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

April 2017 Newsletter

March 28th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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January 2017 Sunday Services

December 27th, 2016 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Jan. 1 Bill Baylis Looking Back and Forward There are a couple of ways to view the evolution of time. Here we review events of 2016 and challenges that will face us in 2017. Congregational contributions are encouraged. Lorie Lyons
Jan. 8 Rev. Fran Dearman Faith, Hope, and Charity: A Reflection on Giving. Interim Minister the Rev. Fran Dearman shares some thoughts on opportunities and challenges in connection with Social Responsibility.
Bill and Bobbye Baylis
Jan. 15 Rev. Keith Kron Don’t Think of a Minister….Guest speaker Rev. Keith Kron is a minister from Kentucky and UUA/CUC Transitions Director. There will be soup and sandwiches following the service, and from noon to 1 pm a briefing and conversation session with Keith about the Search and Settlement process—all are welcome. Lorie Lyons
Jan. 22 Rev. Fran Dearman On Rabbie Burns. Celebrate the 258th birthday of famous Scottish Poet and Lyricist Robert Burns, born Jan. 25, 1759. There will be soup and sandwiches after the service, followed by a New Member Orientation Session, sponsored by the Olinda Membership Committee, led by Rev. Fran. See Rev. Fran or Membership Chair Lorie Lyons for details. Carabel Ringrose
Jan. 29 Glen Jackson Visitors’ Day in Haiti. A film presented by Glen Jackson Toni Janik
Feb. 5 Irene Moore Davis Black history in Essex County. Ms. Davis is a well-known scholar of black history in the region, and February is Black History month. Bill and Bobbye Baylis

Funding campaign to help Rev. Fulgence

June 24th, 2016 . by William Baylis

A crowd funding campaign has been launched to support Rev. Fulgence, founder of the Burundi Unitarians, to help fund his internship in Saskatoon, and help him establish his UU credentials in Canada. Here’s the link to the CanadaHelps.org page of the Unitarian Congregation of Saskatoon, where he is residing. Follow instructions there to ensure you get a receipt for Canadian tax purposes.

Notice of Reverend Christine Hillman’s death

August 8th, 2015 . by William Baylis

Our minister at the UU Church of Olinda died peacefully Friday night, August 7, 2015, around midnight in the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. The Sunday service on August 9 at the church, entitled “Celebrating a 14-year Legacy at UU Olinda,” was an informal reflection and celebration of her time as minister at Olinda. A memorial service will be held for Reverend Hillman in Detroit on Saturday, August 22 at 6pm at the Northwest UU church in Southfield, MI. Reverend Krista Taves will officiate. We plan for an additional memorial service to be held in Olinda the coming weeks. Once an obituary is published, we will copy or link to it here.

Reverend Christine Hillman is ill.

May 28th, 2015 . by William Baylis

Rev. Hillman is being treated in Michigan for a cancerous growth. As a result, some changes have been made in the schedule. The afternoon teas with the minister have been cancelled in June, and the Sunday service on May 31 is to be given by Dr. Wilf Innerd on “The Joy of Heresy”. The Board and congregation of the UU Church of Olinda send their loving wishes for Christine’s full and speedy recovery.
Update on July 27, Rev. Christine Hillman’s condition is getting worse. The cancer treatment was not effective and Rev. Hillman is now in the care of Hospice. The Sunday Service on August 9 will reflect on the growth and evolution of the church over the past 14 years under the leadership and guidance of Reverend Hillman.

Meditation Sessions

February 15th, 2015 . by William Baylis

Bonnie Showers-Malanoski will hold free sessions on meditation before the Sunday service on the second and fourth Sunday of the month through May 2015. The next session is on April 26, 2015. The sessions start at 9:30 AM in the tranquility parlour of our church.

John Upcott Dresser

February 10th, 2015 . by William Baylis

Beloved senior member of the UU Church of Olinda, John Dresser, passed away on Friday, February 6, 2015, at age 92. Cremation has taken place. His funeral service will be held at the C. Stuart Sykes funeral home, 91 Division St. S, Kingsville on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at 2 PM. Reverend Christine Hillman will officiate. Friends will be received at there from 1 to 2 PM before the service. John’s obituary may be read at the funeral home website.

Next adult RE session on April 24 at 2 PM

April 19th, 2014 . by William Baylis

This is the second session on Planning your own memorial service, with Rev. Christine Hillman. Note the hour: 2 PM this time.

Sunday Services in November 2013

October 29th, 2013 . by William Baylis

Sunday services begin at 10:30 and last about an hour. You are welcome to join us!

Nov. 3 “Standing on The Side of Love: Welcoming the LGBTQ Community” by Bobbye Baylis, Steve Brennan and Karen Miller. Music by Toni Janik

Nov. 10 “Universalism from the ‘Mother’ Land to Us — Happy Birthday!” by Rev. Christine Hillman. Music by Carabel Ringrose


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17 “Living our Lives into New Ways of Thinking” by Rev. Christine Hillman. Music by Lori Lyons

Nov. 24 “The Holy War of 1812” by Stuart Miller and Pat Haynes
Music by Bill & Bobbye Baylis and Ray Stone

Basement Renovations

October 8th, 2013 . by William Baylis
Basement east and south walls

Basement east and south walls

Basement south wall

Basement south wall with windows

During the summer, our church basement was renovated: walls to the outside were removed, cleaned of traces of mold, replaced by new ones sealed and impervious to

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moisture, new energy efficient windows were installed, new electrical circuits added, and the carpet was thoroughly cleaned.

Many thanks to Stuart Miller who organized the work, and to everyone who helped in the cleanup! We all enjoyed the bright, fresh, and clean environment for our fall potluck on October 6, 2013.

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