Sunday, December 1 - The First Sunday of Advent
The readings for this Sunday are Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44.
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
This week in our diocese we pray for St Thomas the Apostle, Ottawa, The Venerable Peter Crosby and the Rev. Patrick Stephens; We pray for Ottawa Hospital Chaplancies - Ottawa Civic and Ottawa General Campuses, the Rev. Di Jaggassar, Chaplain, Sheila Granger, Volunteer Coordinator.
With Carol Edgar, Church of St John the Evangelist, in the Chapel, Saturday, November 30, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Is addictiveness spiritual? Is it serious? A meditation to explore what addictiveness might mean to a person's spiritual life, to be offered by Carol Edgar will include a candle to centre us, a question to start us off, singing and readings, breathing exercises and a guided imagery meditation followed by individual reflection, gentle exercises and optional sharing to bring us back together, and a litany and blessing to send us on our way. Come and explore whether addictiveness might matter to God!
Sundays at St John's concert series
Sunday, December 1st at 1:30pm, a concert of music for piano, four hands featuring Nick Rodgerson and Tom Annand. Come enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music! Admission by freewill offering. The concert will be approximately 45 minutes long.
The Glory of Christmas
St John's Choir and the Strings of St John's will be joined by the choir of Woodroffe United Church in a concert of music for Advent and Christmas. The programme features special seasonal music from both choirs as well as audience sing-along carols, as well as Ralph Vaughan William's famous orchestral piece, "The Lark Ascending" featuring violin soloist Janet Roy. Saturday, December 7, 7:30 pm at Woodroffe United Church, and Sunday, December 15, 2:00 pm at St John's. Tickets are available from the parish office and from Leading Note Music. Join Gordon and the choirs and orchestra for an exciting collaboration between the two churches. Info: www.stringsofstjohns.ca
World AIDS Day
To mark World AIDS Day, section 74 from the Names Project Canada, The Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt, is displayed on the chapel floor. Sadly, at some point, this section was packed when wet and has been damage. The eight panels are in memory of : Joshua Miles Wallace, Ken Nasedkin, Kevin Roberge, Ted Marshall, Andrew Rathwell, Scott Warren Danforth, Le Miens, and Brittany and Teri Lynn McKinley. Andrew Rathwell was a member of this congregation and died in 1996. Several parishioners gathered in the Burke Room and created this panel. The flowers in the chapel are provided by the AIDS Committee in memory of all those who have died of AIDS.
World AIDS Day Interfaith Service, Sunday, December 1st
Each year on December 1st multi faith communities come together to renew our commitment to the fight to eradicate AIDS around the world. This year our service will pay particular attention to work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmother to Grandmother campaign. We hope you will join with us in prayer, reflection and renewed commitment to work for change.. Join your voice with many on Sunday Dec 1st at 3pm at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa.
Thank you to those of you who have already returned your pledge forms! Note for those parishioners who like to take their time - it's not too late - please return your pledge as soon as you are able. Thank you! The progress up to November 24th towards our 2014 goal of a $42,000 pledged increase is $20,304. Thanks to all those who have pledged.
Please help the Altar Guild to decorate the church for Christmas and to remember loved ones. Please include a note with the names of the persons being remembered. You can make out your cheque to St John's Altar Guild. It can be given to Melodie Conlon or Vicki Milnes or left in the Altar Guild slot in the office.
PWRDF Christmas Cards Sold Out
Thank you to the parishioners who did their Christmas card shopping on Sunday, November 17. We sold out the 20 packets of PWRDF Christmas cards "Yukon Wonder"! If you would like to order Christmas cards, you can do so directly from the PWRDF National Office. Please call Ricky de Castro at 1-866-308-7973 or check the website - http://pwrdf.org/resources/seasonal/
Jazz Vespers, Sunday, December 1st at 4:30 pm
with Charley Gordon, trumpet, Steve Boudreau, piano, Adrian Steeves, bass and Lucas Denison, drums. All Saints Anglican, Westboro and First United Church, 347 Richmond Road, Ottawa.
