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:
        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 November 4
Please call the office for the contact information of our many volunteers

It is with great joy that we celebrate the 100th birthday of Rev. Dr. Ken Mickelthwaite.  Our Church Council has pronounced him “Honourary Senior Retired Minister”.  Best Wishes Ken.

HEADS UP – CONGREGATIONAL MEETING!  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 meeting TODAY, immediately after the regular Sunday service to formally vote on the recommendations of the Joint Needs Assessment Report. The report will be sent out via email a few days before the meeting; we will also have a limited number of paper copies available at the meeting. The meeting is expected to take no more than 15 minutes; all congregants are welcome to attend and speak but only GCUC members can vote.

Grief Workshops – UPDATE!: Grief Workshops have been postponed until March, 2019, due to extenuating circumstances. The Pastoral Care Team is always available for a caring, listening call or visit with bereaved families.

2019 Calendars:  The 2019 Church Calendars are now available. They cost $6. Please bring exact change or a cheque made out to Glen Cairn UCW. Please see Martha or come into the church office.

UCW Meeting:  UCW will be meeting on Monday, November 12 at 7:30pm in the Lounge. We will be having our planning meeting for the 27th Annual Cookie Walk and the Christmas dinner. We also will be working on a craft to sell at the UCW craft table. Please join us for an evening of fun mixed in with serious organizing. For more information, please contact Martha.
Games Day at GCUC!  Come and enjoy an afternoon of playing your favorite card or board games or learning some new ones. The fun takes place on Wednesday, November 14th at 2:00 PM in the Lounge.  There will be a few light refreshments. Invite your family, neighbours and friends. There's a sign-up sheet in the lobby.
The 2018 Santa Claus Parade, slated to take place on Saturday, November 17th, will once again pass our church as it wends its way down Abbeyhill to its terminus at the Hazeldean Mall.  This year will mark the tenth anniversary of dispensing hot drinks and Christmas goodies to our neighbours while they await the arrival of Ol'  Saint Nick himself.  Along with sharing our warm smiles and Christmas wishes, we have also helped to promote the annual Cookie Walk (December 1), Christmas Concert (December 2), and our Christmas Eve services.  Through a freewill offering jar, we have collected close to three thousand dollars over the past nine years for our community outreach programs.  If you wish to donate homemade Christmas cookies for our guests to sample, to help set up our site, or to dispense the tasty refreshments, please speak with Santa's Elves Anne McEwen or Emmett Will.

Tornado Relief Benefit Concert: Local country music performer and comedian Rory Gardiner will offer a fundraising concert at Stittsville United Church on Saturday, November 17th at 7:00 pm in support of Dunrobin and Kinburn Disaster Relief. Cost: $20, students and children are free. Tickets available by calling 613-836-4962 or at the door.”
Youth Services Bureau October Outreach Thank You.   Once again your generosity is amazing!   Your donations of clothing, socks, and underwear will help youth in Ottawa who are unstably housed, living in poverty, or living on the streets.  Thank you.

Healing Service:  A healing service will take place in Room C on the last Sunday of each month at 11:30am. If you have suffered a loss, are suffering emotional or physical pain, and are in need of a quiet time of healing and caring, please feel welcome to join us. There is a Healing Service TODAY and then again on Sunday, Nov 25th.

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

 “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 October is Susan Swiggum.

Gift Cards!  We have lots of great gift cards in stock, including the following: Tim Hortons, David’s Tea, Cabela’s,  Chapters, Home Hardware, Canadian Tire, Shoppers Drugmart, Mark’s Work Wearhouse, Dining Cards) as well as the usual gas and grocery gift cards! If we don’t have it today, we can place an order – lots to choose from! Visit us at the gift card table after the service.  Cash or cheque only, please.

Lecture: The Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa has organized a public lecture which may be of interest to members of the United Church in the Ottawa area. Karen Armstrong, a noted author on religion, will be speaking on the topic: "Why are human beings religious?" The lecture (in English) will take place on Thursday, November 8, at 7:30 pm in Huguette-Labelle, Room 112, Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa. Admission is free, but RSVP is required. Details may be found at:

Christmas Bazaar & Food Fair :  Knox United Church, 25 Gibbard Avenue, Saturday, November 10th,
9:30am to 1:30pm.  Crafts- Sewing-Knitting, Quilt Raffle, Lunch Room, Food to Go, Bake Table, Retro Boutique– Aunties Attic, Books & LPs.

Carleton Memorial United Church's annual Fall Bazaar is on Saturday, November 10, 9 am to 2 pm! We will have jewelry, crafts, original art work, unique gifts, books, plants, a silent auction (closes at 1 pm), and much, much more! Stay for a delicious treat too, we will be serving coffee, tea, snacks, lunch, and desserts. Special to this year's Bazaar is live portrait painting a la 'Modigliani' done by artist Lucia Alloggia (each at a cost of only $100). Wheelchair accessible, free parking. Contact or 613-224-7433 for more information.

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Stittsville will be holding our Annual Christmas Bazaar on November 17th from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm.  Again this year we will have our AMAZING BAKE/PRESERVES TABLE, CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS TABLES, HAND CRAFTED GIFT BASKETS, an ACCESSORIES TABLE and of course our famous HOT LUNCHEON featuring HAWIIAN MEATBALLS over RICE, SALAD AND WARM APPLE CRISP. Everyone welcome. 

The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign is looking for volunteers for November 21 to December 24, 2018. If you are interested please contact:
call: 613-241-1573 ext.420
website: and click the link to volunteer.

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