Advent 1 – November 27 – Celebrating Holy Communion
Advent Reflection: Rev Suzanne Sykes explores the Advent themes of Hope and Peace.
Advent 2 – December 4 – White Gift Sunday (Gifts offered to Centre 507)
Advent Reflection: Rev Molly Bell explores the Advent Themes of Joy and Love.
Advent 3 – December 11 – Christmas Pageant “The Magic Music Box” Our children and youth help us celebrate the joy of Christmas through our intergenerational pageant.
Advent 4 – December 18 – Choir-led worship service “Sound & Silence” Our Choir leads us in experiencing the sacred sounds and silences of the Christmas story through Word & music.
OUC REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR – 2016 This year OUC is introducing a new Christmas tradition for our families. Drawing on the daily surprises of Advent calendars as we count down the days to Christmas, this year we are encouraging families to help our children learn the importance of helping others and seeing the bigger picture at Christmas using a Reverse Advent Calendar.
These calendars encourage families to place one item each day into a box that will help those who are less fortunate and are struggling at Christmas time. Using our daily suggestions, items will be collected for local foodbanks, shelters, clothing programs, and other outreach opportunities. You can get as creative as you like, making a box “calendar” with 24 smaller pockets, decorating one donation bin for your family, or going beyond the list to find more items to donate & activities to share God’s goodness.
Each Sunday there will be a table in the Narthex before & after worship, where someone will guide you which items can be dropped directly in the Food Bank and Centre 507 bins in the church entry way. There will also be a bin for gathering the other collected items which will be heading off in support of various programs across the city.
Week 1 Hope
Sunday Pray for our OUC family
Monday An item of warm clothing (scarf/hat/mitts)
Tuesday Food item – protein (beans, nuts, canned meat)
Wednesday Travel sized soap, shampoo, lotion (i.e. from a hotel)
Thursday Reusable grocery bags or paper gift bags
Friday Gently-loved stuffed animals
Saturday Say hello to a stranger
CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL POINSETTIAS If you would like to donate a poinsettia in memory of loved ones or in celebration of family and friends, please see Kim in the Church Office or call 613.837.4321 no later than Tuesday December 15th to make arrangements. We will publish a list of remembrances in our December 18th bulletin.
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!
CHOIRFEST Sunday November 27, 6:30 at Community Pentecostal Church on St. Joseph Blvd. Come start Advent with a joyous gift of song and word, presented by local church and community choirs including our own OUC choir. Admission is free, but there will be a free-will offering which will be split between the Orleans Cumberland Resource Centre and the Gloucester Food Cupboard.
BRIDGE NIGHT Tuesday November 29 at 7:15 pm. Please contact Margriet (email@example.com, 613.837.9657) if you want to play. Please bring your own snacks. New players are always welcome.
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.
“ONE IN THE SPIRIT” Video Blog As a mission to get to know each other, I am producing a weekly series of video interviews with the people and groups in Orleans United Church. Each week, I will post an interview on the Orleans United Church Youtube channel. This week, I have uploaded the interview I did with Janice Eddy of the Care and Support Team and the work that they do. Next week, I will be featuring an interview I did with Rev. Suzanne Sykes and the following week, a visit I had with the Men’s Breakfast. If you have any suggestions or comments about “One in the Spirit” you can contact me either through Kim at the Church Office or by sending me an email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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.
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.
CARE AND SUPPORT If you are interested in joining the Care and Support Team (CST), 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, which will be offered next in March 2017. For more information contact a CST member through the Church Office.
LIBRARY NEWS Take some quiet time each day to put your feet up and read one of the Advent/ Christmas books on the rack in the library. You may find you are unwrapping a spiritual gift.
Community Outreach Ministries
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.
CHRISTMAS TREES It is that time of the year again! The 8th Orleans Scout Group’s annual Christmas tree fundraiser is underway. Look for the Christmas tree table after the service in the coming weeks to pick up an order form!
THE ANGEL TREE made its debut at this year’s Christmas Bazaar. The tree is decorated with 75 angels representing boys and girls from low-income families in our local community, as well as 25 Global Outreach angels. If you are looking for a meaningful addition to your Christmas celebrations, please consider giving a gift for one of these special children. When you choose an angel, please register it on the master list with your name and phone number. Bring your gifts to the church on or before December 11th, 2016, unwrapped and placed in a gift bag with the angel firmly attached to the bag.
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.
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 or Pat. A donation of $5 per disk would help defray the cost.
BAZAAR 2016 OUCs annual Christmas Bazaar was a wonderful day with great crowds of people dropping by to do a bit of Christmas shopping, treat themselves to delicious food and partake in the festive atmosphere. Sincere thanks to everyone who helped in so many different ways to make the Bazaar such a joyful community event. We should raise $25,000 for OUC Ministries from this fundraiser! Once everything is packed and sorted, we will be donating some of the remaining warm mittens, hats and scarves to Centre 507, and the baby items will be donated to the Miriam Centre in Orleans. Merry Christmas to all!
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.
UPCOMING DATES TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS
December 4 after service 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, 7:30 pm. 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).
FEEL THE SPIRIT Join CORO VIVO OTTAWA in a festive celebration, here at OUC, Friday and Saturday December 9 & 10, 7:30pm. The program will feature an arrangement of African-American music centred on seven spirituals by John Rutter. Other seasonal, favourite spirituals are included to welcome your Christmas Season. Advance tickets are $20; children under 14 are free. For tickets see Dave MacWilliam after service. (www.corovivoottawa.ca, 613.841.3902)
This Week At a Glance
Sunday November 27
- Choirfest – Community Pentecostal Church, 6:30 pm
Monday November 28
- Scouting, 6 pm
Wednesday November 30
- Men’s Breakfast – Gabriel’s Pizza, 7 am
- A Joyful Yarn – Nursery, 7 pm
Thursday December 1
- Java Jive – Library, 10 am
- Choir – Sanctuary, 7:30 pm
Friday December 2
- Coffee & Conversation – Library, 9 am
- Youth Group – Lounge