Visions in the Cloud – October 17

Welcome

"Live Your Mission"

Our generosity transforms lives. On this World Food Day Sunday we consider how our gifts to Mission & Service and local community food ministries help end hunger.

The Wisdom of Matthew 13:1-9 (Parable of the Sower) affirms, together, we are "daring a difference, one act of kindness at a time."

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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.

Lots of finishing touches going into the hub this week, including our own Brian Affleck installing the new sound system.

We have a move in date! Have you seem the video from Shawn? If not watch it here. Shawn gives an update

You can also check out the Community Hub on Joyce Facebook page which is updated almost daily. Visit: facebook.com/communityhubonjoyce/

Brian Affleck installing sound system

Front Gathering area for Conversation Cafe

Downstairs meeting group / children’s programming

Large TV Monitor on Great Room wall


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Kitchen island and appliances

Upstairs Kitchenette for staff and programs

Shelving, Bell Cabinet, Music Room

Reception with Moe Jacob, Community Hub Engagement – Facilities Manager

Great Room

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

Visions in the Cloud – October 10

Welcome

Gratitude and Anxiety

It’s Thanksgiving week, and we have much to be thankful for in our lives. Yet news of Covid restrictions and being unable to be with our friends and family has us anxious and dispirited. How can we show gratitude when our lives are turned upside down? We turn to Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6: 25-33 for wisdom.

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10-08 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.

We are getting closer! The flooring in the Multi-purpose room was installed this week. A welder was onsite working on the permanent railing for the walkway. Various tradespeople are attending to many finishing details. There were cleaners on-site beginning to clean away the construction dust on the first floor. We expect occupancy will be soon! Stay tuned.

You can also check out the Community Hub on Joyce Facebook page which is updated almost daily. Visit: facebook.com/communityhubonjoyce/

Grand Room Carpet


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Grand Room

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

Visions in the Cloud – October 03

Welcome

World Wide Communion Sunday October 3rd

Praying a Blessing with Breads of the World
Churches all over the world join as 'one body in Christ' and celebrate Communion.
Apart - yet together - in Spirit, our Visions family of faith will celebrate communion this Sunday.
Using a variety of breads we will reflect on needs in our world.

We invite you to 'set' a table for worship with your symbols.

Bring a little bread/cracker and juice/water for Communion.
Light your Christ Candle
All are welcome at the Table of Jesus Christ.

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10-01 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.

We have pavement! The parking lot was paved early this week and lines painted.
Inside, work on the stairwells is underway with flooring and railings installed.

Visions volunteer, Doug Bourque, began working on the shelving and cabinets for our Music/ Worship room this week. Doug worked with an inventory of our equipment and has designed shelving to maximize the wall space for storage in this room, while providing a workspace for Daphna. He also built two mobile carts. One to hold choir song books and folders, and a second for copies of songbooks for the congregation.Take a look at the picture, and notice the nice touch of our Visions logo painted on the sides of the cart! Thanks, Doug!

You can also check out the Community Hub on Joyce Facebook page which is updated almost daily. Visit: facebook.com/communityhubonjoyce/

Music & Worship Room shelving

Front Door

Parking lot, southwest view

Paved Parking Lot, buidling view


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Bathroom stall dividers installed

Staircase flooring and rail

Paved driveway, 140 Joyce Ave

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

09-30 National Truth & Reconciliation Day Vigil

Late Thursday afternoon rain threatened to cancel the Community Vigil that Visions planned to mark the first National Truth & Reconciliation Day in the parking lot of the Community Hub on Joyce.

Should we cancel or postpone? As we wavered with indecision, people began arriving. We proceeded: some 22 people came in spite of the rain. Thank you for showing up!

Readers gathered under the front porch, others sat on lawn chairs and held umbrellas, and some people sat in their car with a window rolled down to listen.

Our ceremony was somewhat shorter than originally planned. We began with a Land Acknowledgement. Then, we read aloud a summary of each of the 94 Calls to Action, punctuated by the sound of a drum beat calling us to honour these calls with action. We ended the time with a moment of silence and prayer.

A special thank you, too, to Jane Aikman for preparing all the Call to Action cards, to John Foster for the drumming, and Brian Affleck for the sound.

