THIS WEEK AT
ST JOHN'S
 
READINGS FOR SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31

TO REMEMBER THIS WEEK IN PRAYER

Our Clergy
Beth+, John+, Caroline+, Gary+ and Michael+

Our Diocese
Reverend Canon John Wilker-Blakley and The Reverend Mervyn Dunn; the Brotherhood of Anglican Churchmen, its groups and members within the Diocese of Ottawa.

Our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem
The clergy and people of Saviour Church, Kufr-Yasif, Israel.

The Anglican Church of Canada (ACC)
Archbishop Colin Johnson, and the people and clergy of the Ecclesiastical
Province of Ontario .

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCIC)
The Dean, council, and congregations of the Manitoba East Area of the
Manitoba-Northwestern Ontario Synod.

Sunday's Flowers
Are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Archie Bruce, and Renee.

Parish Prayer Group
If you wish to have someone prayed for please email  prayerrequest@stjohnsottawa.ca  
or call (613) 232-4500 ext 21.
The Rector's Letter - Easter 2018
Dear Friends,
Every year during Holy Week, I imagine how the disciples must have thought that things weren’t going the way they expected them to! Following Jesus did indeed mean changing the world but not in the manner or time frame they planned. Hopes and dreams were shattered with Jesus’ death but with the dawn of his resurrection, everything changed – life conquered death, hope was reborn, and new possibilities abounded. Year in and year out, we celebrate the same rituals during Holy Week because it is too easy for us to only do the celebrating of Palm and Easter Sunday and skip the hard work of walking through the grief and pain of Good Friday. Easter will come but perhaps not as we expect it to. We know this, because we experience it so many ways in our daily lives.

And so it is, that with a heavy heart, I have to announce that the leasing of the Parish Hall to The Ministry of Coffee will not proceed. As you will recall, at the 2017 Annual Vestry, Corporation was authorized to negotiate the leasing of the Parish Hall to The Ministry of Coffee at commercial market rates. However in the end, the cost benefit analysis was not in our favour.

The project developed quite slowly... 
read the entire letter here --> http://Rector's Letter Easter 2018
Loblaws prepaid Cards
from St John's
You can help others whenever shopping for your groceries!  St John’s raises over $2,500 annually for affordable housing by selling these cards.

Loblaws Gift Cards are on sale at St John’s every Sunday at coffee time after the 10:15 service, or you can order them anytime from Peggy Lister or from Laura in the Church Office.

These Cards ($10, $25, $50, $100) may be used at any Loblaws, Superstore, Valu-mart, No Frills or Independent store.
Please Note
The Rector is Away
Beth+ will be away until Wedesday, April 11 th . For any pastoral concerns, please contact the office and/or John+.

Church Office Easter Hours
The office will be closed Monday, April 2 nd , Tuesday, April 3 rd and Friday, April 6 th if you have a pastoral emergency please leave a message on 613-232-4500 x 10 where we will be checking for messages.

Community Thrift Shop News
The Shop will be closed on Good Friday and Holy Saturday to observe Easter, and will be closed again on Tuesday, April 17 th in order to change the stock for the new season!
WHAT'S HAPPENING!
The Story of Taizé

Thursday, April 12th – 4 pm Conversation
De Mazenod Chapel, Saint Paul University

and 7 pm Taizé Evening Prayer
Sacré Coeur Church,
591 Cumberland St at Laurier

The brothers of Taizé form a monastic community of over a hundred brothers – Catholics, Anglicans, and Protestants from around thirty nations. The community is a "parable of community" and desires that its life be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples.

Thousands of young people are drawn to Taizé each year to share in moments of prayer and simple fellowship. Brother Emile of Taizé will facilitate the conversation and no registration is required.

Sponsored by Anglican Studies (Saint Paul University), the Research Centre for Vatican II and 21st Century Catholicism, and Saint Paul University's Pastoral Services.

The Great Bach Marathon

Saturday, April 14th 1.30 pm
Woodroffe United Church

The Ottawa Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) invites you to their Second Annual Great Bach Marathon. This event features organists, pianists, choristers, and other musicians celebrating the music of J.S. Bach. The event is open to the public; come when you can (and leave when you must). Proceeds from the free-will offering will support the RCCO's scholarships for young organists.


