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WORSHIP SERVICES

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

Sunday, January 13

with The Rev. G.D. King, Intentional Interim (Lead) Minister

WE INVITE AND WILL WELCOME YOU!

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THIS SATURDAY @ BSUC – January 12

To begin the process of goal setting, the Transition Team invites you to a gathering at the church on Saturday, January 12, 2019 starting with refreshments at 9:30 a.m. and concluding by noon.

Individually, and in small groups, participants will be asked to reflect on and respond to the following statements:

“What I celebrate about Bridge Street United Church is?”                                        

– “What challenges me about Bridge Street United Church is?                                    

– “For Bridge Street United Church to be its best self, it needs to…”

Responses to these, and the issues raised in Kente Presbytery’s report “Balancing the Paradox”, will assist the Transition Team in discerning and drafting upwards of 5 goals to be attended to over the balance of the 3-year intentional interim ministry.  These proposed goals will be presented to the congregation informally on Saturday, January 26th from 10 a.m. – noon for collective review and revision as may seem helpful.  On Sunday, February 10th, immediately following worship, an official and duly-called congregational meeting for the purposes of adopting the goals will take place.

If you are not able to attend the January 12th meeting, but wish to contribute to the goals’ creation, please write your responses to the 3 statements (as above) and forward them to Rev. David via interim.clergy@gmail.com before noon on Tuesday, January 22nd as the Transition Team will meet in special session that afternoon.

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The following information is from our bulletin announcements, January 13, 2019.

THIS WEEK @ BSUC

Date Event Time Location
Mon., Jan. 14 Finance Team Meeting 9:30 a.m. Parlour
Tues., Jan. 15 Drumantics Drum Circle 6 – 7 p.m. Chapel
Wed., Jan. 16 Bible Study 8 a.m. Parlour
UCW New Year’s Lunch Noon Offsite (DugOut)
Thurs., Jan. 17 Governance Board 4 p.m. Parlour
Bell Choir Practice 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Bell Room
Vocal Choir Practice 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Fri., Jan. 18 Inn from the Cold begins 9 a.m. Kitchen
4 p.m. Doors Open
5 – 6:30 p.m. Meal Served
Sat., Jan. 19 Inn from the Cold See Fri., Jan. 18 Gym
Memorial Service for Kay Hiebert Visitation 1 – 2 p.m.

Service 2 p.m.

Reception

Sanctuary

 

Sanctuary

Chapel

Knitters United 3 – 5 p.m. Auditorium
Sun., Jan. 20 Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary
Coffee Time following worship Auditorium
Quinte Deaf Worship 10:30 a.m. Chapel
Inn from the Cold (prep) 12 noon Kitchen
Inn from the Cold See Fri., Jan. 18 Gym
Facility Use – Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Meeting 2 – 3 p.m. Parlour

NEXT WEEK …

Date Event Time Location
Mon., Jan. 21 Inn from the Cold See Fri., Jan. 18
Tues., Jan. 22 Inn from the Cold  
Worship Team 9:30 a.m.` Parlour
BSUC Foundation 5 p.m. Parlour
Wed., Jan. 23 Bible Study 8 a.m. Parlour
Inn from the Cold  
UCW Executive 1 p.m. Parlour
Knitters United 3 – 5 p.m. Auditorium
Thurs., Jan. 24 Inn from the Cold  
Bell Choir Practice 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Bell Room
Vocal Choir Practice 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Fri., Jan. 25 Inn from the Cold  
Stuff ‘n Chatter 9:30 a.m. Auditorium
Sat. Jan. 26 Transition Team Gathering 10 a.m. – noon Chapel
Sun., Jan. 27 Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary
Coffee Time following worship Auditorium

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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.

Administration

  • Memorial Flower Calendar – If you would like to place flowers on a specific Sunday in memory of someone, please add your name to the Memorial Flower Calendar, which is located on the small bulletin board in the Bridge St. foyer. If you have any questions about this process, please call the office, 613-962-9178.
  • Facility Use During the Month of December – The following organizations used church space during this period to further their own mission: Drumantics, HIV-AIDS Regional Services (Kingston); Help Portrait; Quinte Deaf Fellowship; Quinte Symphony. 

