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WORSHIP SERVICE

   Invite-a-Friend Sunday

   Sunday, September 22, 2019

      10:30 a.m.

         Rev. G. David King leading worship. 

WE 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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Transition Team News …

KEEPING YOU INFORMEDUpdate #8

On May 11, members of congregation were invited to participate in an activity designed to stimulate discussion on promoting positive relationships and effective communication within our faith community. The session, titled Honouring Differences, facilitated open dialogue on ways to improve the nature and tone of our communications one with another, both when conducting the matter of church business and when expressing our concerns about issues relating to our faith community. The session involved 22 individuals, 20 of whom submitted their signed questionnaires and 6 additional individuals who were not able to attend but who took the time to complete the exercise at home and submit to the church office.

There were a number of key words and phrases which appeared in the answers to the various questions. Words such as “Faith,” “Respect,” “Openness,” “Welcoming,” “Joy,” “Optimism” identified the important things we need to recognize as critical components to the positive experience of congregational life.

The overall results of the activity made evident a number of truths. It became clear that congregants:

  • value the fellowship and personal support offered by the friendships developed within the BSUC community;
  • value open and respectful communication that facilitates a sense of belonging;
  • experience the community as a positive, welcoming and accepting place where there is a willingness for folks to participate in the life and work of the church;
  • feel supported in their spiritual journeys of faith;
  • prefer to address any conflicts or disagreements through direct and private communication, not through emails;
  • identified a need for a process to resolve conflicts.

As a follow up to the questionnaire, there is a plan for the Transition Team to meet during the summer months to develop a document to be entitled “A Call to Faithful Living.” The content of the document will closely follow on the ideas expressed in the questionnaires. It will be designed to function as a guide for interactions for all who participate in church activities, governance and formal leadership. In addition, a further document outlining a process for conflict resolution will be jointly developed by the church’s lay and clergy leadership in the near future.

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

Carolyn Ketcheson, The Rev. G. David King

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THIS WEEK @ BSUC…

Date Event Time Location
Mon., September 23 Office Closed    
  Facility Use Rental

(Quinte Field Naturalists)

6 – 10 p.m. Auditorium
Tues., September 24 End-of-the-Month Prep 9 a.m. St. Thomas’ Anglican
  Strategic Planning Comm. 10 a.m. – Noon Parlour
  Foundation Directors 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Parlour
  End-of-the-Month Meals Served 5 – 6:30 p.m. St. Thomas’ Anglican
Wed., September 25 Bible Study 8 a.m. Parlour
  Wind Quintet Practice 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sanctuary
  Knitters United 3 – 5 p.m. Auditorium
Thurs., September 26 End-of-the-Month Meal Prep 9 a.m. St. Thomas’ Anglican
  End-of-the-Month Meals Served 5 – 6:30 p.m. St. Thomas’ Anglican
  Bell Choir Practice 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Bell Room
  Vocal Choir Practice 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Fri., September 27 Stuff ‘n Chatter 9:30 a.m. Parlour
  TGIF Meal Distribution 2 – 4 p.m. Bridge St. foyer
Sat., September 28      
Sun., September 29 Worship Service

No Coffee Time Today

10:30 a.m. Sanctuary
  Quinte Deaf Worship & Potluck 10:30 a.m. Chapel
  Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir Concert 2:30 p.m. Sanctuary

 NEXT WEEK …

Date Event Time Location
Mon., September 30 Office Closed    
Tues., October 1 Worship Team 9:30 a.m. Parlour
  Personnel Team 1:30 p.m. Parlour
  Drumantics Drum Circle 6 – 7 p.m. Chapel
Wed., October 2 Bible Study 8 a.m. Parlour
Thurs., October 3 Bell Choir Practice 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Bell Room
  Vocal Choir Practice 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Fri., October 4 Stuff ‘n Chatter 9:30 a.m. Parlour
  TGIF Meal Distribution 2 – 4 p.m. Bridge St. foyer
Sat., October 5 Facility Use (Private Family Gathering) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Parlour
Sun., October 6 Worship Service with Worldwide Communion & Strategic Planning Committee Presentation to Congregation

