REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY Next week, on Sunday November 6, we will be taking time at the beginning of our worship service for an Act of Remembrance. We would invite all those entitled to wear a uniform (military, police, RCMP, Scouting, Guiding etc.) to feel welcome to do so that day. The children and youth will be joining us for this part of worship.
UPDATING OUC’S CHURCH LIST We are in the process of updating our church list. If you are new to the congregation, or have had a change of phone number, email or mailing address in the past few years, please let the church office know. This Sunday we will again be passing around clipboards during worship to try and capture some of this updated information from the congregation as well.
Activities Around Our Church
If you require financial assistance to participate in any OUC program, please contact Rev. Molly.
JUNIOR CHOIR will meet in the Choir Room after the worship on Sunday.
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
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.
REV. GLEN’S FINAL SERMONS The 3-part sermon series “Believe.Belong.Become” that Glen preached in August are now available in print copies (request through the church office) and on the church website.
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.
SENIOR’S RESIDENCE TEA TIME Over the month of November, Rev. Suzanne and our Care and Support Team will be making visits to Promenade, Symphony and Bruyere retirement residences to spend time with our members who live there. Please let Rev. Suzanne know if there are church family members we should invite to these afternoon teas.
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.
GENTLE YOGA being offered at OUC in Nov/Dec. Please contact Sandy Jones (613.700.1023) for more information.
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 NOVEMBER: Canned goods: meat, fish, fruit, peas, carrots, green, yellow, kidney beans, baked beans, stew, lentils, soups; olive oil; baby food and diapers. 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 wish to receive 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.
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.
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 29 & November 12 at west, east and central church locations. To register for a time and place, contact www.ottawacohousing.ca613.693.1217.
MEN’S BREAKFAST WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY continues every Wednesday from 7 – 8 am at Gabriel’s Pizza on St. Joseph Blvd.
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.
BAZAAR NOTICES (Bazaar is on November 19 from 9am – 2 pm) only 3 weeks to go!!
We really need some help in the following areas-
- Silent Auction – if you have a business connection that could offer a donated item or ‘experience’ for the Silent Auction, please see Twylla Hodgins or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Baking – we are looking for people willing to phone others asking for baking donations. If you can help, please speak to Jean Shaddick or email email@example.com
- Frozen Food Orders – there is still time to place orders for Gord’s meat pies, as well as the rest of the frozen soups, meals and desserts. You can place your order in the church hall after Sunday service, or email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org
- We need lots more volunteers!!! Help is needed in all areas. We especially need people willing to work in the kitchen serving food and doing dishes. Even an hour or two will really help. If you would like to work at the Bazaar, please sign up in the church hall after Sunday service, or email your interest and availability to Janet Weatherston at email@example.com
- Needle Felting Workshop – Monday, November 7 from 9:30-noon in the church library. No experience or supplies necessary. If you plan to attend please let Margaret Richardson know or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 MONDAY MORNING SEWING CIRCLE has finished for the season. Many thanks to everyone who came to make beautiful things for the Bazaar. We encourage crafters to keep sewing for the Bazaar, but we will no longer meet as a group.
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!
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!
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.
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.
SANCTUARY RENOVATIONS UPDATE The renovations to the sanctuary are almost completed, except for installing baseboards on the ramp. The overall look of the Sanctuary is much improved, and our grateful thanks go to the many people involved in planning, managing and undertaking the renovations. The majority of expenses for the renovations were covered by last year’s fundraising of $20,658 for the carpets in the Sanctuary. However, there were additional costs for the building of the ramp, the additional carpet in the Minister’s hall way and administrator’s office, and installation of energy efficient lighting. These totaled approximately $8,725. Additional donations this year and the $825 in proceeds from the chili cookoff and Sunday hymn sing earlier this month helped to cover these additional expenses.
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 31
- Scouting, 6 pm
Wednesday November 2
- Men’s Breakfast – Gabriel’s Pizza, 7 am
- A Joyful Yarn – Nursery, 7 pm
Thursday November 3
- Java Jive – Library, 10 am
- Senior Choir – Sanctuary, 7:30 pm
- C.S.T. – Choir Room, 7 pm