parkdale united church

429 Parkdale Avenue, OTTAWA, Ontario K1Y 1H3

News and Events

 

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY

“The Book of Acts” The book of Acts is a sequel to the Gospel of Luke. You are invited to join with others on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 in the Ladies' Parlour for this engaging Bible Study.

 

THANK YOU!  My heart was very full upon leaving Parkdale on Sunday.  The kind words of my colleagues and friends were wonderful to hear and I am very grateful for the gifts of hand-painted rocks and the wonderful print as well as all the sweet notes from parents, kids, teens, and Sunday school teachers that were made into a little book for me.  Many people left cards, notes, and small personal gifts for which I am also thankful.  Thanks to everyone who helped lead in worship, the Jr & Sr. Choirs, DaleSong, the youth players and readers, and of course, Anthony and Alcris whom I will miss working with so much!  I will make sure to put all the kids' advice to good use.  My prayers will continue for all of you in the days and years ahead.  love, Melodee

MEN’S GROUP FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST, SATURDAY, NOV. 10

The next Men’s Group Fellowship Breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, in the Ladies’ Parlour. All men of the congregation are welcome! Our guest speaker will be Dr. Ed Ellis, a Parkdale member. Building on his long career in public health in Canada and Africa, Ed will discuss *The SARS Epidemic: Crisis and Response*.

 

FOCUSED PRAYER GROUP — LIVING WITH CANCER — FRIDAYS, 2PM, REV. ALCRIS’ OFFICE. An ongoing weekly prayer group of those who are currently impacted by cancer. The community of cancer patients at Parkdale is faithful, strong and diverse, and so there is much support to be gained by collectively sharing the struggles, hopes, victories and challenges as supporting and praying for each other and also interceding for the broader suffering of the world. Please come as you are able, no RSVP needed. To coordinate ride-sharing, if needed, please email Rev. Alcris at alcris@parkdaleunitedchurch.ca.

 

NEXT TIME YOU PREPARE YOUR FAVOURITE RECIPE, why not cook and freeze an extra batch to bring to the church for the Caring Kitchens Ministry? You also could donate a frozen meal or … consider being on an “as-required” basis list to be contacted occasionally to provide a dish; or to deliver a meal as a driver, if needed. (no obligation if you are not able at that specific occasion).  

This is a practical way to love and support each other as faith community when we go through special circumstances in life. Note: When you know of someone from the congregation who might need an extra touch of care/support through the CK, please let us know.  If you have any questions, please contact:  Diana Mason or Rev. Alcris at alcris@parkdaleunitedchurch.ca.   Thanks in advance

 

THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES NOV 27 (7:30 – 9:30 PM). A presentation by Dr. Gary Chapman. It is fun, ageless and useful for both newlyweds and couples who are many decades into their marriage. Tickets are $20 per person. To buy go to https://funandfaith.ca/event/dr-gary-chapman-and-the-5-love-languages-tour-in-ottawa/ .   Please let us know if you are going so we can all sit together, grab coffee or dinner before and make it a Parkdale couple’s night.  Questions? email alcris@parkdaleunitedchurch.ca

 

PRE-ADVENT LIFE GROUPS on 4 Wednesday evenings: Nov 7, 14, 21, 28 at 7:00 pm. In preparation for Advent, a Life Group is a gathering of people coming together as spiritual companions with a common desire to explore a deeper life of living in love with God, self and others. This spiritual direction group helps us to experience the power of listening and sharing our stories as a way of supporting each other to grow on our awareness of God in all of life and train ourselves to look for and participate in God's kingdom of transforming grace. If you are planning to participate please contact Alcris at alcris@parkdaleunitedchurch.ca

 

DINNER FOR EIGHT is coming back on November 16 – 18. Please mark your calendars. If you were a host, maybe you would like to try being  a guest this time and vice versa. Please contact Alcris at alcris@parkdaleunitedchurch.ca

 

 THE CUP OF LIFE on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am from November 27 until December 18. If you are interested in participating please let Alcris know to order your book. Call the church or email alcris@parkdaleunitedchurch.ca

 

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP WALKING TOGETHER THROUGH OUR LOSSa 4-week grief support group on Nov 18, December 2, 9 and 16. At 3:00 pm at the Friendship Lounge.

