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WORSHIP SERVICES

are held Sundays @ 10:30 a.m.

WE INVITE AND WELCOME YOU TO ATTEND.  

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WELCOME REV. PHIL HOBBS, Transitional Lead Minister

Ordained in 1984, Rev. Phil served congregations until 2005 when he was appointed as Conference Personnel Minister for Bay of Quinte Conference.  Since 2010, Rev. Phil has specialized in assisting congregations in transition during the JNAC and Joint Search process.  Rev. Hobbs joins us following the retirement of Rev. David Mundy.

Rev. Hobbs’ e-mail address is rev.phil@bridgestchurch.com and his church phone extension is #73.

Click here to read Rev. Hobbs’ sermons.

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The following information is from our bulletin announcements, September 24, 2017

Click here for calendar of activities

THIS WEEK @ BSUC

  • Christian Education for Children – Brand new year! Brand new classes!  The Faith Formation Ministry Team is so excited to announce that our Sunday School programme has expanded!
    •    Crib /Toddler – ages 0-48 months – Elizabeth Ewashkiw
    •    Primary – ages 4-6 – Tracy Stevens
    •    Junior/Intermediate – ages 7-12 – Cheryl Bough

      Each group will be facilitated and supervised by two adults.  Many thanks to all who will be volunteering their time to support Christian Education. 

         Click here for Children’s Centre webpage.

  • Fall Welcome Reception following worship today, downstairs in the Sills Auditorium.
  • Sunday School Volunteers’ Meeting – September 24 SEE FAITH FORMATION
  • September’s End-of-the-Month Meal DatesTuesday, Sept. 26 and Thurs., Sept. 28. Click here for details.
  • Bridge Street Foundation Directors’ Meeting – Tuesday, Sept. 26, 5 p.m. – Parlour
  • 8 a.m. Wednesday Morning Bible Study – SEE FAITH FORMATION MINISTRY TEAM (below)
  • Knitters United returns to BSUC Wednesday, Sept. 27, 3 to 5 p.m. – Auditorium. SEE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS (below)
  • Hospitality Team – Thursday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m. – Parlour
  • Vocal & Handbell Choir Practices – Thursdays. SEE MUSIC MINISTRY TEAM (below)
  • Stuff ‘n Chatter (bulletin collation)every Friday morning, 9 a.m. in the Auditorium.
  • Thank God It’s Friday Frozen Meal Distribution – every Friday, 2 to 4 p.m., Bridge St. entrance. SEE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS – FOOD MINISTRY (below)
  • Worldwide Communion Worship Service Sunday, Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m. Communion will be served in the pews.
  • 1st Sunday of the Month Food Drive for our Food Ministry Pantry Sunday, Oct. 1 Donations of any canned tomato product would be appreciated and can be placed in the special box in the Narthex. Monetary donations may also be directed to our Food Ministry through your offering envelope.
  • Faith Formation Team Meeting – Sunday, Oct. 1 following worship – Parlour

AND BEYOND …

  • Personnel Ministry Team – Tuesday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m. – Parlour
  • Drumantics Drum Circle – Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6 – 7 p.m. – Chapel SEE MUSIC MINISTRY TEAM
  • UCW – Welcome Back Pot Luck LuncheonTuesday, Oct. 4, 12 noon at the home of Gail Botting. SEE UCW NEWS FOR DETAILS.
  • Music Ministry Team – , Oct. 5, 10 a.m. – Parlour
  • Thanksgiving Sunday Worship – , Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m.

GOVERNANCE BOARD NEWS

The congregation elects the Governance Board to function as its governing body (and selects a Lead Minister to act as its spiritual, programmatic and administrative leader).

Governance Board

  • JNAC Report – The JNAC Report was not accepted at the Congregational meeting last Monday night.  The Governance Board is seeking guidance and exploring options on what is next. Rick Winegar, Governance Board Chair
  • Copies of Draft Minutes of the Congregational Meeting … are available on the table at the back of the Auditorium (as are copies of the JNAC Report). These minutes will be presented for approval at the next Congregational meeting.
  • Click here to read our congregation’s named mission, values and vision statements.
  • Click here to learn about the governing structure and visioning of Bridge St. United Church.
  • Click here to view Strategic Planning Committee Town Hall presentations on visioning steps for Bridge St. United Church. 
  • Strategic Planning Committee Town Hall Presentations are available on this website.  Click here. 

Click here for our governance webpage.

MINISTRY TEAM NEWS

Ministry Teams manage the daily practical work of the congregation.

