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SUNDAY, November 24, 2019

@ 10:30 a.m.

ANNIVERSARY WORSHIP SERVICE

Join us as we celebrate Bridge Street Church’s 204th year of mission and ministry!

Guest speaker, The Rev. Dr. Abiel Khalema. Kahlema.  Dr. Kahlema has over 30 years of ministerial experience leading congregations in South Africa and Canada.  He has 12 years’ experience working at the United Church of Canada’s General Council Office as a Program Coordinator for Ministry Personnel Programs and Resources – interpreting and developing policy and developing resources for mentoring ministers – and has extensive experience in building equitable, faithful and healthy faith communities. 

Rev. G. David King 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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THIS WEEK @ BSUC…

Date Event Time Location
Mon., November 18 Office Closed    
  Bazaar Take Down    
Tues., November 19 Bazaar Take Down    
  Strategic Planning 10 a.m. – Noon Chapel
  Drumantics 6 – 7 p.m. Chapel
Wed., November 20 Bible Study 8 a.m. Parlour
  Wind Quintet Practice 9:40 a.m. – 12:15 Sanctuary
Thurs., November 21 Finance Team 9:30 a.m. Parlour
  Bell Choir Practice 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Bell Room
  Vocal Choir Practice 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Fri., November 22 Stuff ‘n Chatter 9:30 a.m. Parlour
  TGIF Meal Distribution 2 – 4 p.m. Bridge St. foyer
Sun., November 24 Anniversary Worship Service with Guest Speaker & guest musicians & Coffee Time/Cake 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary

 NEXT WEEK …

Date Event Time Location
Mon., November 25 Office Closed    
  Quinte Field Naturalists 6 – 10 p.m. Auditorium
Tues., November 26 End-of-the-Month Prep 9 a.m. St. Thomas’ Anglican
  UCW Executive Meeting 10 a.m. Parlour
  EOTM Meals Served 5 – 6:30 p.m. St. Thomas’ Anglican
Wed., November 27 Bible Study 8 a.m. Parlour
  Wind Quintet Practice 8:40 a.m. – 12:15 Sanctuary
  Piano Tuning 1 p.m. Sanctuary
  Knitters United 3 – 5 p.m. Auditorium
Thurs., November 28 Bell Choir Practice 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Bell Room
  Vocal Choir Practice 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Fri., November 29 Stuff ‘n Chatter 9:30 a.m. Parlour
  TGIF Meal Distribution 2 – 4 p.m. Bridge St. foyer
Sun., December 1 Advent I Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary
  Jazz Violin & Piano Concert & Fine Art Sale 2:30 p.m. Sanctuary

Mark Your Calendars –

  • Anniversary Worship ServiceSunday, November. 24, 10:30 a.m. with guest speaker, The Rev. Dr. Abiel Khalema. Kahlema has over 30 years of ministerial experience leading congregations in South Africa and Canada.  He has 12 years’ experience working at the United Church of Canada’s General Council Office as a Program Coordinator for Ministry Personnel Programs and Resources – interpreting and developing policy and developing resources for mentoring ministers – and has extensive experience in building equitable, faithful and healthy faith communities. 
  • Advent I Worship ServiceSunday, December 1, 10:30 a.m.
  • Jazz Violin & Piano Concert and Fine Art SaleSunday, December 1, 2:30 p.m. – Jazz violinist, San Murata, and pianist, Mitchell Cox, will offer up a jazzy celebration of the arts with this concert and art sale, featuring pieces created by San Murata.  A percentage of sales of the artwork will be directed to support Bridge Street United Church.  FREEWILL OFFERING – Pay What you can!

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FROM OUR OUR NOVEMBER 17 BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Items of note …

  • To all Santa Claus Parade FansSunday, November 17, the Parade goes right by our church, and from 4:15 pm we will be offering snacks to the individuals and families who will be watching from our part of town. A square of pizza, small carton of milk and an apple will be available, right outside our Bridge Street door, aided by members of our Worship and Faith Formation Teams.  With gratitude to the Worship and Faith Formation Team members plus local businesses who have so generously supported this gift to our community:  Papa John’s Pizza, Pizza Nova, Grills Orchards and Reid’s Dairy.  The parade is expected at our corner by 5:00-5:15 p.m.

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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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.

We are eagerly anticipating a complete renovation of the Bridge Street United Church kitchen this fall.  Of course, this means that we have to make alternate arrangements for preparing and serving our End-of-the-Month meals during the time that the Bridge St. Church kitchen is non-operational.  St. Thomas Anglican Church has graciously agreed to relocate End-of-the-Month meals to their kitchen and hall while our kitchen is under renovation. We are very grateful for this accommodation, and are delighted that it extends a growing partnership between Bridge St. United Church’s Food Ministry and St. Thomas Anglican Church.  The following End-of-the-Month meals will be hosted at St. Thomas Anglican Church on September 24 & 26, October 22 & 24 and November 26 and 28.
Please note that Friday distribution of meals through TGIF will continue to be hosted at Bridge St. Church as usual.
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Total number of meals served/distributed in 2018 through the three BSUC food ministry programs = 14,184.

