in order for this information to be included in the docket and agenda.

craft day     [com]

Saturday, September 16 at 10am

Location: Midlands Link

Please join us for a day of fellowship and a potluck lunch while working on those uncompleted projects you would like to get finished. Door is open by 10am and we would love to have you come and share all or part of the day with us.

playtime     [com]

Saturday, September 16 at 10:30am

Location: Lower Hall

You are welcome to bring your Little Ones for an unstructured playtime, while the Moms and Dads enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and chat. We have a small bouncy castle and some ride-on toys for the children available. Sandwiches will be served and you are welcome to bring a kid-friendly snack to share. It is a great way to have a laidback conversation while the kids burn off that extra energy! If you have any questions please call or text Judit Pothier at 403-998-6879.


church fair     [b]

Sunday, September 17 at 11:45am

Location: Midlands Link

Please join us to learn more about the wonderful events and activities that go on here at RDLUC. We will have displays for all the different teams, groups and activities that go on in our church community. This event will provide information to let you know where we as a church use our time and talents.


the blanket exercise     [aff]

Saturday, September 23 at 1pm

Location: St. Thomas United Church; 100 Hawkwood Blvd NW

The Kairos Blanket Exercise is a workshop that explores the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of Canada. Blanket arranged on the floor represent land, and participants are invited to step into the roles of First Nations, Inuit, and later Metis peoples. the impacts those who were here long before settlers arrived. It engages our minds and hearts in understanding why the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples is often broken, and how we can take action together. This exercise will be guided by a Kairos trained facilitator as well as an Indigeous Elder. For those with allergy concerns, please note there will not be a smudge ceremony held in the room.

A simple supper will be served following the exercise (vegetarian & gluten free options available). What's better than breaking bread together?

All are welcome (suggested for 12 years and older). Please spread the word!

Cost: donations appreciated.

paul rumbolt + friends fundraising concert     [com]

Saturday, September 23 at 7pm

Location: Sanctuary

Paul Rumbolt & Friends will be performing a full evening concert of Paul’s best songs, plus some cover tunes. Paul has performed twice before for us and his evocative storytelling, soaring vocals and great delivery will captivate you. His musician friends, Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell - the Over the Moon acoustic roots duo, will add to the overall performance and they are great vocalists in their own right. This is a fundraising concert to raise money for our church Operating Fund, so get your tickets early, as we expect a sold-out performance.

sandwich bee     [or]

Monday, September 25 at 9am

Location: Midlands Link

Join us to prepare about 40 loaves of sandwiches for the Drop-in-Centre on the last Monday of each month. We gladly accept fillings or any offerings of condiments which can be brought into our fridge and labeled "sandwich bee". We appreciate any help you can give. Contact: Gerry Clark at (403) 256-1421.

healing ministry appointments     [cc]

Monday, September 25 at 1:30pm

Location: Healing Rooms

These sessions support the healing of body, mind and spirit through the practice of gentle touch - nurturing, calming and restorative to help reduce stress and pain, promote relaxation, and enable faster recovery from illness, surgery and injury. Children and adults of all ages ... even pets ... benefit. Daytime appointments are fourth Monday each month at 1:30pm. Evening appointments are arranged as requested. Please contact the office for appointments.

cake bake     [com]

Wednesday, September 27 at 10am

Location: Lower Kitchen

We hope MANY of you can take a few hours and come to the Church to help mix, prepare loaf pans and bake Christmas cakes to sell this Fall. No experience necessary, just a willingness to help and meet others in the church.  If anyone has metal loaf pans, please bring them (make sure your name is on them) and we will also need big steel bowls. There will be a signup sheet on the Get Involved Table, but if you don’t get to sign-up please just come as we always love help. We bring a bit of something for lunch to share and for those who would like to stay for a craft afternoon we will be there. Thanks and we look forward to having a great time! More info contact: Karen Norrie at kcheyanne@yahoo.com or 403.256.2977.


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seniors potluck and games     [com]

Friday, September 29 at 6pm

Location: Midlands Link

Get ready for an evening of fine food and fellowship. Seniors are welcome to check-out this group for fellowship and support, food and fun. Consider bringing a friend. This group was formerly known as the Homechurch Seniors. Signup sheets can be found on the Get Involved Table. Hope to see you there.

tickets on sale

Paul Rumbolt and Friends -  Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7pm. Adult $25, Youth $10.

Healing Pathway Phase 1 Workshop - November 3-5. Early Bird Tickets available until October 6, 2017

OTE Season 6 Concerts - Adult $25, Youth $10. Link For more information.

what's happening in october?

Team Leadership is busy planning for the 2017-18 year of programs and events. The fall schedule is not complete and will be updated as information is received.