St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church Weekly Newsletter

On Sunday, September 4 Rev. Grant Wilson will conclude his series on the Psalms, taking a look at Psalm 8. On Sunday, September 11, Grant will preach on Acts 2: 42-47.

Thank You St. Paul’s
Hide Huang and family wish to express their many thanks to St. Paul’s for the care and cards while Jay was in the hospital. We thank you for the outpouring of love, concern and attendance at his memorial service. We are so blessed to have such support from our church family. Special thanks to Frances for putting together the bulletin so perfectly, the Pastoral Care Team for the gorgeous orchid, and Eleanor Hastings and her team for the lovely reception held afterwards. Blessings to you all.

Flowers will be placed in the Sanctuary on September 4 in memory of Jim Watson who went to be with the Lord on May 7, 1995 and his loving wife, Isobel, who joined him in Heaven on August 29, 2011.

With love from the Watson family.

Syrian Family Sponsorship- Good news! 
Our family will arrive on September 6! Planning is on course and a welcome committee has been identified. Housing near the church has been secured from the beginning of October. Options for temporary housing until then are being considered. Our next volunteer meeting will be held on Saturday, September 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. At the meeting we will: provide an update on the family’s arrival and status of activities, have presentations on lessons learned from other sponsorship groups and prepare ourselves for providing support in the coming months.

Upcoming Fall Schedule
As the summer draws to a close we will be returning to our “regular†worship schedule on Sunday, September 18 with two services each Sunday: 9:00 a.m. Contemporary Service and 10:30 a.m. Traditional Service. Rev. Grant Wilson will preach at both services. The Contemporary Service is a little more unstructured and has more contemporary-flavoured music, including guitars and drums. Our Traditional Service, as the name suggests, is more traditional in style with organ and piano music. We hope you will enjoy one of these services as you follow you faith journey.

Christian Books for Re-Use
A delivery is being arranged for early September of Christian books, study guides and other materials from our collection bin to the Ottawa pick-up location of the Christian Salvage Mission. It’s a chance for you to reduce your library and for someone else to re-use the books. Please place material in the marked box in the Resource Centre.

Overseas Missionary Fellowship Meeting – September 10
Our next OMF Prayer meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 10 at at the home of Dale and Natalie Ward at 3:00 p.m. This is a special time of prayer and celebration for two members who have been part of this group for over forty years!

Elders’ Election
Every two years St. Paul’s holds an election of Elders in keeping with our term-service eldership on Session. With a couple of losses from Session, we will be looking for up to eight Elders this September/October. More information will be provided in September. Ballots will be distributed on September 25. Please note that you must be a Professing Member of St. Paul’s to participate in the election. If you are not sure of your status you can check with Ed Smith, our Roll Clerk, at ed4smith@gmail.com. If you’re interested in becoming a Professing Member of the church please contact Rev. Grant Wilson at grant@stpaulspcottawa.com.

Toys at Coffee Time
Your children are always welcome to enjoy the toys at coffee time, but please assure that they put everything neatly away BEFORE you leave. We have had a problem with ants in the past, so we ask that you be very careful to return ALL food and drinks to the kitchen.

Book Circle – October 17
Our next meeting of the Book Circle will be held in the Fireside Room on October 17 at 7:00 p.m. We will be discussing the book Defeating Jihad by Sebastien Gorka. He refers to it as ‘the winnable warâ€. Dr. Gorka has produced a compelling profile of the Jihad movement – its mind and motivation – and a plan to defeat it. Join us as we share our thoughts and reactions on this relevant topic.  For further information please contact Carol Rourke at lovemyptcruiser@rogers.com.

St. Paul’s Website Update
As many of you are probably aware, for the past several weeks a visit to our church website takes you to a single page with little information about what is happening at our church. We apologize for the confusion that this may have caused but wanted to let the congregation know that this down time was necessary for a company that we hired to completely redevelop our online presence. We’re nearing the end of that process and hopefully, by September 11, we’ll be able to have the new site go live. We will keep you updated and will be providing some information about the new site features when the site goes live.

