Jan11 Messenger by Al3LcKu1


									                     FIRST COUNCIL CHAIR TO GIVE BIRTH WHILE IN
Congratulations to Chair of Council Ellen Andrews and husband Scott on the arrival of Rosemary Hope
Andrews on December 14, weighing 9 lbs, 12 oz. Rosemary is a sister for Freddy, Isaac and Theo.

2011 marks the 80th anniversary of the establishment of Parkdale United Church. Watch this newsletter
and weekly bulletins for exciting news of planned celebrations. If you are turning 80 in 2011, please let
the church office know.

                                        ANNUAL MEETING
February 27, 2011 is the date of Parkdale’s Annual Congregational Meeting. Make a plan to attend and
hear about some of the great work that has happened over the past year, and be prepared to vote on the
budget for 2011. The 2010 Annual Report will be available two weeks prior to the meeting. The Chair of
Council will be accompanied by her new baby daughter…

                                        IN FROM THE COLD
                                         MINISTRY UPDATE

Our number of guests each Saturday remains quite consistent - an average of 116. The kitchen volunteers
continue their magic, turning our generously-donated ingredients into delicious, nutritious meals.
Approximately 70 enthusiastic volunteers each week from the congregation and community, divided into
three shifts, make this ministry possible. Over 200 volunteers take turns to make up this group of 70. We
are most grateful for each volunteer. It truly is an A+ TEAM. The atmosphere and conversation with our
guests is positive. Anthony is a wonderful support and encourager. Both guests and volunteers look
forward to seeing him. Our guests also appreciate the opportunities provided for crafts, making cards,
selecting books, magazines, puzzles, newspapers and excellent musical entertainment. The financial
support of the congregation is deeply appreciated and provides the resources to purchase necessary
additional ingredients and supplies. As a congregation, we are most grateful for the opportunity to serve
together in this caring ministry.

                                        Membership @ Parkdale

A number of recent newcomers to Parkdale have indicated a desire to become members. If you
would like to join those persons in preparation for membership, or just want to find out what it’s all
about, please join us for our January sessions. They will be held January 12, 19, 26, 2011
(Wednesday evenings) from 7:15pm - 8:40pm in the Ladies' parlour. The United Church receives
new members by ‘profession of faith’, ‘transfer of an active membership in another Christian
denomination/congregation’, and ‘re-affirmation of faith’. Please contact Dr. Bailey
(abailey@trytel.com, or 613 728-8656) if you are interested or have any questions.

“Put a Roof on Poverty”
The President of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull, has inspired a group of church
leaders to take action together to heal homelessness in our city – Ottawa. He presented evidence proving
how supported housing for the homeless people saves millions of health care dollars on “revolving door”
hospitalization and emergency visits, saves lives, dignity, and the face of our city. The Ottawa Presbytery
has launched an initiative to “Put a Roof on Poverty” and has invited the 16,000 people in the Ottawa
United churches to act together sending an e-mail or letter to our City Councillors. Following two
Sunday services, the Mission, Outreach and Justice Committee members collected over 100 signatures on
a petition which Reverend Bailey will send to Mayor Jim Watson and the City Council on behalf of
Parkdale United Church. We are very pleased with the tremendous participation in this act of compassion
for the homeless in Ottawa.

You will recall that Beverley Sunday and Joseph Sayer were involved in a terrible accident in February
2010 in which they both suffered very serious head injuries and fractures. After spending many months in
the hospital and the Rehabilitation Centre, we are happy to report that they have both reached a stage
where they can now – 10 months after their accident - leave the hospital environment. This is certainly
not without challenges. They first have to be moved to interim accommodation until their house is
renovated and equipped with wheelchair access facilities and all other accessories required for their
physical challenges.

You will also recall that Parkdale was involved in fund-raising activities, such as the auction, to assist in
paying off expenses associated with putting a new roof on their house. Given the long period of recovery
anticipated for the Sunday/Sayers, it is very likely we will be called upon, once again, to do some fund-
raising for this family. In the meantime, we are heartened by their steady recovery and, particularly, the
fact that they can now return to be with their young children who have been and will continue to be cared
for by family members.

Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund
The Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) created a scholarship in November
2008 to honour Marion Dewar’s lifelong commitment to the cause of immigrant integration. As you
know, Parkdale has had a long-standing commitment to sponsor and support refugees and new Canadians.
Our own Khan Chao arrived some 30 years ago as part of Marion Dewar’s initiative, and Parkdale has
sponsored a number of refugees over the years. The scholarship provides financial support to academic
and leadership excellence in immigrant and refugee youth by supplementing the tuition and supplies
required for their post-secondary education. Given Parkdale’s commitment to refugees and this
committee’s involvement in this area, the MO&J committee is, therefore, proposing that Parkdale
contributes $1,000 to this scholarship fund.
                                                                                           Faye Beaufort
                                                                               Chair, MO&J Committee

Marguerite and Keith Brown, since 1956 and way before

When I married Keith and moved to Ottawa from Nova Scotia in 1956, I joined Parkdale under Rev.
Norman Coll. Keith’s family predated the creation of the United Church. His father was a
member of the Rosemount Methodist Church’s “Young Men’s Bible Class” in 1913 where he presided
over 32 members as 1st Vice-president.

Clarence Campbell, since 2004

My wife, Jean, and I had been wintering in Sarasota, Florida since 1998 where we attended the
First United Methodist Church. They had a superb choir with a lot of good first class church music.
My wife and I both loved the music. A few years later my wife fell and broke her pelvis, leaving her
confined to Central Park Lodge. However, she was good friends with Coral Flegg and her sister
Phyllis Blair who had been good kind friends. Since we all have a love of music, they invited me to
hear Parkdale’s choir under Desmond Hassell. We had been wintering in Vancouver, so I did not
have a church home. I accepted their invitation and have been here ever since.

Heather and Geoffrey
Brophy, since 2007

I first visited Parkdale with my family 15 years ago. Following that service, Hazel Bowen, in her
usual warm fashion, welcomed us and kindly assured us that, should we choose to attend Parkdale,
our special-needs son would be welcomed and everything done to accommodate us. Although my
family did not attend Parkdale at that time, I never forgot the warmth of her welcome.

A few years ago, I was again seeking a church where Geoffrey and I would be comfortable. My
friends Barbara and Arnold had been happily at Parkdale for some time, and it was natural to visit

Geoff and I have been attending Parkdale for several years now — somewhat sporadically as
circumstances have required — and have come to feel at home. There are many aspects of worship I
appreciate: Anthony’s and Barbara’s interesting preaching that challenges and/or encourages me,
and has me reflecting on the scriptural passages in the days that follow; fine music, thoughtfully
chosen; the participation by various members of the congregation in aspects of worship, such that I
feel part of a community of faith. We have enjoyed participating in Sunday potlucks, and after-
service coffee-time and celebrations. We find warmth here.

Although I have not yet been hands-on in any of the outreach ministries at Parkdale, and have
attended few bible-study sessions, I appreciate attending a church that encourages living out our
Christian faith in loving service, and provides opportunities for that, as well as for study and
And for Geoff, I must add, “Troy’s organ playing is wonderful.”
Mary Ellen Wood and Rob MacLachlan, since 2008
We moved to Ottawa in 2008 and, not having a connection to any of the United Churches in the city,
we started attending a different one each Sunday. After an engaging sermon and some lovely
music, we were pretty much convinced Parkdale was the place for us. After the service, someone
approached us, introduced themselves, and welcomed us to
Parkdale. At that point, the decision was made, and we have enjoyed coming back each week to take
part not only in the spiritual journey, but also in the warm and welcoming community that is
Parkdale United.
Thanks for making us feel at home.

compiled by Valerie Hum. If you would like to share your story, please contact Valerie at
613-728-8830 or
Email: valerie.hum@rogers.com

                                       Chocolate for the Soul
On October 14 and 15, Parkdale held its first-ever Chocolate for the Soul women’s retreat in a beautiful,
200-year-old home in Rockland. Fourteen of us arrived early Saturday morning to begin a weekend of
fellowship, stimulating discussions, singing, and creative activities.

We were organized into three groups, the Godiva Girls, the Smarties, and the Truffles for the discussions
and activities. And yes, we did eat chocolates!

The theme for the weekend was grace: God’s grace for us, our grace for others, and granting grace to
ourselves. Melodee Lovering and Barbara Faught spoke about these topics, then we discussed them
informally in our groups; in particular, what did they mean for each of us and how did they impact our
lives. These discussions were very lively and meaningful.

On Saturday afternoon, we each made our own box of chocolates using alphabetical forms to spell
GRACE. On Sunday morning, each group made a beautiful fleece quilt. The chocolates and quilts were
given away as gifts as an example of our grace for others.

Saturday evening, we walked to the clubhouse at the nearby golf course and had dinner and a fun evening.
Later, we watched the movie ‘Chocolat’ with Johnny Depp, a perfect choice!

