CURRENT EVENTS – June 30, 2019
JOAN RALPHS It is with great sadness that we share the news of the sudden death of our beloved Joan Ralphs. After not feeling well for a few weeks, she needed to be hospitalized Monday morning. She was admitted to ICU shortly thereafter and died peacefully late in the afternoon surrounded by beloved friends and family. We were able to offer prayers of thanksgiving for Joan’s life and prayers of comfort for her passing. A celebration of Joan’s life will be held here at OUC this Wednesday, July 3 at 11 am, with reception to follow.
NEW MEMBERS Are you a new person in our congregation? Are you interested in formally joining Orleans United Church? We will be having a time to receive new members in the church service on July 28. Please contact Rev Caroline if you are interested.
SUMMER OFFICE HOURS are Tuesday to Thursday, 9 am – noon. Phone messages will be checked every day, but only emergencies will be responded to outside of office hours.
CALLING ALL GARDENERS, or wanna-be gardeners: there are some lonely garden beds at OUC that would like to be adopted for the season! A couple of hours once a month is normally enough to keep a flower bed free of weeds, or twice a month for a large one. Hands-on help is available for those who would like to learn about perennial flower gardening. Please contact Shirley Holt (email@example.com, 613.841.5143).
LAST WEEK FOR NURSERY This is the last week that the Nursery will be staffed. For the rest of the summer the door will be open, but the room will not be supervised.
SUMMER STORAGE BLITZ OF S2 – SAVE THE DATE If you have “stuff” in S2, the Property Committee would like your help in streamlining and reorganizing this storage space. We invite you to come to the church on the evening of August 8, or during the daytime on August 9, and help us identify items that belong to and/or are important to you. For further information, please contact Janet Quirt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ron Hunt (email@example.com).
SUMMER CAMP AT OUC This summer brings some changes to our summer children’s camp – all the fun crammed into a ½ day program! Registration is now open for this year’s Vacation Bible Camp for 4 to 10 year olds. Camp will be July 15-19 from 9 am until noon. To register contact the Office, or go online at orleansunitedchurch.com. Any questions can be directed to Paul Whynacht (613.837.4601).
SUMMER MUSIC With the choir on hiatus for the summer, there are several opportunities to share your musical talents with the congregation. If you are interested please contact Scott Richardson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CORO VIVO There are still 2 filing cabinets in Room 5. If you would like one, contact Kim in the Office.
A small charitable donation to CHEO would be appreciated but not necessary.
SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS We are still looking for teachers most of August and the first week of September. We will supply the materials and the wonderful children; you supply the kindness and the enthusiasm. This is a great way to support our Children’s Ministry program for one week (or more) and have lots of fun. There is a sign-up sheet on the Sunday School bulletin board in the Hall or you can let Paul Whynacht know the date you are interested in helping.
BROADVIEW RENEWAL TIME Renew your subscription to our own United Church magazine, Broadview (formerly United Church Observer). It’s full of a range of different articles: informative, challenging, theological, humorous. The cost is $25 for the year. Email Shirley Holt (email@example.com).
BAZAAR 2019 UPDATE Jams, Jellies, Preserves and Mason Jars As folks prepare their preserves this Summer and Fall, the OUC Bazaar Committee would like to ask that you consider making a few extra bottles for us to sell at OUC’s Bazaar on November 16. Jams, jellies and preserves are among our most asked-for items at the Bazaar each year. To assist us in this effort, we ask:
- that if you have any extra mason jars, (especially the 250 ml size), you bring them into the OUC Office for others to use in canning their preserves.
- that you use only NEW seals on your jars, as public health regulations require us to do so if we offer these products for sale. We have a supply of new seals, free to anyone who wants them. Please see Shirley Holt (613.841.5143) or pick up new seals at the Office.
NEED SOMEONE TO DO CHORES? Daly Trust is a new social enterprise organized by St Paul’s Eastern United Church in Sandy Hill to help the homeless and marginalized share their gift of time and labour to help you with odd jobs around your home, church, synagogue, mosque or place of business. Please contact the foreman Eddy Peters (343.996.7696) or Grant Gilliland (firstname.lastname@example.org) for fees and appointment. They are really excited about getting involved in some work projects. This could have a significant impact in giving these folks some hope for the future.
CAMP AWESOME This year as part of regional Camp Awesome staff training we will be running a one day “mock camp” so to speak. It will be just like a normal Camp Awesome day. It will have its own stories and crafts so as not to spoil the summer for any children. We are hoping for about 50 kids for the day, in order for our staff to get a chance to practice the skills they have learned at training. It will be July 6 at Kanata United Church from 10-3. This is a great opportunity for children to meet other church kids as well as to bring in friends or those who have never done camp before! Please encourage all to register. There is no cost, however we do ask that families provide snacks and a lunch. Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxfr9yYJ2jqyU1yfdZi8YMDNt0IB2-QW4skT0BMTVD5qPd2Q/viewform?usp=sf_link.