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Candy Cane Lane Bazaar 

SATURDAY, Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Artisan tables, gift baskets and lunch.  The answer to all of your Christmas shopping puzzles! 

Admission $2. 

For $10 you will get two spinach and cheese stuffed crepes with marinara sauce, Caesar salad, sweets and tea/coffee.  See you there! 

CLICK HERE FOR POSTER!

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WORSHIP SERVICES

are held Sundays @ 10:30 a.m.

WE INVITE AND WELCOME YOU TO ATTEND.  

Sunday, November 19 – Rev. Phil Hobbs

and, following Coffee Time … Congregational Conflict Resolution Meeting when we will gather again as a congregation with Keith Fraser, Facilitator, in another conversation focused on conflict resolution. 

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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, November 5, 2017

Calendar of Activities

THIS WEEK @ BSUC

  • Christian Education for Children – 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 is 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.

  • 8 a.m. Wednesday Morning Bible Study – Parlour
  • Worship TeamWed., Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m.Parlour
  • Staff Meeting – Thurs., Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m. – Library
  • Team Leads’ Meeting – Thurs., Nov. 16, 11 a.m. – Auditorium
  • Foundation Investment & Finance Committee – Thurs., Nov. 16, 1 p.m. – Chapel
  • Hospitality TeamThurs., Nov. 16, 2 p.m. – Auditorium
  • Governance Board Thurs., Nov. 16, 4 p.m. – Auditorium
  • Vocal & Handbell Choir Practices – Thursdays – Bells @ 5:45 p.m. (use Bridge St. entrance) – Vocal @ 7:30 p.m. (use Church St. “ramp” entrance).
  • 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.
  • Candy Cane Lane Bazaar SATURDAY, Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Artisan tables, gift baskets and lunch.  The answer to all of your Christmas shopping puzzles!  Admission $2.  For $10 you will get two spinach and cheese stuffed crepes with marinara sauce, Caesar salad, sweets and tea/coffee.  See you there!  CLICK HERE FOR POSTER!
  • Worship Service – Sunday, Nov. 19 with congregational meeting to follow.
  • Congregational Conflict Resolution MeetingSunday, November 19 following worship. We will gather again as a congregation with Keith Fraser, as Facilitator, in another conversation focused on conflict resolution. 

AND BEYOND …

  • November’s End-of-the Month MealsThurs., Nov. 23 & Tues., Nov. 28Click here for more details and our Food Ministry page.
  • 202nd Anniversary Worship Service & LunchSunday, November 26
  • BSUC Christmas Carol Sing & Concert Friday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. – Besides singing carols, we will be entertained by special guest singers Elizabeth McDonald and Robert Martin, as well as an all-star group of English Handbell ringers and other guests. Take advantage of this opportunity to sing Christmas carols with a large group of people in our beautiful and acoustically-renowned sanctuary.  There will be a freewill offering to support our music ministry – pay what you can. This will be a wonderful and affordable event for the entire family.  All are welcome!

 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

  • A Message from Rev. Phil Hobbs – Wow!  What a great turn-out for worship and participation in the brunch afterwards – and the first conversation with The Rev. Keith Fraser as he leads us in a process of conflict resolution and reconciliation.  Thanks to everyone who came out and who spoke with openness and honesty about their concerns.  Our journey/process toward healing and renewal has begun.  On Sunday, November 19th we will gather again as a congregation following worship, with Keith Fraser as Facilitator, in another conversation focused on conflict resolution.  Please continue to pray that God’s Spirit will move among us and within us as we seek to discern the way forward to faithfully care for one another and for our ministry & mission here in the heart of our city.
  • Anyone wishing to see the Monthly Report of the Transitional Lead Minister to the Governance Board will find it on the “Governance Board News” 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 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

  • Facility Use during the Month of October – In addition to regular church and Ministry Team activities, the Bridge St. United Church building was used by the following organizations during the month of October: HIV AIDS Regional Services (Kingston), Quinte Deaf Fellowship, Quinte Field Naturalists.

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.  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.  Click here for our Food Ministry webpage.

  • November’s End-of-the-Month Meal DatesThurs., Nov. 23 & Tues., Nov. 28.
  • Recruiting Volunteers for “Inn from the Cold” 2018 – We are currently in the process of recruiting volunteers for the Bridge Street Church meal program – Inn from the Cold.  Every night, from January 18 through February 28, Bridge Street Church will prepare and serve a nutritious, hot meal to anyone in need.  Volunteers are needed.  Click here for more details and our Food Ministry page.

