parkdale united church

429 Parkdale Avenue, OTTAWA, Ontario K1Y 1H3

News and Events

ANNUAL MEETING-Sunday, February 25th

Join us following the service today for our Annual Meeting. A very light lunch before the meeting in Tape Hall will be available. * Annual Reports are available now on the Parkdale website or at the Sanctuary doors.

(One per household, bring to annual meeting on the 25th).


LENT POSTERS CONTINUES TODAY!  Anyone wishing to participate in the Parkdale Art Project for Lent, may gather round the table in the coffee hallway.  Markers for colouring in of these beautiful 2' X 3' posters based on the Psalms will be available.  Also on the table will be small-sized individual posters for colouring, especially for our youngest artists.  Families with kids have been emailed copies of these posters along with a child-friendly devotional for each Sunday of Lent, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.  If you did not receive this mailing and would like to, please contact Melodee (


ATTENTION YOUTH GRADES 7 TO 12:  Don’t forget “Cooking with Paul and Rob”  Sunday, Feb. 25th,  from 4-7:30 pm here at the church.  We will be making pizza together, and having some fun playing games or perhaps watching a movie together.  Bring a friend or two.  Please let Rob know if you plan to come, so we can get the right amount of food.


Date: Sunday, February 25th 2018, 5 PM - 9 PM
Address: 397 Kent St, Ottawa, ON K2P 2B1

Humans for Peace Institution and the Ottawa Chinese Canadian Heritage Centre with Arabesque Band are organizing an event “Syrians for Peace”. This event is being organized with the vision to help improve the connections between the Syrian refugee community and mainstream society in Ottawa.

100% of the proceeds from “Syrians for Peace” will be donated to:

1.      The Canadian Blood Services

2.      Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre

The event will feature a night of Syrian culture with performances from a variety of performance groups and Syrian dishes.

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(for more information see the poster on the bulletin board.



BLACK HISTORY MONTH – You are invited to note and participate in the special events planned for this month. For a comprehensive list of these please visit:


MESSENGER NEWSLETTER Please pick up a copy of the March edition of the Messenger at any of the Sanctuary entrances. Deadline for the April issue is March 18.



During the weeks of Lent we will be accepting contributions, including loose change and bills in the jars at all four doors to the Sanctuary. Money raised will support North Street United Church’s ministry with children and at-risk families in Kingston, Jamaica. Individuals wishing to obtain a receipt can do so by using a blue envelope.


2017 TAX RECEIPTS are now available and can be found at the four doors of the sanctuary.  Please pick them up to avoid the mailing charges.


OUR CAMINO, Reflecting On Our Common Journey Through Lent 2018.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this week’s reflections. On Monday 26th we will start our third week. Remember to take with you the devotional readings for the week from the 26th to the 4th of March. They were written by our very own people! Let us continue together this journey day by day.

We will send a copy via email each Monday as well for those who could not make it to church or just prefer an electronic version so we print fewer copies.

If you are not in our email list please let us know to include you


TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY meets at 9:30 am. Using Scripture, small group conversations and personal reflection, we will be exploring what is known in Christian Theology as the seven ‘cardinal virtues’. Namely: prudence (wisdom), temperance, fortitude, justice, Faith, Hope, Love. Contact Dr. Bailey ( for more information. This week we will reflect on Temperance.



JESUS CALLS a small group study on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm (Ladies - and gentlemen- Parlour). All genders, ages, life stages are welcome!

The book we are using is Jesus Calls by Dr. Justo Gonzalez. There are 8 self-contained sessions on different aspects of God’s call to us. We combine Bible inquiry, personal and small group work and, of course, community building.

The next session is on Wednesday 28 and we will be reflecting on “Jesus Calls by Naming and Renaming” (pages 31-41). You can still buy the book Jesus Calls by Dr. Justo Gonzalez, from the office ($10.00) and join us. For info you can contact





A warm invitation is extended to all Parkdale members and their friends to join our neighboring west end churches for the World Day of Prayer Service at St. George’s Roman Catholic Church

( 415 Piccadilly Avenue near Wellington and Island Park Drive ) at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018. Written by World Day of Prayer Committee of Suriname, the service focuses on the theme, “All God’s creation is Very Good.” Following the service, there will be a reception in the church hall for refreshments and an opportunity to meet with friends from neighboring churches. Participating churches are Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, Parkdale United Church, Kitchissippi United Church, Woodroffe United Church, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Martin’s Anglican Church, Bromley Road Baptist Church, and the host church, St. George’s Roman Catholic Church. Come join your sisters and brothers in solidarity with fellow Christians from around the world by participating in the World Day of Prayer. For further information, contact Beth Gutsell.


INTERFAITH GATHERING MARCH 12 at 7:00 PMThis year, Parkdale United Church is hosting the annual Interfaith Event sponsored by the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada. The purpose of this gathering, which has been held for the last 38 years here in Ottawa, is to promote a diverse and inclusive commonwealth. It seeks to celebrate – with prayer, music, song and readings – the values and ideals that Canada shares with the 52 member countries of the Commonwealth, and the diversity of the 2.6 billion people in the Commonwealth. RCSC affirms the Commonwealth Charter principles that ‘international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all’. The Commonwealth Charter asserts that everyone is equal and deserves to be treated fairly, whether they are rich or poor, without regard to their race, age, gender. There will be representatives from various religious communities, High Commissions as well as from various levels of government. There will be a reception following in the Memorial Hall. All are invited.



POTLUCK AND GAMES NIGHT:  The Parkdale family is invited to participate in a board game and potluck dinner on Sunday evening, March 18 starting at 4:30 pm.  There will be gaming areas for different age groups, adults, teens, and kids, but first we will enjoy a meal together, clean up together, then let the games begin!  Bring the game you want to play and hopefully you will find like-minded people willing to try it out.  If you would like to help with this event, please contact Melodee.  Tasks:  supervise/organize the children's game area (2 adults or one adult and 1 teen), the teen game area (1 adult), and the adult game area (1 teen or adult).  We also need a team to be in charge of the kitchen -- starting coffee, setting out plates etc.  The evening should wrap up by 7:30 pm unless you are in the middle of a game of Risk...then we ask you to turn out the lights after you!



Please reserve Thursday evening, April 5th for our IN FROM THE COLD POT LUCK SUPPER.  This is an opportunity to invite our generous donors and together give thanks for our meaningful Ministry.  Please plan to bring a Salad, Main Course or Dessert.



The first Sunday of each month is Parkdale’s monthly donation to our local Food Centre on Rosemount Avenue.  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”. The centre has decided that we no longer need to collect the Ensure bottles, so please do not bring them in anymore, as they will now go into the blue bins for recycling. We still 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


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