THIS WEEK AT
ST JOHN'S
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
SCRIPTURE READINGS
Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44
TO REMEMBER THIS WEEK IN PRAYER
Parish
For our clergy, volunteers, and all who minister and worship here.

Diocese of Ottawa
Emmanuel, Arnprior, The Reverend Cathy McCaig; St Luke’s Table, Rachel Robinson, Executive Director; Chaplain to the Ottawa Police Service, The Reverend Canon Robert Heard.

Companion Diocese of Jerusalem
Emmanuel Church, Ramleh, Israel.

Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) & Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCIC)
The people of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada .

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.

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?
ADVENT WREATH MAKING

Sunday, December 1st
9 am, Hall
On this first Sunday of Advent, come and make a wreath of real boughs for use at home throughout the season. Wooden forms and candles will be provided for $10 per wreath
(or pay what you can). If you have a wreath from last year, come and decorate it! Please bring a breakfast snack to share and greenery if you have access to any. This is a fun event for ALL ages! For more information please contact Sherrie.
DIOCESAN ORDINATION

Tuesday, December 3rd
7 pm, Christ Church Cathedral (414 Sparks Street)
It is Bishop Chapman’s intention, God willing, to ordain Mr Adam Brown a transitional deacon and to ordain The Reverend Michael Garner a priest on The Feast of Nicholas Ferrar (transferred). The Venerable Kathryn Otley will preach. A reception will follow in the Great Hall and all are welcome. Please keep the ordinands in your prayers. 
CHRISTMAS
CONCERT

Sunday, December 1st
2 pm, Woodroffe United &
Sunday, December 8th
2 pm, St John's
St John's Choir will be joined by the choirs of Woodroffe United Church and Kanata United Church as well as the Strings of St John's Chamber Orchestra to present a concert of music for the Christmas season.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to  www.Christmas2019.ca.

FINANCIAL UPDATE MEETING

Sunday, December 8th
9 am, Hall

Since last spring, the Rector, Wardens and Parish Council have been working hard on our financial situation. Meetings with the Bishop and the Diocesan Property and Finance Committee have happened. Creative thinking with regards to our 2020 budget, new endeavours and fundraising are in process. We have lots to share, so please come and participate!
SUPPORT THE WELL

Sundays, December 8th & 15th
Coffee Time, Hall

The women at The Well have made some cards, cookies and canned items for Christmas and these items will be available for sale. Come and shop for those you love and support our Diocesan Community Ministry!
PLEASE NOTE
CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR IS AWAY

Laura is on vacation and will return to the office on Monday, December 2nd. Our dedicated office volunteers will be on site as usual, Monday to Friday, 9 am to noon.
DAILY
ADVENT MEDITATIONS

A Collaboration between AMOS, Community of the Cross of Nails, FBC Mantanzas, Peace Cathedral in TIblisi, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, and The Seminary at Zimbabwe. Please sign up for our daily Advent emails!
May these daily emails will provide meaningful guidance for meditation throughout the Advent season.
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.
CHURCH CALENDAR

You can get the best calendar deal in town for $5, on sale in the hall following the 10.15 am service!
ELGIN STREET UPDATE

On the morning of Monday, December 16th, Elgin Street, from Laurier Avenue to Catherine Street, will re-open to two-way traffic!
 
Re-opening the road will welcome motorists, cyclists and OC Transpo routes 5, 14 and 114 back to Elgin Street. It will also create on-street parking along Elgin Street, and will revert side streets that were temporarily converted to two-way streets back to one-way streets.
 
Work along Elgin Street will resume in early 2020 with utility upgrades, including underground connections to properties and the removal of the existing wood hydro poles along the west side of the street. Following the utility work will be top lift asphalt, landscaping, public art installation and streetlighting in the spring. Very exciting!
MORE NEWS AND EVENTS!
Many other events are happening in our Diocese!

Check-out events and more in the Diocesan e-news .
SCRIPTURE READINGS
NEXT SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
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