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Glen Cairn United Church Newsletter

Sunday Service 10:00 AM 140 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata, Ontario, Canada, K2L 1H5 March 2016

E-mail: office@gcuc.ca Telephone: 613-836-4756 www.gcuc.ca

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.

Message from the Editor

It has been a pleasure working on the newsletter for the past four years. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the contributors for providing such interesting reading. Thanks also for all the positive feedback that you, the congregation, have given me.

Joanne Tuttle Minister’s Message Submitted by Brian Copeland The New Zealand hymn writer, Shirley Murray, has an amazing 12 hymns in our own Voices United, and she wrote a wonderful song, ‘The Spring Has Come.’, just for this very time of year. ‘The spring has come, let all the church be part of it. The world has changed and God is at the heart of it. New light, new day, new colour after winter grey. New light, new day, the spring has come, let all the church be part of it.’ Suddenly the world is alive with light in the morning, the smell of spring in the air, warm south winds, snow melting, the first shoots of daffodils in the south exposure garden, winter parkas returned to the basement, and a certain lilt in peoples’ souls. And God, says Murray, is at the heart of it. The imagination of God our Creator somehow knew that after winter’s grey human kind would be so looking forward to the new light of a new day. It is God’s tonic, a soul restorer, a blessing of joy and hope spread throughout the northern hemisphere. Spring is a song for a winter people. Spring is a song of Easter resonating throughout the earth that death is overcome with new and abundant life that Christ has indeed risen.

I plan to relish this spring, this amazing gift of God; to sing and dance and play and wonder at the changing world. You won’t be able to hold me back. I am on course to celebrate, to walk toward Easter with new hope. Let all the church be part of it. I love the way Shirley Murray tied the changing seasons and most especially the emergence of spring to God’s good creation and to the church. We are God’s good creation. We are God’s gift to the world. We are the promise of Jesus to all who would follow him. Where two or three of you are gathered, I am there.

Whenever we gather, even on the coldest, greyest of winter’s day, somehow, spring is in the air. Christ is with us. We are not alone. Let us give thanks and celebrate.

Lunch'nSuch Come join us on Wednesday, April 6th at noon For a PIZZA PARTY

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Oasis in Kanata Submitted by Lisa Petch The Oasis in Kanata has started 2016 with change and great interest. On January 31st, the congregation welcomed our new program manager, Christina Glaus and thanked Shirley Bishop for her dedication to the Oasis in Kanata as Chair of The Oasis in Kanata Steering Committee. Shirley has dedicated so much to make the program the success it is today.

On January 18th, we held our first information session, "Caregivers and Powers of Attorney" by Dr. Barbara Collins. This information session explored the legal aspects of decision-making capacities in people with mental illness, the capacity assessment process, powers of attorney, guardianship and informed consent.

This well-attended session provided valuable information for all who participated.

On March 21st, Jeanette Smith will host "Health Headlines: Hope or Hype?" In this information session, Ms.

Smith explores the myths and realities of health information in the media.

The support group has been rebranded to Caregivers Matter. The support group meets the first Monday of each month and has seen a great number of participants over the first few months of the year. The support group offers a safe, confidential, professionally-facilitated environment where caregivers can gather to share experiences, provide mutual support, and learn how they can better care for themselves as they care for their loved ones suffering from a mental illness.

We offered an eight-week workshop on Borderline Personality Disorder. This workshop provides valuable information and tools for caregivers of loved ones with Borderline Personality Disorder.

We are looking forward to an exciting time until the beginning of summer. We have information sessions planned for April, May and June, as well as a half-day workshop. Watch the announcements for all the details.

We are always looking for volunteers to help on information session nights to help with set up and clean up when the session is complete. If you think you can help with this, please speak to any member of the Steering Committee or email info@TheOasisKanata.ca.

Outreach Thanks You

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Thank you for your donations of single-bed sheets and towels for Shepherds of Good Hope. The housing programs have 268 beds in shelters in downtown, plus beds in supportive living facilities across the city.

Thank you from the Kanata Food Cupboard, for your outstanding generosity on Red & White Sunday. We delivered a carload of boxes of items and many cash donations.

Upcoming Outreach

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May Outreach: Shoes and Boots for Shoe Bank Canada While you’re cleaning out your closets for the Rummage Sale, please collect any gently used shoes and boots.

The Shoe Bank Canada collects shoes from warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. Locally they work with the Ottawa Mission and other social agencies, distributing shoes free of charge to help fulfill the footwear needs. Once local demand is met, they look at other avenues, both nationally and internationally.


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The youth have been active these past few months. At the end of March break, we went to Merivale bowling, where we all had a great time. The youth have also been planning and rehearsing a dramatic skit to perform at the Easter service. We are looking forward to our coming activities in the following months, including our end-of-year laser quest games! Keep your eyes on the bulletin for upcoming event announcements!

In Sunday School we continue to sing a new song every month, and are enjoying crafts and stories in class time together. We are looking forward to the coming months, and all of the fun times and lessons ahead! Thank you to all the teachers who help make Sunday School a fun and educational place to be.

Membership CommitteeSubmitted by Wanda McNea

While the Membership Committee is specifically tasked with welcoming new members and introducing them to the resources of Glen Cairn United Church, it is a responsibility that all the congregation shares. Every introduction and conversation with someone who is new to you contributes to the welcoming process and helps everyone feel more connected.

As always, the Information Table is where you stop to get --- INFORMATION you need about envelopes, joining Glen Cairn United, contacts, name tags, etc. There are still a few boxes of donation envelopes available on the table around the corner from the Information Table if you haven't yet picked yours up – keep in mind PAR (pre-arranged remittance) is another payment option.

