parkdale united church

429 Parkdale Avenue, OTTAWA, Ontario K1Y 1H3

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Tuesday Morning Bible Study“Eating With Jesus

In the gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts – which Luke wrote – there are over a hundred references to food and drink.

In referring to himself, Jesus says: “The Son of Man came eating and drinking…” (Luke 7:34).  Jesus spent a lot of time eating with others. Special relationships were formed, fun was had, deep teaching and fellowship was shared, and transformations happened. What can we learn about Jesus and God’s mission in the eating encounters Jesus had with others? Come on Tuesdays at 9:30am, sessions are continuing for this ‘sumptuous’ study of some of the eating stories in Luke’s gospel. (Rev. Bailey:; 613 728-8656)


The Fall Adult Faith Formation Series runs Wednesday evenings, until November 2nd, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.

Join group leader Julee Pauling, being supported by Reverend Bailey in the exploration of two contemporary icons of Christian theology:  Rowan Williams and N. T. Wright. This small group will be structured on Rowan Williams's slim guide on the essential elements of Christian life, presented in Being Christian.  This small guide will be complemented by Wright's more scholarly sketch of the historical and contemporary Jesus in The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is.  Our purpose will be to engage our intellects and our hearts in applying Jesus' message to our lives and ethics.

We will use reading, written reflection, and small group formats to support individual and group experience.  All adults are welcome. For copies of the book, please get in touch with the church office.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Gladstone hallway. For more information about the session, please contact Anthony ( or Julee Pauling.


Reception for Rev. Debbie Roi

Sunday, Sept. 25th, immediately after the service, there will be a reception in Memorial Hall to give the congregation an opportunity to say goodbye to Debbie, light refreshments will be served.

We ask God’s blessing upon her new undertaking. There will be a farewell book for Rev. Debbie Roi in the Memorial Hall, which all are invited to sign.



The first Sunday of each month is Food Centre Sunday.  Donations can be dropped off anytime through the week in the shopping cart in the Gladstone Hallway.  Financial donations may be made through the offering.  Mark your donation “Parkdale Food Centre”. We need- Ensure, Boost and Clear drink bottles(small), egg cartons(dozen size) milk bags, pasta & sauce, toothbrushes, cereal, biscuits, rice, canned beans, jams, and peanut butter. Thanks, Dian


MESSENGER NEWSLETTER Please pick up a copy of the September edition of the Messenger at any of the Sanctuary entrances. Deadline for the October issue was September 21.


Khan Retirement Gift

In advance of Khan’s retirement, members of the congregation are invited to contribute to a financial gift that will be presented at the farewell luncheon on October 30.

Contributions can be made by enclosing a cheque or cash in your regular Sunday offering envelope, and writing “Khan Gift” on the line marked Other at the bottom, or by enclosing your contribution in a plain envelope, or in one of the blue envelopes from the pews, and clearly labelling it as “Khan Gift.”


Images & Stories Returns Friday, September 30th at 7:00 pm in the Ladies Parlour. (A Journey in Israel by Footsteps and wheels) Don’t miss Jacqueline Vincent’s exciting travel experience and interesting hints on Israel, and then stay for fellowship and refreshments.


Celebrating Parkdale’s Culture:  October 15th @ 6:00 PM – An exciting evening featuring Parkdale’s past, present & future culture.

Come prepared to answer exciting trivia questions about Parkdale.

This is a potluck event.  Please let us know which of your favourite dishes you plan to bring. Thank you.


October 16, 2016 2.7K “Walk For Food” on World Food Day:  For the second time, four organizations are working together on a 2.7K walk to raise money and provide food for the hungry and needy in our community. The walk-a-thon will start after our church service at 1:00 PM from the Dalhousie Food Cupboard, Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave., move along to St. Luke’s (Church)Table at 760 Somerset, then to the Parkdale Food Centre at 30 Rosemount and end at Parkdale United Church - home of our “In From The Cold” Ministry. Do plan to walk and/or pledge with us. 


Calling all Junior singers!
Who: children ages 7 & up
Where: Ladies Parlour
When: Sundays at 12:15 starting today.

For more information contact the office or contact Carol Diamond



We are gearing up for our fifteenth season of IFTC which will begin November 12th and 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 begin to set the schedule.

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



Choral Retreat and Workshops

Visiting Choral Director Rachel Grantham


Saturday, October 15, 2016

10:00-4:00 pm


Open to choir members past and present as well as members of the congregation who simply enjoy singing and

would like a fun-filled choral experience.


Please contact Carol Diamond for more information.



Rachel Grantham’s first conducting position was as leader of the Grade 2 rhythm band at Agnes Davidson Public School in Lethbridge, Alberta, a long time ago.


Before then, her love of music came mostly from church, where she heard 400-year-old plainsong while snuggled in her mother’s lap.


In the kitchen, she danced on her father’s toes to Al Jolson and George Formby, and outside of home she studied ballet until her knock-knees and natural laziness put a stop to it. Thanks to great public schooling, she learned to sing solo, conduct, and play the viola. A donation of a piano to the family allowed her to start lessons at age 11.  She has a bunch of letters after her name involving music and music education, and has participated in masterclasses with John Washburn, Helmuth Rilling, Eric Ericson and Iwan Edwards.


A resident of Whitehorse, Yukon, since 1989, she co-founded the local Suzuki music program, toured North America with the Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue, made some films and videos, taught school and even conducted some choirs. She is looking forward to playing with the Parkdale United Church choir along with Carol Diamond.

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