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RPUC Merry Dairy Ice Cream Fundraiser: The UCW will receive $2 from every pint sold, $4 from every Great Scoops recipe book sold and any donations which will go to support an Indigenous organization. Click here to order. The Merry Dairy Truck will also be at Rideau Park on Friday, July 15 from 1pm-2:30pm.

Rideau Park Bazaar COVID Conscious 2022! There will be two bazaars this fall: September 24 (outdoors) – Boutique, books, General Store, crafts; and November 5 (online) – Deli, baking, Tea Room take out, jams/jellies, pickles, relishes, chutneys, etc. Strawberry, rhubarb, blueberry, and peach jam making time is now! Pick your own strawberries or find them at Fosters Farm Stand at the church. Drop off or pick up spare jars from the Beecroft kitchen anytime the church is open. More details coming soon.

Tulipathon is a yearly event at Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI). It has one purpose: to raise funds to subsidize the rents of MHI tenants. Many churches have generously donated already. As we know, this is a challenging year for all charitable organizations to raise funds. However, they are quite short of the goal of $100,000. Last year, and the year before, total Tulipathon givings were over $100,000. This appeal is to let you know that MHI will gladly accept Tulipathon donations to the end of June. If you have not yet given, please consider adding your donation to provide affordable housing. Click here to donate.

The Heron Emergency Food Centre (HEFC) is experiencing a sharp rise in requests for emergency food and they are starting to be stretched quite thin. HEFC is recommencing their annual Walkathon which will be held on Saturday, September 17 from 9am to noon. More info will be coming soon. Donation envelopes are available at the church. If you’d like to contribute food, following are items that are needed: tuna, jam, canned vegetables, pasta sauce, soup, chickpeas, kidney beans, cereal, pasta and school snacks for children. Also tea, coffee and cooking oil are much appreciated – the price of cooking oil has quadrupled in the last six months and many of the clients of the food centre are from the middle east. Non-perishable food can be delivered to the church on Sunday mornings or dropped off at the church between 9am and 3pm from Monday to Thursday. Click here to make a monetary donation through CanadaHelps.

The United Church of Canada Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI) Network launched a federal petition for GLI in May. A GLI ensures everyone an income adequate for meeting basic needs, allowing all people to live with dignity regardless of work status. For more info on the petition, click here. For more info on GLI and the UCC, see the Backgrounder on the Nuts and Bolts of a Guaranteed Livable Income.

Camp Awesome 2022 is returning to Rideau Park this summer from August 8-12. Online registration is now open. If you can’t make it out to a camp, Camp Awesome @ Home is a virtual camp program (by Zoom) from August 2-5.

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.

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.

OASIS and Alcoholics Anonymous: OASIS has returned to in-person meetings at Rideau Park on Mondays from 8-9pm. The meetings are also held online.

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.

ChurchPost (May issue)