This was first proclaimed in 2009 in the House of Commons. Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honor the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities. June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day.
National Indigenous History Month is a time for learning about, appreciating and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada.
The United Church of Canada proclaims that Indigenous spirituality, leadership, and participation are vital to the life of the United Church.
In 1994 the United Church established The Healing Fund which is a grant supporting healing initiatives in Indigenous communities to address the ongoing impacts of the residential school system. More information at https://www.united-church.ca/community-faith/being-community/healing-fund. Grants are determined by the Working Group of Indigenous persons from across Canada.
In this video : Indigenous Peoples Day- a History “, John Snow talks about Aboriginal history and positive steps to right relations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE8SE8fF2Ds&t=172s
Tony Snow, Coordinator for Indigenous Right Relations, Chinook Winds Region, has been hosting a series of talks on Indigenous Spirituality every Sunday at 2 PM in June.
Today we celebrate the birthday of the Christian church. It is Pentecost… you can read the whole story in the Bible – New Testament- Book of Acts- Chapter 2. The Holy Spirit is sometimes described as a dove, a migihty wind, and flames.
Today the Sunday School & Youth Group met via Google Meet and to learn about Pentecost. They remembered the Holy Spirit as a mighty wind and talked about paper airplanes and kites.
I want to thank Angela Wigglesworth for her Pentecost Prayer (attached). Our BUC tradition is to wear red – the color of Pentecost.
Stay well. Stay connected.
Rev Rita ph/text 403-560-5197
Some church folk have asked how they continue to financially support our church. At this time, there is two ways:
1) Mail a cheque to Balzac United Church, 10076 TWP Rd 262, Balzac, AB T4B 2T3. Mail is picked up on a regular basis.
2) Using a credit card, you can donate via www.canadahelps.org The national office of our United Church Canada does approve of this online donation method. Balzac will receive your donation less 4% for a processing fee. Your income tax receipt will be issued from Canada Helps.
At this time e-transfers are not a possibility but will update if that changes.
Beginning Sunday (March 15, 2020), Sunday worship services are cancelled until further notice. At Balzac United Church, we will not take unnecessary risks when it comes to the health and welfare of our community. We are choosing to be proactive in our response to slow the spread of this virus. Rev Rita and the church board have not taken this decision lightly.
Rev Rita is available to provide support and answer any questions or concerns by phoning or texting 403-560-5197 or email email@example.com. Audio recordings of past worship services are available on our website balzacunitedchurch.com
As we walk with Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem, many interesting conversations happen.Listen to the rest of Rev. Rita Cattell’s sermons here on our website
Soap for Hope YYC needs large empty, clean shampoo, conditioner, or soap bottles. Donations can be left in the Soap for Hope donation box in the church entrance way.
August 11 – 14, 2020
University of Calgary
Visit uccrendezvous.ca for more details
Pack your bags and get ready to live a once (or maybe twice, or maybe three times) in a lifetime experience. Rendez-vous is coming to Calgary in 2020!
Rendez-vous brings together youth (entering grade 9 and up to any age), young adults, and their leaders from across the country for a celebration of vibrant music, inspiring speakers, and dancing like there is no tomorrow. At this exciting three-day event you will
celebrate the bold faith of The United Church of Canada with hundreds of your new best friends
explore how brave space creates opportunities to learn, to share, and to celebrate new relationships
experience the brazen grace of a living community of hope and inclusion
We’re busy working behind the scenes getting everything ready, so start packing and get ready to experience your faith gone wild!
We seem to work up a big appetite worshiping together. Thank you to everyone who brings cookies & snacks. Keep up the delicious work!
Thank you & welcome to Michelle Edgar from Soap for Hope, and Madi Hopkins, our graffiti artist-in-residence, for sharing your gifts with us February 23
Thank you to Joyce Covey and all of the Pancake supper volunteers on Ash Wednesday.
