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Rock & Soul: Now That We’re Dead

By |2017-10-11T13:56:44-03:00October 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, News, RockSoul, What's Happening|

 

Ok, so we’re back at Rock & Soul for a Halloween inspired encore.  I cut my guitar chops on records like Master of Puppets, …And Justice For All, and the Black Album. If you don’t know these titles than you don’t know one of the biggest, highest record selling bands of history: Metallica.

I can’t say I was a huge fan of Loaded and Re-Loaded, which I bought but never really bought into. However, James and the boys are back in a vengeance with this latest single release “Now That We’re Dead” off their latest record, “Hardwired…To Self Destruct”.  This single reached #2 on the Mainstream Rock billboard.

If you’re rolling your eyes at the titles, good for you: welcome to heavy metal drama at its finest!

When I first heard this song, I immediately connected biblical stories.  It’s rife with religious imagery.  If you surf Reddit very much, even on a website that is traditionally very secular and anti-religious, people were curious. 

 

It’s fascinating to note that while lots of people aren’t part of a church or think of living their faith as an intentional choice both personally and communally, the impact of the bible on our culture is still loud and clear.

So What! interviewed James Hetfield on the lyrics:

“NOW THAT WE’RE DEAD”

JH: Yeah, at the end of the day we’re all the same. Having something to believe in, maybe there’s an afterlife. Maybe it started out as wanting to be more of a modern-day Romeo and Juliet. We’re in this together.

Helping each other through life. And you know, “now that we’re dead,” I mean that could mean lots of things. Actually, you are dead. You’re onto the next life. Or you’ve gone through something horrible as a couple. Now you’re [both] on the other side of it. So, trusting in another person.

And at the end of the day, your behaviors, whatever you’ve done, they’re just behaviors. You can amend them, you can make up for them, and together, move on with a clean conscience. There’s [also] an exploration feel of, like, “I don’t know what’s next – come on, let’s try it. Let’s go. Let’s do it.”

 

Ummm…ok. Let’s recap:

 

1) Humanity is equal.

2) We’re in this life together. There’s more to life than we know or imagine.

3) We have to help each other.

4) In order to find resurrection (“new life”) we need to let some things go (“die”)

5) Your behaviours don’t define you.  There is hope.  It’s never too late to find reconciliation and new life.

6) We don’t know what happens around the next turn, so let’s go there together, trusting we aren’t alone.

So who knew the lead singer of one of the world’s greatest heavy metal bands can preach the gospel of Jesus and hit number 2 on a billboard with none the wiser? Ok, that’s a bit of a stretch, but only just.

We all know that’s what baptism is about right? At least in part, it’s a ritualized way of demonstrating we have to let some things go in order for something new to begin.  For God, death isn’t the end.  God is never finished creating, and baptism is always a sign that even with death, behold, God is making all things new.  Even me and you. 

Just see Isaiah 43:18-19, 65:17, Revelation 21:5, Ephesians 2:15, 4:24, Hebrews 8:13. 

It’s a kinda well established theme in scripture eh?

So, put on your Halloween best, crank those laptop speakers and enjoy some serious skull candy by listening to the audio below. The official video has more than 14.4 million hits.

 

Below is a road trip through each verse that connects the bible with the song. As always, what it means is up to you, but here’s how I hear it…

 

When darkness falls
May it be
That we should see the light

 

[John 1:1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

“The light” in John’s gospel is the life of God’s Word of creation in Jesus.  In the original language of the gospel, it’s translated as “Logos”.  You know that word because you see it in Psych-ology , Bi-ology, Physi-ology, etc. 

It’s a principle around and through which something is created – in the biblical case – the universe.  John’s gospel notes that the way society and culture is organized often turns a blind eye to the power of love and justice. Haven’t you seen the news lately? 

The Good News is that even though what was true then is also true now, the light is still shining even though darkness falls. 

One of the most powerful verses of John is that Jesus transcends the way we belong – not by nation, or blood relation, creed or clan, “but to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.”  (John 1:12)

In my ear, the song hopes we can see the possibility of new life even if it means letting go of what we know all too well. 

 

When reaper calls
May it be
That we walk straight and right

 

[Isaiah 40:3]  A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
 make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

 

[Mark 1:1]  The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,

who will prepare your way;
the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”

Without getting caught in the cultural semantics of some religious minds and ears, we make  the road by walking it and the way we walk needs to change. Biblically, this is not some take on heterosexuality…I’m pretty sure no one was talking about being “straight” as a cultural reference 2000 years ago. 

What people were talking about then, and now, is that death is a great equalizer regardless of whether we are rich or poor.  But rather than treating this pearl of wisdom as a judgement we ought to be afraid of because it’s only delivered after we leave this earthly life, the First Testament and the Gospel imagined a greater motivator: New life. Here. Now.

“I am the truth, the way, and the life.” What else did you think Jesus meant? The question is whether you want to walk that way, and if you do, that means letting go of a lot of baggage that’s weighing us all down.

God is paving the road ahead of those who have the courage to walk it.  That road will lead out of death’s valley and into new life – a promised land where something incredible and never before imagined is about to begin.

It sounds great. It’s terrifying in its own right and not because we need to be afraid of divine judgement at the end of days.  It’s scary because it’s possible to find new life.  But do we have the courage to step out into what we cannot already see?  To explore what we don’t already know?  In order to see the light, you’ve got to be willing to step out into the grey.

 

When doubt returns
May it be
That faith shall permeate our scars
  

[John 20:24-31] But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

There’s one thing you can count on in life – for every step forward on the road, you’re going to be knocked back a few. The gospel never denies this.  No one said resurrection is easy. The question we ought to ask might be: is it worth it?

The Risen Christ isn’t shiny and new. He didn’t come fresh out of the action figure with kung-fu grip box off God’s assembly line. He’s full of scars.  Scars don’t just tell the story of our trauma, they also tell the story of new life.  Scars don’t just relive our past, they speak to the present “us” and who we are becoming. They define what we’ve been through, not who we will become.

That’s the story of Jesus. That’s the road of faith we make by walking together. And doubt my friends, like Thomas reminds us, is an essential part of that journey.  Success doesn’t require courage.  Counting on what we already know, doesn’t require faith in what we haven’t discovered yet. 

Welcome to Christianity 101.

 

When we’re seduced
Then may it be
That we not deviate our cause
   [MK 1:9-15]

 

[Mark 1:9-15] In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Our cultural and societal ways of understanding what it means to be human are at odds with what God intends in creation.  The intention, the logos, is not that a few sit on top of pyramids while the masses slave and suffer below (there’s that little story about Egypt you might have heard about in the bible). 

But what’s seductive about what we know is the status quo is comforting in its own right.  Why question the big things in life?  Isn’t it hard enough just to get by? Just keep your head down – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Nothing is a more broken portrait of God’s image than slavery to what we already know and do to one another as human beings. God has created and is creating.  If we are fully alive, than we are active partners of the spiritual evolution God is birthing too.

As soon as Jesus is baptized, he’s tempted by the status quo.  He’s presented with the option of grasping at power as sure as our metaphorical ancestors decided to in Eden. But Jesus won’t walk that way. 

The word repent basically means, “question everything”.  It’s a 180 degree turn in a different direction. If you know anything about Jesus’ life, you know that’s exactly what he did.  It got him killed.  For those with faith to see, it also raised a new life for all.

No wonder people are cynical about religion, whose mantra has long been twisted into “question nothing”. The light of Jesus ministry shines in the darkness of John’s death – someone who also questioned everything and paid the price for it.

