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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.

From the Minister - April 2024

Friends, in this Easter Season, I share, articles from The Joyful Noiseletter for you to ponder.
Blessings, Olav

One liners via United Methodist, shared by Pastor Karl R. Kraft of Dover, DE:

"Don't ruin a good today by thinking about a bad yesterday. Let it go."
"Wisdom is knowing some of the best days have not happened yet."
"Don't compare your life to others: you have no idea what their journey is all about."
"When it rains, look for rainbows; when it's dark, look for stars."
"Adopt the 5x5 rule B if it won't matter in five years, don't spend more than 5 minutes worrying about it."

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A Sign outside Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren, Glen Arm, MD:
"Need a lifeguard? Ours walks on water."        Lorene Irving

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In his Easter sermon, a young assistant pastor was addressing a youth group. "People waste many thousands of dollars on ornate coffins, fancy mausoleums and monuments to their dead bodies," he said. "Jesus was so unconcerned about death that He had to use a borrowed tomb."

A voice in the back of the room said, "Pastor, he only needed it for three days."

A Peacemaker: Hunter ("Patch") Adams, M.D. (1945 )

The clown as healer and peacemaker

The movie Patch Adams made Patch Adams, "the clown prince of physicians," famous. Dr. Adams is a remarkable man with an extraordinary story, but the movie told his story only in part. When he became a doctor, Patch added humor and clowning to his medical practice.

He believes that humor, laughter, play, celebration, joy, faith, compassion, creativity, and good nutrition are integral parts of the healing process. He has traveled extensively with his clown troupe and medical doctors to 70 countries, including refugee camps, with that message.

He was recently photographed playing with a 5 year old abused girl in an Ecuador hospital.

Christ is risen! LAUGH!

Celebrations and Joyous News

Happy Birthday in April

April 5th     Margaret O
    Dennis M
April 6th     Tammy W
April 10th     Nathan H
April 11th     Elaine W
April 13th     Rachel B
April 15th     Derek E
April 16th     Troy W
April 20th     Karen C
April 21st     Mary M
    Faith L
April 22nd     Marilyn H
    Cheryl R
April 23rd     Kevin R
April 25th     Steven C
April 26th     Ron T
    Kyla R
April 28th     Orson M
April 29th     Clifford B
    Ashley N
    Robert P
Happy Anniversary
April 8th     Kyle & Dana S
April 12th     Anita and Clive DaS
April 18th     Brenda & Paul J

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
April 25th.
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

Upcoming Events:

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


Trinity UCW will be meeting on Thursday, April 11th at 1:30pm

Trinity United Will be having a take-out only Roast Beef Dinner on Saturday, April 20th. The meal includes roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes, cole-slaw, 2 hot vegetables, dinner roll and your choice of pie for $25. Please call Trinity United Church 519.733.2020 and leave a message. Marie will call you back to take your order and set up your pick up time.

Trinity UCW has home made fruit pies for sale (apple, rhubarb, cherry, peach, blueberry pies) $12. each.
Call Marg 519.733.3500 or any Trinity UCW member.

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 April dates are; Tuesday, April 9th at 12:45pm, Wednesday, April 17th at 12:45pm and Thursday, April 25th at 6:45pm

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.

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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.

Information from other Churches on their Events


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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