-1- From the Interim Minister’s In September, the Presbytery Education and Desk - Rev. Angela Bailey Students Committee will be discussing KUC’s new vision to determine if we can collaborate and host events for the wider D ear friends: As cottage season and summer vacation draws to a close, we welcome you back to Kanata United Church. It is gratifying that several individuals have expressed an interest in Church! Many have been traveling, forming a support group (sub-committee) to camping, gardening or simply relaxing at help promote events. This will certainly take home or cottage and we do look forward to the onus off existing committees and allow seeing you once again as we get back to the vision focus to be strengthened routine. especially after the Transition period of Interim Ministry is completed. Summer is certainly a time for rest and Let us look forward to exciting times as we relaxation but also minister together as Christ’s disciples and offers opportunity help make faith meaningful and relevant to for spiritual renewal. the 21st century context. Part of my own vacation was spent Blessings to all, in the U.K. and a highlight was visiting Angela Canterbury Cathedral founded in the 6th century. It is truly humbling to walk on ancient flagstones worn down by millions of pilgrims across the centuries. Someone asked if I was there on a Sunday to worship in that historic place. Unfortunately I was not, but worshipped in a more modern Church in the beautiful coastal town of Rye. That Church is a mere 1,000 years old! Beginning Monday, September 14 a new six week session will be offered for study and reflection. In keeping with the congregational decision to accept the Transition recommendation to focus on Education and Learning, we will reflect on the book ‘The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions’ by Marcus Borg and N.T. Wright. These two spiritual Biblical scholars, offer differing views and perspectives on Jesus. Each presentation will examine both viewpoints with an opportunity for shared input. -2- fed with the Holy Spirit. From Eileen’s Desk R ecently, in my reading these words caught my attention: "Change for the good comes when we listen with care, speak with compassion, and enact our faith. Such wisdom sees that the persistent practice of mercy, like love, comes as Children’s Worship on Sunday morning a gift and calling from God.." will begin (as we have done traditionally) in the sanctuary with the adults then continue independently in groups led by our As we continue through this time of volunteer teachers, following the lectionary transition, of new beginnings and endings, it based curriculum Seasons of the Spirit. This is important for us to stay grounded in our means that when our families go home on faith so that we continue to share the Good Sunday morning we will all have been News. focused on the same topics of our faith. Some of us have spent a lot of time this Confirmation classes will begin on summer planning for education and faith September 27th. As last year, we will begin building in our church community. with worship in the sanctuary and then leave I welcome everyone back - back from to meet in my office. At vacation or break in routine. As we begin that first meeting we will set up the schedule of the new season of church life I invite you to Sunday morning offer your talents where you feel you can. gatherings. We plan to Maybe you can offer a drive on Sunday hold our Confirmation morning to someone needing that, or lead Service on January 31, or help with a group during Children’s 2010. If anyone is Worship. Could you be interested in a interested in joining this Committee here or helping with the Book group please leave a message for Eileen. Fair? Don’t be shy - call us and inquire. If you need to sit and reflect, that’s what you need Sunday, Supper and Sharing dates have to do and this is the place to do it. This been set for January 31, February 14 & 28, "church family" claims to have room for all, 2010. Our planned theme will be "Dry Bones s o & New Life." As in the past we will start with a meal at 5:00 p.m. followed by table we worship and at 6:00 p.m. begin our study lco time, or dramatic presentation or parenting me time. We will be finished at 7:00 p.m. so that a n we have time to get our young ones home d and ready for the new week beginning. be Please put these dates into your calendar -3- and plan on joining in this fun intergenerational time for our church family. There is much going on, as you will find as you read our newsletter. Please be involved as you are able and call us if there is anything that we can do for you. Blessings, Eileen -4- Transition Committee ministerial staff. The Transition Team will by: Stephen Free, Chair engage with the Board to look at the implications of the May 31st motion, including any changes that might be useful in O n May 31st, the congregation unanimously voted in our governance structure in supporting KUC's overall mission. favour of the following motion: The Transition Team is "Moved that Kanata hoping to facilitate an event United Church, in in the coming months that keeping with its Interim Ministry goals, will reflect KUC's intentional accepts the Transition