 

All sinners, a future
All saints, a past
Beginning, the ending
Return to ash 

[Genesis 3:19] By the sweat of your face
    you shall eat bread
until you return to the ground,
    for out of it you were taken;
you are dust,
    and to dust you shall return.”

I often get asked where the “dust to dust” line of a funeral comes from.  Well, if you’ve ever been up at night wondering, now you know.  The saying comes from the ending of the garden story of Adam and Eve. I love how the song recognizes what the bible does too: the line between sinner and saint is especially blurry, much to the contrary of what religion has often taught us.

At funerals, I don’t recite this line to give death any comfort.  I see death as only a means to life’s grander scheming.  The return to ash is not the end, but the seed for something new to spring forth. I know what you’re thinking – that’s a stretch.  In church, we call that faith.

 

Now that we’re dead, my dear
We can be together
Now that we’re dead, my dear
We can live forever
  

At SJUC we’ve been having a lot of fun reading Brian McLaren’s “We Make The Road by Walking”, as you can tell by this post and most of my preaching this fall.  One of the ideas he challenges is that eternal life is just endless time.  Surely to goodness faith has a greater imagination than just doing the same things here on earth, up in heaven, for ever because it’s easier. Most popular religious imagination is just that: persecuting your enemies after Jesus comes back to pick you up and take you away to paradise while the left behind rot in hell.

Lord. Have. Mercy. 

How can anyone read the Lord’s Prayer and say that stuff with a straight face?

I rather like Brian’s challenge that scripture calls for us to “seek aliveness” – that we are called to be fully alive, over brimming with the stuff, and filled with the creative energy of God in all things.

In my mind the song imagines death as necessary only to new life that is very much possible here and now – on earth as it is in heaven.  Living forever isn’t just endless time on the clock for more of the same, eternal life is discovering the One who created and is creating even here, even now, in us all.

 

When all is pain
May it be
It’s all we’ve ever known
  

 

[Psalm 51:6,8-12] You desire truth in the inward being;
    therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
    and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
    and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and sustain in me a willing spirit.

A long, long time ago in a galaxy that looks remarkably like our own, the psalmist sang of pain.  A lot.  There’s quite a bit of it in this life in case you hadn’t noticed.

And yet, the psalm doesn’t let pain end the possibility of life – that doesn’t require faith.  The biblical singer imagines a new possibility, one of restoration and purpose in what seems like a meaningless situation that’s full of anguish.  Study after study shows prayer and spiritual community are manna for the soul and help our distress tolerance immensely.  Yes, church can be good for you.

 

When flame consumes
May it be
It warms our dying bones 

[PROV 25:4] Take away the dross from the silver,
    and the smith has material for a vessel;

 

There’s lots of verses I could think of here from the bible, but Proverbs really stands out.  God doesn’t destroy for the sake of destruction.  That runs completely roughshod over the logos of creation we talked about.  At its best, fire is about transformation in the bible.  In this case, much of who we are needs to be refined as human beings, but the aim is for a new vessel to take shape.  God’s eye is always on life – what a world it would be if ours was too.

 

When loss has won
May it be
It’s you I’m madly fighting for 

 

[LK 23:46] Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last.

I can think of no better lyric to describe Jesus’ last words to the world.  Instead of fear or revenge or judgement, Jesus proved to be made of a different word altogether: Love.  Grace. Mercy. Hope. Loss can win all it wants in this world.  I want to put my money on the Creator.  She’s playing the long game of life instead of the short gains of death, and Jesus knew it. He fought for it until he breathed his last, and even then, even now.

 

When Kingdom comes
May it be
We walk right through that open door 

 

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

What Jesus desperately believed with every fiber of the witness in his body that the gospels lay down, is this: Here.  Now. The kingdom comes.  Even here.  Even now.  The kingdom comes. Even today.  Even in you and me.  The kingdom comes.

Behold, Christ stands at the door and knocks.  To answer is to leave what we know on the shoreline behind us, and discover something altogether new.  Do we have courage?  Do we have faith? Are we willing to walk this way?  There will be pain, doubt, and sacrifice.

The question remains, now that we’re dead my dear, are we finished?

I’m paraphrasing the lyrics but, Beyond the black, can we rise again?

Or will we walk right through that open door?

Like the song, my bet, is definitely on the latter.

 

Rock on,

 

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock & Soul: The Violence by Rise Against

By |2017-09-12T20:44:13-03:00September 12th, 2017|Categories: RockSoul, What's Happening|

So welcome to Rock & Soul – this Bible goes to 11!

Contrary to what we often hear, I believe our culture is incredibly theological and spiritual.

In each post, I’ll take a song I’ve heard from my own collection or something that’s tearing up the charts and connect it to the Bible, the gospel, and our collective soul.

Some people just hear the radio or a playlist. I hear the gospel being shouted from the rooftops.

To that end my friends, here’s what this little corner of the digital universe is about: Rock & Soul.

 

First up on the playlist is a band my 20 something nephew was a big fan of, Rise Against.

Ok, disclaimer time. If you don’t like punk rock or hard core, this won’t earn a heart on your Apple Music of Google Play. These guys still generate plenty of harmonies and slick melodies, but if you’re looking for Bieber-esque…this ain’t your jam.

Still, I beg you – you’ve come this far – don’t turn back now.

Growing up in St. John’s Newfoundland in the 1990’s during the grunge revolution, there was a huge outpouring of “All Ages” shows, most of which were put on by punk bands. We met in Lion’s Clubs, curling rinks, and high school gyms. I grew up with punk and hard rock and to this day, continue to love it and play it myself.

While I would say that you should never discourage expanding your horizons, the lyrics are sufficient and posted below.

On YouTube alone they’ve earned over 2.7 million views for this tune that’s really right out of Genesis.

That YouTube audio is here too and it’s on heavy rotation over at Live 105 in Halifax.

Dancing on the crumbling precipice
The rocks are coming loose just at the edge
Are we laughing? Are we crying?
Are we drowning? Are we dead?
Or is it all a dream?

The bombs are getting closer everyday
“That can never happen here” we used to say
Have these wars come to our doorstep?
Has this moment finally come?
Or is it all a dream?

Chorus: Are we not good enough?
Are we not brave enough?
Is the violence in our nature
Just the image of our maker?
Are we not good enough?
Are we not brave enough?
To become something greater
Than the violence in our nature?
Are we not good enough
Or is it all a dream?

To a predetermined fate are we condemned
Or maybe we’re a book without an end
We’re not stories, we’re not actors
We’re awake and in control 
And this is not a dream

So can we break this mold
And set in motion something new
Forgetting what we know
An evolution overdue 
Fight the current
Pull the ripcord
Get away!

Chorus

We travel back to what we take
We need a storm, let’s pray for rain now
To wash these roads away
Let’s get off track and wander far
Same roads lead to same destinations 
Follow nothing but your heart

We’re talking in our sleep 
And sleeping through our lives
We dream of the places where we never die
We step from our shadows and into the light

Are we not good enough?
Are we not brave enough?
Is the violence in our nature
Just the image of our maker?
Are we not good enough?
Are we not brave enough?
To become something greater
Than the violence in our nature?
Are we not good enough?
Are we not brave enough?
Are we not good, good enough?
Or was it all a dream?

Songwriters: Brandon Barnes / Joe Principe / Timothy Mcilrath / Zach Blair
The Violence lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

So why did I choose this song? Simple. The chorus.

These are profound and spiritual questions.

What does it really mean to be human? Look at the endless violence in the news cycle whether from war or terror. Are we “good” or are we “bad”? Why?

Wait a minute – is this a punk rock song that’s singing in the same key as Genesis chapter 1 and 2? Pretty much.

