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Everyone is welcome to join us Sunday mornings
in our two sanctuaries either in person or via zoom.

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Or Live via Telephone (this is long distance and not a free call)

You can simply call one of the following numbers using your phone:
    +1 647 558 0588     +1 778 907 2071     +1 204 272 7920
    +1 587 328 1099     +1 647 374 4685    +1 438 809 7799
    and when it asks for the meeting ID dial 695 362 3178 then #

Did you miss Sunday’s service? Would you like to have another listen or share with a friend?
Simply go on YouTube and check Ruthven Pastoral Charge here is the quick link to it.

Celebrations and Joyous News

Happy Birthday in May

May 1st     Barbara D
May 2nd     Olav K
    Josh M
May 3rd     Kerri W
May 4th     Beth G
    Emerson M
    Gary I
    Justin P
May 5th     Randy N
May 6th     Ashley T
May 7th     Claire McC
    Beth DaS
May 8th     Logan S
    Trevor S
May 10th     Matthew H
    Melissa T
    Kristyn W
    Francine D
May 11th     Richelle C
May 13th     Chelby C
May 14th     Joni T
    Floyd J
May 15th     Maddison H
May 17th     Tara P
May 18th     Elisha N
    Cheyenne W
May 19th     Wayne D
May 20th     Camryn C
May 21st     Adam E
    Paul T
    Zac T
May 22nd     Dorothy St. J
    Heather C
May 25th     Ben B
    Margaret P
May 26th     Josh W
May 29th     Norm M
May 31st     Hanna R
    Dorothy J
Happy Anniversary
May 10th     Amy & David M
May 11th     Jay & Mary Maureen A
May 13th     Shannon & Shawn C
May 16th     Leanne & Brad C
    Ali & Tyler H
    Bethany & TJ M
May 17th     Kristy & Pat C
May 20th     Donna & Fred T
May 27th     Nick & Alison L

DO YOU HAVE an Announcement or some Good News to share?
You are welcome to submit it for the 'Announcements'.
** There will be no weekly newsletter.
Information for the May NEWSLETTER should be in emailed to the office by
Monday, May 24th.
There will be a weekly email reminder of the Sunday Service.
(To Submit an item please contact the office 519.326.3138 or

Worship Services

9:30am at Olinda-Ruthven and
11am at Trinity

10:45am Olinda-Ruthven Sunday School


Choir Practice:
Trinity United Church Thursdays at 10:30am
Olinda Ruthven United Church Thursdays at 2:30pm

Executive Board Meeting for Olinda-Ruthven is Wednesday, May 8th at 7pm. This is for session, Stewards and Trustees

Trinity Stewards meeting will be Thursday, May 9th at 7:30pm

OFFICIAL Board meeting on Wednesday, May 29th at 7pm at Trinity United

Upcoming Events:

Trinity Euchre Night is held on the 2nd & 4th Friday of every month at 7 pm. $5.

Come on out and play Bingo at Chances Gaming Lounge in Leamington.
The following dates are when Trinity United is hosting to raise money!
Our May dates are Monday, May 6th at 12:45pm, Sunday, May 19th at 12:45pm
and Thursday, May 30th at 6:45pm.

Olinda-Ruthven Coffee House on May 17th at 7pm in Blair Hall $5. a person, Refreshments will be provided.

Trinity United Will be having their annual yard/plant/bake sale on
Friday, May 24th and Saturday, May 25th from 9am-3pm.
Please bring in all items no later than Tuesday, May 21st for the sale.

Saturday June 8 at 11 AM - Walk for Haiti at Lakeside Park, Kingsville followed by a barbecue at the home of John and Linda Blair, 109 Main St W, Kingsville.

*Sponsor forms available at the back of the church. All donations support Callebasse Christian School.

Broadview Magazine (formerly the Observer) is available at a discounted group rate
of $30 (taxes included). If you would like to participate, please provide your payment
by Sunday, May 26th. Cheques should be made payable to the Olinda-Ruthven United Church
and dropped off at the church office.

Child and Family counselling is available with Margaret Fittler
by appointment only. Please 519.988.9024.

THE GYM initiative is a sport-based activity for youth
from 14 to 18 years old (high schoolers). It designed not only for members of
churches but all kids from our community. The GYM meets every
Friday from 7:30 – 10:30 pm at KDHS gym – side entrance.

Trinity Stewards are selling tote bags for $2 each.
Please call Bev 519.733.0689.

HALL RENTAL: Olinda-Ruthven Hall Rental:

The Hall can be rented by anyone for Birthday Parties, Family Gatherings,
Wedding/Funeral Meals (not catered by the church). $200.00 with a refundable deposit of $50.00.
Contact the Linda at 519.984.4703
For more inforamtion go to Hall Rentals.

From the Minister – May 2024

May 2024
Dear Siblings:

IN MAY we conclude the Easter Celebrations of the Resurrection of Jesus on Sunday May 12th, the 7th Sunday of Easter, which also happens to be Christian Family Sunday/ Mother’s Day. Then, on May 19th we mark the Birthday of the Church - Pentecost, which is also Victoria Day Weekend.

