Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda
news of our historic UU church in Ruthven (Kingsville), Ontario

Memorial Service for Gypsy Carroll

April 29th, 2017 . by William Baylis

Long-time member Gypsy Carroll passed away Wednesday night, April 26, 2017, at 11:10 pm.  When her cancer proved intractable, she  decided to decline further treatment and was in palliative care for the past few weeks. Gypsy was involved in the congregation in numerous capacities, including her work on the archives and library, and bookkeeper. Her bright spirit, love of animals, and joyful presence will be deeply missed.

A Memorial Service for her is planned on May 13 at 1 PM in the church. Her obituary, as published in the Windsor Star on April 29, 2017:

CARROLL, Gypsy
On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, a bright light flickered out and Gypsy’s spirit left this world. Left to mourn her loss are her two loving daughters, Christie Arenburg (Stephen), Virginia Mercer (Stuart), her precious granddaughter Mackenzie Sandra Gypsy Mercer, sister Sandy Wright (Don Tomes), brother Tod Wright (June), and many friends including her two furry ones, Ollie and Balou. She was predeceased by her parents, Jean and George Wright, her brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Patty Wright, and her baby son, Patrick Carroll. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Olinda Church, 2953 Olinda Side Rd., Ruthven on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 1 p.m. In her memory please do one kind thing for another person. In lieu of flowers if you so wish a donation to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda would be appreciated. Cremation arrangements entrusted to
SIMPLE CHOICE CREMATION CENTRE
(519-254-2585) Online condolences and cherished memories may be shared with the family at
www.simplechoicecremation.ca.


April 2017 Newsletter

March 28th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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Congratulations, Buster and Carabel!

March 16th, 2017 . by William Baylis

Hector and Carabel Ringrose celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on March 8. They have been the heart and smile of the church for decades. Hector, known to most of us as Buster, has been the regular greeter, always with a smile and good sense of humour, while Carabel has graced the church with lovely piano music. Both have been deeply involved in church activities. Congratulations to you both from the entire UU Olinda Church!

Hector and Carabel Ringrose Windsor Star March 11, 2017

Hector and Carabel were married on March 8, 1952 in Leamington. They have three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. This image is from the Windsor Star, Saturday, March 11, 2017, p. C4.


Big Sing 2017

March 13th, 2017 . by William Baylis

Thanks to the super-talented Choir Master Glen Thomas Rideout and the First UU Congregation of Ann Arbor, members of our Choir at UU Olinda were able to join other choir members from Michigan and Indiana in the Big Sing on March 11 and 12 2017, in Ann Arbor. The theme of Welcoming and unity in diversity was a bright, joyous UU beacon in the face of separatist, racist, xenophobic, and homophobic attitudes on ascendancy around the world. Here’s a photo of Olinda participants after the concert:

 From L to R: Sue Markham, Jane Innerd, Bobbye Baylis. Stuart Miller, Bill Baylis, and Karen Andersen Miller


Funeral for Arnold Thompson on March 13

March 9th, 2017 . by William Baylis

We are deeply saddened by the death of G. Arnold Thompson (1921-2017), a long-time member of our UU Olinda Church. He passed away on Tuesday, March 7. His funeral will be held at the Reid Funeral Home, 14 Russell St., Leamington. Visitation starts t 10 AM and the service, to be led by our Interim Minister, the Reverend Frances Dearman, is scheduled for 11 AM.


March 2017 Newsletter

February 27th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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February 2017 Newsletter

January 29th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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January 2017 Newsletter

December 31st, 2016 . by William Baylis

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Ministerial Search Committee Selected

December 12th, 2016 . by William Baylis

At its congregational meeting on Sunday, December 11, 2016, the UU Church of Olinda approved the following Search Committee for a new settled minister:

Bobbye Baylis
Steve Brennan
Cathy Dewhurst
Stuart Miller
Linda Upcott
John van Abbema

The committee will be selecting a chairperson and drafting a survey. Members of the church are encouraged to cooperate with the Search Committee and communicate any concerns about the search process with it.


December 2016 Newsletter

November 25th, 2016 . by William Baylis

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