Weekly Newsletter
October 5, 2022

Contact Information

Office Administrator email address:

Treasurer email address:

We have a specific email address for Donations by e-transfer!

In-Person or Online - We Have A Place For You!

Please join us for in-person worship at 6025 Stanley Street on Sundays at 10:30 AM. 

You can also live stream our services and events on YouTube. Just click (or copy and paste) this link:
Services will also be uploaded to our Facebook page on Sunday afternoon.

If you'd like to comment and react to others during the live stream service, you will need to create a YouTube account, which only takes a minute.

See you this Sunday on ​YouTube (or better yet: in person)!

A friendly request... Now that we have moved into our new space and are seeing new visitors and guests, please consider wearing a name tag. You’ll find them at the front door as you enter.

Another reason: some folks among us are having difficulties recognizing others, as we still encourage wearing face masks. They and new guests would very much appreciate seeing a name connected to that partially obscured face, it makes conversation so much easier. Thank you, you are awesome!
Sunday School
There will be no Sunday School on October 9 due to the Thanksgiving holiday and Annika on leave.

Instead, we'll have a more child-friendly service this Sunday that all ages can enjoy; plus there will be child-friendly activity sheets on the table in the back.

See you Sunday!
Youth Group
There will be no Youth Group on Sunday, October 9 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Our next meeting will be on Sunday, October 16 at 5:00 pm.
The Board has approved a direct request from nearby Aurora North End Church to help out with “Happy Munch”, a food program they have started.
A small group of churches has offered to provide weekly lunches for the 16 tenants of a rooming house on Bright Street at a stone’s throw distance from us. Each church takes on 1 or 2 months a year; we have taken on December.

There are different ways we can help:
- by raising $300 for the food expenses for one month,
- by collecting specific food items for a healthy lunch (a list will be provided),
- by assisting the program coordinator at Aurora purchasing the groceries,
- by assisting the program coordinator making and packaging the 16 lunches.
- or by a combination of any of the above!

We are looking for someone to coordinate our part. It’s a one-time commitment, and you can make it as simple or involved as you like. You will meet new people and groups in our community, and most of all: your help (together with others) will mean a great deal to our nearby neighbours on Bright Street.

Please connect with the Outreach Lead Team (
Jacomyn) or with Hubert if you’d like to find out more.
Hurricane Fiona Support
Hurricane Fiona has caused devastating damage across Atlantic Canada and
Eastern Quebec. Communities throughout the regions of Fundy St. Lawrence
Dawning Waters, First Dawn Eastern Edge, Regional Council 15, Nakonha:ka
and beyond will need support as they navigate the road to recovery.

The United Church of Canada Foundation is accepting donations to help
support the areas rebuild as the longer-term needs become clear. Your
donation to the Ann Baker Estate Trust for Emergency Relief in Canada will
continue to provide flexible, reliable funding even after the media coverage
wanes and as need for resources fluctuates.

The donation page is here: We will
update you on the situation as on-the-ground partnership information becomes

Thank you for your generosity, and please continue holding everyone affected by Hurricane Fiona in constant prayer.


Faith March-MacCuish
Executive Minister Regions East
UCW Meeting
The United Church Women's group will be meeting in-person on Tuesday, October 11 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.  Please join them in the main worship space at 6025 Stanley Street.
Accessible Hearing System Training - October 23 at 10:00 am
The training originally scheduled for September 25 has been rescheduled to October 23.

St. John's United Church is pleased to invite you to trial our new Phonak Roger
SoundField System on Sunday, October 23 at 10:00 am. 

This accessible hearing system is designed to directly connect to our sound
system with headphones or your own hearing aid devices to help overcome the
barriers of distance, background noise, or poor acoustics which can make it
more difficult to hear or can cause listening fatigue; especially for people living
with hearing loss. 

If you want to give it a try, please show up 30 minutes before the start of the
service to ensure there is enough time to get an assistive listening device to
borrow with headphones.  You can also bring your own wired headphones if
you prefer. 

If you wear hearing aids or cochlear implants, Audiologists from Accessible
Hearing Solutions (the company who installed our system) will be present to
help you directly connect to the system depending on your device(s). There are
different ways to connect hearing aids directly to the Phonak Roger SoundField
System, through a telecoil, an integrated receiver, or a universal plug-in
receiver (Roger X (02)). Sometimes hearing aids have these options but the
wearer is unaware or does not know how to access them. If you are unsure,
contact your local audiologist and ask them if your devices are able to connect
to a Phonak Sound Field System, and if so how. This will be helpful information
to get prior to September 25th when trialling the system. 

For more information check out the following website or contact Accessible
Hearing Solutions at for help:
Zatoun Olive Oil from Palestine
It's not too early to start your
Christmas shopping. 

We have olive oil ($22 a bottle) in
stock! Please email 
to order.  

Zatoun is a unique project offering
fair trade olive oil from Palestine to
connect people in North America to
the history, culture and challenges of
the Palestinian people and the land
of Palestine.  

Brunswick Street Mission
Brunswick Street Mission Fundraising Breakfast 
The annual Brunswick Steet Mission Fundraising Breakfast will be on Thursday,
October 20 at the Pier 21 auditorium. This year’s speaker is Anna Maria
Tremonti, past CBC anchor of “The Current.”  She will speak on “Welcome to
Paradise” based on her podcast revealing her open long-held secret —  that
she was once married to  a man who abused her. She tells  us about
confronting that past and  how it shaped her career as a  journalist.  Tickets
are available on the
BSM websitePlease join
other members of St. John’s at one of our tables.  There will be an opportunity
to purchase tickets after church on Sunday.

Executive Director and Morning Breakfast Coordinator
Brunswick Street Mission is searching for a new Executive Director and
Morning Breakfast Coordinator.  If you are interested or know of someone who
may be interested, please contact Jim Sharpe at for
the position descriptions.  The ad for the Executive Director can be viewed

Spiritual Friends
All are welcome to join the St. John's United Spiritual Friends group which meets Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm via Zoom (and hopefully in-person occasionally). 

There will be no Spiritual Friends session on Monday, October 10 due to Thanksgiving.

The group is beginning a video series entitled, Living the Questions 2.0: An Introduction to Progressive Christianity on Monday, October 17.

Please contact
Connie in the church office if you are interested in participating.
St. John's United Book Club
St. John's has a very active Book Club which meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm from September to November and January to May.

The book for our October 26 session is Here We Are by Graham Swift.  All are welcome to join us at our Stanley Street location for a discussion of this novel.
Online Prayer Box

To have your prayer requests included in Sunday's Prayers of the Community just click the link below and type in your request. Names will not be mentioned, unless so specified; or reach out to one of our Ministers, Hubert or Annika, to let them know.
Prayer Box and Prayers of the Community
This Week at St. John’s United Church
Description Date and Time
Handbell Choir Rehearsal October 6, 6:00 pm
Adult Choir Rehearsal October 6, 7:30 pm
UCW Meeting October 11, 2:00 pm

                      The Ministers Are In - And Out

I'm working from my Stanley Street office combined with working from home.  Saturdays and Mondays are my days off, but otherwise feel free to call, text, email or Zoom me. My cell: (902) 414-6342. 

If you'd like to book a meeting with me, please insert your details into this calendar.  

October 3 - 10 is a Continuing Education week for me, so I will be away during that time. I should be back in the office on the 11th.

If you'd like to book a meeting with me, please insert your details into this calendar.  


Church Office Hours
The regular church office hours are Wednesday - Friday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. 

Phone number:  (902) 423-8498

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