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WORSHIP SERVICES

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

Sunday, February 17

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

followed by “Coffee Time”

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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The following information is from our bulletin announcements, February 17, 2019.

THIS WEEK @ BSUC

Date Event Time Location
Mon., Feb. 18 Family Day (office closed)
Inn from the Cold 9 a.m. (Prep)

4 p.m. (doors open)

5 – 6:30 p.m. (meal served)

Kitchen

Gym

Gym

Tues., Feb. 19 Foundation Inv. & Finance Committee 1 p.m. Parlour
Transition Team 2:30 p.m. Parlour (or Library)
Quinte Deaf – Bible Study 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Chapel
Drumantics Drum Circle 6 – 7 p.m. Chapel
Wed., Feb. 20 Inn from the Cold  
Bible Study 8 am. Parlour
Wind Quintet Practice 10 a.m. – 12 Noon Sanctuary
UCW Annual Meeting 1:30 p.m. Chapel
Governance Bd. Meeting 4 p.m. Parlour
Thurs., Feb. 21 Inn from the Cold  
Book Sale Meeting 2 – 4 p.m. Parlour
Bell Choir Practice 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Bell Room
Vocal Choir Practice 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Fri., Feb. 22 Inn from the Cold  
Stuff ‘n Chatter 9:30 a.m. Parlour
Sat., Feb. 23 Knitters United 3 – 5 p.m. Auditorium
Sun., Feb. 24 Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary
Coffee Time Following worship Auditorium
Quinte Deaf Worship 10:30 a.m. Chapel
Hymn Sing Fundraiser 3 p.m. Sanctuary

NEXT WEEK …

Date Event Time Location
Mon., Feb. 25 Inn from the Cold See Feb. 18
Quinte Field Naturalists 7 p.m. Auditorium
Tues., Feb. 26 Inn from the Cold  
Worship Team 9:30 a.m. Parlour
Quinte Deaf – Bible Study 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Chapel
Foundation Directors 5 p.m. Parlour
Wed., Feb. 27 Inn from the Cold  
Bible Study 8 a.m. Parlour
Wind Quintet Practice 10 a.m. – 12 Noon Sanctuary
Knitters United 3 – 5 p.m. Auditorium
Thurs., Feb. 28 Inn from the Cold – LAST  
Bell Choir Practice 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Bell Room
Vocal Choir Practice 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sanctuary
 
Fri., March 1 Stuff ‘n Chatter 9:30 a.m. Auditorium
DocFest Set Up Mid afternoon Auditorium
Sat., March 2 DocFest All Day Auditorium
Sun., March 3 Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary
Celebration Sunday During CoffeeTime Auditorium
Quinte Deaf Worship 10:30 a.m. Chapel
Faith Formation Meeting Noon Parlour

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Upcoming Events …

“Beloved Hymns of Charles Wesley” – Warm up your winter with an old-fashioned Hymn Sing at Bridge St United on Sunday, February 24 at 3 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the Old Hay Bay Church Restoration Fund featuring Beloved Hymns of Charles Wesley. Built in 1792, the Hay Bay meeting house was the first Methodist Church built by the United Empire Loyalists in Canada near Adolphustown and is now the oldest existing Methodist building in Canada.  It is open to the public in the summer but is in need some urgent repairs. There will be a freewill offering and also the opportunity to receive charitable receipts for donations of over $20.  Sing it out, Brothers and Sisters!

Bazaar Meeting Tues., March 5, 10 a.m., Parlour – All are welcome!  We need your interest, ideas, questions & thoughts, as to whether we continue having our Annual Bazaar.

Book SaleFriday, April 12 (12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m.) and Saturday, April 13, 2019 (9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.).  All genre of books available.  Coffee and muffins available for purchase. Donations for the book sale will be gratefully received (at 60 Bridge St. E. entrance) beginning Tuesday, March 5.

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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.

Administration

  • “United Church Observer” Magazine Subscriptions – It’s time to renew or become a new subscriber! $25 for 11 issues ($2.27 per issue/taxes 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 the special 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 2019 – 2020 SUBSCRIPTION ORDERS IS FRIDAY, MARCH 1.

  • Facility Use During the Month of January – The following organizations used church space during this period to further their own mission: Architectural Conservancy of Ontario; Drumantics; HIV-AIDS Regional Services (Kingston); Quinte Deaf Fellowship; Quinte Field Naturalists. 
  • 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 about this process, please call the office, 613-962-9178.

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.

  • “Inn from the Cold” – Winter Food Ministry Program – Hot Meals for 42 nights – from Fri., Jan. 18 to Thurs., 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 the program. 

      Total number of meals served/distributed in 2018 through the three BSUC food ministry programs = 14,184.

