Munster Church Activities

Events

Worship Services Resuming September 12, 2021

Welcome back to worship at Munster United Church beginning September 12, 2021.
Our service that day is at 9:30 am and we are excited to return to in-person worship.
Health guidelines will still apply with social distancing and masks a requirement.

Event Updates

Here we present a selection of activities, not a complete list of all our activities.

Support for the Richmond Food Bank

Support for Interval House

Support for Centre  507

Church Addition Dedication – September 2014

Announcements

Front Flower Garden

Our gardeners have been applying their talented green thumbs to make our front garden beautiful.  They weeded and dug in new plants and arranged them to look great.  Our thanks goes to them (we know who you are!) for your hard work and care.  These photos were taken early on in the process (May) and the garden alon g with our side garden look much better now.

Appreciation for and Recognition of Carleton Refrigeration, Heating, and Air Conditioning

Munster United Church appreciates the care and attention that Carleton refrigeration gives to our heating system.  Carleton Refrigeration continues to take care of our furnaces to keep them in proper and peak operating condition so all of us in worship and during other community and outreach activities stay comfortable.

Thank you Carleton Refrigeration for taking good care of our heating system.

Thank you Carleton Refrigeration for taking good care of our heating system.

Scripture Reading as Part of the Worship Service

If you would like to read scripture as part of the worship service, let Mary Tubman know and indicate your preference (early/late service, once a month, twice a month, etc.) if you have one.

You do not need to be a great reader to take part, nor are you expected to read each week.  Young or old, everyone is eligible and welcome to read scriptures.  We have a pool of readers lined up and they read on a general rotational basis.  If you are concerned you might not be good enough to read, you needn’t worry.

Ongoing Activities

Support for the Food Bank

Most times of the year are when the needs of our local Food Bank are the greatest.  Many Food Bank recipients are forced to spend more of their budget for supporting their children and/or paying for utilities.  We encourage you to keep your donations for the Food Bank coming because together we make a difference in our own backyard.  As there are special occasions and holidays during the year, we can make an extra, special effort to donate a little extra to help make these times very meaningful for those who depend on the Food Bank.  You can read about the Ottawa Police Chorus and how they helped with collection of extra items for the Food Bank.

Munster Church supports the Richmond Food Bank with regular donations and we welcome your support of food and related items for needy families and the elderly.  The Richmond Food Bank supports those families in the area in need, including people in Munster.

Bring your contributions and place them in the basket next to the pulpit.  Items are taken to the Food Bank weekly.  When special needs occur, they are announced in church.

We thank everyone for your year round support for this worthy cause and for making meals special for some people.

Wednesday Morning Coffee and Play Group

Temporarily suspended until Covid-19  concerns are over.

Wednesday mornings 9:30 – 11:00 AM when school is in ‘session’.

A time for mothers, dads, women, men, pre-school children, and those without children to gather for juice, coffee, and cookies and mingling.  Join us and enjoy some Fair Trade coffee and tea. Coffee mornings take place each Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 11:00 AM.  We gather for the first time in the season in September the week of Labour Day on the Tuesday, not Wednesday.  The Tuesday is a nice transition for moms, dads, and preschoolers who might miss their brothers and sisters at school.  When it comes close to Christmas time we stop gathering until after New Years.  We also stop meeting after the kids finish at the end of the school year.

Wednesday morning Coffee Breaks time (9:30 to 11:00 am) are very popular. Vehicles are parked in an orderly manner to maximize parking space.

Wednesday morning Coffee Breaks time (9:30 to 11:00 am) are very popular. Vehicles are parked in an orderly manner to maximize parking space.

Publications Available

“Waymarks and Guideposts” is a fascinating history of the churches and congregations which came to form the Ashton-Munster Pastoral Charge.  It was compiled by Dorothy Lewis and is available from Irma Willoughby of Ashton United Church.  It contains mention of many local families and names.

Two books were published this (2012) fall. The first is “Historic Churches of the Ottawa Valley” by Alan Bentley.  These are available at Munster United Church.  The price is $25, with $10 of that going to Munster Church.

The other publication is “The Early Ministers” talks about the early ministers around the time of the start of the Munster congregation serving the early community and the church in Munster.

