parkdale united church

429 Parkdale Avenue, OTTAWA, Ontario K1Y 1H3

News and Events

MESSENGER NEWSLETTER Please pick up a copy of the September edition of the Messenger at any of the Sanctuary entrances. Deadline for the October issue is September 17.



Engaging the Book of Amos: Its significance then and now

Beginning Tuesday September 19, we will be 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. Injustice was rampant and there was great moral corruption. Social conditions were appalling. People did not take their religious covenant responsibilities seriously. It was a time of growth and wealth and their hearts clung to worldly things, the rich took advantage of the poor. (Amos 2:6 8) Amos does not only condemn their wrongdoing and misplaced priorities, he casts a poignant vision of what God desires in the way of faithfulness and the common good. 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)


IMAGES AND STORIES  -DATE CHANGE -  FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 the 2nd to last Friday of September. Please note that this is the only month I&S will be held on the 2nd to last Friday of the month. For the rest of the season we will return to our regular time slot on the last Friday of the month - October 27, November 24, January 26, February 23 and March 30, 2018.

We hope you will join us for our September 22nd opening night featuring our new Pastoral Care Minister - Rev. Alcris Limongi. Come travel along with Alcris on her life's journey from Venezuela to Parkdale. You will also have the unique pleasure of wishing her a happy birthday as we enjoy fellowship and refreshments after her presentation which goes from 7:00 - 8:00pm in the Ladies' Parlour.


What Do You Really Believe? - If you were asked: Why are you a Christian (follower of Jesus)? or Why do you attend worship? or What is so special about the Bible? or What difference does your faith and church attendance make in the way you live your life? or Why would you want to belong to an old-fashion institution like the Church? or Where can I go to explore my spiritual questions with others who won’t laugh at me or roll their eyes? would you answer these kinds of questions? Well if you are looking for a safe and supportive space to explore these and other questions – including faith and doubt, the place of the church in the neighbourhood and society, what membership entails, stewardship, justice, spiritual practices and Parkdale’s committees and ministries -  Dr. Bailey will be offering a 6-part faith formation series. Dates: Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1. Time: 7:00 – 8:45 pm. We will use a combination of video, printed material, discussions, art expression, and Christian meditation to engage with our questions and topics.  For those seeking to formally become a member of Parkdale United, these sessions will constitute the preparation process. The United Church receives members by baptism and affirmation of faith, re-affirmation of faith, and transfer of membership. Please sign up for these sessions on the bulletin board in Gladstone hallway, or call Don in the office (613 728-8656). For more information please contact Dr. Bailey (



Sunday School Registration  2017-2018

Sunday school recommences on the 17th of September.  This Sunday, the 10th, we have on hand registration forms for Sunday school  2017-2018 for parents/guardians to complete.  Forms are located in by the big red signboard in the coffee hallway outside the chapel.  Please take a moment to complete the forms and place in the boxes in the Sanctuary hallway and Memorial Hallway.  Classes will begin on September 17 and parents will be asked to sign their children in and out in the regular way.  If you have not already filled in a registration form, teachers will ask you to do so before children are released from classes.   


PARKDALE PARENTS WILL HOST A KIDS CLOTHING AND TOY SWAP ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24 after the service in the gym (Memorial Hall) from 12:00-1:00 PM. If you have clothing, shoes, toys, books, etc. for babies, children or youth, please bring them to put out between 9:30-10:30 AM. After worship, everyone is welcome to browse and take items for free. Invite a friend, or pick up some things for someone you know! Leftovers will be kept for the rummage sale the following week. Please contact Jaylyn Wong for questions .



Donations of good clean used clothing, kitchenware and household items, books, LPs, CDs, toys and games, can be dropped off at the church up to and including Thursday, September 28. This will give volunteers time to sort and arrange items. Mark items clearly ‘Rummage Sale’ and leave them at the door into Memorial Hall. If you need help getting your items to the church or are able to volunteer with deliveries, or setting-up, or selling, or cleaning up afterwards, please contact the church office: 613-728-8656 Thank you for your support! 

Help is needed on Saturday, Sept 30th with selling and clean up.  Sale is from 9-12. Clean up from 12- 1:30

Please call Valerie Hum if you can help.


PARENTS AND TOTS GROUP:  If you are at home during the day with a baby or toddler and would like to meet with other parents for fellowship and an opportunity to share the joys and challenges of parenting, please contact Melodee ( or 613-728-8656).  The "programme" has always been simple.  We are open in the church nursery from 10 till noon on Wednesdays and people arrive and leave as they deem necessary.  The parents chat and the kids play.  We share a snack and we have a prayer before closing.  It is a very loose format to suit the challenges of timing of naps and so on.  It is good for the moms and dads too to have a chance to relax and chat with other parents and I get to hold babies which is great!  September 20 will be our start date if anyone expresses interest in the group.  You are more than welcome to bring friends from outside the Parkdale community.


DINNER FOR EIGHT – Ministry of Hospitality.  October 13th, 14th, 15th is your opportunity to host angels.  Hebrews 13:2 Please talk to Alcris for more information. Email:


GREETING CARD MINISTRY.  The Greeting Card Ministry is a simple way to assist members and friends of Parkdale United Church express their care for each other – or even for those beyond our community.  1 Thessalonians 5:11 talk to Alcris to find out more.








The women of Parkdale United Church are invited to attend the Monday, September 18, 2017 Fellowship Day at Vernon United Church/Osgoode Baptist Church ( 8674 Bank Street-ORR #31) in Vernon, Ontario. Registration followed by refreshments begins at 9:30 a.m. with time to visit the book display and harvest table before the morning programme begins at 10:00 a.m. The morning session features a presentation by Cathy Asby of Lazarus House and the afternoon’s guest speaker will give a presentation on the hospice in Kemptville. Lunch will be provided by Vernon UCW at a cost of $10 per person. Consider donating preserves, garden produce, flowers, and potted perennials to our Harvest Table with donations going to the Mission& Service Fund.


Please contact Faye Beaufort no later than Tuesday, September 12, 2017 if you are planning to attend. Transportation from the Gladstone Parking Lot will be available for up to four passengers.


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