We welcome visitors of all ages. See our address, Sunday schedule and contact information on the "Find Us" page, and explore our website to find information about our children's program, potlucks, attenders' meetings, retreats and other community events. Si vous voulez des informations en francais, nous demander, s’il vous plait!
We will hold our annual potluck and carol sing (and some special events planned by the children) after Meeting on Sunday, December 21st. All are welcome! We'll bring finger-food contributions for the potluck so we don't have to do alot of washing up afterwards. Instruments are welcome, and we have song sheets to hand out. The highlight of the event is singing "The Twelve Days of Christmas" with gestures--it's not too early to start practicing.
First Day School has organized a collection for several local organizations. The collections for the Centretown Food Bank (peanut butter, canned fruit, canned beans, canned pasta, other non-perishables, and cash) and the Mission (new or gently used bath towels, new men's socks, men's antiperspirant, disposable razors, knapsacks, new or gently used men's shoes or work boots, and new or gently used men's jeans) are on-going.
Last weekend was busy at Ottawa Monthly Meeting. We hosted, as we do every year at this time, Representative Meeting of Canadian Yearly Meeting. (Representative Meeting is responsible for decisions made between annual CYM sessions. ) OMM members and attenders provided hospitality to out of town guests and enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Friends we otherwise see rarely.
One of the major tasks was drafting a budget with no more than $10,000 deficit. One of the representatives blogged to the CYM Facebook group as the day progressed--the image to the left is her picture of a slide indicating the average direct donation to CYM (considering all adult members and attenders). Representatives will be reporting back to their meetings in the next few weeks.
Many of us procrastinate about making charitable donations until the end of the year. This is always a bit of a worry for the people who look after finances. If you would like to donate to Ottawa Monthly Meeting, this would be an excellent time to do it. We've posted a pdf document on how we spend our money and how to donate.
The Ottawa Monthly Meeting has a hearing system. The system has been more heavily used in the past, and could be again. If you are a regular, speak with the hearing system committee to arrange to have a headset provided to you each week. If you are a newcomer, please speak with the greeter at the door to make arrangements. And, finally, if you have a wireless receiver for your own hearing aid, feel free to put it on the table in the centre of the room.
Love silence, even in the mind... Much speaking, as much thinking, spends; and in many thoughts, as well as words, there is sin. True silence is the rest of the mind; and is to the spirit, what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.