PENTECOST (from a Greek word meaning “50th day”) is a major celebration in the church which commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and other disciples of Jesus. It marks the beginning of the Church’s mission to the world.

In this May Newsletter, I offer my THANKS to our Sunday Morning Tech Teams — They are continually learning and facing technical glitches (and the minister’s last minute changes), and they are faithful in their important tasks – they are truly apart of the Worship Team along with the choir. THANK YOU SUNDAY MORNING TECH TEAM!

On Sunday May 26th, along with our Regional Delegates I will be at our Regional Meeting (Antler River Watershed). Our Musical Directors and Choirs will be offering a special musical service that day.

Important church meetings coming up are the Ruthven Board Meeting on (Note new date) Wednesday May 8th at 7:00 pm. And then for the pastoral charge, we have the meeting of the Official Board on Wednesday May 29th, 7:00 pm to be held at Trinity.

Please note there will be a Coffee House on May 17th at Ruthven, see the attached flier for details.

May the Lord richly Bless you,
Rev. Olav Kitchen


Milk Bags – If you have milk bags, we are collecting them to make mats for 3rd world countries.

Stamps – If you have been saving stamps, we are collecting for Glenwood United Church.

Income Tax: Brenda Jones is available to prepare simple income tax returns, year round.
Single persons under $35,000 and couples under $45,000 are free.
Please call her at 519.326.7016 for more details and appointment.

Kingsville Food Bank – April needs are tuna, oatmeal, flour and sugar.

There is a box in the entrance to the Pastoral Charge Office – open during office hours.
And in the Narthex at Trinity.


Supporting our active Canadian Service Personnel
If you would like to send a letter Card to the troops,
the address is;
      Operation Unifier Ukraine
      CP 5214 SUCC Forces
      Belleville ON    K8N 5W6

Food Handler Training Course – for anyone wishing to take the course,
there are copies of the Manual in the Office. When the Church prepares food for events
there should be at least one person present who has the Provincial Food Handler Certification Card.
It is hope that several persons will be able to take this course.

Tables and Chairs – The UCW are selling off the old tables and chairs
used at the Apple Festival. Table are $20. and chairs $2. Call Ida to make an
appointment 519.839.4454, they are in her barn/shed.

Flowers in the Sanctuary

Real flowers are now permitted in the sanctuary, except on Communion Sundays.
    People are free to share at a worship service flowers from their garden,
     or they may have a special floral arrangement to honour a loved one
     or give thanks for a person or event.

People with allergies may register with Brenda Miller at the Pastoral Charge Office
     and they will be alerted to what is being place in the sanctuary of each congregation.


You would like to hear a favourite hymn,
or you would like a hymn sung and played
in memory of a loved one, in honour,
or to celebrate an occasion.

Please let Olav (519-566-7626),
     Lynn (519- 733-5479),
     Marg (519-733-3500)
     know your favourite hymn,
     and if it is a special occasion.


Olinda-Ruthven – Offering contact Brenda Miller 519.326.4048 treasurer

Here are a number of ways to donate to Olinda-Ruthven United Church:

• You can place your envelope in the donation plate at church.
• Cheques can be mailed to
       Olinda-Ruthven United Church,
       Box 370,
       Ruthven, Ontario N0P 2G0.
• Donations can also be made electronically either by e-transfer
• E-transfers through your banking provider
       Interac E - transfer click here for information or using email address

• PAR giving through the United Church of Canada program (Pre-authorized Remittance)
      Please see the treasurer.

Trinity – Offering contact Marie Santos 519.738.2169 treasurer.

Here are a number of ways to donate to Trinity United Church:

• Use your donation envelopes at each church service
      (envelopes will be distributed to the appropriate church).
• Cheques mailed to

      Ruthven Pastoral Charge
      Box 370,
      Ruthven, Ontario N0P 2G0

or to

      Trinity United Church, New California
      c/o Marie Santos,
      563 County Road 50 West,
      Harrow, Ontario N0R 1G0.
• PAR giving through the United Church of Canada program and
• E-transfers through your banking provider using email address
      TrinityNewCalifornia@ are available.
• As well, you can always call Marie Santos 519-984-4140 and arrangements can be made to pick up your donation.

Needing people to help with Sunday Morning Service,
TRAINING is Available!! Contact Bev Haggins 519-733-0689

HAITI Support:
The Ruthven Pastoral Charge sponsors The Callebasse Christian School in Haiti.
Your donations help feed the children, give them a uniform and pay the teachers.
If you have any questions, please contact Maggie 519.733.6042 for more information.

Mission & Service Gifts with vision continue year round through the United Church of Canada.
       To order online giftswithvision

Ruthven Pastoral Charge Contact Information:

New Crest of The United Church Of Canada

Box 370 Ruthven ON N0P 2G0

Minister: Rev. Olav Kitchen,

Pastoral Charge Administrator
at 519-326-3138

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