The announcements for one of the Banff churches, Rundle United, for the week of September 30, 2012

We are searching for a new Music Director:  Do you know anyone who is able to read music and play piano/organ every Sunday in front of a live and enthusiastic congregation?  Resumes can be forwarded to the church at


Join us for a hike after church today:  The hike was postponed from last weekend, to this weekend. The larch forest will have turned a brilliant gold. Hike into a unique larch forest high above Moraine Lake. Views of the Ten Peaks are breathtaking. Parks Canada describes this as Moderate: 4.3 km one way; 535 m elevation gain; 3.5 to 4 hour round trip. Wear hiking boots, and bring water, a lunch, a hat, sunscreen and rain gear just in case.

Rundle’s Annual Community Thanksgiving Supper: Sunday, October 7 from 5-7pm in Racine Hall. Once again we are sponsoring this wonderful outreach event with the help of Sunshine Village, Nesters, Safeway and Alpine Flowers. The Sunshine Village team headed by Martin Brenner will prepare and serve the food, what we need from you are desserts and volunteers to set up tables on Oct 6, and more to take down the tables and help with clean up on the night. Please see the sign-up sheet in the Lonsdale Lounge or call Phyllis or Katy on 762 2075 to find out where you can help.

Book Club Group for Sept-Oct: Join us on Thursdays from 7pm – 8.30pm for a discussion on the book Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighbourhood Church is Transforming the Faith, by Diana Butler-Bass.

Banff Mineral Springs Hospital Chapel needs your assistance: The chapel suffered water damage this past year due to leaking sky lights and an abundance of rain. The chapel is an integral part of the healing that happens at the hospital, facilitating the delivery of spiritual care to residents, patients, staff and visitors.

Please help by donating your pennies or change to the chapel renovation project.  Your pennies are valueless after February 2013; however they are priceless to the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital by contributing to this important project.  Consider setting them aside and bringing them to the hospital to fill our change jars or call and we will collect them for you.

Calgary Presbytery’s Annual Learning Day October 27: An impressive array of presenters on a wide variety of topics. For registration information and further details please see the poster in Lonsdale Lounge or visit

The Sahel Crisis Continues: One million severely malnourished children will be treated this year in the countries of the Sahel, according to UNICEF. Every year, the region faces a hunger gap between June and October (depending on the country), a time period between the depletion of the previous year’s food stocks and the next harvest. Malnutrition rates always hover near warning level in this mostly desert region, but during the hunger gap, the number of cases spikes and hundreds of thousands of children become at risk of death.

The Government of Canada has announced matched funding for donations made to humanitarian organizations working in the Sahel between August 7 and September 30, 2012. The United Church is welcoming donations for Sahel relief. With the Canadian government matching donations, your contribution will go twice as far. Donations can be made by phoning 1800 268 3781 ext. 206 or online at

Web chat from the new moderator of the United Church, Rev. Dr. Gary Paterson, Oct 4 at 12pm: To be shown live in the Sanctuary. Rev. Dr. Paterson will talk with EDGE Executive Director Rob Dalgleish about the hopes, visions, and challenges he has for his term as leader of the United Church.

Enneagram workshop at High River United with Rick McCorristor, UC minister from Saskatchewan Conference: This is a basic introduction to the Enneagram and how it can support you in living a healthy and happy, faith-filled life. 4 evenings, 7.30 – 9.30pm each evening, Cost: $40 per person for the 4 nights
Tuesday, October 16th
Wednesday, October 17th
Tuesday, November 13th,
Tuesday – end of January (3rd or 4th week)
Please register ahead of time by calling High River United: 403-652-3168 or e-mailing:


Find out more about one of the Banff churches,  Rundle Memorial United, learn about our Thrift Shop, and how to get married in Banff.