Literally the song asks if being made in God’s image necessitates violence. If you’ve read the bible, it really is a lot of sex, drugs, and rock and soul.

Human beings are messy by nature because just as the biblical writers understanding of God evolves in the bible, we’re evolving too. We make mistakes along the way. We solve problems and yes, we often make new ones.

From the time of creation where the serpent famously tempts humanity to desire being in competition with God more than being in relationship with all of creation (Genesis 1 and 2), to when Noah literally has to contend with the flood as this song calls for in the second verse, the fingerprints of Genesis are all over this tune (Genesis 9:7-17).

To the song’s credit, the violence of the flood in Genesis doesn’t change anything. It’s the fact that afterward, God demands we have to change our relationship.

The rainbow is a promise that violence can never be the way out if we want new life. Many of the biblical authors rejected the idea that God demands violence and sacrifice as over time, their cultural and spiritual experience of God evolved.

In short hand, this is how I’ve always understood why our ancestors of faith told that terrible story of Abraham offering Isaac as a sacrifice (Genesis 22:1-19).

It’s horrendous that child sacrifice wasn’t uncommon in ancient times.

It’s miraculous the biblical writers challenged this practice and wrote a story that pushes back against any such understanding of God.

 

I think the song is also bang on – we’re not actors or stories. We’re not fans on the sidelines of a life that isn’t our own. We are the protagonists of our own lives – something Jesus urged us to be focused on.

15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:15-16

 

As in the first verse of the song, in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus also danced on the precipice with a tempter who promised power over others through domination.

8 Then the devil brought him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 He said, “I’ll give you all these if you bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus responded, “Go away, Satan, because it’s written, You will worship the Lord your God and serve only him.”[d] 11 The devil left him, and angels came and took care of him.  –Matthew 4:8-11

 

Jesus didn’t jive with any of that. He showed us a different way. Grace, Mercy, Peace and Justice for all.

13 “Go and learn what this means: I want mercy and not sacrifice. I didn’t come to call righteous people, but sinners.” –Matthew 9:13

 

When the lyrics wonder if we’re sleeping though our lives and the moment in history that’s confronted humanity’s apathy for change and transformation, that’s right out of the Garden of Gethsemane.

Don’t you remember a little episode when the disciples kept falling asleep while Jesus pleaded for them to waken and realize what was really at stake?

36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.

38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch[a] with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.

44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on.[b] See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

 

We dine on apathy to our peril. Change starts with a single step and we need to ask if we really are stepping out of the same patterns that lead to the same places in our lives and our world.

For the ancient Israelites, didn’t dream of falling asleep at the wheel but of  a promised land. A home. A new horizon where everything was possible. Where safety and security were had for all. Where the economy empowered the people rather than forced the strong to consume the weak. It wasn’t just a “nowhere else to go” kind of place.

 

Jesus called this dream the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God depending on which Gospel you read.

Walking on that path was called “The Way” of Jesus – the first name followers of Jesus subscribed to and long before we started calling ourselves “Christians”.

 

Is the Kingdom of God just a dream? Are we not brave enough to walk a new direction and transform our lives and the world around us? This is the challenge and the invitation of Jesus who simply said, “Come, follow me.”

The song insists just as Jesus did in the gospels, that a life of faith (becoming something greater than the violence of our nature) is ours to choose.

 

Jesus challenged us to believe this all the time.  Consider that time when everyone was going to stone a woman to death for adultery – what was Jesus response?

“Whoever hasn’t sinned should throw the first stone.” And “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.”

John 8:1-11

 

The first in the kingdom of God isn’t the greatest because they can bully everyone else into submission – they are the servant of all.

 

Are you sleeping through your life, or are you awake to the possibility that you can change the world of so many around you? What about our church?

As Rage Against the Machine would echo: “There’s no better place than here, no better time than now”, to take up the cross and follow. If Jesus showed us anything, it was that God dreams we are so much better than violence.

 

After all – Jesus transformed the cross from an instrument of violence and death into a rainbow…into a sign that this world can be so much better and being that change you want to see in the world is the farthest thing from fantasy.

The revolution of life we seek won’t be found in violence. It’s spiritual. It’s always been spiritual.

Our ancestors of faith knew it. Jesus knew it. And yes, even a punk rock song knows it too.

 

The question has always been, does it matter enough for you to be brave enough and make the road of new life by walking enough ’till we get to the promised land?

Or is it “all a dream”?

 

Like the song, the question is yours and mine to answer in the life we lead today, and all those to come.

M

What’s Happening – Dec 21st, 2014

By |2017-02-01T17:05:43-04:00December 21st, 2014|Categories: What's Happening|

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS: Please note the church office will be closed starting Dec 25th, 2014 and will reopen on Jan 5th, 2015 at 9am.  For any pastoral emergencies during this time please contact Grant Kerr (902-229-7199)

Our Choirs meet weekly – all are welcome to join!

Children’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 6:15pm (SJUC)

St. John’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 7pm

Wellington’s Choir – Thursdays @ 6:45pm

Upcoming events to mark on your calendar……

Tues, Dec 23rd     10am – LPC team meeting (SJUC)

7:30pm – Christianity & Islam Workshop (SJUC)

Wed, Dec 24th      4pm, 8pm & 11:15pm – Services @ SJUC

Wed, Dec 24th      6pm – Service @ WUC

ANNUAL MEETING DATES – 2015

January 8th – Deadline for Committee Chairs to submitted their annual report to the office.

February 15th – SJUC Annual Mtg (1pm – at SJUC)

February 17th – WUC Annual Mtg (7pm – at WUC)

February 24th – WPC Annual Mtg (7pm – at SJUC)

The next Official Board Meeting is Jan 12th at 7 pm at Wellington United.

Backup Needed In The Sound Room – Due to Hal’s changing work schedule, SJUC is in need of an additional person in the sound room.  Owen is graciously continuing to make sure the beat goes on, but it would be nice to have a second set of hands around the board and the projector.  Are you interested?  Please let Rev. Matthew or Tracey know by calling the church office (902-860-4000) or email Rev. Matthew (revmatthew@sjucfr.ca).

New Subscriptions & Renewals of “The Observer”:  If you would like to continue or start receiving this magazine please submit $20 to Tracey at the office no later than Jan 5th, 2015.  Any questions please call 902-860-4000 or email tracey@sjucfr.ca.

Wise Café New Year’s Eve Celebration: Dec 31st, 5:30pm-8:30pm (SJUC) This celebration is open to community members 60+ as well as a guest. If this guest happens to be an adult who doesn’t quite fit the 60+ range, bring them along anyway.  What’s important to note is the timing: we start with worship at 5:30pm and we finish with watching the countdown live-streamed from London, England at 8pm. You will be back home safely or onto the next party, before most people are even going out.  Worship is followed by potluck (dessert provided) and games. No need to be home alone when you can be here with friends. Come celebrate with us – please register with Heather Kellerman ahead of time. (hlk@eastlink.ca or 902-860-2546)  If the only reason you can’t attend is due to transportation, please contact Heather and she will see what she can do for you.

17th Annual Robbie Burns Night – St. John’s United Church Hall:  Please mark your calendars for 6pm Sat, Jan 24th, 2015 and join us for bagpipes, Scottish dancers, roast beef dinner, a few surprises and plenty of laughs – Scottish style!  A great Christmas gift for the adults on your list, you can purchase tickets for $25 each by contacting Sue MacLean at 902-861-2474  / suejmaclean@gmail.com or from Tracey at the church between 9am and 1pm, Monday to ThursdayYou won’t want to miss this one!