Newcomers Welcome Coffee – September 18
All visitors and newcomers to St. Paul’s are warmly invited to a Welcome Coffee Time on Sunday September 18 after the 10:30 a.m. service. If you are new to us in the last six months, or were not able to attend our Welcome Coffee last February, please join us in the Jubilee Room across from the office right after the service. We hope it will give you an opportunity to meet a few St. Paul’s people as well as other new people. For more information contact Judy Richardson at 613- 721-3713 or judygordrich@gmail.com.

Ottawa Christian School 
OCS is celebrating 50 years of educating children in the Ottawa area.  This vibrant Christ-centred learning community has more than 200 students from more than 50 Christian churches across the city. If you’d like to learn more about the school, visit our upcoming open house on Wednesday, September 14 between 9:00 and11:00 a.m. or between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. Call Virginia Dawson at 613-825-3000 x105 or visit OCSchool.org.

“Welcome Home†– September 11 (Luncheon Update)
We are excited to invite the congregation to join us on Sunday, September 11 for our “Welcome Home†event. This will be a day when we will celebrate what God has done and anticipate what He will do this coming year within our community. You will be able to register your children for our Sunday programs and discover the exciting opportunities and events that will be happening at St. Paul’s this year. A lunch will be provided following the service. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board at the entrance to the Resource Centre. If you plan to attend the luncheon please sign this sheet and indicate the number of people who will be attending with you. This will help us with purchasing food. Also, if you need a gluten-free hotdog or hamburger bun please indicate the kind and number of buns needed.

Kids’ Sunday Summer Program
Children are invited to worship in the Sanctuary with everyone, then go to Campbell Hall where they will enjoy a variety of activities. Kids should dress for play because they might make a craft, watch a special DVD, play games outside (or inside) Snacks will be served, so if your child has an allergy, please send a snack along for them. Kids can expect to have fun every Sunday morning!

Regular Sunday School Resumes on September 18
Both the 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. classes resume on September 18.

We Care for Our Kids
We have a safe and friendly nursery available for infants and toddlers. The nursery is at the east end of the building between the main corridor and Campbell Hall.
Please ask an usher for directions.

Young Adult Ministry Request
I am looking for families who would be willing to invite a couple of young adults for lunch after one of the Sunday worship services this fall. Connecting through a shared meal is an incredible way to build community and I have never met a college or university student living away from home who’d turn down a free meal. If you would consider being one of the hosts for this new initiative, please contact me at jeremy@epicentreyouth.com.
Jeremy Sauvé, Discipleship Pastor

Cookies and/or Squares needed for September 11
Judy Richardson and her team are looking for volunteers to make cookies and squares for our September 11 luncheon at St. Paul’s as part of our Welcome Home event. If you are able to help please sign the sheet in the Resource Centre. Thank you.

Pinecrest Terrace Food Bank
These are busy days at the Food Bank, as parents are bringing their children along with them when they come in for food. Now families are getting ready for school, and we like to support their efforts to help their children succeed in school. If you would like to help, these school supplies are the ones most needed: geometry/math sets, backpacks, lunch bags, markers, dividers and calculators. Other requested items are graph paper, rulers, scissors, pencil cases, white-out, post-it notes, and locks. You can leave these items with the food donations to the food bank at the parking lot door, in the bins marked Food Bank Donations. Of course, your regular food donations are always appreciated. Thank you for your help!

Soup Ministry
For the past two years, women from St. Paul’s have been making soup and taking it to share at the Pinecrest Food Bank each Wednesday from October through to April. Although numbers are variable, we generally suggest that there be enough soup to feed 12-15. (All bowls etc. are provided for our use and there is a full kitchen for reheating etc.)

The women take their soup and serve it to the individuals waiting to access the Food Bank. You are not alone as there are volunteers who are there to serve coffee when individuals arrive. The individuals appreciate it if you sit and eat with them. Often they just want someone to talk to. 

Typically,you would serve once every two months. If you would be willing to help with this project please contact Carol Rourke at lovemyptcruiser@rogers.com. Thank you for considering this ministry.

St. Paul’s 60th Anniversary
The Board of Managers and Session invite you to St. Paul’s 60th Anniversary Celebration in October. Special events will include a Potluck supper on Saturday, October 22 and a Celebration Service on Sunday, October 23. It’s going to be a fantastic time, so be sure to mark your calendar now.

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