Oriole York Mills United Church
Oriole York Mills United Church

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God saw that it was good!
God saw that it was good!

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Sunday School at OYM

Worship & Learning
good friends - fun group
good for the brainpan!

Sundays at 10:30
for children to age 5
and young people to age 15

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Church Cancellation Notification Procedure:

In the event of bad weather conditions it may become necessary to cancel the Sunday worship service. - Here is how the decision will be made and how you will be notified: Rev. Cindy, H Ichiyen (alternate K Shikaze) and C MacLean (alternate D Worth) will have a conversation before 8:00 am Sunday morning and will decide whether or not to cancel the service that day. Those who are on the email list will be notified by 8:30 am Sunday morning, if in fact the service is going to be cancelled. - So, if the weather is bad, please check your email before heading off to Church. Others will be notified by telephone by 8:30 am, or shortly thereafter.

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Welcome to
Oriole York Mills United Church,
the Church of the Good Shepherd

Easter Day @ 11 am - April 20, 2014 service details »

Upcoming services

  • Sunday April 20 – Easter Sunday. Come and celebrate Jesus’ resurrection! Hallelujah! @ 11 am
  • Sunday April 27 - OYM’s 52nd Anniversary with special guests The Metropolitan Silver Band. @ 11 am
  • More about services upcoming - here »

New Church Name Voting Process

Thanks to all who participated in the preliminary voting on the new name for the amalgamated congregation. With your help, we were able to narrow our choices down from 78 to 4, and the next step is for you to vote on the name to be used for our future church. On April 27th and May 4th, you will be able to vote on the four top names. Similar to the process used for the first ballot on Sunday, members and adherents including children are welcome to vote. You will be given a ballot asking you to rank your choices in order of preference.

Please give some thought to the new name choice and try to come on either April 27th or May 4th to cast your vote. The final name will be announced at the worship service on May 11th. The four names to choose from are: Bayview United Church; Bayview York Mills United Church; Joy United Church; Oriole-Centennial United Church.

Gifts with VisionLenten Calendar Offering

This year our Lenten offering will go to support “Gifts With Vision” [website] from the United Church. The projects we will be supporting are: providing food for a child for a school year in the Philippines ($30.00), providing shoes for a homeless person in Ottawa ($30.00), digging a well for a community in Nicaragua ($150.00), buying uniform and school supplies for a child in Haiti ($45.00), and buying a goat for a community in Zimbabwe ($30.00). Please pick up your calendar today and remember to bring back your offering on Easter Sunday. Thank you for your support!

Book Club

TUESDAY, APRIL 22 @ 7:00 p.m. – The Book Club will meet in the narthex. Everyone welcome.

OYM Council

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 @ 7:00 p.m. – OYM Council Meeting in the narthex.

Worship Service at Momiji

THURSDAY, APRIL 24 @ 2:00 p.m. – Everyone is welcome to attend.

OYM’s 52nd Anniversary

SUNDAY, APRIL 27 @ 11:00 a.m. – Anniversary with special guests The Metropolitan Silver Band. 1:00 p.m. – CJUC Council Meeting

Planning meeting for UCW Annual Windup

SUNDAY, APRIL 27 @ 1:00 p.m. – Planning meeting for UCW Annual Windup on June 6th - all are welcome to attend - Naomi Takasaki

Implementation Team

TUESDAY, APRIL 29 @ 7:30 p.m. – The Implementation Team will meet in the narthex.

New Refugee Family

A new refugee family of 5 (parents and 3 sons ages 6, 4, and 1) from Eritrea will arrive in Canada within the next 4-6 weeks. Some of the items still needed for the apartment are cutlery, shower curtain, can opener, kettle, teapot, and an iron and ironing board. Please contact the church office if you have any of these items. Thank you.

