If you are looking for the telephone numbers to contact one of the many parish ministries, please call Sam at:613-692-2082
In the event of a pastoral emergency, please call Fr. Ross at:
A Few Words from Fr. Ross…
We are now partway through the season of Lent – a time of deep reflection on our lives and our relationship to the life and ministry of Jesus. And, we are headed towards Easter, the highpoint of the Christian year when we celebrate, through the resurrection of Jesus, the fact that in the redeeming acts of God death gives way to new life.
While we are observing the disciplines and practices of Lent, let us be mindful that they are the reminders of a much deeper reality – that in Jesus, we experience God who is among us always creating, always reconciling, always calling us to live into the fullest expression of who we are as human beings.
As we look towards Easter and the joy of the traditions, music and liturgy may we be conscious that this is not a mask behind which to hide from death. It is the acknowledgement that even in death we know life, in sorrow we experience hope and after weeping there will come joy. In Easter we know that God is present in the darkest times and stays with us until there is life again.
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Up and Coming…
Monday, March 14 – April 18th – Lenten Book Study – 7 – 9 p.m.
Wednesdays, March 30th to April 20 – Ecumenical Lenten Services
12 noon at Manotick United Church
Sunday, April 17th – Easter Mini Bazaar and Luncheon after church. Soup, sandwiches and fresh homemade Hot Cross buns will be served. $5.00 per person. Come and purchase decorated Easter eggs for yourself or as an Easter gift for someone.
Friday, April 22nd – Good Friday Ecumenical Service – 10:30 a.m.
Manotick United Church
Saturday, April 23rd – Easter Vigil Service & Baptisms – 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 7th – Annual Garage Sale – 8:30 am – 12 noon. No clothes or large pieces of furniture. Contact Heather Brophy for information.
Wednesday, May 11th – Fashion Show – 7 p.m. – watch for further announcements
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Gifts to the Community…
“Surprise and awe” are the two words that come to mind for the pancake supper held on Tuesday, March 8th.
One hundred and fifty plates were served (50 % more than usual!).
Apologies go to those who did not receive all the items listed on the menu.
A cheque for $425 was presented to the church after all expenses were paid.
Many thanks to everyone who helped make this event a HUGE success!
If you wish to see more photographs from the event click here.
On March 9th, 63 children from six local Anglican churches (Christ Church Bells Corners, Good Shepherd Barrhaven, St. James Manotick, St. Thomas Stittsville, Holy Trinity North Gower and the Parish of Metcalf, Greely, Vernon) took part in an amazing Ash Wednesday Activity Day at Christ Church Bells Corners.
In the morning, the children were involved in various activities including walking a labyrinth, making lunch for Centre 454 and crafts. In the afternoon the children were involved in age-appropriate activities:
The elementary school children visited the Wild Bird Care Centre and made bird feeders for their churches.
The students in middle school had an excursion to Bayshore and learned how to shop for life’s necessities on a limited budget.
The high school students went off to Centre 454 with a soup and sandwich lunch prepared that morning for the Centre’s volunteers.
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Opportunities to Give…We Talked, We Reported, We Voted … Now We Act
At the Annual Vestry Meeting on February 27 (our annual general meeting), we elected people to positions of leadership in the parish and we approved a parish budget for 2011. The members of Parish Council are listed in this newsletter, and a similar list of Parish Ministry Contacts is available in the pew racks during Sunday services.
The Parish Council has already met once and we are planning for a Parish Council Retreat in the spring as we together work towards updating our Parish vision and plan for ministry.
The budget that we passed at Vestry comes to a total of $284,844.00 with a requirement of $260,000.00 to be generated over the course of this year by regular donations from members of the parish. There are also opportunities for specially directed donations, but the basic operations of the parish required this financial commitment.
Using the overall budget figure as a starting point, we can calculate that fulfilling the ministries of this parish (and maintaining the facilities that house many of those ministries) requires:
$23,737.00 each month, or
$5,477.77 every week, or
$780.39 a day, seven days a week.
As a supporting member of this parish, you will want to be prayerfully calculating what portion of our budget you can contribute. Some will think in terms of covering off the cost of a particular period of time (such as a month, a week or a day), spread over the year. Others will be more comfortable calculating a portion of their regular income (such as 2% or 5% or more) and contributing that amount. Others with irregular spikes in income will time their contributions to match peak earning periods or special seasons of the church year.
Some of you give by placing envelopes with your donations in the offering plate on Sunday, and others have pre-authorized a monthly donation through your bank account using the PAR system. If you want to know more about either of these options, please contact the church office at 613-692-2082 or Gaye Scott, our Envelope Secretary.
PAR forms can be found in the pews at church or by clicking on the link in the left hand column of this newsletter titled Ministry Quicklinks. Completed forms can be placed on the offertory plate or given to Sam in the office.
Please consider prayerfully how you can best support the ongoing presence and ministries of this parish during this year.
If you have any gently used clothing for a boy size 16 or ladies size 1X please contact our Outreach Coordinator Maureen Johnson.
Anyone who would like to make memorial or thanksgiving offerings or a donation towards flowers, please sign the flower chart at the back of the church beside the door to the stairs or contact either Ann Coles or Sam Hills.
All those who offered to help pay for the installation of air conditioning in the main church are asked to submit their pledges by Thursday, April 14th.
We are anticipating to have the work completed in the next couple of weeks and will need to pay the bill shortly thereafter. Please ensure that your offertory envelope or cheque is clearly marked “air conditioner”.
Thank you to those who have already made their contributions.