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.

  • USFS (Belleville) General Meeting Thurs., Nov. 23, 4:15 p.m.Eastminster United Church.
  • Canadian Open Fiddle Champion Scott Woods & His Band present “Old Time Christmas” in support of St. Matthew’s United Church and United Syrian Family Support (Belleville) – Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. at St. Matthew’s, 25 Holloway St. Adult $25, Child $10 can be purchased at St. Matthew’s U.C., 613-967-1511, or by phone using credit card at the Scott Woods Band Office 1-855-726-8896. POSTER

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

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. 

  • 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.

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.

  • Finance Team’s Report to the Congregation – Financial statements to the end of October reflect a net surplus in the amount of $20,178, largely due to unbudgeted memorial donations received. Weekly offerings continue to decline compared to last year.  We encourage you to boost your offerings this year through our special “Anniversary Offering” envelopes, enclosed in this bulletin and to consider increasing your 2018 offerings through envelopes or by PAR electronic offerings. 
  • PAR (Pre-Authorized Offering Remittances) – Now is a perfect time to sign up for electronic offerings remittances to begin in the new year. The PAR program is administered by the United Church of Canada and allows you to contribute to your church through a monthly withdrawal from your bank.  You can designate your gift to local church expenses, Mission & Service Fund and other special funds, just as you would on an offering envelope.  If desired, small cards are available through the church office to place on the offering plate each week, in place of envelopes.  Your account will be debited on or about the 20th of each month and this church’s bank account credited with the amount payable from all members who participate.  Please call or visit the church to enquire or enroll!

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

  • Greeters Needed – As a first step to preparing our Sunday Morning Greeter schedule for December and onward, our Greeter coordinators, Natalie & John Zandbergen, are inviting you to join the team of people who convey a warm “Bridge Street” welcome on Sunday mornings. If this interests you, please contact them at jzandbergen3@cogeco.ca or 613-962-3619.

COFFEE TIME 

BOOK LOVERS CLUB

 Membership

  • Reception of New Members – Sunday, November 26 during worshipIf you would like to become a member of our congregation (by transfer of membership, reaffirmation or profession of faith, or adult baptism), please speak to Rev. Hobbs or Rev. Fulcher, or advise the church office at 613-962-9178.

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.

Bell ringers’ practice begins @ 5:45 p.m. – Ring the buzzer at Bridge St. entrance.

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

Christmas Carol Sing & Concert Friday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. – Besides singing carols, we will be entertained by special guest singers Elizabeth McDonald and Robert Martin, as well as an all-star group of English Handbell ringers and other guests. Take advantage of this opportunity to sing Christmas carols with a large group of people in our beautiful and acoustically-renowned sanctuary.  There will be a freewill offering to support our music ministry – pay what you can. This will be a wonderful and affordable event for the entire family.  All are welcome!

Click here for our choir webpage.

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.

  • The United Church of Canada is accepting donations to help Mission & Service partners provide relief to the Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar.  The Canadian government is matching eligible donations designated for responding to needs of the Rohingya people until Nov. 28.  Donations can be made online on the United Church of Canada website or through your church offering envelopes — be sure to clearly mark the donation intended for this purpose.

Worship

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

  • Liturgical Colours – Green is the colour of “Ordinary Time” – the seasons of Epiphany and Pentecost, excluding Day of Pentecost.

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 Book Sale … continues on a smaller scale every day in the Sills Auditorium. Take a look on the desk near the door leading to the Children’s Centre.  Enquiries? Contact Lois or Jo.
  • Candy Cane Lane Bazaar NEXT SATURDAY, Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Artisan tables, gift baskets and lunch.  The answer to all of your Christmas shopping puzzles!  Admission $2.  For $10 you will get two spinach and cheese stuffed crepes with marinara sauce, Caesar salad, sweets and tea/coffee.  See you there!  CLICK HERE FOR POSTER!

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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:

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.

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Area Church & Community Activities

MANY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR & CONCERT EVENTS, AS WELL AS COMMUNITY SERVICES NOTICES, ARE POSTED ON BULLETIN BOARD IN BRIDGE ST. FOYER.