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Ruthven Pastoral Charge

United Church of Canada

This week our Charge prays for

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Our Services are
     9:30 a. m. at Olinda-Ruthven and
     11 a. m. at Trinity
     Both services will be available on Zoom and YouTube.

     10:45 a. m. Olinda-Ruthven Sunday School starts, in person only.

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 #

We now have a YouTube channel, here is the quick link to it:

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.

Celebrations and Joyous News

Happy Birthday

December 3rd     Daniel Denh
December 4th     Griffin W
December 5th     Al M
December 6th     Mary-Maureen A
    Tracy B
    Mya W
December 8th     Douglas S
December 13th     Nolan P
    Shirley B
December 17th     Jason D
    Trish T
December 18th     Miranda O’G
December 20th     Bill K
December 21st     Fred T
    Bernard N
December 24th    Joy Den H
    Judy S
December 25th     Barbara J
December 26th     Brad C
December 29th     Emma H
December 31st     Betty C
    Tom D
    Bella D
    Greg L

Happy Anniversary

December 20th     Linda & Greg L

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 the office 519.326.3138 or
email by Wed Noon.)

Calendar of Events and Meetings

Sunday, December 4th Second Sunday of Advent – White Gift Sunday
Unwrapped gifts for the
Kingsville Goodfellows & Kingsville Food Bank
may be brought to this service.
At Olinda-Ruthven the Sunday School
will offer the Worship Service,
followed by cake and ice cream.
There will be a Luncheon at Trinity
following the Service.
Tuesday, December 6th    7:00 pm Olinda-Ruthven UCW Christmas Meeting.
Enjoy an evening of entertainment and snacks.
Tuesday, December 6th    7:30 pm Trinity Stewards meeting
Thursday, December 8th    4:00 pm Trinity Choir Practice
Thursday, December 8th    7:30 pm Olinda Ruthven Choir Practice
Friday, December 9th    7:00 pm Euchre night at Trinity. $5. Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
Sunday, December 11th Third Sunday of Advent
Wednesday, December 14th Last Day to submit names
for Christmas Memorial Book
Thursday, December 15    6 pm Trinity UCW Pot Luck Dinner
Sunday, December 18th Fourth Sunday of Advent
Christmas Sunday, Christmas Communion
Olinda-Ruthven UCW will be sending boxed cookies
for the shut-ins. Your cookies would be appreciated.
Saturday, December 24th    7:00 pm Christmas Eve Service
at Olinda-Ruthven

Worship Services for Sunday December 25 Christmas and Sunday January 1st will be by Zoom.

Christmas Memorial Book 2022
We are preparing a Memorial Book for this Christmas in which you can remember/honour your loved ones. The book is in support of the Mission and Service Fund and you may make a donation to the M&S Treasurer through your offerings: indicating it is a Memorial Donation to the Mission and Service Fund.
(David Clifford at Olinda-Ruthven, Marie Santos at Trinity)
The name or names of the loved ones you can give to our Pastoral Charge Secretary Brenda Miller at the office. The Memorial Book will be available on Sunday Dec 18th so please have the names in to the office by Wednesday December 14th.

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.

Community Announcements

Kingsville Community Food Bank:

Sugested Items:
    Pudding Cups, Juice Boxes, Deodorant M & F,
    Cookies, Jam, Shampoo, Saltine Crackers.
    Peanut Butter, Jam, Juice Boxes, Cookies,
    Canned Fruit, Sidekicks, Dry Spaghetti

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.

CONCRETE FENCE NEEDED for the Callebasse School

Callebasse School We are striving to build a concrete fence arouond the School for the Children's protection.
Goal to cover fence costs: $ 3,875.00.
What ever amount you can contribute is greatly appreciated.
TO DONATE: mark an envelope, with your name and address
‘Haiti Mission Project’ and give it to Maggie or
put it in the Haiti bucket at church.

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.
The cost of the exam is $10.00, (at Olinda-Ruthven the UCW will reimburse you.
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.

LAERC – A family of seven from Syria, dad, mon and 5 children are on their way from a refugee
encampment in Lebanon to the Leamington area. The dad’s sister and her family were sponsored and
here since 2016. If interested in helping please see letter on bulletin board or contact
Wilma Lamb-Stewart, Chair of the Leamington Area Ecumenical Refugee Committee at or 519.733.3341.

Pastoral Charge Prayer List

The week of November 27th

We give thanks for this beautiful world, family, friends, and most of all for Jesus
    our friend, guide, and saviour.

We pray for the Church in the World,
    In our Antler River Watershed Region
    Debz Ferber, preparing to become an ordained United Church Minister
    Jenna Westra, (Ann Dunmore’s granddaughter) placement, in Moshi Tanzania
    Maidstone-Gesto Pastoral Charge, Bethel Maidstone United Church
    and their minister Revd. Paul Rodey

We pray for the world….
    God’s creation and our responsibility of care.
    The Ukraine, Haiti, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore
    The children of Haiti, their families, the teachers and staff of the
    Callebasse Christian School and other schools of Haiti

We pray for….
    Mary-Maureen A, Pat A, Gary B, Richard H,
    Jarica, Jessica, Rosie K, Adam K, Sullivan L,
    Margaret O, Don P, Patricia H, Kevin R,
    Becky R, Ron R, Zoe S, Normalie V,
    Darren W, Don W, Leiu & Kung.

The week of December 4th

We give thanks for this beautiful world, family, friends, and most of all for Jesus
    our friend, guide, and saviour.

We pray for the Church in the World,
    In our Antler River Watershed Region
    Debz Ferber, preparing to become an ordained United Church Minister
    Jenna Westra, (Ann Dunmore’s granddaughter) placement, in Moshi Tanzania
    St. David’s United Church, Woodstock and their minister the Rev’d. Jeff Smith.
    Cottam United Church and their minister the Revd. Kim Gilliland

We pray for the world….
    God’s creation and our responsibility of care.
    The Ukraine, Haiti, Myanmar, Thailand
    The children of Haiti, their families, the teachers and staff of the
    Callebasse Christian School and other schools of Haiti

We pray for….
    Mary-Maureen A, Pat A, Gary B, Gwen H
    Patti G, Jessica, Richard H, Rosie K, Adam K,
    Sullivan L, Margaret O, Paula, Don P,
    Ron R, Greg S, Zoe S, Stacy S, Normalie V, Darren W, Leiu & Kung.

To Pray for the family and friends of Glen Sellon who passed
into glory on November 30, 2022


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 David Clifford 519.613.8708

How to donate you ask? There are a number of ways:

• You can place your envelope in the donation plate at church.
• Cheques can be dropped off or mailed to the Olinda-Ruthven United Church, Box 370, Ruthven, Ontario N0P 2G0.
• Donations can also be made electronically either by e-transfer or through the United Church of Canada’s PAR program.

David Clifford

Trinity – Offering contact Marie Santos 519.738.2169.

How to donate you ask? Well, you can always use your donation envelopes at each church service (envelopes will be distributed to the appropriate church). Cheques can be dropped off or 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

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.

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:

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Box 370 Ruthven ON N0P 2G0

Minister: Rev. Olav Kitchen,

Pastoral Charge Administrator:
Brenda Miller at 519-326-3138

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