St. Albans Annual Christmas Carol Service
This musical event will take place at 7pm, Sunday, December 1st at St. Albans Church, 454 King Edward Ave, Ottawa. All are welcome to join us for a service of lessons and carols. A free will offering will be collected on behalf of Centre 454 and St Luke's Table. In partnership with The Open Table, Carleton Ecumenical Chaplaincy, and Algonquin Campus Ministry, our Christmas Carol Service is held each year on the last Sunday before university and college exams. We hope you can join us. htttps://www.facebook.com/events/159757810900238
Theatre: Jesus My Boy at St. Albans, Saturday, December 7
On Saturday, December 7th, St. Albans & 9th Hour Theatre Company are pleased to present The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival's Production of the Jesus, My Boy. Jesus, My Boy is a warmly funny and poignant piece of theatre that lets Joseph, the forgotten man of the Christmas story, have his say. This is a very human portrait of an ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances which will bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. Saturday December 7th at 7:30 pm, 454 King Edward Ave, Ottawa, doors open at 7pm. Tickets $10 in advance (purchase on-line at www.stalbanschurch.ca), $15 at the door. All are welcome, proceeds go to support The Ottawa Mission.
Advent Carol Service "From Darkness to Light"
Sunday 8 December 7.00 pm, St Barnabas Anglican Church, 70 James Street, Ottawa. Sung by the award-winning Parish Choir, directed by Wesley R Warren. All are welcome!
St Cecilia Singers concert Monday 9 December.
Some of St. John’s choir members are also in the St. Cecilia Singers chamber choir. St Cecilia Singers will present Noël, a wide-ranging selection of beautiful a cappella Christmas music old and new, with German, French, Dutch, British and American composers. 8 pm Monday, Dec 9, St Luke’s Church, 760 Somerset St W. $20 for everyone except students ($5). Come on out and hear your friends; it will be a great concert! www.stceciliasingers.ca
Bridgehead products will be available for purchase Sunday December 15th after the 10:15 am service.
Intercessors' Workshop - Sunday December 15th after the 10:15 service
This is a workshop for those who currently do the Prayers of the People and for those who may be interested. Grab a coffee and meet in the Chancel by 11:45 and we'll be done by 12:15.
A Nazareth Manifesto: Being with God, January 30 - 31
This is a Diocesan education event hosted by St. Matthew's in the Glebe with the Rev. Dr. Samuel Wells, Vicar, St. Martin in the Fields, London, England. Registration of $60 (before Dec 15) includes a book of suggested reading. PLEASE NOTE THAT 4 spaces have been made available, funded by the parish, but you need to let us know by December 10th of your intention. For more information talk with Rev. Beth, Barbara Dransch or Brian Cameron, or go to www.stmatthewsottawa.ca. Registration forms can be picked up in our church office.
Community Shop News
The Community Shop will be open on Sunday December 8th so that St John's parishioners can do some Christmas Shopping - come and find some treasures!
St John's Note Cards
Looking for the perfect note card? We have St John's blank note cards available through the parish office - $5 per package of eight cards. These are the ones with the Malak photo of the chancel altar on the cover. Perfect for "thank you" and "thinking of you" notes to friends and family and as a hostess gift.
Children's Book List
As a follow-up to our Women's Retreat this year, specifically the workshop on being a Godmother/Grandmother to children in a secular age, the suggestion was made that a list of books for kids could be circulated to the parish. These are books that people have suggested could a) interest children b) reflect good theology and c) be suitable for families where various members are not church-goers.
- St. Valentine by Robert Sabuda
- The Beginners Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories Published by Zonderkidz
- What is God Like? A book about God by Cynthia Geisen Ages 2 - 6
- Is That Story True? by Laura Alary Ages 2 – 5
- Forever You by Nicole Lataif Ages 3-8
- My Mother is So Smart by Tomie Depaola Ages 3-8
- On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman - available as a board book or regular hardcover. Ages 0 - 8
- Saintly Tales and Legends by Lois Rock Ages 5 – teens
- Family Ties by Diane M. Lynch Ages 6- 10
- Family Matters by Diane M. Lynch Ages 6-10
- No Longer a Stray by Terry Deffenbaugh Ages 9 and older
- Eager Reader Bible – Bible Stories to Grow On by Tyndale House Pub. Ages 2 – 12
It's only common sense ...
Please do not leave valuables unattended when you are at St John's! Do not leave keys, cash or ID in your coat pockets. Do not leave purses in the coat room. The rooms are not monitored and there is always a chance that your items will not be here when you return. St John's takes no responsibility for lost or stolen items.