Cluster Initiative Bulletin.

The Ottawa South United Church Cluster Initiative is inviting members of Rideau Park to attend  a Potluck dinner at Emmanuel United Church (691 Symth Road, Ottawa) on Saturday January 21 at 5pm . This is an informal fellowship supper for the five United Churches in our cluster.  Come out for a fun evening of fellowship and get to know United Church Folk from across Southeast Ottawa.

Emmanuel will be providing entertainment (Celtic fiddle group)  and participants from Rideau Park are asked to bring a main course, including vegetarian options, to share with everyone.  Other churches will be providing appetizers, bread/rolls, salads, desserts, coffee, eat and non-alcoholic punch. Emmanuel’s tradition is to put out a basket for free will offerings on the food table for the food bank.

As well as providing an opportunity to get to know each other informally, each  church will be asked to share information about the functioning of their respective congregations  during the pandemic.

A sign-up sheet has been posted on the bulletin board at the top of the stairs, outside the Parlour.  Let us know if you plan to attend, what you can bring and if you can help with set up and/or clean up.

Schedule:   Set up at 4:00pm. Volunteer helpers welcome.

Social hour: 5pm to 6pm.  Tea/coffee and punch will be available.

Dinner: 6pm – 8pm

Clean up: 8pm – 9pm.

Participants are encouraged to wear masks in the Hall, kitchen and entrances, except when eating and drinking.

The Cluster Initiative is a collaborative project between 5 churches in Ottawa south:  Rideau Park, Emmanuel, Riverside, Southminster, and Glebe St James.  In the winter/spring of 2022  we held two  workshops at Emmanuel to discuss and formulate inter church working groups regarding issues identified by members of the 5 congregations.  In this context  Rideau Park sponsored a webinar providing information about Basic income in collaboration with the Ottawa Basic Income group, as well as participating through the UCW in a community refrigerator initiative and promoting ongoing discussion about racism.

Please contact Lynn Sherwood, Rideau Park liaison, to further discuss this interesting opportunity for enhanced communication and cooperation between our congregations.