Rev. Suzanne is away on study leave Nov 7-13. Rev. Molly will be away on study leave Nov 14-21. If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact the Church Office.
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.
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 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!
LIVING GENEROUSLY : SHARING OUR ABUNDANCE This Advent season, we will highlight ways you can bless others with gifts you already have at home, hidden in overflowing closets, packed cupboards or basement corners. Our Reverse Advent Calendar Project will encourage generosity in our families not only through our White Gift (Dec. 4) and Angel Tree (Dec. 11) Sundays, but also through daily suggestions of ways you can share God’s goodness with others. We will kick off the season on Friday November 25 at 7 pm, when Natalie Merchant will share some of the ways in which her bargain hunting and experiences as a Professional Organizer have opened her eyes to the many ways we can expand our generosity. Please RSVP by email (Natalie@spaceforcalm.ca).
MOM’S NIGHT OUT Before the holiday to do lists completely overwhelm, join other mom’s for dessert/drinks on Friday, November 25 at 9:30 pm at the Moxie’s on Innes. This event will follow the Reverse Advent Calendar Project being hosted at OUC from 7pm to 9pm so join us for both if you can or meet us at Moxies once the kids are in bed. Since it’s a Friday night we will need to provide firm reservation numbers to Moxie’s in advance so please RSVP to Samantha (613.302.7601, firstname.lastname@example.org ) no later than Monday November 21.
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, Bruyere and Laurier Manor 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.
CARE AND SUPPORT If you are interested in joining the Care and Support Team, the prerequisites consist of obtaining a police check for the vulnerable sector, signing a memo of confidentiality, participating in a clergy/ministry interview and taking the Pastoral Care Course. The next Pastoral Care Course will be offered in March 2017. For more information contact a CST member through the Church Office.
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, 613.837.6720). They will be happy to assist you if it is your first time.
REV. GLEN’S FINAL SERMONS The 3-part sermon series “Believe.Belong.Become” that Rev. Glen preached in August are now available in print copies (request through the church office) and on the church website.
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.
LIBRARY NEWS Goth nuns? Gulls interbred with biker gangs? Read how these intersect with a faith journey, told with humour and heart, in Jane Christmas’ book, “And Then There Were Nuns”. Find it in the library along with her other hit, “What the Mystic Told the Pilgrim”. Many thanks to Annemarie Humenuk for recommending this book.
EMAIL PRAYER MINISTRY Are you interested in participating in our congregation’s confidential email prayer ministry? Contactouc.firstname.lastname@example.org. You can ask to join the team and receive prayer requests, or simply make prayer requests for yourself or others.
Community Outreach Ministries
CHRISTMAS TREES It is that time of the year again! The 8th Orleans Scout Group’s annual Christmas tree fundraiser is about to kick off. Look for the Christmas tree table after the service in the coming weeks to pick up an order form!
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR NOVEMBER Canned goods: meat; fish; fruit; peas; carrots; green, yellow, and 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.
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.
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.
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.
MULTIFAITH HOUSING INITIATIVE (MHI) Please join us at Jean Pigott Place in Ottawa City Hall this afternoon at 2:30 pm to mark National Housing Day. Faith leaders will be sharing their perspective on the meaning of compassion and the importance of taking action as we seek to foster dialogue and understanding on homelessness and affordable housing. In partnership with MHI, the Ottawa Presbytery has set a fundraising goal of $100,000 towards The Haven housing project. To date they have raised $14,500 from five of our congregations including Orleans United.
LISTENING TO THE ECHO The official book launch for Rev. Dr. Tom Sherwood’s book about young adults’ views on spirituality and religion will be held at First United on Friday November 25 at 7 pm. Copies of the book will be available at the book launch at a reduced price. There is also a copy in our Church Library. Rev. Tom will also be speaking on this topic at Emmanuel United from 7 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday November 16 and will be a guest preacher at OUC in the new year.
BAZAAR NEWS – Only one week to go!! Lots of busy activity going on-
- Frozen Food – You can pick up your orders in the church hall after Sunday service today. Huge thanks to everyone involved, and a special note of appreciation to Gord and Dot Grey who have made even more meat pies to cover the orders taken last week! Amazing!
- Baking – your donations of baked goods – any kind – would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off on Friday November 18, from 8 am-8 pm, in the Library.
- Donations of books, jewellery, vintage collectibles and gently used white elephant items can be dropped off in the church hall. Please no clothes, linen or encyclopedias. Silent Auction items can be dropped off in the Office.
- Volunteers – everyone who has signed up so far has been scheduled to work, and the volunteer chart will be on the bulletin board. We can still use more volunteers, so please drop by the table in the church hall if you can help. As well, everyone who has volunteered will be contacted by email or phone to remind them of their assignment.
- Thank you to everyone who has knit, sewn, cooked, baked, organized, donated items and volunteered to help in any way to make this Bazaar a success. We hope to see you at the Bazaar, and please invite your family and friends. All of the proceeds from this fundraiser go to support our church.
- Next week we are offering two workshops to make crafts – both were a lot of fun for participants last year. Monday morning at 9:30 Bev Smith will be leading a workshop in making festive table centre pieces, and Wednesday morning Jennifer Cunningham will be teaching us how to make seasonal gift card holders. All are welcome. Participants are asked to bring a glue gun, if possible. We hope to see many crafters at one or both workshops.
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.
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.
UPCOMING DATES TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS
December 4 Advent Family Fun Gingerbread Decorating Party. Cost $15/family. Come join in the fun. Register in the Hall following church to reserve your spot for this family fun event! You can also email Rev. Molly to sign up. Singles, couples and families of all ages welcome!!
January 28 Religion in Life program for Scouting & Guiding
Youth aged 8 and above who are interested in working on this award in a one-day workshop (10 am – 3 pm) are invited to contact Rev. Molly, Scouter Ian Mollison (email@example.com), or Joni Boyd, Group Commissioner 8th Orleans (firstname.lastname@example.org) for registration and information. This program is being offered by OUC in collaboration with 4th and 8th Orleans Scouting Groups.
CAPITAL CITY CHORUS presents That’s Christmas to Me at Dominion Chalmers, Friday and Saturday December 9 & 10. The show will include seasonal songs, both old and new. The performers will include 3 choruses (mens’, women’s, and combined), VLQs (very large quartet), as well as quartets. The whole family will enjoy an evening of quality music, good humour, and even some carols in which everyone, including the audience, can join their voices. Don’t miss this Christmas delight! For tickets see Alex Mirhady (613.841.7434 or www.capitalcitychorus.org).
This Week At a Glance
Monday November 14
- Bazaar Workshop – Library, 9 am
- Scouting, 6 pm
Wednesday November 16
- Men’s Breakfast – Gabriel’s Pizza, 7 am
- Bazaar Workshop – Library, 9 am
- A Joyful Yarn – Nursery, 7 pm
Thursday November 17
- Java Jive – Library, 10 am
Friday November 18
- Bazaar Set-up – 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday November 19
- Christmas Craft Bazaar – 9 am – 2 pm
An elderly Orleans couple is looking for a new home for their 13 year-old Sheltie. If you are interested in adopting this well-behaved dog, please contact their son Nigel Kettle (416.936.1967).