THIS WEEK AT ST JOHN'S
CORPUS CHRISTI SUNDAY
SCRIPTURE READINGS
Exodus 24:3-8; Psalm 116:12-18; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16, 22-26
TO REMEMBER IN PRAYER

Those On Our Hearts
Brigid, Mike, Gillian, Nellie, Andrew, Stephen, Michelle, Marianne, Liz, The Reverend Tim Taylor and the parish of St Anne's, Toronto, The Reverend Gary van der Meer, The Reverend Dr. Caroline Ducros, The Reverend Michael Hicks, Gordon, Gregory and all who minister at St John's.

Our Diocese
St Columba, Ottawa and The Reverend Karen Coxon, Interim Priest-in-Charge; St Barnabas, Deep River and The Reverend Patrick Stephens; and St Barnabas, Ottawa
and The Reverend Canon Stewart Murray 
Our Bishop, The Right Reverend Shane Parker, our Metropolitan, The Most Reverend Anne Germond and our Primate, The Most Reverend Linda Nicholls. 

Our Companion Diocese in Jerusalem & the Middle East
The Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and for peace in the Middle East. 
Archbishop Hosam Naoum. 
 
Anglican Church of Canada (ACC)
The theological colleges and training programs within the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario: Canterbury College, Huron College, Renison College, the Anglican Studies Program at Saint Paul University, Thorneloe University, Trinity College, and Wycliffe College.
 
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCIC)
Luther College at the University of Regina and Luther College – High School. 
Our Sisters and Brothers in the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and their Bishop, Michael Pryse. 

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

Corpus Christi Sunday
Sunday, June 6 at 9:30am

Join us here at St John's for online worship this Sunday. Part one of the service will be 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 at 10am on Zoom

Every Wednesday at 10am you are invited to join Gary+ and your fellow parishioners (new, past & present) for coffee and conversation on Zoom. All are welcome!
TOWN HALLS IN JUNE
An Opportunity to Learn & Reflect Together
Before we move to a quieter summer pattern,
please join us for discussion on 3 pressing matters.
PRAYING WITH AWARENESS
FOR THE MIDDLE EAST
Wednesday, June 9 at 7:30pm

The crisis so present to us only a few weeks ago reminded us that life in Israel and Palestine is complicated. Even if it’s no longer at the forefront of the news, we continue to pray for Palestinians and Israelis – in Gaza, the Palestinian Territories, and Israel, as well as for Palestinians and Jews here in Canada.

Please consider the correspondence between a Canadian Jew and an American Palestinian (names kept anonymous). We hope our shared reflect will help with our continuing prayers. Click here to read the correspondence.

This evening will include an opportunity to offer financial support to the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza.
PRAYING WITH AWARENESS FOLLOWING REVELATIONS ABOUT RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS
Wednesday, June 16 at 7:30pm

Although the findings of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission included awareness of many deaths and burial sites, the current news is still shocking and re-traumatizing. This gathering is an opportunity to catch up if you have not been fully aware.

Please prepare for this discussion by familiarizing yourself with the following catch-up materials:

  • Watch the Video: “Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts” – a one-hour documentary produced by the Anglican Church of Canada


  • Watch the two presentations by Murray Sinclair



  • Read the Letter from Bishop Shane Parker. Follow the links for further presentations by the Honorable Mary Jane McCallum, Senator and residential school survivor; and by Albert Dumont (Oshki Nodin) of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Ottawa Poet Laureate. Click here to read Bishop Parker's Letter.
INVITING YOUR INPUT ON
"THE FUTURE SHAPE OF PARISH MINISTRY"
Wednesday, June 23 at 7:30pm

The Diocese has asked St John's to engage in the "Shape of Parish Ministry Consultation" exercise from now until the Diocesan Synod in October, 2022. Corporation has established a working group to represent St John's in this exercise. In Stage 1 of this exercise, we have been asked to prepare a Parish Profile that tells other parishes in the Diocese who we are. To this end, our working group has decided to convene a Parish Town Hall on Wednesday 23 June at 7:30 PM to discuss five questions posed by the Diocese, the responses to which will form part of our Parish Profile. Click here to refer to the SPMC webpage for background.

