Happy Pentecost Everyone!
This week is one of the highest holidays in our Calendar. After Easter and Christmas, comes Pentecost.
Christmas and Easter gets a lot more "press" (or as we say these days "bandwidth), but Pentecost is right up there: it's the advent of the Holy Spirit's in dwelling in the Church and in us. It's the entree into our world of one facet of The Trinity, and it's important to share gratitude—our gratitude with God and each other...and imagine the possibilities for sharing the Gospel the Spirit unlocks. How do we do that in this era of isolation? We'll dream together about that on Sunday.
Check out the bulletin and announcement page, and link to our YouTube channel for our service and Zoom for Coffee Hour. If you haven't "Zoomed" with us yet, we'd love to have you. It's a great way to connect with each other. Sometimes we have "surprise guests", too!
This is the link for the Church Service that is held each week on Youtube. Look for the video with this Sunday's date after 10:20 AM Sunday morning. Click on it and the live stream will start for you. Make sure your speakers are on. If you miss us on Sunday you are still able to sign in during the week.
Click for service: Rothwell United Church
Click for Bulletin and Announcements
After the service: Join us on Zoom by clicking the blue box for coffee hour.
Rothwell United Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting for the Rothwell Coffee Hour. Join us on May 31, 2020 11:15 AM EST (US/ and Canada)
Zoom Meeting Links
Meeting ID: 875 1742 7574
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdb51q9keU
This is where we connect during the week and would love to have you check out to see what is happening in the Rothwell community.
You might wish to join in the activities once we are able.... such as guest speakers from the community, euchre and game events, music nights, potlucks and Bell Choir and the list goes on!!!
We are working with Just Food to create a Community Garden at Rothwell United. We are looking for compost bins and also water barrels that you no longer use and perhaps wish to donate. Please call the office and leave your name and phone number and a message—we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Gloria will be taking orders for Strawberry & Rhubarb pies. Please contact her for pickup or porch delivery— the telephone number is available on the church list or by email.
BTW— Rhubarb donations would be most welcomed!
We are a community-based church focused on helping to make the world a better, happier place. Some of the activities that we are passionate about include: volunteering with the Interchurch Refugee Group, Gloucester Emergency Food Bank and Pastoral Care for shut-ins. and monthly communion services at the Beacon Heights Seniors Residence. Generosity, compassion and gratitude come together and create a meaningful faith community.
Since COVID19 so much has changed in our daily lives. Everyday something changes but what we know for sure, is that we all need to continue with our healthy behaviours more than ever before and that includes adequate sleep, good hydration and nutrition, fresh air, and the regular practice of yoga and meditation.
Susan Jahudka and I have been offering free twice weekly Zoom chair yoga since mid April to continue to serve the community we care so much about.. Our intention continues to be to facilitate a ’space’ to exercise the physical body; to calm the mind and reduce stress through mindfulness practices, and to provide an opportunity for people to socialize.
We have been in contact with Seniors Centres and, to date, have not received information. City of Ottawa facilities are closed for in-person classes until June 30 at the earliest and so is the Seniors Centre. Our sense is that it will take longer for Seniors Centres to open up. COVID19 has pushed us to move to online sharing
and we want to make online live stream classes an ongoing offering until centres can re-open and perhaps beyond then.
Susan and I, in partnership, want to continue to offer classes, however this includes expenses for us, in addition to our time. Therefore, we have decided to shift to a registration program with a fee beginning in June. Here are the details:
Program Period: 4 weeks beginning Tuesday June 2 & ending Thursday June 25.
All Inclusive Programs:
• Tuesday 1:00-2:00 pm Zoom Chair Yoga with Kim • Thursday 10:30-11:30 am Zoom Chair Yoga with Susan
• Cost: $40.00 per person for the 4 weeks (8 classes) *There will be no refunds (consideration in exceptional circumstances) *Make-up class(es) will be offered if we have to cancel or abruptly end a Zoom class.
How to Register: Great News….
