LENTEN SERMON SERIES We continue our Lenten journey together, as we set time aside each week to deepen our relationship with God and experience the gifts of this holy season, remembering that Spirituality Takes Practice. Through sermons and in our own lives, we will explore a spiritual practice that can draw us closer to God: Keeping Sabbath, Prayer, Letting Go, Embodiment (practicing acceptance), & Embracing (practicing love). Please set aside an hour each week for the Lenten Practice of the Week – we trust it will be more than worth it. You will receive the Lenten Homework by email or can find it on the purple bulletin insert. This week we practice EMBODIMENT. If we can support your Lenten journey in any way, please let us know! – Rev. Molly and Rev. Caroline
EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE This year we have been invited to join Rev. Nancy Best and Queenswood United Church (360 Kennedy Lane East) for their Sunrise Service. It will take place on the hill in the park beside the church and will begin at 6:15 am. The service will be followed by breakfast provided by the Queenswood Worship Committee. All are welcome!
WOMEN’S RETREAT – April 27 – 29. You are invited to come and experience a peaceful weekend with the women of Orleans United and Queenswood United Churches. At Camp Merrywood, you will meet some wonderful women who, like yourself, are on a journey to be all that God created us to be. This fun-filled weekend will give you time to share, laugh, eat and relax with some new and “old” friends from both churches. For more info contact Jeannie (613.220.9651).
MONTREAL & OTTAWA CONFERENCE – Travelling Road Show – Come! Discuss! and Ask! A workshop directed at Treasurers, Trustees, Board/Council Chairs, Mission & Service, Stewardship and Outreach Committee; Clergy and Lay! Saturday April 14, 8:45 – 3:30 at Knox-St. Paul’s United Church, Cornwall ON. For more information or to register contact Carolyn Ruda (email@example.com, 613-932-2415).
EMAIL PRAYER MINISTRY – confidential prayer requests or offers to pray for others can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
JOYFUL YARN meets every second Wednesday, 7 pm in the Lounge. Open to all.
MEN’S BREAKFAST meets every Wednesday morning 7am at Gabriel’s Restaurant on St. Joseph Blvd.
GIRLS ON THE SPECTRUM DROP-IN PROGRAM for girls on the autism spectrum and their families takes place on Sunday afternoons from 1 – 3 pm in the Lounge. Cost is $5 per drop in. For more information contact Suzanne email@example.com 613.852.0828
CENTRE 507 is a drop-in program for women and men in downtown Ottawa. Donations of jam, regular ground coffee and toiletries for the Centre may be put in the marked container in main OUC entrance.
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR MARCH Breakfast: oatmeal, cold cereals, pancake & biscuit mixes, syrup, jam, honey, canned juices, peanut butter, powdered & canned milk. Always needed: protein food i.e. canned fish & meat; baby needs; feminine hygiene products. NO 18-EGG CARTONS.
FROM CST Where there is life, there is grief…join us for a look at grief, Tuesdays 7-9 pm, April 3 – May 1 at Queenswood United, 360 Kennedy Lane East. For a list of topics and speakers, see the bulletin board outside the office. To register, contact Heather McGrath (firstname.lastname@example.org, 613.830.7652).
WANTED: Current best seller book and DVDs for an upcoming OUC Fundraiser campaign. Please bring your donations and leave in the bin marked “book/dvd donations” in the hallway across from the library.
CHANGE 4 CHANGE Our total after Sunday March 11 is $226.33. Don’t forget to collect your change during the week and drop it into our jar. This year we are helping to send Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to camp to learn what it means to live together.
OUC YOUTH JUNK COLLECTION Do you have junk around your house that you want to get rid of? Do you think that commercial prices for junk removal are too expensive? Well, then your OUC Youth have a deal for you. OUC Youth are offering a one day “Junk Removal Day” on Saturday April 21. For a free-will donation, we will come to your house and collect any unwanted junk. We will donate as much as we can and the rest will be taken to the city landfill on Trail Road. OUC Youth is also looking for a company or individual who would like to sponsor one of the trucks that we need to rent that day. Please contact Michael Parsche (email@example.com) or the Office if you are interested in sponsorship or pick-up.
