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WORSHIP SERVICES ARE HELD

SUNDAY MORNINGS AT 10:30 A.M.

Sunday, January 26, 2020 

      Rev. G. David King, Intentional Interim Lead Minister, leading worship

WE INVITE AND WILL WELCOME YOU!

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A BACKGROUNDER ON

INTENTIONAL INTERIM MINISTRY

Bridge Street United Church has embarked upon a 3-year journey of self-discovery and self-determination in a time referred to as Intentional Interim Ministry.

Guiding this experience, alongside our Intentional Interim Lead Minister, The Rev. G. David King, is a small group known as the Transition Team.  Its members are:  Karen Cullen, Rosella Donaldson, Frank Hiebert, Carolyn Ketcheson, and representing the East Central Ontario Region of the United Church, The Rev. Richard Hamilton.

All periods of Interim Ministry are guided by a Set of Goals as articulated by the Transition Team and endorsed by the Congregation.

A meeting of this Congregation occurred on Sunday, February 10, 2019 and, on recommendation from the Transition Team, the following Goals were committed to unanimously:

  • To enhance the experience of Bridge Street United Church as a Christ-centred, nurturing community.
  • To improve communications through regular information sharing.
  • To agree on a viable financial model for the church’s ministry.
  • To maintain the congregation’s support of faith formation, outreach, music, spirituality, and worship.
  • To undertake new partnerships with other United Church congregations in the Belleville area.

Information concerning Intentional Interim Ministry matters will be featured regularly in the Announcements.

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A Meeting of the Congregation 

The congregation is called to meet on Sunday, February 2, 2020, immediately following worship, to consider/endorse the 2020 operating budget that comes from the Governance Board with its recommendation to accept.  A subsequent Annual Meeting will be called to address all other usual and customary business.

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THIS WEEK @ BSUC…

Date Event Time Location
ALL WEEK IFTC 9 a.m. start Kitchen/Gym
Mon. January 20      
Tues., January 21 Drumantics 6 – 7 p.m. Chapel
Wed., January 22 Bible Study 8 a.m. Parlour
  Knitters United 3 – 5 p.m. Auditorium
Thurs., January 23 Bell Choir 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Bell Room
  Vocal Choir 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Fri., January 24 Stuff ‘n Chatter Bulletins 9:30 a.m. Parlour
Sat., January 25 Knitters United 3 – 5 p.m. Auditorium
Sun., January 26 Worship Service &

Coffee Time

10:30 a.m. Sanctuary

Auditorium

  Quinte Deaf Worship 10:30 a.m. Chapel

NEXT WEEK …

Date Event Time Location
ALL WEEK IFTC 9 a.m. start Kitchen/Gym
Mon. January 27 UCW Executive 1 p.m. Parlour
  Quinte Field Naturalists

Board Meeting

5:30 p.m. Library
  Quinte Field Naturalists General Meeting 7 p.m. Auditorium
Tues., January 28 Strategic Planning Comm. 2 – 4 p.m. Parlour
Wed., January 29 Bible Study 8 a.m. Parlour
Thurs., January 30 Personnel Team & Staff Gathering 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Parlour
  Vocal Choir 3:30 – 5 p.m. Sanctuary
  Bell Choir 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Bell Room
Fri., January 31 Stuff ‘n Chatter Bulletins 9:30 a.m. Parlour
Sat., February 1 Knitters United 3 – 5 p.m. Auditorium
Sun., February 2 Worship Service & Congregational Meeting to follow (budget) 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary

Auditorium

  Quinte Deaf Worship 10:30 a.m. Chapel
  Faith Formation 12 Noon Parlour

MARK YOUR CALENDARS …

  • Congregational MeetingSunday, February 2, 2020, following worship, to consider/endorse the 2020 operating budget that comes from the Governance Board with its recommendation to accept.

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FROM OUR  January 26, 2020 BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Items of Note …

  • With grateful thanks, we acknowledge that the UCW has recently made a donation to the kitchen renovation project in the amount of $18,800.
  • Belleville Inter-United Church Cluster News for January – The Spiritual Practices workshop was a welcome success. A Prayer Vigil is being planned for March.  For more information, call Rosella D.
  • Community Connections Team News:

The new Integrated Coordinated Access initiative co-led by Bridge Street United Church, Hastings County Community and Human Services, and HelpSeeker is underway – Integrated Coordinated Access is a process that ties together hundreds of independent programs, organizations, and services in Hastings County into a coordinated system to serve us all better and more efficiently.  Over 100 communities in Canada have undertaken similar efforts, including Calgary, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Abbotsford.  The initiative will involve a series of Design Labs and the rollout of a streamlined system of coordinated access to support those experiencing and at risk of homelessness. Integrated Coordinated Access will improve citizens’ knowledge about where and how to access help when they need it, and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the support network in Hastings County. The HelpSeeker platform is also being rolled out, connecting Hastings County citizens with local resources for mental health, addictions, housing, recreation, early childhood, and more; plus over 100,000 Canada-wide social service resources. Visit www.helpseeker.org or download the app. The platform will provide critical real-time data to inform decisions that make the system more effective and responsive to needs in our community.  There will be a public Open House held on February 18th to find out more about the Integrated Coordinated Access initiative. Residents will be invited to get involved by signing up for one of a series of Design Labs on March 10th or 11th. This is an opportunity to have your voice heard and help shape the community response to safety and wellbeing in Hastings County.

