10-30 Community Hub Update

The construction site at 140 Joyce Avenue continues to be a busy place!
Have you had the chance to drive by? Here are a couple recent updates.

The Community Hub is more than a building! CHET (Community Hub Engagement Team) brings together representatives from community and not-for-profit organizations who are working with Visions and the John Howard Society to engage the community. (Working alongside CHET is Visions' New Ministry Engagement Team).

On Thursday afternoon (October 29th) the YWCA hosted a Halloween treats event at the Beechwood Community Centre, which serves the residents of the housing complex on Joyce Ave/Beechwood. These families are our neighbours, immediately south of the Community Hub building.

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Treats for the children

Visions United, the John Howard Society and the YWCA provided treats and pumpkins for about 45 children. Université de Moncton, which is also participating with CHET, donated some UdeM 'swag' for the treat bags.  Lori Ann Burns represented Visions. Sophie Roy, YWCA Program facilitator at Beechwood and a rep on CHET, organized the event.

The children came to the centre dressed in Halloween costumes! Some were tall, some were small but all went home with a pumpkin to decorate/carve.

Thank you to everyone who donated Halloween treats, and to Lori Ann for helping.


This Community Hub project is a partnership between the John Howard Society of Southeastern New Brunswick and Visions United Church.

Worship Series

"Acts" Now 

Readings for PART 2 have been posted below

(and Appendix)

Visions United
"Acts" Now
Stories of Making Church Outside a Building

Before there is a Church... Before there is a building... There is a community
Born of the Spirit at Pentecost
Our new Spirit Gathering theme series is based on the 'Acts of the Apostles'.
These are the first stories of making church outside a building.
These are our stories!

Click on a link below and join us for our weekly Spirit Gathering recording on-line.

Bible Study Book Club

Join in our virtual 'Bible Study Book Club' and read and pray your way through Acts with us.

See below for a timeline of weekly readings:

Consider participating in an occasional, informal Bible Study and chat about what you are reading.

- Session 1: Nov 17 (Tuesday) 7pm by zoom  (contact office@visionsunited.ca for the zoom link)

Recall your own stories of making 'church' outside a building; email  minister@visionsunited.ca  if you have a story you'd like to share.

Bible Study Book Club - Session 2

Join an informal zoom 'Bible study' this Wednesday, January 27th, 7-8pm. The zoom link will be sent in Wednesday's email.
- We will look at the readings up to this point in Part 2 (Acts 9 - 15:35)

 

As we read through this book from the Bible, we will listen to these stories from Acts and see where we are in the story:

  • How may God be using a story to have a conversation with us about 'who we are' and 'how we are church' together in these days of on-line recordings, gathering in rented space, and engaging ministry in a new neighbourhood as part of the Community Hub project?

Over the next several months, we will read through Acts in three stages, or 'acts', pausing to celebrate the liturgical seasons of Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter:

  • 'Act 1': October 18 - November 22, 2020
  • 'Act 2': January 10 - February 14, 2021
  • 'Act 3': April 11 - May 23, 2021

Appendix A: Judaism and Christianity in First-Century

As we read further into Acts, and the 'gospel story' spreads into the Gentile (non-Jewish)world, the relationship between Judaism and Christianity becomes more complicated. Christians today have a responsibility to ensure we do not contribute to anti Semitism in our world. It's important to remember, firstly, that Jesus, himself, was Jewish; and secondly, 'Christianity' was not initially a separate religion, but more of a 'sect' within Judaism. That's why the followers described themselves as 'followers of the Way of Jesus'. Acts is likely written after the split between Judaism and Christianity, yet looks back and tells the story of the emerging movement that was still within Judaism. The reality is 2000 years later the Church is more like the 'establishment' and less like the emerging movement. The 'Appendix' offers a glimpse into the first century context, and can help us avoid a 'we' and 'them' interpretation about Christianity and Judaism.

Visions in the Cloud – Oct 18

October 18, 2020

Pentecost is Now!

"Acts" Now - Stories of Making Church Outside a Building

The Spirit Gathering Attachment for this week can be found here

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10-15 Community Hub Update

The construction site at 140 Joyce Avenue continues to be a busy place!
Have you had the chance to drive by? Here are a couple recent updates.

This past week the concrete slab for the foundation was poured! You can see workers finishing the concrete on the HUB side of the building.
Look closely. Do you see the hole in the concrete? That's for the elevator pit.

This coming week they will let the concrete cure, while site excavation and backfill work continues. Maybe we will begin to see the building take shape next update!
We are pleased that work is on schedule.

Slab for Community Hub


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Slab for Apartments


This Community Hub project is a partnership between the John Howard Society of Southeastern New Brunswick and Visions United Church.

Visions in the Cloud – Oct 11

October 11, 2020

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Spirit Gathering Registration

On HOLD

Spirit Gathering  Registration Info

December 9, 2020

We’re delighted to see Zone 1 back in Yellow Phase again, especially this close to Christmas, although the need for precautions remains for us all.

Your Covid-19 Committee (Rev. Shawn, Peggy Renton, and Peter Lightfoot) met this past Monday to consider the resumption of in-person Spirit Gatherings. However, we received a call from the manager of the Père Patrice Leblanc Centre advising us that their hall will remain closed until early 2021. This is a newly-minted mandate for all Knights of Columbus halls throughout New Brunswick.

Faced with this situation, together with the potential for an increase in Covid-19 infections over the Christmas-New Years period, the committee recommended to CLT, with an abundance of precaution, that in-person Spirit Gatherings not take place until mid-January, at the earliest.


When: Currently on HOLD to due COVID-19 concerns
Where: Patrice Leblanc Centre, 91 Murphy Ave.

Registration is currently limited to 45 persons. You will be contacted if you are being put on our wait list.


Cancellation Information

If you need to cancel after you register you can do the following:

  • Can call the office by 1pm on Friday (506.384.0843)
  • Send an email to register@visionsunited.ca with your name and phone#

Covid-19 Protocols

See the following attachment for a list of our current Covid-19 protocols in place for our In person spirit gatherings.

 

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Wow Moment about Polio Vaccine

On Wednesday I spoke to the grade 7 and 8 class about Polio eradication. Polio was a pandemic, in the 50’s it spread to every country and was declared by the United Nations as the “world's greatest health concern”. Then we talked about polio compared to coronavirus and how we might reduce the fears? They had wonderful ideas, I sure was impressed wit their knowledge.

We went outside to plant tulips around a newly planted Oak Tree. The tree was planted before thanksgiving in memory of a classmate that was killed by a speeding driver as he walking home from school. He was only twelve, some of the students told me the story as we were planting. A tragedy for them to live with at such a young age.

My wow moment was being with such Wonderful young people!!

Pam
Submitted October 29, 2020