Bridge Group

The Bridge Group meets the first Monday of the month in the narthex at 1:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Bereavement Seminar

Bereavement Seminar at Bayview Glen Church, 300 Steeles Ave. E. on May 2, at 8:30 a.m. Theme: Laughter in the Face of Tears: Coping with Loss through Laughter. Speaker Nancy Weil, founder of The Laugh Academy. Sponsored by R.S. Kane. See flyer on bulletin board for more information.

The Choir

The choir practices Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to attend.

Sparrow Lake Camp

Sparrow Lake Camp is now accepting registrations for children’s summer camp. Please visit their website » for more information and to register.

New Elevator

Many thanks to everyone who donated to the new elevator!! We are pleased to announce that we have almost reached our goal. The new elevator will be installed in either May or June of 2014. You are still welcome to make a donation until the end of April.

Hide Shimizu Memorial Scholarship

Hide Shimizu Memorial Scholarship - The purpose is to:

  • promote academic development of Japanese Canadians
  • enrich Japanese Canadian culture and community within the Canadian society
  • provide financial assistance in the form of grants of $1,000.00 each to two Japanese Canadian individuals furthering their studies in a post-secondary institution.

If you are interested, application forms can be downloaded from the Toronto NAJC website http://www.torontonajc.ca/ Completed application forms and accompanying material must be received by Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Barnabas Breakfast Club

WEDNESDAYS - We welcome the volunteers and clergy from St John’s York Mills Anglican Church “Barnabas Breakfast Club”. They will use our facilities to host a monthly community outreach breakfast while major renovations of their property are completed. The program attracts about 25 people who frequently use food banks. Volunteers from St John’s York Mills provide the participants with a hot breakfast, snacks to take away, tokens, time with their clergy, and a time of fellowship. We have donated the use of the kitchen and Fellowship Hall for this community outreach program. They expect to complete their renovations and return to their church this summer. Both the participants and volunteers are grateful for our generous support.


The choir practices Thursdays at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to attend.


We are collecting used postage stamps for The Leprosy Mission Canada. They prefer that the stamps are cut from the envelopes leaving about a ¼ inch paper border. The stamps donated are sold by the Mission to dealers, and money raised is used to supply medicine, care and rehabilitation to people suffering from leprosy. The stamps can be left in the STAMP BOX in the church office or given to Marion Felker.

50th Anniversary: 1962 – 2012
If trouble viewing the booklet or to print, download here »

The United Church online

Visit a broad range of discussions and reflections on the variety of issues that interest and confront people in the modern world - from the perspective of the faith community of the United Church of Canada here »

Sundays at OYM

Worship at OYM
details here »

Flowers grace our Sunday Service and convey peace and a grateful life. If you care to donate flowers for a Sunday worship service, in memoriam or for a special occasion, please contact T Ichiyen by Wednesday prior to a service.

OYM Pastoral Care Support

CJUC and OYM folk, please feel free to contact Rev. Cindy anytime at the following numbers: 416 447 5941 (church office or 416-201-1479 (cell), e-mail: ccooper@idirect.ca

Rev. Cindy's bio »

OYM’s Prayer Supporters
receive and hold concerns for others in daily prayer. For a prayer request, public or confidential, please call Barbara Marshall - contact available from the church office.

Don Valley Refugee Resettlers

Food Bank
On the first and third Sunday of each month you are invited to bring non-perishable food for the Lansing Food Bank. They especially need items for infants. They also need non-beef soup and canned black beans. Thank you for your support.

Christmas Cantada at 0YM
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DVRR Fundraising with amaryllis bulb kits
– October through to Sunday November 7th orders taken for delivery at end of November.

Enjoy Singing?
Join the Choir!
good friends - fun group
good for the brainpan!

rehearsals Thursdays at 7pm
call 416-447-5941

Mission and Service Fund working in Ecumenical Partnership. Read more here »

The Final Oriole
Music at OYM
December 2013 newsletter
view online here »

Contact us! Inspired by the Good Shepherd, we are a caring congregation
tending to the spiritual well-being of one another and reaching out
to help less fortunate people in our surrounding community and the world beyond

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