Bethelehemian Rhapsody

By Lorrie Dyer

Rivers United Church was buzzing with excitement on Sunday, Dec. 13 as 22 Sunday school children, several puppets and a real newborn baby presented the Christmas version of the popular Queen song, Bohemian Rhapsody. Of course, there was a “little silhouette-o of a” sheep, an electric guitar interlude duet and angels shining like “lightning — very, very frightening!” Producers and Sunday school teachers Shelley Foster and Becky Stewart created the three-tiered backdrop as well as the fabulous costumes and props. Credit for the YouTube video was given to Fairfax, Virginia Church of Christ, with the clever lyrics written by Mark Brady. Once stanza was, “It’s a wondrous story, anyone can see. Let’s give God the glory! It’s a wondrous story to me.”

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Church chatter - Nov. 10, 2015

By Lorrie Dyer

Submitted article

Our six-week session of yoga was very successful with two classes running on Wednesday evenings. It is possible that classes will be offered again soon.

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The tulip and the poppy

By Rev. Glenna Beauchamp

Rivers and Oak River United Churches

Bill Vander Zalm, a former premier of British Columbia, came to Canada from Holland. He became a successful businessman, selling flowers. A particular flower, the tulip, has a very special meaning for him. He was living in Holland under Nazi occupation during the Second World War, and remembers vividly seeing people die of starvation. He remembers a time when all he had to keep from starving to death were tulip bulbs, which he ate to stay alive. For Bill, tulip bulbs will always carry that terrible memory of brutal oppression.

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Faithfully yours - Breaking unhealthy cycles

By Neil Strohschein

The Neepawa Banner

A few weeks ago, my work required me to attend a service in the Neepawa United Church. As I entered the sanctuary that day, I noticed that the side and back walls were decorated with what appeared to be paper dolls. Was I in for a surprise.

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Dessert first, grace last!

By Rev. Glenna Beauchamp

Rivers and Oak River United Churches

I once got the time for a wedding reception wrong. Thinking I had forgotten, they started supper and I arrived half an hour later; I felt terrible! Should I stay or just quietly leave? But the emcee for the evening graciously welcomed me and said, “Go ahead and ask the blessing. Now that we’ve eaten this wonderful meal, we feel more thankful!”

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