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 currently 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. 
    • For more details, click here.

Total number of meals served/distributed in 2018 through the three BSUC food ministry programs = 14,184.

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

4,724 meals were distributed through our weekly “TGIF” frozen meal distribution program.

2,390 meals were served or distributed through our twice-monthly, “End-of-the-Month” meal program.

  • 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 – 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 run from March through to December in the same fashion as Inn from the Cold, in that a hot meal is served, which includes salad, main course, and dessert.  Doors open at 4:30 p.m.  Meal served from 5 – 6:30 p.m. 

KNITTERS UNITED:

Have you been thinking of joining Knitters United? We welcome newcomers and new knitters to join us, as we knit hats, mitts, and friendships. You don’t even have to own needles!  We have a supply of them, plus yarn, easy patterns and lots of help to get you started.  Come as regularly as you like.  We always meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays (Jan. 9 and 23 this month) from 3-5 p.m.  In addition, during Inn from the Cold, we also knit on Saturdays (Jan. 19, 26 this month) also from 3-5 p.m.  A bonus during IFTC is that some folk also stay and share a meal together.  We welcome you and your friends to join this community group that knits for the community.  For more information, see Elizabeth Ewashkiw, 613-968-9382 or eewashkiw@sympatico.ca.

 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.

Faith Formation

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:

On Sunday mornings, 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

  • Now is a perfect time to sign up for, or increase, “PAR” offerings for 2019. PAR = Pre-Authorized Monthly  Contact the church office to join the 69 contributors who financially support this church’s ministry through PAR.  Please contact Carol by phone @ 613-962-9178 or e-mail @ info@bridgestchurch.com.
  • 2019 Offering Envelopes are available for pick up at the back of the church. If you have not had envelopes in the past, but would like a set, please contact Carol in the church office, 613-962-9178, ext. 0.

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.

  • The book “A Gentleman in Moscow”, which was to be reviewed in December, will be reviewed at the February 14 meeting.

COFFEE TIME – Sunday mornings following worship.

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 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.  

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.

A Message from Rev. Phil …

  • Rev. Phil Hobbs, our Pastoral Care Minister (Pro-Tem) reminds one and all that it is not too late!  Not too late to get your flu shot.  Influenza season is here and is proving to be a bad one according to reports from across Canada.  Influenza kills several hundred Canadians each year. (The elderly and children are most at risk of serious side-effects of Influenza.)  It is not too late to protect yourself and others.  See your Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Pharmacist and get your flu shot this week.  It only takes a few minutes.  There is still time for you to make a difference for community health and well-being.  Thank you.

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.

Worship

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

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).

  • UCW New Years’ LunchWednesday, January 16, 2019 at 12 noon, Dug Out Restaurant. Bring your unwanted items for our silent auction. 

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 & Community Activities –

  • The Moveable Feast Group (a group of people who like to get together) will be at Thomas’ Anglican Church on Friday January 18th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be a demonstration by Kate Ann Follwell and Suzanne Smith on the “highs & lows” of the Instant Pot – a new invention for fast cooking.  All are welcome. Please call St. Thomas church office (613-962-3636) or email at office@sttomasbelleville.ca by Wednesday January 16th to register.  The cost is $5.00.  Please bring your own cutlery, plate, and bowl.
  • A Musical Journey of Germany @ St. Thomas’ AnglicanSun., Jan., 20, 4:30 p.m. – a pipe organ recital given by Matthieu Latreille. Admission by donation. 
  • Murray Baer in Concert @ Picton United Church, Sunday, February 17, 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets $20 and area available at Ticketscene.ca, in the PUC church office and at the door.  Former organist and choirmaster at Richmond Hill’s St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Murray Baer will play a selection of contemporary and/or non-traditional music – think pieces not usually heard in a church, such as Phantom of the Opera, or Funeral March of a Marionette.  A behind-the-scenes tour of the historic church’s features and light refreshments will follow.

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