We all left the retreat feeling inspired and motivated and so pleased to have had this opportunity to get to
know each other better.

We would like to thank Melodee and Barbara, as well as Judy Hamley, Jocelyn Barden-Underhill, and
Marilyn Hahn for doing such a great job organizing the weekend, and for the delicious meals they made.
And a special thank you to Marianne Dos Santos who played the keyboard and led us through various

Hopefully, they will want to do it again next year!

                                                                                             Carolynn Trites

Two Recent Events
Ecumenica 2010: The Economy, Ecology and Ecumenism

In November, together with 4 of my CESE colleagues, I attended the 4 th Latin American Jornada Ecumenica.
Roughly translated, that means the 4th Ecumenical Journey. About 250 participants, mainly from Brazil, spent 3
days together in conversation, panel discussions, sharing ideas and experiences, worshipping, and partying.

We met in plenary, in pre-selected random groupings and by region. There was a small region group from outside
Latin America but, after consulting with my colleagues, I chose North-east Brazil. It is a unique region – another
Brazil, people sometimes say – as a result of its geography and climate, but especially culturally and religiously
because of its rich African influence. Salvador, where I live, is the most African city outside Africa. In Salvador,
for example, multitudes, including me, participate in the traditional annual celebration honouring Yemanja, the
Goddess-Queen of the Sea for followers of the Candomble religion, one of the African-tradition religions in Brazil.
There is clear evidence of the Roman Catholic influence in these religions, but also persistent and often violent
intolerance towards these religions. Nevertheless, African religious influence is reflected and celebrated popularly.

A liberating feature of the Jornada was that we participants did not feel driven towards a specific outcome but rather
were to cherish reflecting together, learn from each other and consider how to strengthen our ecumenical and inter-
religious bonds, respect and celebrate our diversity, and consider our collective influence on the economy and
ecology. Some agreements emerged and small strategy groups will meet over the next couple of years.

There were a few surprises. For example, on the first evening, 249 of the 250 participants gathered to have a
bedtime snack and be sociable after our evening session. I decided that I would get some sleep, but not, as it turned
out, before the music and conversation started. And it was loud. At about 10:30p.m., I sighed. But we did have an
early morning session – 8:30 a.m. – so it could not go on too much longer. But 11 p.m .came and went, 11:30p.m....
midnight... 1 a.m.... 2 a.m.! (My room was directly over the party room and on such a nice warm night windows
were all open.) Great Brazilian music, joyful people, singing, dancing and having a fine time. Typical! So,
friends, for the next two nights I joined in from the start!

What made that all the more surprising, even for a Canadian who has lived in Brazil for 3 years, was partly the
setting. We were in a former Jesuit community on the outskirts of Indaiatuba, a small city in the interior of the
state of São Paulo. Vila Kostka, with its spare but beautiful church, 8 chapels, refectory, grand meeting rooms and
accommodation for 250 or more is now the home of the National Council of Roman Catholic Bishops of Brazil.
The environment is idyllic, with trails and roads for walking, tropical gardens, forested areas, birds, flowers... I had
anticipated a period of tranquility which we all experienced – just not in the evenings! It was Latin America!
Typical, joyous and inspiring. See photos!

Moving Day, November 2010
At the beginning of November, I moved. My former home was to be sold. After looking at several unsuitable
apartments – various reasons, I finally found one: nearby, safe, big enough but not too big, some nice features, but
filthy and not in great repair. However, I had my answer for that: Janete, who has been my advisor and helper
regarding all things domestic, including how to cook traditional Bahian dishes, and Silas, another of my CESE
colleagues, who is a handyman and a veritable McGyver (who is well-known in Brazil) inventing low or no-cost
fixes for just about anything! So I now live in another clean, safe, functioning, even more attractive apartment. (It
is being devoured by woodworms, but I think we learn to live with that. And the ants. And the occasional fruitbat
that obviously has been at the bananas.)

Here is a bit about Moving Day. As usual, I approached it in almost ignorance, on faith! My reliable friend Dimas
was helping so it would all work out. Would the bed and table have to be carried up seven flights of stairs? Who
would do that? How much would it cost? What time was the truck coming? What we would do if the truck just did
not show up. That, of course, couldn`t happen. After all, its owner and driver does deliveries for the art gallery
next door to where Dimas lives.