Check out “Rita’s Tweets” a photoblog of Rita and Frog’s adventures while on sabbatical! See the link here
(This series is based on the books: An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor and Deepening the Colors: Life Inside the Story of God by Syd Hielema as well as the worship themes created by New Life Christian Reformed Church in Guelph, Ontario and published in Reform Worship Magazine No 130)
Soap For Hope YYC is an Airdrie based non-profit group who provide basic hygiene kits to individuals and families. Soap for Hope YYC welcomes donations of soap. Soap For Hope YYC is in need of clean, empty shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, & body wash bottles with lids. High demand items include: razors, shave cream, feminine products. Always needed are 1 litre bottles of dish soap and laundry soap as well as diapers, wipes, nail clippers, and Kleenex. Donation box is in the entrance way.
More Details are on the Outreach page. Donation box is in the church entry way. The new Address for Soap For Hope YYC is 5120 6th NE just off Deerfoot and McKnight. We hope to be open to the public by next week. Can’t wait to see you. New phone number is 587-352-9500
This month we are collecting donations for the Veterans’ Food Bank. In addition to non-perishable items, socks, toques, and personal hygiene items are always needed.
Go to the Outreach page to see what is needed at the Airdrie food bank.
Did you know that for every $1 that the Airdrie Food Bank receives they can purchase $3 worth of food items? If you choose to support them in this way, please mark your donation clearly, and BUC will submit all monies received, to the Food Bank.
Donna Watt sends cards to our BUC church family. If you know someone who is ill, is celebrating a birthday, is grieving, or just needs a thank you or a bit of encouragement, please email Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org
At this time of year, we support the Veterans Food Bank run by the Calgary Poppy Fund that assists veterans, ex-service, widows & dependents in Calgary & area. Donations of food, socks, mittens, gloves, & toques are needed & can be left in the church food bank bin in the entranceway.
Allan Fraser passed away on Saturday January 25th. He had recently been diagnosed with extensive cancer.
On Saturday February 8th at 1pm we will gather at the Crossfield Community Hall with Nancy and her family to celebrate the life of Allan Fraser. We know that those of you who are unable to attend will be there in spirit.
It is with a heavy heart that we let you know Grant Shuttleworth has passed away. Please pass on your thoughts and prayers for Kathy and her family at this difficult time. It would be much appreciated.
Because of health concerns we are postponing the movie/lunch and the west Edmonton trip. We will keep you posted when we have a new date.
At Balzac United Church, we intend to be cautious and we intend to stay connected with each other. If you are feeling anxious about the coronavirus situation, have questions, or have suggestions about what we should be doing, I want to encourage you to phone or text me (403-560-5197) or email me at email@example.com If you find yourself in self-isolation, please let me know. We will keep you in our prayers and we can lend a hand if you need shopping done or errands completed. If a worship service is cancelled, we will send out an email and leave a message on the church phone (403-226-5844). Of course, if you feel unwell, please do not come to church. Keep doing a great job of washing your hands at church and everywhere else.
As of Thursday March 12, the following preventive measures will be taken for Sunday morning worship service on March 15th
-we will greet one another without handshakes or hugs- there will be no ‘formal’ greet one another time
-hand sanitizer will be available – we welcome donations of hand sanitizer and kleenex
-coffee hour and other events such as movie and a lunch are cancelled
-offering plates will be placed on stands to receive your offering rather than passed around
-celebration of communion postponed
I want to thank everyone for their cooperation. I also want to thank the Balzac board members for their leadership at this time.
-Rev Rita Cattell
Cancelled due to health concerns.
Postponed. In honour of March madness we will feature “Hoosiers” (rated PG), starring Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey and Dennis Hopper; and a baked potato bar with all the fixings. Everyone welcome. (a movie for the younger kids will be playing in the upper room)
Balzac Book club will be studying “Seven Fallen Feathers” by Tanya Talaga in the spring. Date to be announced. Led by Rev Rita. Please join us. This study is part of external affairs committee work on Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous persons.
Our annual Ash Wednesday Pancake Supper and Worship Service will be on Wednesday, February 26th. Pancakes will be served from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Cost is by donation. As per Ash Wednesday tradition, we will burn the palm leaves from the year before at 6:30pm followed by a brief worship service at 7:00pm. Please join us as we begin the season of Lent in preparation for Easter.
