All Music Sunday

You don’t want to miss this: All Music Sunday

This Sunday, June 25th, we celebrate friendship and song with a powerful, faith-filled, possibly even rockin’ morning of music. It’s a great week to bring a friend or neighbour to church. And a week to not miss yourself.

Looking for a little more inspiration?

Here’s the choir singing Love Train last year!

Want to invite a Friend? Not sure how you’d go about inviting a friend to church? Here are some simple tips:

  1. Make the invitation low-pressure. “I’m not sure if you’re free, but…”
  2. Tell them why you like it here. “The community has been so supportive of me… The music is better than I expected… The preaching is powerful…”
  3. Make it personal for them – connect it to why you think it might be a fit. “I know you’ve been a bit lonely lately… I know you grew up in a church that doesn’t work for you anymore…”
  4. Respond to concerns. Honour people’s real worries about whether they would be welcome, what they would wear, whether their kid might be too noisy, what they would say to others, ect. Listen, and respond with both love and helpful information.
  5. Offer to go together, or meet them out front. Even if you know someone there, it can be intimidating to walk in alone. Particularly for folks who have had bad church experiences in the past.

Fall 2016 Connection Circles

Fall 2016 Connection Circles are starting!

Connection Circles are an opportunity to deepen relationships with other members of CMUC through a shared interest. Registration sheets are in the main church office. This year they include:

Sacred Wounds – Led by Gwen Dirks

A 4 session creative exploration into your faith of origin story. Looking into the source of religious trauma and injuries experienced that have affected our relationship to God and each other. Opening to the healing process of our heart, body and mind using collage or any other form of right brained activity (journaling, poetry, prose, playing music, visual art – any creative means you want to choose) to tell our stories and our healing to ourselves and each other.

Dates: Saturday mornings, 9:30-noon. Sept 24th, Oct 8th, Oct 29th, Nov 19th.

Meeting in the CMUC Sanctuary (with an alternative location TBD for Oct 8th)

Keeping Our Hearts Open in Hell – Led by Toni Pieroni and Bob Russell 

The past several months has been a challenging time in the world, with what has felt to be an increase in difficult and traumatizing events, e.g., the shootings in Orlando, the attack in Nice, racial violence in the U.S., the U.S. Presidential election, and closer to home, environmental issues regarding pipelines, the Site C dam, etc. It is natural to feel fearful and overwhelmed.

Thich Nhat Hanh says: “The bells of mindfulness are calling out to us, trying to wake us up, reminding us to look deeply at our impact on the planet.” As Christians, how do we respond to these events? What are the practices that deepen us into God’s love for the world as embodied in Jesus? Please join us in this circle to share our feelings about world events and learn practices from various wisdom traditions to transform our responses in a way that contribute to the healing of our world.

Dates: Wednesday evenings, 7pm. Oct 19th, Oct 26th, Nov 2nd, Nov 16th, Nov 23rd, Nov 30th

Meeting in the CMUC Fireside Room.

Dying, Death, and all that Denial – Led by Steven Chambers 

There are times when we need to think about all of it – living, dying, grieving – even in a culture that doesn’t much want to. Join Steven Chambers for a 4-week circle of reflection and discussion on death, how we meaningfully think about it, prepare for it and talk about it in a community of care. 

Dates: 4 Mondays, Oct 24th, Nov 7th, Nov 21st, and Dec 5th. 7pm.

Meeting in the CMUC Fireside Room.

Parenting Connection Circle – Led by Dana MacDonald

How do we want to raise our kids? As a family connection circle we will consider together how to increase our children’s awareness of social justice and environmental issues through a Christian lens. We will be selecting either a book or articles to anchor our meetings (to be determined).

Dates: 6 Thursday evenings, Oct 13th to Nov 17th, 7:30-9pm.

Meeting in the Centre for Peace (either the Library or the Meditation Room depending on availability – check the sign at the bottom of the stairs when you arrive)

Cinema Sophia – Led by Tom Little

Sign-up for this connection circle will be open starting at our Fall Kick-Off Sunday on Sept 18th.

Date: Every second Monday, starting Oct 3rd. 7pm.

Meeting in the CMUC Fireside Room.

We’re looking for an Administrative Assistant!

Administrative Assistant

Canadian Memorial United Church is a progressive, open and welcoming organization which is looking for an administrative assistant to support our leadership with communications and administrative tasks. Reporting to our Administrator, this is a part-time, six month contract with a possibility of renewal, perfect for an organized individual with excellent communications skills, strong computer knowledge and the ability to coordinate diverse tasks.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Act as a first point of contact with the public, mission partners and congregation members when working in the office, assisting with questions or directing them to staff as required.
  • To assist with the organization’s communications materials through preparation of weekly and other print materials, as well as our weekly screencast for service, electronic newsletter, preparing and posting content to the organization’s website and social media feeds.
  • Assist with the distribution of print materials through volunteers/mail as requested.
  • Assist in the preparation, printing and collating of documents and music materials for organization staff as requested.
  • Provide information about or help process registrations and bookings for Canadian Memorial’s programs, activities and facilities, and accept payments for the above as these arise.
  • Assist staff with filing, contract, payment and records management or other similar administrative tasks as requested.

Key Skills:

  • Excellent command of written English, and solid interpersonal communications skills
  • Demonstrated experience in office administrative tasks such as filing, data and information management, document preparation, correspondence, and similar work is required.
  • The ideal candidate will be comfortable with computing and office technology, and adaptable to using a wide variety of desktop and web-based programs; those with experience in both Windows and OSX environments have a strong asset for this role.
  • Strong skills required with MS Office required. In addition, a general knowledge of social media platforms, experience with WordPress and other CMS systems, non-Adobe or open source design programs are all assets for this position.
  • Experience and a like for customer service and dealing with the public are assets for this position.

 

Compensation

This position starts with a compensation of $19.00/hour for an average 16 hour work week.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume by email only to Jason Queck: office@canandianmemorial.org. This posting closes on August 31, 2015. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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