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WORSHIP SERVICES

ARE HELD SUNDAY MORNINGS AT 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 21 –

    Rev. G. David King, Intentional Interim Minister

THOUGHTS IN THE INTERIM:  – Insights, Ideas & Inspiration for this Wayfinding Time

WE INVITE AND WILL WELCOME YOU! 

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The following information is from our bulletin announcements, October 21.

Click here for a three week calendar of activities

THIS WEEK @ BSUC

Date Event Time Location
Today Coffee Time Following worship Auditorium
Mon. Oct. 22 Facility Use – Quinte Field Naturalists 7 p.m. Auditorium
Tues., Oct. 23 Personnel Team 1 p.m. Parlour
Facility Use – Expedia Cruiseship Centres 6:30 – 8 p.m. Auditorium
Wed., Oct. 24 Bible Study 8 a.m. Parlour
UCW Executive 10 a.m. Parlour
Knitters United 3 – 5 p.m. Parlour
USFS (Blvl). 4 p.m. Auditorium
Thurs. Oct. 25 End-of-the-Month Meal Prep. Beginning @

9 a.m.

Kitchen
End-of-the-Month Meal 5 – 6:30 p.m. Gym
Bell Choir Practice 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Bell Room (Bridge St. entrance)
Vocal Choir Practice 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Fri., Oct. 26 EOTM meal packing 9 a.m. Kitchen
Stuff ‘n Chatter 9:30 a.m. Auditorium
TGIF Frozen Meal Dist. 2 – 4 p.m. Bridge St. foyer
Facility Use – Quinte Deaf 7 – 10 p.m. Chapel & bottom floor
Sat., Oct. 27 Facility Use – Quinte Deaf 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Chapel & bottom floor
Sun., Oct. 28 Worship Service with guest soloist (2018 Robert Reid Scholarship recipient, Melody Liu) 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary

  NEXT WEEK …

Date Event Time Location
Tues., Oct. 30 Worship Team Meeting 9:30 a.m. Parlour
  End-of-the-Month Meal Prep Beginning @

9 a.m.

Kitchen
End-of-the-Month Meal 5 – 6:30 p.m. Parlour
Wed., Oct. 31 Bible Study 8 a.m. Parlour
Bazaar Committee 10 a.m. Parlour
Thurs., Nov. 1 Music Team 10 a.m. Parlour
Bell Choir Practice 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Bell Room (use Bridge St. entrance)
Vocal Choir Practice 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Fri., Nov. 2 Stuff ‘n Chatter 9:30 a.m. Auditorium
TGIF Frozen Meal Dist. 2 – 4 p.m. Bridge St. foyer
Sun., Nov. 3 Worship & 1st Sunday of the Month Food Drive & Coffee Time 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary

 

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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 Minutes are posted on the bulletin board located directly across from the kitchen door.
  • Click here to read our congregation’s named mission, values and vision statements.
  • Click here to learn about the governing structure of Bridge St. United Church.

Click here for our governance webpage.

MINISTRY TEAM NEWS

Ministry Teams manage the daily practical work of the congregation.

Community Connections

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

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.  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.

  • We are now recruiting volunteers for “Inn from the Cold”, January 18 through to February 28. For more details, click here.

Total number of meals served/distributed in 2017 through the three BSUC food ministry programs = 14,436.

For the first 9 months of 2018, 12,100 meals have been served …

During the six weeks of the 2018 when our “Inn from the Cold” program was held, 7,070 meals were served or distributed.

3,389 meals have been distributed through our weekly “TGIF” frozen meal distribution program.

1,641 meals have been served or distributed through our twice-monthly, “End-of-the-Month” meal program.

  • First Sunday of the Month Food Drive for Food Ministry Program – Sunday, October 7. Donations of any canned tomato products go the farthest to helping us prepare our nutritious meals.  Cash donations are also appreciated, clearly marked on your offering envelope (or on a separate envelope).  Thank you!
  • TGIF Thank God It’s Friday” frozen meal distribution continues every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. at our 60 Bridge St. East entrance.  There is no cost for these meals, and no pre-ordering is required.  Simply register on your first visit by showing ID for each meal you wish to pick up.
  • End-of-the Month Meals – Doors open at 4:30 p.m.  Meal served from 5 – 6:30 p.m.  End of the Month meals started in 2016 to meet the observed increase in demand for meals near the end of each month.  End of the Month meals runs the same as Inn from the Cold in that a hot meal is served, which includes salad, main course, and dessert. October’s EOTM dates are … Thurs., Oct. 25 & Tues., Oct. 30.