Team’s focus on Faith Development recommendation for an intentional focus and Learning…..stay tuned for more on Faith Development and Learning, information as it becomes available. We will within our continuing mission as a church also explore opportunities to deepen KUC's family grounded in Christian Worship and relationship with the wider United Church Reaching Out as a faith community." of Canada. This would include pursuing a dialogue with Ottawa Presbytery's Christian These are challenging times for Christian Development Committee on possible areas discipleship when complex issues and of collaboration related to Faith demands often arise for us, both as Development and Learning. individuals and as a congregation. Through this motion, KUC has identified Faith What an exciting path lies ahead of us, as Development and Learning as a focus in we, with God's guidance and support, our journey as a Christian community of consider what Faith Development and faith. We are being called by the Spirit to Learning means for each of us, for KUC and explore and deepen our own faith and for the opportunities we might create! This provide leadership in helping others in their is a "team" effort involving everyone in our spiritual journey as we reach out to our congregation. Contact a TT member or community. write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments and views. Your Transition Team has taken time over the summer to do some reflecting and will This summer, the Transition Team said resume its meetings and work in farewell to the Rev. Neil Wallace, as he September. We will support the process to takes on new responsibilities within the define a future model of ministry to further Ottawa and Montreal Conference, and we KUC's overall mission and intentional focus. thank him for his wisdom and grace. This process should result in an updated Joint Needs Assessment Report (JNAC) to Blessings, be considered by the congregation this fall. Robert Ashton, Rev. Angela Bailey, Lindsay [As this is being written, we are awaiting Blue, Rod Delcourt, Don George, Steve guidance from Ottawa Presbytery as to how Free (Chair), Susan Maslin, Helen Pinel, this JNAC process may unfold.] This will be Maureen Purnell, Deepak Wanner and our followed by the establishment of a Joint Presbytery representative Bryan Giffin. Search Committee to identify and call new -5- From the Chair of the Board Puts up with anything, by: Bob Richards Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, “Love Extravagantly” Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. n August 11th O Muriel and I celebrated our 25th We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a wedding anniversary. mist... As part of our renewal of vows, our son But for right now, until completeness, Michael read Paul’s 1st we have three things to do to lead us Congratulations Corinthians 13 from toward that consummation: Trust 25th Wedding the ‘Message’, part of steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love Anniversary which is below: extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. If I speak with human eloquence and Only in hindsight did I appreciate how angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm important it was to truly celebrate this day. nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. And not because it was our 25th anniversary, If I speak God's Word with power, which is admittedly a pretty good reason, revealing all his mysteries and making but because, as Paul instructed the everything plain as day, and if I have faith Corinthians - love extravagantly. that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing. If I How often do I miss the opportunity to love give everything I own to the poor and extravagantly? How often do I tell the most even go to the stake to be burned as a important people in my life that I love them? martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten How often do I recognize and thank the nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what people who do so much for us every day – I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt friends, colleagues, members of KUC, without love. strangers? Do I always look for the best? How many times do I put myself first? Love never gives up. The summer is drawing to a close and a new Love cares more for others than for self church year will begin in September. Church Love doesn't want what it doesn't have. School will restart, there will be two Sunday Love doesn't strut, worship services and there will be many Doesn't have a swelled head, activities and programs to be involved in. As Doesn't force itself on others, well the Transition process will continue as Isn't always "me first," we investigate and decide on the best way Doesn't fly off the handle, to implement our new vision. Thank you Doesn't keep score of the sins of others, everyone who provides leadership, supports Doesn't revel when others grovel, these many activities and participates in Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, them. Let’s love extravagantly. -6- Worship Committee Worship Matters Report by: Lyn George, Chair by: Sally Duke, Music Director A s the summer draws to a close we would like