 

For printable version please click here….What’s Happening Dec 21st

What’s Happening – Dec 14th, 2014

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CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS: Please note the church office will be closed starting Dec 25th, 2014 and will reopen on Jan 5th, 2015 at 9am.  For any pastoral emergencies during this time please contact Grant Kerr (902-229-7199)

Our Choirs meet weekly – all are welcome to join!

Children’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 6:15pm (SJUC)

St. John’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 7pm

Wellington’s Choir – Thursdays @ 6:45pm

Upcoming events to mark on your calendar……

Tues, Dec 16th      7pm – Nominations Mtg (SJUC)

Sun, Dec 21st        9:30am – Sunday School Pageant (WUC)

Tues, Dec 23rd     10am – LPC team meeting (SJUC)

7:30pm – Christianity & Islam Workshop (SJUC)

Wed, Dec 24th      4pm, 8pm & 11:15pm – Services @ SJUC

Wed, Dec 24th      6pm – Service @ WUC

ANNUAL MEETING DATES – 2015

January 8th – Deadline for Committee Chairs to submitted their annual report to the office.

February 15th – SJUC Annual Mtg (1pm – at SJUC)

February 17th – WUC Annual Mtg (7pm – at WUC)

February 24th – WPC Annual Mtg (7pm – at SJUC)

Backup Needed In The Sound Room – Due to Hal’s changing work schedule, SJUC is in need of an additional person in the sound room.  Owen is graciously continuing to make sure the beat goes on, but it would be nice to have a second set of hands around the board and the projector.  Are you interested?  Please let Rev. Matthew or Tracey know by calling the church office (902-860-4000) or email Rev. Matthew (revmatthew@sjucfr.ca).

On behalf of the Church in Action committee Karen Lewis would like to thank the congregation for their generous donations for the Shelter.  They were overwhelmed with all the items, but given this community, certainly not surprised.  Thank you all for your support!

Wise Café New Year’s Eve Celebration: Dec 31st, 5:30pm-8:30pm (SJUC) This celebration is open to community members 60+ as well as a guest. If this guest happens to be an adult who doesn’t quite fit the 60+ range, bring them along anyway.  What’s important to note is the timing: we start with worship at 5:30pm and we finish with watching the countdown live-streamed from London, England at 8pm. You will be back home safely or onto the next party, before most people are even going out.  Worship is followed by potluck (dessert provided) and games. No need to be home alone when you can be here with friends. Come celebrate with us – please register with Heather Kellerman ahead of time. (hlk@eastlink.ca or 902-860-2546)  If the only reason you can’t attend is due to transportation, please contact Heather and she will see what she can do for you.

New Subscriptions & Renewals of “The Observer”:  If you would like to continue or start receiving this magazine please submit $20 to Tracey at the office no later than Jan 5th, 2015.  Any questions please call 902-860-4000 or email tracey@sjucfr.ca.

17th Annual Robbie Burns Night – St. John’s United Church Hall:  Please mark your calendars for 6pm Sat, Jan 24th, 2015 and join us for bagpipes, Scottish dancers, roast beef dinner, a few surprises and plenty of laughs – Scottish style!  A great Christmas gift for the adults on your list, you can purchase tickets for $25 each by contacting Sue MacLean at 902-861-2474  / suejmaclean@gmail.com or from Tracey at the church between 9am and 1pm, Monday to Thursday.  You won’t want to miss this one!

Other Community Events

Woodlawn United Church Musicians with the Fairview Citadel Salvation Army Band present their 27th Annual Christmas concert.  Sun. Dec. 14th at 7pm (54 Woodlawn Road Dartmouth) Free will offering.

The Choir of St. John’s United Church, HALIFAX is presenting “A Christmas Tapestry” on Thursday, Dec. 18th – 7pm, in the Lilian Piercey Concert Hall at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. The performance is a glimpse of favourite Christmas traditions through the ages, in narration, song, dance and drama. $10/person.

Blue Christmas Service; Tues, Dec 16th at 7pm – Christmas can be a difficult time for some people because of the loss of a loved one, the anguish of a broken relationship, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill-health, the absence of friends and family, the pain of loneliness. We need to take time to acknowledge our sadness. We need to know we are not alone. Come and join us as we feel God’s presence with us and find comfort in the knowledge that His word comes to shine a light in our darkness. ALL WELCOME! Knox United Church (567 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville) 902-865-9216 www.knoxsackville.ca

Peace – Solstice Practice:  Please join Sheila Lane for a gentle, meditative yoga practice for the final days of Fall 2014. A celebration of the solstice.  All money proceeds gratefully accepted for Ubuntu Grannies, and donations of hats, mitts, gloves and blankets accepted for Out Of the Cold Shelter, Halifax (supported by SJUC).    Where: St. John’s United Church; When: Thurs. Dec 18th, 5:15pm to 6:30pm; Cost: Free will offering or donation for the Shelter

 

For printable version please click here….What’s Happening Dec 14th

What’s Happening – Dec 7th, 2014

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ATTENTION!  Envelope holders at St. John’s – Did you make an offering during the August 3rd service at Wellington? Was the offering a cheque for more than $100? If so please contact Paul Keizer (phone 902 466 7590).

Our Choirs meet weekly – all are welcome to join!

Children’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 6:15pm (SJUC)

St. John’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 7pm

Wellington’s Choir – Thursdays @ 6:45pm

Upcoming events to mark on your calendar……

Sun, Dec 7th         7pm – Rick Gunn’s Cantata (SJUC)

Tues, Dec 9th        7:30pm – Islam & Christianity Workshop (SJUC)

Sun, Dec 21st        9:30am – Sunday School Pageant (WUC)

Tues, Dec 23rd     10am – LPC team meeting (SJUC)

Wed, Dec 24th      4pm, 8pm & 11:15pm – Services @ SJUC

Wed, Dec 24th      6pm – Service @ WUC

ANNUAL MEETING DATES – 2015

January 8th – Deadline for Committee Chairs to submitted their annual report to the office.

February 15th – SJUC Annual Mtg (1pm – at SJUC)

February 17th – WUC Annual Mtg (7pm – at WUC)

February 24th – WPC Annual Mtg (7pm – at SJUC)

New Subscriptions & Renewals of “The Observer”:  If you would like to continue or start receiving this magazine please submit $20 to Tracey at the office no later than Jan 5th, 2015.  Any questions please call 902-860-4000 or email tracey@sjucfr.ca.

WUC – Memorial Christmas Tree: all ornament money & completed order forms must be turned into WUC no later than Sun, Dec 14th.

Backup Needed In The Sound Room – Due to Hal’s changing work schedule, SJUC is in need of an additional person in the sound room.  Owen is graciously continuing to make sure the beat goes on, but it would be nice to have a second set of hands around the board and the projector.  Are you interested?  Please let Rev. Matthew or Tracey know by calling the church office (902-860-4000) or email Rev. Matthew (revmatthew@sjucfr.ca).

Out-of-the-Cold Shelter:  CiA will be delivering food, meals and clothing donations to the shelter on Dec 12th.  If you’d like to help again this year with prepared meals remember to package the meals in large ziploc bags as it is easier at the shelter for storage in their fridge / freezer.  You can drop your items off to Karen Lewis (27 Karen Ave / 902-860-1878) or Linda Cox (32 Karen Ave / 902-861-2880).  Or Karen & Linda would be happy to pick up your items, just give them a call.  Thanks for your generous contributions to this program.

WUC Christmas Pageant: Calling All Animals!!! Anyone with an animal costume big or small or even an animal hat that are willing to lend it for this year’s pageant are asked to contact Mona at mcox23@eastlink.ca or 902-861-4997 ASAP.  This year’s pageant is in the final draft but can still be customized.  Pageant date is Sun Dec 21st during our 9:30am service…mark your calendars!!!

