Our Parish Nurse

Our Parish Nurse is Mrs. Muriel Estey, BScN, RN.

Muriel has spent many years as a practicing Nurse, and in May 2000 undertook an intensive training program at the Parish Nurse Preparation Institute at McMaster University. If you or your group would like to learn more about Parish Nursing please contact Muriel at 668-6136. Our Parish Nurse project expands Riverside's healing ministry, especially among our senior population; Parish Nursing promotes holistic health and addresses wellness issues not only within our congregation, but within the community.

Riverside United Church considers Parish Nursing important because healing was part of Jesus' ministry, and one of the church's roles within the community is to proclaim God's desire that we strive toward an abundant, healthful life, and that we demonstrate compassion for others.

Increasingly, requests for pastoral care involve health concerns, and a knowledgeable professional can advocate and educate in an increasingly complex health care system.

Fair Trade Coffee

Did you know 40% of the world’s coffee supply is controlled by four multinational companies?. These companies have such market power that the price the small farmer gets for his coffee beans is well below the cost of production. They help the small producers out by financing their inputs. This leaves the hundreds of thousands of small coffee farmers indentured servants of the coffee giants.

Fair Trade is an alternative approach to the established coffee trade which promotes social equity, economic security and sound environmental practices. Its goal is to contribute to sustainable development by improving market access for small producers, by raising awareness and campaigning. It works to improve living standards and achieve a fairer distribution of income and influence. It is a partnership between all involved in the trading process --producers, workers, traders and consumers.

The Outreach and Social Action Committee of Riverside United Church has decided to begin selling Fair Trade coffee for two reasons: 1. To promote the use of fair trade products by members of our congregation; and 2. To raise money for our refugee fund.

Fair Trade coffee will be sold after church in the auditorium on the third Sunday of every month. This excellent coffee is available in regular or decaffeinated. 

Please buy a pound or two and try it out!

Canadian Foodgrains Bank

From the United Church of Canada:
The Outreach and Social Action Committee is pleased to begin our annual April Appeal in support of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of Canadian churches and church-based agencies working to end hunger in developing countries by increasing and deepening the involvement of Canadians in efforts to end hunger.

Our congregation is a partner in the local foodgrains project known as the “Good Neighbour Project” with 11 churches participating. The crops have been grown on 26 acres of a Thorndale area farm for the past 17 years.

In 2010, the Good Neighbour Project sent $10,642.00 after expenses to the Foodgrains Bank. Throughout the month of April envelopes will be available in the pews for you to offer your financial support.

Daily Bread Food Bank

In years past, we have supported the Daily Bread Food Bank, which is operated by St. Paul's Cathedral. With increasing need around us, the Outreach & Social Action Committee invites the congregation to bring the following items to worship each Sunday and place them in the deacons' benches located in the narthex.

Daily Bread needs:
mac & cheese
pasta sauces
canned fish & meat
peanut butter
canned beans
baby formula
tea bags
powdered milk
canned fruits & juices

Daily Bread wish list:
toilet tissue
bath soap
feminine hygiene products
faith • support • respect
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