THIS WEEK AT ST JOHN'S
THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
SCRIPTURE READINGS
1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Psalms 139:1-5, 12-17; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51
TO REMEMBER IN PRAYER

Those On Our Hearts
Archdeacon Pat, Reverend Dr. Caroline Ducros, Gordon, Gregory and all who minister at St John's; The Reverend Canon Gary van der Meer and the community of St Anne's in Toronto.

Our Diocese
The work and ministry of our Diocesan Ecumenical Officer, The Reverend Canon John Wilker-Blakley. Our Diocesan Newspaper Crosstalk, and for Leigh Anne Williams, Editor.

Our Companion Diocese in Jerusalem & the Middle East
Archbishop Suheil Dawani, and their Coadjutor Bishop, The Right Reverend Dr. Hosam Naoum.

Anglican Church of Canada (ACC)
Executive Director, Will Postma, and staff of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCIC)
Executive Director, Karin Achtelstetter, and staff of Canadian Lutheran World Relief. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

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.
STAY CONNECTED
THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE FROM
CAROLINE AND GORDON

JOIN US ONLINE
SUNDAY SERVICE

The Second Sunday
After The Epiphany
Sunday, January 17 at 9:30am

Join us here at St John's for online worship this Sunday. There is something magical about being able to greet one another in the chat bar while we worship together virtually from the comfort of our own homes. Enjoy the service live at 9:30am, or watch it later at your convenience.
SUNDAY COFFEE HOUR
Sunday January 17, 2021
Following the online service, there will be a Zoom "coffee hour", a time 
to check in with each other and share thoughts and feelings.

To join the Zoom:
PARISH COFFEE HOUR

Wednesdays
10am, via Zoom

We welcome anyone and everyone to join our Interim Rector Pat Johnston for virtual coffee and conversation on Wednesdays.

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.

Upcoming Coffee Guest:

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Bishop Shane Parker

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 SUSPENDED
BEGINNING DECEMBER 27, 2020

Due to a province-wide lockdown, In-Person Worship was suspended beginning December 27, 2020. We have moved to an Online Worship format. See the link above or visit our YouTube Channel to watch our services online.
A CHRISTMAS READING IDEA FROM PAT+

Hold the date of Wednesday, January 27 at 7pm to meet on zoom to share reactions and reflections on this beautiful, inspiring and encouraging book. Details to follow.

Archdeacon Pat has received a generously donated copy of the book and would be happy to lend it to you for a week. If you would like to borrow it please let her, or the office know.


TAKE NOTE
GUEST PREACHER
Sunday, January 17, 2021


We look forward to welcoming The Reverend Canon Allen Box as our preacher on Sunday, January 17 during our pre-recorded service that premieres at 9:30am. Canon Box was rector of St John's from 1982 to 1991. He will join us for the zoom coffee hour that morning after worship. Please use the link above to join us.
PARISHIONERS APPOINTED TO
DIOCESAN MINISTRIES
Ann Chaplin & Peggy Lister


Just before Christmas it was announced that Bishop Parker had appointed Ann Chaplin from St John's to be the new Lay Secretary of Synod. There is also a Clerical Secretary, who is The Reverend Stephen Silverthorne. The two secretaries have responsibility to oversee a number of aspects of the diocesan synod, including all the regular and special meetings of synod and episcopal elections. They serve as non-voting members of the Diocesan Council which provides leadership to the diocese between annual meetings of the Synod.

Earlier this week Bishop Parker announced that our own Peggy Lister is the new Chair of the Refugee Ministry Panel. This panel was established a year ago to provide oversight, leadership and support for the Refugee Ministry Office. The Panel develops policy, produces a newsletter (New Beginnings) and has initiated a creative fund-raising project called The Thousand Doves Project. It has also trained volunteers for work in the Ministry Office. It is expected that in time this ministry will become a Community Ministry of the Diocese.

We look forward to hearing from both Ann and Peggy about their new commitments.
SAD PARISH NEWS

Our parish was saddened to learn of the death of longtime parishioner Myra Clowes on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. A sometime choir member, faithful worshipper and participant in the life of the parish, Myra was in recent years a regular "8 o'clocker" where she made new friends with children and their parents. Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, a memorial service will be held at St John's.

We pray: Grant us grace to entrust Myra to your never-failing love which sustained her in this life. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, and remember her according to the favour you bear for your people. Amen.

THE THOUSAND DOVES PROJECT

Building on 40 years of experience, our diocesan refugee ministry has been able to support hundreds of the world's most vulnerable people to have a new beginning in the Ottawa region. Together, we can do even more to help our global neighbours who are forced to seek a safe place to rebuild their lives.

With your help, the people of the Diocese will celebrate and support this work by creating 1,000 paper doves and, beginning on Pentecost Sunday, spreading their wings of hope above the nave of Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa.

This will be a unique art installation celebrating the contribution of refugees in our communities, raising awareness of the need for refugee sponsorship, and enhancing our capacity to engage in this life-giving ministry.

BE PART OF THE THOUSAND DOVES PROJECT BY FOLLOWING THESE 5 EASY STEPS!

Step #1: Register your willingness to make paper doves and collect pledges for the refugee ministry, at thousanddoves@ottawa.anglican.ca.

Step #2: Collect pledges from family, friends, and other sponsors for your doves. Visit online donation form.

Step #3: Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your doves Video, how to make a paper dove (you can use any white paper, but larger squares make bigger doves).

Step #4: Bring your doves to one of our church drop-off locations by May (you will receive detailed information on the process for collecting the doves).

Step #5: See your doves as part of the flock of a thousand at Christ Church Cathedral! You will receive information on the May 23 livestream "reveal", and how to view the installation safely in person.

THANK YOU FOR SPREADING WINGS OF HOPE IN SUPPORT OF THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF OTTAWA'S REFUGEE MINISTRY. For more information please visit the following link.

PARISH ADMINISTRATION AT ST JOHN'S

In the interim time between Laura's departure and the arrival of our new incumbent Gary van der Meer, Corporation has decided not to hire a new Parish Administrator. Instead, we will cover the many activities that Laura Macdonald handled in a number of ways.

Firstly, 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 Reeves, 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.

Corporation believes that this arrangement will carry us through until such time as Gary is here with us at St John's and we can work together to develop a long-term plan for the various activities related to parish administration at St John's.

THE WELL, ST LUKE'S TABLE & CENTRE 454
NEED YOUR HELP!
Ottawa has witnessed huge upheaval because of the effects of COVID-19. Despite the added challenges and increased numbers of people seeking services, we have remained true to our mission of supporting our homeless and vulnerably housed people. 
We continue to provide food, respite from the street, access to showers and washrooms, and referrals to housing and health services, connecting people so they feel safe and supported. The emotional toll for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed is overwhelming. Many people have found it unbearable and their mental health has deteriorated.
Our outreach proved invaluable during Ottawa's lockdown. When services could not be offered indoors, we took our programs outside: on the street, at rooming houses, or in City respite facilities.  
We remain concerned about the increased costs we are facing due to COVID-19 and our outreach programs still urgently need additional funds. As the festive season approaches, we know many of you are looking for meaningful ways to help those in need.
Please support our Year-end Appeal by making a donation online or by mailing a cheque payable to The Well or St. Luke's Table or Centre 454 referencing Year-end Appeal.
Thank you for your generous and continued support! 
DONATE NOW
ONLINE RESOURCES
SCRIPTURE READINGS
NEXT SUNDAY - JAN 24
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

John 3:1-5, 10; Psalms 62:6-14; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20
ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST
ANGLICAN CHURCH

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

The Venerable Pat Johnston, Interim Priest-In-Charge
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