Released But Never Lost: A Christmas Cantata of Hope: Sun. Dec 7th – 7pm at SJUC.  Performed by singers and musicians from Bedford and St. John’s United Churches and beyond!  Composed and conducted by Rick Gunn, this Cantata blends Matthew’s and Luke’s nativity stories with stories of youth homelessness and the work of Phoenix.

WiseCafé New Year’s Eve Celebration: Dec 31st, 5:30pm-8:30pm (SJUC) This celebration is open to community members 60+ as well as a guest. If this guest happens to be an adult who doesn’t quite fit the 60+ range, bring them along anyway.  What’s important to note is the timing: we start with worship at 5:30pm and we finish

with watching the countdown live-streamed from London, England at 8pm. You will be back home safely or onto the next party, before most people are even going out.  Worship is followed by potluck (dessert provided) and games. No need to be home alone when you can be here with friends. Come celebrate with us – please register with Heather Kellerman ahead of time. (hlk@eastlink.ca or 902-860-2546)  Please note that if the only reason you can’t attend is due to transportation, please contact Heather and she will see what she can do for you.

17th Annual Robbie Burns Night – St. John’s United Church Hall:  Please mark your calendars for 6pm Sat, Jan 24th, 2015 and join us for bagpipes, Scottish dancers, roast beef dinner, a few surprises and plenty of laughs – Scottish style!  A great Christmas gift for the adults on your list, you can purchase tickets for $25 each by contacting Sue MacLean at 902-861-2474 / suejmaclean@gmail.com or from Tracey at the church between 9am and 1pm, Monday to Thursday.  You won’t want to miss this one!

Other Community Events

Christmas House Tour in aid of the Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation; Sun Dec 7th, 1pm-5pm and Dec 8th, 6pm-9pm.  Come see 3 beautifully decorated houses and a lovely, quaint country church (St. Margaret’s Anglican Church).  A professionally trained musical theatre performer, Sean Andrews will sing at the church.  Crafts for sale.  Admission $10 (children 12 and under free).  Tickets available at each location or in advance at The Vegetorium and Wellington Bakery.  For further information call Sue at 902-835-5611 or Gloria at 902-861-1682.

Blue Christmas Service; Tues, Dec 16th at 7pm – Christmas can be a difficult time for some people because of the loss of a loved one, the anguish of a broken relationship, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill-health, the absence of friends and family, the pain of loneliness. We need to take time to acknowledge our sadness. We need to know we are not alone. Come and join us as we feel God’s presence with us and find comfort in the knowledge that His word comes to shine a light in our darkness. ALL WELCOME! Knox United Church (567 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville) 902-865-9216 www.knoxsackville.ca

Christmas Cantata – “Rise Up”:  Join the choirs of Edgewood Oxford United & Port Wallis United at 7:30pm; Sat Dec 13th – Edgewood Oxford United; Sun Dec 14th – Port Wallis United.  Free will offering with proceeds to each church on the night of the performance.  Familiar and new arrangements of the Christmas story and the opportunity to join in singing some favourite carols.

Peace – Solstice Practice:  Please join Sheila Lane for a gentle, meditative yoga practice for the final days of Fall 2014. A celebration of the solstice.  All money proceeds gratefully accepted for Ubuntu Grannies, and donations of hats, mitts, gloves and blankets accepted for Out Of The Cold Shelter, Halifax (supported by SJUC).   Where: St. John’s United Church; When: Thurs. Dec 18th, 5:15pm to 6:30pm; Cost: Free will offering or donation for the Shelter

The Choir of St. John’s United Church, HALIFAX is presenting “A Christmas Tapestry” on Thursday, Dec. 18th – 7pm, in the Lilian Piercey Concert Hall at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. The performance is a glimpse of favourite Christmas traditions through the ages, in narration, song, dance and drama. $10/person.

 

For printable version please click here…..What’s Happening Dec 7th

What’s Happening – November 30th

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Our Choirs meet weekly – all are welcome to join!

Children’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 6:15pm (SJUC)

St. John’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 7pm

Wellington Choir – Thursdays @ 6:45pm

Upcoming events to mark on your calendar……

Sun, Nov 30th       6:30pm – Spirit of Advent (SJUC)

Mon, Dec 1st        6pm – UCW Potluck & Candlelight Service SJUC)

Tues, Dec 2nd       7:30pm – Islam & Christianity Workshop (SJUC)

Wed, Dec 3rd       7pm – Celebration of Lights Tree Lighting (SJUC)

Sun, Dec 7th         7pm – Rick Gunn’s Cantata (SJUC)

Tues, Dec 9th        7:30pm – Islam & Christianity Workshop (SJUC)

Sun, Dec 21st        9:30am – Sunday School Pageant (WUC)

Wed, Dec 24th      4pm, 8pm & 11:15pm – Services @ SJUC

Wed, Dec 24th      6pm – Service @ WUC

 

Cranberry Sauce for Beacon House Christmas Boxes: We are almost there…if you are able to donate a few more cans please drop them in the bin at either Wellington or St. John’s as you enter the church.  Your donations are appreciated.

WUC – Memorial Christmas Tree: ornament money & completed order form must be turned into WUC no later than Sun, Dec 14th.

Backup Needed In The Sound Room – Due to Hal’s changing work schedule, SJUC is in need of an additional person in the sound room.  Owen is graciously continuing to make sure the beat goes on, but it would be nice to have a second set of hands around the board and the projector.  Are you interested?  Please let Rev. Matthew or Tracey know by calling the church office (902-860-4000) or email Rev. Matthew (revmatthew@sjucfr.ca).

CiA is helping with the Out-of-the-Cold Shelter again this year.  If you can donate any of the following items please drop it in the bins located in the narthex at SJUC.  Items needed: New underwear (Men’s & women’s);  Men’s pants sized 30-36 (new or good condition);  Bus tickets;  Medical gloves (non-latex);  Brown paper bags;  Belts (new or good condition);  Backpacks;  Unused stamps;  Facecloths (new or good condition);  Packaged cookies;  Regular & decaf coffee (Instant or perk);  Sugar packets;  Large size coffee filters;  To-go coffee cups and lids;  Grocery Store gift cards;  Juice Boxes & Frozen Juices;  Large black & blue extra strength garbage bags;           Masking Tape;  Staples

WUC Christmas Pageant: Calling All Animals!!! Anyone with an animal costume big or small or even an animal hat that are willing to lend it for this year’s pageant are asked to contact Mona at mcox23@eastlink.ca or 902-861-4997 ASAP.  This year’s pageant is in the final draft but can still be customized.  Pageant date is Sun Dec 21st during our 9:30am service…mark your calendars!!!

Released but Never Lost: A Christmas Cantata of Hope: Sun. Dec 7th @ 7pm at SJUC.  Performed by singers and musicians from Bedford and St. John’s United Churches and beyond!  Composed and conducted by Rick Gunn, this cantata blends Matthew’s and Luke’s nativity stories with stories of youth homelessness and the work of Phoenix.

WiseCafé New Year’s Eve Celebration: Dec 31st,5:30pm-8:30pm (SJUC) This celebration is open to community members 60+ as well as a guest, if you don’t want to come alone.  If this guest happens to be an adult who doesn’t quite fit the 60+ range, bring them along anyway.  What’s important to note is the timing: we start with worship at 5:30pm and we finish with watching the countdown live-streamed from London, England at 8pm. You will be safely back home or onto the next party, before most people are even going out.  Worship is followed by potluck (dessert provided) and then some games. No need to be home alone when you can be here with friends. Come celebrate with us – just let Heather Kellerman know by registering ahead of time. (hlk@eastlink.ca or 902-860-2546)  Please note that if the only reason you can’t attend this event is that you don’t have any way to get there, please contact heather and she will see what she can do for you.

