Glen Cairn United Church
140 Abbeyhill Drive, Ottawa, ON K2L 1H5
Office Administrator, Ruth Winter
Office Hours:  Tuesday to  Thursday  9 - 3:30pm, Friday 9.00 - 10.30am
Church office Email:   office@gcuc.ca
        Telephone:  613 836 4756  


  We are called by God to be a welcoming church where we respect differences and build Christian community, as we learn, grow, celebrate,
and reach out in faith.
Announcement Sheet March 3
Please call the office for the contact information of our many volunteers



March Outreach:  Harmony House is a second-stage shelter for women and their children who are survivors of violence. The shelter provides a transitional period from crisis shelter services to independent living in the community. Safe and affordable housing is provided for up to one year along with programs of individual and group support, accompaniment, advocacy, and referral. The following items will be collected during the month of March: baby wipes, pull-ups for toddlers, sanitary napkins (no tampons please), toilet paper, tissues, paper towels and cleaning products (for example, Mr. Clean, Windex, Dish Detergent, etc. - Note, these items should be regular size, not giant size (Costco) as each of the residents has their own apartment). Please place your items in the monthly outreach bin in the foyer. Last day to contribute will be Sunday, March 31.

Stories of Glen Cairn United Church: The 2019 version of Stories of Glen Cairn United Church is now available! You may purchase your copy in the foyer after church for $5.00, cash or cheque payable to Glen Cairn United Church. If you would prefer an electronic copy, please sign up with Barbara Reynolds or contact the office at office@gcuc.ca. Cost for electronic copy is $3.

Transfer Service:  If you would like to join Glen Cairn United Church, please come to the Information Table to request a form or contact the church office.  The next Transfer Service will take place on May 5th.  Please remember that there are only two transfer services per annum.

UCW announcement:  UCW will be meeting on Monday, March 11 at 7:30 pm in the Lounge. Kerry Durant is speaking to us about her experiences as a Personal Support Worker and how we can help our loved ones. She will be focusing on Dementia. What it is and how can care givers cope in dealing with the many issues related to the disease. All women are welcome to attend.
 
Shamrock Tea at GCUC:  Please join us for our annual Shamrock Tea on Wednesday, March 13, 2:00 - 4:00pm in the Lounge. Invite your family and friends for a cup of tea and fresh baked goodies. Enjoy seeing some beautiful photos of Ireland. There’s a sign-up sheet in the lobby. 

THE OASIS IN KANATA: You might ask whether the Ventures in Mission program you support with your weekly givings and donations is making a difference in people's lives? Here's what one caregiver had to say: “I really appreciate the church putting on these sessions - they have been a life-saver. I have neither the time nor the energy to drive downtown at night and I really appreciate that these sessions are here in the community.” If you wish to help ensure our program's success, please consider volunteering a few minutes of your time on a Saturday morning in the weeks ahead to help with the Family Connections course we are currently hosting. See the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Workshops on Losses, Transitions and Grief: Sundays, March 10th to 31st, after worship. We all experience various forms of loss. In this 4-week workshop, we will look at different ways of experiencing grief and the impact grief can have on us. Everyone is welcome, both adults and children. During the first week, we will view one of two movies that deal with grief – ‘Inside Out’, an animated film that looks at childhood losses; and ‘Through a Lens Darkly’, in which ordinary people describe their grieving processes after the loss of a child, a spouse, their parents, mobility, a marriage, a dream. (Please note that the films last 1.5 hours.) During subsequent weeks, we will explore grief through shared questions with different settings for adults and youth. The final session will end with a short healing service. Please register by signing the sheet on the bulletin board in order to assure there will be enough handouts. No sign-up required for the movies.

