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 September 8
Please call the office for the contact information of our many volunteers

CONGREGATIONAL WORKSHOP! 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 in the sanctuary starting at 12 pm to gain a collective sense of the kind of worship we like, our outreach focus, the priorities for a Ministry position, etc.  We will have babysitting/child minding activities to allow parents to attend the workshop. We have included a copy of the GCUC Joint Needs Assessment Profile, which we ask you to read prior to the workshop, as it will form the basis of the discussion. This is your chance to provide your input into this important endeavour!

September Outreach – Ottawa Innercity Ministries: Street Outreach Ottawa Street Outreach teams walk alongside the poor and homeless in the downtown core. Through Street Outreach, trained volunteers meet men and women living on the street, create trusting relationships, and can work to fill both physical and personal needs. Each year, over 10,000 connections are made on the streets in downtown Ottawa; approximately 2,500 of whom are youth. Please visit to learn more.

To support this ministry, we will be collecting the following items which can be placed in the Outreach bin in the foyer: juice boxes, soft granola bars like Nutrigrain bars as well as regular granola bars, individually wrapped snacks like rice crispy treats, mini chocolate bars or fruit roll ups, as well as adult size sport socks.
Last day for donations is September 30.

 “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 September is Joy Craigie.

UCW starts their fall meetings on Monday, September 10 (tomorrow) at 7:30 pm in the Lounge. All women are welcome to join us for discussion, fellowship, and snacks. Bring a program idea or a craft idea or just come. For more information please contact Martha.
Friday Coffee:  The Friday morning coffee social time is now back in the Lounge at the church! We will be enjoying coffee and friendly conversation every Friday, 10:00 – 11:00am. Everyone is welcome!

The Oasis in Kanata
Thanks!!  It takes many hard-working and dedicated volunteers to run a successful community outreach program such as The Oasis in Kanata. This Sunday, the Steering Committee would like to thank the following individuals for their many contributions: Faye Adams, Bev Armbruster, David and Pauline Baker, Margaret Beairsto, Shirley Bishop, Bob Blackmore, Ivan Chan, Chuck Colford, Gail Day, Mike Egan, Sam Jones, Wayne Johnston, Ervin Lucas, Joan McComas, Joan and Pat McGrath, Karen Moorcroft, Ed Papazian, Lisa Petch, Barbara and Greg Reynolds, Bernice Sim, Linda Short, and Mike Ward.  We thank you, one and all, for your outstanding assistance to the program!

The Oasis in Kanata presents: "Coping with PTSD – Causes and Treatment". On Monday, September 17, at 7 pm, Antoine Quenneville, a therapist who has worked extensively with child abuse victims, first responders, and military personnel, will describe what causes Post-Traumatic Stress Injury, treatment options, and how caregivers may respond to a loved one with this condition. This information session is free and all are welcome to learn more about this often misrepresented and misunderstood condition. More details at

Volunteers Needed! The Oasis in Kanata, in partnership with the Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa organization, will be offering the eight-week Family Recovery Wellness Action Plan (Family WRAP) course starting on Tuesday, September 11. We are calling for volunteers to help with the course by setting up tables and chairs in Room A prior to the 6 pm session start each Tuesday. This is a 15- to 20-minute commitment. You may sign up for one Tuesday evening or as many as you wish. Please see the sign-up sheet in the foyer. If you have questions, please speak with any member of the Steering Committee: Joanne Algie, Holly Egan, Dominic Ielo, Nancy Kerr, Cathy Turner, or Emmett Will.  Thanks for your help!
Special Thanks!!

School Supplies Outreach - Thank You! The Kanata Food Cupboard has helped 386 individuals to go back to school well-equipped for the school year. Our donations of computer paper, pencils, backpacks, scissors and more, contributed to the success of this program. Thank you!

 Camp Awesome Thanks!:   Thank you to our volunteers who helped out onsite and with snacks at Camp Awesome this summer! A special thank-you to Celia, Barbara, Michaela and Thomas who dedicated their week to a very successful, fun camp!

 Anniversary Cookbook!!  Don’t miss out on getting your family’s favourite recipes included in our new anniversary cookbook. Only 4 more weeks to submit recipes!! Deadline is October 1st, 2018! Submissions may be sent to Patricia Will by email either in the body of the email or attached as a Word or pdf document.  NEW! There will also be a box in the foyer on the table near the office window for hand-written submissions – on a scrap of paper, recipe card, back of napkin – whatever is handy. Please be sure to include your name and phone number with your submissions in case there are any questions about the recipe. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Patricia.  Let’s get those recipes in now before you forget!!

Thursday Morning Bible Study has resumed!  Since January of this year, a small group of people has gathered on Thursday mornings to read and discuss the Bible. Considering several approaches to reading the good book, the group decided to use the Revised Common Lectionary. Since then, we have dealt with one choice each, taken from the Old Testament, the Gospels, The Epistles and the Book of Psalms. Not able to exhaust them all, we focus on the major message and the relevance of all the selections for that topic. If you enjoy reading the Bible. wish to share your insights and assess what the book tells you within the context of your daily life, please join us. We meet each Thursday morning at 10:00 am and usually communicate for about an hour, although at times the Spirit moves us further without us noticing it. (Johan van Zyll de Jong leads the morning study.)

Wednesday Evening Bible Study: Deepen your faith journey this fall with weekly bible study. The Wednesday evening group welcomes you to join us in the lounge at 7:00 pm starting Sept 19th, to take a deeper look at the book of Isaiah. No previous experience is required, and all opinions are welcome as we learn together from these scriptures. Contact Sandra Copeland  for more information.

Cecilia Chorus:  Cecilia Chorus rehearsals start Thursday, September 13th, 1:00 – 2:00pm. All women are welcome to join this fun group of singers! Please see Scott for more info.

Gabriel’s Chorus practices every Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:00pm, starting September 13th.  If you are a man who likes to sing (young, old or anywhere in between), we would love to have you come out and give Gabriel’s Chorus a try. You don’t need choir experience or musical knowledge and you don’t have to join the GCUC Senior Choir. If you are interested, you can come to the church any Thursday evening at 7:00 or you can contact Peter Bishop.
Youth Choir! Do you love to sing? Are you in grades 7 to 12? Youth Choir will be starting after church on September 23rd. If you are interested in joining, or for more information, please contact Erin Johnston.  Looking forward to singing with you!

Refugee Ride – Saturday, September 29: One of our primary fundraisers in September is our Refugee Ride on Saturday, Sept 29. You can contribute to this important initiative in three ways: (1) If you are a cycler, you can sign up to ride either 25 or 50 km; (2) If you are a walker, you can sign up for the 5km walk; or (3) You can donate funds to any of the cyclers or walkers or to our GCUC cycling group (the Wheels of Fortune). Funds raised will go to our Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship Group to further its work of sponsoring and supporting refugees.

GCUC Golf Day – Sunday, September 30: If you are a golfer or mini-golfer, please sign up for the Glen Cairn United Golf Day on Sunday, September 30. You can play 9 holes of golf at Amberwood Golf Course between 1:15 and 4:30pm, or 18 holes of mini-golf at the Marshes at the same time. Then, you and your spouse, friend or guests can come to the Golf Day dinner in the GCUC Main Hall starting at 4:30pm. This will be a wonderful meal catered by our own UCW. Beer and wine will also be served. The sign-up sheet is in the foyer.

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  or phone. 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.

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