 

Other Community Events

Snowflake Manor – Christmas House Tour: 6177 Highway 2, Oakfield on Thursday Dec 4th from 6pm – 9pm.  Proceeds to St. John’s United Church, Fall River & Special Olympics Truck Convoy.  Tickets are $5.00 per person, (Adults only) and can be purchased during the Spirit of Advent Concert or by calling Tracey at 902-860-4000.

 Ladies in Blues Christmas Concert: Sat. December 6th @ 7:30pm (Metro Karate Centre, 211 Main Street Dartmouth). Purchase tickets online (eventbrite.ca) or at the door.

 Christmas House Tour in aid of the Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation; Sun Dec 7th 1pm-5pm and Dec 8th 6pm-9pm.  Come see 3 beautifully decorated houses and a lovely, quaint country church (St. Margaret’s Anglican Church).  A professionally trained musical theatre performer, Sean Andrews will sing at the church.  Crafts for sale.  Admission $10 (children 12 and under free).  Tickets available at each location or in advance at The Vegetorium and Wellington Bakery.  For further information call Sue at 902-835-5611 or Gloria at 902-861-1682.

Blue Christmas Service; Tues, Dec 16th at 7pm – Christmas can be a difficult time for some people because of the loss of a loved one, the anguish of a broken relationship, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill-health, the absence of friends and family, the pain of loneliness. We need to take time to acknowledge our sadness. We need to know we are not alone. Come and join us as we feel God’s presence with us and find comfort in the knowledge that His word comes to shine a light in our darkness. ALL WELCOME! Knox United Church (567 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville) 902.865.9216 www.knoxsackville.ca

Enchor East presents “Noel Noel”: Sat. Dec 6th – 7:30pm at St. Benedict RC Church (45 Radcliffe Dr) & Sun. Dec 7th – 3pm at Knox United Church (567 Sackville Dr).  Tickets available at the door or by calling 902-865-0822 ($20 Adults / $15 Seniors / $45 Family).

 

For printable version please click here….What’s Happening Nov 30th

What’s Happening – Nov 23rd, 2014

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Dedication

This week’s bulletins/slides are dedicated in celebration of Hunter Daniel Bruneau’s baptism today at Wellington United.  Congratulations Hunter with all our love Grammie, Grampie, Auntie T and Great Grandma  (Mona, Danny & Tabitha Cox and Morlean Ringer)

Our Choirs meet weekly – all are welcome to join!

Children’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 6:15pm (SJUC)

St. John’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 7pm

Wellington Choir – Thursdays @ 6:45pm  (this week Wellington choir will meet at SJUC at 6pm to rehearse for Spirit of Advent)

Upcoming events to mark on your calendar……

Mon, Nov 24th      7pm – Council mtg (SJUC) &   7pm – M&P mtg (WUC)

Tues, Nov 25th      10am – LPC check-in mtg (SJUC) & 7:30pm – Christianity & Islam Workshop (SJUC)

Wed, Nov 26th      2pm-4pm – Wise Café (SJUC)

Sat, Nov 29th        11am-1pm – Turkey-a-la-King (SJUC)

Christmas Concerts/Services

Sun, Nov 30th       6:30pm – Spirit of Advent

Mon, Dec 1st        6pm – UCW Potluck & Candlelight Service

Wed, Dec 3rd       7pm – Celebration of Lights Tree Lighting

Sun, Dec 7th         7pm – Rick Gunn’s Cantata

Sun, Dec 21st        9:30am – Sunday School Pageant

Wed, Dec 24th      4pm, 8pm & 11:15pm – Services @ SJUC

Wed, Dec 24th      6pm – Service @ WUC

Cranberry Sauce for Beacon House Christmas Boxes: We are almost there…if you are able to donate a few more cans please drop them in the bin at either Wellington or St. John’s as you enter the church.  Your donations are appreciated.

CiA is helping with the Out-of-the-Cold Shelter again this year.  If you can donate any of the following items please drop it in the bins located in the narthex at SJUC.  Items needed: New underwear (Men’s & women’s);  Men’s pants sized 30-36 (new or good condition);  Bus tickets;  Medical gloves (non-latex);  Brown paper bags;  Belts (new or good condition);  Backpacks;  Unused stamps;  Facecloths (new or good condition);  Packaged cookies;  Regular & decaf coffee (Instant or perk);  Sugar packets;  Large size coffee filters;  To-go coffee cups and lids;  Grocery Store gift cards;  Juice Boxes & Frozen Juices;  Large black & blue extra strength garbage bags;  Masking Tape;  Staples

WUC Christmas Pageant: Calling All Animals!!! Anyone with an animal costume big or small or even an animal hat that are willing to lend it for this year’s pageant are asked to contact Mona at mcox23@eastlink.ca or 902-861-4997 ASAP.  This year’s pageant is in the final draft but can still be customized.  Pageant date is Sun Dec 21st during our 9:30am service…mark your calendars!!!

UCW Candlelight Service: Mon Dec 1st at SJUC.  Starting at 6pm people are invited to a potluck (remember peanut free) and fellowship time.  Then at approximately 7pm all are welcome to gather in the sanctuary where the UCW ladies will lead us in their Candlelight Service.

Released but Never Lost: A Christmas Cantata of Hope: Sun. Dec 7th @ 7pm at SJUC.  Performed by singers and musicians from Bedford and St. John’s United Churches and beyond!  Composed and conducted by Rick Gunn, this cantata blends Matthew’s and Luke’s nativity stories with stories of youth homelessness and the work of Phoenix.

Ladies in Blues Christmas Concert: Sat. December 6th @ 7:30pm (Metro Karate Centre, 211 Main Street Dartmouth). Purchase tickets online (eventbrite.ca) or at the door.

Enchor East presents “Noel Noel”: Sat. Dec 6th – 7:30pm at St. Benedict RC Church (45 Radcliffe Dr) & Sun. Dec 7th – 3pm at Knox United Church (567 Sackville Dr).  Tickets available at the door or by calling 902-865-0822 ($20 Adults / $15 Seniors / $45 Family).

For printable version please click here…What’s Happening Nov 23rd 

Memorial Christmas Tree Ornaments

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Memorial Christmas Tree Ornaments are available for purchase this year at Wellington United Church.

Each ornament is a $10 donation and will be placed on the Christmas tree at Wellington during the Advent season.

The tree with its ornaments will be dedicated during the Christmas Eve service (Dec 24th @ 6pm).

All proceeds go towards the purchase of a new tree and some fresh trimmings for WUC.

Order forms are at each church, by contacting Mona at mcox23@eastlink.ca / 902-861-4997 or click here for order form…Memorial Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

What’s Happening – Nov 9th 2014

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Our Choirs meet weekly – all are welcome to join!

