A CAPITAL CITY CHORUS CHRISTMAS – You enjoyed us at the Tower Fundraising Show in June. Come see our annual Christmas Show! It has something for every member of your family and is sure to warm your hearts and get you into the Christmas spirit. 7:30pm Friday Dec 14th as well as 2:00pm & 7:30pm Saturday Dec 15th at St Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church (2345 Alta Vista Drive). For tickets go to the website capitalcitychorus.org or contact Alex Mirhady at 613-841-7434.
OUC SEASON OF SHARING We continue our OUC tradition of sharing God’s goodness with others through a daily practice of making space in our homes and finding meaningful gifts for those in need. Starting on November 12th, you are invited to follow along our Season of Sharing calendar, taking 10 minutes each day to find one (or more) designated items and placing them in a box in your home. Each Sunday from November 18th to December 9th, you are welcome to bring your donations to the Church Library, where we will receive and sort them. We will be supporting several community organizations, and hope that by finding items that are no longer getting any love in our homes, we can help those who are in need. You can refer to the coloured calendar for each week’s items, and please only bring in those items listed. If you have questions at any time throughout the week, please feel free to contact Natalie Merchant (Natalie@spaceforcalm.ca), or Rev. Molly.
REMEMBRANCE DAY NOTICE As always we will have our Honour Corner in the Narthex, and you are invited to bring in memorabilia to commemorate those who served. Anyone entitled to wear a uniform is welcome to do so on November 11.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17
Volunteers – Many thanks to everyone who has already offered to work at the Bazaar. It is a great relief to have such an enthusiastic team. You will receive an email to confirm your hours and area you are assigned to work. So far, everyone’s stated preferences have been accommodated so there shouldn’t be any surprises. We do need about ten more volunteers to work at the Bazaar. In particular, we are in need of help in the Kitchen Cafe washing dishes, and are also looking for a few more volunteers to help with sales in the afternoon (11:30-2:30) or the take down/tidy up after the Bazaar (2pm onwards). If you can help, please contact email@example.com, or drop by the Bazaar table after Sunday service and sign-up to volunteer. Where to Drop off Bazaar Donations? Silent Auction items, Jams+ Preserves, Handcrafted items, Jewellery, Vintage collectibles – you can drop these items off in the Office Monday – Friday, or on Sundays at the Bazaar table in the Hall after Sunday service. Books – can bring directly to the corridor outside Chapel, under the book sign. After November 5, White Elephant items (no clothes, linens or appliances please) can be dropped off in the corridor off the narthex, just before the new white storage cupboards under the sign for white elephant.
Baked Goods – Thanks to your wonderful baking skills and efforts, the Bazaar bake sale is always a tremendous success. We hope we can count on your support again, and welcome any donations of baked goods – including pies, cakes, cookies, breads, fudge…. whatever is your specialty, someone will love it. Please drop off any baked goods donations on Friday, Nov 16 between 8am-8pm in the Library.
Bring a Friend – we hope you will mention the Bazaar to your friends and neighbours, and invite them to attend. The more, the merrier!
Frozen Food Orders – With the exception of cookie dough, frozen food orders are ready to be picked up in the Hall following the service this morning. If anyone would like to have an order delivered, please contact Ken Richardson (firstname.lastname@example.org, 613.824.3599).
WG40 TIDBIT On January 11, 1980, our Second Anniversary service was televised on the CBC program “Meeting Place.”
WOULD YOU LIKE A WONDERFUL SENIOR ROOMMATE? A mature female, quiet, tidy, respectable member of our church family is looking to rent a room in a tidy, peaceful, congenial home. Non-smoker, non- drinking, no pets, willing to help with light housework. Requires parking for 1 small car. If you might be interested in exploring possibilities, please contact Dorthy (email@example.com).
CD’S OF DAVID KAI’S MUSIC, $15, available at OUC. David Kai is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the Humber College music program where he specialized in arranging and composing, and The Centre for Christian Studies. He served OUC as a diaconal minister and delighted all with his music. https://www.sites.google.com/site/davidwkaismusic/.
SANCTUARY HELPERS NEEDED Could you spare an hour or two once a month to tidy the sanctuary? This involves tidying the pews, watering plants, and polishing the brass (if needed). Please contact Shirley Holt (firstname.lastname@example.org, 613.841.5143).
The United Church of Canada is profoundly saddened and outraged at the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: “The United Church of Canada denounces such acts of terror perpetrated in the name of religion as well as the rhetoric and worldviews that makes them possible…. We offer our prayers that together we may build a world where all are treated with dignity and respect.” Read the full statement at https://www.united-church.ca/news/statement-attack-tree-life-synagogue-pittsburgh.
PHOTO DIRECTORIES There are still 39 named directories in the Office. Please check the box to see if yours is one of them. There are also several extras which can be claimed on a first-come, first-served basis. See Kim in the Office if you would like one of these.
MULTIFAITH HOUSING INITIATIVE (MHI) On Sunday November 18 MHI will once again host our National Housing Day celebration at Ottawa City Hall. Please join leaders from our member faith groups as we celebrate progress made toward our common goal: ending homelessness in our city. Prayer Service: 2 to 3 pm – Champlain Room; Reception: 3:15 to 4:30 pm – Jean Pigott Place. All are welcome!
WG40 The working group for the 40th anniversary (WG40), under the auspices of the Communications and Worship teams, is keen to start working on ideas to celebrate OUC’s 40th throughout 2019, BUT it needs input from you! If you have ideas to share, please send them to Marni Hunt-Stephens (email@example.com) or drop a note off to the Office, along with your name and contact details.
