SOCIAL MEDIA SUNDAY This Sunday we will be exploring the various ways we can engage our faith using social media – and we’ll be doing so in worship! So charge up your tablets and phones, and bring them to church! You’ll be amazed at the ways you can use your devices to enhance your faith experience and to spread God’s goodness.
Activities Around Our Church
If you require financial assistance to participate in any OUC program, please contact Rev. Molly.
COMMON VISION PROJECT On Tuesday February 28, 2:30 pm, Ron Klusmeier (United Church musician and hymn-writer) will be holding a meeting here at OUC to promote his Common Vision Project in support of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFB). This 90-minute meeting is designed to encourage local church and other groups to hold concerts to raise funds and awareness for the CFB. All are welcome. For more information go to http://foodgrainsbank.ca/campaigns/commonvision/or see the poster on the bulletin board in the Hall.
GIVE IT UP FOR THE EARTH! (a new campaign by Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) for Lent 2017) will signal to the government that Canadians – especially Canadian Christians – are prepared to make lifestyle changes in order to reduce our GHG emissions. And we want our government to match and exceed these actions with policy changes that will move us further and faster towards international climate change goals. Climate change is a tremendous challenge for the global community. Many see it as the critical issue of our time. This year, we invite Canadians to Give it up for the Earth! from March 1 to April 13. Give it up for the Earth! is centred on a postcard that includes a pledge to individual climate action as well as a call for more far-reaching national climate policy measures. Completed postcards will be returned to CPJ for delivery to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna. The early church looked to Jesus’ example and developed a practice of fasting during the 40 days leading up to Easter. This practice has evolved over the years and many Christians now mark Lent by “giving up” a bad habit or distracting practice. This symbolic sacrifice provides space to reflect and refocus, tune-in to our Christian calling, and renew our commitment to God. Please join us and Give it up for the Earth! as part of your Lenten journey.
THURSDAYS IN MARCH Rev. Caroline will be offering a Lunch & Learn series on the UCC study called That We May Know Each Other: United Church-Muslim Relations Today. Starts March 2. Time: 11:30 – 12:45. Location: OUC Library. *Bring Your Lunch.
OUC BOOK CLUB meets Tuesday February 28, 1 pm in the Church Library to discuss The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. All are welcome. For more information, contact Annemarie Humenuk (email@example.com).
LADIES RETREAT at Camp Merrywood, April 28 – 30 “150 Years of Women in the Church”. Registration begins March 19th. For more information please contact Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAMP AWESOME It’s time to mark your calendars! Dates for our week of Vacation Bible School, Camp Awesome, have been confirmed. OUC will be hosting a day camp for 4-12 year olds on Tuesday July 4 to Friday July 7, 2017. Due to the shortened week (Monday is Canada Day), camp will have extended hours this year, running from 9:30 am to 4 pm daily. We hope this change in timing will allow more children to participate! It is always a week of fun, laughter, crafts, food, songs, and friends. Please share the news, invite your friends, and get ready for an awesome week! Registration forms will be available after Easter. You can contact Rev. Molly if you have any questions.
URGENT NEED FOR CONFIRMATION MENTORS We are still looking for 4 adults who would feel called to spend time one-on-one with a young person from our congregation as part of the youth confirmation program. Time commitment is 8 one-hour sessions over the course of 13 weeks (time and location to fit into your schedule). This mentor relationship has proven to be the most valuable and meaningful part of our confirmation program – we have eager and wonderful teens but still need caring adults to make it happen. Please prayerfully consider your ability to respond so we have adults in place by February 28. Contact Rev. Molly for details.
LENTEN SERIES The Society of St. James the Evangelist, a monastic ministry of the Anglican Church of Canada and Episcopal church USA are offering a 6-week Lenten Series called “The 5 Marks of Love” (5marksoflove.org). The series begins February 26th and is designed for use by individuals and small groups. This could be a good resource for those of you seeking to engage in a dedicated, daily Lenten practice.
CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT EXCHANGE If you would like to clear some storage space at your house or refresh your Christmas decorations, we have a deal for you!! A Christmas ornament exchange will take place after church on March 12 in the hall. You can donate one or more ornaments (lights, decorations, tree ornaments etc.), take one or more or do both – no money involved! Donations will be accepted from March 5 to 12 and can be placed in the bin near the blue OUC BuyNothing bin in the coat rack hallway. For more information, contact Annemarie Humenuk (email@example.com).
2016 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS OVERSIGHT My presentation of 2016 Financial Highlights at February 12th’s Annual Congregational Meeting failed to mention the enormous financial contributions of the many external groups who rent our space. Use & Occupancy revenue from the Seventh Day Adventists, choirs, dance classes and numerous other community groups provided OUC with almost $60,000 revenue in 2016. That’s a significant figure compared to offerings, $300,000, and fundraising, $41,000. We really appreciate these groups’ patronage of our space! — Alex Mirhady
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 613.841.5143).
CAREGIVER: TAKE A BREAK! This 8 week get together will run Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 – 3 pm, April 4 – May 23 at OUC. With fun, laughter, food, and a guest speaker, we hope to provide you with a relaxing and informative break from caregiving. For more information and/or to register, please contact Heather McGrath (email@example.com, 613.830.7652). Last date for registration is March 20.
A MOMENT FOR GRATITUDE The Interchurch Refugee Group has just completed the 1-year sponsorship of a Syrian family of 6. The congregation of Orleans United has played an integral role in supporting this family, and Abdulrahman, the father of the family, asked for the opportunity to express his appreciation. Here are some excerpts from the remarks he made at church on Feb. 5.
