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RPUC is not currently under a mask mandate, but we strongly encourage you to wear a mask inside the building, especially in worship if you are going to be singing. Help us decrease the current wave of COVID, influenza and RSV. We have disposable masks at the entrances to the sanctuary and hope you will use them.

Christmas Celeberation Concert: You are invited to join us on Sunday, December 4 at 7:00pm, for a marvelous concert featuring Rideau Park’s own Chancel Choir, Touch of Brass Bells, Ringing Praise, La Belle Ensemble, Youth Bells and organist Andrew Ager. Listen to the sacred music of Christmas and join in singing your favourite carols. Freewill offering.  For more information, please contact the office at 613-733-3156 ext. 228.

UCW Candlelight Service at 1:00 pm on Monday, December 5,  in the Sanctuary. Please join us for the candlelight service and refreshments. Please RSVP to Judy Pare, UCW Secretary. For further details, please contact Nancy McPherson at ucw@rideaupark.ca.

23rd Annual Christmas pageant: is quickly approaching on December 11th, 2022 at our 10am service. If you are able to help with any of the following to support our participants, please speak to Andrea.

1) Stage Set-Up/Take Down: We need MANY hands setting up the stage at 7pm on Friday, Dec 9th. We will also need help putting everything away at the conclusion of the Pageant on Sunday, Dec 11th (around 11am)
2) Costumes: We are still looking for a few helpers to hand out costumes at the dress rehearsal (Sat.. Dec 10th 9:15 a.m.) and at the Pageant itself (Sun. Dec 11th 9:15 a.m.)
3) Cake: As is our tradition, we will serving cake at the reception afterwards. We are looking for 2-4 volunteers who can leave the service a few minutes early to put out the cake and get slicing!

Three Wednesday evening Advent events: 

December 7 at 7:00 pm – Labyrinth Walk
December 14 at 7:00 pm – Encarna Prayer Stations
December 21 at 7:00 pm – Service of the Longest Night

Christmas Shoebox Program: Thank you to everyone who picked up a box or donated to help fill a box in support of the Banff Avenue Community House! A reminder that all boxes must be returned to Rideau Park by Sunday December 11th. Please wrap the lid and bottom of the boxes separately (do not seal the box shut) and secure with elastics, or place the box in a gift bag. Please email Laura Presley (pattiel@rogers.com) for any questions.

Christmas Cheer committee anticipates the need for support at Christmas will be great again this year. The decision was made to support 175 families, requiring an estimated budget of $15,000. Donations are now being accepted.

If you have any questions, please contact the office at 613-733-3156 extension 228 or administrator@rideaupark.ca.

“From Loss to Light” service—for anyone grieving or finding it hard to feel the joy of the season.  Sunday Dec. 11th at 2:00 PM in person at Emmanuel United Church, 691 Smyth Rd or via livestream (go to: www.emmanuelunited.ca and click on the link.) All our welcome. Come and find that You are Not Alone.

Forest Church: On Sunday, December 18 at 3pm, come and worship in Cunningham Forest as we open our hearts to the leading of all God’s creation. We meet at the church at 4pm – don’t forget to dress for the weather!

The Nutcracker Suite Tchaikovsky: Sunday, December 11 at 4pm. Andrew Ager will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” in the Sanctuary.  Come out and hear this best-beloved seasonal masterpiece.  A freewill contribution will be welcome.

Christmas Eve Services: December 24 at 6:30pm and 8:30pm (with communion).

Christmas Day/Sunday worship: December 25 at 10am.

Cluster Sunday worship: January 1 at 10:30am at Riverside United Church.

ChurchPost: Read the latest issue (November 2022).

Council Report: Rideau Park United Church’s Council met Wednesday November 23, over Zoom.

  • The chair has received an invitation from Kitchissippi United to meet with other chairs in January for support and discussion of congregational realities following the pandemic.
  • Reports were received from committees through their liaisons. Many groups are increasing activities and programming where it seems safe to do so.  We look forward to the return of a Christmas Concert, Christmas Pageant, and the UCW candlelight service.
  • Our financial update included a forecast for the budget 2023.
  • Council voted to divide the Britt Funds with 90% to Ministry and Programs, and 10% to the Reserve Fund.
  • The Stewardship Committee has prepared the results of the Time and Talent questionnaire and will be sharing the information with committee chairs and those who lead groups in the congregation.
  • The Foundation Fund has not been used in 2022, so Council will call for proposals early in 2023.
  • There was discussion of whether masks should be required in the building. It was decided that we would make masks available and increase signage to positively encourage people to wear masks in worship.

HearSay is back and families are invited to gather for a family meal on Thursday at 5:45pm, before the Cherubs, Youth Choir, Drumming and Youth Bells.

Youth Bells rehearses on Thursdays at 6:45pm and is an activity open to all students in grades 5+.  The Youth Bells will prepare fun bell music to be eventually performed around Christmas and/or Easter.  Please contact Andrea Laliberté to register or ask questions.

Drums Alive on Sundays at 11:30am. This is a weekly, drop-in drumming class, open to people of all ages.

Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursdays at 7:30pm.  Contact Iain Macpherson for more information on both Drums Alive and Chancel Choir.

Euchre Club is on Thursdays at 1 pm in the Parlour. The cards are fun but the friendship and laughter are more important! All ages and stages welcome. Contact Rod Hagglund or 613-866-9791 for further information.

Sunday School: Sunday School is now back to in-person gatherings. If you have questions or thoughts to share about our reopening in-person, please speak to Steve Clifton. While we have teachers ready to go, we would welcome volunteers to help out as more hands make for lighter work for all.

Cherub Choir for children in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 meet every Thursday at 6:15pm. For further details, contact Iain Macpherson.

Youth choir/drumming on Thursdays at 6:15pm.  This activity is open to all students in grades 4+.  We will be learning some fun choral pieces as well as a West African drumming skills.  Please contact Iain Macpherson for more details or to register.

Exercise Classes at RPUC: We are offering many ways to keep fit this fall. Choose from a variety of in-person classes – 50+ Fitness with Faiza; and Yoga with Margaret (Chair and Gentle Mat Yoga). NOTE: Gentle Movement (Feldenkrais® method) with Michaela is cancelled for the fall session.

Meditation Group Online: Thursdays at 10am. Twenty minutes of quiet, peace, and mindfulness, shared together through Zoom. Meditation is not difficult. And group meditation is a deepening experience.

The Heron Emergency Food Centre (HEFC) continues to experience a sharp rise in requests for emergency food and they are being stretched quite thin. You can donate food at the church or make an online donation to HEFC through CanadaHelps. Please note that they no longer need egg cartons.

The Rideau Park quilting group has a variety of flannelette baby quilts for sale. The quilts can be viewed and purchased on Thursday mornings between 9:30 and noon or by calling the church office to set up another time. Cost is $45 each.

The UCW is no longer collecting ink cartridges or batteries. Used batteries can be dropped off at Home Depot in South Keys. Ink cartridges can be dropped off at Staples in South Keys.

Alcoholics Anonymous: OASIS in-person meetings Mondays from 8-9pm (also available online). 12 Steps to Serenity has in-person meetings on Thursdays at 7:30pm.

Save your receipts from Your Independent Grocer (YIG): Please keep your receipts from the YIG at Alta Vista and Bank and drop them off at Rideau Park. They will be given to the Heron Emergency Food Centre, who will take them to YIG and receive a donation for them.