Runaway lanes

By Rev. Glenna Beauchamp

Rivers and Oak River United Churches

When you drive through the Rocky Mountains, you see signs that there is a runaway ramp coming up. This is a one-track road that doesn’t go anywhere except off the main road and partway up the mountain at a very steep grade. Its purpose is to help big trucks slow down because sometimes a semi’s brakes fail and without the help of a runaway ramp, it would crash.

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Church chatter - Apr. 14, 2016

Church chatter

By Lorrie Dyer

"If you build it, they will come.” — Field of Dreams, 1989.

Rivers United Church was a “Fuller House" on Friday, April 8 as 11 teams “battleshipped” it out at Trivia II. There were a few “Twisters” and turns throughout the evening but after 10 rounds of "Clues" and a tricky bonus question, Team 42 was the closest to “Perfection.” Perhaps it was their "foreign" influence! SevenTees were chosen as the team with the most spirit and they "shrieked" with delight. After "An offer they couldn't refuse,” the Wise Old Rivers Owls accepted the Better Luck Next Time Trophy. Rehab Rebels smashed their Trivia I score to “Smithereens.” Some teams wondered "where in the world were they”? It was Barb Szapko's "PayDay" when she was the winner of the last person standing 50/50 draw ($58). Five-year-old Liberty Lelond was the youngest participant; Doreen Bate was the participant with the most experience. Dustin Byfuglien was called in to keep the crowd under control; thanks for "The Help,” a good time was had by all. (All words in quotes were clues or answers during Trivia II.)

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Church chatter - Mar. 31, 2016

By Lorrie Dyer

On Easter Sunday Rivers United Church very happily welcomed Liam Theo Wood, son of Rick and Ashley Wood, into our church family through the sacrament of baptism. As well, the choir was joined by Janice Brand and Naomi Russell for their Easter anthem, Sound The Trumpet. Both women are former congregants of the church and have mothers (Ina Hyndman and Shirley Russell) living in Rivers. Be sure to watch the Juno Awards this Sunday, April 3, because you just might see Naomi on the red carpet! She is a member of the Canadian Chamber Choir, which has been nominated for a Juno Award. Congratulations!

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Church Chatter - Mar. 17, 2016

By Lorrie Dyer

On Sunday, March 13, Rivers United Church Sunday school held its Dollars for Missions dollar store sale. The children were very excited to offer a wide variety of goods including treats for dogs, cats and birds, as well as human treats such as coffee creamers, spices, dip mixes, bath salts and baking. More than 250 loonies were collected! The money will go towards projects for children in third world countries.

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A threatening symbol

By Rev. Glenna Beauchamp

Rivers and Oak River United Churches

The Feb. 19, 2016 edition of The Church of England paper reports another Chinese Christian pastor was arrested and put in jail. His crime? He protested the government’s policy of forcibly removing crosses from church buildings.

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