This Week at St John's
March 19th, 2017
READINGS FOR THIS SUNDAY - THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42

TO REMEMBER THIS WEEK IN PRAYER

OUR CLERGY
Beth+, John+ and Michael+

IN OUR DIOCESE
Parish of North Dundas, The Reverend John Wilcox; St Paul’s Kanata, The Reverend Canon John Bridges, The Reverend Kerri Brennan; Saint Paul University, the students in the Anglican Studies Programme and The Reverend Kevin Flynn, Director.

OUR COMPANION DIOCESE OF JERUSALEM
St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Nablus; members and friends of Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa who are on pilgrimage to Jerusalem with The Very Reverend Shane Parker.

THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA
Archbishop Percy Coffin, the people, and clergy of the Diocese of Western Newfoundland.

THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF CANADA
The Assistant to the Bishop and the staff of the Manitoba-Northwestern Ontario Synod.

PARISH PRAYER CHAIN
If you wish to have someone prayed for, please call (613) 232-4500 ext 21. or email prayer-request@stjohnsottawa.ca
 

THANK YOU
Frances Macdonnell for playing the organ Sunday in Gordon’s absence. 

THANK YOU
John+ who will take services next Sunday and cover while Beth+ is away from March 22nd through 27th. 

THANK YOU
Nelson Usher, who has resigned as Property and Building Committee Co-Chair, and to Mike Scrim who continues as Chair. To all those who have faithfully served on this committee and are changing roles.

KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS 

Emma W. who was baptized this week at St John’s in the midst of the community from The Well.

Sean P. and Henry S. who will be baptized on Easter Sunday at St John’s. 

Wilson R. and Eduardo C. (St John’s), Anne M. and Bob W. (Church of the Resurrection) who will be received into the Anglican Communion,  and Emma C., Angela L. and Chuka U. (Church of the Resurrection) who will be confirmed on April 30th at Church of the Resurrection.

EASTER FLOWERS
You can help the Altar Guild decorate the church for Easter and remember your loved ones with flowers. Make your donation to St John's noting that it is for Easter Flowers and if applicable, please include a note to indicate the names of the people to be remembered.

You can put your donation in the collection plate any Sunday or drop it off at the Office.


ENCORE PRESENTATION:
HOLY LAND 2016 TRIP

March 19th
after the 10.15 service

Peggy Lister and Monica Patten, along with 24 women from across the Diocese of Ottawa, participated in a two-week pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Israel, and the West Bank in November 2016.  Please join them as they share their experiences in "The Land of The Holy One" and reflect on the patnership between our Diocese and the Diocese of Jerusalem.

TRINITY INSTITUTE LIVE
WEB-CAST
ON WATER JUSTICE

March 22nd to 24th
at St Matthew's

Water is a gift. Water is life. Access to clean water is an essential human right, yet such access is increasingly compromised by droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding. These effects of climate change are most tangibly felt by the very people the Gospel urges us to look to – the marginalized and the vulnerable.

To register on this webpage: www.stmatthewsottawa.ca or call St Matthew’s  613-234-4024


BOOK STUDY  
"An Other Kingdom"

Thursdays in March ,
next is: March 23th
5 to 6.30 pm, Chapel

This easy-to-read book by Walter Brueggeman, Peter Block and John McKnight invites us on a journey from our consumer culture to a culture of neighbourliness and connection. 

Please contact the facilitator, Monica Patten, for more information (monica.patten@rogers.com) The book is available at Perfect Books on Elgin Street or at the Ottawa Public Library


RESEARCH SURVEY OPPORTUNITY
We're looking for children ages 6-12 to participate in an online video-based survey looking at the relationship between religious attendance and well-being. Little is known about how religious attendance builds child well-being.  Dr. Laura Armstrong, C.Psych., Elizabeth St John (M.A candidate) and Emmalyne Watt (PhD Candidate) from Saint Paul University in Ottawa are examining this issue. We will share our findings with the local religious community. All data collected will be anonymous. If you volunteer to participate, please have your child complete this survey by March 25th.

