Come and join us in worship as we journey with Jesus through Holy Week
Maundy Thursday, April 13 7:00 pm
Good Friday, April 14 10:00 am
Easter Sunrise, April 16 8:00 am
Easter Breakfast after Sunrise service
Easter Celebration 10:00 am
Activities Around Our Church
If you require financial assistance to participate in any OUC program, please contact Rev. Molly.
HOPE Chest for CHEO The children and youth of OUC invite you to join them in creating messages of hope, inspiration and care to leave in the “HOPE Chest” in the Family Rooms at Ronald McDonald House at CHEO. You can contribute by writing prayers, quotes, pictures, notes of kindness on small index cards (or similar size) and leaving them in the envelope on the bulletin board across from the office labelled “Hope Chest Notes”. If you have any questions, please contact George Thwaites (email@example.com).
CHANGE FOR CHANGE Our coin collection has now reached $650. With the buying power that the Food Cupboards have they will be able to buy almost $3225 worth of food for people in our community. We will be collecting coins on Easter Sunday. Please remember that the children are really enjoying dumping their coins in to the big jar during Children’s time so if you have some coins why not find a child to put them in the jar for you! Thank you everybody for this great effort.
THE CHURCH OFFICE will be closed on Easter Monday, April 17. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday April 18.
LIBRARY NEWS Don’t forget that there is a $20 Tim’s card for the person who signs out and reads the most books from the OUC library, by Dec 9, 2017
WELCOME TABLE Last month, the Elders decided to make an effort to have the welcome table be more inviting as a place for newcomers to ask questions and get more information about life at OUC. We continue to experiment with how to have the Narthex be more welcoming on Sunday mornings. Thank you for your patience!!
CAMP AWESOME It’s time to mark your calendars! OUC will be hosting a day camp for 4-12 year olds on Tuesday July 4 to Friday July 7. 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. Please share the news, invite your friends, and get ready for an awesome week! Registration forms will be available after Easter. Contact Rev. Molly if you have any questions.
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 donation helps with our costs.
SEW ON AND SEW FORTH! Thanks to your continued interest and support, efforts are underway to make OUC’s Christmas Bazaar another success. We now have lots of sewing projects available for anyone who likes to sew at home. The fabric needed to complete a project is provided. Drop by the Church Hall after Sunday service to see if something suits your interests. We try to use donated and upcycled materials to create the beautiful Bazaar crafts. If anyone has any spare interfacing, we would welcome any donations to help line table runners and placemats.
WANTED: LEFTOVER POLAR FLEECE Spring cleaning? De-stashing? We can help! If you have any remnants of stretchable polar fleece (any colour, plain or patterned), the bazaar craft group would love to put them to good use making neck warmers and other items for the Christmas Bazaar. Please leave donations in the church office by April 24. Thanks!
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.
LISTENING TO THE ECHO BOOK DISCUSSION Come out at 7:30 pm on Wednesday May 3, 2017 to discuss Tom Sherwood’s book,Listening to the Echo, with the author. Copies are available on-line at Amazon or Friesen Press. Autographed copies will be available for purchase on the evening of the discussion, or contact Annemarie Humenuk (firstname.lastname@example.org) before April 18 if you want a copy before the discussion. If you haven’t read the book by May 3, you are still welcome to join us.
ONE IN THE SPIRIT CAREGIVER SPECIAL PRESENTATION This week, the One In the Spirit presentation is the keynote address at the first Caregiver Workshop session held last week. This session was on how stress affects the caregiver and what can be done to reduce the stress. The presentation is available on the OUC Youtube channel at https://youtu.be/_VQ17N0Vekk. For more information on the Caregiver Workshop, please contact Heather McGrath (email@example.com).
INTERCHURCH REFUGEE GROUP The Annual General Meeting of the Interchurch Refugee Group will be held on Monday, April 24, 7:30 pm at Community Pentecostal Church, 1825 St. Joseph Blvd. in Orleans. All are welcome to attend.
RECYCLING BATTERIES AND COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHTS (CFLs) Please make use of the container in the entranceway from the parking lot to recycle your used batteries and CFLs. They will be taken to one of the large stores for disposal. To date over a hundred pounds of batteries and a hundred CFLs have been recycled. Keep up the good work!
