Rev. Molly is away this weekend with 20 youth and 5 leaders on retreat at Long Island RCMP camp.
Activities Around Our Church
If you require financial assistance to participate in any OUC program, please contact Rev. Molly.
HYMN SING WORSHIP SERVICE Our thanks to Scott and the choir for leading us through the hour of song last Sunday, and to Rev. Suzanne for weaving all of the hymn selections into our worship service so well. Thanks also to our hymn sponsors for their contributions towards our sanctuary renovation expenses.
JUNIOR CHOIR will meet in the Choir Room after the worship today.
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND YOUTH PROGRAMS Nursery (ages 0-3, in the Nursery), Sunday School (ages 3 – grade 6, in rooms off the Hall), and Youth (grades 7-12, in the Lounge) are ongoing every week. All are welcome to attend! There are no youth classes this week as they are on retreat.
COFFEE & MUFFIN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Lin & Mike would really appreciate some volunteers to help in the Kitchen. If you can spare a couple of hours to organize our after service coffee hour please contact them (email@example.com). They will be happy to assist you if it is your first time.
JAVA JIVE This is a weekly lectionary-based Bible study group open to anyone who would like to engage the Bible with their questions, curiosity, and open hearts. Rev. Suzanne leads Java Jive every Thursday morning at 10 am in the Library.
ATTENTION ALL OUC MUSICIANS Janet Nadeau is eager to put together an OUC band, and would love to hear from you if you have any musical talents or experience with an instrument you would like to share. Please contact her (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in sharing your talents!
OUC BOOK CLUB meets Tuesday October 25 at 1 pm in the Library to discuss What the Psychic told the Pilgrim by Jane Christmas. As an added bonus, we will have a guest speaker discussing her adventures on the Camino Trail. All are welcome. For more information, contact Annemarie Humenuk (email@example.com).
LUNCH BUNCH October 25, 12:30 pm at the Soul Stone restaurant near Jean Coutu. Please contact Jean (firstname.lastname@example.org, 613.830.3233). Newcomers always welcome.
LADIES’ NIGHT OUT Wednesday October 26, 6:30 pm at Connors Pub on St. Joseph Blvd. Come join in the conversation and fellowship. Good food, good prices. Contact Joan (613.327.2523) if you plan to attend, so we can reserve enough seats. Last minute arrivals are still okay!
LIBRARY NEWS As we continue to update our library, we are specifically seeking story books, DVDs, board games and activities that might be appropriate for children. If you have some that you can give to our library, or resource ideas, please leave them in the office. We are trying to make the library a resource that all members of the congregation, from tiny tots to seniors, can enjoy. LIBRARY REQUEST: Does anyone have a globe that could be donated to the library? If so, we would be delighted if you could leave it in the office or in the library.
2nd MILE GENEROSITY PROJECT We continue to honour the many volunteers among us who “go the second mile” weekly and contribute so generously to our faith community’s ministries. We offer our gratitude for the various ways you reach out and share what you have with others. We are thankful for the two donors who have contributed enough money to bind 50 more of our More Voices hymnbooks into hardcover editions for the pews. If you feel moved to offer something special to our congregation, we would be happy to work with you to find meaningful donation opportunities.
ASSISTED LISTENING Those requiring assistance with hearing the service may use any portable FM radio with headphones to listen to our worship service. We are transmitting on 95.7 Mhz.
Community Outreach Ministries
DID YOU KNOW? Audio recordings (CD) of every Sunday worship are available. Drop by the audio-visual room at the rear of the Sanctuary any Sunday and talk with Dave, Marni, Pat or Matt. A donation of $5 per disk would help defray the cost.
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR OCTOBER Some ideas for your food bank donations this month include: pasta & veggies (dry spaghetti, lasagna, macaroni, fettucine, egg noodles, KD, spaghetti/tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, canned vegetables) as well as peanut butter and baby food. Cash donations are also accepted – just mark an envelope “Food Bank” and leave it on the offering plate being sure to indicate your name and address if you want a charitable receipt.
OUC BUY NOTHING If you are interested in joining the Facebook group where our community shares their unwanted items big and small with each other, please contact Rev. Molly.
