REV. CAROLINE has a special request: if you have a nametag, please wear it, on Sunday mornings, but also during the week at church meetings and events. Help her get to know us! Also, please note that Rev. Caroline’s OUC phone and e-mail are up and running. You can send all church related messages to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 613.837.5261.
2017 OFFERING ENVELOPES are ready for pickup in the Narthex. Note that envelopes are sorted in numerical order. Please use the alphabetical name list as a guide.
PARKING A reminder that parking is allowed on Orleans Blvd. (in front of the church) on Sunday mornings.
COVENANTING SERVICE AND HIGH TEA FOR REVEREND CAROLINE Come celebrate Rev. Caroline’s official welcome to our church on Sunday February 5, 3 pm for a covenanting worship service, with guest preacher Rev. Nancy Best. Please plan to stay for tea afterwards. There will be sandwiches, scones, tea, coffee and sweet treats available. Your help would be appreciated in the set-up and/or clean up, or helping with making coffee and tea. If you feel called to help in this celebration of Reverend Caroline’s call, please sign up on the list posted on the bulletin board outside the kitchen.
Activities Around Our Church
If you require financial assistance to participate in any OUC program, please contact Rev. Molly.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CHANGES We have made some changes to our Sunday School program. A lack of teachers plus varying attendance has meant we have changed our model. Along with Nursery for babies & toddlers, we now offer 3 classes each Sunday: preschool/JK, SK/Grade 1/Grade 2 and Grade 3/4/5/6. As always, Youth class (grades 7-12) meet in the Lounge on Sundays.
YOUTH CONFIRMATION Those families with youth (grade 7+) interested in confirmation, please contact Rev. Molly so we can begin planning. If there is sufficient interest, we will offer confirmation with a flexible schedule, pairing youth with adult mentors, in March – May 2017. More details to follow.
CHRISTIANITY 101! A Lenten study will look at Rowan William’s book “Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer”. In this book, the former Archbishop of Canterbury “entices us all to go deeper by reviewing the basics”. The book can be ordered at Chapters, and our first meeting will take place after the Ash Wednesday service on March 1. Thereafter the group will meet each Wednesday from 7:30-9:00 p.m., probably for five weeks total. Please contact Shirley or Peter Holt to register for the course (email@example.com, 613.841.5143).
ANNUAL MEETING will take place this year on Sunday February 12, after the worship service. Please plan to attend this important discussion of the life and work of our church.
INTERCHURCH REFUGEE GROUP The Interchurch Refugee Group (IRG) thanks you for your generous gifts of bed linens to support Nermen and Abdulrahman’s extended family. When combined with the contributions from Rothwell United, we were able to fully equip the newly arrived family of 8, and provide Helping with Furniture (HWF) with 10 large bags of bedding. We also extend our appreciation to Sunday’s team of volunteer movers. With so many helpers, we set up a 3-bedroom town home in under two hours. Nermen is thrilled to show her sister’s family such a welcoming home. She and Abdulrahman are deeply grateful. Thanks to everyone who helped spread God’s goodness to these two families and to numerous unknown HWF clients. For more information about the IRG, please e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org.
LADIES RETREAT While the snow if still flying, it is time for us to start planning for this year’s spring retreat at Camp Merrywood, April 28 – 30.For more information please contact Joan at email@example.com.
MEN’S BREAKFAST Please join OUC men every Wednesday morning at 7 am, Gabriel’s Pizza on St. Joseph Blvd. for wide ranging, informative, enthusiastic discussions of upcoming Bible readings.
“ONE IN THE SPIRIT” This week, we feature an interview with Rev. Molly Bell. Rev. Molly talks about her roots, her beginning in ministry and her time at Orleans United Church. It is a very informative and delightful few minutes getting to know Rev. Molly better. You can see the video by going to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T7jyZ6-YvU, or by going to the Orleans United Church Youtube channel. Next week, Scott Richardson will tell us all about his music ministry and the time he has spent with us. As a special treat, he will be playing a couple of selections as well. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please contact the Church Office (613.837.4321) or David Clemis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
LIBRARY NEWS Thanks to webmaster extraordinaire, Michelle Hanson, you can browse the list of OUC library books from the comfort of your home. Go to www.orleansunitedchurch.com/library/,
search by title or author, note the section your chosen book is in, then come in and sign it out.
BRIDGE NIGHT Tuesday January 31, 7:15 pm. Contact Margriet (email@example.com, 613.837.9657) if you want to play. Please bring your own snacks. New players are always welcome.
MOMS’ NIGHT OUT The post-Christmas/back to school frenzy is over so why not join other OUC Moms for a relaxing night out at Moxies on Innes Rd., Friday February 3 at 7 pm. To ensure we reserve the right number of seats, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, February 1st. Hope to see you there!
PANCAKE SUPPER Tuesday February 28 (Shrove Tuesday) from 5 – 6:00 pm, come one, come all, to enjoy Peter’s Perfect Pancakes, served by 8th Orleans Scout Group. Tickets are: children $4.00, adults $6.00, and family $20.00, and will be available at coffee hour, and also at the door. Don’t miss it!