Our annual general meeting is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, 2020 after the church service.
Please join us and provide your input to the selection of new board members for open positions and approval of the budget for 2020. After the “hard work” at the meeting, we will share time together as a community with a potluck lunch.
Sunday January 26 following the service, Lunch & Movie featuring
Ice Age”. Hot dog lunch with ice cream sundaes.
Breakfast With Santa is on Sat Dec 7 starting at 9am. Come enjoy a pancake breakfast & get a pic with Santa. All ages welcome. Cost is $10.00 per family. 5.00 per single. It runs from 9:00 – 11:00
Dec. 8 at 1:00pm
This quiet service is for those coping with the loss and change as well as an opportunity to remember loved ones who are no longer with us. For more info contact Rev. Rita at firstname.lastname@example.org or ph (403) 560-5197.
Balzac Christmas Market is on Nov 16 @ the Balzac Community Hall. We will have a bake table & would welcome baking. Last year we sold out early so all donations welcome.
Sunday November 17 following the service, Lunch & Movie featuring
“The Adventures of Tintin.” With a luncheon of British chips & curry
Veterans Food Bank donations are needed: non-perishable food, personal hygiene items as well as new socks, underwear, toques, mittens, and gloves for both women and men. Please leave your donations in the Food Bank bin in the entrance. If you wish to donate money, please make your cheque to Balzac United Church and clearly mark that it is for the Veterans Food Bank
Come & do some Christmas shopping. 15% of all eligible sales on Sun Nov 3 from noon to 3pm and on Thursday Nov 7 from 6 to 9pm will go to Balzac United Church. All you have to do is shop & tell the cashier that you in support of Balzac United Church. Please let your friends and family know about this fundraising event.
Rev Tammy Allan is the minister at Olds-Sundre and is currently on sabbatical researching thriving/flourishing rural churches. On Oct 20th she will be attending worship at Balzac and would like to chat with a group of BUC people after worship. Please consider joining the conversation.
Saturday October 26: Christmas Music Workshop- beginning at 9:30am. Bring a bag lunch. Lee and the choir would like to invite you to join them to prepare for the Christmas music and sing with them in December on Sundays and Christmas Eve. No experience necessary.
Amazing Race was Sunday October 20!!
Congrats to all the teams that participated in Sunday’s BUC Amazing Race!
Team Green – Madeline and Hannah
Team Purple – Malin, Isaac and Douglas
Team Pink – Heidi and Gwendolyn
A special thanks to our
Volunteers- Angela, Andrew, Susan, Sheryl, Kirsten, and Katie
Thank you to Joyce Covey and all who donated items or volunteered at the annual garage sale.The Annual Balzac United Church Garage Sale was be held on Saturday Oct. 5, 2019 at the Balzac Community Hall from 9 A M to 2 PM. The Garage sale raised $3642.90
On October 6 the Sunday school would like to invite the congregation to celebrate the harvest with a harvest potluck lunch following the service. Please bring a potluck item that you have grown, canned, or bought locally to share in the abundance. Everyone is welcome to join us at the Calgary corn maze following lunch for an afternoon of fun.
Family movie & hot dog lunch following
the service, featuring “The Lion, the witch & the Wardrobe.”
Rev Rita will be on study sabbatical from April 22 to September 4th. When a United Church minister has continuously served a congregation for 5 years, they are to take step away from their everyday congregational duties and spend time renewing their ministry skills.
Rev Rita has continuously served Balzac for 10 years and this is her second sabbatical. Her research project will explore the following question: What are simple, manageable, and cost effective strategies that will help Balzac United Church sustain longevity as a community of faith?
She will be attending conferences, online conversations, webinars and reading research data and books.
During her absence, you are asked not to contact her. Hazel Mountford and the Worship Committee as well as Angela Burford and the Ministry and Personnel committee have organized Sunday Worship services and pastoral care coverage during her absence. If you require the help of a minister, please contact Pat Koosey or any board member.