THE SPRING SALE EVENT will be held on Saturday May 12 from 9 am to 2 pm. This year’s focus is on Mother’s Day. We will have approximately 25 vendors and crafters selling their wares. This is a great social event for our community to come and shop for that special gift within a joyful environment offering music and food. This year will feature Joan’s wonderful sticky buns and we are planning on preparing some delicious homemade pizzas. We will be selling some potted plants which the congregation will have a chance to order beforehand but we will not be selling perennials and baskets of flowers. We are presently looking for volunteers to help make the pizzas, set-up and take down tables and general clean-up. Contact France Lemay-Legault (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in renting a table ($30) or wishing to help out during the course of the event.
Drivers: C.S.T. is looking for individuals who are willing to pick up congregants on Sunday morning for church on an occasional basis. Contact the Office if you would like your name added to the list.
Ushers: We are looking for people to join our ushering team. If you are interested in this important welcoming ministry, please email Mark (email@example.com).
Coffee Hour: We need volunteers to make coffee/tea/muffins for Coffee Hour after church – a sign-up sheet is posted beside the coffee urn in the Hall. (Lin and Mike, firstname.lastname@example.org, 613.837.6720).
Milk Bags: Looking for an individual willing to deliver our collection of milk bags to a home in Orleans (Chapel Hill area) on occasion. If you are willing to take this on, contact Kim in the Office.
8TH ORLEANS SCOUTS
Register online at www.scouts.ca or during the meeting times:
• Orleans United Church – Mondays (Beavers- 6:15-7:15; Cubs 6:30-8; Scouts 7-9; Venturers 7-8 & Rovers TBD)
• Convent Glen Catholic School – Tuesdays (Beavers 6:30-7:30)
• St. Dominic Catholic School – Thursdays (Beavers 6:30-7:30; Cubs 7-8:30),
or contact Joni Boyd, Group Commissioner (commissioner@8thOrleans.ca, 613.837.4686).
SUPPORT OUC FINANCIALLY:
• GIFT CARDS: Superstore/Independent/No Frills/Loblaws; Metro/Food Basics; Farm Boy; Tim Hortons and Sobeys gift cards available each Sunday in the Hall or during office hours. There is no cost to you and the church receives a percentage for each card we sell. Used (empty) Farm Boy cards can be returned to the church to earn an additional 1% for the church. Please note: the Gift Card table will be closed on Thanksgiving Sunday (October 8) so volunteers can spend the holiday with their families.
• 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.
• Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) your weekly givings can be offered through an automatic withdrawal by contacting Winston Babin (email@example.com).
DID YOU KNOW THAT:
PARKING is allowed on Orleans Blvd. (in front of the Church) on Sunday mornings.
ASSISTED LISTENING – a portable FM radio with headphones allows you to listen on 95.7 Mhz.
CDs of SUNDAY WORSHIP are available at audio-visual room at the rear of the Sanctuary.
VIDEOS OF OUC SERMONS In an attempt to further share God’s goodness and reach some of our congregation who are not able to be present in worship, we are beginning to post sermon videos on our OUC YouTube channel. We will try and post two sermons each month. If you would like to watch the videos, you can go to this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnOu5yFybhiRZ6fGiMIS_9w/ videos. Alternatively, you can search YouTube, type in Orleans United Church, Select the OUC logo, select video and you will see the five most recent videos. Please note that the videos do not contain images of anyone in the pews, attending the services.If you would like to watch the videos, you can go watch from our website under Services Available > Sermons OR via https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnOu5yFybhiRZ6fGiMIS_9w/videos
Alternatively, you can search YouTube, type in Orleans United Church, Select the OUC logo, select video and you will see the five most recent videos.