The Life and Work of
Edith Rankin Memorial United Church
May 31 – June 7, 2020
This Sunday: The Day of Pentecost
- Sunday May 31, 8:30 am – BYOB* Online Fellowship Breakfast – Speakers: Joe and Bill (use worship link)
- Sunday May 31, 10:00 am – Worship Online (check Tidings email for link)
- Tuesday June 2, 7:00 pm – Just Men 4
- Wednesday June 3, 11:00 am – Pastoral Care and Friendship Online (check Tidings email for link)
- Thursday June 4, 7:00 pm – Choir Gathers online (check email for link)
- Sunday June 7, 10:00 am – Worship Online – Honouring VAMs Paul Currie and Neil Elford and our Minister Emeritus, George Lavery (check Tidings email for link)
*Bring Your Own Breakfast
This Sunday is Pentecost – the coming of the Holy Spirit on the believers – the birth of the church – the inclusion of all voices, languages and clans.
The scripture readings for Pentecost Sunday are Acts 2:1-21 and John 20:19-23. Rev. Bill’s Sermon is entitled “Blowing in the Wind.”
We welcome everyone to join us online for worship. If you have family and friends who would like to join us, let them know they can sign up on the front page of our website to receive notices and links to online worship.
CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR THE LINK FOR EACH INTERACTIVE WORSHIP SERVICE (NEW LINK SENT EACH WEEK). If you are not receiving our weekly email newsletter (Tidings) use the form at the bottom of our contact page to join the mailing list and specify that you want links to online worship.
Contact ministers and staff through the church office: 613‑389‑2530
Rhonda Kerr x101 — Joe Ramsay x102 — Bill Smith x103
Elizabeth Amirault x106 — Kim Barney x107
Thank you to Spirit Sisters for leading our worship service last Sunday
Last Sunday Sprit Sisters led our worship service on the theme Colour! What adds colour to our lives? What drains colour from our lives? Thanks to all the Sisters for leading us in a meaningful worship service, and to the many folks working in the background to make it possible to experience it “online.”
Honouring our VAMs and Minister Emeritus
What is a VAM you ask? Throughout the United Church, retired members of the Order of Minister (ordained or diaconal), or those working in other jobs, often contribute significant volunteer ministerial service in congregations. A common practice is to recognize these individuals as Voluntary Associate Ministers.
If a retired minister is no longer active in ministerial duties, the congregation can chose to honour their title and status by designating them Minister Emeritus, or “minister in title.”
Such is the case at Edith Rankin Memorial United Church. Next Sunday we will covenant with two Ordained Ministers in our congregation, The Rev. Dr. Paul Currie and The Rev. Dr. Neil Elford. Paul is retired and Neil currently works as the Director of Spiritual Health, Mission & Ethics for Hotel Dieu Hospitals. Paul and Neil will be recognized next Sunday as Voluntary Associate Ministers.
The Rev, George Lavery has a long history with Edith Rankin Memorial, and has decided to step back a little and be less involved in a ministerial role. The congregation will therefore recognize George next Sunday as our Minister Emeritus.
Gardening Faith in Action
Pastoral Care and Friendship online gathering Wednesdays at 11 am.
June Mini Anchor – call for submissions
We are all in this together
What do you need?
What can you offer?The current situation of physical distancing to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus challenges us to do mission and ministry as a congregation differently. Are you wondering how you could offer your gifts and skills to these new challenges? Call the church office at 613-389-2530 or use the email contact form on the website to reach out.
Birthdays for May
Happy Birthday to our Shining Lights in May
Mallory W – May 4 (16) ♥ Elise Cook – May 6 (12) ♥ Jacob S – May 7 (5),
Nadia R – May 7 (16) ♥ Sawyer B – May 9 (11) ♥ Matthew S – May 10 (4),
Kenzie M – May 11 (8) ♥ Kaidence L – May 12 (10) ♥ William H – May 13 (14),
Oliver C – May 26 (4) ♥ Chase H – May 30 (16) ♥ Johnny S – May 30 (17)
Happy Birthday to our Classics for the Month of May
Barbara McMahon – May 3 ♦ Donna Bull – May 6 ♦ Sheila Billings – May 8
Eldon Peters – May 11 ♦ Bob Martin – May 17 ♦ Ruby Goold – May 19
Ena Decker – May 21 ♦ Tysie Mitchell – May 21 ♦ Bill Hartling – May 24
Katherine Knight – May 26 ♦ Eleanor Sinclair – May 29