THIS WEEK AT ST JOHN'S
THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT
SCRIPTURE READINGS
Numbers 21:4-9; Psalms 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21
TO REMEMBER IN PRAYER

Those On Our Hearts
Michelle, Susan, Catherine, Laura, Andrew, Liz, The Reverend Tim Taylor and the parish of St Anne's, Toronto, The Reverend Gary van der Meer, The Reverend Dr. Caroline Ducros, Gordon, Gregory and all who minister at St John's.

Our Diocese
St. Paul’s, Almonte and their priest The Reverend Jonathon Kouri. 

Our Companion Diocese in Jerusalem & the Middle East
St. Paul’s Church, Shefa’Amr, Israel. 

Anglican Church of Canada (ACC)
The Right Reverend Bruce Myers, Bishop, and the people and clergy of the Diocese of Quebec.
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCIC)
Bishop Jason Zinko, the people and rostered ministers of the Manitoba- Northwestern Ontario Synod. 

Parish Prayer Group
If you wish to have someone prayed for, please call (613) 232-4500 ext 21 or send an email to prayer-request@stjohnsottawa.ca.
JOIN US ONLINE
SUNDAY SERVICE

The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sunday, March 14 at 9:30am

Join us here at St John's for online worship this Sunday. We are continuing with our new format this Sunday. Part one of the service will be here on youtube followed by part two on Zoom. Once the service is finished we will have our regular Sunday Coffee Hour.
PARISH COFFEE HOUR

Wednesdays
10am, via Zoom

Join Gary and your fellow parishioners with your favourite mug of coffee/tea to engage in fellowship.

Mark your calendars and on the day "zoom in" at this link at 10 am to catch up with parish friends both new and old.

ps: If you don't have computer access and would like to join this coffee hour call the Church Office and we can provide you with instructions on how to access via telephone.
WHAT'S HAPPENING
IN-PERSON WORSHIP COMING SOON
We await a decision from the Bishop. Due to a province-wide lockdown, In-Person Worship was suspended beginning December 27, 2020. However, we anticipate in-person worship to begin sometime before Easter. We will also continue our online worshiping options. See the link above or visit our YouTube Channel to watch our services online.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WALK WITH GARY
Thursday, March 18 at 11am

Please join us for an neighbourhood walk on Thursday, March 18 at 11:00. 

We will meet at the St. John's entrance on Somerset. This is a discovery walk not a power walk! We will pick up lovely drinks at one of the local coffee places and walk around our surrounding community at a leisurely pace. Great visiting time while we are walking and the weather is supposed to be lovely. Everyone is welcome!
TAKE NOTE
THE SHOP

The Shop is opening again this Tuesday, March 9, following strict Covid-19 protocols. Hours are: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays noon-4pm.

Following careful planning and in compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols, the Shop will be open three days a week, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday from noon to 4:00 pm. There will be a maximum of 5 customers in the Shop at any time. Shop volunteers will monitor access, assist customers and manage the payment and voucher desks. The Shop has been re-configured to provide more space for customers to physically distance. All customers and volunteers will wear masks.

Come and browse the ever changing array of quality goods at great prices, and chat with the volunteers. As a valuable ministry of St John's outreach, vouchers from local service agencies are honoured to help those in need. Come visit this vibrant part of the Centretown community, accessible from Elgin Street, just near the main entrance to St John's. 

Thanks to donations from many people the Shop has a good selection of goods, especially clothing for winter weather. If you have goods to donate please email communityshop@stjohnsottawa.ca  to arrange a drop-off time.

WALKS WITH GARY

As our new Rector settles into life here in Ottawa, he has suggested a series of walks to explore the neighbourhood/city and to get to know one another. Several of our parishioners have already contacted him and arranged for walks. Please contact him if you have a group of parishioners and/or friends who would like to explore Ottawa together.

Jane Maxwell shared the following link to the National Capital Commissions “Experience Your Winter Capital” site which has the links to maps/locations/parking areas/trails for all the various outdoor activities you can engage in in the city of Ottawa. It includes activities such as classic cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, walking/hiking etc.. 

Here’s the link: https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/experience-your-winter-capital-ottawa-gatineau. Scroll down and explore all the links to the various activities. You will also find links to our two Greenbelts – Stony Swamp (on the west) and Mer Bleue (on the east of the city)….lovely areas to hike/ski.
 
The new trails Jane spoke about which have been developed by local communities with NCC $ support can be found here: https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/groomed-multi-use-winter-trails. Scroll down and you will find a description with location and parking for the six city trails. That means you don’t have to drive to Gatineau Park to ski anymore and all kinds of people have really taken advantage of these new ski/snowshoe trails.
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THE THOUSAND DOVES PROJECT

LUNCH & LEARN VIRTUAL EVENT 
THE THOUSAND DOVES PROJECT
Interested in supporting the Diocese’s Refugee Ministry through The Thousand Doves Project but afraid making paper origami doves is too difficult? On March 17th come and see how simple it really is! Have some square pieces of white paper ready (any size paper cut into a square will work), and Karen McBride, from our Refugee Ministry Panel, will lead us step-by-step through the    dove-making process and talk about how you or your group can get involved in spreading their wings of hope above the nave of Christ Church Cathedral for Pentecost Sunday.
VISIT LINK BELOW TO REGISTER
TAXES FOR 2020

Tax receipts for 2020 donations to St. John’s have been prepared and are being mailed to all recipients. A printout of quarterly donations by category is included with the receipt. Please review this to ensure that you have been credited with the full amount of your donation to St. John’s for 2020. Should you have any questions please email Peggy Lister, Envelope Secretary, at peggylister@rogers.com or leave a message for her at the church office.
PARISH ADMINISTRATION AT ST JOHN'S

In the interim, administrative duties will be as follows:

Our music director Gordon and Cara Gilbertson will manage parish communications (Sunday bulletins, This Week at St John's e-newsletter and the website).

Secondly, a roster of volunteers comprising Vicki Robinson, Emmy Verdun and Bea Robertson will cover most of the day-to-day administration tasks including handling correspondence such as email, regular mail, phone messages, etc., procuring church supplies, coordinating activities of various church groups, and so on.

Finally, Ted Reeve, a member of our newly established Property & Building Committee will look after rentals. Many thanks go to all those who have agreed to help out.

We look forward to completing the search process and welcoming a new parish administrator at St John's soon.
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ONLINE RESOURCES
SCRIPTURE READINGS
NEXT SUNDAY - MAR 21
THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalms 119:9-16; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33
ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST
ANGLICAN CHURCH

 154 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON K2P 0H8
613-232-4500
office@stjohnsottawa.ca

The Reverend Gary van der Meer, Rector
The Reverend Dr Caroline Ducros, Deacon 
The Reverend Michael Hicks, Honourary Assistant Emeritus
Dr Gordon Johnston, FRCCO, Organist and Choirmaster  
Detlef Dransch, Rector’s Warden 
Stephen Giles, People's Warden
David McIntyre, Deputy People's Warden