Healing Pathway, a recognized Ministry of the United Church, is offered at Glen Cairn as well as many other churches in the Ottawa area. This energy-based Ministry is useful for stress or other emotional concerns, complements medical treatment, and offers mindful awareness of God’s unconditional love. At Glen Cairn, appointments are available every Monday from 11 to 3 and 7-8 in the evenings. Home or hospital visits can also be easily arranged. The Ministry is free to all and is completely confidential. For questions or to arrange an appointment, please email mailto:healingpathwaygcuc@gmail.com, or call (613) 435-4500, our NEW confidential Pastoral Care/Healing Pathway number.

  “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 Pastoral Care contact for March is Joy Judd.   Alternatively, please leave a message at the NEW confidential Pastoral Care/Healing Pathway number: 613-435-4500.

Crossroads fundraiser – thank you! The Seekers class is pleased to announce that they raised $143 for Crossroads with their recent cookie sale. Sunday School offerings have also been going to this cause, and raised $68.40 from Sept. 2018 to Jan. 2019. Crossroads is a children's mental health centre, serving the Ottawa area, and our Sunday School has chosen to support them as our outreach project.

Save the Date and Spark Joy!  Save the Date and Spark More Joy!!! Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8 am to 1 pm.
Have you de-cluttered yet for our Grand Rummage Sale? … We need your items! Japanese organizer Marie Kondo states… “It’s ok to let go… the Thrill of Joy Awaits! " Ask these questions when you de-clutter your drawers and cupboards!-Does it spark Joy? Is it necessary? Does it work? Does it have a designated place to live? In letting go, appreciate the Joy the items once gave you!!! See Marie Kondo on Netflix or get her books now available at Chapters to help you organize your house and get rid of  your unwanted items!  Contact Susan McMullin or Dianne Astles for more info.

 50th Anniversary Cookbook:  The cookbooks are selling quickly.  They are available for purchase after church on Sundays in the main hall or you may contact Patricia Will  to make other arrangements. 
 
Brian’s Book Giveaway!  I want to give away just over half of my collected books to any of you who would like one. Please come by my office, or ask Ruth to let you into my office and have a look. Please take any of the books that I have made available. I’ll keep them until the end of March and look forward
to seeing these books given away to a good home!  Thanks, Brian

Gift Cards available!  Gift cards are available after church today.  We carry a wide variety of gift cards in denominations ranging from $10 (Cineplex) and $15 (Tim Horton’s) up to $250 (most grocery chains).  We have cards for restaurants, clothing and sports stores, and gas cards including Petro Canada and Ultramar which are both available in $50’s or $100’s. Please come over to the Gift Card table during fellowship time and browse our selection. Need something ordered?... We can place an order that should be available for pick-up next Sunday.

 United Church Of Canada 2019 Survey :  Could you please spare a few minutes for an important new survey from the United Church? We want to know how the church is doing at becoming intercultural. We are hoping for input from all the varied voices that make up our church. Please reflect on your experience of church, good and bad, and offer suggestions for the future. The survey is open to anyone who is a part of a United Church congregation or community of faith. You can find the survey online until March 4.
  The survey is available in both English and French.   http://uccsurvey2019.ca       www.eucsondage2019.ca

Pancake Supper:  St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 20 Young Road, Kanata, is holding our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on March 5, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm.  Come and enjoy pancakes, real maple syrup, sausages, homemade beans, beverages, and desserts.  Tickets are available at the door  Prices:  Adults $10.00, Children 11 and under $5.00, five and under – free.  

Irish Night & Ham Dinner:  Britannia United Church – 985 Pinecrest Rd, Friday March 8. Doors open at 5:30. Dinner @ 6pm. Entertainment 7:30 – 9pm. Tickets: $25/person. Cut-off for ticket purchase or reservation is March 6. Music by: The King’s Creek Band with Eugene.
 
Employment opportunities at Redeemer Christian High School: Redeemer is looking to fill two positions, a part-time French teacher and a part-time Educational Assistant. For more information, please go to rchs.on.ca>Our School>Employment Opportunities.
Redeemer Dinner Auction--Save the date for Redeemer Christian High School's annual Dinner Auction on Saturday, April 6th. More details will soon be available on our website, rchs.on.ca.




 

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