“After leaving my country of origin and settling in another country for three years, I was very worried about my children’s future. I finally felt that doors of hope started to open once again for me and my family when Canadians sponsored us. In Ottawa, we started a brand new life with brand new hopes when we met our group members for the first time. They helped us from the first step. They helped us settle and bring back smiles to our children, gave us strength and helped us plan our children’s future. It’s very hard to find words to express our appreciation. My family and I would like to thank the group members and volunteers from the bottom of our hearts for their precious help. Thank you very much. “
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
PANCAKE SUPPER Tuesday February 28 (Shrove Tuesday) from 5 – 6 pm, come one, come all, to enjoy Peter’s Perfect Pancakes, served by 8thOrleans Scout Group. Tickets are: children $4.00, adults $6.00, family $20.00, and will be available at coffee hour, and also at the door. Don’t miss it!
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, joining in lively conversation and enjoying each other’s company! Check out the sign-up sheet on the wall right beside the coffee urn. Mike and Lin will be happy to assist you as needed (email@example.com, 613.837.6720).
OUC YOUTH TRIVIA NIGHT IV Saturday April 1, doors open at 7:15 pm. The event kicks off at 7:30 pm. Expect an evening of fun as you compete in groups of 6 – 8. Fabulous door prizes to be won! You will be competing for the most valuable prize of all, the Parsche Cup. Tickets are $20 per person and include admission to this exclusive event, snacks prepared by the youth, fabulous door prizes and VIP parking. The Youth are looking for door prizes for the event. If you have any connections or prizes to donate, please contact Sarah Benfield (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Michael Parsche (email@example.com).
CD of SUNDAY WORSHIP Audio recordings (CD) of Sunday worship are available- just ask at the audio-visual room at the rear of the Sanctuary any Sunday. A $5/disk donation helps with our costs.
GENTLE YOGA at OUC from March 7 to April 25, visit www.sandyjonesyoga.com
ONE IN THE SPIRIT “One In the Spirit” this week features an interview with Alison Sales in her role as the lead for “Joyful Yarn” and their unique outreach. It is a wonderful experience to listen to and watch Alison in action as she prepares one of the 40 blankets that this group makes for their outreach. You can catch the video on the Orleans United Church Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpKmDnHNhwU. Next week, Heather McGrath will be featured. She will be talking about the upcoming “Caregivers Workshop” to be held in April and May. You don’t want to miss that interview. If you have any suggestions for future “One In the Spirit” programs, please contact Kim at the office or David Clemis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday March 3, 2 pm. St. Helen’s Anglican Church, 1234 Prestone Dr., will be hosting the annual service, prepared this year by women of the Philippines. All are welcome.
PRESBYTERY POINT TO PONDER Presbytery meetings are usually called to order at 6:30 p.m. in English, French, and with an acknowledgement of the Algonquin land we are on.
WANTED: CRAFTS OF ALL KINDS Save the date: OUC’s Christmas Bazaar takes place on November 18 this year. Santa’s elves are already hard at work, and they need your help! What makes our bazaar special is the wide range of fine handicrafts on display, and they all come from you, the talented members of our congregation. Whatever your crafting passion may be — sewing, quilting, woodworking, knitting, crochet, paper crafts, jewellery, or something else unique and wonderful — please keep OUC’s 2017 Christmas Bazaar in mind.
CRAFT KITS IN THE HALL We’re back, with a selection of new take-home knitting and crochet kits for the bazaar! Come and see what’s available in the hall after service this Sunday. Each kit contains a pattern and enough yarn to make one or two items from it. When you have finished your project, you can bring it back to the bazaar table in the Hall or leave it in the Office, attention Ann Thacker. That way we can keep track of inventory and price things well in advance of the busy season. Thanks for your help!
MEN’S BREAKFAST Please join OUC men every Wednesday morning, 7 am at Gabriel’s Pizza on St. Joseph Blvd. for wide ranging, informative, enthusiastic discussions of upcoming Bible readings.
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.
PARKING A reminder that parking is allowed on Orleans Blvd. (in front of the church) on Sunday mornings.
LIBRARY NEWS Win a $20 Tim Horton’s card, just in time for Christmas 2017. Just 10 more months to go! Whoever signs out and reads the most OUC library books by Dec 15 wins. Enjoyed one of the books? Please write up a brief overview and submit it to Kim. We will put it in the bulletin to encourage others to read it.
Community Outreach Ministries
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR FEBRUARY Protein: canned tuna, chicken, ham, salmon, corned beef, beans, lentils, peanut butter, cheese whiz, olive oil. Baby food & diapers. Feminine products.
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.email@example.com. You can ask to join the team and receive prayer requests, or simply make prayer requests for yourself or others.
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.
RONA CARDS Pick up a discount card at the fundraising table or use our account number OUC148120 at RONA and you will receive 5% off your purchase and the church will make the equivalent 5%!
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 February 27 Scouting, 4 pm
Tuesday February 28 Book Club – Library, 1 pm
Common Vision Project – Sanctuary, 2:30 pm
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – Hall, 5 pm
Bridge – Lounge, 7:15 pm
Wednesday March 1 Men’s Breakfast – Gabriel’s Pizza, 7 am
Ash Wednesday service – Sanctuary, 7 pm
Thursday March 2 Java Jive – Library, 10 am
C.S.T. – Lounge, 7 pm
Choir – Sanctuary, 7:30 pm
Friday March 3 Coffee & Conversation – Library, 9 am
Youth Group – Lounge, 7 pm