Administration

  • Memorial Flowers – If you would like to place flowers in the Sanctuary on a Sunday morning in memory of a loved one, please contact Carol in the church office, or add your name to the Flower calendar, which is located in the Bridge St. foyer.
  • “This Sunday @ BSUC” e-mails are forwarded each Friday to those who have given the church office permission to do so. If you’d like to be added to the over 127 families who receive these e-mails about the next Sunday’s worship service (including the sermon from the previous Sunday) and activities for the following week, send the church office an e-mail stating your permission @ info@bridgestchurch.com.
  • Deadline for Weekly Bulletin Announcement Notices Thursday of each week at 9 a.m. (Bulletins are printed on Thursdays, so they can be ready for the 9 a.m. Friday morning “Stuff ‘n Chatter” folding crew).

Community Connections

The Community Connections Ministry Team lives out Christ’s mission in response to the world.

UNITED SYRIAN FAMILY SUPPORT (BELLEVILLE):

THE UNITED SYRIAN FAMILY SUPPORT (BELLEVILLE) TEAM IS COMPRISED OF APPROXIMATELY 100 INDIVIDUALS; MEMBERS FROM THE BELLEVILLE AREA, INCLUDING BRIDGE STREET, ST. MATTHEW’S AND EASTMINSTER UNITED CHURCHES, ST. JOSEPH’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND MEMBERS OF THE BAHA’I AND MUSLIM COMMUNITIES.

Click here to connect to the United Syrian Family Support (Belleville) website.

  • Andie Forgie & Good Ol’ Boys Fundraiser – , Oct. 1, 2 to 4 p.m. on the lawn of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 399 Victoria Ave. Freewill offering – All proceeds to the Syrian families supported by USFS Belleville. Please bring your own lawn chair.  (In case of rain, the concert will be held indoors).  Refreshments/food will be available.

FOOD MINISTRY:

BRIDGE STREET UNITED CHURCH (BSUC) HAS HAD AN ACTIVE MEAL MINISTRY SERVING THE BELLEVILLE COMMUNITY SINCE 1997.  THE MISSION OF THE BSUC FOOD MINISTRY PROGRAMS ALIGNS CLOSELY WITH THE STATED VALUES AND MISSION OF BSUC.  WITH THE HELP OF APPROX. 180 VOLUNTEERS, THE FOOD MINISTRY OFFERS THREE DIFFERENT MEAL PROGRAMS:  INN FROM THE COLD (IFTC), THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY (TGIF), AND END-OF-THE-MONTH MEALS (EOTM), EACH OF WHICH IS DIRECTED TO THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HUNGER AND FOOD INSECURITY. 

  • September’s End-of-the-Month Meal DatesTues., Sept. 26 and Thurs., Sept. 28.

Click here for our Food Ministry webpage.

KNITTERS UNITED:

KNITTERS UNITED IS A GROUP OF APPROXIMATELY 30 KNITTERS WHO GATHER ON THE 2ND & 4TH WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 3 TO 5 P.M. TO KNIT MITTS AND HATS WITH DONATED YARN FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS, WHICH ARE DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THE HASTINGS & PRINCE EDWARD LEARNING FOUNDATION AND BRIDGE ST. UNITED CHURCH’S FOOD MINISTRY PROGRAMS. 

  • Knitters United, our productive and friendly group, has happily met at the Royal Canadian Legion, twice a month during the summer. On Sept.27, we return to Bridge Street, from 3-5 p.m. Do join us, as we create mittens and hats for the community and beyond. We are running out of yarn and are ready and willing to receive your and your friends’ surplus stashes of yarn. Our immediate commitment is to Keep Kids Warm (formerly Adopt-Child) which will be collecting our finished products in October. Then, The Learning Foundation and the church’s meal programs will be our recipients. For further info, please contact Elizabeth.

Faith Formation/Children & Youth

The Faith Formation Ministry Team enables spiritual nurturing of children and adults.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN:

Brand new year! Brand new classes!  The Faith Formation Ministry Team is so excited to announce that, beginning September 10, our Sunday School programme has expanded!

  • Crib /Toddler – ages 0-48 months
  • Primary – ages 4-6
  • Junior/Intermediate – ages 7-12

Each group will be facilitated and supervised by two adults.

Many thanks to all who will be volunteering their time to support Christian Education.

Click here for our Children’s Centre web page.

  • Sunday School Volunteers’ Meeting – There will be a brief, but important, orientation for Sunday School Volunteers on September 17 and September 24 @ Coffee Time. Volunteers may choose to attend on whichever date is more convenient for them.

WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY:

Every Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., enjoy a cup of coffee while reading and discussing the scripture on which the next Sunday’s worship service will be based.  Our lessons in September will have a “Creation Time” theme.  Everyone is welcome.  Use Bridge St. entrance.

Finance

The Finance Team ensures that the financial statements are clear, accurate, and properly reviewed.  They also compile the figures presented by the Teams to formulate the next year’s budget document for review and acceptance by the Governance Board and the congregation.

  • FMT Report to the Congregation – Statements to the end of August reflect a net surplus of $2,341, after factoring out $11,976 received in capital funds managed by the Council of Trustees in May. This surplus also reflects a $13,024 transfer of Parrott Trust interest from the church’s investment portfolio, the 1st and 2nd quarter operating grants received from Foundation investment income, now totaling $50,000, a $25,000 unrestricted bequest received from the estate of Lilyan Flinn and $25,000 received in memorial donations; all totalling $125,000.
  • Thanksgiving Offering Envelopes … are enclosed with today’s Announcements. We encourage you to give an additional offering this Thanksgiving season to reach our budgeted goal of $4,000 in support of the ongoing mission & ministry of this church.

Hospitality & Fellowship

The Hospitality & Fellowship Team endeavours to model the practice of “Radical Hospitality” with greeters, to warmly welcome friends and strangers alike each Sunday, and at special events planned throughout the year. 

GREETERS

COFFEE TIME

BOOK LOVERS CLUB

Music

The goal of the Music Ministry Team is to support the Music Director by planning, supporting and implementing relevant activities to be creative, courageous and joyful in praise, and for education and outreach into the community.

  • Today’s Dedication of New BellsThe bells being dedicated today are in memory of Wendy Djuric, who drove from Peterborough every week to share her love of ringing with us.  She is greatly missed. The A sharp-B flat bell has been donated by Wendy’s son, Dan, and funds for the F bell came from the Bridge Street Ringers and the Memorial Fund.  Our sincere thanks to Dan Djuric for this generous gift.
  • Handbell FactsWhen the handbells were first purchased, funds were donated as memorials to the following people: Randall Berry, Rex Chaplin, Jocalyn Brandon, William & Martha Byrnes, Florence and George Challans, Volanda Clark, Reinetta Demeza, Marie Eggleton, Howard and Edna Johnson, Samuel Ketcheson, Tommy Lavallee, Harold Lemke, Dr. James Loynes, Michael McTaggart, Becky Middleton, Reginald and Daisy Melhuish, Bill Rattray, Allison Reynolds, Charles Scott, Irving and Mildred Smith, Maxim and Mary Summers, Roland Thomas, Arthur and Isobelle Williams. Funds were also given from the Memorial Fund and people in the congregation who gave donations as gifts.

The original set of choir chimes was a donation in memory of Pauline Kirby.  Additional bells and choir chimes were purchased through donations from the Memorial Fund, the Bridge Street Ringers, and a memorial to Judge John O’Flynn.

  • Sing! Sing! Sing! AND/OR Ring! Ring! Ring! – The vocal choir and bell ringers are looking for new recruits. If you are looking for a way to let your artistic side out, consider musically contributing to our services.  No pressure, and no commitment needed until the end of September after you know it’s for you!

          Choir Practices are held on Thursdays.

Bell ringers’ practice begins @ 6 p.m. – Ring the buzzer at Bridge St. entrance.

Vocal Choir practice begins at 7:30 p.m. – Knock on the Sanctuary “ramp” door.

Click here for our choir webpage.

  • Answer the call of the drum! Make music, release stress, stimulate your brain and have FUN at “Drumantics” community drum circle.  1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 6 – 7 p.m. in the BSUC chapel.  (Use chapel entrance).  (Note:  for Sept 5 and 19, weather permitting, we will gather at Riverside Park behind the splashpad. Text 613-438-3631 to confirm).  NO previous drumming experience necessary.  “Drumantics” is a music outreach program of BSUC.  Contact:  Cathy at Drumantics24@gmail.com or text to 613-438-3631. 

Pastoral Care

Members of the Pastoral Care Ministry Team offer a compassionate, empathetic and Spirit-filled presence to those of our church family who find themselves unable to participate more fully in the life and work of BSUC.

PRAYER CIRCLE:

  • Prayer BoxWe invite you to submit your prayer requests to be included with the daily prayers of our dedicated team of pray-ers. Please slip your prayers into the special Prayer Box, located on the table at the back of the Auditorium.  Prayer requests are dedicated each Sunday along with the morning offering.