CHURCH KEYS Property is updating our inventory of Church keys. If you have one and haven’t already been contacted about it, please let Sandra Sales know (firstname.lastname@example.org), or put your name on the list on the bulletin board outside the Office. Thank you.
LADIES RETREAT at Camp Merrywood, April 28 – 30, “150 Years of Women in the Church”. Today is the last chance to register for the women’s retreat. For more information please contact Joan Brockelbank (email@example.com) or see her in the hall after service.
JOYFUL YARN has their Diversity Blanket on display in the Hall. Come see this blanket which was created – knitted, crocheted and sewn with donated yarn, by many hands. Random patterns. It will grace the bed of someone in need of warmth and kindness.
PARKING A reminder that parking is allowed on Orleans Blvd. (in front of the Church) on Sunday mornings.
PRESBYTERY POINT TO PONDER for a Presbytery meeting to be held, there must be quorum, which is 2/5 of all members (1/5 clergy and 1/5 lay).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 613.837.6720).
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.
DRUG OVERDOSE PREVENTION WORKSHOP The Ottawa Presbytery Youth and Young Adult Committee is responding to the current Opioid Crisis by teaming with pharmacist Mark Barnes to offer a community workshop at Orleans United on Wednesday June 7 from 7-9 pm. We will offer an overview of the crisis, training for the proper use of drug overdose kits, and will distribute Naloxone kits to those who are interested. Everyone is welcome to this event – youth, young adults, parents, community group leaders, and the general public. To register and reserve your kit in advance (the kit requires a prescription from the pharmacist), please send your full name, home address, phone number, date of birth and health card number (including the two letters at the end) to Rev. Hilary Merritt (email@example.com). Spaces may be limited, so please register soon.
Madawaska Institute for Religion and Culture and Kitchissippi United Church invite you to a lecture and workshop on ‘The Salvific Power of Beauty for Spirituality, Ecology and Justice’ featuring Patricia Adams Farmer, an ordained minister, a process theologian, author, and featured writer for the website Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism. https://patriciaadamsfarmer.com
Rev. Caroline invites you to join her at any of the scheduled events below:
- Friday, April 21 at 7:00pm: Reflections on beauty with Patricia Adams Farmer as well as The Inner Music of Beauty with jazz music with Peter Woods and Canto.
- Saturday, April 22 at 9:30am – 4pm: Workshops with Patricia Farmer and with James McGowan and Peter Woods’ jazz reflection.
- Sunday, April 23 at 10:00am: Worship Sermon and discussion at Kitchissippi UCC
Location: Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive Ottawa, ON K1B 0B9
Cost: $15.00 (Friday lecture and jazz. pay at the door/$125.00 (for the weekend and includes Friday event)/$15.00 extra for lunch To register: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 613.432.8852.
Community Outreach Ministries
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.
APRIL FOOD BANK FOCUS Treats/Birthdays: cake & brownie mixes, frosting, icing sugar, granola bars, cookies, puddings, jellos, marshmallows, crackers, popcorn, Dream Whip. Usual necessities: proteins, i.e. canned fish or meat, peanut butter; baby supplies, feminine hygiene products.
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. Please note: the grocery gift card table will be closed Easter Sunday so our volunteers can spend time with family.
BOSTON PIZZA ORLEANS, CHURCH REBATE PROGRAM OUC will receive a 10% rebate on all Boston Pizza purchases (before taxes). Please write “Orleans United Church” on your receipt and deposit it in the box at the hostess stand in the restaurant.
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%!
This Week At a Glance
Monday April 17 Church Office Closed
Scouting, 6:15 pm
Tuesday April 18 Caregiver Break – Hall, 1:30 pm
Wednesday April 19 Men’s Breakfast – Gabriel’s Pizza, 7 am
A Joyful Yarn – Lounge, 7 pm
Scouting – Hall, Choir Room, Rooms 11 & 12, Kitchen, 6 pm
Thursday April 20 Java Jive – Library, 10 am
Choir – Sanctuary, 7:30 pm
Friday April 21 Coffee & Conversation – Library, 9 am
Youth Group – Lounge, 7 pm