Notices & Events

For your daily prayers:
This Season of Creation, we pray that God, you would call to us, as from the burning bush, with the sustaining fire of your Spirit. Breathe upon us. Open our ears and move our hearts. Turn us from our inward gaze. Teach us to contemplate your creation, and listen for the voice of each
creature declaring your glory. For “faith comes from hearing.”
Give us hearts to listen for the good news of your promise to renew the face of the Earth.
Enlighten us with the grace to follow the Way of Christ as we learn to walk lightly upon this holy ground. Fill us with the hope to quench the fires of injustice with the light of your healing love that sustains our common home.
In the name of the One who came to proclaim good news to all creation, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Worship Services will continue to be recorded and sent out via e-mail.
For In-person worship the objective is to move forward as safely as possible. Please respect each other’s personal choice and space. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and efforts to keep everyone safe.

Icon – The world is an icon. We will see and sense the glory and majesty of God, the presence of God, through God’s creation. No one thing is God: no one person is God, nor a flower or leaf, nor a mountain or an ocean, nor an animal or bird. But in every creature we find traces of the Creator, and the experience is absolutely amazing.        From Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

Service of New Ministry: The Service for New Ministry for Rev Nichola will be Wednesday, October 19th at 7pm in the Hall.  Rev. Brianna Andrews (Regional Dean), Rev. Tammy Orovec-Hodge (Archdeacon) and Rev Carl Fraser will be participating in this service. All welcome.

Rev. Nic’s Office Hours: My office hours will be  Tuesday & Thursday 10-12:30pm. I will also be available for appointments on those days (in the office or for home visits).

Construction! We are nearly done with Construction!  Watch for a notice about the location of the October 2 worship services and the following Wednesday October 5.

The Prayer Team, of the Pastoral Committee of Saint John the Evangelist, has received many requests over the past few months. Our team has faithfully prayed for others in regard to ease of anxiety, comfort and support, healing from surgeries, and so on.

   We will continue to honour these requests, but we would also be very pleased to pray for God’s blessing on happy occurrences such as family reunions, anticipated births, “milestone” birthdays, etc.
    Sometimes a special event, perhaps moving to new living quarters, can be stressful as well as exciting.  If such a happening is in your future, we would be glad to pray you through it.
The Prayer Team can be contacted through Rev. Nichola, Bishop Sue, Jacalyn, or Marion McKinnon.
          The Pastoral Care Committee of St. John’s are providing envelopes marked “The Power of Prayer” which can be used to make prayer requests and to offer Thanksgiving and Celebration prayers to the Prayer Team.  Envelopes will be located in the rack in the entryway of the church and will contain a slip of paper on which to write your request.  To ensure confidentiality, seal the envelope and place it on the offering plate or pass it on to Rev Nichola, Bishop Sue, Marion McKinnon or Jacalyn Roy who will inform other members of the Prayer Team.

Friends of PWRDF: This year we will once again be accepting donations to purchase goats for impoverished countries at Christmas at a cost of $50.00 per goat, which are a great source of nutrition, food security and income for families. PWRDF is supporting three partners with goat distribution and training: the Episcopal Church of Cuba, TSURO Trust in Zimbabwe and Partners In Health Malawi (2021). Your gift will help fund one of these three incredible goat programs.

Take Out: Our first Take-Out Drive Thru of the season will be on Thursday October 6, 11:30AM-12:30PM. Turkey soup, roll and dessert $6 or Baked beans, brown bread and dessert $6.
Please call Sheila 902.865.5499  by September 28 to place your order. **Please note: to help cover the rising cost of meat & vegetables each meal is $6 per person.

Vision and Planning: The Vision and Planning Comm of the Parish has arranged for Jim Gunn, manager of the Seaton Warming centre, and a regular volunteer, Don Brushett, from St. Francis, to speak about the work of the Centre on Tuesday, October 18th at 2PM in the lower church hall. This is an open invitation for interested Parishioners to attend. Contact Bruce Moxley at brucedmoxley@gmail.com or 902- 222-5844 if you have questions. No rsvp required.
The VP committee will meet each month on the second Tuesday, 2PM in the Lower Church. 

This committee researches building facility status and conditions, land use and resources that look at the medium to long term programs and needs of the Parish. This committee was instrumental in planning the solar array that now supports all the Parishes power requirements, the insulation and siding of the Parish Hall, the insulation and siding project for the 200 year old church, the ongoing discussions about the unused lands on the south of the Parish lands and other projects.
   Parishioners interested in attending a meeting to see if they are interested in joining our ongoing deliberations, please come on the next meeting day at 2PM – no obligation.

