Notes of Interest and Announcements


Updates from the Church Council:

The 42nd General Council of The United Church of Canada (2015) authorized five remits that should be considered by pastoral charges and presbyteries. The approval of any or all of these five remits will bring about substantive, denomination-shaping changes to the United Church’s Basis of Union. The five remits being voted on by pastoral charges are: (1) Three-Council Model, (2) Elimination of Transfer and Settlement, (3) Office of Vocation, (4) Funding a New Model, and (6) One Order of Ministry. The voting for these Remits is done by the Church Council on behalf of the Congregation. Votes for Remits 1, 2, 3, and 4 need to be received by General Council by June 30, 2017. Remit 6 is due by February 28, 2018. The Church Council will be deciding on Remits 1, 2, 3 & 4 at its Council meeting of June 7, 2017 in order to respond by the June 30, 2017 deadline. The Council is holding a meeting to receive feedback from congregation members on these Remits prior to voting on them. The feedback session will be held on Thursday May 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Cochrane Street United Church (please enter through Cochrane Street entrance). In addition, to the feedback session, the Church Council can receive emails on the Remits up until June 4, 2107 at info@cochranestreetuc.com. For further information, please go to the link https://www.gc42.ca/remits – there are two parts to this link. Firstly, there are the remits. Secondly, if you scroll down the screen, there are study guides related to the links. Please note, Remit (6) - One Order of Ministry will be voted on by the Church Council prior to February 28, 2018. It is understood that background information will be circulated on this Remit in the fall of 2017. The Church Council looks forward to your feedback prior to its voting on Remits 1,2,3 & 4.?





Bridges to Hope: Summer is coming and the shelves at Bridges to Hope need to be filled up. You can help by bringing food donation or cash donations. The most helpful items to bring are: canned items such as beans, corn, peas, tomatoes, fish, soup, milk, and fruit; pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, rice, cereal (not too sweet), macaroni and cheese. Thank you for your support.



Project Grace is looking for congregation & community members to join the new Support Committee for the "Patricia Young Youth Choral Academy", starting at CSUC this fall. The Support Committee is responsible for assisting the executive director in organizing the program, daily logistics, teaching artist & volunteer support, publicity/promotional work, special events & fundraising. Please email projectgracenl@gmail.com if you are interested in being part of this group! First meeting will be in September.


Fraser Ellis Wins Senior of the Year Award


 The City of St. John's is pleased to announce that Fraser Ellis is the winner of the 4th annual Senior of the Year Award. The award, which is a partnership with Kenny's Pond Retirement Community, honours a local senior who has made significant contributions to the City through service to the community or by improving the quality of life for citizens through community involvement.
      Fraser Ellis was nominated for the award by former city councillor Sheilagh O'Leary for his 30-plus years of dedication to a wide variety of organizations. His volunteer efforts run the gamut from working as a volunteer driver for the Cancer Clinic to peeling potatoes at the Cochrane Street United Church and supporting Bridges to Hope, the Janeway and Turnings (an organization which supports local youth) through annual fundraising efforts.     As a member of the Anchormen Chorus Barbershop group Mr. Ellis has also brought the gift of music to events, fundraisers and seniors for 40 years. As noted in the nomination, "Fraser gives of himself to anyone who is in need, selflessly. Even at 84 years of age, he does more in a week than many do in a year. The world and our corner of it are so much better for his efforts."     The award was developed by Councillor Tom Hann to recognize the hundreds of seniors who are actively contributing to our community on a daily basis. "We present this award every year because the nominations we receive speak to how much seniors have to offer our city," said Allan Miller, Chair of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Seniors. "We are very proud to announce that Fraser Ellis is our winner. His commitment to the community is inspiring and I hope residents will look at all that he does and be inspired to give back themselves."   "Mr. Ellis has devoted his life to supporting people in our community who are in need," says Councillor at Large Tom Hann, Council representative on the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Seniors. "His noble efforts are often made quietly behind the scenes but we are very pleased to bring them to light. Just as Mr. Ellis shares his singing voice to countless fundraisers throughout the City we are thrilled to sing his praises today as we present him with the Senior of the Year award." The City is delighted that for the third year in a row, Kenny's Pond Retirement Community has agreed to sponsor the award and we look forward to a continued relationship with them on the Senior of the Year Award program. "It is a complete honour and a privilege to be affiliated with this prestigious award that recognizes the vibrant and active lives of seniors in our community," said Michelle Collins, Marketing & Community Relations Manager at Kenny's Pond Retirement Community. "Congratulations to Mr. Fraser Ellis on behalf of the residents, staff and management of Kenny's Pond Retirement Community."……City of St. John’s Announcement



CONGREGATIONAL MAILING LIST UPDATE Please note that the Membership Committee and other volunteers will be telephoning members of the congregation to ensure the accuracy of our congregational mailing lists. We look forward to speaking with you. 




Downtown Churches Committee Questions and Answers: Communication No. 1

“Building our Downtown Church Family - Planning our Future” Churches around the world are experiencing challenging times with reducing numbers, aging population and increased costs of operating. The Downtown Churches in St. John’s are no different.

As we make preparations to celebrate the 200th anniversary of what is now the United Church of Canada in St. John’s, we will take the opportunity to look back at all the successes and glories of the past. At the same time it also provides the opportunity to look forward and prepare for the next 200 years. It is in this context that the Downtown Churches Committee, which is composed of representatives from all four Downtown Churches is meeting every three weeks to:

? Consider ways we might work together to better serve the community and our congregations;

? Find administrative efficiencies through cooperation, buying power, and sharing of resources; ? Consider holding joint activities such as Bible Study, Men’s Club, UCW, Sunday School Picnics and the like; and

? Examine the current state of our church and to explore our options for the future. By working together we can work from a position of strength.

? What is the goal of the meetings? To re-establish the sense of family and cooperation amongst the four Downtown Church Congregations so we can move into the second 200 years of the church with a sense of confidence and renewal.

? Who is representing our Church on the Committee? Each Church is represented by the Minister, Chair of each Council/Board and 3 or 4 other members. Representatives from our church are:

1. Dave Tucker

2. Sam Saunders

3. Jean Brown

4. Rev. Miriam Bowlby

5. Gerry White

6. Karen Critch

? Are we doing this to close churches? No. The Committee has no decision making authority, we plan to examine ways we can grow stronger as a Downtown Church Family. We feel it our responsibility and obligation to examine all options for the future of this Family.

? What can I do to contribute to the process? Support us in our discussions. This could mean being open to new ideas, offering your suggestions and ideas, being ready to listen when news ideas are suggested, and giving us the opportunity to answer your questions. We also ask that you keep our work in your prayers as we endeavour to discern what God is calling us to do at this time.

? How will I be kept informed of the Committee’s progress? You will be receiving regular updates from the Pulpit, in your Bulletin, Newsletters and on your church’s web site. Feel free to explore the web sites of the other Downtown churches as well


Bulletin Donations

Did you know....that with your $10.00 donation for a note of remembrance or celebration message on the inside cover of a Sunday Bulletin you are pay for approximately one half of the expense to print the bulletins on that Sunday? What a wonderful way to give thanks for your loved ones in memory or celebration and support your church as well. If you would like to donate a Sunday Bulletin to celebrate an occasion such as a birth, birthday, anniversary or as a loving memorial, etc., please call the church office (722-3023) between 9 am and noon, Monday through Friday to make arrangements. Recognition  will be made in the Bulletin for the week required.