parkdale united church

429 Parkdale Avenue, OTTAWA, Ontario K1Y 1H3

News and Events


Please save your money for the Advent Donation Bottles!  From now until “White Gift Sunday”, January 8, 2016, the Christian Enrichment Committee will be collecting donations in support of Bethany Hope Centre.  Individuals wishing to obtain a receipt can make their donation through their envelope givings.   Simply mark “Bethany Hope Centre” on the “other” line. Volunteers would be appreciated to come in and count the donations during the week. Call the office 613-728-8656 to arrange a time.



White Gift Sunday is on January 8, 2016.  As we again celebrate the visit of the Wise Ones, our gifts will be used to bring hope and tangible assistance to the single mothers and children at the Bethany Hope Centre.  Baby toys from newborns to age 2 appropriate are needed. You may also make a financial donation through the church.

PHOTO DIRECTORIES have arrived.  Your name is on your directory. They are in alphabetical order at the four Sanctuary doors.


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 December edition of the Messenger at any of the Sanctuary entrances. Deadline for the January issue is December 14, 2016.


Who: children ages 7 & up
Where: Ladies Parlour
When: Sundays at 12:15 For more information contact the office or contact Carol Diamond


Most of our Sunday School and Nursery staff will be attending the Women's Retreat on the 8th of January and we need 3-4 adults to supervise a movie and gym time for pre-school and up and 2 adults to cover the nursery.  Please contact Melodee if you will help.




The time is coming for the church to re-submit their subscription list. If you do not currently receive the Observer and would like to OR if you receive it and no longer wish to, please let the office know prior to December 6th.  Please use the designated envelope for the Observer to make your donation contribution if you are able.


ANNUAL WOMEN’S RETREAT JANUARY 7&8thRegistration is now complete for the 2 day retreat at Galilee Centre in Arnprior.  This year's theme is "Steeped in God's Love" featuring tea as we focus on what is really important to us and on our spiritual gifts.  Car-pooling available.  Please return your registration information to Sam Tim. To pay, place your cheque clearly marked "Women's Retreat" in your weekly envelope.  Bring your outside clothes as well as your favorite tea cup, or one with a history to share. 


NEEDED FOR IFTC CHRISTMAS BAGS – Can YOU Help?  Approximately 150 toothbrushes and pocket size Kleenex. Boxes are in the Memorial Hall outside the Chapel door.  Many thanks.



We started our fifteenth season of IFTC on November 12th and we will conclude March 25th, 2017.  

For those of you who have volunteered before, we welcome you back.  For those of you who are new to volunteering with IFTC, we would love to hear from you and welcome you to be part of the team.

New volunteers are asked to complete a yellow New Volunteer Sign Up Sheet which can be found at all four Sanctuary doors or on the web site.  Please return it to the office or put it on the collection plate.  High School Students may count hours towards their volunteer requirement.

This Ministry is important to our church and community and all volunteers are welcome – bring your friends! CiCi Waugh or Mark Nixon will be in touch with you soon to check on your availability and preference to be included on the schedule.

 If you have any questions, please send CiCi and Mark an email at:



You are invited to Parkdale for a concert of classical and traditional music by the Statistics Canada Choir, in support of “In From the Cold”, on Sunday, December 11th at 7 p.m. The choir members, all current or former employees of Statistics Canada, are offering Mozart’s sacred vespers “Vesperae solennes”, based on the Psalms, as well as their favourite Christmas and Hanukkah songs. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, free for children 12 and under, on sale in Memorial Hallway after the service or available in the office. Or contact Elise Mennie.



Please pick up your 2017 Offering Envelopes in the Gladstone Hallway behind the choir loft. If you have given regularly in 2016or requested envelopes recently, there is likely a box of envelopes there for you. If not and you need a set, please put a note on the collection plate or contact the church office. All donations for the 2016 tax year must be received in the church prior to Dec. 31st to appear on your 2016 tax receipt.


Reflective Christmas Service

 There are many reasons why people can find the weeks leading up to Christmas challenging. They have trouble feeling “in the spirit” because of difficult life circumstances. The reflective worship service, being held Wednesday, December 21st at 7 pm in the Chapel, acknowledges those kinds of feelings and lifts them before God. We offer a service of special music, candle lighting, silence, poetry and scripture readings to help you through this Christmas season. If you would like to learn more about the Reflective Christmas Service, please speak with Anthony (728-8656,




Sun. December 4             Advent 2: Communion Service

                                                5:00 pm     Family Carol Sing


Sun. December 11           Advent 3:  Christmas pageant

                                                 7:00 pm: Statistics Canada Choir


Sun. December 18                      Advent 4 Special Christmas music


Wed. December 21         7 pm:  Reflective service in the



Saturday December 24    5 pm: Family Christmas Eve service

                                      10 pm: Candlelight Communion        



Sun. December 25           Christmas Morning Service


Sunday January 1             Service of Lessons and Carols



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