This small group is designed to walk together through the pain of grief. For some it could be to take the time of acknowledging the pain; for others a time to reflect in the loss from a faith perspective and to receive God’s consolation from his promises to us. All are welcome. If you are interested, please speak with Rev. Alcris (or email her at alcris@parkdaleunitedchurch.ca).

 

SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS KETTLE CAMPAIGN

The Salvation Army is dedicated to serving those in need and the funds raised during the Christmas Kettle Campaign go to assist the most vulnerable in the Ottawa community. If you are interested in volunteering or helping recruit volunteers for this campaign from November 22nd to December 24th, contact Brady Lacroix of the Salvation Army at (613) 241-1573 ext. 503.

 

BAZAAR-THANK YOU ALL!

A big thank you to all those that helped with the Bazaar yesterday!  We thank you for your generous donations and to those that helped set-up on Thursday and  Friday (setting up tables, carrying the many boxes up and down stairs, unpacking all the boxes and eventually pricing all the items!) and for those that were here on Saturday when all the shoppers came.  The Bazaar is a major church event and fundraiser and a wonderful community service and it wouldn’t be possible without all those pitching in to help.  Thanks very much!

 

FOOD CENTRE SUNDAY

Donations can be dropped off anytime through the week in the shopping cart in the Gladstone Hallway.  Financial donations may be made through the offering.  Mark your donation “Parkdale Food Centre”. We need egg cartons (dozen size) milk bags, pasta & sauce, canned beans, cereal, biscuits, rice, jams, and peanut butter. Thank you to all who have been donating to our grocery cart-it is much appreciated. Dian

 

MESSENGER NEWSLETTER Please pick up a copy of the November edition of the Messenger at any of the Sanctuary entrances. Deadline for the December issue is November 12.

 

UNITED CHURCH OBSERVER

The time is coming for the church to re-submit their subscription list. If you do not currently receive the Observer and would like to OR if you receive it and no longer wish to, please let the office know prior to December 2nd.  Please use the designated envelope for the Observer to make your donation contribution if you are able.

 

PARKING AT PARKDALE

Increasing attendance on Sundays has led to a shortage of parking spaces in the Parkdale and Gladstone lots. Perhaps a good problem to have!

Alternative parking is available at the old Knights of Columbus property adjacent to the Gladstone side lot and at Connaught Public School, 1149 Gladstone Ave. on the North side, two blocks east of the church at the corner of Rosemount Ave. The entry to the lot is on Rosemount. Another alternative may be on Grant St., off Holland Ave. opposite the Parkdale Market.

To help alleviate the situation, we are seeking volunteers to direct traffic in our lots on Sunday mornings. There will be the need for three people each week to put out signs, avoid congestion, advise on alternatives, etc. Most importantly, there is the need for a coordinator for the activity. If you can help please contact Don Macpherson

 or Don Mockett at 613-728-8656 or pdale@trytel.com.

 

 

IN FROM THE COLD MINISTRY (IFTC) – 2018-19 SEASON

Our seventeenth season of IFTC will begin on November 10, 2018!  If you are interested in volunteering on Saturdays please drop us a line at the IFTC email address below to indicate your shift interests and availability.  We welcome new and returning volunteers for various shifts from now until March 30, 2018.  

We value the involvement of volunteers in all various shifts, however are particularly short of volunteers for the following Saturday shifts: Clean Up Anchors, Shift Coordinators and lift operators. We also need help during the week from volunteers to help sort general donations at the Central Food Bank and choose and pack Parkdale’s needs and deliver to Parkdale and to do grocery shopping for the chefs.