& Coffee Time

10:30 a.m. Sanctuary
  Quinte Deaf Worship 10:30 a.m. Chapel

Mark Your Calendars –

  • Strategic Planning Committee Update to the Congregation – Sunday, October 6 following worship.
  • Candy Cane Lane Bazaar – Saturday, November 16 – 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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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

  • 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).
  • Stuff ‘n Chatter Bulletin Collation Group – Fridays at 9:30 a.m., Parlour – You are invited to help us fold the next Sunday’s order of worship, followed by a time of fellowship and a cup of coffee. Please use Bridge St. entrance to access the Parlour. 
  • PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is a convenient way to make contributions to the mission and ministry of this church. Administered by the United Church of Canada, contributions are withdrawn around the 20th of each month.  Contact the church office if you are interested in switching to this form of offering.

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 and October 22 & 24.
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.  We will resume knitting at Bridge Street Church on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month beginning September 25.  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.

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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.

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.

  • FMT Report to the CongregationStatements for the first eight months of the year show us to be in a slightly over-budget position. This is due partly to some unexpected building expenses (lift hydraulic hose replacement [mandated by Technical Standards and Safety Authority – TSSA] and boiler repairs).  In addition, offerings during July and August reflect the usual summer slump.  FMT reminds you that, if you were away, it’s never too late to “catch up” on your summer offerings.

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. 

  • A “Coffee Time” Update – We now have Coffee Time Host volunteers for October! Many thanks!
  • More Volunteers Needed!
    • Coffee Time Coordinator – This person schedules two host volunteers per Sunday – one month at a time.
    • Coffee Time Host Volunteers – Beginning at approximately 10 a.m., these teams of two people make the coffee and tea/set out cups and milk/clean up afterward (minimal now that we are using disposable cups/people’s own mugs). (No baked goods required). 

Please contact Isabelle, Hospitality Team Member, for more details, or if you’d like to volunteer, 613-966-6581, ihughes@cogeco.ca.

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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.

  • October’s book review will be “Romanov Empress” by C.W. Gortner. Join us!

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! – The vocal choir and bell ringers are looking for new recruits.  If you are looking for a way to let your artistic side out, consider contributing musically to our services.  No pressure, and no commitment needed until the end of September after you know it’s for you!

          Choir Practices are held on Thursdays and begin on September 5. 

          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. 

  • Answer the call of the drum!  Make music, release stress, stimulate your brain and have FUN at “Drumantics: rhythm in community” drum circle.  1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 6 – 7 p.m. in the BSUC chapel (beginning Tues., Oct 1). (Use chapel entrance).  NO previous drumming experience necessary.  “Drumantics” is a music outreach program of BSUC.  Contact:  Cathy Russell at Drumantics24@gmail.com or text to 613-438-3631. 
  • 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 …TORONTO WELSH MALE VOICE CHOIR! Sunday, September 29, 2:30 p.m.ADMISSION BY FREEWILL OFFERING.  The popular TWMVC draws on the great Welsh tradition of singing hymns and songs born of the mountains and valleys of Wales.  At the same time, it emphasizes a multicultural context in its broad repertoire, which also includes spirituals, operatic arias, Canadian folk songs, Broadway show tunes and contemporary music.  Their blend of traditional and contemporary music – all sung off-book in accordance with tradition – appeals to a broad audience and is sure to please! Click here for event poster.

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.

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, 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. 

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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.

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)

  • Christian Service
    • A $3,000 DONATION TO THE MISSION & SERVICE FUND OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA WAS RECENTLY MADE BY THE UCW OF BRIDGE ST. UNITED CHURCH.
    • 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). 
  • Christian Study
    • Hastings UCW Fall Rally, Thursday, Sept.26 at Emmanuel United Church, Foxboro. The theme is “In Green Pastures” with a presentation and discussion led by Penny Vance of Tweed. Registration & Refreshments – 9:00 am, Program – 9:30-2-30, Lunch – $12 at the door. For more information or a ride contact Sue Reid (613-968-4655/ suemargreid@yahoo.ca)

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.