February 24th – After Service at the church
Hot dog meal $5.00
Movie is rated PG. There will be an activity for the kids upstairs
The Balzac Diner will close permanently on Sunday, March 3. A “garage sale” will be held Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24. Everything must go. Bonnie McDougall and her diner will be missed.
Friday, February 22 Grades 4-6 from 6-7:30 pm, and youth group from 7-10 pm. Come enjoy a fun evening of friends, fellowship, laughter and fun.
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 New Address for Soap For Hope YYC coming soon
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.
Thank you to Hazel, Maurice, Sophie, Gail and Tyler for decorating and un-decorating the Christmas decorations.
Thank you to Ruth Unser and Angela Burford for spending last Monday attending a fluorishing congregations national gathering at Ambrose University in Calgary, then spending the evening attending a Foothills Presbytery event about the art of clustering. Your insights will help BUC to move forward.
Thank you to Ruth Unser for being our Foothills Presbytery rep for the past 3 years. With the restructuring of the United Church, congregations will no longer be grouped in presbyteries. In the future, Balzac will be a part of a cluster(s) and the Chinook Winds Region. For more info about the new look of the United Church go to: www.united-church.ca
Thank you to Clark Spencer (chair of property) and Angelina Pennell (member at large) for serving on the church board. They are no longer able to continue because of other personal commitments.
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 email@example.com
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.
February 10, BUC annual meeting immediately following the service. Please plan to attend.
*During the meeting there will be activities for the kids in the upper room, led by the youth group.
Beginning Jan. 20th, the Sunday school and youth group will be selling candy-grams for $1.00 each. You will be given a small valentine to write a personal message, and on February 10 before the start of the annual meeting, the kids will deliver your message along with a candy-gram to the recipients. This is a great way to let a neighbour, friend, loved one know that you think they are “sweet.”
Thank you to everyone who supported the quilt raffle. Debra Jepson was the winner.
7:00 – 9:30am February 2, Blue Grass Nursery, Sod & Garden Centre
Join us in welcoming Balzac Billy from out of his burrow to make his annual prediction? Will spring come early? We’ll have to wait and see. Free Pancake Breakfast, Live Entertainment and Balzac Billy emerging from his burrow around 8:00am (sunrise). The Balzac Business Community Association and Blue Grass staff look forward to seeing you bright and early on Groundhog Day!
Tuesday, January 29 @ 7pm
Everyone welcome. We need your ideas for a spring event scheduled for May 31/June 1. For more info, please speak with Angela Burford.
January 20, Following coffee time we will have a hot dog lunch followed by the family-friendly movie “Paddington.” For $5/person, you will receive lunch of a hot dog, pop and bag of chips. Everyone welcome!
Love listening to Christmas Carols? Come and hear four different choirs, with guest musicians, sing a variety of Christmas Carols, all in one spot. Thursday, December 13 @ 7:30 pm. St Andrew’s United Church, Cochrane.
Saturday December 8th, 9am to 11am. Come and get your photo with Santa along with a side of pancakes. Cost is $5 per person or $20 per family.
Tea fundraiser is on until December 6th. You can order your tea for Christmas! See Wendy Proudlock for details
Sunday December 9th @ 1pm. A quiet worship service for those missing loved ones in the midst of all the holiday celebrations. For more info, please speak with Rev Rita.
Bring A Friend Sunday and Celebrating Balzac with worship leaders Larry Bilben and Hazel Mountford. This year marks 50 years since the Beddington Church was moved to the Balzac site and 20 yrs since an addition was built onto the building. Join us for a time of storytelling and memories as we celebrate “the little white church by the rail”.
Saturday November 17th – Balzac Christmas Market at the community hall. We will have a bake table and welcome donations.
Sunday November 18th – Kathy Shuttleworth invited you to bring items for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox and help her pack boxes after the worship service.
Mission & Service fair presented by our children and youth on Sunday, Nov 4th after the worship service. you are invited to a wonderful multicultural experience, sample some food and drinks from the regions they’ve been studying throughout Canada.
The fair raised $270 this year!
If you are interested in joining the choir, come Saturday November 3rd. We will be covering Joy! A Gospel Christmas Celebration – J. Raney
Saturday, October 27th , 2018 10am – 3pm
Red Deer Lake Community Hall
(178136 – 112 St. SW – South of Highway 22X on 112 St. West – same as PAST years.)
(Registration & Refreshments- 9am to 10am)
Keynote speaker: Rev. Dr. Christine Jerrett – Animator For New Ministry Development, Rural & Small Town Churches with EDGE (United Church of Canada)
Topic – Being the church where you are Mileage paid (by Foothills Presbytery)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE of October 19th is needed to accommodate the caterer! No charge for this event but participants are asked to bring a personal care item or a household cleaning product. To register: Please contact Rev Rita- 403-560-5197 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Halloween Fun Party to follow church (with a potluck lunch if you are staying
Thank you Susan Thomas for hosting the Potluck Thanksgiving dinner!
Balzac Community Hall, Saturday. Sept. 29th
Thank you Joyce and everyone who helped make the garage sale a great success!
The Garage sale made a total of $3755!
Ed and Leisel Pluemecke participated in the Terry Fox run in Airdrie and raised $426!
Saturday, June 16 we will be hosting our annual BUC Father’s Day Event, with our first ever Amazing Race- BUC Edition. We have finalized the details and the race will begin at 10am sharp. If you haven’t signed your team up you still have time.
If you are not racing but would like to participate in other ways please come cheer on the teams, enjoy the BBQ, or sign up as one of our intrepid race monitors. We need a minimum of 10 volunteers during the race. Please see Victoria or Angela to sign up.
All participants will receive an amazing race commemorative t-shirt. Please register your team at the cookie table.
Rita received the news that Garth Mundle passed away on January 28th after suffering an acute stroke. Many of you will remember the time Garth and his wife Dorothy Naylor spent with the church as interim ministers. A memorial service will be held at First United Church in Ottawa on February 16th. Please keep Dorothy and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
See schedule here
Listen to the choir sing four songs from Joy and a solo from Michelle Johnston – listen here
Choir; Song in the Air
November 4 Inuit folk tale
“On the shoulder of a Giant” GDrive
November 4 Sunday service GDrive