We are looking forward to (and planning) the next Potluck on April 17th and encourage all to mark the date on their calendars. The next Membership Transfer Service takes place on May 21st, so if you have been thinking of joining the Glen Cairn congregation, please get in touch with the Office or check in at the Information Table.

Song of Faith eventSubmitted by Sandra Copeland

It is often difficult to put our faith into words, but we know our spirits are moved by music, art and craftmanship. We are inviting all artists, photographers, quilters, musicians, woodworkers, sculptors and crafters to capture the spirit of your faith in any art form for an exhibit on Sunday, June 5th at our church.

This event in honour of the Anniversary of the founding of the United Church, is an opportunity for everyone and anyone to offer an expression of faith. Children's work will also be welcome.

There is no need to worry about being "good enough", as all faith is good in the eyes of God, and this will offer a unique way to share our faith with each other.

Please let Sandra Copeland know if you are planning to participate, so we can provide appropriate exhibit space for you.

Follow-up to 42nd General Council Submitted by Barbara Reynolds At the 42nd General Council held in Cornerbrook last August, delegates authorized the holding of eight remits (church terminology for a referendum) because the proposed changes are considered to be denomination-shaping. Pastoral Charges and Presbyteries will vote on five of these remits: (1) Three-Council Model; (2) Elimination of Settlement and Transfer; (3) Office of Vocation; (4) Funding a New Model; and (5) One Order of Ministry. It is vitally important that every pastoral charge cast a vote on all five remits, as an absolute majority is needed for them to pass, not just a majority of those who vote. Further information about the remits as well as background material on each remit can be found on the United Church website http://gc42,ca/remits. In addition, Ottawa Presbytery is planning to hold some information sessions to assist pastoral charges in their decision-making. Initial information is found in the attached message from the presbytery minister and more information about specific sessions will be coming. If you have any questions or wish further information please feel free to contact Barbara Reynolds or Hanna Strong, your presbytery representatives.

Name Tagssubmitted by Cathy Turner – Membership Committee

We offer our congregation two types of name tags – pins and magnetic. Each name tag has your name on it – the way you like it to be displayed – along with a logo of our Church window. Pin types are $10.00 and magnetic types are $15.00 and can be ordered at the information table in the foyer. Cash payment is required when ordering and the pins are usually available for pick-up at the information table the following Sunday.

Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship GroupSubmitted by John Toft

The Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship Group (KSRSG) held a successful fund-raiser at the Glen Scottish Restaurant, raising $1540 through the musical contribution of the band, FOAM, and contributions from the restaurant. Five Old Angry Musicians put their talents to good use that night! KSRSG thanks all the people that came out to support refugees.

KSRSG is still waiting for the arrival of the sponsored refugee family from Afghanistan, isolated in a Tajikistan refugee camp since February 2014 despite being approved as refugees to Canada since that time. KSRSG is also supporting the sponsorship of people from Syria.

However, as with the Afghan family, there is no word of their imminent arrival. When our sponsored people do arrive, KSRSG does have the necessary funds on hand to support them for their first twelve months in Canada. KSRSG will let the congregation know about future developments as soon as they happen.

In the LibrarySubmitted by Cathy Turner

In today’s society we strive to bridge the gap between religions and faith communities. Here are some books found in our “Other Religions” section which you may be interested in reading. This section of our library is on the far wall of the lounge; identified with a sticker of the world and can be found on the first shelf on the left.

Reviews taken from the internet;

Sacred Books of the World and Their Message for Our Time (by Kingsley Joblin) Kingsley Joblin is an interpreter. The truth of this statement is borne out by his life long career as a university teacher, researcher and counsellor. [... ] This book on the Scriptures of world religions is the product of those years of teaching, supplemented by extensive travels to the centres of world religions where he did disciplined research. His presentation of the Scriptures and his interpretation of them will lead the reader into a new understanding of spiritual life.

Noah's Other Son. Bridging the Gap between the Bible and the Qur'an.

(by Brian Arthur Brown) In his compelling book, pastor Brian Brown engages in conciliatory dialogue with Christians, Jews, and Muslims in an attempt to recover the beauty and value of Islam for the West. Noah's Other Son helps Jews and Christians understand the role that several biblical figures from their own traditions play in Islam.

World Religions (by Benson Y. Landis) Without any attempt to pass judgment, Mr. Landis has brought together within the compass of one book much scattered information, and has provided a most useful handbook that will answer the questions about the world's various religions that are constantly being asked. He tries to give a fair interpretation of their various emphases, as well as a summary of their organization, administration and membership, and in this he has been singularly successful.

United Church WomenSubmitted by Martha Townshend Colford

We have been busy so far in 2016 with caterings. A great deal of hard work is put into these events to make them as pleasurable as possible and the food tasty and nutritious. The Robbie Burns Dinner, February Presbytery dinner and the February Lunch ‘n Such were very successful. We also catered two large funerals and we appreciate all the food donated and help freely given to these sad events.

Our January meeting was a planning meeting. That may sound dull but we always keep ourselves amused with funny anecdotes. We also enjoyed popcorn and the movie “Woman in Gold”.

In February we celebrated Chinese New Year by enjoying a delicious Chinese meal organized by Lynda Brooks and Sandra Copeland with some dishes provided by others. Some people had travelled to China and told about their adventures and Nancy Boyd spoke about her time working as a facilitator for adoptions of Chinese children in Canada.

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