The Integrated Coordinated Access Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home Strategy in partnership with Hastings County Community and Human Services.

  • Faith Formation Team News:

St. Thomas’ PA Days – The Faith Formation Team is looking for volunteers willing to help at the PA Day Children’s Programs offered at St. Thomas Church one Friday a month.  The programs run from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and offer an opportunity for our congregation to help families in the community.  If you would be willing to volunteer for a few hours, one Friday a month, please contact Liza, BSUC Faith Formation Ministry Team member through the church office.

  • Finance Team News:

2020 Offering Envelopes are available for pick up 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, 613-962-9178, ext. 0.
  • If you would like to make the switch to giving once per month through automatic bank withdrawal using PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance – administered by the United Church of Canada) drop into the church office to complete the paperwork.  (Please be sure to bring a VOID cheque with you).
  • UCW News:

Funeral Reception Coordinator – Jo C. is resigning as Funeral Reception Coordinator after many, many years.  She has done a wonderful job and it is time for her to take a break.  We need someone to volunteer to co-ordinate funeral receptions here at the church.  Jo will instruct and guide the new person.  Please help us by volunteering for this very important job.  Contact Jo through the church office.

ALL TEAMS/COMMITTEES/GROUPS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SHARE THEIR “GOOD NEWS” WITH THE CONGREGATION.  PLEASE SEND NOTICES TO THE CHURCH OFFICE BY END-OF-DAY, WEDNESDAYS.

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Mark Your Calendars …

  • Faith Formation Survey Deadline Today, Sunday, January 26.What do you think?  Yes, we want to know what learning opportunities you would like your church to offer.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey (distributed the last two Sundays – copies are also available on the table in the front entranceway [Narthex]), return it electronically or physically to Carol in the office, or place it in the “Completed Surveys” box in the Narthex.  The Faith Formation Ministry Team will take the results into consideration when we plan dates and topics that will be of interest to our church community. With gratitude for your assistance! We can’t do it effectively without your input.
  • First Sunday of the Month Food Drive for our Food Ministry Pantry – NEXT Sunday, February 2nd – Any canned tomato or bean product would be appreciated and can be placed in the special box in the front entrance (Narthex).
  • Congregational MeetingNEXT Sunday, February 2, 2020, following worship, to consider/endorse the 2020 operating budget that comes from the Governance Board with its recommendation to accept.
  • Celebration Sunday NEXT Sunday, February 2 – following the congregational meeting/during “Coffee Time – Join us for cake and beverages on the first Sunday of every month when we’ll acknowledge monthly birthdays, anniversaries and personal accomplishments.
  • UCW Annual General Meeting is Tuesday, February 18 at 1:30m. Our guest speaker will be Sharon Bailey author of a Christian book titled “Given Up”. It is an true story about an adoptee’s search for her birth family and the miracles that take place. All are welcome to this meeting and to hear Sharon’s story.

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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.

Minutes of the Governance Board, including Ministry Team Reports, are regularly posted in the Sills Auditorium on the bulletin board located near the south kitchen door.

Administration

  • Flowers – If you would like to place flowers in the Sanctuary on a Sunday, please contact Carol in the church office, or add your name to the Flower Calendar, which is located in the Bridge St. foyer.
  • Deadline for Weekly Bulletin Announcement Notices Wednesday of each week at 4 p.m. (Bulletins are printed on Thursdays, so they can be ready for the Friday @ 9:30 a.m. “Stuff ‘n Chatter” folding crew).

Communications

  • Stay in touch on Social Media!  Bridge Street Church has a Facebook Page. Just use Facebook search for Bridge Street United Church and you will find our Facebook Page. If you click “LIKE” on our page, we will also invite you to join our Bridge Street United Church Group which includes you in discussions.  We are also on Twitter at @bridgestchurch.  Follow us and we will follow you.  Bridge St. Church also has a weekly email bulletin that keeps you informed on upcoming services and events. Provide our office with your email address to be added to the weekly e-mail list.
  • Bridge St Church also has a weekly email bulletin that keeps you informed on upcoming services and events. Provide our office with your email address to be added to the Friday e-mailing list, admin@bridgestchurch.com

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.