Personnel

The Personnel Ministry Team meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. to provide a regular opportunity for the Church staff and members of the congregation to meet with the team to discuss any issues related to personnel matters within the church. 

Property

The Property Ministry Team manages the upkeep of the physical Bridge St. Church building.

Stewardship

Christian stewardship is … everything we think, say and do after we say “I believe”.
Stewardship is:  how we spend our time, how we care for our body and make healthy choices, our priorities around money, how we choose to employ our talents and gifts, how we manage our relationships, how we care for the environment, and how we practice our faith.

  • October is Stewardship Month in the Bay of Quinte Conference – Start saving your loonies and toonies now to boost this congregation’s October contributions to the Mission and Service fund of the United Church of Canada. Through your week-to-week contributions, members of this congregation have donated $18,508 to this fund  up to the end of August.  Gifts for Mission & Service bring healing, justice, and hope to life. Your contributions will help support ministries and programs in Canada and around the world, such as:  Global and Canadian justice initiatives, Aboriginal ministries and right relations, Community ministries, Theological education, Faith formation – youth, camping, intercultural engagement, support to remote ministries, innovation in communities of Faith.

Worship

The Worship Ministry Team plans services for the liturgical year and oversees related policy.  They also manage the Memorial Fund.

  • Flowers for Thanksgiving Worship Service – The Worship Team invites you to make donations in gratitude or in memory to purchase flowers to decorate the Sanctuary on Thanksgiving Sunday.  Suggested donation $20, or whatever amount you are able to donate.  Be sure to clearly mark “in memoriam” or “in gratitude” details on your donation envelope, as a list will be added to Thanksgiving Sunday’s announcements.  Last date to submit names is Wed. Oct. 4.  (Donors to take flowers home with them following the worship service). 
    We are now in the season of “Creation Time” (September 1 to October 4), a time to turn our attention to God’s relationship with all creation, with our relationship with creation and with God through creation.

UCW –

The purpose of the United Church Women is “to unite all women of the congregation for the total mission of the church and provide a medium through which they may express their loyalty and devotion to Jesus Christ in Christian witness, study, service, and fellowship.” (excerpt from UCW Guidelines). 

Click here for the UCW webpage.

  • UCW Hastings Fall Rally Sept. 28 at Roslin United Church. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10 a.m. The guest speaker is Sandy Sidsworth from the Canadian Mental Health Association. For more information and/or a ride contact Sue Reid at 613-968-4655.
  • UCW – Welcome Back – Pot Luck LuncheonWednesday, Oct. 4, 12 noon at the home of Gail Botting, 4370 Hwy #2 East. All women of the congregation are welcome!  Please bring your own plate, utensils and a pot-luck item.  Glassware & china cups will be provided.  Please let Gail know if you plan to attend, 613-966-4648 or e-mail gbotting@cogeco.ca
    • With Bazaar fast approaching, any donations for gift baskets would be greatly appreciated! Monetary donations also gladly accepted.  Auction items or baskets may be left on the cart outside the office. 
  • 55th Anniversary Celebration of United Church Women Wednesday, October 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Sills Auditorium.  “Celebrating Spirit”. All are welcome.

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COUNCIL OF TRUSTEES:

The Council of Trustees performs the duties of managing the “lands, premises, and Real Property and Personal Property acquired for the use of the Bridge Street Church Pastoral Charge of the United Church of Canada” as specified by the Model Trust Deed.

BRIDGE ST. UNITED CHURCH FOUNDATION:

The Bridge Street United Church Foundation, incorporated in 1973 as a charitable organization, administers on behalf of the Bridge Street United Church congregation, funds from the estate of the late Charlotte E. Sills, and other funds that are received from time to time. The Foundation is composed of all members of the Bridge Street United Church congregation and is administered by a Board of Directors, which the members of the Foundation elect.  Click here for the BSUC Foundation webpage.

  • Foundation Directors’ Meeting – Tuesday, Sept. 26, 5 p.m. – Parlour

QUINTE LIVING CENTRE:

This 112-unit seniors’ apartment building was built in 1982 as an outreach project of BSUC and operates as a registered, non-profit, charitable corporation.  Click here to connect to the Quinte Living Centre website.

  • QLC Board of Directors Meeting at the Quinte Living Centre, 370 Front Street, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 5 pm. Election of officers and other important items of business will be on the agenda.

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