7,070 meals were served and distributed during the six weeks of “Inn from the Cold”

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

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

In 2019, 6,571 meals were served or distributed during the six weeks of the “Inn from the Cold” program (held mid-January through to end-February).

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).  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.

  • 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.

  • Please celebrate the 204 years of Bridge Street Church’s mission and ministry with a special Anniversary offering. Envelopes for this purpose are enclosed in today’s bulletin.  Budget target for this special offering is $3,000.

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

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.

  • 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. 

  • 2019 Concert Series – In April, Andre Knevel (organ) and Liselotte Rokyta (pan flute) headlined the “Spring Celebration Concert” – the first in a series of seven concerts planned for 2019 at the historic Bridge Street United Church known for its superb acoustics and massive Casavant organ.  In June, David Shewchuck, violinist, and Mitchell Cox, pianist, performed “It Takes Two to Tango”, and Command Performance Choir performed “Sweet Nostalgia – Songs from our LP’s.  The Toronto Men’s Welsh Choir will perform September 29; the soprano and organ duo of Valerie Hall and Kerry-Anne Kutz on October 20, and organist, Murray Baer, will be reprising his Popular Hits concert on November  10.  The series ends with Bridge St. United’s Christmas Concert and Singalong, December 22. 

    • Music Ministry Team is pleased to present …

Jazz Violin & Piano Concert and Fine Art SaleSunday, December 1 at 2:30 p.m. Jazz violinist, San Murata, and pianist, Mitchell Cox, will offer up a jazzy celebration of the arts with this concert and art sale, featuring pieces created by San Murata. A percentage of sales of the artwork will be directed to support Bridge Street United Church.    FREEWILL OFFERING – Pay What You Can!

“This community concert initiative is intended to uplift the inclusive ethos of the United Church of Canada.”  Music Ministry Team of Bridge Street United Church

  • Calling all singers! Please consider joining the choir for 3 songs during our annual Christmas Concert and Carol Sing scheduled to be held on Sunday, December 22 at 2:30pm. The more people involved, the merrier, as this wonderful concert thrives on diversity of performers.  Special, massed choir, practices will be held on Thursdays at 8:15 p.m. beginning November 28.  Contact Mitchell Cox, Music Director, if you would like to be part of this special choir – music@bridgestchurch.com or 613-962-9178, ext. 74.

Click here for our choir web page.

Click here for our concert series 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 Carol will be in touch with you about mailing details.
  • Gifts with Vision – A Giving Catalogue from the People of the United Church of Canada – Your gifts can change the world. Gifts with Vision are an additional way to support the work of the UC of C’s Mission & Service partners.  Bring hope and healing through Indigenous, Canadian and global gifts!  Catalogue copies available on the table at the back of the Sanctuary or order online at giftswithvision.ca.

Worship

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

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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Area Church & Community Events – Check Bridge St. foyer bulletin board for posters …

  • Quinte Symphony Orchestra’s “Tribute to the Brave” with 8-Wing Concert Band & Pipes and Drums – Sunday, November 17, 2:30 p.m., National Air Force Museum of Canada, RCAF Road, Trenton. Tickets can be purchased at Pinnacle Music Studio, thequintesymphony.com and at the door.
  • Launch of the 6th edition of “Music at St. Thomas’ Anglican” – Sunday, November 17, 4:30 p.m., featuring Matthieu Latreille and Francine Nguyen-Savaria with an organ concert featuring the famous “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach and other masterpieces. The husband and wife team is active on the Canadian concert scene, both as soloists and a duet. They will take turns on the bench to present these well-known and lesser known solo organ works. A live projection on a screen will allow the audience to see the organists performing. Admission is by donation.
  • Pedals & Pipes with Andre Knevel (organ) and Liselotte Rokyta (pan flute) at Port Hope United Church along with Ontario Presbyterian Chorus and more– Saturday, November 30, 7 p.m. Tickets available through Barry Birkett (singer with OPC), Arden’s Music, at the door and online at snapd.at/pewc76p.  A concert in support of the Port Hope United Church Restoration Fund.
  • LET’S MAKE A CHOIR 3rd Annual “Christmas Spectacular” under the direction of Michael Faulkner. Two performances Sunday, Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m. and Wed. Dec 4 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Columba Presbyterian Church 520 Bridge St. E. (Corner of Bridge & Farley). Free will offering. For more information please contact Michael Faulkner 613.391.1541 or michael.faulkner@gmail.com

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