Sunday After Service Lunches.
We will offer a light and informal (ie. soup, bread, cheese) lunch on the first and third Sunday of every month after church as a way to strengthen our community, and generally help us get to know one another, young and old. Different groups and committees within the church take turns hosting and preparing food each week.
If you are interested in hosting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martha Martin Retires
Martha Martin, who has served as our Interim Minister for the past several years has retired.
Farewell Martha, and enjoy your retirement!
Introducing Hubert Den Draak, Our New Principal Minister
On May 6, 2018, the Congregational Meeting voted to accept the Joint Search Committee’s recommendation to call the Reverend Hubert Den Draak as our new principal minister. Hubert will be starting at St John’s United on September 1, 2018. Like Martha, our Interim Minister, he is a diaconal minister who trained at the Centre for Christian Studies in Winnipeg. For the past seven years, he has been minister at Pinegrove United Church in Rosslyn ON, near Thunder Bay. His first career was in film, filling many positions in direction and production, both in the Netherlands and, since 1997, in Canada.
Hubert says “As a Diaconal Minister, my passion is to engage with new forms of being church that are more in tune with the potential, issues and concerns of the 21st century." He describes himself as having “a reluctance to accept the status quo, and an openness to Christ-led transformation." At Pinegrove, Hubert worked with the congregation to embrace “radical hospitality”, leading to the development of Café del Soul, a bi-weekly lunch gathering for everyone in the community, offering food, friendship, music and art. He and his wife, Jacomyn Gerbrandy, also built their own straw bale house fully powered and heated by sun and wind.
We look forward to welcoming Hubert and Jacomyn in September.
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New Board Members Needed!
Because we are changing our governance system to be a unified board, and ending the Session/Official Board divide, we have an opportunity to reshape the way we make plans and decisions at St John’s United, keeping the best of what has happened before and identifying new ways to strengthen our faith community.
Would you like to be part of that? The starting vision for the new board is that it will ground what it does in the Spirit through prayer and reflection, keeping the big picture firmly in view, carrying out the necessary business as efficiently as possible, and empowering committees and task groups to do the inspiring work involved in following Christ’s message of love, compassion, justice and peace.
Does this pique your interest? Put your name forward to be a member of the new board by speaking with Katherine Harman or Lesley Griffiths. One last point — we want board meetings to be, dare we say it, enjoyable and uplifting, not a dreary obligation. And to end on time! Can you help make this happen?
New Initiative Fund.
In December, the Official Board established a New Initiatives Fund of $15,000 to support renewal of the spiritual life and programs of St. John’s United. The fund supports members of the faith community who have a passion for developing a program or initiating an activity that will broaden, deepen and nourish the community of St. John’s United Church. The overall goal is to support an idea that will lead to an ongoing program or activity for a variety of interests and age groups. Applications will be reviewed and approved by the Official Board Executive and reported to the Official Board. Information and application forms are available from the office, Martha Martin or Jim Sharpe.
St. John's United Welcomes
St. John's United Refugee Sponsorship Working Group member Hilda Power (left) and the Al-Issou family on October 22, 2017.
The Al-Issou Family.
Our congregation welcomed the Al-Issou family during lunch on Sunday October 22, 2017 which was coordinated by the St. John's United Refugee Sponsorship Working Group. Masoud, Hamide, Levant and Leyann arrived in Nova Scotia on April 25, 2017. They were welcomed by their uncle Barran Al-Issou and aunt, Zakie Chiko who sponsored Masoud's younger brother, Mohammed.
Both brothers are qualified tailors but due to the lack of opportunities in this field, they have put plans on working as tailors on hold. Masoud is also a qualified barber and has been working in this capacity since August in a men's hair salon at Halifax Shopping Centre. He is working six days a week and attends English classes at ISANS before work, Monday to Friday. He is catching on quickly.
Mohammed is learning English and upgrading his high school education at Halifax West. He works at the Athens Restaurant on weekends as a cook.
The family are settling in very well. Hamide (Mom) is benefiting from the teaching of English by St John's United congregation members Roberta Sharpe and Susan Sharp. Levant is attending preschool two afternoons a week and enjoying it.
We are fortunate to welcome this wonderful family into our community!
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