Tidings June 7, 2020

The Life and Work of

Edith Rankin Memorial United Church

June 7 – June 14, 2020

Trinity Sunday


This Week:

  • 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)
  • Tuesday June 9, 10:00 am – M&P Committee mets via RingCentral Meetings (link will be sent)
  • Tuesday June 9 – New Members will meeting via RingCentral Meetings (info and link will be sent)
  • Wednesday June 10, 11:00 am – Pastoral Care and Friendship Online (check Tidings email for link)
  • Thursday June 11, 1:30 pm – More Just Men (check your email for link)
  • Thursday June 11, 7:00 pm – Choir Gathers online (check your email for link)
  • Sunday June 14, 10:00 am – Worship Online – Welcoming new members
  • Sunday June 21, 10 am – Worship Online – Celebration of Indigenous History Month

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. 

The scriptures this Sunday are: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 and Mathew 28:16-20

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


From the Search and Selection Committee

Welcome Michelle!
Thank you to everyone who attended the Congregational Meeting on Sunday. There were about 110 connections on RingCentral and many of those had two or more people on the screen – about 140 in all. An excellent level of participation and a real sign of the importance of this decision to Call a new Minister. The Search and Selection Committee is very pleased with the unanimous decision!
We are pleased to confirm the Rev. Michelle Down has accepted our Call and the Region has approved… so, we are now in the happy position of being able to welcome Michelle. Lorna Thorne, on behalf of Council, is reaching out with an ‘official’ welcome and will send Michelle and Joyce some information so they can begin the process of joining our Edith Rankin Memorial United Church family.
We will continue to bring you any updates as we go through the next 90 days.


There are several ways of continuing to support the ministries of our congregation for the next few weeks when we are not “passing the plate.” Some of you already give through Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR). If you would like to join the PAR programme, contact the Church Treasurer using this form. You can also give through Canada Helps, using PayPal, or by sending and e-transfer through your bank to the church email address churchoffice@ermuc.ca (make sure you specify to which fund you are directing your donation).  The first Sunday of each month we ask for donations to the Benevolent Fund to respond to local requests for urgent needs. Please indicate if you would like a donation to be directed to the Benevolent Fund.


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. 

Such is the case at Edith Rankin Memorial United Church. This 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. 

Also, 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.” 

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 this Sunday as our Minister Emeritus.

Gardening Faith in Action 

Gardening Faith in Action Team: Wood chips for the gardens have arrived. We are searching for capable assistants with a shovel and wheelbarrow. Jean Barna will notify you when your assistance is required. Contact at the email address provided in the email version of Tidings. Greatly appreciated!

Indigenous History Month Worship Service

As we anticipate our Indigenous History Month worship service on June 21 with Paul Carl, check out this 4-part speaker series sponsored by Hillhurst United Church in Calgary. Use this link to register for the series:



Pastoral Care and Friendship online gathering Wednesdays at 11 am. 

Join your friends from Edith Rankin Memorial United Church in our virtual welcome centre at the link that was emailed to you. (link changes weekly – check your email for this week’s link).

June Mini Anchor – call for submissions

Your Anchor Team thought that a publication for late June might be a fun way of keeping connected as we move into the summer months.  Let’s fill it with comments about our year  with Bill and Joe, and of course our feelings as we have worked our way through this Covid -19 time.  One or 2 sentences only.
To start you off:
Celebrate the ministry of our supply Ministers
Think about what Covid -19 has meant as a community of faith
Please feel free to use your own phrases, but we want to include as many as possible so we are hoping for a lot of “one-liners”
Please respond to us using the email in the email version of Tidings.  We will look forward to receiving your contributions!
Patti & Paul

Fair Trade Products

Fair Trade Products that are usually made available to the folks at Edith Rankin Memorial several times during the year are still available by calling Marilyn Rodger at 613 384 2087. 

Marilyn has a complete stock of Palestinian Olive Oil, Za’atar Spice and Olive Oil Soap, Assorted Teas and Herbal Teas, Baking supplies Sugars, Cocoa, Hot Chocolate, 100% sugar free Chocolate Chips, Coffee’s Beans, Dark and Medium Roasted ground plus Decaf.

All Chocolate Bars are reduced to $5.00 each.

Make arrangements to replenish you stock with 10% going to Mission & Service fund United Church of Canada.

Thank you for your continued support.

We are all in this together

What do you need? 

It’s hard for us to know how we are doing and what we might need when we are isolated from each other. Do you need some help? Do you need a phone call? Do you need someone to  pick up some supplies for you? Do you need someone to help with a household project (as a safe distance). Pick up the phone or use that contact form on the website to reach out. 

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.


Happy Birthday To Our Shining Lights in June

Leila M – June 3 (10 yrs) Ewan S – June 5 (13 yrs) Jackson L – June 7 (13 yrs)  

Olivia R – June 9 (8yrs) Noah B – 10 (11 yrs) Emma W – June 10 (17 years) 

Chelsea M – June 14 (8 yrs) Skye M – June 16 (2yrs) Mya M – June 18 (11 yrs)

Alexander C – June 26 (2yrs) Millicent B – June 30(7 yrs) Simon B – June 30 (8 yrs)


Happy Birthday to our Classics for the Month of June

Betty Jeanne Kippen – June 10 Glenn Owen  –  June 13 Jan Galasso –  June 14

Margaret Martin – June 15 Mary Lavery – June 16 Barb Taft – June 19

Phyllis Hannah – June 20 Barbara Sinclair – June 30


Prayers for Best Wishes, Health & Happiness! Enjoy Your Day!