During the six weeks of the 2018 when our “Inn from the Cold” program was held, 7,070 meals were served or distributed.

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

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

  • End-of-the Month Meals – End of the Month meals started in 2016 to meet the observed increase in demand for meals near the end of each month.  End of the Month meals run from March through to December in the same fashion as Inn from the Cold, in that a hot meal is served, which includes salad, main course, and dessert.  Doors open at 4:30 p.m.  Meal served from 5 – 6:30 p.m. 
  • TGIF Thank God It’s Friday” frozen meal distribution operates every Friday (March through to the middle of January when “Inn from the Cold” begins) from 2 to 4 p.m. at our 60 Bridge St. East entrance.  There is no cost for these meals, and no pre-ordering is required.  Simply register on your first visit by showing ID for each meal you wish to pick up.

KNITTERS UNITED:

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.  We always meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays (Jan. 9 and 23 this month) from 3-5 p.m.  In addition, during Inn from the Cold, we also knit on Saturdays (Jan. 19, 26 this month) also from 3-5 p.m.  A bonus during IFTC is that some folk also stay and share a meal together.  We welcome you and your friends to join this community group that knits for the community.  For more information, see Elizabeth Ewashkiw, 613-968-9382 or eewashkiw@sympatico.ca.

 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 48 months
  • Children’s Centre – ages 4 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

  • FMT Report to the Congregation – The Finance Team is encouraged by the congregation’s commitment “to agree on a viable financial model for the church’s ministry” as part of intentional interim ministry. As at the end of January 2019, the church’s financial position is comparable to the same time one year ago, with an operating deficit of approximately -$35,000.  We also note a disturbing pattern of decline in offerings (both via envelopes and pre-authorized remittances).
  • 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. 

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.

A Message from Rev. Phil …

  • Rev. Phil Hobbs, our Pastoral Care Minister (Pro-Tem) reminds one and all that it is not too late!  Not too late to get your flu shot.  Influenza season is here and is proving to be a bad one according to reports from across Canada.  Influenza kills several hundred Canadians each year. (The elderly and children are most at risk of serious side-effects of Influenza.)  It is not too late to protect yourself and others.  See your Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Pharmacist and get your flu shot this week.  It only takes a few minutes.  There is still time for you to make a difference for community health and well-being.  Thank you.

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 –      

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 Annual Meeting Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m., Chapel (which can be accessed from the 60 Bridge St. E. entrance, then use the “lift” or take stairs up to the Chapel).
  • World Day of Prayer – On the first Friday in March, 170 countries will celebrate “World Day of Prayer” – Friday, March 1, 2 p.m., hosted by Emmanuel United Church, 458 Ashley Street, Foxboro. At the core of the 2019 theme is an invitation – “Come – Everything is ready” (based on the Parable of the Feast, Luke 14:15-24).  The Rev. Dr. Jackie Harper will lead in an interactive reflection activity on the theme.  Ecumenical service written by the women of Slovenia and led by women of many denominations in the Belleville area.  A taste of Slovenia to follow.  ALL ARE WELCOME.

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 –

  • Canadian Guitar Quartet @ St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, Sunday, Feb. 17 at 4:30 p.m. Since its debut in 1999, the Canadian Guitar Quartet has toured extensively in North and South America establishing a reputation as one of the finest classical guitar ensembles in the world. A reception will follow. Admission by donation.  POSTER
  • Murray Baer in Concert @ Picton United Church, Sunday, February 17, 2 to 4 p.m. Remember the first time you heard the organ in Phantom of the Opera or Bohemian Rhapsody? Be blown away again when Murray Baer performs modern and contemporary musical selections at Picton United Church. The acoustics in the sanctuary are amazing!  Call for tickets at 613-476-6050 or online. This concert is part of the Heritage Week Celebrations.  POSTER
  • Mark’s United“Let’s Do Lunch” – Tues., Feb. 19, noon til 1 p.m. – Soup, sandwich & dessert – freewill offering with proceeds to UCW. 237 Cannifton Rd., Cannifton.
  • Emmanuel United – Treasure Chest Sale – Fri., & Sat., Feb. 22 & 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Used books, puzzles & board games, craft supplies and “Visiting Corner” with free coffee. 458 Ashley St., Foxboro.
  • International Women’s Day Friday, March 8 at Bridge St. United Church. Downtown march from BSUC at 4:30 p.m.  Social hour & refreshments at 5 p.m.  Jane Rabinowics, Executive Director of USC Canada, guest speaker, beginning at 6 p.m.  USC Canada, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1945 and is rooted in the notion of human dignity and equality.  By harnessing the power of good seeds, farmer leadership and global solidarity, USC Canada helps communities around the world thrive.  All are welcome to this free event.  POSTER

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