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.
We seem to work up a big appetite worshiping together. Thank you to everyone who brings cookies & snacks. Keep up the delicious work!
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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
The quilt entitled Balzac Boots is 77 inches by 104 inches. All cowboy boots are applicated and professionally quilted by Levica Markides. This is the grand prize for our raffle.
Raffle tickets are available for purchase by phoning the church. Tickets can be purchased starting this week and are $5. All proceeds benefit the church.
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
Download schedule here