KNITTERS UNITED:

Do join us, as we create mittens and hats for the community and beyond. We are always looking for more 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 this week. Then, The Learning Foundation and the church’s meal programs will be our recipients. For further info, please contact Elizabeth Ewashkiw: eewashkiw@sympatico.ca or 613-968-9382.

 UNITED SYRIAN FAMILY SUPPORT (USFS) BELLEVILLE SPONSORSHIP GROUP:

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; WHO HAVE COMMITTED TO SUPPORT FIVE SYRIAN FAMILIES.  

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

  • Fundraising Concert – Naming the Twins” from Nova Scotia, Tues., Nov. 13 @ 7:30 p.m., Pinnacle Playhouse. This concert is being sponsored by the United Syrian Family Support (Belleville) sponsorship group with proceeds to support: a) the 4 Syrian families and grandparents in Belleville with which we are involved, and b) Belleville Theatre Guild. Tickets $20 available at Bridge St. United Church office (Tues – Fri). Naming the Twins are on a tour to publicize their new album release. It is worth a listen to their acoustic guy-gal harmony on their website, http://namingthetwins.com, click on “VIDEOS”.

Faith Formation/Children & Youth

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

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. Everyone is welcome.  Use Bridge St. entrance.  COORDINATOR:  AUDREY.  CONTACT:  acowan6@cogeco.ca or 613-968-5432.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN:

  • Christmas Advent-ures – Faith Formation Ministry Team members are very excited to announce that they will be hosting this fun-filled Christmas activity day for children, aged 4 to 12, on Saturday, December 1. Please indicate your interest in and willingness to help with this program by contacting Cheryl at your earliest convenience, cherylbough@gmail.com or 613-966-6744.

The Faith Formation Ministry Team invites your children to attend …

  • Infant/Toddler Room – ages newborn to 48 months
  • Children’s Centre – ages 4 to 13

Each group is 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.

Finance

Thanksgiving Offering Envelopes … 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.

  • Thank you for your special Thanksgiving offerings totaling $3,405 to date.

    • It’s not too late to make your Thanksgiving offering.  Special envelopes are located on backs of pews.

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. 

BOOK CLUB – Held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m.

  • Book Club Gathering – Thurs., Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m.This month’s “read” is “Forgiveness: A Gift from my Grandparents” by Mark Sakamoto and will be presented by church member, Frank Hiebert.  Pick up this book at the Library, borrow from a friend or purchase.  Hope to see you there!  The Globe & Mail writes:  “There’s only a mere glimpse … that makes (this book) a memoir, before the book sinks into a historical account of the Second World War… These wartime recollections from contrasting sides of a human tragedy offer a unique perspective on the idea of a Canadian family.”

COFFEE TIME – Sunday mornings following worship.

  • Sign up to help with “Coffee Time” – We would appreciate if you would sign up to help with “Coffee Time”. Add your name and contact information to the sheet, and Jan Bowland, Coffee Time Coordinator, will contact you give you some helping tips and to set a date that works best for you.  SIGN UP SHEET IS LOCATED IN THE AUDITORIUM ON THE WALL BETWEEN THE TWO PASS-THROUGH WINDOWS (UNDER THE PORTRAIT OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II).  With thanks from the Hospitality Team.

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.

Choir practices are held on Thursdays and began on Thurs., Sept. 6.

          Bell Ringers’ practice 5:30 – 6:45 p.m – Ring the buzzer at Bridge St. entrance.

Vocal Choir practice – 7 – 8:30 p.m. – Knock on the Sanctuary “ramp” door. 

Click here for our choir webpage.  