Sing A New Creation Songbook, a supplement to our hymn book Common Praise: We would like to purchase these new song books for the church. The cost is $30 per book. We would like to purchase 30 books and so far have contributions for 13. Those who would like to purchase a book in memory of a loved one, please put your donation in an envelope, along with the memorial information, and place it in the offering plate. Thank you.

To Aid our Community: Before we know it the colder weather will be upon us. Therefore for the month of October the Community Care Team will have a “Thanksgiving Tree” in the church. The idea is to decorate this tree with hats, mitts, gloves, scarves, socks for youth, men and women. We have a “Tickle Trunk” of items that have been made by Sew and Tell knitters. You may make a donation and take an item or two to place on the tree instead of shopping in a store. See Maureen or Sheila. Donations of wool are also greatly appreciated. These items are in high demand at shelters and for those living on the streets of our greater community, and are even carried by RCMP to give as they find a need.

We are collecting clear prescription pill bottles with tops – labels removed – for a young boy who is a member of 1st Sackville Cub Pack.  These bottles will be sent to Matthews Mission -located in the USA – for distribution in 3rd world countries. This is an ongoing mission. Please continue to bring them to church over the summer. Sheila King or Lois Whynot will collect them on a regular basis. Thank you.

Community Friendship Fair: Our parish is hosting a Community Friendship Fair on October 15, 2022 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. The idea is to bring together all the churches and non-profit organizations in our area to meet, talk and see how we can work together to support our community. This is not a fundraiser or selling opportunity but an information and “meet your neighbour” time. We will need everyone’s help to make this event happen. Setting up the tables and chairs in the Hall, serving drinks and light refreshments, welcoming our neighbours and so on. Please let the wardens know what you can do!

Seniors Social meets in the Hall on Fridays from 9.30 am to 11.30 am.  All seniors in our community are welcome to drop by for fellowship and conversation.  We are looking forward to seeing you!

Greening Update: The project for the greening of the church grounds has begun. Interest is high in the parish for this project. The primary goal is to prevent erosion where the soil was disturbed by the solar array installation near the new cemetery. A butterfly garden is one of the suggestions to be placed in the area of the Hall sign. Others include simple ground cover and low growing evergreens. So far, we have been getting advice about using mostly native plants as the way to go as they require little maintenance once established. We have had a suggestion for an area containing a bench or benches as well. We have started digging! Anyone that would like to participate in the planning or actual planting please advise Craig Dickison.

O’Connells Bottle Exchange – The new owners (O’Connells) of Faders Bottle exchange, 15 Sackville Cross Rd, are once again accepting donations on behalf of St John the Evangelist Anglican church. Take your recyclables and ask to have the proceeds donated to the church. Recently we received over $80.

Beacon House Christmas Boxes: We have been asked to contribute 50 boxes of stuffing mix this year. They are to be given in the second week of November and we will start collecting in September. Watch for sales and expiry dates!

Pickles and Jams: Ways and Means have jams for sale, $6 each. Available now – strawberry, blueberry and raspberry. 

Pickles have been be made. Each bottle will be $7. If you or your family have garden vegetables (cucumbers, beets, onions, sweet peppers), or berries that can be donated, they would be most appreciated. We would also welcome donations of mason jars, caps and lids. Please contact Maureen at 902-865-0322 for donations and purchases. 

Craft Crawl: St. John the Evangelist is hosting a Christmas Craft show on Nov.19th from 10 – 4 with set up on Fri. evening from 6-8. Tables for vendors, can be reserved for $25.00 by calling Jean at 902-864-1374.

Meeting Space Bookings: Bookings for the Hall may be made through Peter Simpkin. Bookings for the lower level of the church may be made through Maxine Simpkin. These schedules are maintained in our Google Drive.

The fourth Sunday of each month we celebrate those who have had birthdays or anniversaries.

This month we also have a welcome back barbecue by the Men’s Breakfast cooks! Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available along with the cupcakes and ice cream. Please join us.”

Upcoming:

Today – Parish Council, Hall

Fri., Sept 23, 9:30 am – Senior Social, Hall

Announcements for the bulletin may be sent to the church office,  stjohntheevangelist902@gmail.com or Alana Foster. We would appreciate receiving these by Thursday 4pm each week. Thank you!