Children’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 6:15pm (SJUC)

St. John’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 7pm

Wellington Choir – Thursdays @ 6:45pm

Upcoming events to mark on your calendar……

Tues, Nov 11th      7:30pm – Christianity & Islam Workshop (SJUC)

Sun, Nov 16th               9:30am – Dedication of a stain glass window in memory of David Miller during worship at WUC

Mon, Nov 17th      7pm – Spiritual Oversight mtg (SJUC)

Mon, Nov 24th      7pm – Council mtg (SJUC)

Tues, Nov 25th      10am – LPC check-in mtg (SJUC)

Please remember the WPC Admin office is closed on Nov 11th, for a pastoral emergency please call Rev. Matthew @ 902-579-2276

Remembrance Services – Nov 11th @ 11am

Waverley Cenotaph – Rev. Matthew Fillier

Windsor Junction Cenotaph – Rev. Iain Macdonald

St. John’s UCW Turkey-a-la-King Luncheon and Christmas

Bazaar: Saturday, November 29, 2014 @ 11 am – 1 pm; Silent Auction, Bake Table, Crafts, Christmas cookies, Fudge, Jewelry Boutique.  Lunch:  Adults: $8 – Youth $4 – Children $2 (children’s menu: hot dogs, potato chips, ice cream)   Sponsored by St. John’s UCW  –Items for Bazaar: The UCW will collect new or gently used  items for the silent auction, as well as jewelry and scarves for the boutique.  If you have any items to donate please bring them to the church on Friday Nov 28th. You may contact Hazel McLean (902-861-3783) if you have any questions.  (The group is also looking for Christmas cookie tins & jewelry boxes)

Cranberry Sauce for Beacon House: each year our congregations are asked to donate items to help with filling the Beacon House Christmas boxes.  This year we have been asked to collect 250 cans of Cranberry SauceWe are almost there…if you are able to donate a few more cans please drop them in the bin at either Wellington or St. John’s as you enter the church.  Your donations are appreciated.

Rick Gunn’s Cantata will be held at St. John’s United Church on Sun, Dec 7th @ 7pm.  Stay tuned for more details.

Gifts with Vision: The United Church of Canada provides Mission and Service support to partners all year long for their vital work in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and right here in Canada.  With Gifts with Vision, you give a gift in honour of friends or family to support specific partner activities such as creating healthy places to live, promote justice, provide social service and enliven worship.  If you are interested in Gifts with Vision please take a catalogue for more details.  Catalogues are on the table as you enter the sanctuary.

Christianity & Islam workshop!! –Please join Rev. Iain Macdonald on Tuesdays at 7:30pm @ SJUC.  Each session discusses the world’s two largest religions, bringing greater understanding of each. The study takes neither a “how-to-convert-Muslims” nor a “we’re-all-the-same” approach. It provides us with a greater appreciation of both Jesus and Muhammad.   All are welcome to attend.

Other Community Events

Concert of Remembrance in honour of the 100th anniversary of WWI – will be held at Rockingham United Church, 12 Flamingo Drive, Halifax – Nov 11th at 7 pm, featuring Rockingham’s Senior and Men’s Choirs.  Cost:  Freewill offering.  All are welcome!

Waverley Legion Craft Fair – Nov 14th & 15th; free admission…come out and see what our local artists have created.  (Fri: 11am-8pm & Sat: 10am-5pm)

St. Thomas Anglican Church (Fall River): is holding their Annual Christmas Tea and Sale: Nov 15th from 12pm to 3 pm.  Christmas Decorations & Crafts; Bake Table, Books, Sparkle Boutique, Match & Win Baskets, and Silent Auction.  Christmas Tea will be served with Sandwiches and Sweets at a cost of $7.

Christmas Trade Fair on Saturday, November 15th from 10am-4pm at Bedford United Church, 1200 Bedford Highway.  HUGE Gift Basket draw (approx. $500 value). Vendors are local entrepreneurs showcasing varied and creative products.  To book a table email Debbie at dkmorris32@gmail.com.

 Celebration of Lights….another year has passed and it’s time once again to “shine a light” on someone who has brought their special light into your life.  Starting next Sunday, Michael will be in the narthex to accept your order.  This fundraiser offers us an opportunity to raise some money for St. John’s but most importantly it is an occasion to remember or honour someone special.  The lighting ceremony will be held on Wed Dec 3rd at 7pm following the end of our children’s choir practice.  Of course we’ll have hot chocolate and cookies for the celebration.  Click here for Order Form….

For printable version of What’s Happening….click here…What’s Happening Nov 9th

What’s Happening – Nov 2nd, 2014

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Dedication:  This week’s bulletins/slides are dedicated in celebration of Faye Alexis Blair’s baptism today at St. John’s United.  Congratulations Faye with all our love Dorothy & Graham MacDonald proud grandparents. 

Our Choirs meet weekly – all are welcome to join!

Children’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 6:15pm (SJUC)

St. John’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 7pm

Wellington Choir – Thursdays @ 6:45pm

Upcoming events to mark on your calendar……

Mon, Nov 3rd       7pm – Official Board mtg (SJUC)

Tues, Nov 4th        7pm – Finance mtg (SJUC)

7:30pm – Christianity & Islam workshop (SJUC)

Thurs, Nov 6th      7:30pm – CiA mtg (27 Karen Ave)

Sat, Nov 8th          8:30am – Men’s Breakfast (SJUC)

St. John’s UCW Turkey-a-la-King Luncheon and Christmas Bazaar: Saturday, November 29, 2014 @ 11 am – 1 pm Silent Auction, Bake Table, Crafts, Christmas cookies, Fudge, Jewelry Boutique.  Lunch:  Adults: $8 – Youth $4 – Children $2 (children’s menu: hot dogs, potato chips, ice cream)   Sponsored by St. John’s UCW

–Items for Bazaar: The UCW will collect new or gently used  items for the silent auction, as well as jewelry and scarves for the boutique.  If you have any items to donate please bring them to the church on Friday Nov 28th. You may contact Hazel McLean (902-861-3783) if you have any questions.  (The group is also looking for Christmas cookie tins & jewelry boxes)

Christmas Boxes for Beacon House: each year our congregations are asked to donate items to help with filling the Beacon House Christmas boxes.  This year we have been asked to collect 250 cans of Cranberry Sauce.  There is a bin at both Wellington & St. John’s as you enter the church.  Your donations are appreciated.

Gifts with Vision: The United Church of Canada provides Mission and Service support to partners all year long for their vital work in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and right here in Canada.  With Gifts with Vision, you give a gift in honour of friends or family to support specific partner activities such as creating healthy places to live, promote justice, provide social service and enliven worship.  If you are interested in Gifts with Vision please take a catalogue for more details.  Catalogues are on the table as you enter the sanctuary.

Men’s Breakfast: circle your calendar – Nov 8th @ 8:30am.  We are having one of our own church family as the Guest Speaker…Richard Cobanli.  Bring a buddy and enjoy men’s fellowship.  For more details please contact David Chard (902-860-1679)

Christianity & Islam workshop!! –Please join Rev. Iain Macdonald on Tuesdays at 7:30pm @ SJUC.  Each session will cover a major area of the world’s two largest religions, comparing and contrasting them in a way that brings greater understanding of each. The study takes neither a “how-to-convert-Muslims” nor a “we’re-all-the-same” approach. It provides students with a greater appreciation of both Jesus and Muhammad, both the New Testament and the Quran, and both Christianity and Islam and it faces, frankly, both our similarities and our differences. All are welcome to attend.

Other Community Events

Concert of Remembrance in honour of the 100th anniversary of WWI – will be held at Rockingham United Church, 12 Flamingo Drive, Halifax – Nov 11th at 7 pm, featuring Rockingham’s Senior and Men’s Choirs.  Cost:  Freewill offering.  All are welcome!

St. Thomas Anglican Church (Fall River): is holding their Annual Christmas Tea and Sale: Nov 15th from 12pm to 3 pm.  Christmas Decorations & Crafts; Bake Table, Books, Sparkle Boutique,Match & Win Baskets, and Silent Auction.  The cost is $7 and Christmas Tea will be served with Sandwiches and Sweets.