  • 2018 Robert Reid Award Recipient, Soprano, Melody Liu, to Perform at Worship – Sun., Oct. 28.
    • Quinte Rotary Music Festival’s “Robert Reid Award” is presented each year by Bridge Street United Church to the most promising vocal student, male or female, to perform at the Festival. It is funded by the investment interest of an endowment, which is administered by the Trustees of Bridge Street United Church and is managed by our Worship Ministry Team.
  • Autumn Celebration in Music – Under the direction of Mitchell Cox, BSUC’s Music Director, the choirs of Bridge St. United, Eastminster United and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Churches will be joining together in music along with Andre Knevel (world-travelled organist) and Liselotte Rokyta (pan flute artist) – , Nov. 3, 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 67 Victoria Ave., Belleville. Freewill offering will be directed to Grace Inn, Belleville.  POSTER

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 1:30 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

  • Just 2 Sundays left! – October is Stewardship Month in the Bay of Quinte Conference – Start saving your loonies and toonies to boost this congregation’s October contributions to the Mission and Service fund of the United Church of Canada. Your contributions, labelled with your envelope number and “M & S”, will be added to your annual donations/included in your income tax receipt at the end of the year.  Managed by the United Church of Canada, gifts for Mission & Service bring healing, justice, and hope to life in Canada and around the world.  
  • Message from the United Church of Canada – Thank you!  As a supporter of Mission & Service you are making a difference.  Your gifts to M & S through this church allow us to live the gospel message of hope and justice in tangible, life-changing ways.

Worship

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

  • The Season of Pentecost – The Day of Pentecost closes the Easter season and opens the door to the liturgical season of Pentecost; dozens of weeks that carry us from Pentecost Sunday to the First Sunday in Advent. (The Day of Pentecost is the birthday of the Christian Church).  Sundays after Pentecost focus on discipleship – the new life in Christ in which we are living and growing.

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).

  • Candy Cane Lane Bazaar – The Bridge Street Bazaar has expanded to two days: Friday November 16, 1 pm-6pm, and Saturday, November 17, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Donations are being gratefully received on the cart by the church office. If you have a craft to offer or know someone who might wish a table contact Sharon (613 962 2228) or Sue (613 968 4655).

Click here for the UCW webpage. 

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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.

QUINTE LIVING CENTRE:

  • Located at 370 Front Street, Belleville, 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. The Board of Directors consists primarily of members of Bridge Street Church and members from the community-at-large.

Click here to connect to the Quinte Living Centre website.

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Area Church and Community Activities:

  • “Coats for Folks” … starting immediately, donations of gently-used winter coats & jackets are being collected and cleaned at Parsons Cleaners (57 Graham St.) and CDL Cleaners (112 College St. W.) for distribution by the Salvation Army in November to those in need. POSTER
  • Lunasa – “the new God’s of Irish Music” – presented by The Mill at Piper Creek – Sat.,  Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. – Port Hope United Church, 34 South Street, Port Hope. Tickets $35 online at www.themillatpipercreek.ca/events, or call 905-344-7119.
  • Evensong @ St. Thomas’ Anglican ChurchSunday, October 21, 4:30 p.m. – the Choir of St. Thomas’ will be singing an hour of choral music. This year’s evensong /vespers will feature music by English Renaissance composer Orlando Gibbons.  Works to be performed include “Magnificat,” “Nunc dimittis,” and “O Lord, Increase My Faith” as well as two organ solos.  A reception will follow during which light refreshments will be served.
  • Emmanuel United Church (Foxboro) Turkey Dinner Wed., Oct. 24, 4:30 – 7 p.m. (continuous sittings). Adults $16.  POSTER
  • Matthew’s U.C. Giant Indoor Fall Yard SaleFri. & Sat., Oct. 26 & 27, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Westminster United Church Roast Beef & Pork Dinner – Sat., Oct. 27, 2 seatings – Tickets $16. Reserve by calling 613-968-4304.  POSTER
  • Drop-In Indoor Walking at Centennial Secondary School November, December, January & FebruaryTuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. No registration required.  SEE BLVL. & QUINTE WEST HEALTH CTR. POSTER

Information about this and other church & community activities are posted on the Bridge St. foyer bulletin board.