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 returns! Please join us on Saturday, December 2nd at 10:00 a.m. for a delicious selection of cookies and squares. Purchase a container and fill it full of dainty Christmas treats. Riverbend United Church’s Choir will entertain you with Christmas Carols while you wait to complete your shopping!
However, BAKERS ARE STILL NEEDED to help reach our goal of 500 dozen donations. Just two or three batches of your favourite recipe—baked into tasty bite-sized morsels—would add about 10 dozen to our total! Contributions can be brought to the Church basement on Drop-off Day, Friday, December 1st from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. If you are unable to make it to the church, please contact Irene at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 780.289.8894 before December 1st to arrange pick-up. Volunteers are always welcome to help on drop-off day or sale day, Saturday, December 2nd. The sale begins at 10:00 a.m. on the 2nd and ends when the cookies are gone!
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.
Riverbend United Church was grateful to receive a Government of Canada “Canada Summer Jobs” grant to hire two students in 2017. Gen Enriquez was the Church’s Office Assistant and Adam Hawrelak helped David Galbraith with outdoor yardwork & maintenance. Thank you to both of them for their help and assistance and good luck to them as they continue their studies!
Heba and Mohammed Al Omari welcomed their baby daughter on May 7th, a new Canadian addition to their family. Mom is doing very well, but baby was born five weeks premature and will need to stay in the hospital for another month or so.
Thanks to many generous contributions from Riverbend United Church members many items for the baby were received, picked up and delivered to the family on Saturday, March 18th, however we are still looking for a crib that meets current Canadian safety standards. Do you have an unused crib that you would be willing to donate? Please call the office by May 31st if you are able to donate one and we will arrange for pick-up and delivery.