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WORSHIP SERVICES ARE HELD

SUNDAY MORNINGS AT 10:30 A.M.

Sunday, February 23, 2020 – Transfiguration Sunday

      The 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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THIS WEEK @ BSUC…

Date Event Time Location
MONDAY TO FRIDAY IFTC 9 a.m. start Kitchen/Gym
Mon. February 24 Quinte Field Naturalists 7 p.m. Auditorium
Tues., February 25      
Wed., February 26 Bible Study 8 a.m. Parlour
  Veritus Winds Practice 9:40 am–12:15 pm Sanctuary
  Knitters United 3 – 5 p.m. Auditorium
Thurs., February 27 Strategic Planning Comm. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Parlour
  Bell Choir Practice 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Bell Room
  Vocal Choir Practice 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Fri., February 28 Last day for IFTC    
  Stuff ‘n Chatter Bulletins 9:30 a.m. Parlour
Sun., March 1 First Sunday in Lent Worship Service & Celebration Sunday during Coffee Time 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary

Auditorium

  “After Worship” Discussion   Parlour
  Quinte Deaf Worship 10:30 a.m. Chapel
  Faith Formation Team 12 Noon Library
  Northumberland Wind Trio Concert 2:30 p.m. Sanctuary

NEXT WEEK …

Date Event Time Location
Mon. March 2 Office Closed    
  Kente UCW Share & Plan Meeting 9 a.m. – 12 Noon Parlour
Tues., March 3 Worship Team 9:30 a.m. Parlour
  Personnel Team 1:30 p.m. Parlour
  Drumantics 6 – 7 p.m. Chapel
Wed., March 4 Bible Study 8 a.m. Parlour
  Veritus Winds Practice 9:40 am–12:15 pm Sanctuary
Thurs., March 5 Possible DocFest Set Up Early aft. Auditorium
  Bell Choir Practice 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Bell Room
  Vocal Choir Practice 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Fri., March 6 Stuff ‘n Chatter Bulletins 9:30 a.m. Auditorium
  Possible DocFest Set Up Early aft. Auditorium
  TGIF Frozen Meal Distribution 2 – 5 p.m. Bridge St. foyer
Sat., March 7 DocFest All Day Auditorium
Sun., March 8 Worship Service

& Coffee Time

10:30 a.m. Sanctuary

 

  “After Worship” Discussion   Parlour
  Quinte Deaf Worship 10:30 a.m. Chapel

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LENT – A Time for Deep Listening & Thinking                         

The Worship & Music Ministry Team is pleased to announce that, during the Sundays in Lent (beginning next week), a new component of worship is being featured. 

Instead of his customary message, Rev. David will be sharing abridged chapters from Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber’s book “Accidental Saints”.  Bolz-Weber is an edgy, passionate, self-assured, no holds barred, Lutheran pastor who founded the House for All Sinners and Saints congregation in Denver, Colorado. 

With an obviously spiritual, somewhat provocative take on what it means to be a person of the Christian faith in the 21st century, Bolz-Weber’s observations and ideas give pause to those who believe they understand Christianity and what it means to be a follower of the faith.

Each offering from “Accidental Saints” will be accompanied by in-bulletin questions for personal, at home, consideration. Or as an alternative, those same questions will also serve as the foundation for group discussion at an after-worship gathering in the Parlor hosted by Rev. David.

Whether you participate in this ‘worship and afterwards’ opportunity as a private spiritual discipline or in the company of others, the invitation is to invest your time and energy in wrestling with what Rev. Nadia has to say and how you hear it.

