THIS WEEK AT
ST JOHN'S
EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
SCRIPTURE READINGS
Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalms 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

TO REMEMBER IN PRAYER

Those On Our Hearts
Lynda, Michelle, Marianne, Cecile, Maura, Kerry, Adrianne; 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
Church of the Epiphany, Gloucester and their Interim Priest-in- Charge
The Reverend Alana McCord.

Our Companion Diocese in Jerusalem & the Middle East
The clergy and people of St. Peter’s Church, Birzeit, West Bank.

Anglican Church of Canada (ACC)
The Most Reverend Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop, and the staff of Indigenous Ministries; the Anglican Council of Indigenous People.

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCIC)
Bishop Michael Pryse, the people and rostered ministers of the Eastern 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.
STAY CONNECTED
THIS WEEK'S
MESSAGE FROM
PAT AND GORDON

JOIN US ONLINE
SUNDAY SERVICE

The Epiphany of the Lord
Sunday, January 3 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.
SPECIAL COFFEE HOUR
Sunday January 3, 2021
Following the online service, there will be a special 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.

January Coffee Guests:

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Canon Peter John Hobbs,
Director of Community Ministries


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.
HAILEY'S CHRISTMAS PRAYER

A special Christmas prayer from one of our young parishioners.

Click here to pray with Hailey.
THE CHRISTMAS STORY

Told by Margaret Kasurak

A beautiful telling of The Christmas Story by our very own Margaret Kasurak. Please click here and find a cosy spot to sit and enjoy this timeless story.
AWAY IN A MANGER

Sing-Along led by
Cara Gilbertson

Join Cara & Gordon in a virtual sing-along of one of our favourite Christmas Carols. As Gordon says, "we might not be able to sing together, but we can sing simultaneously!" Click here and get ready to sing!
AN INTERVIEW BETWEEN
BISHOP PARKER & CANON HOBBS


Please listen to Bishop Shane and Canon Peter John discuss the "pivots" that have been necessary for all our diocesan community ministries. Click here to view the interview.
A CHRISTMAS READING IDEA FROM PAT+

Hold the date of Wednesday, January 27 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
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 10
THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

Genesis 1:1-5; Psalms 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11
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