Christmas Trade Fair on Saturday, November 15th from 10am-4pm at Bedford United Church, 1200 Bedford Highway.  HUGE Gift Basket draw (approx. $500 value). Vendors are local entrepreneurs showcasing varied and creative products.  To be a vendor & book a table email Debbie at dkmorris32@gmail.com

For printable version please click here…What’s Happening Nov 2nd

What’s Happening – Oct 26th

By |2017-02-01T17:05:44-04:00October 23rd, 2014|Categories: What's Happening|

Choir meets weekly – all are welcome to join!

Children’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 6:15pm (SJUC)

St. John’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 7pm

Wellington Choir – Thursdays @ 6:45pm

Upcoming events to mark on your calendar……

Mon, Oct 27th      7pm – Spiritual Oversight (SJUC)

Tues, Oct 28th      7pm – M&P Mtg (Lois’ home)

7:30pm – Christianity & Islam Study (SJUC)

Wed. Oct 29th      2pm – Wise Café (SJUC)

IMPORTANT Official Board Meeting – Mon, November 3rd @ 7pm in the chapel at SJUC.

The date has been set — Christianity & Islam workshop!! –Please join Rev. Iain Macdonald on Tues, Oct 28th at 7:30pm @ SJUC for the first session.  Each session will cover a major area of the world’s two largest religions, comparing and contrasting them in a way that brings greater understanding of each. Written for Christians that have little knowledge of Islam other than what they have seen in the news, it aims at providing a general understanding of the differences and similarities between these two great religions. The study takes neither a “how-to-convert-Muslims” nor a “we’re-all-the-same” approach. It provides students with a greater appreciation of both Jesus and Muhammad, both the New Testament and the Quran, and both Christianity and Islam and it faces, frankly, both our similarities and our differences. All are welcome to attend.

Wise Café – Worship, Food & Conversation for the 60+ population.  Join us Wednesday, Oct 29th from 2pm-4pm at St. John’s United.  Spread the word…our guest speaker Grant Kerr will talk on Christian Basics: What does the Bible say? How might the Bible be understood?

Church in Action (CiA) will meet on Nov 6th @ 7:30pm at Karen’s home (27 Karen Ave).  If you’re interested in helping others please join us.  All are welcome!

Christmas Bazaar – November 29th, 2014:  If you have jewelry that you no longer wear please consider donating it to the UCW ladies for the jewelry boutique.  New this year the ladies are also collecting scarves to sell at the boutique.  Please contact Hazel McLean (902-861-3783) if you have any items to donate or questions.  (Hazel is also looking for Jewelry boxes)

Christmas Boxes for Beacon House: each year our congregations are asked to donate items to help with filling the Beacon House Christmas boxes.  This year we have been asked to collect 250 cans of Cranberry Sauce.  There is a bin at both Wellington & St. John’s as you enter the church.  Thank you for your donations.

Gifts with Vision: The United Church of Canada provides Mission and Service support to partners all year long for their vital work in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and right here in Canada.  With Gifts with Vision, you give a gift in honour of friends or family to support specific partner activities such as creating healthy places to live, promote justice, provide social service and enliven worship.  If you are interested in Gifts with Vision please take a catalogue for more details.  Catalogues are on the table as you enter the sanctuary.

The United Church Resource Centre located in the Cole Harbour-Woodside United Church (15 Bissett Rd) is run by volunteers.  To keep the Centre open Beverley Nightengale is looking for volunteers to cover the centre from 10am-1pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  If you are able to volunteer please contact Beverley after 6pm at 902-435-1605.  Or you may reach her at the centre (902-404-3309) on Mondays from 7pm-9pm.

 

Other Community Events

In Praise of the Spoken Word: Poetry and Preaching – A poetry event featuring El Jones, HRM Poet Laureate and Rev. Matthew Fillier  on Thurs, Oct 30th @ 7pm at AST St. Columba Chapel, 634 Francklyn St.

All are welcome – free admission!  This event is sponsored by the AST Arts and Theology committee

Poem by Maryann Martin

Praise the chorus of days

bringing truth’s tenor

to our doors. Praise the times

we hear the knock, storm of nights

waking us to the thunder

of our songs. Praise the lightning

in our voices, amens

crackling on our tongues

 Annual Turkey Supper – hosted by Port Wallis United Church (263 Waverley Rd) on Saturday Nov 1st.  Seating is at 4pm, 5pm & 6pm. Call 902-435-3644 for tickets; cost $12/adult and $6/child under 12yrs.  Takeout also available

 

 For printable version click…What’s Happening Oct 26th

 

What’s Happening – Oct 19th 2014

By |2017-02-01T17:05:44-04:00October 16th, 2014|Categories: What's Happening|

Choir meets weekly – all are welcome to join!

Children’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 6:15pm (SJUC)

St. John’s Choir – Wednesdays @ 7pm

Wellington Choir – Thursdays @ 6:45pm

Upcoming events to mark on your calendar……

Mon, Oct 20th      7:30pm – UCW mtg (SJUC) / 7:30pm – CLG mtg (WUC)

Tues, Oct 21st      10am – Caretaker’s last Session (SJUC)

IMPORTANT Official Board Meeting – Mon, November 3rd @ 7pm in the chapel at SJUC.

SJUC Planting / Tending Day, OCTOBER 26th 11am-2pm: You are invited to remain following a shortened Sunday worship service and join us for a 2nd Planting Day experience.  Many of you were present in May for the 1st experience and now we will take and use all the comments, suggestion, visions, hopes, questions re faithful mission/ministry at St. John’s – all of which we raised at the first event last spring.  How might we expand our ‘presence’ in the community? How might we enhance our various ministries/programs all in an accepting, inclusive manner? How is the Spirit directing our path? Where is our energy/interests these days for the Congregation? Come and be with us.  Lunch (thanks to many of you!) is provided and we begin in the Blair Hall.

(Those surnames A-M please provide Sandwiches / N-Z please provide Sweets —  remember PEANUT FREE please)

Christmas Bazaar – November 29th, 2014:  If you have jewelry that you no longer wear please consider donating it to the UCW ladies for the jewelry boutique.  New this year the ladies are also collecting scarves to sell at the boutique.  Please contact Hazel McLean (902-861-3783) if you have any items to donate or questions.  (Hazel is also looking for Jewelry boxes)

Christmas Boxes for Beacon House: each year our congregations are asked to donate items to help with filling the Beacon House Christmas boxes.  This year we have been asked to collect 250 cans of Cranberry Sauce.  There is a bin at both Wellington & St. John’s as you enter the church.  Thank you for your donations.

Gifts with Vision: The United Church of Canada provides Mission and Service support to partners all year long for their vital work in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and right here in Canada.  With Gifts with Vision, you give a gift in honour of friends or family to support specific partner activities such as creating healthy places to live, promote justice, provide social service and enliven worship.  If you are interested in Gifts with Vision please take a catalogue for more details.  Catalogues are on the table as you enter the sanctuary.

Operation Christmas Child a project of Samaritan’s Purse, opens the door for children, their families and communities to receive assistance.  If you’d like to participate this year and fill a shoebox with gifts for a child please pick up a pamphlet in the narthex for more details on how to get started.

The United Church Resource Centre located in the Cole Harbour-Woodside United Church (15 Bissett Rd) is run by volunteers.  To keep the Centre open Beverley Nightengale is looking for volunteers to cover the centre from 10am-1pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  If you are able to volunteer please contact Beverley after 6pm at 902-435-1605.  Or you may reach her at the centre (902-404-3309) on Mondays from 7pm-9pm.

 

For printer friendly version click here…..What’s Happening Oct 19th