HELPING WITH FURNITURE
While we aren’t able to pick-up your gifts, we are still receiving them on Wednesdays, 6-9pm and Saturdays, 10-1pm, at 5350 Canotek Rd, unit 9. With most donation drop-offs closed around the city, and spring cleaning in full effect, consider bringing us only your best furniture and household goods, as our space is limited. Please note that we do not accept clothing or items that are in poor condition.
We are in special need of: dining room tables, box springs, single mattresses, toys, children’s books, baby items, desks, all tables, wall art, dressers, linens and kitchen items. We’re still taking bikes so people can avoid public transportation, and we need your gently used laptops/WIFI devices more than ever, as families try to remain connected.
PARKING: A local condo group will be renting parking spaces in our parking lot for the next 8-10 weeks. Up to 60 additional cars will be there starting Sunday, May 24. We will update the phone message as a courtesy to our neighbours.
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with
· phone number(s)
· e-mail address ( cc that person on the e-mail)
of one emergency contact person we could contact if we can’t get reach you because of a medical emergency. This is especially appreciated if you live alone. This list will be compiled and e-mailed to Rev. Mike. We’ve asked before and only gotten a few responses but are hopeful, the whole congregation will respond this time.
A small intimate chapel for quiet meditation and for small groups to gather. The Rothwell Prayer Group normally meets in the Chapel on Sunday mornings before the service. For now we invite you to email your prayer requests to Prayers@rchurch.ca.
YOUR PASTORAL TEAM
Please contact any member of the team if you or someone you know has a pastoral need. We care. Contact Joanne McCrostie– 613-746-3757; church office 613-746-0820 or Rev. Mike’s cell 613-299-9259.
Questions? Have an announcement you would like to share with everyone for the weekly Announcement page? You can contact the office by e-mail at email@example.com or leave a message on the phone 613-746-0820. The home office is open 9-2 Monday to Friday.
COVID-19 SITUATION—Rothwell wants to encourage residents to follow and access correct and official sources.
The most direct source for up-to-date and accurate information is Ottawa Public Health.
Ottawa Public Health is providing frequent updates for residents to follow and share.
• Twitter: @ottawahealth
• Facebook.com/ottawahealth https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/index.aspx
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Health Canada is also providing Ontarians and Canadians with updates as to the coronavirus pandemic.
Health Canada / Public Health Agency of Canada
Web: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases /2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
A sample of the June edition of Broadview is available online by clicking the blue box below.
Here are some of the articles you can expect to see:
° Final Wish Some dementia patients want to prepare for a medically assisted death — but when the time comes, they'll have lost the capacity to consent. This month's cover story weighs the ethics of advance requests.
° The Secrets We Keep Our deepest, darkest truths can make us sick. Maybe it's time to unburden ourselves.
° How to Grow a Church Defying the trend, hundreds of congregations are actually expanding. This month's United Church feature explores what's working for them.
More at https://broadview.org
If you are not a subscriber but would like a free trial subscription to BROADVIEW, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ottawa Public Health is still encouraging that we stay at home and practice physical distancing
emphasizing the importance for seniors and those at increased risk. As always the EORC is here to help and many of our services are free of charge until further notice.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Social isolation and loneliness are a real likelihood. Consider, telephone
calls with friends and family instead of visits and contact one of the following organizations if you are
feel lonely or isolated.
Click here for more information on:
A Friendly Voice (FREE): Is a telephone friendly visiting line for seniors. Every day of the year,
trained volunteers are available to receive calls. This is not a counselling service, or crisis line nor emergency service. To connect with a Friendly Voice call 613-692-9992.
For many more services that are available click on the Blue box below.
Thanks to everyone who found a way to donate on-line, by post or by runner.
Please remember that you can:
- drop your offering envelope at the church or put it in the post (you can use post-dated cheques)
- sign up for regular on-line donations (PAR): contact the Administrator at email@example.com for instructions
- make a one-time donation by e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org, or through Canada Helps canadahelps.org (search for “Rothwell United Church”)
Remember when you use PAR or envelopes, you can designate your offering to different purposes (e.g. the Food Cupboard or the flower committee). Donations through e-transfer or Canada Helps go directly to the general fund.
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