On Moving Day, Janete was at my new apartment and Silas was at the old one waiting for Dimas and the truck. The
two apartments are close enough that I could walk back and forth a few times lugging suitcases with clothes and
At about 9 am I called Dimas but got no answer. That was kind of surprising but then he called me back a few
minutes later. He had been unable to answer his phone from the dentist`s chair. He had a dental emergency... he did
not elaborate but he was in pain and on medication. He also reported from the dentist`s chair that the truck he had
organized was at the last minute not available. But, he said, don`t worry, there are always trucks on the street in
front of CESE, with signs saying rent me. One of those would be available... So I carried on lugging some more
stuff in my suitcases.

And, sooner than I ever would have imagined, Dimas, his friend Robson and Silas arrived with the first truck load.
And Dimas had decided that there would be only two trips in that truck because it was R$40 per trip! (The
equivalent of $24 CAD.) And they did get the furniture in the elevator. Had to remove the door to get the table in,
but that was nothing for Silas. He also got the bathroom light functioning and fixed the plumbing so that water no
longer accumulates on the floor. He straightened lop-sided cupboard doors and hooked up the gas to the new stove.
The apartment was thoroughly cleaned, and the beautiful, very neglected dark hardwood floors were waxed and
waxed again. And I was home! Total cost, including plumbing supplies, tubing to attach the gas tank to the new
stove, floor wax and a mid-day meal for the workers at the Bar do Chico across the street: R$164 and change.

Happy New Year to all! And, if I may, love and a special welcome to Rosemary Hope Andrews and much love to
her family.


                                          REFLECTIONS ON JOB

Many of us are familiar with the story of Job, with its fairy-tale-like beginning “There once was a man in
the land of Uz whose name was Job”. Job was a blameless and upright man in the eyes of God, but one
day Satan, a member of the heavenly council, suggested to God that if he (the Satan) were to put Job to
the test, Job would soon turn away from God and curse Him. It is a suggestion that God can’t resist and
he agrees to the testing of Job. So – for no apparent reason, Job is beset with tragedy after tragedy. He
loses his wealth, his children, and his health, and is sorely afflicted.

The story resonates well with most of us, who have at some point or another questioned why bad things
happen to good people. Through more than thirty chapters, the reader shares Job’s agony and endures
the well-intentioned advice of his wife, three of his friends, and the rebuke of a younger but very wise
man, who reminds Job of the majesty and justness of God. Then God speaks to Job out of the
whirlwind, and the reader is treated in Chapters 38 to 41 to some of the most beautiful poetry in the Bible,
in which Job is invited to remember his mortality and we are reminded of God’s awesome power.

Job is suitably chastened, and repents. The story ends with Job living happily ever after, with his family
returned to him, his health restored, and his fortunes doubled.

This brief summary outlines the superficial understanding that I brought to the story of Job before I had
the privilege of participating in the Tuesday morning Bible Study sessions this Fall for the first time. I
freely admit that my personal Bible study is often lacking in any in-depth – or even shallow - attempt to
explore the more difficult passages. If I don’t ‘get it’ quickly, I am tempted to keep going until I get to a
more understandable passage. It was therefore a delight to discover how greatly I benefited from the
research and Biblical knowledge that Anthony shared with us each week. In the non-threatening and
welcoming company of approximately twenty-five others, I learned from the real-life experiences of myself
and others as we explored some probing questions in small break-out groups, in the shared struggle to
attain a deeper understanding of Job.

We were sometimes encouraged to continue our thinking at home through some short ‘homework’
assignments, in addition to the reading for the coming week. These were helpful in focusing my attention
on some of the issues that had been raised on Tuesday morning, encouraging me to abandon my usual
inclination to superficial assessment and to engage in some more thoughtful consideration of my feelings
and beliefs.

Although I now have a better understanding of the book of Job, many questions remain unanswered –
and not just for me! Scholars and theologians continue to debate the interpretation of Job. But my
curiosity has been piqued – and I will be back to the next Bible study, no matter the topic. I have
discovered a safe place for questioning, a supportive group for discussion, and a wealth of knowledge
and generosity of spirit in the leadership that Anthony brings to this ministry.

It is a learning opportunity that I am privileged to enjoy.

Perhaps more importantly, I have discovered a new ‘faith community’, comprised of people who struggle
with life’s issues and the place of God in them, people who are not afraid to ask questions, to share their
hopes and their fears, people who are quick to laugh and ready to lend a sympathetic shoulder, and who
are always appreciative of a cup of tea and a snack! As another Bible Study regular attendee put it so
well: “Where on earth would you rather be on Tuesday morning?” My response is now an unequivocal
“Where indeed- nowhere else.” Why not join us and see for yourself?                   Helen Hayes

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