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Events and Resources

A BETTER TENT CITY: This Sunday, January 29, Nadine Green, will talk to the congregation about A Better Tent City (ABTC). Nadine has been instrumental in setting up ABTC, lives in one of the tiny homes and is the On-Site Supervisor and Site Coordinator. Parkminster has a strong connection with A Better Tent City. Laura Hamilton, a Parkminster member, prepares meals and is the co-ordinator for the volunteers who provide the daily meals. Parkminster also has a group of regular volunteers who provide desserts bi-monthly and there is a bi-monthly collection of juice boxes and granola bars. Please plan to join us for worship that morning. A time for questions and a chance to connect with Nadine will follow the service in the gym. To learn more about homelessness and A Better Tent City please click on this link to an excellent video:

A BETTER TENT CITY – Thank you to everyone who continues to contribute donations to our friends of “A Better Tent City”. Upcoming donation dates are February 2 and 16. Drinking boxes and granola bars are received at the church parking lot between 3:00pm and 3:15pm. If the weather is bad and driving conditions are unsafe, the time and or date may change. If you are unsure about whether there will be a regular pick up, please email Roberta at rmahickey@kathy

PIZZA PARTY FOR A BETTER TENT CITY: On the fourth Sunday of every month there will be an
opportunity to contribute towards a monthly pizza dinner for residents of A Better Tent City. Just drop
your loonies, toonies and small bills into the pizza boxes in the Narthex after the service. Donations will
be sent to A Better Tent City to help provide a monthly pizza meal. Donations can also be sent by
mailing a check to the church or by e-transfer. Be sure to write ABTC Pizza on your check or e-transfer.

WORKSHOPS—ANTI-RACISM AND THE UCC: Join other United Church people for these A
two exciting workshops on February 7th and March 7th and play your part in helping the
UCC become an anti-racist church, information here . Workshops are free of charge and
feature dynamic facilitators. Attending both is preferred but if that’s not possible feel free
to go to the one that works for your schedule.

THANK YOU FROM ONE-ROOF: “Dear Congregation at Parkminster United, On behalf of the oneROOF Youth Services Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and the youth we serve, I would like to thank you for partnering with us as we continue to support the youth of Waterloo Region. Youth who are homeless, or at-risk of homelessness, rely on oneROOF Youth Services to provide basic needs, shelter and staff support; as well as referrals. Your generosity allows us to continue to offer these services to youth, and helps us to address the growing gaps in services for this vulnerable population. Thank you for joining us in our belief that one youth on the street is one too many.” Sandy Dietrich-Bell MSW, RSW, CEO “Thank you for reaching out to oneROOF Youth Services and keeping us in your thoughts at this time of year. We are grateful for your generosity and to inform you that all of the items are in circulation. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and supporting our mission that “one youth on the street is one too many”. It truly takes a
village…thank you for doing your part so that we can continue to do ours!” from Bonnie Kropf, Fund Developer

(King & William Streets, Waterloo)
Tuesdays 12:15 – 12:45 (45th Season)
Lunch available from 11:30/Donations welcome Click here for schedule

GRAND RIVER COMMUNITY PLAY PROJECT: This community play is already well underway. If you love community theatre and love the Grand this might capture your imagination. There’s time to get involved, since the play itself is planned for next year, 2024. Click here for more information.

The January Men’s Breakfast gathering will be at Kypreos Restaurant at 8:00am this
Wednesday, January 18th. Hope to see you there!

– Invite you to hear Prof. Michael Lynk speak about Palestine/Israel and International Law: What International Laws apply to this situation? What is apartheid?
What is Canada’s role in resolving the issues between Palestine and Israel?
WHEN: Saturday, January 21 at 7:00pm
WHERE: Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church, 57 Sterling Ave., N., Kitchener (use main door
facing Stirling Ave; parking is available).
Prof. Michael Lynk is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Western University,
London, where he teaches labour law, domestic and international human rights law, and
constitutional law. In 2016, he was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council
as Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory
occupied since 1967 for a six-year term. In this capacity, he delivers regular reports to the
Human Rights Council in Geneva and to the UN General Assembly in New York. He is the
author of several books.

After SEVEN years, Sue Usaty is passing the baton to John Bain as the group’s new
Coordinator. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in joining the weekly walking group,
please email John at . A big thanks to Sue for helping the group get
their steps in over these many years!

THANKS TO OUR YOUTH GROUP! Many thanks to Wendy Rudd and members of Parkminster’s youth group for packing up and delivering all of The Giving Tree donations collected over the Advent/Christmas season to oneROOF. Their efforts are greatly appreciated – as were the many donations brought in this year!
JANUARY YOUTH MEETUP: Our next youth group gathering will be on Saturday, January 21 at the church (Youth Room) from 1:00 – 3:00p.m. All youth are welcome!