Fund Raising

Munster Church undertakes several fund raising activities and events each year to augment income from offerings and to allow us to undertake programs beyond the basics. Some run on an ongoing basis and are operated by a small group of dedicated people. For example, we have been selling Loblaws Gift Cards for years and the program provides a good return to the Local Fund of Munster Church to support regular programs and special undertakings. Other activities, such as suppers, take place a few times each year and require volunteers.

Loblaws/National Grocers Gift Cards

Simply stated, your church buys gift cards at a discount and sells them to supporters (you) who use the gift cards the same as you spend money. The church earns the difference. The cards are equivalent to cash at Loblaws in Ontario and Quebec), Real Canadian Superstore, Your Independent Grocer, and valu-mart stores. In addition, they can be used at Zehrs, No Frills, Fortinos, Extra Foods, Loblaws Superstore, Provigo, Maxi, Maxi & Co, Atlantic Superstore, and the Real Canadian Wholesale Clubs locally and across the country.

The cards are a convenient way for you to shop because as you spend a portion of the card at a store, their system keeps track of your card balance and that balance is available for your next purchase. No need to carry cheques or cash and have to fumble with or keep track of change. The gift cards come in denominations of $10, $25, $50, $100, and $250.  This allows you to purchase the exact amount you need weekly, every two weeks, monthly, or when is convenient. The cards are preactivated and a per Ontario law, carry no expiration date. Through your generous support, this program has been a resounding success and we thank you for your loyalty for making it so productive.

For information contact Pat Lindsey. You can also purchase cards from Pat Lindsey.

Fair Trade Organic Coffee

March of 2007 saw the congregation vote to undertake support of Fair Trade Organic coffee. Since then, we have been selling these products and have been using them ourselves for church activities.  The program benefits more than one million farmers and farm workers in 58 developing countries and these numbers are increasing.  We have your preferred type and flavour of coffee.  Check our prices against other Fair Trade suppliers and we know you will be impressed.

Fair Trade principles include:

– democratic and transparent organizations,
– community development,
– environmental sustainability,
– fair prices,
– fair labour conditions, and
– direct trade.

We offer a variety of coffee types. You can choose from ground coffee or beans and regular, decaffeinated, or flavoured.

For current pricing, contact Pat Lindsey.

You can place an order with Pat Lindsey at church, at Wednesday Coffee mornings, by email, or by telephone.  We try our best to have stock on hand.  You can send Pat an email with your order or requesting information.  If you wish to send an email message directly to Pat, send it to muccoffee at gmail dot com. You will need to provide the appropriate character substitutions in the gmail string to send your message successfully. Your order will be received by Pat Lindsey and she will reply with the status of your request.  Alternately, you can send a message through this site using the Contact Us > Contact Munster UC page.  Fair Trade messages will be forwarded to Pat.

We look forward to having you join the Fair Trade Organic supporters and to serving your taste and needs.

Fair Trade Coffee

Frozen Blueberries, Raspberries, and Cranberries

Every fall, the church choir sells frozen blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries. Orders are typically due in early October; however, timing can change a little. When the drive is in progress, details can be found in the Events section above. If you would like to be notified by email about the sale, please pass your name and email address to Pat Lindsey.  Your email address will only be used for this program and will not be shared with anyone else.  Be among the first to know about the berries by signing up. You can always have your address removed from our list by requesting it.

Colour Prints of Munster United Church

Whether you are a collector of works of local artist Ben Babelowsky, enjoy colour prints of local architecture, a collector of church prints, looking for a special Christmas, wedding, birthday, or baptism gift, or you want something to enjoy looking at on your wall, you will want one of our Munster church prints. They are a limited edition, numbered colour print by local artist Ben Babelowsky and measure approximately 18 inches by 13 inches. They are an attractive addition to any wall and capture a winter moment. In the front right is the old school house, later the Orange Lodge in Munster, then the tea house, then pub, and now “at the School House”.

The price is $30 each. You choose the framing to suit your location and placement or the intended recipient. Contact Pat or Keith Lindsey or any member of the Munster Council. There are still prints available.

Church Suppers

Temporarily on Hold due to Covid-19 Restrictions

Several times during the year, Munster Church holds a supper.  We typically hold one in the fall around the time of our church anniversary. Date, time, and food information will appear in the Events section above and in the event summary section at the top right once the times are known. We have served a variety of suppers in the past including beef, ham, beans, spaghetti, and lasagna.  The choice of food type is left to the convenors and is always delicious and appreciated by our supporters.