Annual General Meeting, March 25, 2018


In preparation for the Annual General Meeting on Sunday, March 25th, 2018 following the 10:30 a.m. service, please review the following documents:


For your reference, the 2016 Annual Report & Financial statements are also available:

2016 Annual Report & Financials

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Seder Dinner 2018

Join us for a traditional Seder dinner on March 28th at 6:00 p.m.:  Passover is the great Jewish feast of redemption and liberation, the memorial of the Israelites’ deliverance from their bondage in Egypt. The word Passover means “deliverance,” since in the story of the Exodus Yahweh “passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt” (Ex. 12:27). Passover is a festival of great rejoicing, which reveals how God “led us from captivity to freedom, from sadness to joy, from mourning to feasting, from servitude to redemption, from darkness to brilliant light.”

In the Christian tradition the Passover Seder is also believed to be when Jesus instituted the Eucharist. Gathered around the supper table with his disciples, Jesus told them, “I have longed to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; because, I tell you, I shall not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.“  Dr. Doug Spaner will lead us through the traditional ritual of the Seder meal. This will followed by a full meal that would be typically enjoyed in a Jewish home complete with Matzo ball soup, gefilte fish as well as beef brisket and dessert.

Tickets are available in the office or after church: $20/person, $50/family, children 12 and under free. Please call Christine 780.435.0302 or for questions.


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Restorative Yoga at Riverbend United

From April 3rd to June 26th, 2018 (except for Tuesday, June 12th) Riverbend United Church is hosting a “Restorative Yoga” class on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the lower level hall.

This class is geared to those who have no or limited yoga experience and/or may have experienced injuries or health problems. Our instructor, Carole Angeles, began her yoga journey over 18 years ago and teaches “in a way that makes it accessible to everyone, regardless of age, experience, or level of mobility.”  Her classes offer students a safe and supportive environment.  Carole teaches full-time including Hatha, beginner yoga, all-levels yoga, chair yoga, and children’s yoga, with experience as well in mindfulness,  meditation and restorative-type practices.

There are a few spaces still available.  The cost is $50.00, payable to Riverbend United Church. Please call Jackie in the office at 780.430.7275 to register and remember to bring your own yoga mat.


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Easter 2018




Our 2018 Easter services are as follows:

  • Palm Sunday, March 25 service  at 10:30 a.m.
  • Seder Dinner, March 28th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Good Friday, March 30 service at 10:30 a.m.
  • Easter Sunday, April 1 service at 10:30 a.m.

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Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner & Ash Wednesday service

Many people joined us for pancakes on Tuesday, February 13th in the lower level hall.  The Youth of Riverbend United Church cooked up a storm and we all enjoyed the fruits of their labour.  Over $300 was raised for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Following the dinner Rev. Oden conducted an Ash Wednesday service in the Sanctuary.

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Lenten Prayer Blanket / Shawl Project

Please join us for our 2018 Lenten Prayer Blanket / Shawl project!  

We’re making squares for Prayer Shawls…. a tangible symbol of our prayers for those who need them, as an Intentional Lenten practice! We may also make baby blankets as gifts for new babies, or larger afghan/ blankets as needed. These can all be made from your donated squares or as complete projects by individual crafters. Please join us!

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Teaching and group work sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, from 1:30-3:00 pm and Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 7:00-8:30 pm, in the chapel. All are welcome, to teach, learn, share, and work and meditate together.

  • Squares can be knit or crocheted.
  • They 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, and add them to the church supply of prayer shawls, blankets, etc.  There are lovely patterns and great instructional videos available online. Check YouTube for tutorials, and Ravelry, Halfknits or Pinterest, among others, for ideas and patterns.

Thank you!

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Young Family Advent Party

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: or call the office at 780.430.7275.

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Christmas 2017


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

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2017 Cookie Walk

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!



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We Sing Thanksgiving

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

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