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International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024

Invitation to Celebrate Black History Month in Ottawa

             The theme for Black History Month 2023

“Black Resistance”

Each year, Black History Month has a specific theme. This gives us a clear focus to reflect on and learn about, as we think about and celebrate the contributions of Black people to society. The theme for Black History Month 2023 is “Black resistance”. Black resistance is a really useful theme in understanding Black History Month 2023. We can understand this theme to mean celebrating the ways in which Black people have resisted oppression, discrimination, and prejudice over history.

This will be at the National Gallery 380 Sussex Drive Ottawa. There is free admission but registration is necessary. You can register with this link: Opening Ceremony– Cérémonie d’Ouverture Tickets, Sat, 28 Jan 2023 at 2:00 PM | Eventbrite

February 1,  7 to 8:30 p.m – @ Canadian Museum of History: Canadian film and television performers Frédéric Pierre and Schelby Jean-Baptiste talk candidly about their careers, and how to create a more diverse and open playing field for actors of colour.

Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm – Commemorative Hockey Game – in recognition of Willie O’Ree, the first Black hockey player to break the colour barrier in the National Hockey League in 1957. Tuesday, February 7th at 7:30 pm. at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Feb 15 @ 12:00 pm

We keep telling them: Anti-Black racism from kindergarten to university. – a discussion about anti-Black racism in education and legacies of colonization. Wed, February 15, 2023, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST; Pavillon Lamoureux (LMX 203) 145 Jean-Jacques-Lussier Private

Feb 15  7 – 8:30   @ Canadian Museum of History: Join Canadian film, television, and media stars Nerene Virgin and Anthony Sherwood in a candid conversation about their extensive industry experience and lifelong commitment to justice and equality.

Feb 22 @ 7 pm  – Virtual Speaker Series – “The End of Slavery in Upper Canada” .  Glenn Sweazey and June Girvan. (visit for the zoom link.)

Feb 23 @ (6:30 pm)  –  Exploring Ottawa’s Black History – Past, Present and Future – Beechwood National Memorial Centre. Featured Speaker: Councillor Rawlson King: Ottawa’s First Black City Councillor.

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Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey

Annual General Meeting:

Please mark your calendars. The Parkdale United Church Annual General Meeting will be held on February 26 via Zoom, beginning at 7pm. A link will be provided prior to the meeting. Committee chairs, and anyone else contributing to the AGM report package, please ensure that your input is provided to Jo-Anne in the church office by January 26 so that the AGM report can be compiled in time for distribution February 12.

Property Development Working Group Information Sessions

In the interest of bringing the congregation up to date on the thinking of your Property Development Working Group (PDWG), two information sessions are being offered before the AGM on February 26, 2023:

Saturday, February 4 at 9:30am

Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm

These information sessions will be held by ZOOM, so please register with the office or let Helen Hayes  know of your interest ( As there will be important decisions made with respect to the future work of the PDWG at the AGM, your participation at one of these information sessions may be helpful in contributing to informed decisions.  There will be an opportunity for discussion and questions.  

Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you there!  

God bless


Please pick up your 2023 Offering Envelopes in the Gladstone Hallway behind the choir loft. If you have given regularly in 2022 or requested envelopes recently, there is likely a box of envelopes there for you. If not and you need a set, please put a note on the collection plate or contact the church office. 


Unfortunately, the Kiwanis & “Concert Docs” Friday, February 10th evening of beautiful classical music has had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. But rest assured that an exciting concert will be delivered in the future. As well, we will endeavour to refund you as soon as possible. Thank you for coming alongside us to help those in need. (Faye Beaufort  & Joelle Osterkruger on behalf of Kiwanis Ottawa West).

 This is a fundraiser to support In From The Cold, The Mission, and Radical Connections. Listen to Tenor – Cardiac Surgeon Dr. Fraser Rubens and his pianist – Family Physician Dr. Carol Wiebe and Kiwanis Music Festival 2022 winners on Trumpet, Harp, Guzheng and Flute. 

Sharing Parkdale News, Extending a Parkdale Invitation

Do you like to know what’s going on, appreciate being in the know, have ideas about how to share information about Parkdale and its ministries?   Maybe interested in finding new ways to connect with our church family and the broader community? 

If so, you are invited to join a group of people and help to develop a communications plan for Parkdale.  If you would like to participate or even just know more about this initiative, please contact Jo-Anne at the church office.  A member of our “recruitment team” will be in touch.  No professional experience is necessary (but would be welcome of course!)

Here is a list of Parkdale’s current communications vehicles:

  • the Messenger (bi-monthly newsletter in print)
  • Welcome to Parkdale Package (a printed booklet)
  • Website
  • Social Media (Twitter, Facebook)
  • eNewsletter (electronic monthly newsletter)
  • Signage (outdoor signs and banners promoting Parkdale’s events, Sunday sermon title, indicating parking areas)
  • Bazaar and Rummage Sales Promotion (sending or posting notices in the community… in churches, schools, the media, on community websites or telling your friends and neighbours.)
  • Sunday Service Bulletins and Announcements for adults and children

Ottawa Pastoral Care

is offering its basic pastoral care training course beginning Monday, March 20, 2023 and running weekly until May 15.

Ottawa Pastoral Care is a non-denominational organization which has been training people for pastoral care for many years. 

For more information about the course and how to register,


If you would like to be part of Parkdale’s Pastoral Care Team, this course is a requirement.

