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 May 19
Please call the office for the contact information of our many volunteers

April/May Outreach - Christie Lake Kids Camp: Christie Lake Kids offer programs that give kids an opportunity to participate in sport- or arts-based programs. All the programs are free of charge and include access to healthy food, program equipment and all necessary supplies. The camp facility near Perth, Ontario is used during the summer months to allow children and youth to learn about nature and the tranquility it brings. For many of the youth, this is their first experience in nature outside the city. On their wish list is: bug spray, sunscreen, un-used water bottles, flashlights, and toiletries.  Please put your donations in the blue Outreach Bin in the lobby by Sunday, May 26th.

 Camp Awesome at Glen Cairn United Church: Come and join us at GCUC for a fun week, August 19-23, 10am to 3pm.  A Safe Place for Children Ages 4 to 12. Bible Stories, Crafts, Songs, Drama, Games and Water Day! 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 Call 613-836-4756 for more info.

The Oasis in Kanata

Last Monday's information session at The Oasis in Kanata on the topic of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) attracted over 50 caregivers who were there to learn how this technique can assist their loved ones battling serious mental illnesses, in particular Borderline Personality Disorder.  The session evaluations included comments such as "Learned a lot about DBT.  Very valuable information.  Will be very helpful for our family." and "It was helpful to gather information and see others who face similar challenges."  The information tables which Steering Committee member Holly Egan faithfully sets up for each session were a big hit with caregivers: "Much needed resources for families.  Your resource tables had every resource available . . . and more!"  Overall, caregivers found the session "Very informative," the speakers excellent, and our volunteers "Friendly and welcoming!"  Thank you for your continuing support of The Oasis in Kanata, our congregation's VIM community outreach program providing a safe place for caregivers of people with mental illness!

 “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 May is Brenda Carr. Alternatively, please leave a message at the NEW confidential Pastoral Care/Healing Pathway number: 613-435-4500.

Healing Service:  A healing service will take place in Room C on Sunday, May 26th 11:30 am. 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.

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, or call (613) 435-4500, our NEW confidential Pastoral Care/Healing Pathway number.

LUNCH ‘N SUCH  Come and join us on Wednesday, June 5th at noon.  Why not invite some friends to share a lovely summertime lunch of cold cuts, salads and dessert.  Following the lunch we will be watching a movie (as yet to be determined).  Cost is $8.  Everyone is welcome.

Religion In Life Emblem for Scouts and Girl Guides - Sunday School on 7, 14, 21 July
Three extra Sunday School classes will be held here at GCUC this summer. The program will be the United Church of Canada’s Religion In Life emblem for Scouts and Girl Guides.  All children, regardless of their participation in Guiding or Scouting, are welcome to attend these classes.  If you are interested and are going to be in Scouting or Guiding in September 2019, please let Georgia Dryden know what level you will be, in order to plan the appropriate requirements for different age groups (Brownie, Cub, Pathfinder, Rover etc). There is a program for every level including Leaders.  Everyone completing the three sessions will be given the paperwork to take to their Scout or Guide group in September and the group will award the badge.  If you have any questions please contact Georgia.

Do you have an announcement? If you have an announcement you would like to appear on the Sunday announcement sheet, please email it to The weekly deadline for announcement submissions is Wednesday at noon. GCUC events take priority; however, we can post notices of offsite events and public concerts as space permits.

The Catering Committee needs a refresh on its Catering Volunteer List which hasn't been updated since September, 2015. Are you available to make sandwiches or sweets? Or to buy veggies, fruit, or cheese? We need some new people who could be available to help at funerals, birthday or anniversary parties, or teas. Sometimes we just need food or sometimes we need help for setting up or cleaning up, cutting sandwiches or squares, or arranging flowers. Please let Martha Townshend Colford know if you could be called upon to assist in this very important work of our church.

Stories of Glen Cairn United Church:  The 2019 version of Stories of Glen Cairn United Church is available! You may purchase your copy by contacting Barbara Reynolds or the office - Cost is $5.00, cash or cheque payable to Glen Cairn United Church. If you would prefer an electronic copy, please contact the office; the cost for an electronic copy is $3.00.

 50th Anniversary Cookbook:  We still have cookbooks for sale.  They will now be available for purchase through the office. Please feel free to drop by the church during regular business hours or email if you would prefer to arrange a time.

 REMINDER: NO SCENTS MAKES GOOD SENSE!  More and more people are experiencing sensitivities to scents whether it be perfume, cologne, aftershave, scented hairspray and strong deodorants.  We at Glen Cairn want everyone to feel comfortable when they enter this building so please remember not to indulge in the above products when coming into the church.

The “Knitting Pilgrim Presentation” - Thursday, May 23rd  Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1817 Richardson Side Road, Carp is hosting Kirk Dunn, who has spent the last 15 years of his life knitting what appear to be stained glass windows.  The windows depict the commonalities and the conflicts of the Abrahamic faiths.  The evening, which begins at 7:00 pm, is a one-man play followed  by a 'talkback' about Kirk's artistic and spiritual journey.  Kirk went to England for a time to work as an apprentice for renowned knitter and designer Kaffe Fassett!

2020 Germany Trip with Kim Vidal!!  I am excited to invite you to travel with me and Ken to Germany where we will explore Martin Luther's Trail, visit Prague and experience the world renowned Oberammergau Passion Play held every 10 years. This 14-day tour is organized by Rostad Tours, scheduled from July 31 to August 13, 2020. Deposit amount of $500 to ensure your seat. You can register directly at Rostad Tours by calling them with your credit card information - Toll Free: 1-800-361-8687. Email address is: If you need more information about this tour or if you have registered via Rostad, please contact me . Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you! Blessings, Kim Vidal, Minister, Bells Corners United Church (Please see the itinerary brochure and the registration form on the bulletin board down the hall.)


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