to thank everyone who helped lead worship for the past months. I n June, a significant, national worship symposium took place at Dominion Chalmers United Church, Ottawa. Clergy, Our two ministers provided stimulating musicians, and lay people from across sermons: Eileen developing a series on the Canada gathered for three days to psalms and Angela preaching about the participate in Worship Matters 2009. I was qualities of leadership found in the Bible. asked to head the Local Arrangements Sally led us in music with the help of various Committee two years ago and put together soloists who offered their talents, both vocal a team of 8 ministers and musicians to look and instrumental, to enhance our worship. after logistics, arrange for catering, plan We appreciated those volunteers who three worship services, and so forth. I also ushered and greeted during the summer coordinated the music for the closing months, as well as Glenda who made sure worship, bringing together choirs, drums, we had our streamlined bulletins each week. dancers and handbells, organist and pianists. I was pleased that some Kanata United Now we look members were able to take in some of the forward to events. resuming our regular two Sunday Our keynote speakers were invited by the worship services on national committee and included two September 13th. As Americans, Miriam Therese Winter, the church year theologian and hymnwriter and Anna Carter becomes very busy Florence, a professor of preaching, and once again please Canadian Reverend Joan Wyatt of Toronto. remember that we do need volunteers in All three were engaging and inspiring. We several areas related to worship. If you were also entertained with a concert of would like to help (and we have somehow spirituals in the New Orleans tradition by missed asking you) remember to speak to the Hot Five Jazzmakers of Toronto. Dianne Moore (592-2226) about greeting, to Wilma Free (271-0326) about ushering and to Jane Maslin (592-1045) about reading scripture. These co-ordinators are an invaluable part of the worship committee. Future Services are printed on the KUC Calendar of Services and Special Events at the back of this newsletter. Hot Five Jazzmakers -7- The following is a summary of the event on C A liturgical art display enriched every the United Church website: gathering space, featuring handcrafted banners, paraments, and Worship Matters 2009 took place June 18- stoles from the region. Such beauty! 20, 2009 at Dominion Chalmers United Such creativity! Church in Ottawa, Canada. From all C “Worship Chatter” saw folk gather reports and evaluations, Worship Matters around topics of interest to them 2009 was a life-giving event! (the hottest topic being “small attendance congregations”) taking C A rousing Opening Worship brought advantage of a genuine chance to us all together with energetic music share with and support one another. and vision-making. Workshop topics ranged from C Anna Carter Florence challenged us biblical drumming and risk taking to to “die and rise again” through the prayer writing and emerging youth scripture text before preaching each worship patterns. Each workshop week. Worshippers were then was well received. empowered to say, “I can do that; I A big thank you to the Local Arrangement can see Jesus in this text too. He Team for the exemplary participation, and really does show up!” to the Dominion Chalmers United Church C Miriam Therese Winter challenged staff and congregation for their amazing and us to open wide to God. Ours is a grace-filled hospitality. quantum universe and our worship and spirituality must be that big too: let go of the god of certainty and take the leap into the mystery we can and cannot see in every single cell of life. C Joan Wyatt urged us to move well beyond the narrow confines of inclusive language and dare to enter into the excitement of expansive language - for God and for one another. C Three daily worship services focused on the same two Biblical texts (Ezra 3: 10-13 and Mark 13: 1-8) - lament and joy of foundations - but in three different keys: traditional evensong, coffee-house worship, and a blues liturgy. A feast to remember! A handout enabled participants to adapt these keys to the melodies of their own local context. -8- The Gift of Music at Kanata Choir practices begin soon. The Adult Choir will have a United Church start-up potluck at Katherine by: Sally Duke, Music Director Blue’s home on September 3 and the first rehearsal will be I would like to begin this report thanking all those who by September 10 at 8:15 p.m. The Intermediate Choir will begin September 10 at 7:00 p.m. New members are welcome have brought their to both. Intermediate Choir members are musical gifts to our mostly ages 8 to 14. Younger children are summer services. They welcome to sing with the Bullfrogs and include Walter Hayduk, mandolin, Bev Butterflies directed by Frances Balodis. See Hayduk, accordion, singers Lisa the article by Frances for dates and times. Hepplewhite, Keith Bailey, David Hepplewhite, and Kelly Reid-Fortier, and Plans are underway for our Christmas pianist Grace Davies. It has been a pleasure pageant, called “Christmastime”. Both to include them in our worship. Joshua choirs will