parkdale united church

429 Parkdale Avenue, OTTAWA, Ontario K1Y 1H3

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Continues. We are exploring the powerful prophetic book of Amos. Speaking on behalf of God, as he discerns God’s intentions, Amos delivers a strong, unpopular, courageous and necessary message not only to the nations of Israel and Judah, but also to the surrounding nations.

All are welcome Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am in the Ladies’ Parlour. Feel free to contact Rev. Bailey for more details (;

613 728-8656 x222)



The next meeting will be on Nov. 25 in the Ladies’ Parlour at 8:00 am. All men are welcome.


Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund Annual Fundraising Dinner. – (change of date due to strike, same venue) This is one of the initiatives that we as a congregation support through our Mission, Justice and Outreach committee. Scholarships are given to students from Refugee and Immigrant families to enable them to attend university. Join us on Tuesday November 28, 2017 commencing at 5:30 PM Algonquin College Restaurant International H101 – 1385 Woodroffe Ave $150/person $100 donation receipt generated per ticket. Contact: 613-725-0202.



4-weeks grief support group on Nov 19, December 3, 10 and 17.

At 3:00 pm at Alcris’ Office.

Grieving is a personal, a very intimate path. We all do it differently, and yet there are some commonalities. This four weeks 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. For someone it could be a space just to be; or identify the stages of grief; or to talk about their experience or just quietly listen to other’s stories. We will use different media as we journey together as we seek God’s presence and healing. The spectrum is wide, and all are welcome. It doesn’t matter how long ago your loss was, or what stage you are in at the moment.

If you are interested, please speak with Rev. Alcris (or email her at



DR. TONY CAMPOLO: On Sunday, November 19 we are privileged to have a very special guest speaker, Dr. Tony Campolo, world-renowned author and speaker -- very engaging.  His books includes such Christian classics as "Choose Love, Not Power", "Red Letter Christians", and "Who Switched the Price Tags".  His emphasis is on the Christian faith lived out in loving practice.  He is coming to us under the auspices of World Vision and will have a focus on Bangladesh and the Rohynga Crisis. 



WOMENS RETREAT: Alcris and Melodee met to brainstorm a theme for the women's retreat to be held on January 12 - 14, 2018.  We decided to go with a 70s theme and invite everyone to "Get your groove back".  If you would like to join the planning team please contact Melodee & Alcris.  Registration forms will soon be available and the deadline to register and pay is December 17 -- earlier is better, of course!  The cost will be $250 (up from last year because we are going for two nights).  The fee includes two night accommodation, five meals, and programming.  We want everyone who wishes to attend to be able to attend so please speak to Melodee or Alcris if the fee is a barrier and we will make sure that it is covered.  If you would like to make a donation to support women to enjoy this refreshing time away, please place your gift in your offering envelope and note "women's retreat" or bring it to the church office.  


SUNDAY SCHOOL REGISTRATION!  Parents are reminded that they need to register their children for Sunday school each year.  Forms are available where you sign your child in at the red board in the coffee hallway or from your child’s Sunday school teacher.  For safety purposes we have a system where children are signed in before church begins or, if you forget, before your child goes to class after the story time.  Your child must be picked up and signed out by the same person who signed him or her in.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation.  Our primary groups are 3-6 year olds (blue classroom), grades 2 & 3 and grades 4-6 (both in the orange classroom).  Nursery for those under three meets in the green room.  Sign in for nursery is done at the nursery.  Youth in grades 7 and up will be meeting this year in the parlour.  Youth do not need to be signed in but everyone under 18 needs to be registered.  


PAGEANT PRACTICE:  There will be a dress rehearsal for the Christmas pageant on Thursday evening, December 7 at 6 pm.  Pizza will be served right at 6 pm and at 6:30 we will commence practice.  Everyone will be able to leave by 7:30 pm.  


No Games Night:  It was accidentally mentioned in upcoming events that there would be a games night for families on Nov 12.  This has been postponed.


Live Nativity:  You are invited to journey together to Bethlehem (in this case, Osgoode) to view a live Nativity display on Saturday, November 25 at 6 pm.  This is the website description, "Join us for Bethlehem Live at Trinity Bible Church.  Become a member of a family traveling to Bethlehem. Meet the Wise Men and Shepherds, but beware of those mean Roman Guards! Dress warmly as your guided journey begins outside. This live nativity presentation is free and will surely leave you awestruck!"  There will be mac and cheese at the Loverings at 4:30 pm.  Please contact Melodee to let her know how many will be coming and to get directions to her home (mmlovering@gmail.comor you may meet us at Trinity Bible Church in Osgoode (4101 Stagecoach Road, Osgoode, ON, K0A 2W0).  


Camp Kalalla Honeython – Honey is ready for pickup

Thank you for your support of Camp Kalalla through the Honeython!  The honey orders are now in and you can pick your order up at the Chapel door today after church.  Thank you again for your support!  Judy Hamley.



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 1st.  Please use the designated envelope for the Observer to make your donation contribution if you are able.



Can YOU Help?

To prepare Christmas Gift Bags for our In From The Cold guests, the following items are needed:

Cans of red salmon, Tooth paste 100 ml only, Tooth brushes

Granola bars, Bars of soap

Boxes for the items will be available in the Memorial Hall.  Your help is appreciated.




We are gearing up for our sixteenth season of IFTC, which began November 11, and concludes March 24, 2018.   For those of you who have volunteered before, we welcome you back.  For those of you who are new to volunteering with IFTC, we would love to hear from you and welcome you to be part of the team. New volunteers are asked to fill out a green New Volunteer Form located at each of the four Sanctuary doors and submit to PUC office or email us at:

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:

Looking forward to hearing from you, CiCi and Mark




omen of Parkdale– The Cup of Our Life on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm (Parlour)

A prayerful, deep, creative and fun six-week journey to

·        Promote intentional spiritual growth individually

·        Stimulate a prayerful spiritual daily discipline practice.

·        Connect ages and stages of Parkdale’s women

·        Strengthen the sense of community among us.

Please Image result for remember bring your cup/mug, your journal and the book. If you have questions or could not make it for the first session, you still can. Call Alcris at the church or email at


IF YOU NEED PRAYERS There are two options to let us know after the Sunday Service: The Prayer Box located at the rear north entrance or fill out a prayer request form at the Pastoral Care Table on Memorial Hall and place it on the Prayers basket. During the week you can always call Rev. Alcris, Pastoral Care Minister, or send her an email at

The MOM-AND-DAD -DATE-NIGHT on November 24 (5:30 to 8:30 pm) is on its way…

Two ways to participate:

1.      Couples: need to sign up to register the children.

2.      Volunteers: If you would like to help support couples in the Parkdale community consider volunteering your time on the Friday evening of the 24th to babysit in the church so our couples can have a date night.  You might be an experienced and fun grandparent, a joyful teenager, an empty nester, or perhaps you simply want to be part of the gospel mandate of serving one another

Please contact Rev. Alcris ( or the church office to volunteer or to register.


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