Office Closed February 5-20, 2024
The Search Committee wishes to seek the congregation's agreement to a minor change in our mandate as approved on Nov 26, 2023.
Visit us on the Rothwell Facebook page and see what is happening. Through the year you are welcome to join in on the many activities posted such as euchre and game events, music nights, potlucks, men's club, church choir, bell choir, prayer group, prayer chain, special guest speakers.
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, Pastoral Care for shut-ins and monthly communion services at the Beacon Heights Residence. Generosity, compassion and gratitude come together to create a meaningful faith community.
Please continue to support Rothwell
· If you subscribe to on-line banking, you can send a donation by e-transfer to email@example.com. All e-transfers will be counted to local church expenses
( unless indicated in the comments).
· You can also enclose your regular offering envelope and drop it off at the parking lot door of the Church or mail it to 42 Sumac St, Ottawa K1J 6P7
· You might also consider regular automatic donations through PAR (pre-authorized remittances). You can now arrange these directly. Please contact the Treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
· Rothwell is registered with CanadaHelps.org
Simply search for Rothwell United on the main screen.
Online and in person at 10:30 a.m.
As always, our service will be streaming on YouTube. Here's a link to our channel where it can be found by both the date and the "Live" indicator. Remember, our services are available forever on YouTube, so you can always connect with them after Sunday.
"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." Matthew 25:40 As a community of faith in east Ottawa, Rothwell United Church is committed to living out the ways in which God, known to us through Jesus Christ, is calling us. We are called to discern what the needs are of the vulnerable and marginalized in our community, and so to respond. For example, every year we collect donations for the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard and other organizations.
The shortage of housing has become a pressing national issue. In its reflection on how it might contribute to the solution, Rothwell United thought its large parking lot could be converted into a number of rental units. The Church entered discussions with Kindred Works, an arm of the United Church of Canada engaged in such development work Canada-wide. Kindred Works determined that a development of 24-36 units of varying size, in a mix of townhouses and low-rise apartments, was feasible financially. 30% of the units would be “affordable housing” with rents set 20-25% below commercial levels. Church members were informed of these tentative plans in March, 2023. The Church congregation will need to vote to authorize detailed design and costing and negotiations with the City of Ottawa. That vote will not take place for a few months and negotiations with the City are yet further in the future. When the final design is complete, the project will come back to the congregation for a vote on whether or not to proceed with the project.
When there are further significant developments, Rothwell United will issue a further public statement.
October 6, 2023
The Rev. Dr. Jessica Hetherington is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada, where she is passionate about inspiring people of faith to deepen their discipleship response to ecological and social justice issues. She holds a PhD in Theology from Saint Paul University. Her area of expertise lies at the intersection of ecology and theology, and she has been working at these teaching, speaking, and offering workshops for 20 years. As part of her ministry, she publishes a newsletter, Following in the World, at Substack: Following in the World | Jessica Hetherington | Substack . You can learn more about Rev. Jessica at:
Pastoral Care Team
Please contact the church office 613-746-0820 if you have a pastoral need.
Office Hours and Deadlines:
The office is open Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Email is checked Monday to Friday 9:00-2:00 p.m.
The deadline for Announcements is noon on Wednesday.
Are you getting our weekly emails with the bulletin and Announcements? If not, please email the office so we can add you. Any changes to your address, please let us know.
Facebook Help Needed
We are looking for someone to be our Facebook Administrator. You would approve new people to join our page, add new content provided from the office to keep people informed of what is happening at Rothwell. Only a few hours a month are required. Please contact the office if you can help. You don’t need to be in the Ottawa area to help.
Parking Lot Increase
We offer parking at $50 per month and ask for three months in advance. Effective June 1, 2023 parking will be $55.00. We take cash or e-transfer. If interested, you can email or call to set up an appointment with the church office to sign the contract and get your parking pass.