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Ruthven Pastoral Charge

United Church of Canada

This week our Charge prays for

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Our Worship Services are usualy Sunday mornings at 10 am.
Here is the log in for Worship Services and meetings via Zoom:

Join Zoom by logging into

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 #

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

New Policy After consideration, the Official Board has decided beginning November 28th, 2021, that we will be joining other congregations and faith communities in requiring that all people leading in worship be fully vaccinated: Here was the motion:

That all worship leaders, in the sanctuary are required to be fully vaccinated or medically exempted. This includes, but is not limited to, all clergy, Licensed Lay Worship Leaders, preachers, organists/choir directors, choir members, scripture readers, and greeters.

Here is the link to the letter sent out Novmeber 23, 2021

The Official Board of the Ruthven Pastoral Charge prefers that we keep masking for all church events, meetings, and Sunday worship. Also, when you enter a church building, please sign in and answer the questions. This is for our own use. You may now enter through the front doors at Olinda-Ruthven.

Worship Services 10am - pre start about 15 minutes before the Service.

Sunday, May 15 6th Sunday of Easter from Trinity United Church
Sunday, May 22 7th Sunday of Easter from Olinda-Ruthven United Church

Worship Services will continue to alternate until the summer, when we will worship at Trinity in July and August
at Olinda-Ruthven till Labour Day Weekend.

On Sunday September 11th we are looking to resume our traditional services of 9:30 a.m. at Olinda-Ruthven
and 11:00 a.m. at Trinity both on Zoom with Breakout Rooms.

Worship Services – If you miss a service and would like to view it,
please contact Rev. Olav Kitchen, call/text 519.566.7626,
home 519.974.9057 and he will send the link.
The link is time sensitive.

Celebrations and Joyous News

Happy Birthday

May 20th     Camryn C
May 21st     Paul T
    Adam E
    Zac T

Happy Anniversary

May 20th     Donna & Fred T

Happy Birthday

May 22nd     Dorothy St. J
    Heather C
May 25th     Ben B
    Margaret P
May 26th     Josh W

Happy Anniversary

May 27th     Nick & Alison L

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This Sunday: Easter 6, May 22, 10:00 a.m. from Olinda-Ruthven United Church
Next Sunday: Easter 7, May 29, 10:00 a.m. from Trinity United Church

also, at 1:00 p.m. Sacrament of Holy Baptism at Olinda-Ruthven United Church

DO YOU HAVE an Announcement or some Good News to share?
You are welcome to submit it for the 'Announcements' sent out weekly.
To Submit an item please contact Rev. Olav Kitchen, call/text 519.566.7626,
home 519.974.9057 by Wed Noon.

Calendar of Events

Graduation will soon be upon us.
If you have a Graduate and would like to honour them,
please send their information and picture to the
office before May 31. This will be included in a
power point and a Graduation booklet for a service later in June.

Wed June 1, 7:30pm – Change of Olinda-Ruthven Choir Practice.

Fri & Sat June 3 & 4, 9am – 3pm – Trinity Yard and Plant Sale
are planned at the Pare’s Party Garage, if you have any treasures
you would like to donate, contact Marg at 519.733.3500 or
take to 1122 Road 3 West, Kingsville.

Pies: Trinity UCW have Apple, Rhubarb, Cherry, Peach and Blueberry pies for sale, $10. ea.
     Call Marg 519.733.3500 or any Trinity UCW member.

Do you enjoy reading thought-provoking stories about spirituality, social justice, and ethical living? Founded in 1829, Broadview Magazine (formerly the Observer) is the oldest continuously published magazine in North America and has won international acclaim for journalistic excellence. For a limited time, Broadview is available at a discounted group rate of $25 for 10 issues (including taxes). If you would like to participate, please provide your payment by Sunday, May 29th. Cheques should be made payable to the Olinda-Ruthven United Church and dropped off at the church office.

Kingsville Community Food Bank: suggested needs for May:

The following items suggested donations for the Food Bank and are very much appreciated.

       pork & beans, canned tomatoes,
       canned pasta, pasta sauce, fruit juices, canned fruit

There is a box at entrance to the Pastoral Charge Office (at Olinda-Ruthven)
if you would like to donate to the Kingsville Food Bank.
The office is usually open from 9 a. m. to noon, Mon to Fri.