New volunteers are asked to fill out a rose colored Volunteer Form for NEW volunteers located at each of the four Sanctuary doors and submit to PUC office or email us at: iftc@parkdaleunitedchurch.ca

High School Students may count hours towards their volunteer requirement.

This Ministry is important to our church and community and all volunteers are welcome!  If you have any questions, please send CiCi and Mark an email at:iftc@parkdaleunitedchurch.ca Looking forward to hear from you, CiCi and Mark    

                  

THE PARKDALE UNITED CHURCH ORCHESTRA and Music Director Angus Armstrong present "A Matter of Spirit: 100 Years After the Great War" on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at 7:30 pm here in the sanctuary. Our special guests will be the Hypatia's Voice Women's Choir and director Laura Hawley. See www.parkdaleorchestra.ca

 

Even as we grow in faith, we are encouraged to grow in our percentage of giving to the work of God undertaken by Parkdale United. Below is a chart that may be of help as we prayerfully consider how

Monthly Income

10% Tithe

9%

8%

7%

6%

5%

4%

3%

2%

1%

$500

$50

$45

$40

$35

$30

$25

$20

$15

$10

$5

$1,000

$100

$90

$80

$70

$60

$50

$40

$30

$20

$10

$1,500

$150

$135

$120

$105

$90

$75

$60

$45

$30

$15

$2,000

$200

$180

$160

$140

$120

$100

$80

$60

$40

$20

$2,500

$250

$225

$200

$175

$150

$125

$100

$75

$50

$25

$3,000

$300

$270

$240

$210

$180

$150

$120

$90

$60

$30

$3,500

$350

$315

$280

$245

$210

$175

$140

$105

$70

$35

$4,000

$400

$360

$320

$280

$240

$200

$160

$120

$80

$40

$4,500

$450

$405

$360

$315

$270

$225

$180

$135

$90

$45

$5,000

$500

$450

$400

$350

$300

$250

$200

$150

$100

$50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARRIVAL OF OUR ETHIOPIAN REFUGEE FAMILY – Thursday, November 15, 2018

They are almost here!! We are delighted to inform you that last Wednesday we received formal confirmation that our refugee family will arrive in Ottawa on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Arriving will be: Mother Elsa – 44; Daughter Tadelechi 20; Son Yaret 17; Son Temesgen 11. All are Ethiopian citizens. Languages: Neither English nor French. Mother speaks Amharic/Arabic/Tigrigna/Tigre. The children speak the first three languages.

As I wrote in previous bulletins, we are not intending to do a fund-raising campaign. However, we are asking the congregation to prayerfully consider giving to our “Refugee Fund”.  We certainly appreciate all your contributions. 

Once again, thanks to Norma McCord of MacKay United Church, refugee lead person in Ottawa representing the UCC head office in Toronto.  Also, special thanks to our Mission, Outreach & Justice committee member Mary Tsikouras for trudging through all that paperwork – only once this time. We do have a group that has been working behind the scenes that will ensure the family is greeted at the airport,comfortably settled in their new home, seeing to their health care, enrollment in school and language classes, job training & settlement services, and most importantly emotional and moral support. It is this latter point that we will most need your support.  The present group members are: Rev. Anthony Bailey, Faye Beaufort, Betty Hope Gittens, Danielle Gougeon, David Odumodu, Ed Ellis, Elaine West, Elise Mennie, Jenni Troup, Judy Hamley, Lori Pope, Mary Tsikouras, Pierre Barbeau, Ruth Foster & Wally Prater. Once our family settles in we will welcome them here in our church.  We will certainly keep you informed. The two most frequently asked questions for which we do not yet know the answers are:  “What’s their Religion” and “what are their clothes sizes”?  If you require other information, please contact Rev. Anthony Bailey at abailey@trytel.com or through the church office at 613-728-8656 or Faye Beaufort. Thank you for all your support and prayers.

Please see the bulletins, or contact the church for more information.