Our Parkdale Camino 2023

Journeying together through Lent in reflection and prayer

From Ash Wednesday, February 22nd to Easter Sunday, April 9th

You are invited to write a reflection on one selected day and/or join our Lenten journey with the daily devotionals delivered weekly on Mondays

For more information contact Bev Buckingham at or call the office at 613-728-8656

Sign up sheet on bulletin board in the hall outside the Sanctuary

Special Edition of the Messenger

The Property Development Working Group (PDWG) is publishing a second special edition of the Messenger.  The first was published in May 2021. (Contact the office if you would like a copy.)  Sprinkled through that edition were several “pale yellow boxes”.  Parkdalers were invited to share their thoughts about property development in just a few sentences and we are asking again!  We suggest up to 150 words. All pale yellow box contributions are welcome. They must be signed. Please send your text by Sunday February 5 to the office or to Kathleen Stephenson. (  


Parkdale Nursery: welcomes children 4 and under with their parents, on Sundays during the service. We welcome back sister Joan to staff the nursery along with youth volunteers. Parents are encouraged to sign-in the registration form with their phone number and any allergies their child may have. Children may be signed out of the nursery at the end of the service.

Sunday School:      Children are invited to their Sunday school today. Follow the crowd when it is time to leave. You may register your children in Sunday School and youth groups by filling out the form found at the entrance, or by clicking on this link:

This will help us know of any allergies, and keep our records updated.

The Junior Choir –every Sunday. Our next meeting is on Sunday Feb. 5th at 10:00 AM in the small Chapel. New members are always welcome!

YOUTH Band – meets every other Sunday. Our upcoming meeting date is Feb.12th. We meet right after the worship service in the UPSTAIRS PARLOUR. Bring your instruments, and a music stand (if you have one). New members are always welcome!

Senior Youth (ages 12- 17) will be meeting during the service today in the friendship lounge.

Junior Youth (ages 10-12) will be meeting today during the service in the upstairs Parlour.

Confirmation class: for youth ages 12+  is from 12-1:30 PM in the parlour. The confirmation retreat is on March 24-26 and the confirmation service will take place on April 16, the first Sunday after Easter.

IGNITE MEETINGS are for young adults. Our meetings will resume on Thursdays at 7:00 PM.  Next meeting is on Feb. 9. Our study is called: CREED. We have also planned a few outings for the coming months as follows (the group will decide on the exact time and date):

February 2023 – Snow tubing

March 2023 – Turkish Mosaic Lamp decoration

April 2023 – Bowling

May 2023 – Outing for dinner.


Worshiplude is a winter worship and fellowship event for youth and young adults (ages 10+) hosted by the Eastern Ontario Outaouais Region Council (EOORC) of the United Church of Canada that coincides with Winterlude in Ottawa.

Who: youth ages 10+, young adults, and youth leaders.

When: Saturday, February 4 @ 4:00

Where: Rideau Park United Church (2203 Alta Vista Dr, Ottawa, ON K1H 7L9)

Cost:  $10 per participant. Cash or cheque (payable to EOOR – Worshiplude 2023).  Payment is required upon arrival at Rideau Park United Church.

What’s for Dinner:

Pizza (Vegetarian, Pepperoni, Cheese & GF), Drinks, Veggies and Dip, Fruit and Dessert.

Deadline for registration: Feb.3rd.

More information:

We are looking for Volunteers for:

Parkdale will be hosting about 50 youth from London/St. Catherine area. They will be arriving on Friday evening, camp in the gym, and participate in Winterlude and Worshiplude on Saturday and Sunday. Your help would be appreciated!  Here is what’s needed:

Friday evening: 2 volunteers to greet and serve snacks.

Saturday morning:  2 volunteers to serve cold breakfast (cereal, bars, juice, etc)

 Sunday morning:  @ 7:30am Pancake breakfast.

–   4 setup crew

–    4 Awake pancake flippers
–    4 servers
–    4 cleanup crew

RSVP: please speak with Camille or Huda for more information and registration. Please sign up your name on the sign-up sheet to volunteer.

Serving at In From The Cold

Youth are invited to serve at IFTC.

Date: Saturday, February 11 from 2:45-5:30/6:00 pm.  We need at least 15 people to serve the meal.  If your youth is 14 or under, please let me know.  We need to ensure adequate adults are partnered with youth. 

Timing:   2:45 for an orientation and instructions. 

3:30 to 5:00 Serving

5:00 to 5:30 (latest 6pm) clean up

Please sign your name in the sign-up sheet found at the door. Thank you.


Your PRAYER REQUESTS are always welcome. Please send them to   or you can use the prayer box at the back of the sanctuary. If you want to be contacted please leave your name and number. We want you to know that we are here for you and that we stand together under God’s Grace.


FOR THOSE WITH NO  INTERNET – think of someone who would like to join the service this way and invite them…SPREAD THE WORD… Every Sunday morning at 10:30 am. Dial, this number 343 882 1920 and then enter 343 882 6443 plus #. They can listen to the service, no need to speak. 


 Let us continue caring for one another. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).  

PRAYER SHAWLS. If you have someone who is ill or suffering the impact of COVID, and you would like to give a shawl from the congregation, please contact the office.

PRAYER BUDDY. If you would like to join someone for prayer on a regular basis, we would be delighted to find a prayer buddy for you. You two will decide how and when to pray.

MEALS. There are always opportunities to cook a fresh meal for someone else going through a difficult time. If you would like to be on our list of Care Kitchens cooks, please email us.

CARING KITCHENS. If you know of someone from the congregation that would be encouraged or supported with a meal, please let us know.

The Messenger

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Phone: (613) 728-8656