THIS WEEK AT
ST JOHN'S
SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT/SAINT PATRICK
SCRIPTURE READINGS
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; 2 Corinthians 12:14-16, 19; Matthew 5:43-48
TO REMEMBER THIS WEEK IN PRAYER
Our Clergy
Beth, Caroline, Dennis, John, Gary, Michael

Our Diocese 
Bishop John Chapman; Bishop Michael Bird; Diocesan Learning Facilitator, Leslie Giddings; staff and participants of the Marriage Preparation Courses being held this year.

The Anglican Church of Canada (ACC)
Bishop Bruce Meyers, clergy, and people of the Diocese of Quebec.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCIC)
Bishop Jason Zinko, rostered ministers, and people of the Manitoba- Northwestern Ontario 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 .
LENT RESOURCES
GIVE IT UP
FOR THE EARTH
St John’s has registered as a parish that is participating in this Lenten environmental campaign launched by Citizens for Public Justice. You may pledge online or complete a postcard to the Prime Minister, which is on the table at the back of the church. There is also an information sheet with suggestions for actions you might take, one side of which is focused on “Less Plastic for Lent” developed by the Anglican Communion Environmental Network.
OUR LENTEN JOURNEY THROUGH THE WATERS OF BAPTISM
This resource from the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund provides an opportunity to pray, act and give while deepening your understanding of the work of PWRDF and partners. The reflections are available as a single downloadable PDF or as daily devotionals in your inbox. PWRDF Lent
40 ACTS:
THE GENEROSITY
CHALLENGE
For eight years, 40acts has asked a question: what if Lent could be about more than just giving stuff up? What if it could be a time of radical generosity as well as spiritual discipline? 40 Acts challenges people to perform a different act of generosity for each day of Lent. Rather than giving up something, the challenge instead is to give something which, in turn, reflects God’s generosity. 40 days, 40 reflections, 40 challenges to make a difference! 40 Acts
WHAT'S HAPPENING?
LENTEN WEEKDAY EUCHARIST
Wednesdays During Lent March 20th, 27th,
April 3rd
12.15 pm

An opportunity to pause midweek and spend some moments in communal prayer. All welcome!
PRAYING IN AN AGE OF UNCERTAINTY
Wednesday, March 20th, 27th & April 3rd
7 to 8.30 pm, Chapel

It sometimes seems that the problems in our society and the world are too difficult to understand and respond to with prayer. And yet, we do have an obligation to respond to Paul’s encouragement to “pray without ceasing.” If ever prayer was needed: it is now. Over three weeks, this workshop will approach, in practical terms, the Why, How, When and Where to engage in prayer. Led by our Bishop in Residence, Dennis Drainville. Please join us! Praying in an Age of Uncertainty
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

THURSDAY AM
Thursday, March 21st
10.30 am, Parish Hall

Thursday AM is a gathering of folks on the 3rd Thursday of each month, at which lively conversation is enjoyed over coffee, tea and cookies. For our March 21st date we will welcome a Guest Speaker from The Canadian Red Cross, who will give us info and tips on emergency preparedness - are you ready?
AED DEMONSTRATION
Sunday, March 24th
9 am, Parish Hall

Hopefully you have noticed the new AED on the wall outside the Parish Hall! To become comfortable with the idea of using it in an emergency situation, be reassured that it is user-friendly, and learn how to use it, Randal Storey will lead this session. Come, have a cup of coffee and a muffin, and add the use of an AED to your skill set. For more info, contact Bea. bea.roberston@gmail.com
POTLUCK BRUNCH
Sunday, March 31st
8.45 to 10 am, Parish Hall

Bring your favourite brunch treat to share, meet new people, and enjoy great conversation with members of St John's!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
  • April 10th, 7 pm - Beth's Sabbatical Adventures
  • April 14th, 2 pm - Eternal Light A Requiem Concert, St John's Choir
  • April 26th to 28th, - West Island Women's Retreat, Pierrefonds Quebec
  • April 26th, 7-9 pm - Art Credo Vernissage
  • April 27th to May 12th - Art Credo Art Exhibit & Sale at St John's
  • May 11th, 7-10 pm - Wine Tasting Event at St John's

MORE EVENTS & NEWS
Many other events are happening
throughout our dynamic Diocese!

Check-out these events and more in the latest Diocesan Newsletter at this link:

The Bishop's Gala - Dinner and Silent Auction in May
Job Posting: Centre 454 is Hiring a new Executive Director
A Celtic Kitchen Party

An update on Bishop John is here: update on +John
PLEASE NOTE
Anglican Journal
and Ottawa Crosstalk
you must *confirm*
If you are current subscriber to the Anglican Journal or you wish to receive the Anglican Journal you need to *confirm* your subscription!

Here is an on-line link to a FORM and an alternative phone # option - to submit your info that the Journal requires:
OPEN DOORS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Please sign up for the months of March and April to welcome folks into our church! If you are interested but have not volunteered before, please be in touch with the Rector.
BISHOP DENNIS
IN RESIDENCE
We welcome Bishop Dennis back to St John's from March 17th through April 11th! If you wish to book some time with Bishop Dennis, please send him an email. dennis@stjohnsottawa.ca
INTERESTED IN BEING CONFIRMED OR RECEIVED INTO THE ANGLICAN CHURCH?
Our Diocesan Confirmation and Reception will be taking place on the Feast of Pentecost, Sunday, June 9th at Christ Church Cathedral. Beth+ will be presenting the candidates on that day, and +Dennis will be helping to prepare them while he is in residence. Please be in touch with Beth+ if you are interested. beth@stjohnsottawa.ca
Thank You!
A very big “thank you” to those of you who attended the PWRDF Ash Wednesday Supper. 

Special thanks to Belle and The Well, to our volunteers and soup donors, and a big ‘thank you’ to all who made donations to the work of The Primate’s Fund. We raised a grand total of $1,295 and are deeply grateful for your generosity. 

These funds will used to further the work of PWRDF around the world and here in Canada. 

We are also grateful to Albert Dumont, Algonquin Spiritual Teacher-in-Residence at Christ Church Cathedral, for sharing his insights on life and Indigenous spirituality with us. Meegwetch.
NEXT SUNDAY
SCRIPTURE READINGS
Third Sunday in Lent
Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9
ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST
ANGLICAN CHURCH

 154 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON K2P 0H8
613-232-4500
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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 
Dr Gordon Johnston, FRCCO, Organist and Choirmaster 
Laura Macdonald, Church Administrator 
Detlef Dransch, Rector’s Warden 
Kathleen Arsenault, Peoples' Warden
Bev Humphries, Deputy Warden