The board has reviewed the options and information on the water problem that we had in April. They will be putting forward a motion to install our own water system at this congregational meeting (to get the approval of congregation to proceed with the expense of this option.) Details on the proposal will be provided in the coming weeks for your review prior to the meeting. Please mark this date on your calendar and plan to attend. The board would appreciate your feedback and support.
In case you haven’t got your fill of Stampede pancake breakfasts, we will be having a pancake breakfast after the worship service on July 14, 2019. This is our yearly Western Sunday with Larry Bilben leading the service with an emphasis on our heritage. Please join us for this fun occasion at 9:30 am next Sunday.
Balzac United Church
Saturday June 1st, 2019
Trivia Night was a close battle between 5 teams, but the team “Jesus is coming, look busy!” came out on top! Trivia Night was a great success thanks to all the volunteers! see the Instagram link
Youth group trip to West Edmonton Mall water park. Drop-off your youth at one of the following locations: 8:30 am at the church or 8:45 at McDonalds on Edmonton Trail in Airdrie.
You are all invited to come to the Airdrie Music Festival, Tuesday, March 26th, at the Bert Church Theatre between 6 and 9pm. Please see the bulletin board for the schedule. Hope to see you there!
Michelle will be singing 4 songs:
Do you like Dinner Theatres?? Want to see Kirsten’s husband Grant make a fool out of himself on stage? Grant is Andi in the Play this year. It’s very similar to Monty Python type humour and then ACTS then returns the money back into the Community Hall for upgrades and renovations in Crossfield. Tickets are still available for ‘Not Suitable for Primetime’. For the ‘A n L Show’ on Friday 90 tickets are left and 2 Randoms on Saturday. Shows are on Friday March 29th & Saturday March 30th after 6 pm. Tickets are $50 per person (adults only) and it includes your meal, dessert, coffee or tea. Drinks are extra (cash only).
Michelle Edgar from soap for hope YYC @soapforhopeyyc visited us Sunday February 23, 2020.
Listen to her talk here
Soap for Hope is located
5120 6th Street NE, Calgary, Alberta Calgary, Alberta T2K 4W5 phone (587) 352-9500 or drop by if you would like to volunteer!
February 26 Ash Wedneday service
February 23 service sermon, Ron Beagle performing “I know who holds tomorrow”
February 16 service sermon, Ron Beagle performing “the Nighty and Nine’
February 9 service sermon Minute for mission, Choir performing “Lead Me On”
February 2 service sermon
February 2 service sermon
January 26 service sermon
January 19 service sermon Choir performing Down By the Riverside / Standing in the Need of Prayer
January 12 service, sermon
January 5 service, sermon
December 29 service
Christmas Eve service Choir performing four selections “Angels Among Us” Michelle Johnston performing “O Holy Night”
December 22 service, sermon, Choir performing “Angels Was A-Shoutin’ on Christmas Morn”
December 15 service, sermon, Choir performing “Can You Hear the Angels?”
December 8 service, sermon, Choir performing “Angels Keep Rejoicing”
December 1 service, sermon, Choir performing “Angels Among Us”
October 27, service, sermon, Minute for mission,
Michelle Johnston performing “Simple Gifts”
October 20, service, sermon
October 13 service, sermon, Minute for mission, Choir performing “We Rejoice”
October 6 service, sermon
September 29 service, sermon, Choir “Go Ye Into all the World”
September 22 service, sermon, Minute for mission
September 15 service, sermon, Ron Beagle performing “His Eye Is On the Sparrow”
September 8 service, sermon
As we walk with Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem, many interesting conversations happen.Listen to the rest of Rev. Rita Cattell’s sermons here on our website
Download schedule here
March 10 – The Spiritual Practice of Getting Lost
March 17 – The Spiritual Practice of Being Grounded
March 24 – The Spiritual Practice of Physical Labor
March 31 – The Spiritual Practice of Saying “No”
April 7 – The Spiritual Practice of Pronouncing Blessing
April 14 – The Spiritual Practice of Waking Up to God