Habitat for Humanity – Waterloo Region is holding a writing contest for children in Grades 4, 5 and 6. The contest is called “The Meaning of Home” ( ) / . Children may write a poem or essay sharing what home means to them. The contest begins Monday, January 9 and runs until Friday, February 24. For every entry, $10 is donated back to their local Habitat for Humanity organization. There is also an opportunity for a first-place entry to receive $30,000 to their local organization! All entries can be submitted online or via mail (a form must be obtained from Habitat for Humanity for mail in option). For more info, contact Jennifer Peacock, Marketing and Communications Mgr., tel: 226.749.4797; email:

YW Shelter Thanks You! – THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP! Your Outreach Committee is grateful for the talented bakers who provided a great variety of homemade baked goods for the YW Shelter. These were enthusiastically welcomed by the YW Shelter staff on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 14th. Thank you also for the cash donations used to purchase 3 turkeys which were delivered at the same time and much appreciated! The Halal turkey was purchased and delivered on December 18. Generosity for those in need is a Parkminster blessing!

OUR COMMUNITY PLAYGROUP IS BACK IN ACTION! Did you know that Parkminster has started up its Monday morning Play group for children who are preschool age and their caregivers? You are responsible for watching your child but we offer toys to play with, a large space to run or ride in and we provide snack for the children and coffee for the caregivers. We run the Playgroup from 10:00 until 11:30. We get to chat and meet new people from the neighbourhood, and it is a lovely outing for your young children. We run if school is
in. If the schools are closed for a holiday or for bad weather than we are also closed. Spread the word! Come and join us! It is fun! For information, please contact Liz Forde by email at

Since 2008, Parkminster United Church has helped the residents enjoy a festive dinner every year just prior to Christmas. We traditionally sold tickets to “A Dinner to Which You Are Not Invited”. Over the years, money raised provided a delicious dinner and lots of homemade cookies, squares, etc. provided by our Parkminster bakers! All funds not needed for groceries, were spent on items requested by staff for the residents. Last year, because of Covid-19 restrictions, we had to approach this differently. Guess what?! This year is still far from back to “normal” so, after communicating with staff at YW Shelter, we are going to continue using last year’s approach!
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
All homemade cookies and squares can be delivered to Parkminster, where Outreach Committee members will be waiting outside between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Please package baked goods in a container that does not need to be returned.
Christmas Turkeys
In consultation with Maria Wallenius and staff at YW Shelter, we have learned that they will need 3 – 9kg turkeys and 1- Halal turkey to serve all their residents. If you can contribute toward this cost, we would welcome your donations! A receipt will be issued if you designate the donation to YW Shelter (turkeys). You may make your gift through the usual Parkminster methods. If it is more convenient for you, volunteers will be happy to receive your cheque (in an envelope) on Wednesday, December 14th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the church parking lot. Please share the HOPE PEACE JOY LOVE of ADVENT with those in need!

You Are Invited to a Mix’n Mingle Social Event in the Gym on Wednesday, Dec 14 @ 1:30pm. Here’s a chance to get together for an afternoon of socializing and music memories, sing Christmas carols, enjoy Christmas cookies, squares and beverages, and just generally have a good time together. Bob Hudgins will be playing the piano, with Delores Benedik and Darlene Basse leading the singing. Hope to see you there!
Membership & Pastoral Care Committee

Premiered Dec 1, 2022: “In her Christmas video message, Moderator Carmen Lansdowne reminds us that when so much seems uncertain and the news amplifies all the hard news stories, there is One who came to
show us that all the ends of the earth should see the salvation of God―and that through that One, we are capable of coming together to achieve the impossible.“

Your gift can build a better world! Shop online at giftswithvision. GWV booklets are
available in the Upper Hall and the Narthex. Pick up your copy today!

No one should ever have to be without life’s essentials. This Christmas season we are
collecting donations for oneROOF Youth Services. Please visit Wish List — oneROOF Youth
to find the articles that are needed. We welcome you to place your unwrapped gifts
under the Giving Tree in the Upper Hall. Monetary donations over $20 will be issued a tax
receipt. Donations will be accepted from December 4 to December 18. Thank you for helping
the youth in our community.

We are thrilled to welcome back “One December Night” – a delightful Christmas
for all ages to enjoy! This year our marvellous Parkminster choirs will be
joined by the musical talents of the Waterloo Collegiate Institute Concert Choir.
Join us in the Sanctuary on Sunday, December 18th at 7:00pm. Tickets are
$10/person and $20/family. Tickets may be purchased after worship starting next
Sunday (Dec 11) and through the church office (Mon-Fri, 9am to 2pm).
Cash/cheque/e-transfer accepted. We hope to see you there!

