Rivers United Church is saddened to report that Sheila Deforest will not be staying with us after she is ordained this spring. Sheila has been a blessing to us over the last two years. She has given us new life and direction. We wish her well as she continues her journey.

Rivers United has been designated as a Supervised Ministry Education Site. This is a new experience for us. A Lay Supervision Team has been formed, and it will work closely with Sheila during the two years she is with us. Sheila is a student, not a trained minister. She will bring us her gifts and talents, and we will give her support and encouragement. We will learn along with her. It is an exciting time for all of us!


 

 

 

 

Announcements

  • A short congregational meeting will be held following the worship service on Sunday, April 7, 2024. This meeting is necessary to complete the paperwork to be re-designated as a Supervised Ministry Education (SME) site. Maybe we will be fortunate to receive another excellent Candidate into our midst! 
  • Lynn Madden is once again organizing a Thrift Sale to be held from April 25-27. Set-up is April 24 at 7 pm. You may bring your gently-used items to the church anytime! They must be left in the basement until after April 19th.
  • A $200 donation has been given to the Brandon Bear Clan.
  • From May 9-14, Sheila is away to attend her convocation at St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon.
  • From June 13-18, Sheila is away to attend her ordination in Saskatoon.
  • There will be no Sunday worship services between June 30 and September 1 inclusive. Services will resume on September 8, 2024. Arrangements for funeral services can be made through Debbie Johnston or Tara Bray.
  • Rivers United is pleased to announce that the repair and replacement of our four stained-glass windows is complete. This ambitious project was undertaken by Prairie Studio Glass out of Winnipeg, and the cost will be covered by a generous bequest from the late Don McFadden, a dedicated member of this church family for his entire life. The re-dedication of these windows will take place at our regular worship on January 14, 2024.
  • AA meetings are being held in the basement of Rivers United Church on Wednesdays at 7 pm.
  • A quilt is hanging on the south wall in Friendship Hall. This quilt was made by the congregation of Rivers United Church to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the United Church in 1940. The quilt became the property of Rev. Wallace and Mabel Donogh when they left this church in 1944. Through some quirky circumstances, the quilt has returned home. It contains the names of all those who were members of this congregation in 1940. It is a real gem! For a more detailed description of the quilt, please go to the About Us page of this website.
  • Sheila Deforest can be reached at the church (328-7940) or on her cell phone at 306-873-9947.
  • Reverend Kathy Platt, Minister at Minnedosa United, is serving as our Pastoral Charge Supervisor until June 30, 2024. Rev. Barb Jardine is recovering from surgery.

Suzan Ramsey is our compassionate care contact. If you know of someone who needs a get well or thinking of you wish, please call her at 204-328-7536 or suzie045@hotmail.com.

Have an announcement? Call Donna @ 729-7203

Or email: dfalkevi@mymts.net

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