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WORSHIP SERVICES

are held Sundays @ 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, January 21

Rev. Phil Hobbs – “Birkenstocks, Sandals, Crocs & Sneakers”

and @ 2 p.m. – Benefit Concert

Peter Rea & The Reasons (band) & Joyfull Noise (mixed choir)

Adults $15 – Children & youth – free. 

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.  (Correct change appreciated!). 

All proceeds to support USFS (Belleville) – Syrian Refugee Family Sponsorship.

CLICK HERE FOR CONCERT POSTER.

WE INVITE AND WELCOME YOU TO ATTEND!

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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, January 21.

Calendar of Activities

THIS WEEK @ BSUC

  • Coffee Time following worship, downstairs in the Sills Auditorium.
  • Inn from the Cold – 42 nights of hot meals served at Bridge St. United Church – Thurs., Jan. 18 through to Wed., Feb. 28.  SEE “COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS” FOR DETAILS.
  • 8 a.m. Wednesday Morning Bible Study – Parlour. Ring the buzzer at the Bridge St. entrance.
  • UCW Meeting (offsite) – Wed., Jan. 24, noon – “Dugout” Restaurant.
  • Knitters United Wed., Jan. 24, 3 – 5 p.m. – Auditorium
  • Personnel Team Thurs., Jan. 25, 8:30 a.m. – Parlour
  • Staff Meeting Thurs., Jan. 25, 11 a.m. – Parlour
  • Pastoral Care , Jan. 25, 2 p.m. – Parlour
  • Choir Practices Thurs., Jan. 25, 5:45 & 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Mitchell Cox, Music Director – music@bridgestchurch.com.
  • Stuff ‘n Chatter (bulletin collation) – Fridays @ 9 a.m. – Auditorium.
  • Knitters United Saturdays during “IFTC”3 – 5 p.m. – Aud.

AND BEYOND …

  • All Aboard! The UCW is organizing a social event day trip on March 3 to the Capital Theatre in Port Hope to catch the 2 m. performance of “Sister Act” performed by the Northumberland Players. Tickets are $50 per person. This includes transportation by coach bus (pick up and drop off location to be announced) and your theatre ticket. A stop will be made on the way home at the Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Co. in Cobourg. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis to all members of the congregation, as there are only 32 tickets available. Ticket sales close January 31. Please contact Nancy at 613-962-7498 if interested.
  • Choir Practices – Thurs., Feb. 1 – Bell Choir @ 3:30 p.m./Vocal Choir @ 5 p.m.
  • Congregational Annual General Meeting & AGM of Bridge St. United Church Foundation – Sunday, March 4 following worship.

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

  • 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

  • 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, call the office, 613-962-9178.

Community Connections

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

UNITED SYRIAN FAMILY SUPPORT (USFS) 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.

  • Peter Rea & The Reasons (band) & Joyfull Noise (mixed choir) – Sunday, January 21, 2 p.m., Bridge St. United Church. Adults $15 – Children & youth – free.  TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOORAll proceeds to support USFS (Belleville) – Syrian Refugee Family Sponsorship.

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

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.

  • Inn from the Cold – Winter Food Ministry Program – Hot Meals for 42 nights from Thurs., Jan. 18 to Wed., Feb. 28 – Bridge St. United Church, 60 Bridge St. E. (side door), Belleville.  Free hot meals and a warm place to be during the coldest time of the year.  Doors open at 4 p.m., coffee/soup served at 4:30 p.m., nutritious, hot meals served from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  No registration required.  If unable to attend from 5 to 6:30 p.m., a frozen meal can be picked up daily, Jan. 18 through to Feb. 28) from 2 to 4 p.m.  Registration on your first visit is required for this “pick up” component of this program.  For more info., call the church office, 613-962-9178.
  • Total number of meals served/distributed in 2017 through the three BSUC food ministry programs = 14,436.

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., and on Saturdays during “Inn from the Cold” (Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24), 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:

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.

Our Child & Youth Co-ordinator, Tracy Stevens, is on a temporary Leave of Absence from her duties.  Tracy is taking some time off work in order to recharge her battery.  We wish you well, Tracy, and look forward to your return with renewed energy.  “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40.31 (RSV)

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

  • Monthly FMT Report to the Congregation – Finance Team is disappointed to report that special Christmas offerings were down 50% from last year (and from budgeted figure). If you haven’t yet made a Christmas offering, but wish to do so, please drop it into the office or onto the offering plate as soon as possible.  The Team thanks the SIX families who increased their PAR contributions for 2018, and the ONE new PAR family.  Year-end financial statements will soon be prepared by accounting firm, Welch LLP. 
  • 2018 Offering Envelopes are located on a table at the back of the Sanctuary. If you have not had envelopes in the past, but would like a set, please contact Carol in the church office. 
  • Now is a perfect time to sign up for, or increase, “PAR” offerings for 2018. Pre-Authorized Monthly Remittance ~~ Contact the church office to join the more than 75 contributors who financially support this church’s ministry through PAR.  To learn more, contact Carol @ info@bridgestchurch.com or by phone @ 613-962-9178.

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

  • The Bridge Street Church Book Lovers Club will be meeting off-site on February 8, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at The Quinte Gardens Retirement Residence in the Pool Lounge. The book featured is “Lion” by Saroo Brierley. This is a true story of survival against all odds and a shining example of the extraordinary feats we can achieve when hope endures. Please call Carol at 613-968-4776 for more info.

 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.

Click here for our choir webpage. 

  • Music Ministry Team Members Wanted – 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. If you are interested in joining the Music Ministry Team, please contact Mitchell Cox, Music Director at music@bridgestchurch.com, or leave a message on his church phone, 613-962-9178, etc. 74.

 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

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.

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). 

  • The UCW’s next meeting is Wednesday, January 24th.  We will meet at NOON for lunch at the Dug Out Restaurant, corner of Hwy #2 and Farley Ave. If up wish, please bring something for our “Fun 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:

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

  • Indoor Walking Program @ Centennial Secondary School – Tuesdays and Thursdays each week from 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Tues., Jan 9 through to Thurs., March 8. Drop in – registration not required.  Come through the main doors and follow the signs to Room 111.  Free & open to everyone.  For more info. call Belleville & Quinte West Community Health Centre, 613-962-0000 ext. 233.
  • Other event notices, as well as community services notices, are posted on/near the Bridge St. foyer bulletin board.