This was our first community 'event' at the Community Hub on Joyce.

Opening words were spoken

Visions members took turns

National Truth Reconciliation Day

Gathering in cars and in the rain

All calls to action were read

National Truth Reconciliation Day

United Codiac Refugee Committee Update

United Codiac Refugee Committee (UCRC)

In mid-May, Najah and her 4 daughters finally arrived in Moncton.  Najah and her daughters, originally from Syria, had been living in Lebanon for the past few years and are settling in well to life in Moncton.
- Batoul (14 years) is in grade 9 at Harrison Trimble.
- Israa (12 years), Jinane (10 years) and Nour (8 years) are all attending Queen Elizabeth School
- Najah has begun English lessons at MAGMA.

During the summer, the family enjoyed several outings in the area, including a picnic, visit to a volunteer’s cottage and swim, trip to the zoo, strawberry picking, visit to Hopewell Rocks, and hiking and swimming in Kouchibouguac National Park. Throughout the summer, one of our team’s volunteers met with the family 2 or 3 times a week to help them learn the basics of English. The three oldest family members have received their covid vaccinations, and all family members will soon begin getting caught up on their regular vaccinations (tetanus/diptheria, etc.).

Najah and the girls have family living in Moncton (Najah’s brother-in-law and his family) and the two families enjoy being together after having been separated for several years. We currently have a very dedicated small team of volunteers supporting the family, but could use 2 or 3 more volunteers to help with transportation to medical and dental appointments, and school support. If you are interested or would like more
information, please contact one of the Post-Settlement Team co-chairs:
- Bob Adsett at robertadsett@gmail.com or phone: 384-8266, or
- Claudia Schaerer at claudiaschaerer@hotmail.com or phone: 389-4320.

The Ilhemus family who moved to Moncton nearly 3 years ago (already!) are very well settled.

The parents, Suaad and Dhafer, have nearly completed Level 4 English language training at MAGMA. Their 4-year old, Misk, attends daycare at MAGMA and is definitely ready to attend school! The remaining 4 children (7 yr. old Abdul, 12 yr. old Afnan, 18 yr. old Jannat and 19 yr. old Jehan) are in the French school system and all are doing very well.

The children, especially the younger ones, flip back and forth between English and French and Arabic with ease.

Manar, the first refugee sponsored by UCRC, arrived in Moncton in April 2017. He was unsuccessful in getting his medical credentials recognized in New Brunswick. In spring 2019, Manar flew to Germany, where his brother lives, learned German in 6 months, had his medical credentials recognized and is now working as a family doctor. In June 2021, Manar flew back to Syria to marry his long-time fiancée, Haya. Haya is now in Germany with Manar. Haya is trained as a doctor, and hopes to work as a doctor. We wish them both well as they begin married life together!

There is another family that UCRC is in the process of assisting.

The Alqadi family (mother, father and 3 year old daughter) is currently living in the United Arab Emirates and has been trying for several years to immigrate to Moncton to join the wife’s parents and brother. The funds necessary to support the family for one year have been raised by the relatives. UCRC recently heard that there is some movement on the family’s file. We are hopeful that the family will arrive in Canada within the next year. UCRC’s responsibility with this family will be to help with orientation and paperwork associated with arriving in Canada as refugees.

Visions in the Cloud – Sept 26

Welcome

"Songs for the Journey"

Everyday we make a journey in faith. Sometimes this journey takes us into the interior landscape of our minds and hearts, sometimes outward into the world. This week we turn to a small collection of Psalms known as the Pilgrimage Psalms (Psalms 120-134). We consider the well known verses of Psalm 121, reminding us that wherever we find ourselves on this journey of life, God is, indeed, holding our lives.

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09-24 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 apartments are complete and this week residents began moving in!

The walkway entrance to the hub is installed. (Note: the wooden railing is temporary until the permanent railing is installed.) The parking lot is graded and ready for paving.

The major pieces that need completion before the Hub side of the building can open are the stairwells, the flooring in the Multi-purpose room, the audio-visual system and the kitchen.

You can also check out the Community Hub on Joyce Facebook page which is updated almost daily. Visit: facebook.com/communityhubonjoyce/

Front Entrance to walkway

Front Door


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Walkway to entrance

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