Events/Announcements

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Canadian Church Calendars & St. John’s Cookbooks
The 2019 Canadian Church calendars are available for purchase at the back of the
church. Cookbooks are available from Karen Bryan or from Louise in the Parish Office.

Memorial Flowers
If you wish to place memorial flowers at the altar for any of the following dates, please
contact Louise in the parish office: Nov 18 and 25.

Theological Student Intern
Welcome to Tamara Connors who is starting her student placement at St. John’s this week. Tamara is halfway through the Master of Divinity Programme at the University of St. Paul, and is in process for ordination in the Diocese of Ottawa. Tamara will be with us a few hours each week until April of 2019. Be sure to introduce yourself!

EVENTS:

Save the Date: Sat Nov 17 Parish Conversation and Visioning
This will be day of discerning our baptismal vocation and ministry here at St. John’s in
order to map out our mission going forward. All members of the congregation are
encouraged to attend. The day will run from 9am-3pm. Lunch and breaks will be
provided. Please RSVP with Louise Sherry in the parish office so we know numbers for
catering. Our facilitator that day is the Rev’d Dr. Jay Koyle, Congregational
Development Officer for the Diocese of Algoma.
In preparation for this day, please consider reading through the Gospel of John, noting
any phrases, images or words that speak to you and forwarding them to Canon
Catherine. This exercise isn’t mandatory for participation in the conversation and all
members of the congregation are encouraged to join in the day.

Sounds of Christmas: Sun Nov 18 6:30pm
This annual concert in support of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Hamper project will be
held at Bethel Pentecostal Church and will feature music from local parishes and
readings from Charles’ Dickens’
A Christmas Carol. Come out and enjoy this family
friendly event.

Smiths Falls Advent Walk: December 2 – 4pm
St. John’s, Westminster Presbyterian, St. Francis de Sales and Trinity United will come together in an Advent Walk, where we will pray, sing, hear the timeless scriptures of Advent and journey together from one church to another. The walk begins at St. Francis, then we will make our way to Trinity, Westminster and end at St. John’s where there will be some hot cider and cookies.

Advent Study: Sundays in Advent from noon-1:30pm
Journeying the Way of Love is based on Archbishop Michael Curry’s (Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church) The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-centred Life. We will await the coming of Christ by moving through the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke. We will start with a light soup lunch and then explore the following themes, one each week: The Annunciation – Saying “Yes” to the Journey; Mary & Elizabeth – Journeying with Family and Friends; The Birth of John the Baptist – Journeying with Community; The Birth of Jesus – Journeying with the World. All resources provided.

Heartbeat of the Church: Wed Dec 19 7-9pm
Our Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz is calling all of us – coast to coast – to come together in dialogue, prayer and reflection as we listen to the heartbeat of our church in Canada and offer our prayer. For more information, visit https://www.anglican.ca/heartbeat/ or speak with Canon Catherine.

Advent Intergenerational Day: Sat Dec 15 10am – 1pm
Bring yourselves, your children, your grandchildren, your friends. We will make Chrismons (tree ornaments in the shape of or containing Christian symbols) Christingles and Christmas cards, share fellowship and worship and enjoy pizza, Christmas cookies and hot chocolate.

Pint & A Passage:  Tuesdays, 7:00pm

Dig into the Gospel passage for the upcoming Sunday at the weekly bible study held at Fort Hemlock Pub.

Community Dinner:
Nov  18 – 4:00pm
All are welcome!

 

Cogeco Church Service Broadcasts
Cogeco management has decided to broadcast local church services on Sundays only.
Effective immediately, St. John’s Sunday 10am liturgy will be broadcast the following
Sunday morning at 8am and 1pm. Tuesday broadcasts will no longer be offered.