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WORSHIP SERVICES

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

Sunday, May 19, 2019 – 5th Sunday of Easter 

Worship leader, The Rev. G. David King, Intentional Interim Lead Minister

Special music, Jonathon Maracle, drums

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.

Transition Team News …

KEEPING YOU INFORMED – Update # 6 (19.05.19)

The Transition Team met this past Tuesday (May 14th) to reflect upon, and to take preliminary steps towards understanding, the depth and breadth of information collected from participants at our Saturday, May 11th workshop “Honouring Differences”. Twenty-two people were in attendance.

In order to ensure that we have as large a cross-section of congregational input as possible, the Transition Team is inviting those who were unable to join us in person to read a 3-page booklet and then to provide answers to a set of questions.  These 2 documents are available on the table at the rear of the Sanctuary.  In addition to the “hard copies”, an electronic version has already been sent to folks who receive our weekly e-newsletter “This Sunday at BSUC”.

If you are availing yourself of this further opportunity, we request that you hand-deliver your responses (or send them electronically to info@bridgestchurch.com) to Carol Leslie in our church office by May 29th.

Thank you for having participated or for choosing to participate now in this congregational consultation.

We are listening for you and God’s Holy Spirit.

Sincerely,

Karen Cullen, Rosella Donaldson, The Rev. Rickard Hamilton, Frank Hiebert,

Carolyn Ketcheson, The Rev. G. David King

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Sunday, May 19th …

Sign Up Sheets for our Outdoor Worship Service & Pot Luck Now Available …

in the main, Church Street, entrance and in the Auditorium during “Coffee Time”. 

Please sign up to help us plan!

Event Date:  Sunday, June 9, 10:30 a.m. at Trillium Wood Golf Course

AND

Tickets for Command Performance Choir

available to purchase from Moira Forrester in the main, Church St. entrance.

Concert Date:  Sunday, June 2, 2 p.m., BSUC

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The following information is from our bulletin announcements, May 19, 2019:

THIS WEEK @ BSUC

Date Event Time Location
Mon., May 20 Building Closed for Victoria Day holiday    
Tues., May 21 Quinte Deaf Bible Study 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Chapel
  Bridge St. Foundation Directors 4 p.m. Parlour
  Drumantics Drum Circle 6 – 7 p.m. Chapel
Wed., May 22 Bible Study 8 a.m. Parlour
  Knitters United 3 – 5 p.m. Auditorium
Thurs., May 23 Bell Choir Practice 5;30 – 6:45 p.m. Bell Room
  Vocal Choir Practice 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Fri., May 24 Stuff ‘n Chatter 9:30 a.m. Auditorium
  TGIF Meal Distribution 2 – 4 p.m. Bridge St. foyer
Sat., May 25      
Sun., May 26 Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary
  Quinte Deaf Worship 10:30 a.m. Chapel

NEXT WEEK …

Date Event Time Location
Mon., May 27 Office Closed    
Tues., May 28 End-of-the-Month Meals

Kitchen Prep

Frozen Meal Distribution

Doors Open

Meals Served

 

9 a.m.

2 – 4 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

 

Kitchen

Bridge Street foyer

Bridge Street foyer

Gym

  Quinte Deaf Bible Study 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Chapel
Wed., May 29 Bible Study 8 a.m. Parlour
Thurs., May 30 End-of-the-Month Meals See May 28 See May 28
  Bell Choir Practice 5;30 – 6:45 p.m. Bell Room
  Vocal Choir Practice 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Fri., May 31 Stuff ‘n Chatter 9:30 a.m. Auditorium
  TGIF Meal Distribution 2 – 4 p.m. Bridge St. foyer
Sat., June 1 “It Takes Two to Tango” Concert 8 p.m. Sanctuary
Sun., June 2 Worship Service & Celebration Sunday during “Coffee Time” 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary
  Quinte Deaf Worship 10:30 a.m. Chapel
  Command Performance Concert 2 p.m. Sanctuary

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Upcoming Events …

  • Music Ministry Team 2019 Concert Series Events –One weekend, two great concerts!

    • Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. – “It Takes Two to Tango” – duo concert by Mitchell Cox on piano and David Shewchuck on violinIn what we hope will be a terrific future, Mitchell and David have started a piano and violin duo. Mitchell is Music Director at Bridge St. United Church, and David is, among other things, concertmaster of the Quinte Symphony and has studied with several of the truly great violinists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Both musicians are known for their versatility in playing various musical styles in various venues around the world.  About half the concert will be tangos, with the other works a variety of violin and piano solos.  Included, also, will be what is rarely seen: improvised duo playing!  This is sure to be a fun, entertaining evening.  Tickets are $25 each or 2 for $40 and are available in the church office, at the door and on davidshewchuk.com.  10% of proceeds going to Quinte Symphony Orchestra.
    • Sunday, June 2, 2 p.m. – Command Performance Choir – Prince Edward Co.’s Community Choir, will be performing beautiful, lively, and heartfelt choral arrangements of hit songs from the golden age of Rock and Roll. Featuring hits from Paul Simon, Lennon and McCartney, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchel, Carole King, to name just a few, this concert will be a toe-tapping, seat-bopping, wonderful afternoon of great tunes.  Don’t miss this event here in our sanctuary!  A great way to support the Music Outreach in our Church. Tickets $20.00, available in the Narthex after Church, at the Church office, QAC office downtown, online at www.commandperformancechoir.com, or at the door!  See you there! 
  • Outdoor Worship Service & Pot Luck – Sunday, June 9, 10:30 a.m. – Trillium Wood Golf Course, 1281 Hwy 37, Corbyville. Cold meats, hot dogs, milk and ice cream will be provided.  Please bring a food offering (or cash offering for food purchases) AND YOUR OWN PLATE & UTENSILS.  Please sign up to help us plan!  Sign up sheets located in the main entrance and Auditorium (following worship).  
  • BAZAAR … Please mark your calendars to remember this year’s Bridge Street Christmas Bazaar.  The Candy Cane Lane Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 16th from 09:30 am to 3:00 pm.  The event will feature:  Artisans, Baking, Crafts, Gift Baskets, a Luncheon and two Unique Treasure Rooms.  We look forward to your involvement and your attendance.  If you wish to participate or if you would like additional information please contact: Shirley at 613 771 1555 or by e-mail at hmlaren3@cogeco.ca.  Thank you, The Bazaar Committee

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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.

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.

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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

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 4 years

Children’s Centre – ages 5 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

  • Finance Team is pleased to report that we received a very generous response from the congregation to our Easter offering appeal — virtually on budget!
  • 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.

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.

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. 

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.  Subsequent programs include two in June:   David Shewchuck, violinist, and Mitchell Cox, pianist, in “It Takes Two to Tango”, then on June 2nd at 2 p.m., Command Performance Choir will be performing “Sweet Nostalgia – Songs from our LP’s.  (See above, “Upcoming Events” for more details about these two concerts in June).  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 in November.  The series ends with Bridge St. United’s Christmas Concert and Singalong, December 22.

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.

BENEVOLENT FUND:

This church’s Benevolent Fund is in place to assist those during times of personal financial crisis.  This “last hope” form of community outreach, administered by our Minister of Pastoral Care, is in keeping with the generous spirit of Bridge Street Church and, as such, we believe that maintaining the fund is the responsibility of this congregation.  Donations to the Benevolent Fund can be made by way of the special “Benevolent Fund” envelopes found in the church pews. 

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 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 June GatheringThursday June 20 – Lunch at the O’Connor House in Deseronto. We will meet at the Bayview Mall (west side parking lot) at 11:15 to car pool.  When the callers phone you, let them know if you will be attending and if you need a ride.  We need to give the restaurant the numbers of women who will be arriving for lunch.  It will be our last get-together until fall.  Hope to see you there and we can chat about our summer plans.

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 –

  • Quinte Symphony Concert – “Grand Finale” with Orchestra Kingston – Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., Bridge Street United Church. Tickets at the door and online @ www.thequintesymphony.com.
  • Quinte United Immigration Services & Amnesty International Quinte EventWednesday, May 15 at 1 p.m.at the Belleville Public Library.  In anticipation of International Refugee Day and to observe the 40th anniversary of the refugee sponsorship movement in Canada, QUIS & AIQ invite you to a screening of the film “Inside my Heart” (2018).  This film delivers a vital reminder about the humans who have been swept up in the global crisis which involves more than 68 million refugees.   Join us for this free event–all are welcome.  Please RSVP to the QUIS office at 613-968-7723 if you plan to attend.
  • “The Flying Dutchman” in Concert @ St. Matthew’s United Church Sunday, May 26, 7 to 9 p.m. POSTER

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