THIS WEEK AT ST JOHN'S
THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
SCRIPTURE READINGS
Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalms 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28
TO REMEMBER IN PRAYER

Those On Our Hearts
Shirley, 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
Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, The Very Reverend Beth Bretzlaff and The Venerable Douglas Richards. The Reverend Canon Hilary Murray. All Archdeacons in our diocese.
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and their pastor Elina Solonen.

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)
The Provincial Synod of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada.

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCIC)
The dean, council, and congregations of the Ottawa, Ottawa Valley and Seaway Areas 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 Fourth Sunday After The Epiphany
Sunday, January 31 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 31, 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 everyone to this Wednesday’s coffee hour at 10am when our outgoing priest Pat welcomes our incoming priest Gary!

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
MEET OUR NEW RECTOR
Saturday, February 13th from 5-6pm

Meet our new Rector, The Reverend Canon Gary van der Meer at a virtual cocktail party hosted by the wardens of St John’s. 
Gary will take up his duties on February 1, 2021 and as we are unable to meet him in person at this time, grab your favourite beverage and snacks and join us via Zoom to meet our new Rector informally. 

You may find some interesting background about Gary by clicking here.
ASH WEDNESDAY
VIRTUAL SUPPER
Saturday, February 17th at 7pm

Please join us virtually, with a bowl of soup on Wednesday, Feb. 17th at 7pm for our annual PWRDF Ash Wednesday Supper, to be followed by our Ash Wednesday service at 7:30pm. We are delighted to welcome Will Postma, Executive-Director of The Primate’s World Relief & Development Fund. Mr. Postma will bring us up-to-date on PWRDF’s pandemic response to our African partners. They are working hard to deliver our maternal and newborn health programs in four African countries. This is our annual fundraiser for PWRDF at St John’s and we welcome your donations. You can donate directly to PWRDF via their website - https://pwrdf.org/give-today/. When donating online please note the Diocese of Ottawa and St John’s Parish in the Comments section. Many thanks for your support!

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.
TAKE NOTE
St John the Evangelist's New Incumbent Arrives!

Our new Incumbent, The Reverend Canon Gary van der Meer begins his time at St John's next week, the first week of February. Gary will be meeting with the wardens, participating in the Wednesday morning coffee zoom, sharing his first homily during the Sunday service on February 7 at 9:30am, and joining the coffee hour afterwards. Welcome, Gary...we are all so glad you have come to be with us!

PRIEST-IN-CHARGE RETIRES AGAIN
Archdeacon Pat Johnston

Our priest-in-charge since December, Archdeacon Pat Johnston retires again after The Reverend Gary van der Meer's arrival. Pat will host the coffee hour on Wednesday, February 3 and hand over the zoom controls to Gary on that day. Pat writes that she "has had a wonderful, (though strange-given the pandemic restrictions and all) time, being with St John's during these last four months...and she looks forward to visiting post-pandemic, when we can enjoy one another's company at coffee hour after the liturgy. Thanks to all for helping to keep SJE strong during these difficult days."
Thank you, Pat for being a wonderful leader to us during this unprecedented time!
All our best wishes to you for a nourishing and well-deserved retirement!
St John's Parishioners Engaged In Diocesan Ministries
Monica Patten & Emmy Verdun

Monica Patten currently chairs the Diocesan Community Ministries Committee (CMC). CMC’s purpose is to strengthen, broaden and enhance our diocese’s ability to serve in the community by providing support, leadership and oversight to community ministries both current and future. Most recently, CMC focused on the amalgamation of the Well, St Luke’s Table and Centre 454, and is presently moving toward the addition of new ministries, including Centre 105 in Cornwall and the Refugee Ministry Office.
Monica also serves on Diocesan Council, the body that makes decisions between annual synods. 

Emmy Verdun was recently appointed to the Governance and Communications Committee, one of the five standing committees of the Diocese. The Governance Committee's key focus over the next 6 months is to undertake a review, with particular attention to committee structure as it relates to the strategic priorities of engagement with the world and lifelong formation, worship and hospitality.  These Diocesan priorities are part of Embracing God’s Future as approved in January 2020. While Emmy is a novice in terms of Diocesan work, she is happy to learn and contribute to this important work.  

Thank you for the gift of your talents and time Emmy & Monica!
FAKE EMAIL REQUESTS

There have been several reports this week of fake emails that appear to come from clergy in the Diocese of Ottawa requesting help of various kinds. Often these ask for the purchase of gift cards to help with pastoral matters. Please do not fall prey to these scams! If you think a request might be legitimate, first call the clergy member and be certain you have the right person. It would be highly unusual for clergy to ask for your help in this way.
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.

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 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.

ONLINE RESOURCES
SCRIPTURE READINGS
NEXT SUNDAY - FEB 7
THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalms 147:1-12, 21c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39
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