Pastoral Charge Prayer List

We pray for the Church in the World,

In our Antler River Watershed Region
Essex United Church and their minister the Rev. Lexie Chamberlain
Trinity United Church and their minister the Rev. Olav Kitchen

Remember, Lord, your entire Church, spread throughout the world and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with Richard Bott our Moderator and our Regional President Jane Van Patter and with all who help lead other Christian Churches and all preachers of the Gospel.

We pray for the world….

The Ukraine, Indian Ocean Islands: Comoros, Madagascar,
Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles.
The children of Haiti, their families, the teachers and staff of the
Callebasse Christian School and other schools of Haiti

We pray for those in need….

Mary-Maureen A, Pat A, Waiva C, Julia F,
Cindy H, Rosie K, Adam K, Betty P, Kevin R,
Zoe S, Stacy S, Normalie V

We pray for those who care for others,
at home, at school or in hospital.

As we offer these petitions,

let us remember before God and each other
how each of us has responsibilities to act upon the prayers we raise.

May our God hear our prayers and gift us with his Spirit to enable us to be faithful followers of Christ. Amen.

PLEASE NOTE: For prayers to be added, please contact Rev. Olav Kitchen,
call/text 519.566.7626, email home 519.974.9057


Olinda-Ruthven – Offering contact David Clifford 519.613.8708

Trinity – Offering contact Marie Santos 519.738.2169.

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

The Ukraine:

The invasion of Ukraine is costing precious lives and creating a humanitarian crisis as people flee to safety. The United Nations reports that a growing number of over a million people, displaced from their homes, are seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Many have lost friends, loved ones, and property; struggle to meet their basic needs, and face an uncertain future.
United Church Mission & Service partners are responding to the rapidly unfolding crisis.

You can help. Right now, people urgently need shelter, clean water, food, and medical attention.


Online via the United Church: Ukraine Crisis | The United Church of Canada (
Phone 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.
Send a cheque or money order to:
The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit - Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

Please be sure to note "Emergency Response—Ukraine" on the face of your cheque.
Note: As part of the United Church’s Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief, with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.

The United Church of Canada is committed to working in partnership. We are responding to the crisis in Ukraine with Mission & Service partners ACT Alliance and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, we have joined the Humanitarian Coalition to call on Canadians to show tangible support for the people of Ukraine.

Support Refugees from Ukraine
Gifts with Vision-the United Church’s giving catalogue-has just unveiled its latest gifts to help them (opens in a new tab).

A gift of $25 will provide families fleeing from Ukraine with a hygiene package containing items like toothpaste, laundry detergent, and disinfectant. A gift of $38 will provide one food basket with staples such as cooking oil, buckwheat, canned fish, dried peas, and condensed milk; and $40 will provide one hygiene package plus a supply of incontinence products.

“What really strikes me about the food basket is the attention to detail. It has chocolate and cookies in it. That speaks volumes to me about going beyond the survival basics and trying to build morale,” says Kathie Murphy, the United Church’s Annual Giving Associate. “The hygiene basket is so thoughtful, too. It’s not just about personal hygiene-it also includes laundry and cleaning products. And remembering incontinence materials for those who need them is all about helping people maintain their dignity.” Sarah Charters, director of the United Church’s Philanthropy Unit, is glad the new gifts have been added in time for Christian Family Sunday. “It’s a day the church sets aside to reflect on the importance of families. I hope people will be inspired this year to take action for families fleeing Ukraine,” says Charters. “We can’t end the war in Ukraine, but we can do something to help. Every little bit of good we do makes a difference.”

You can give a gift of food and hygiene through
Gifts with Vision(opens in a new tab) or by calling 1-844-715-7969. Thank you for your generous support.

Another Way via the Red Cross:
Here is a link for Melanie Ann Layer, her company is Alpha Femme
And she will match any donation up to a million dollars.
Melanie is Kevin Scott's partner.

There are many ways to support the effort to help the Ukraine, the important thing is to help.

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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:
Brenda Miller at 519-326-3138

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