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Friday, April 15, 6-9 pm  

Saturday, April 16, 10-1 pm


Here comes the annual Ryerson Spring Thrift Sale!  It’s time to clear out your cupboards, round up your no-longer-cherished treasures, and bring your contributions to be sorted for the sale.

The last collection date is Saturday, April 9.  Bring your donations to the back door of the Gym between 10 am and 2 pm.

LAWN SIGNS and POSTERS:  Lawn signs will be available for sign-out in the Memorial Centre entry hall at coffee hour today.  If you have a lawn, please take a sign and help to spread the word about our fabulous Fall Sale.  Please note that signs must be placed INSIDE the sidewalk, on your own property.  Flyers are also available from the volunteers’ desk for use as posters in your neighbourhood.  Please take as many as you can post, and help to get the word out.

VERY LAST CHANCE TO VOLUNTEER:  additional workers would be welcome during Sale Week, beginning April 11th:  Mon. 7 – 9 p.m. moving boxes in the Gym; Tues., Wed., and Thurs. 9 – 3 and 7 – 9 p.m., and Fri. 9 – 12, setting up displays; and on Sat., April 16th, 1 – 3 p.m. helping with clean-up; additional volunteers are also needed during the sale itself.  Please call Shirley at 604-733-6209 to offer your services–be part of the team!

REPLACING THE IRREPLACEABLE:  After 20+ years of outstanding service as the Thrift Sale’s Chief Sorting Officer, Carol Sloan is retiring, as is her Chief Assistant Sorter, Carol Renwick.  A celebration of their remarkable commitment to the cause will be announced at a later date.  Meanwhile, there is an urgent need for this vital service to be continued, year-round.  The Thrift Sale committee is now looking for about 8 volunteers to join a Sorting Team, serving on a roster of volunteers who would work in pairs, each pair working 4 – 8 mornings during the year.  Instructions and mentoring would be provided.  This work is absolutely fundamental to the continuation of the Thrift Sales, which net about $35,000 per year for Ryerson’s operating budget (currently running a $31,000 deficit!).  This is your chance to join the team, and learn the secret of why Carol & Carol have enjoyed the job so much.  For further information, or to put your name on the roster, call Shirley Hammond at 604-733-6209.

NEXT SUNDAY:  Helpers will be needed immediately after the church service on April 10 to set up tables and move furniture in the East/West room and the Library.  If you are able to help, please plan on staying about an hour, and report to Shirley Hammond in the East/West room next Sunday.


Ryerson Choral Scholarships for 2016-17 

$2,000 for Each Scholar

Ryerson United Church is pleased to announce its highly successful Choral Scholars Program is continuing for a 6th consecutive year.

The Choral Scholars Program provides up to two scholarships of $2,000 each for eligible Grade 12 students (2017 Grads). Selected scholars also gain the opportunity to sing with an acclaimed and semi-professional choir with a wide ranging, primarily classical repertoire.

The deadline for applications is June 3, 2016.

Please see the Choral Scholars section under Ryerson Music



Chor Leoni:  Sea to Sky

Friday April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 2016  at 8pm
Ryerson United Church

All seats reserved.
Section A $40 | Section B $35 | Section C $30 | Student with ID $10 (inclusive of fees)

with the young men of the PROMYS Honour Choir 

Vancouver: A place where the city meets the water and the mountains meet the sky. Chor Leoni’s Sea to Sky explores the elements of nature in a program you will love. Music by Lauridsen, Ešenvalds, Kodaly and Tormis, rub shoulders with pop songs and spirituals, all sung in honour of the stunning place we call home.

Please call 604-263-7061 for tickets.


2016 Salish Sea Early Music Festival in Vancouver
~ Period Instrument chamber music from six centuries in Vancouver and around the Salish Sea ~

Johann Sebastian Bach

• Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 7:30 PM •
Ingrid Matthews ~ baroque violin
Hans-Jürgen Schnoor (Germany) ~ harpsichord

A donation would be appreciated.



Two Great Choirs

8:00 p.m. Friday, 22nd April 2016

Vancouver Chamber Choir
Elmer Iseler Singers
Lydia Adams and Jon Washburn, conductors
Every few years Vancouver’s and Toronto’s famous professional choirs join forces in one city or the other — this time, it’s in Vancouver. You are guaranteed a sumptuous sonic experience as the ensembles sing together and individually. Two great choirs… an evening of wonderful music… don’t miss it!

Tickets $32 and $27.50 for students and seniors.  $10 rush seats for students on the night of the performance.   To order tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-ARTS (2787) or visit any Ticketmaster outlet in person.

Eric Whitacre – Alleluia
David Childs – Salve Regina
Hussein Janmohamed – Nur: Reflections on Light
Michael McGlynn – Irish Suite
Antonín Dvořák – Songs of Nature
Imant Raminsh – In a Pine Forest
Benjamin Britten – Flower Songs
Leonard Bernstein – Three Songs from Candide


In the Abbey Garden

Abbey Garden 2016

Saturday, May 7th at 7:30 pm

In the Abbey Garden. From Holst’s breathtaking Ave Maria for double choir to Rachmaninoff’s Six Choruses for Women’s Voices and Brahms’ Psalm 13, experience Elektra’s foray into some of Europe’s most beautiful choral music. The artistry of our guest ensemble, the Borealis String Quartet, and Elektra’s celebrated sound combine to deliver a winning combination for audiences in two cities.

Tickets are available through the Elektra Women’s Choir office at 604-739-1255


$30 – Regular
$25 – Senior
$15 – Student (with valid ID)


Cyrilika Flyer 2016-2




2016 Salish Sea Early Music Festival in Vancouver
~ Period Instrument chamber music from six centuries in Vancouver and around the Salish Sea ~

musicians of Louis XIV


   • Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM •
John Lenti ~ theorbo & baroque guitar
Joanna Blendulf ~ viola da gamba
Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute

A donation would be appreciated.


2016 Salish Sea Early Music Festival in Vancouver
~ Period Instrument chamber music from six centuries in Vancouver and around the Salish Sea ~


  • Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM •
John Schneiderman ~ early 19th-century guitar
Jeffrey Cohan ~ 8-keyed flute (made in London in  1820)


Here is a video of Deb’s sermon preached at the BC Conference Celebration of Ministry. Her sermon begins at 34:00 (34 minutes from the beginning).


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Magee Wind Ensemble