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Weekly Newsletter
September 28, 2022

Contact Information


Office Administrator email address: office@stjohnsunited.com

Treasurer email address:  treasurer@stjohnsunited.com

We have a specific email address for Donations by e-transfer! donations@stjohnsunited.com

 
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. You won’t need an account or password to log in, just click (or copy and paste) this link: http://youtube.com/channel/UCbMDfKALZsTyvkXTHYrzQUg/live
Services will also be uploaded to our Facebook page on Sunday afternoon.

You will be able to comment and react to others, but for that you will need to create a YouTube account, which only takes a minute.

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

AND YOU ARE...?
 
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!
Sign Me Up!
 
Putting together a worship service every Sunday takes lots of time and talents.  This Sunday there will be sign up sheets in the back corner of the worship space for you to volunteer to help out in big and small ways. There are many ways you can help, pick one that you feel suits you!

Would you like to read scripture, sing with the choir or offer a Prayer of the Community during our service?  Are you a "techie" who would like to work the controls of our audio/visual system or chat to people online?  Would you enjoy greeting people before worship or serving Communion on those special occasions?  

We would love for you to sign up!
Taizé Service
 
On Sunday, October 2 at 7:00p.m., we will be hosting a Taizé Prayer
Service in the main worship space at Stanley Street. This short service
will include singing, scripture reading, prayer and silent meditation. Music will
be provided by our Taizé Instrumental Ensemble.

These services will be held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings of each month.

We look forward to seeing you there.
In-Person Sunday School
 
We will be back in-person for Sunday School
this year!  Our official Sunday School opening
takes place this Sunday, October 2.

To register for Sunday School, please complete
and submit this
FORM.  Children will begin the
service in our main worship area and then move
to the Annex for Sunday School programming
during the service.

We can't wait to welcome everyone back!
Youth Group
 
If you're between the ages of 12 & 18, join our Youth Group which meets at 6025 Stanley Street on Sundays from 5:00 - 7:00 pm (dinner is included!). Contact Kathy (kcawsey@eastlink.ca), Jacob Ritchie or Annika for more information

The Youth Group is looking for people to provide dinners for our Sunday evening meetings. If this is something you feel you are able to do once a year or once a week, please contact Kathy (
kcawsey@eastlink.ca), Jacob or Annika for more details.
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 trialing the system. 

For more information check out the following website or contact Accessible
Hearing Solutions at 
info@accessyourhearing.com for help:
https://www.accessyourhearing.com/phonak-soundfield-systems.html
Opportunity for Greeters and Pray-ers
 
Please contact Sharon Nicolle or Connie if you are interested in greeting or offering the Prayers of the People during our Sunday morning worship services. Both are enjoyable and meaningful activities that are not demanding, plus we'll walk you through anything you may want to know. Thank you!

Zatoun Olive Oil from Palistine
 
We have olive oil ($22 a bottle) in
stock! Please email 

office@stjohnsunited.com 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.  

WHAT’S A CHAT HOST?
 
Are you enjoying our live-streamed Sunday services on YouTube? Do you enjoy the sense of community that comes with worship? Sure you do! Then consider helping out in a fun and easy way by being an occasional online Chat Host on Sunday mornings.

No prep required, no meetings, no homework. Just be on YouTube on assigned Sunday mornings and welcome the folks who are there, too. Start a simple conversation, ask how they’re doing or thinking, and make sure the
conversation is always respectful and enjoyable. That’s it!

If you think that’s something you’d enjoy doing, please let
Connie, Hubert or Annika know. We’ll show you how to log in (it’s simple), and you just take it from there.
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 website at 
https://www.brunswickstreetmission.org/support-us/fundraising. Please join other members of St. John’s at one of our tables.  There will be an opportunity to purchase tickets after church on Sunday.
 
Volunteer Opportunities for Saturday mornings in October
We start assisting with the Saturday morning breakfast program at Brunswick Street on October 1st.  We have four volunteers and we could use one more.  If you are willing to help welcome, cook, serve or clean-up from 5:30 – 9:00 am please contact Jim Sharpe at sharpe@ns.sympatico.ca.  We will be volunteering to help serve breakfast every Saturday morning in October.
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). 

The group is just beginning a short study based on Brene Brown's teachings followed by a video series entitled, Living the Questions 2.0: An Introduction to Progressive Christianity.

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 tonight's session is Five Little Indians by Michelle Good.  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 September 29, 6:00 pm
Adult Choir Rehearsal September 29, 7:30 pm
Outreach Lead Team Meeting October 2, 12:00 pm
Youth Group October 2, 5:00 pm
Taize Service October 2, 7:00 pm
Communications Team Meeting October 3, 12:30 pm
Spiritual Friends October 3, 5:30 pm

                      The Ministers Are In 

Hubert
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.  

Annika
I will be working in both the Stanley Street space and my home office Monday - Thursday.  Sundays will be a mix of hours as programming requires. Fridays and Saturdays will continue to be my days off.  

October 3 - 10 will be a Continuing Education week for me.


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

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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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