The House of Friendship Needs Volunteers to Help with their Christmas Food Program:Do you have two hours on Sunday, Dec 11th between 9:00am-1:00pm?Join us to ensure the 5,000+ families registered for the Christmas Food Program can enjoy a special holiday meal this season by receiving a turkey/protein and gift card. The need is greater than ever this year. 300 more volunteers are critically needed to deliver turkeys and gift cards. Deliveries are required to be done with a partner and your own vehicle, however a few additional roles are available if you don’t have a car (and if you are already volunteering- thank you so much!). Visit to sign up today. Questions About Volunteering? 519-742-8327 x 141. Thank you for considering this important opportunity! Joanne Adair, Development Manager, House of Friendship,

AFTER A TWO-YEAR COVID INTERRUPTION, THE SPEAKER SERIES IS BACK Assistant Professor John Milloy on Sunday, December 4 at 7:30  TOPIC: The Role of Faith in Public Discourse All Are Welcome – Bring Friends – Free Will Offering Click here for more details

PARKMINSTER YOUTH GROUP MEET-UP! Join us at the church (Youth Room) on Saturday, Nov. 19th for our games day. All youth are welcome! Please contact Wendy Rudd ( with any questions or if you’re planning on joining us.

MEN’S BREAKFAST: The November Men’s Breakfast will be at Kypreos restaurant at 305 Lancaster St. W. on
Wednesday, November 16th at 8:00am. We had a great turn out for our last breakfast! Everyone is welcome.

SCOUTS’ FUNDRAISER: The 9th Waterloo Scouts are selling Poinsettias this year as a fundraiser. All sizes will be available in red, white, and pink. Costs are as follows: 4.5” – $8.00, 6” – $14.00, 8” – $25.00 and 10” – $32.00. Please email Wendy Ridgway if you wish to place an order: . Poinsettias will be at church for pickup on Sunday, November 17th or Sunday, December 4th. Thank you for your support.

OMAS SISKONA OF KITCHENER-WATERLOO – Fall Fundraiser “A Few of Our Favourite Things”
(Formerly known as the “Scrabble and More Event”) The fundraiser will be held Sunday, November 13th at Christ Lutheran Church, Lexington and Anndale Road, Waterloo. Time: 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Big choice of gift baskets, baking, jams, books, pictures and more! ALL PROCEEDS go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support Grandmothers who are caring for orphaned grandchildren in Sub Saharan Africa.


Professor Gerry Boychuk on Sunday, November 13 at 7:30 TOPIC: The 2022 US Mid-Term Elections and the Road to 2024 All Are Welcome – Bring Friends – Free Will Offering Click here for more details

FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY – SAVE THE DATE! Children and their families are invited to join
us at the church on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm for some festive fun! Get into
the holiday spirit and wear your Christmas sweater/pjs and join us for dinner, activities and
more! Please RSVP with Rev. Heather as soon as possible and please indicate the names and
ages of children attending as well as any food allergies/restrictions for children and adults

If you are interested and able, would you consider knitting or crocheting a
scarf for the red scarf display? The scarves get sold at auction as a fundraiser and any
leftover scarves are donated to keep people on the streets warm. Monday, December 5th
is World Aids Day and ACKKWA would like to have the scarves for that day. If you knit a
scarf, please do so by the end of November and contact Liz Forde so she can arrange to
pick up the scarves to deliver. You may contact her by email

The United Church of Canada is having events in November on the 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism series. The events are on Tuesdays. This is the link of the full schedule:

Tuesday, November 1, 2022, 12:00 noon ET – Reflecting on Ancestors and on Being Métis
What stories are told about our ancestors and our heritages? What do we name and claim about our identities? In this 40 Days Live event, Penny Nelson explores her Métis identity, in dialogue with her Dad, Brian Nelson.

Please use this link to see a list of needed items for the House of Friendship
Emergency shelter: Donations may be left
at Parkminster until November 27 on Sundays and Mon-Fri, 9AM to 2PM.

QUEER JOY SUNDAY – An Invitation from “Pastors in Exile” (PiE), , an affirming ministry for young adults in Waterloo
Region. PiE Fall Retreat for young adults ages approx. 20-35, “Queer Joy Sunday”,
November 6 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm at WK United Mennonite Church in Waterloo.
This will be a space for 2SLGBTQIA+ folks and allies to celebrate the gifts of God for and
through the queer community t hrough reflection time, getting to know one another,
worship, and art. The retreat will centre the joy, celebration, feelings, and experiences of
2SLGBTQ+ folks. With opportunities to get to know each other, share our experiences,
and celebrate the gift of queerness together, we hope you will join us for this very queer
retreat! For more information, please contact Steph Chandler Burns at 519-998-1883 or
by email at

Saturday, October 29th from 2-4 p.m. at the church. We will be
spending some of our time outside so please dress according to
the weather that day. Please email Rev. Heather
( if you’d like to be added to our
youth group email list.

