Join us for pancakes on Tuesday, February 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the lower level hall. The Youth of Riverbend United Church will be cooking up a storm and invite you to join them to enjoy the fruits of their labour.
Following the dinner Rev. Oden will conduct an Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Please join us for our Lenten prayer blanket and/or shawl project!
Teaching and group work sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., in the chapel. All are welcome, to teach, learn, share, and work and meditate together.
- Squares can be knit or crocheted, and should be in worsted weight acrylic yarn for easy care.
- Use whatever size hook or needles you need to make them about 15 x 15 cm/6”x 6”, and 20 stitches wide.
- Basic knitting and crochet patterns are also available in the narthex, but you are welcome to work squares in any stitch or pattern you like, as long as they are the right gauge and dimensions.
- If you can provide us with yarn, there is a bin for donations of yarn in the narthex; or, help yourself if you need some.
- If you need crochet hooks or knitting needles, please ask Carolyn Miller, Joanne Little or Audrey Skinner, and we’ll find some for you. (Donations also welcome)
- Finished squares may be placed into the receptacle in the church narthex.
- If you are an experienced crocheter or knitter, and prefer to do a complete project (or more), you can make any type of prayer shawl, blanket, afghan, etc you wish, as your Lenten Intentional Practise.
- There are lovely patterns and great instructional videos available online. Check YouTube for tutorials, and Ravelry or Pinterest, among others, for ideas and patterns.
Riverbend United Church hosted a very successful Young Family Advent party on Sunday, December 3rd. Many families joined us for a pizza party, fun activities with Emily Severson, our Children’s Ministry Coordinator, connected with Rev. Valerie Oden, and had good fun all around. If you wish to join in other young family activities, email Emily at: email@example.com or call the office at 780.430.7275.
Saturday, December 16th
4:00 p.m. Community Christmas Carol Sing
Sunday, December 17th
10:30 a.m. Service & Children’s Pageant
Wednesday, December 20th
7:00 p.m. Healing Service
Sunday, December 24th
10:30 a.m. Service (Advent 4)
5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Service with Choir
6:30 p.m. Family Christmas Service with Choir & Handbells
8:00 p.m. Contemporary Youth-led Christmas Service
9:30 p.m. Candlelight Communion Christmas Service
Sunday, December 31st
10:30 a.m. Service
Our Annual Cookie Walk returned and was as successful as ever! Hundreds of you joined us on Saturday, December 2nd to browse a delicious selection of cookies, squares and dainty Christmas treats. Riverbend United Church’s Choir entertained everyone with Christmas Carols! Many thanks to organizers Irene Meglis & Marie McLean and all the volunteers who baked, sorted, organized and sold the treats. Thank you for supporting this popular, festive start to the holiday season!
We Sing Thanksgiving
As members of the community of Riverbend United Church we encourage you to take time to name what you are grateful for. And then, with a song of thanksgiving in your heart, discern what you believe you might be able to contribute to the church in 2018 to keep our ministry strong and moving forward. Many are the dreams of what is next. And it takes all of us to make them real. No gift is too small. What matters is the gratitude with which we offer our time, talent, and treasure.
2018 We sing Thanksgiving program
2018 Response card
Once again, our Annual garage sale held Friday and Saturday, September 8th and 9th was a tremendous success. This major re-use and recycle event is a large fundraiser for Riverbend United Church and raised over $8,000, our most successful year ever.
Your generosity and that of the broader community continues to have a positive ripple effect as all leftover items were donated to the Bissell Centre. Many thanks to the Garage Sale Coordinator, Bev Sawyer and her army of volunteers, including those who donated, picked up and delivered furniture, sorted, priced and set-up all items, manned the cash desk, watched over both the upper and lower level sales tables, packed up everything, loaded a 26′ UHaul truck with the balance of donations for Bissell and cleaned & tidied the Church!
This past summer may seem like a distant memory, but we hosted a series of AWEsome Wednesday evenings we are not likely to forget! ‘Awesome Wednesday Evenings’ began August 2nd and continued all summer with community building events for all ages. It was a great chance to meet our new minister, Rev. Valerie Oden. The evenings were hosted by the Little/Schoenhofer family, the Severson/Ens family, and the Miller and Spaner families and included outdoor games and a photo scavenger hunt, a campfire in the parking lot with sing-along, a board game night and a drama night!
Thank you to everyone who joined us!
Spiritual Formation Committee
Riverbend United Church is pleased to welcome Reverend Valerie Oden. Valerie celebrated her first service with us on Sunday, August 6th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Valerie had served Arvada United Methodist Church in Colorado for the last 9 years and is returning to Edmonton where she once served Grace United Church. She has a heart for walking with people in exploring the questions of faith and meaning. She believes that Christian discipleship is a life of response: “… [It] is fundamentally about growing ever more deeply and broadly in love of God — with all that we are — and love of neighbour. I see this growth as a two-way flow: inward toward our roots in the source and outward in our relationship with others and the world.” She also believes that faith communities have a vital role in this particular cultural milieu in honoring diverse traditions and including the marginalized. Valerie is accompanied by a 9 year old Mini Australian Shepherd and 2 weird cats.