Here are the five questions:

  1. What is the single most important thing you would like our diocese to know about your parish/congregation?
  2. What are your ministry priorities, and how are these priorities lived out in your decisions, activities and use of your resources?
  3. In what way does your parish/congregation serve the wider community; how are you engaged with the local community beyond your walls - outreach, events, partnerships?
  4. What are the challenges to accomplishing the work you’ve described, in terms of finances, building status and human resources?
  5. Are there ministry opportunities you are aware of and what would you need to engage in them?
WHAT'S HAPPENING
JERUSALEMA DANCE CHALLENGE
Postponed Due to Pandemic Safety Restraints

We hope to reschedule and send our video as a gift to the new Archbishop of Jerusalem, Hosam Naoum, in celebration of his consecration on May 13, 2021. Stay tuned for revised dates for two sessions, the first a practice and the second for recording.

Check out the tutorial videos below by clicking on them.
ONLINE WORSHIP CONTINUES
As the province of Ontario has been given the Stay-At-Home-Order, the Bishop's office continues to keep us apprised of safety restrictions. All services will take place online. However, we hope to see you during our fellowship after Sunday services on Zoom. See the link above or visit our YouTube Channel to watch our services online.

Please get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible!
TAKE NOTE
INTERFAITH PRESENTATION
Looking To Texts For Courage In Times Of Struggle

In case you missed the Interfaith Presentation by The Reverend Gary van der Meer and Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg on May 26, you can watch it here on YouTube. It was a fascinating and thought-provoking conversation.
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.
CALL FOR SOCIAL MEDIA SUBMISSIONS

Some of you may have noticed a great deal of activity on St John's Social Media pages this past week. One of Cara's new projects is to help St John's inspire and engage our Church Community, the Community of Centretown, and the greater Ottawa Community. Our goal is to grow St John's' online presence in the hopes to attract new members and to build stronger relationships with people, organizations, and businesses within our community. And we also want to celebrate submissions from you, our parishioners!

For those of you who are new to social media, we recommend that you sign up for a facebook and/or instagram account and follow us by clicking the icons below. If you already have an account, please check our pages each day and "like" our posts!

The more "likes," "shares" and comments we receive, the more our posts will be shared with the wider community.

Ideas for submissions:
  • Garden photos
  • Photographs taken on walks in the area
  • Cooking/Baking photos
  • Artwork
  • Recipes
  • Inspirational Scripture & Quotes
  • Christian Jokes
  • Travel Pictures
  • Pictures of Past Events/Occasions
  • Pets & Animals

Let's flood our social media with a rainbow of colour and inspiration from St John's!

If you have a photo/submission you wish to share, please send it to Cara at
caragilbertson@yahoo.ca

Submissions will be featured in future newsletters and on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Please keep in mind that Cara might use discretion on what/where/when to post...for example: "Sorry Wendy W-S, we will not publish pictures of your Christmas Trees and Snowmen Armies in May!"
SOCIAL MEDIA
FOLLOW ST JOHN'S ON
FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM & YOUTUBE

Thank you for "liking" and "sharing" our posts!

Please click the icons to link to our social media pages.
(From Top Left): Bread & Wine - Gary+;
Freshly Baked Bread - Bea Robertson; Wall Reconstruction 2018 - Detlef Dransch.

(From Bottom Left): Bread & Wine - Peggy Lister;
Tulipathon - Bruce & Mary Frances Marshall; Glorious Gardens - Alex Bissett.

(Title Photo: Bread & Wine - Gary+)

(Social Media Title Photo: Fountain - Barbara Dorrell)

To see more submissions, check out our Facebook & Instagram pages!
SCRIPTURE READINGS
NEXT SUNDAY - JUNE 13
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 92:1-4, 11-14; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17; Mark 4:26-34
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