  • 2020 “Inn from the Cold” – For 42 nights – January 18 through February 28 – Bridge Street Church will prepare and serve nutritious, hot meals for anyone in need.  Click here for Food Ministry Page.

 All volunteer positions have been filled.  Thank you for your interest!

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Total number of meals served/distributed in 2019 through the three BSUC food ministry programs = 13,326.

6,571 meals were served and distributed during the six weeks of “Inn from the Cold”

4,125 meals were distributed through our weekly, Friday, “TGIF” frozen meal distribution program.

2,540 meals were served or distributed through our twice-monthly, “End-of-the-Month” meal program.

Click here for a link to our Food Ministry page.

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KNITTERS UNITED:

… HELPS TO KEEP OUR DINNER GUESTS (AND MORE) WARM.

  • 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.  Join us on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 3 to 5 p.m. (use 60 Bridge St. East entrance), and during “Inn from the Cold” on Saturdays.  We welcome you and your friends to join this community group that knits for the community.  For more information, see Elizabeth E., call 613-968-9382 or e-mail eewashkiw@sympatico.ca.

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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.

  • Children’s ProgramsA focus area for children is located in the south-east corner of the sanctuary. As we gather for worship, children are welcome at their table to colour on the activity sheets provided.  After “Children’s Time”, all children are invited to go downstairs to our Sunday School room.  Visiting children are most welcome.  Children’s Centre – ages 5 to 13/“Birth to Fours” Room opens at 10:15 a.m. Thanks to our volunteers, each group is facilitated/supervised by two adults.
  • Faith Formation Team is seeking one more individual to fill the volunteer roster in the Birth to Fours programme (approx. once a month, with lesson prepared for you). If you can help, please contact Elizabeth at 613-968-9382.

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: 613-968-5432.

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN:

A focus area for children is located in the south-east corner of the sanctuary.

As we gather for worship, children are welcome at their table to colour or work on the activity sheets provided. 

“Birth to Fours” Program, for newborns to 4 year olds, is located in the Infant/Toddler Room, downstairs.

“Children’s Centre” Programming, for children ages 5 to 13 – After the “Children’s Time” component of our worship service, all children are invited to/accompanied downstairs to the Children’s Centre.  Visiting children are most welcome. 

Each group is facilitated/supervised by two adults.

Click here for our Children’s Centre web page.

Finance

The Finance Ministry 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.

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. 

COFFEE TIME

PROVIDES A WEEKLY OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO VISIT WITH OUR MINISTERS AND MEMBERS OF OUR CHURCH FAMILY.

BOOK CLUB

THE BOOK CLUB GATHERS FROM SEPTEMBER TO JUNE ON THE SECOND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH TO PRESENT A REPORT AND RELATED INFORMATION ON THE INTERESTING, CURRENT BOOKS READ, FOLLOWED BY DISCUSSION AND REFRESHMENTS.    

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

Music

  • Sing! Sing! Sing! AND/OR Ring! Ring! Ring! –

          Vocal and Bell 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 web page.

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

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

  • IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION TO BRIDGE STREET UNITED CHURCH TO HONOUR A SPECIAL OCCASION, i.e. “Birthday”, “Thank You”, “Christmas”, our Office Administrator will be glad to mail out an acknowledgement card – “A donation has been made in your name to honour …” Simply note this request on the envelope and the Office Administrator will be in touch with you about mailing details.

Worship

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

The goal of the Music Committee 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.

UCW NEWS –      

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 Collects These Items to Help Others … Postage stamps (Effect Hope – The Leprosy Mission Canada); Pop tabs (Royal Canadian Legion 4 Wheelchairs Project); Eyeglasses (Lions Club Canada): Canadian Tire Money (Camp Quin-Mo-Lac). Please drop off your collected items to the box located on the table near the Parlour (Bridge St. entrance). 

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.  Members of Bridge Street Church are members of the Corporation of the Quinte Living Centre.  Its 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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Community Events –

  • Quinte Field Naturalists @ BSUC – Monday, January 27, 7 p.m., Sills Auditorium. This month’s meeting will feature a podcast “Zero Waste and Nature”.  Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Organ Concert “An Afternoon at the Movies” with Murray Baer (organ) and special guest Craig McRae (vocals/guitar) – Sunday, February 16, 2;30 – 4 p.m. – Picton United Church. Featuring music from Mission Impossible, Titanic, James Bond, Chariots of Fire, Gone With the Wind, and more.  Tickets $20 at TicketScene.ca and at the door.

SEE BRIDGE STREET FOYER COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD FOR THIS, AND OTHER, EVENT NOTICES.