be involved and children from the Zentner-Barrett, who substituted for me at Sunday School are invited to help by organ and piano on August 9, has been portraying the characters of the Christmas studying organ for a year and practicing at story. Our spring musical will be “The Rock- Kanata United. It is a wonderful thing to slingers Greatest Hit”, about David and welcome a young person who is beginning Goliath, guaranteed to be a good time for his training as a church musician, and I thank singers of all ages. Watch for more the congregation for its support. information in the fall. Thank you to Bev and Walter and Allan and If you play an instrument Joan Brown for organizing our summer sing- and are interested in being alongs on Thursday evenings. Allan has part of the KUC Band, spent many hours preparing lyrics for us, speak to me. Our searching out accompaniments and the wonderful cellist, Bernie stories of the songs, and providing Meyerink, has moved refreshments with Joan. Those of us who away. We have guitar, have attended, usually around 10 or so, have mandolin and flutes now and would had a good time singing, adding our own definitely welcome more members. Young instruments or trying out shake’em eggs and people are welcome to play with us at the tambourines and start of the service, before church school drums. Themes leaves, and in intergenerational services. have included Rehearsals are on some Saturday mornings Canadian songs on and the first this fall will be on September July 2, followed by 12 at 10:30 a.m. American songs, country and Please bring me any questions, concerns or western, Scottish and Irish, Broadway ideas you may have for our music program. favourites, and love songs. I look forward to working with you all for another year. -9- Welcome to Bullfrogs and following directions, experience standing up Butterflies! with a group of people in front of a group of by: Frances Balodis, Choir Director people, learning new words as a vocabulary building experience, following a melody line of music. Exciting times. W e are a happy, young group of children ages 3-8 years of age who come together every Wednesday evening at Hope to see you at the first practice on 6:30 p.m. to sing some songs. At 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23rd at 6:30 p.m. The we adjourn to the Pre-school room to first time this fall that we will sing at church continue singing and also have fun with is on October 25th at the 10:30 a.m. stickers and coloring. service. Our young children sing at church once per month at the 10:30 Knitters a.m. service from by: Judy Anderson October to May. The songs we sing are often short and easy to remember as most of the children in our group are not able to T he knitting season is back and I am appealing to all knitters read any language yet. in the congregation - ones of previous years, Sometimes we play rhythm instruments, as well as any newcomers, who wish to sometimes we use props. Variety is join us. To make life more interesting, important to children of this young age. this fall we have an exciting new book of prayer shawl patterns. Parents are welcome to come to the practice and stay in the sanctuary as we Yes, we will be needing some more rehearse. Do whatever is best for your child shawls and your assistance is needed. – if your child needs you there, then stay. If There is still lots of wool available in not, then feel free to go grocery shopping different colours and weight - you can and return for the pick-up. have your choice. If you think that your child is too young for Remember too that preemie caps, baby this little group – think again. Your child is receiving blankets and lap rugs are also growing up before your eyes and wanting to welcome. You only need to supply the learn new things. Your child may seem timid needles and time - we supply the rest. to you – perhaps the child wants to reach out and do new things and just needs the Call me with your requests - Judy courage to do so! Bullfrogs and Butterflies Anderson 613-270-0147. will bring many skills to them in a positive way – listening, communicating, sharing, -10- AN INVITATION FOR ALL ADULTS FROM THE ADULT CHOIR We would like more singers to join us. Sopranos, Altos, Tenors & Basses are all welcome. Not sure what part you would sing? No problem, we'll find the right place for you. Can't read music? No problem, most of us learn on the job. Too busy to commit to a whole year of singing? Try a short commitment first, September and October, or November through Christmas. We are a happy group and we welcome newcomers gladly. First rehearsal - Thurs., Sept. 10 8:15 - 10:00 p.m. For information, speak to Sally Duke, 613-592-3659 or call the church office at 613-592-5834 -11- INVITATION JOIN THE INTERMEDIATE CHOIR ENJOY MUSIC AND DRAMA FOR AGES 8 TO 13 Rehearsals Thursday evenings 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Help lead our 10:30 a.m. worship every Sunday, beginning September 13. Be part of our church school Christmas pageant and sing in our spring musical. FIRST REHEARSAL, Thursday, September 10 For information, call Sally Duke at 613-592-3659 or call the church office at 613-592-5834 -12- Christian Development tradition. A maximum