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Announcement Sheet June 17 2018
Please call the office for the contact information of our many volunteers
SAVE THE DATE! As you may be aware, Rev. Brian Copeland is retiring next year, and so we are preparing to call another minister. As part of the Joint Needs Assessment Process, we will be hosting a congregational workshop September 23 after the regular Sunday service to gain a collective sense of the kind of worship we like, our outreach focus, the priorities for a Ministry position, etc. We will provide information for review and discussion. This is your chance to provide your input into this important endeavour!
June Outreach – Cornerstone Housing for Women: Cornerstone is a community organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women. They provide emergency shelter and supportive housing for a diversity of up to 62 women in 4 residences in Ottawa. Their current urgent need list includes new women's underwear, feminine hygiene products and hair brushes. By making a donation to Cornerstone you are helping to make a better, safer place for women in transition. Please leave your donations in the Outreach Bin in the foyer by June 24th.
Help wanted for Camp Awesome: Would you be able to provide a nut-free snack for campers and staff (about 65 persons)? Volunteers are also needed to sign-in campers for the before-camp program (8:00-9:00 a.m.) and to sign out campers from the after-camp program (3:30-5:00 p.m.) Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board or speak to Barbara Reynolds. Your support of this community outreach project is appreciated.
Camp Awesome at Glen Cairn United Church: Come and join us at GCUC for a fun week, August 20-24, 10am to 3pm. A Safe Place for Children Ages 4 to 12. Bible Stories, Crafts, Songs, Drama, Games and Water Day! This year’s theme: Waterworks! Fee: $70/week (includes morning and afternoon snacks) Optional before and/or after Camp care available for an additional charge: $15/week for before or after care, $25 for both. Registration forms are available in the foyer or visit www.gcuc.ca. Call 613-836-4756 for more info.
Summer Friday Coffee: Starting next Friday, June 22, the Friday morning coffee social time will move to Tim Horton’s on Hazeldean Road! We will be there every Friday in the summer at 10:00am until Friday, Sept. 7th.
Oasis Event: Monday, June 18 (tomorrow!), 7 pm, at The Oasis in Kanata: Julie Turcotte, RN BScN, a Public Health Nurse with Ottawa Public Health's Mental Health Team, will take participants through the Mental Health Caregiver Guide, a free national resource developed by Ottawa Public Health and its partners. Participants will learn about the mental health resources and strategies available for caregivers and the individuals they care for. Free. All are welcome. Visit www.TheOasisKanata.ca or Facebook for details.
Strawberry Social: Come and join neighbours, family and friends for the Strawberry Social on Tuesday, June 26 from 2:00 - 4:00pm. Peter Brown will entertain us on the keyboard while you enjoy the sweet tastes of summer. There is a sign-up sheet on the notice board in the lobby.
SUMMER WORSHIP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: It is our custom in the summer months to have volunteers lead in worship when Rev. Copeland and our Music Director, Scott, are away on holiday. To that end, there is a sign-up sheet posted in the foyer. We welcome experienced leaders and novices alike. The services are more relaxed in the summertime, so pretty much anything goes music wise. We still need volunteers to lead Worship on July 22 and to provide music on July 29. Your efforts will be most appreciated by all.
GCUC Lawn and Yard Care – Help Wanted!: We are in need of volunteers to cut the lawn this summer. If you would like to offer some lawn care help this summer, even just for a week or two, your help would be greatly appreciated. Tools are supplied (a riding tractor mower, and/or walk-behind mower and a weed whip).
If you are interested, please sign up on the Foyer bulletin board or contact Paul Gibbon
Summer Office Hours: The office will be open for most of the summer, Tuesday to Thursday as well as most Fridays, each week. As in the past, summer onsite hours will apply – 9:00am – noon (11am on Fridays) so that Ruth can work offsite on very hot afternoons. Emails and phone messages will be checked regularly throughout the day. Afternoon appointments with office staff can be arranged by calling 613-836-4756 or by emailing email@example.com. Please note that Ruth will be on vacation June 26 – 29; however, Pat will be covering the office that week, 9am – noon, Tues – Thurs (and maybe Fri) and will check phone messages and emails regularly.
Have a great summer, everyone!
“Love your neighbour as yourself.” As Jesus taught us, we are all called to care for one another. Working closely with the Minister, the Pastoral Care Team members support the congregation’s ministry of caring by focusing on responding to the pastoral, spiritual and emotional needs of the members of GCUC. Once we know of these needs, we can offer a confidential, caring visit or call at home or hospital, and prayers as requested. Please advise one of the Team members if you, or anyone you know of in our church family, would appreciate receiving pastoral care.
The Monthly Contact for June is Joy Judd.
Healing Pathway: Pastoral Care Team members who have been trained in Healing Touch and Healing Pathway offer this service to our congregation each Monday, 11:00am to 2:30pm and on certain evenings by appointment. Please book through Nancy Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have chronic pain, emotional stress, illness of any sort; if you are trying to cope with life transitions or deepen your spiritual connection, you may benefit from a Healing Pathway session. This ministry service is offered at no cost.
Gift Cards! Gift cards are available! A win-win fundraiser; you purchase gift cards for the face value of the gift card (for example, you pay $50 and receive a $50 gift card) and the Church receives a 3-8% return from the company who distributes the cards. We sell grocery gift cards for Loblaws, Farm Boy, Sobeys and Metro/Food Basics. And if you need gas for your car, we sell gift cards for Petro Canada, Ultramar and Esso! Other cards available include Bay/Zellers, Best Buy, Canadian Tire, Chapters, Cineplex, Home Depot, Home Hardware, La Senza, Lee Valley, Marks Work Wearhouse, Rona, Subway, The Keg, Wendy’s, Roots, Red Lobster, Shoppers Drugmart, Sir Corp, Ultimate, Walmart and Le Chateau! If we don’t have the gift card you need, you can place an order on Sunday and the gift card will be available the following Sunday! If you have any questions, please speak to Sherry Sharpe.
Performance: True North Records recording artist and singer-songwriter Jeremy Benjamin is bringing his I Am Not My Own Tour to Ottawa! As he crosses the country on this “worship with mission” project, Jeremy is seeking to raise $500,000 for global and local missions. Join us, and invite your friends as Jeremy performs The Story concert on Friday, June 29 at 7:30 pm at the Kanata Community CRC - 46 Castlefrank Rd, Kanata. Find out more by visiting iamnotmyown.org, worldrenew.net/cfgb or worldrenew.net/nigeria .
Strawberry Social at Britannia United Church – 985 Pinecrest Rd, Ottawa: Wednesday, June 27th,
3:00 – 7pm. FRESH berries for Sale & Bake Table. Cold Plate & Dessert: Adults $15, Children (5-9) $10, 4 & under FREE. Dessert ONLY: Adults $8, Children (5-9) $5. Tickets will be available at the door.
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