THIS WEEK AT
ST JOHN'S
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
SCRIPTURE READINGS
Isaiah 35:1-10; Canticle 18 (Luke 1:47-55); James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11
TO REMEMBER THIS WEEK IN PRAYER
Parish
For our clergy, volunteers, and all who minister and worship here.

Diocese of Ottawa
Cornerstone/Le Pilier, Kia Rainbow, Executive Director; The Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, residents, staff, and The Reverend Caroline Ducros, Chaplain; for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Anglican Church of Canada (ACC)
General Secretary Archdeacon Michael Thompson, and national staff of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCIC)
Trina Gallop and Kyle Giesbrecht, Assistants to the National Bishop, and the staff of Finance and Administration.

For the Election of a New Bishop
God of wisdom, in every generation you raise up leaders for the people who bear your name. You bless the Diocese of Ottawa with faithful, hopeful, and loving communities.
As we seek a new bishop, help us remain open to your Spirit's guidance; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Flowers this Sunday
The flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Howard and Olive, the dearly missed parents of Barbara Dorrell.

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 .
WHAT'S HAPPENING?
THANK YOU!

The Well is very grateful for all your purchases of their homemade goods last Sunday. In fact, you were so supportive that they sold out! So there will be no sale at coffee hour this coming Sunday. Happy Christmas from The Well to St John's!
THRIFT SHOP
CHRISTMAS SALE!

Sunday, December 15th
11:30 am, The Shop

Check out The Shop for Christmas gifts following the 10.15 am service! You never know what treasures you will find. Come and see what is for sale, meet some of our great volunteers, and learn about this important ministry.
CHRISTMAS SERVICES
PLEASE NOTE
QUILTS NEEDED

For our Christmas Eve children's service at 7 pm, the children sit on quilts in front of the altar. If you are able to lend us some colourful ones, that would be wonderful. They may be dropped off at the office on weekday mornings or brought to church on the Sundays before Christmas. Thanks so much!
LOBLAWS GIFT CARDS
GREAT STOCKING STUFFERS!

Buy them in the Parish Hall at coffee time and help St John’s to support affordable housing in Ottawa. Cards are available in a variety of denominations.
PWRDF'S WORLD OF GIFTS

Looking for a meaningful Christmas gift for your family or friends? Shop online at PWRDF’s World of Gifts and select a gift from among PWRDF’s partners and programs. Go to the website and order your gift. You may also call 1-866-294-6899 (9 am to 5 pm) to place your order. The World of Gifts flyer is also available at St John’s. Thank you for your support!
CHRISTMAS FLOWERS

You can help the Altar Guild decorate the church for Christmas and remember your loved ones with flowers. Make your donation to St John's, noting that it is for Christmas Flowers and if applicable, please include a note to indicate the names of the people to be remembered. You can put your donation in the collection plate any Sunday, drop it off at the Office, or donate online .
OFFICE CLOSED

From Tuesday, December 24th through Wednesday, January 1st, the office will be closed. May everyone enjoy this blessed Christmas season!
MORE NEWS AND EVENTS!
PETITION: DECLARE A HOUSING EMERGENCY

We call on Ottawa City Council to adopt Councillor McKenney’s Housing Emergency motion which: declares an affordable housing and homelessness emergency in Ottawa;
acknowledges that we do not possess the resources to manage this crisis alone and that we must call on the Provincial and Federal governments to assist us by providing the City with an immediate increase in emergency funding for housing, housing supports and housing allowances as well as a long-term financial plan to meet the needs of the community; resolves that the update to the ten-year housing and homelessness plan includes aggressive targets to:preserve and increase the affordable housing supply; increase access to housing affordability; prevent the occurrence of homelessness and eliminate by 100 per cent chronic homelessness by 2024; and ensure people are supported to achieve housing stability and long-term housing retention.

Many other events are happening in our Diocese!

Check-out events and more in the Diocesan e-news .
SCRIPTURE READINGS
NEXT SUNDAY
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25
ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST
ANGLICAN CHURCH

 154 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON K2P 0H8
613-232-4500
office@stjohnsottawa.ca
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 The Reverend Canon Beth Bretzlaff, Rector 
The Reverend Dr Caroline Ducros, Deacon
The Right Reverend Dennis Drainville, Bishop in Residence
BGen (Ret’d) The Venerable John Fletcher, Honourary Assistant 
The Reverend Canon Dr Gary Hauch, Honourary Assistant
The Reverend Michael Hicks, Honourary Assistant Emeritus
Dr Gordon Johnston, FRCCO, Organist and Choirmaster 
Laura Macdonald, Church Administrator 
Detlef Dransch, Rector’s Warden 
Kathleen Arsenault, Peoples' Warden
Bev Humphries, Deputy Warden