of 24 participants are by: Kathi Campbell, Chair admitted each year. Way to go Jason! We look forward to hearing about your Members: Margaret Burman, Heinz Burger, adventure. Tricia Carran, Donna Hobbs, Frances Murray, Maureen Purnell, Ruth Sword, Audrey KUC programs are gearing back up for Wanner, Rev. Eileen Hepplewhite September! Adult study groups, children’s church, and mid-week groups for adults and children! Come out and see what’s C amp Awesome had two successful weeks, one in July and happening! one in August. Very Children’s church will start up again in special thanks go out to September and we invite parents to fill out Audrey Wanner, co- registration forms. KUC has a new co- ordinator and to Josh Haywood, registrar. ordinator and we are pleased to welcome They both offered their time and talents this Audrey Wanner. New this year is the Seasons summer so that the children in our of the Spirit curriculum which follows the community could have an opportunity to Sunday worship lectionary lessons. This will attend an exciting camp. The camp could not help us have a stronger connection between run without the many volunteers from our sanctuary and children’s church, and provides congregation who give rides, prepare snack, resources for special worship activities help with registration, and are simply around together. to lend a hand and support this exceptional children’s program. Adult studies also continue with the Wednesday morning lectionary group that Did you know that 120 children in our meets in the fireside room. There is always neighborhood attend Camp Awesome for a room for another chair and another cup of five day camp? The children participate in coffee on Wednesday mornings! Rev. Angela Christian themed curriculum from 10:00 a.m. Bailey will be continuing an evening adult till 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Each study beginning on September 14th. child is participating in the equivalent of 30 classes of church school education in one As always, CD welcomes anyone interested in week of camp! volunteering Sundays with children’s church or with any of the CD activities. The Jason Winter attended the Future Quest committee meets the last Monday of the Summer Experience at Queen’s Theological month at KUC at 7:00 p.m. For more College in August. Future Quest is for youth information contact aged 14-17 who want to explore community, Kathi Campbell, Rev. theology, and leadership by challenging their Eileen Hepplewhite, body, mind and spirit. It is an ecumenical Tricia Carran, or program open to participants from varieties of Audrey Wanner. faith traditions, including those with no faith -13- Camp Awesome Jokes That Can Be Told in by: Audrey Wanner, Co-ordinator Church A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the W hile writing this article, the August Camp Awesome is about to start tomorrow on August 17. I am sure that it will commandment to 'Honor thy father and thy be as successful as the July Camp Awesome. mother,' she asked, 'Is there a Sixty children had an amazing energizing time commandment that teaches us how to treat learning about sharing and the Christian life. our brothers and sisters?' Without missing The counsellors and Leaders in Training were a beat, one little boy answered, 'Thou shall caring and enthusiastic with the children. not kill.' Everyone had a really good time laughing, singing and playing, mostly inside because of the rainy cool weather. Thank you so much to Children’s Worship the team of volunteers who assisted with all by: Audrey Wanner, Co-ordinator the jobs around Camp Awesome that enable the counsellors to do their job. They know C hildren’s worship has a new program this year “Seasons of the Spirit” beginning September 13. They will be following the who they are and who they are going to be in August but there are too many to mention in this article. We all had a really wonderful time. lectionary series their parents will be If you would like to be part of Camp following in the sanctuary. We look forward Awesome next year, please inform Eileen to a lot of fun and spiritual growth. Joy Hepplewhite. All are welcome to volunteer. Forbes will be returning to do music with the children in the fall and early winter. We will have special guest appearances from Sue Maslin with camp songs in the winter and Jokes That Can Be Told in Deepak Wanner and Donna Stewart with stories. Our abundance of teachers include Church Tricia Carran (she just can’t tear herself away) Ed Attfield (neither can he), Jay Jarvis (ditto), Attending a wedding for the first time, a Donna Reynolds, Debbie Fleming, Trina little girl whispered to her mother, 'Why is Lamarre, Kathi Campbell, Pamela Shea, Jason the bride dressed in white?'' The mother Winter and Megan Batty. If you have a gift replied, 'Because white is the color of you would like to share as a special guest or if happiness, and today is the happiest day of you would like to join as a teacher, we would her life.' The child thought about this for a love to have you. Teachers only commit to 6 moment then said, 'So why is the groom weeks at a time. Please talk to Audrey wearing black?' Wanner 613-271-1934.
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