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.
July/August Outreach – Kanata Food Cupboard School Supplies:

The school year is just coming to a close, but the Kanata Food Cupboard is thinking ahead to next fall.  Purchasing school supplies can put additional financial stress on families.  The Kanata Food Cupboard provides school supplies to families in need in the community.  Items needed are scissors for primary grades, pencil sharpeners, combination locks, and calculators suitable for high school students.  We will be collecting items in the Outreach Bin during July and August.  Last day will be in early August.

 Minute for Stewardship:
Our financial situation as of April is as follows: Revenue: $81,777, compared to $79,136 for 2016; and Expenses: $89,758 compared to $86,572 for 2016. We have a Net Loss of $7,982.
A big thank you to all who support our vibrant church! Your contributions help so much - from property and staff expenses, to music, pastoral care, outreach initiatives, and much, much more!

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 signup sheet posted in the foyer.  We welcome experienced leaders and novices alike.  Perhaps  you’ve been wanting to share your musical abilities.  The services are  more relaxed in the summertime so pretty much anything goes music wise.  There are also opportunities for readers, greeters and sound techs.  Your efforts will be most appreciated by all.
Food Cupboard Help Needed!  The Outreach Committee wishes to thank Nancy Kerr for her years of dedication serving as the Coordinator for the Kanata Food Cupboard. Nancy will retire from this position in the coming months, so we are looking for a team of two people to replace her! Nancy has offered to mentor the new members until they are comfortable with the position. In Nancy’s words “The coordinators should be fairly skilled in using email, distribution lists and Excel – not experts but able to troubleshoot printing of worksheets and able to maintain and use email distribution lists. You will be required to attend 2 meetings a year with coordinators from other churches. The coordinators do not necessarily have to work shifts but must be comfortable with telephoning and emailing volunteers.” GCUC works on a rotation of about one week in every six and volunteers for working at the Food Cupboard and drivers to distribute food must be organized for each shift during our week of responsibility. You will also be required to recruit people to work at the Food Cupboard as people retire or move away. Nancy has held this position on her own and highly recommends a team approach. If you are interested in taking on this important activity in our church outreach program, please contact Nancy Kerr or Nancy Sprules.

Youth Volunteers needed at Food Cupboard! If you are in high school and need some volunteer hours, please consider helping out the Kanata Food Cupboard. Young people are welcome and needed to help pack on Tuesday nights, the GCUC shift. This would be once every 6 weeks for about 2 hours a shift. The regular packing hours are 5-7pm. Training will be provided. If this interests you, please contact Nancy Kerr .

Strawberry Social:  Enjoy the sweet tastes of summer at our Strawberry Social on Wednesday, June 28 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.  Invite your family and friends to an afternoon of delicious cake with strawberries and whipped cream coupled with the mellow sounds of Peter Brown on the piano. There is a sign-up sheet in the lobby.

GCUC Lawn and Yard Care – We are still 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 willingness would be greatly appreciated.  Tools supplied would include a riding tractor mower, a top quality self-powered walk-behind mower and a weed whip. If you are interested, please sign up on the Foyer bulletin board, which is arranged by week, or contact Paul Gibbon

Friday Coffee: Summer schedule:  Friday morning coffee will move to Tim Horton’s on Hazeldean at Terry Fox beginning June 30th. We will be there at 10:00am every Friday in the summer and will return to the church lounge on Friday, Sept. 8th.

Camp Awesome at Glen Cairn United Church: Come and join us at GCUC for a fun week, August 21-25, 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: Great Escapes in the Bible! 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.

Snack Volunteers Needed!! Campers bring their own lunch; however, the morning and afternoon snacks are provided by the church. We are asking for your help to prepare a nut-free snack for all the happy campers. Snacks can be prepared and dropped off in advance at the church. A sign-up sheet will be available in the lobby; please contact Barbara Reynolds for more information regarding snacks.

Healing Service - a healing service will take place in Room C on the last Sunday of each month at 11:30 a.m. 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. The next Healing Service takes place on June 25th.

 PASTORAL CARE:  We encourage anyone who needs someone to talk to, or who knows someone who needs someone to talk to, to give the Pastoral Care Team member a call. We do not want anyone to think that their need is any less significant than anyone else’s. We are here to serve each and every person of the church.  Ours is a ministry of listening and caring. The Pastoral Care Contact for June is Holly Egan.

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 . 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.

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 during very hot days. 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 Please note that during June 27 – 30, office hours will be limited as Ruth will be on vacation; however Marie will be covering the office and will check phone messages and email regularly that week. Have a great summer, everyone!

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.
Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk; Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7:30pm at Galilee Centre, 398 John Street North, Arnprior. Come celebrate Standing Still Sun on this longest day of light. Join Path Adventures Susan Kehoe, Grace Amirault and Debbie Camelin, Veriditas facilitators, for a Solstice ceremony followed by a labyrinth walk on the Galilee Retreat Centre’s living labyrinth. Labyrinth walk and refreshments $20. For more information or to register, email: or phone: 613-623-4242 ext. 21. Website:

John Bell Workshop!  Saturday, June 24, 9 am – 4 pm at Kanata United Church. John Bell is an ordained minister in the Church of Scotland and member of the Iona community. He has produced many hymns and liturgies, lectures throughout the world and is primarily concerned with the renewal of congregational worship at the grass roots level. Cost is $125 - lunch and morning snacks included with ticket price. Register online at or phone 613-592-5834 for info. Please see the bulletin board in the hallway for workshop info.

ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ANNUAL COMMUNITY  STRAWBERRY SUPPER: Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 2 Mulkins Street, Stittsville. As in the past, there will be 3 sittings….. 4:00 pm, 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm  as well as take out. So bring your family, friends and appetites and join us at your preferred time for fun, food and fellowship.  Get your tickets soon because some sittings sell out very early. Tickets:  Adults - $15.00, Children 6-12 - $5.00, Children 5 and under free. For tickets call the church at 613-831-1256

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