WARM INVITATION – “Come and see!” That’s what Jesus said when inviting others to discover God’s Good News. So please come and be a part of our celebration, as we give thanks to God for the arrival of a new pastor, Elina Salonen. She is encouraging us in our sharing of the Gospel. We look forward to partnering with all our sisters and brothers in this opportunity God has given us. So, please come and be one with us in love and gratitude. Share the blessing that is ours of a new pastor! The installation will take place on Sunday, April 15th, 2018 at 4pm. Oh and we will be welcoming Pastor Ed Bastian as our Honorary Assistant Pastor!
The Centretown Churches Social Action Committee’s Walk-a-thon was a huge success! Members of St. Peter’s were among the 200 people who participated in this year’s walk on October 15 to promote awareness of the need for food security for many in central Ottawa and to raise much needed funds for the Centretown Emergency Food Centre. Over 450 people made financial contributions totaling nearly $20,000. The walk is an important way to remind people that there are many in this city for whom access to adequate and nourishing food is an ongoing challenge.
The Centretown Emergency Food Centre, located in Centretown United Church at Bank and Argyle streets, provides approximately 10,000 food packages annually to roughly 2000 individuals. In spite of the generous support from 23 central Ottawa churches, the Ottawa Food Bank, food drives and an annual grant from the city, demand is outstripping resources. Food prices are going up, as are client numbers.
We can continue to help the Food Centre throughout the year by dropping off food donations in the hamper in the parish hall. The Food Centre’s monthly food requirements are listed in the Sunday church bulletin.
CCSAC and the Service Committee gratefully acknowledges St.Peter’s contribution to this very successful Walk for the Centre. With its 100 sponsors St.Peter’s raised over $2000 for the Walk. Besides having the largest number of sponsors, St.Peter’s also had the largest number of participants in the Walk. A special thanks goes to the St. Peter’s confirmation class for their important contribution in signing up sponsors, as well as for their participation in the Walk.
500 years of Reformation – Sunday October 29th, 2017
As Canada remembers our 150 years of Confederation in 2017, Lutherans will also be commemorating their 500th anniversary since the Reformation. In 1517, the German theologian, Martin Luther, felt compelled to stand up against the abuses and exploitation of the institutional church. The legacy of Martin Luther goes beyond the launching pad for the Reformation in Germany, Switzerland, and many other European countries. The historic Lutheran Reformation movements have resulted in the formation of Lutheran communities in 98 countries across the globe, spanning Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Nordic countries and North America..
To mark our 500 years of heritage and Christian identity rooted in Martin Luther, the eight Ottawa Lutheran congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada are organizing a commemorative worship event at two significant locations in downtown Ottawa on Sunday October 29, 2017.
In Attendance: National Bishop Susan Johnson, Eastern Synod Bishop Michael Pryse, Algonquin Elder Barbara Dumont-Hill, the Mayor Jim Watson, and various Ambassadors, City Councillors, Provincial and Federal Members of Parliament and non profit organisations active in our community.
- 9:15 a.m. Media launch – St Peter’s Lutheran Church, 400 Sparks Street.
- 10:00 a.m. Service starts at St Peter’s Lutheran Church: Celebrating Reformation 500 in Song – a special presentation of a musical piece commissioned by St. Peter’s will be performed by the choir as a commemorative gift to the wider Reformation festivities.
- 10:40 a.m. Processional to Christ Church Cathedral (414 Sparks Street) to continue worship event.
- 11:00 a.m. Eucharist Service starts at Christ Church Cathedral.
- 12:30 p.m. Informal Fellowship and display: Reformation 500 educational posters from the Evangelische Kirche Deutschland (EKD); Information booths from non profit organisations working within our community.
See https://ottawalutherans.org for the list of participating churches in Ottawa and volunteering information.
Parking: Free parking is available at the Government parking lot just west of the Library and Archives Canada, kitty corner to St. Peter’s and Christ Church Cathedral. The parking lot is accessible from Wellington westbound at any time and from Wellington eastbound on week-ends. We are encouraging younger, more physically able individuals to park there, to leave closer parking at the churches for the less mobile. There will be shuttles (vans) running from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm to both churches and between each church. St. Peter’s parking lot is available that day (free from 8 am to 6 pm), and more spaces will become open at Christ Church Cathedral parking lot after 10:30.
Children focus: there will be coloring pages available for children during the service at the Cathedral, and an activity table during the fellowship period in at Christ Church. Note that there are no SCS classes on the 29th.
Commemorative event: In commemoration of the 95 Theses Martin Luther posted on the church doors in 1517, we will have a symbolic door hanging inside the Great Hall at Christ Church during the fellowship period where individuals can post their hopes and dreams for the Church for the next 500 years
Service Committee – Serving Our Community
St. Peter’s congregation takes a very active role in participating in the Centretown Churches Social Action Committee (CCSAC) and serving our downtown community.
CCSAC’s Second Walk-a-Thon, Oct 15th 2:00 pm: Individuals and teams of families and friends of St. Peter’s will join with people from other downtown churches in raising funds for the Centretown Emergency Food Centre, 507 Bank Street, which St. Peter’s regularly supports through our monetary and food donations. Due to damage from the spring flooding to the pathway below Parliament, this year’s route has been changed to the Queen Elizabeth pathway. Participants may choose between a 1.5 and 3.5 km walk, starting and ending at Ottawa City Hall.
The Walk-a-thon Committee has been busy all summer organizing this event and will be making further announcements about the Walk in early September. In the meantime, we encourage members of St. Peter’s to think about forming different teams for the Walk-a-thon, e.g., the choir, Sunday School, etc. Pledge forms are available in the Parish Hall. For more information, or to register by October 6, go to http://centretownchurches.org/walk/.
Carbon Fast for Lent: Week 5 (Sunday, April 2)
Read: Micah 6:8
- Keep your car running as efficiently as possible by unloading extra weight, keeping the tires at the correct air pressure and performing regular maintenance on it.
- Drive sensibly and avoid rapid braking or acceleration. Drive at the speed limit. You can improve your gas consumption by 10-15% by reducing your speed from 105 km/h to 90 km/h.
- Make at least one of your journeys more environmentally friendly this week. Could you combine two trips? Carpool rather than driving solo? Walk, or take public transit instead of driving. Can you find a more environmentally friendly way to get to church this week?
- Avoid using the car entirely for destinations within easy walking, bicycling, or public transit distance.
- Planning to travel? Consider getting there without flying. If possible choose a destination accessible by train or bus.
- Take part in “Give It Up for the Earth!” – a faith-in-action campaign organized by Citizens for Public Justice. See details in the Parish hall, or visit cpj.ca/for-the-earth.
God of All Life, we give thanks for Earth, our common home, and ask forgiveness for all the unreasonable demands we have made on it. As our Earth, its many peoples, its oceans, wild life and ecosystems are struggling to survive. Help us to change our ways and guide us to live a life which is not centred on ourselves, but on all you have created. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.*
*Sr. Marlene Kelly, GSIC. Citizens for Public Justice, Faithful Climate Action Worship Resources. Reprinted with permission.