Labyrinth for Caregivers

Thursday, April 19, 1 - 3.30 pm
The Great Hall, Christ Church Cathedral,
414 Sparks Street
Gift yourself with refreshment at the last labyrinth retreat for caregivers of the 2017-2018 season, and return to work with renewed energy.

The facilitators are Barbara Brown and Caroline Balderston Parry. 

For more information or to register: contact Deacon Christine christine@deaconchristine.ca
CoSA Ottawa Fund Raising Gala 
Thursday, April 19, 6 pm,
St. Elias Banquet Hall, 750 Ridgewood Avenue

The gala will feature Wilma Derksen as the keynote speaker, a live auction and mystery gift boxes. Cocktail hour with Gypsy Muse Quartet followed by a three course meal with wine. Tickets are $125 (partial income tax receipt) and can be purchased online at  cosa-ottawa.ca  or from Alice Doell or Emmy Verdun. Join us for an interesting evening in support of a worthwhile cause. CoSA-Ottawa recruits and trains volunteers to work with men after they have served a prison sentence for committing sex offences. CoSA is an effective re-integration program that reduces re-offending and supports people who are committed to turning their lives around.
Rector's Pub Night
Monday, April 23rd 6.30 pm
Army Officers' Mess

A lovely opportunity to socialise, and this April 23rd timing is a great chance to wish the Rector " Godspeed and safe journey " as she prepares for her forthcoming sabbatical.

Such a beautiful venue at The Army Officers' Mess
(right across from the church at 149 Somerset Street).

No blue jeans, please, and all are welcome!

Parish Hike

Saturday, April 28th
Gatineau Park


We heard you! Due to popular demand we are planning a spring Hike.

Mark your calendars!
Watch this space for more details…

Bishop Chapman's Parish Visit
to St John's
On Sunday, September 16th , Bishop Chapman will be visiting St John’s. This provides the opportunity for those who are interested to be Received into the Anglican Church or Confirmed. If you would like more information about being received or confirmed and the preparation required, please be in touch with John+

( john@stjohnsottawa.ca or 613-232-4500 ext 14).
St John's is a
GROWING Church

Did you know?
Our Community is expanding! in many ways:

The average Sunday attendance from 2015 to 2017 has increased by 12%
 
Total Donations in the same period have increased by 4% (that increase is before even counting the amazing and generous Wall Repair donations in 2017)
 
Here are the changes in Parish Roll for the past 18 months (the period for which we have the data)
  • 15 people were removed from the parish roll for many reasons, ie: moving house, death, or leaving for a new parish
  • In that same period we had 49 people added to the roll (wow!!!)
So on an opening base of 311 people that means we are celebrating a net increase of 11% !

The consistent message from newcomers is... "St John's, the Clergy and the people, is such a welcoming Church!"
St John’s Refugee Assistance Group
Volunteers Urgently Needed!

P L E A S E Share Your Gifts
After a long wait, St John’s is expecting up to 25 refugees in 2018, with 16 more in 2019 or 2020. We expect families that include grandparents, parents and children, and also several men arriving alone. One family may be here as soon as April 2018. With arrivals, we will need donations of furniture, clothing, and household items. And, of course, we always need money. Most importantly, however, please consider offering your talents for one of the support roles needed - see further info about roles (click here ----> Volunteer Roles

If you can help, please email Jill Courtemanche or Claudette Kohut ( Jcourt2424@gmail.com or claudettekohut@gmail.com ). 
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS 
*next* week

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48

St John the Evangelist Anglican Church
 www.stjohnsottawa.ca
 154 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON K2P 0H8
613-232-4500
office@stjohnsottawa.ca
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The Reverend Canon Beth Bretzlaff, Rector
BGen (Ret’d) The Venerable John Fletcher, Associate Priest
The Reverend Dr Caroline Ducros, Deacon
The Reverend Canon Dr Gary Hauch, Honourary Assistant
The Reverend Michael Hicks, Honourary Assistant
Dr Gordon Johnston, FRCCO, Organist and Choirmaster
Laura Macdonald, Church Administrator
Brian Cameron, Rector’s Warden
Detlef Dransch, People's Warden
Kathleen Arsenault, Deputy Warden