Events/Announcements

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Palm crosses/branches
Please bring in your palm crosses/branches from last year next Sunday.  They will be burned for ashes used on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14).

2018 Parish Council
If you are interested in letting your name stand for Parish Council please contact Karen Bryan or Paul Howard by February 18.

Community Dinner February 18
Last month, the homemade chocolate chip cookies were a great hit!  For February, there is a request for homemade chocolate brownies…again without nuts please.  Please let Trish Warren know if you can provide a 9” x 13”pan (or two!)  trishwarren19@gmail.com

Pancake-less Pancake Supper Fundraiser
St. John’s will not be hosting a pancake supper this year, in the absence of someone to coordinate the event.  But, as in previous years when construction etc. has prevented an actual pancake supper, donations towards outreach and ministry at St. John’s will be gratefully received.  Simply mark your donation “Pancake-less Supper”.  Next year will bring new opportunities to mark this day of feasting before the Lenten fast.

2017 Tax Receipts Your tax receipts are now available for pick up at the front of the church.

Seeking New Community Dinner Coordinator
Trish Warren is stepping down as Community Dinner Coordinator after many years of faithful service. A new Coordinator is needed for St. John’s to continue offering this important outreach ministry.  Trish is very willing to mentor her successor going forward and has processes and procedures on hand to pass along. If you are interested in taking on this role, or think you know someone who would, please contact Trish at trishwarren19@gmail.com or Canon Catherine at (613) 283-1261 or catherine-ascah@ottawa.anglican.ca

Church Envelopes
2018 Offering Envelopes are now available at the back of the church.  Please pick yours up this week to start using them in January.

Forward Day by Day
The latest edition of Forward Day by Day has arrived.  The $6 fee is due for those who have an annual subscription.  Please forward your payment to Louise Sherry in the parish office.

EVENTS:

Hearing God in the Silence: February 16-17 In her book When God is Silent, Barbara Brown Taylor writes: “To choose silence for even an hour, we must risk the loss of connection with other people, who may have a hard time understanding how anything could be more important to us than responding to them.” Hearing God in the Silence is an overnight retreat for those who want to “unplug” for a time, engage in some accessible spiritual reading, rest, worship and above all, silence. See poster on the bulletin boards for details or speak with Canon Catherine.

Community Dinner February 18
Last month, the homemade chocolate chip cookies were a great hit!  For February, there is a request for homemade chocolate brownies…again without nuts please.  Please let Trish Warren know if you can provide a 9” x 13”pan (or two!)  trishwarren19@gmail.com

Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids’ Sake Rock n’ Bowl:  Feb 24
Pledge forms are now available at the entrances to the church for this annual fundraising event in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark.

Annual Vestry  Sun Feb 25
The Annual Vestry Meeting will be held following the 10am service.  We will meet to approve the 2018 operating budget and elect parish officers.

Paint Night at St. John’s: March 1 – 6pm
Come explore your inner creativity under the guidance of Betty Compton.  See the poster and sign-up sheets on the bulletin boards for more information, or contact Laura Porter at lporter1295@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/1668600443233649/

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Pint & A Passage (Café Whim): Tuesday @ 7pm
Bring your bible, an inquiring mind and a willingness to wrestle with the Gospel passage for the upcoming Sunday to Café Whim on Tuesday.

Community Dinners:
Feb 18 2018
Doors open 3:45, dinner at 4:00
EVERYONE welcome!!!

Receiving Communion – An Important Notice from the Bishop
Everyone who has been baptized is welcome to receive communion.  Communion is offered in both kinds, the bread and the wine.
It is safe to drink from the common cup.  However, please do not dip the bread into the wine.  The Bishop has stated that this practice is not allowed (Pastoral Letter of 2009 to all clergy and parishes.)  The practice of intinction, dipping the bread in the wine, is a high risk activity; fingertips coming in direct contact with the wine may contaminate the shared wine with pathogens.  If you wish to receive only the bread or only the wine, please be assured that in the Anglican Tradition, receiving in one kind is considered to be complete communion.
This is a departure from the practice for some, and so please feel free to approach Canon Catherine with any concerns you may have.