YOU’RE INVITED! 2SLGBTQ+ and ALLIES POTLUCK – Saturday, October 29; dinner is
from 6-8pm in the Parkminster Gym. Please bring food for yourself, beverages will be provided.
After some tough times Inclusive Ministries is inviting you to meet, catch up and
celebrate each other! Also hoping to discuss what to do for future get-togethers.

THANK YOU PARKMINSTER!!! Your Outreach Committee is happy
to share Good News! Parkminster heard the need for cash
donations to The FoodBank of Waterloo Region, and your generous
response brought in a total of $1,865! When matched by Conestoga
Meats, that worked out to a $3,730 donation! Thank you so much,
but more importantly, hundreds in our community thank you!


One excellent outcome of our “Transforming Parkminster” conversation with Adele Halliday
back in May was her recommendation that our congregation read the book Wait – Is This
Racist? available through the United Church Bookstore through this link. This book has been
written expressly “to guide you and your church through [the] challenging and
uncomfortable work” of becoming an anti-racist congregation.

There will be 4 consecutive in-person meet-ups to discuss the book on Sundays at 11:30 am in the family room, following coffee hour, beginning on October 30. Please contact Adrienne at with any questions, including any requests to borrow Parkminster’s copy of the book. We would love to see you there, at any or all of our meet-ups!

Help is needed! H7G Backpack Program: August is passing too quickly for most of us, and the Backpack Program donations bin is looking pretty empty so far – but there’s still time! Once again, Parkminster is collecting new school supplies to support one of many important serices provided by Healing of the Seven Generations (H7G). To support Indigenous youth in the Waterloo Region as they begin a new school year, H7G gathers new items including backpacks, water bottles, lunch bags, pencil cases, and pencil crayons, markers, scientific calculators, lined paper, and other school supplies. There’s also a high need for running shoes of all sizes, as well as gift cards to Footlocker. Cheques to the organization are also welcome, as are donations through the website. If you have items to donate, please contact the office 519-885-0935 ext 21

How Can I Help Ukraine? United Church Mission and Service and Partners are responding to the rapidly unfolding crisis in Ukraine. To find out how to show your support and make a gift

Living Below the Line… is a 4-month project running March – June 2022, for individuals living in poverty to co-create and present a new stage play with music, with professional theatre makers. 

Join us for a free performance of our new, stereotype-busting show, celebrating resilience and hope:​ = You can BOOK by Clicking on this website

Covid-Style Picnic “Potluck”2SLGBTQ+ Community and Allies
An outdoor mix and mingle
Please wear masks for mingling and bring your own food and drink
We can’t do our usual style of potluck yet, but we really want to see you again!
Please bring your own lawn chair!
Front lawn of Parkminster United Church 275 Erb St. E., Waterloo
R.S.V.P. required — please e-mail eforde@sentex.caFacebook link:

Red Dress Day

A good way forward: The Healing of the Seven Generations has made a specific request to Parkminster to share in the observance of Red Dress Day on Thursday, May 5th, “to raise awareness and educate the greater community on the significance of Red Dress Day and missing and murdered Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island.” The day is marked by the practice of hanging empty red dresses to represent the women who should be wearing them.

On Thursday, May 5th, there will be both a community walk – from the H7G building at 300 Frederick St to Kitchener City Hall – and a candlelit vigil at the Clocktower in Victoria Park. Further details will be announced soon.

We are also encouraged to purchase red t-shirts from the H7G online store at, with proceeds supporting Ganohkwasra, an Indigenous-run shelter on the Six Nations reserve that supports families healing from assault. H7G have expressed a hope “to see these shirts flooding the streets once again in honour of this event on May 5th.” 


United Church’s 40 Days of Engagement to Become an Anti Racist Church:

The Inclusive Ministries Committee has created a Black History Month calendar that corresponds with the themes of our Sunday Services in February. Each week contains questions for reflection and/or prompts for conversation and action. 2022-Black-History-Month-Calendar-IV.pdf

United Church of Canada Global Emergency Response

The United Church of Canada has a fund dedicated to supporting emergencies whenever they might occur.  When these emergencies occur, the Outreach Committee encourages you to make donations directly to this by credit card or by cheque . 
The website is: Global Emergency Response

Potluck Dinners

A few times a year we host potlucks for the LGBTQ Community & Allies.  We include informative speakers who share their stories about events and life experiences that have affected their lives.  We are happy that our potlucks attract several members of the community; we warmly invite everyone to attend!  It is always a fun time – to learn – to share – to laugh – and to eat! Keep an eye on our website events calendar, homepage or email the office or call the office (519) 885-0935 ext.21 for specific dates.

tri-PRIDE Festival

Once a year members of our Inclusive Ministries Committee welcome visitors to our booth at the tri-Pride Festival held in Victoria Park, Kitchener. It’s a great way for us to get to know you and for you to get to know us, so be sure to drop by and say Hi!