parkdale united church

429 Parkdale Avenue, OTTAWA, Ontario K1Y 1H3

News and Events

BLACK HISTORY MONTH – You are invited to note and participate in the special events planned for this month. For a comprehensive list of these please visit


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING-Sunday, February 26th

Join us following the service today, Sunday, February 26th, for our Congregational Annual Meeting. A very light lunch before the meeting in Tape Hall will be available. Annual Reports are available now on the Parkdale website or at the Sanctuary doors.

(One per household, bring to annual meeting on the 26th).

PANCAKE SUPPER:  February 28th is Shrove Tuesday which is the last day before the 40 days of Lent.  Parkdale will once again hold a Pancake Supper in Tape Hall.  This should be a wonderful event and a great time for praising God through friendship and food.  We are blessed with a number of people who have offered help on the day and we would be most grateful for more volunteers.  If you have some time on the 28th to help with setup, serving or cleanup, please contact Johanna Lace at,   


Please plan to come to the chapel for this Wednesday March 1 at 7:00 pm for the Ash Wednesday service. This service marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Dr. Bailey will be leading the service.  All are welcome.






LENTEN STUDY 2017:  The Community of the Called

Beginning Wednesday evening March 8 at 7:30 pm and running five weeks until April 5 is now full.  Julee Pauling will facilitate and lead this study. Thank you for your participation.


TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY –The new session of Bible Study began Tuesday January 17th. We are engaging the prayer life of Jesus and among other things, what we can learn about its importance in Jesus’ life, what it discloses about God, why Jesus wanted those who follow him to practice a vibrant and regular prayer life. When we think of Jesus and prayer, most of us think firstly of what we have come to call, the Lord’s Prayer. However, there are other examples of Jesus’ prayers, for instance, in the gospels there are over 60 references to Jesus praying, ‘meditating’, and ‘going off alone’. Are you curious? Interested? (Feb 7 – Feb 28), with the possibility of two additional sessions on March 28 and April 4. All are welcome.



Children ages 7 & up - Sanctuary on Sundays at 12:15

For more information contact the office or contact Carol Diamond (there is no practice today)





WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE: A warm invitation is extended to all Parkdale members and their friends to join our neighboring churches for the World Day of Prayer Service at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church (20 Grant Street, one block south of Parkdale and Wellington Street) at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017. Written by World Day of Prayer Committee of the Philippines, the service focuses on the theme, “Am I Being Unfair to You?” based on Matthew 20: 1 – 16. Following the service, there will be a reception in the church hall. Participating churches are All Saints Westboro Anglican, St. George’s RC, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary RC, Parkdale United Church, Kitchissippi United, Bromley Road Baptist and St. Martin’s Anglican. Come join your sisters and brothers in solidarity with fellow Christians from around the world by participating in the World Day of Prayer. For further information, contact Beth Gutsell.



THE COUNCIL has approved Dr. Bailey’s Sabbatical absence commencing May 1-July 31, 2017. He will take two weeks of holiday returning to work on August 15, 2017



Thank you very much for your donations of reading material, greeting cards and 2017 calendars to In From the Cold. We are almost half-way through the season and we are running low on magazines for the Literacy Table! Although all titles are welcome, we have depleted our supplies of French magazines, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Readers' Digest, National Geographic, Hello and craft magazines relating to woodworking, sewing and knitting. We are also in need of cloth, nylon and heavy-weight plastic bags. All reading material and re-usable plastic bags may be left in the drop box outside the Chapel or given to a Literacy Table volunteer any Saturday before March 25. Many thanks for your past and ongoing support and generosity.



Thank you to everyone for continuing to support the Parkdale Food Centre.  The first Sunday of each month is set aside for our church.  Five or six local churches also support the Parkdale Food Centre.  Remember, donations can be dropped off in the shopping cart any day.  We take all donations in every week to the Centre.  Financial donations can be made through your offering envelope, marked Parkdale Food Centre.  We have need of pasta & sauce, canned vegetables, canned meat – salmon, tuna, sardines, etc.  We could also use toothbrushes, toothpaste, boxed cereal, biscuits, rice, oats, flour, canned beans, jams and peanut butter.  We can still use egg cartons (dozen size), and milk bags (we have several groups making up mats for overseas), Ensure or Boost bottles (cleaned, please) or small clear drink bottles.  We use these bottles to package cooking oil, laundry detergent and dish soap.  Thanks again for your support.  Dian



MESSENGER NEWSLETTER Please pick up a copy of the March edition of the Messenger at any of the Sanctuary entrances. Deadline for the April issue is March 19, 2017.


2016 TAX RECEIPTS are now available and can be found at the four doors of the sanctuary.  Please pick them up to avoid the mailing charges.


VISIT TO KUMIK LODGE- Wednesday March 22

The Right Relations Group at Parkdale is organizing a visit to Kumik Lodge on Wednesday, March 22 from 10 am to 12 noon, Room 102, Indigenous Northern Affairs, 10 Wellington Street, Gatineau. Ojibwe Elder Denise Anne Boissoneau will be co-leading the session with Algonquin Elder Jane-Anne Chartrand. This is a great opportunity to learn further about elder teachings and cultural ways of First Nations. In order to confirm attendance numbers, please inform Gloria Goodine, the latest by March 10.


RECYCLING REMINDER   The Stewardship Committee wishes to gently remind all committees and organizers planning events at Parkdale where food is being served that Council approved the “Guidelines on Environmental Responsibility” in 2014 which discourages the use of styrofoam and single-use plastic utensils. This means that only recyclable, compostable or reusable items are to be used when serving food. Parkdale has on hand a limited supply of compostable utensils (check with Don in the office) for more information.  For additional clarification on the “Guidelines on Environmental Responsibility” or guidance in selecting the types of utensils to be used, contact any member of the Stewardship Committee or the office.


Please see the bulletins, or contact the church for more information.