Thank you so much for your participation. In a time period where many religious congregations are shrinking, results from this survey will help local places of worship build local capacity to support positive child development and potentially grow their population of young people. Ultimately, this research will illuminate what works in religious communities to enhance meaning, skills for resilience, and child well-being. Please click on the following to participate: http://uottawa.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/larmstrong/isa/
 

MULTIFAITH HOUSING INITIATIVE AGM 

Sunday, March 26 from 3 to 4 pm

at Barrhaven United Church, 3013 Jockvale Rd

An Annual General Meeting with reception to follow.  Hear from one of MHI's new tenants at the Haven. Car-pooling is encouraged.  For more information, contact Gay Richardson gay@sympatico.ca 


VETERANS INFO SESSION

Veterans Benefits
Tuesday, March 28th 1.30 pm
Information Session about benefits, and Veterans review and appeal board for Veterans and their families.

for more details "click" on the poster.

DRUG OVERDOSE AND NALOXONE TRAINING WORKSHOP 

Wednesday April 5th
6 to 8 pm, Hall

Committed to the wellbeing of those in our community, this workshop is provided by St John’s and Mark Barnes, Respect Rx Pharmasave Pharmacist.
This workshop is free but you must pre-register by March 28th with your Health Card (this information will not be kept by St John’s) in order to receive a naloxone kit provided for free by the Ministry of Health. If you do not wish to provide your Health Card information, you can pick up your Naloxone kit at a later date. Watch this space for website registration information 


Be There or Be Square!
 
Rector's Pub Night
mark your calendars now 

Monday May 1st, 7 pm at The Army Officer's Mess

(149 Somerset Street, right across from the church)

Enjoy a night of socializing in a beautiful venue! You are welcome to park in the lot beside the Mess. There is an accessible entrance. As we are renting the Mess, there will be an opportunity to donate towards the cost. Please no jeans but all welcome!



SPIRITUAL BOOK OF THE MONTH

“THE ROAD TO CHARACTER”
BY DAVID BROOKS

With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous bestsellers, David Brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways. In The Social Animal, he explored the neuroscience of human connection and how we can flourish together. Now, in The Road to Character, he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives. Responding to what he calls the culture of the Big Me, which emphasizes external success, Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between our “résumé virtues”—achieving wealth, fame, and status—and our “eulogy virtues,” those that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty, or faithfulness, focusing on what kind of relationships we have formed. Perfect Books kindly offers St John’s parishioners a 15% discount (http://www.perfectbooks.ca/PB/).

and...  a great Ted Talk clip on this at this link:
GIVE IT UP FOR THE EARTH
  A Lenten faith-in-action campaign to increase climate justice in Canada, centred on a postcard that includes: a pledge to individual climate action, and a call for more far-reaching national climate policy.

The aims of  Give it up for the Earth! are to raise awareness about climate change, and collect signatures as a demonstration of support for increased federal government action. How you do this is up to you!

Visit the website;
( https://tinyurl.com/GiveItUpfortheEarth) and support this project of Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ).

Postcards are available at the back of the Church.

 
SCRIPTURE READINGS
*next* Sunday

FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT
1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

 
This is your 2017 Parish Council

Back Row - Jerry Kovacs, John Lawford (Chair), Wendy Williamson-Scrim (Peoples' Warden), Stephanie Symonds, John Fletcher (Associate Priest), Detlef Dransch, Brian Cameron (Rector's Warden)

Middle Row -  Stephen Giles, Grant Paynter, Catherine Malone,  Irenee Wight, Ann Chaplin (Vice Chair)

Front Row - Dallas Frazer, Quiller Graham, Beth Bretzlaff (Rector), Devon Baxter, TJ Purves (Treasurer),  Christine Burton, Sherrie Dagg, Jo Cassie (Secretary)
St John the Evangelist Anglican Church
 www.stjohnsottawa.ca
 154 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON  K2P 0H8
613-232-4500
office@stjohnsottawa.ca

The Reverend Beth Bretzlaff, Rector
BGen (Ret’d) The Venerable John Fletcher, Associate Priest
The Reverend Michael Hicks, Honorary Assistant
Dr Gordon Johnston, FRCCO, Organist and Choirmaster
Laura Macdonald, Church Administrator
Brian Cameron, Rector’s Warden
Wendy Williamson-Scrim, People's Warden