ADDITIONAL STORAGE SPACE OUC is very happy to have spacious new cupboards beside the wheelchair-accessible washroom. They were planned and constructed by Bob Kilpatrick. Thank you, Bob.
KITCHEN AND BATHROOM BEES It’s time for our annual kitchen clean-up. This year we are going to give the bathrooms some attention too. Watch for the dates. Please contact Sandra Sales if you would like to take part (613.834.0932).
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.
WORSHIP COORDINATOR HELP Each Sunday a small group of individuals takes turns helping ensure that the Church Sanctuary, Hall and other rooms are in shape and ready for Sunday morning service. The commitment is about 3 hours on a Sunday, arriving at church by 9 and leaving by noon. There isn’t much responsibility during worship, so you are able to attend the service as usual. Oftentimes people just pitch in and help with many of the duties, so sometimes it turns into more of a coordination role. If you are interested, or want to know more, please contact Rob Orchin (email@example.com).
RELAY FOR LIFE The OUC Relay for Life team is at it again. If you are interested in joining in on this great cause, please email Sarah Benfield (firstname.lastname@example.org, 613.868.4633. Let’s take the word Cancer out of the world! Want to join right away? You can sign up here: http:// convio.cancer.ca/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFL_ON_odd_?team_id=356262&pg=team&fr_id=22439
WE LOVE COFFEE TIME! After service every Sunday there is always a large social gathering in the Hall sipping coffee, tea or juice, eating muffins and joining in lively conversation. What a pleasure it is to see so many people enjoying each other’s company! While you’re pouring yourself a cup check out the sign-up sheet on the wall right beside the coffee urn. You might find a date when you are available to volunteer. And as always, Mike and Lin will be happy to assist you as needed (email@example.com, 613.837.6720).
Community Outreach Ministries
A ROCHA, a Christian environmental organization, has an Ottawa Chapter. It is hosting the Veritas Forum Lectures at University of Ottawa on Sunday January 29 and Monday January 30. Details are on the bulletin board in the Hall.
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR JANUARY Clean-up/storage: dish & laundry soap, paper towels, garbage bags, plastic wrap & storage bags. Protein food: canned meat, fish, peanut butter. Other: Olive oil, baby food and diapers; canned soups and pasta.
CENTRE 507 is a drop-in program for women and 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? 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.
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.
A NOTE OF THANKS The Care and Support Team would like to thank all of you enrolled in the Caring Casseroles Program at Orleans United. This is a very important and well appreciated part of our Ministry. This year several members of our Church Family were, and still are, facing huge medical challenges. As well, others face life challenging events such as surgeries, births and deaths. To help ease their burden this year we were able to give out 30 meals to these folks and/or their families. In the fall, four new members came forward and enrolled to help out. Unfortunately, four other members had to withdraw from the list for various reasons. Thank you to everyone, past and present, for your commitment and preparation of fabulous meals with no hesitation when called upon. The recipients were truly thankful and very appreciative of this support. Should you want to become a member of the Caring Casseroles Team you may call Denise Connors (613.834.9977).
FROZEN BERRIES Now’s the time to contact your friends, relatives and work colleagues to find out how many berries they would like to order. Meet Joan Brockelbank in the Hall after church to put in your orders. The berries are high quality, and this is a fund-raiser for OUC. 2 kg bag of blueberries $20, 2 kg bag of cranberries $15, 2.5 kg bag of raspberries $28, blueberry cookbook $12. Deadline for orders is February 12. Pickup is February 24.
GIFT CARD FUNDRAISING TABLE Grocery gift cards are sold in the Hall each Sunday and in the Church Office. Cards are available for Superstore/Independent/No Frills, Metro/Food Basics, Farm Boy, Tim Hortons and Sobeys. There is no additional cost to you, and the church receives a percentage for each card we sell. We still have some Tim Horton gift cards in $5, $10 and $25 denominations as well as Loblaws and Metro in $25 denominations.
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.
RONA CARDS OUC/RONA discount cards are available for your wallets. Present the card to the cashier and you will receive 5% off your purchase and the church will make the equivalent 5%. Pick up your card today at the fundraising table in the hall. The account number is OUC148120.
BOSTON PIZZA ORLEANS, CHURCH REBATE PROGRAM OUC will receive 10% rebate on all Boston Pizza purchases (before taxes). Please write “Orleans United Church” on your receipts and deposit them in the box at the hostess stand in the restaurant.
This Week At a Glance
Monday January 30 Scouting, 6 pm
Tuesday January 31 Elders – Library, 7 pm
Worship – Library, 8 pm
Bridge – Lounge, 7:15 pm
Wednesday February 1 Men’s Breakfast – Gabriel’s Pizza, 7 am
Thursday January 26 Java Jive – Library, 10 am
Care & Support Team – Lounge, 7 pm
Choir – Sanctuary, 7:30 pm
Friday January 27 Coffee & Conversation – Library, 9 am
Youth Group – Lounge, 7 pm