May the season of Lent allow you to refine and enrich your faith.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS …

  • First Sunday in LentNEXT Sunday, March 1st.
  • First Sunday of the Month Food Drive for our Food Ministry Pantry – NEXT Sunday, March 1st – Any canned tomato or bean product would be appreciated and can be placed in the special box in the front entrance (Narthex).
  • Celebration Sunday NEXT Sunday, March 1st 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.
  • BSUC Music Committee Presents …
    • The Northumberland Wind TrioNEXT Sunday, March 1, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – The wind trio of Gregory Ward (oboe), Helen Torney (clarinet and piano), Anne Olscher (bassoon) will perform a delightful hour of music for you in the beautiful, acoustically-renown, Bridge Street United Church sanctuary – Freewill offering. 
  • World Day of PrayerFriday, March 6th at 2 p.m., Joseph’s Church, 399 Victoria Avenue, Belleville at 2:00 p.m. The service was written by The World Day of Prayer Committee of Zimbabwe and is entitled “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk”.

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FROM OUR  February 23, 2020 BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Items of Note …

  • Meeting today for all “Birth to Fours” volunteers – At 12 Noon today we will meet briefly in the Toddler Room. We value your presence as we share upcoming changes with you.
  • Over the last couple of years, Bridge Street Church has undertaken several projects that represent “upstream” efforts to reduce poverty in our community. This has included leading homeless enumeration in 2018 (and again in 2020), and a report on Precarious Housing in 2019. These projects have grown out of the work of the Food Ministry, recognizing that hunger and food insecurity have their roots in the broader experience of poverty. After the service today, we invite you to peruse a display of information in the Sills Auditorium about the latest project, the development of a system of Integrated Coordinated Access. Steve van de Hoef, who is leading the project, will also give a presentation about Integrated Coordinated Access in the Parlour, after we’ve had a chance to grab a coffee.
  • 2019 Income Tax Receipts can be picked up today, after worship in the Narthex, from Office Administrator, Carol Leslie. Receipts not picked up today will be mailed out tomorrow.
  • Copies of the UCW’s 2019 Annual Report are available on the table at the back of the Sanctuary.
  • Finance Ministry Team expresses their appreciation to the congregation for approving the 2020 budget last Sunday. (Copies available on table at back of Sanctuary).  2019 Financial statements will be presented at the Annual Congregational Meeting (date not yet set) once the financial review by Welch LLP has been completed.
  • “Broadview” Magazine Subscriptions – It’s time to renew or become a new subscriber! $25 (tax included)
    • SUBSCRIPTION ENVELOPES AVAILABLE ON THE TABLE AT THE BACK OF THE SANCTUARY AND IN THE CHURCH OFFICE.
    • Make cheques payable to “Bridge Street United Church”, place on the offering plate in special offering envelope (or drop into the Church Office).
    • DO NOT INCLUDE PAYMENT FOR THIS SUBSCRIPTION WITH YOUR WEEKLY OFFERING, as this is not a donation to be recorded with your offerings.
    • DEADLINE TO SUBMIT 2020 – 2021 SUBSCRIPTION ORDERS IS NEXT SUNDAY, MARCH 1.

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.

  • 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).  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.

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.

The Rev. William (Bill) Perry, from our congregation, has agreed to fill the role of Minister (Voluntary) of Pastoral Visitation for the next while.  Rev. Perry’s primary responsibility will be to visit those in hospital, and he will also respond to specific calls to visit from members of the congregation. 

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 & Music

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.

  • 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.

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).

  • Kente UCW Annual Luncheon MeetingApril 1, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St Mark’s Cannifton with speaker Christine Walker Bird describing the deep connections made through the world of fabric.  Christine, former educator in this area, has taught rug hooking in Metangwe Kenya and brings inspiration and creativity to her lively presentations. Lunch is $12 at the door.  A day to connect with those from other churches.  All are most welcome. 
  • 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 NaturalistsMonday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. – BSUC Sills Auditorium – Quinte and the Climate Crisis – Degrees in wildlife biology and forestry, and 15 years experience with Quinte Conservation gives Brad McNevin, Quinte Conservation’s new Chief Administrative Officer, knowledge of how climate change is affecting us locally and ideas for what can be done to help mitigate the crisis.  All are welcome. 

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