WE ARE STILL LOOKING for people willing to decorate the Evergreen tree on the West lawn with lights. It would be wonderful to add this visual festive display and now would be the time to do the set-up before the cold weather and snow. If you wish to volunteer, please contact France Lemay-Legaullt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This Week at OUC
Sunday November 4 Girls on the Spectrum Drop-in – Lounge/Nursery, 1 pm
Healing Pathways – Chapel, after service
Monday November 5 Scouting, 6:15 pm
Tuesday November 6 Bazaar Crafting – Choir Room 9:30 am
Meat Pie making – Kitchen, 8:30 am
Wednesday November 7 Men’s Breakfast – Gabriel’s Restaurant, 7 am
M & P – Room 12, 7:30 pm
Thursday November 8 Java Jive – Library, 10 am
Mom’s Night Out – Lounge, 6:45 pm
Senior Choir – Sanctuary, 7:30 pm
Friday November 9 Coffee & Conversation, Library, 9 am
Meat Pie making – Kitchen 8:30 am
LIFE AND WORK OF OUC – NOVEMBER 2018
Please visit our website at www.orleansunitedchurch.com
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR NOVEMBER Canned goods: fruit, peas, corn, carrots, green beans, meat, kidney & other beans, lentils, soups. Also, baby food & diapers, peanut butter, olive oil, personal hygiene products.
OUC BOOK CLUB meets Tuesday November 27, 1 pm in the Library to discuss One Brother Shy by Terry Fallis. All are welcome. For more information, contact Annemarie Humenuk (email@example.com).
CENTRE 507 is a drop-in program for women and men in downtown Ottawa. Donations of white socks, underwear and long underwear, as well as jam, regular ground coffee, soap, razors, toothbrushes and other personal supplies for the Centre are always needed, and may be put in the marked container in main OUC entrance.
NAMETAGS If you are interested in obtaining an OUC nametag (gold background, plastic holder, magnetic clip), the cost is $10 and you can leave your name with the Office. Of course, you are welcome to wear any name tag you already have at home!
PRAYER MINISTRY Confidential prayer requests can be sent to ouc.prayersforall @rogers.com.
REIMBURSEMENT FOR OUC PURCHASES BY VOLUNTEERS If you find yourself having to purchase supplies for our church, there are several ways you can be reimbursed (please note: all requests for reimbursement must be approved by the appropriate committee chair):
- ask Kim in the Office for a petty cash advance which will be provided either in cash or cheque depending on the amount of the request. Then submit applicable receipts and return any remaining cash to her.
- purchase the item yourself and then submit receipts to Kim. Reimbursement will be either by cash or cheque depending on the amount.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak with Kim who can also provide you with a detailed copy of the process. Should you not wish to be reimbursed for any church related purchases, you are still encouraged to submit receipts to Kim so you can receive an in-kind donation tax receipt.
ASSISTED LISTENING A portable FM radio with headphones allows you to listen on 95.7 Mhz.
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 posting sermon videos on our OUC YouTube channel. Go to http://orleansunitedchurch.com/sermons-2/video-sermons/. Please note that the videos do not contain images of anyone in the pews, attending the services.
JOYFUL YARN meets every second Wednesday, 7 pm in the Lounge. Open to all. The next meeting will be on November 14.
PARKING is allowed on Orleans Blvd. (in front of the Church) on Sunday mornings.
SUPPORT OUC FINANCIALLY:
- November 11th will be our next Second Sunday Social at Boston Pizza, following the service. All are welcome to attend. 15% of your total will be given back to OUC. Please ensure you write OUC on the receipt and leave it at the hostess counter.
- GIFT CARDS Superstore/Independent/No Frills/Loblaws; Metro/Food Basics; Farm Boy; Tim Hortons and Sobeys gift cards are available each Sunday in the Hall or during Office hours. There is no cost to you. OUC receives a percentage for each card we sell. Empty Farm Boy cards can be returned to the church to earn an additional 1%.
- Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) Your weekly givings can be offered through an automatic withdrawal by contacting Winston Babin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Welcome Team: We are looking for people to join our Welcome Team, making OUC a more friendly place through serving as a greeter or usher, or at our welcome table or coffee hour on Sunday morning. If you are interested in helping out with any of these vital ministries, please contact Rev. Molly.
- 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 can help.
- 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 new sign-up sheet is posted beside the coffee urn in the Hall. (Lin and Mike, firstname.lastname@example.org, 613.837.6720).
- Audio-visual presentations: We are looking for persons who would like to learn how to operate the audio, video and PowerPoint systems used every Sunday morning and on special events such as weddings. Training will be provided. Come and make use of your creative skills. Contact David Patterson (email@example.com ).
- Attention Photographers: We are looking for scenic pictures around Orleans that we can project on Sunday morning as part of the service PowerPoint presentation. Please email large picture files directly to David (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Advent 2018 at OUC
November 25 Into the Darkness of December, 7 pm in the Sanctuary
A contemplative worship service for those who will find the coming season of Christmas festivities difficult. Come find the quiet centre and rest a while in preparation for Advent.
December 2 In the first week of Advent…Gingerbread House making in the Hall after worship. Open to everyone!
Choirfest – Community Pentecostal Church, 6:30 pm
December 9 In the second week of Advent…Choir Worship Service
December 16 In the third week of Advent…Sunday School Pageant
December 23 In the fourth week of Advent…Wear your Festive Christmas Sweaters (or ties, or hats) to morning worship.