In Contact

Sharing news of the Church’s life, work, programs, policies and people across the Alberta Northwest Conference

In Contact is published by the Alberta and Northwest Conference as an insert into The United Church Observer. Its purpose is to share news of the Church’s life, work, programs, policies and people with Observer readers across Alberta and Northwest Conference.

The Editorial Board is chaired by Peter Chynoweth and can be contacted through the Alberta and Northwest Conference Office.

The Editor is Katy Jones, who can be contacted through the Alberta and Northwest Conference Office.

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In Contact Newsletter December 2018

Dec. 2018 In contact In the article about Edmonton Presbytery, it was noted that "Doug Main" had been a continuous participant for 55 years. It should read "Don Mayne" instead - our sincere apologies to Don Mayne for this error.

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Free Class

Registration is still open for the online course, Indigenous Canada, by the University of Alberta's Faculty of Native Studies. The course is available for free to auditing students

Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson course that "explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada" from an Indigenous perspective. The course is a valuable learning opportunity to Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners from all experience levels.

Take the course FREE by choosing Audit option.

Giant Rummage/Garage Sale

On April 29, from 9 am to 3 pmMemorial Hall at Robertson-Wesley United Church (10209-123 St) will be filled with lots of bargains including linens, housewares, small appliances, home décor, artwork, gardening items, electronics, toys, sports equipment, hardware, games, craft supplies, books, jewelry, records, CDs and DVDs, clothes and footwear.  Plus – grab a snack or some lunch at the concession!
All the leftovers go on to other charities - a no-waste event!

Live Nativity in Edmonton

Robertson-Wesley United Church
 hosted a live nativity for the public in 
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Intercultural Joyful Noise in Edmonton

(L-R) Yunpok Jung, MC Evelyn Porter, Intercultural Facilitator YoonOk Shin Kang,

Sylvia Atta-Mensah and McDougall Pastor Christina Bellsmith    

A joyful noise rang from the rafters of McDougall United Church in Edmonton this past December 2ndevening, as the church was filled with the warm glow of music created by the 2ndAnnual Concert of Intercultural Christmas Choirs.

Master of Ceremonies, Evelyn Porter, with the rest of the Intercultural Ministry Working Group consisting of Yunpok Jung and Sylvia Atta-Mensah, created a varied and uplifting program of song. Choirs participating included the Edmonton Chinese United Church, led by Shirley Wang; The Zimbabwe United Methodist Church in Canada, led by EverJoyce Madzinga; The Edmonton Korean United Church conducted by Mi Hee Choi with organist JaeSuk Shin; The Wesley Methodist Church(Ghana) led by Joseph Amoah; and Garneau United Church conducted by Moira Warke with organist Yvette Stack.

Choral presentations were interspersed with the congregation singing successive verses of “A Candle is Burning.” Evelyn Porter thanked the Intercultural Facilitator, YoonOk Shin Kang, Lynn Maki, Louise Rogers, Wayne Youngward, and Wilson MacLennan for their ongoing and steadfast support for the growing Intercultural Ministry in Edmonton Presbytery.

The offering was dedicated toward the United Church Haiti Relief appeal.

The evening was topped off by all of the choirs coming together into one mass choir singing “The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy,” which was conducted by Moira Warke and accompanied by Yvette Stack. A special thank-you goes out to our host church, McDougall United, and for the beautifully decorated sanctuary. 

-  Marlene Salmonson