Tidings Summer 2020 Edition

The Life and Work of

Edith Rankin Memorial United Church

Summer 2020 Edition


CHURCH BUILDING CLOSURE CONTINUES – At the June 10th Council of Elders meeting it was decided to continue offering only video-conference worship services for the remainder of the summer.  This decision is consistent with directions given by the East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC). A plan must be submitted to ECORC two weeks in advance of reopening a congregation for worship services.  Over the summer we will seek clear direction on the new Provincial guidelines and advice from KFL&A Public Health. Our goal is to ensure we have practices and protocols in place that keep our congregation a safe place for everyone. 

Each Week:

  • Sundays 10:00 am – Worship Online (see emailed version of Tidings for link)
  • Wednesdays 11 am – Pastoral Care Drop-in (see emailed version of Tidings for link)

The same link will be used for all worship services in July and August. 

A reminder will be sent out on Thursday and again each Sunday morning, along with a link to the online version of our weekly email newsletter (Tidings, one edition for the summer). If you are not receiving Tidings use the form at the bottom of our contact page to join the mailing list and specify that you want links to online worship.

Worship Leadership for the summer

Jul 5: The Rev. Dr. Bill Smith
Jul 12: The Rev. Dr. Bill Smith
Jul 19: The Rev. Dr. Bill Smith
Jul 26: The Rev. Dr. Bill Smith
2 Aug: Anthony Gifford & Judy Bierma
9 Aug: The Rev. Joe Ramsay
16 Aug: Eric Lawson & Sandra Sinclair
23 Aug: The Rev. Dr. Paul Currie & Debbie Currie
30 Aug: The Rev. George Lavery & Brenda Moyer

Welcome Rev. Michelle Down

On behalf of the congregation, the Search and Selection Committee would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to our new minister, the Rev. Michelle Down. We are so excited about this next part of our Edith Rankin journey and look forward to working together. Welcome also to Michelle’s partner, Joyce Payne, and their little dog, Quincy.

2020 has not been without its challenges, and we accept that change will have to take place in order for us to move forward. We feel confident however, that as we walk with Michelle, and are guided by the Spirit, we will find our way.

Welcome Michelle, Joyce and Quincy. We’re so pleased you’re here.


There will be one “summer issue” of Tidings sent during July and August and posted on the website. We will send the email every week as a reminder, but the content will be mostly unchanged. 

We will also use the same RingCentral Meetings link for worship over the two months. For this reason, please do not publish the meeting link anywhere (Facebook, etc). You may share the link in a private email but otherwise we want to keep the link secure. 

Pastoral Care and Friendship online continues throughout summer

Join your friends from Edith Rankin Memorial United Church in our virtual welcome centre on Wednesdays at 11 am. Use the link in the summer edition of Tidings and in the weekly reminder.

Fair Trade Products

Fair Trade Products that are usually made available to the folks at Edith Rankin Memorial several times during the year are still available by calling Marilyn Rodger at 613 384 2087. 

Marilyn has a complete stock of Palestinian Olive Oil, Za’atar Spice and Olive Oil Soap, Assorted Teas and Herbal Teas, Baking supplies Sugars, Cocoa, Hot Chocolate, 100% sugar free Chocolate Chips, Coffee’s Beans, Dark and Medium Roasted ground plus Decaf.

All Chocolate Bars are reduced to $5.00 each.

Make arrangements to replenish you stock with 10% going to Mission & Service fund United Church of Canada.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Anchor: Summer Edition

Now available to view online or download. Click this link to have a look

This issue contains an introduction to Michelle Down, messages from our current ministry personnel, news from the Council of Elders, a “celebration” of Bill and Joe and a page of familiar spaces and faces.


We are all in this together

What do you need? 

It’s hard for us to know how we are doing and what we might need when we are isolated from each other. Do you need some help? Do you need a phone call? Do you need someone to  pick up some supplies for you? Do you need someone to help with a household project (as a safe distance). Pick up the phone or use that contact form on the website to reach out. 

What can you offer?

The current situation of physical distancing to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus challenges us to do mission and ministry as a congregation differently. Are you wondering how you could offer your gifts and skills to these new challenges? Call the church office at 613-389-2530 or use the email contact form on the website to reach out.


Happy Birthday to our Shining Lights in July and August

♥ Andrew H, Jul 2 (15) ♥ Finnlan L, Jul (7) ♥ Kennedy S, Jul 6 (13) ♥ 

♥ Brooke W, Jul 7 (10) ♥ Samuel M, Jul 11 (7) ♥ Grace P, Jul 13 (13) ♥ 

♥ Aedan W, Jul 13 (7) ♥  Ian J, Jul 14 (3) ♥ Jack F, Jul 17 (11) ♥ 

♥ Naomi S, Jul 18 (9) ♥ Nicholas S, (Jul 18 (9) ♥ Mia Bella D, Jul 23 (11 ) ♥ 

♥ Hazel H, Jul 27 (8) ♥  Lachlann C, Jul 30 (8) ♥


♥ Abigail G, Aug 9 (13) ♥ Abigail S, Aug 12 (10) ♥ Nathan R, Aug 14 (10) ♥

♥ Evelyn Y, Aug 21 (6) ♥ Fraser M, Aug 24 (9) ♥

♥ Nathaniel L, Aug 25 (13) ♥ Ford S, Aug 31 (3) ♥


Happy Birthday to our Classics for the months of July and August

♦ Barb Parks, Jul 5 ♦ Al Pickering, Jul 18 ♦ Mack Bennett Jul 22 ♦

♦ Shirley Donovan, Jul 26 ♦Marilyn Rosser, Jul 29 ♦

♦ Wally Parks, Jul 30 ♦ Lois O’Hara, Jul 31 ♦


♦ Lois Butler, Aug 2 ♦ Dorothy Routley, Aug 3 ♦

♦ Kay Walker, Aug 7 ♦ Rupert Howse, Aug 8 ♦ Brenda Gray, Aug 9 ♦

♦ Mary Catherine Robb, Aug 14 ♦ Shirley Ovens, Aug 16 ♦ Anne Byron, Aug 23 ♦

♦ Jean Martin, Aug 24 ♦ Joan Martin, Aug 25 ♦ Don Mallory, Aug 28 ♦

♦ Shirley Mills, Aug 29 ♦ Millie Hill, Aug 31 ♦


Prayers for Best Wishes, Health & Happiness! Enjoy Your Day!


There are several ways of continuing to support the ministries of our congregation for the next few weeks when we are not “passing the plate.” Some of you already give through Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR). If you would like to join the PAR programme, contact the Church Treasurer using this form. You can also give through Canada Helps, using PayPal, or by sending and e-transfer through your bank to the church email address churchoffice@ermuc.ca (make sure you specify to which fund you are directing your donation).  The first Sunday of each month we ask for donations to the Benevolent Fund to respond to local requests for urgent needs. Please indicate if you would like a donation to be directed to the Benevolent Fund.

Contact ministers and staff through the church office: 613‑389‑2530

Rhonda Kerr x101 — Joe Ramsay x102 — Bill Smith x103

Elizabeth Amirault x106 — Kim Barney x107

Please note: The Rev. Joe Ramsay will be on vacation during the month of July and the Rev. Dr. Bill Smith will be on vacation during the month of August. Office hours will be reduced over the summer months.