CENTRE 507 is a drop-in program for women/men in downtown Ottawa, operating out of Centretown United Church, at 507 Bank Street, which continues to need our support. In particular toiletries, regular ground coffee and jam are needed. Contributions can be placed in the marked container in the parking lot entranceway.
EMAIL PRAYER MINISTRY Are you interested in participating in our congregation’s confidential email prayer ministry? Contact email@example.com. You can ask to join the team and receive prayer requests, or simply make prayer requests for yourself or others.
MEN’S BREAKFAST WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY continues every Wednesday from 7 – 8 am at Gabriel’s Pizza on St. Joseph Blvd.
OUC FAMILY NEWS To help keep in touch with each other we have created a bulletin board outside the main office called “OUC Family News”. We invite you to post any important milestones or announcements that you would like to share with the congregation.
MILK BAGS INTO MATS is being carried out at another church. Please save your milk bags (the outer, coloured ones) and drop them off at the church in the basket over the coat rack.
CO-HOUSING FOR OTTAWA SENIORS 55+ Would you like to age in an intentional community with like-minded Christians? Information Sessions are being held October 19, 29 & November 12 at west, east and central church locations. To register for a time and place, contact www.ottawacohousing.ca613.693.1217.
UPCOMING DATES TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
December 4 Family Advent Activity : An all ages activity where we will be decorating gingerbread houses after worship (cost and details to come)
January 28 Religion in Life program for Scouting & Guiding: If your child is involved in Scouting or Guiding and is interested in working on this award in a one-day workshop, please contact Rev. Molly.
CHURCH CHILI CHALLENGE COOK-OFF Huge thanks to our Chili chefs, set up and cleanup crew, five judges and the congregation for coming out to eat. We raised $430 for building renovations. The winning Chili was the hot and spicy pot (entry #5) made by Michelle Hanson and family – congratulations! The coveted trophy was designed and created by Emily Yetman. Due to popular request we will compile the recipes and have them available soon!
FASHION SHOW Thanks to those who attended our fashion show at Shepherd’s Fashions -Trainyards. Also thanks to our models and co-organizers, June Goodall and Joan Brockelbank!
2017 CHURCH CALENDARS This year’s theme is “A House of Prayer for all Peoples”, and the cost will be $7 each. Please let the Office know if you would like to order one. Deadline to order is November 6.
BAZAAR NOTICES (Bazaar is on November 19 from 9am – 2 pm)
JAMS, JELLIES & PRESERVES We are again looking for homemade jams, jellies, relishes, pickles, chutneys and other preserves to stock the shelves. These goodies are always popular, and this year we are hoping to expand this area. Thank you for keeping the Bazaar in mind as you bottle up the summer’s harvest!
THE SEWING CIRCLE meets on Mondays from 9-12 am to help create beautiful things for the Bazaar.
GIFT CARD FUNDRAISING TABLE Grocery gift cards are sold in the Hall each Sunday and in the Church Office. Cards are available for PC, Metro, Farm Boy, Tim Hortons and Sobeys. There is no additional cost to you, and the church receives a percentage for each card we sell. Thanks to the men’s dinner organizers for using grocery gift cards when purchasing the supplies.
FINANCE UPDATE Over the seven weeks since the beginning of September, weekly congregational contributions towards the operation of the church (mortgage, heating, hydro, salaries, etc.) total $7,000 less than the same period last year. Please continue to contribute as you are able and help address this deficit.
THE 2016 UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN If you are a federal government employee or have an employer participating in United Way, you can direct your United Way charitable donations to Orleans United Church. OUC’s registration number is 130563240RR001. The United Way collects the funds and forwards them to OUC, minus their administration fee, a couple times a year.
This Week At a Glance
Monday October 24
- Sewing Circle – Library, 9 am
- Scouting, 6 pm
Tuesday October 25
- Book Club – Library, 1 pm
- Bridge – Lounge, 7:15 pm
- Council – Library, 6:30 pm
Wednesday October 26
- Men’s Breakfast – Gabriel’s Pizza, 7 am
Thursday October 27
- Java Jive – Library, 10 am
- Senior Choir – Sanctuary, 7:30 pm
Friday October 28
- Youth Group – Escape Room outing