Visions in the Cloud – June 27

June 27, 2021

Belief, Not Fear

Jarius's daughter is healed by Jesus, and the woman who hemorrhaged for 12 years was cured.

  • Scripture: Mark 5: 21-43

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Visions in the Cloud – June 20

June 20, 2021

From Hope to Harvest

Join us this week for the final part of our Spirituality of Gardening theme. We hear a special story shared by the Baycroft family, visit with Cecil Briggs in his garden, and talk with the Garden City Project about the Hub landscape.

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Visions in the Cloud – June 13

June 13, 2021

Spirituality of Gardening: Sowing Seeds, Tending Hope

Seeds are a miracle of life. Then are a sign of what is possible. They speak to the abundance our Gardener God intends for all creation. This week we hear the parable of the Mustard Seed and visit with Norman Teed at his farm and Jocelyn Quann in her backyard garden.

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06-09 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.

 

Work on the garden area of the Community Hub continued this week. Over the weekend a few people picked rock from the area. On Tuesday, the ground was tilled to loosen the soil. John Russell is hoping to source some delivery of compost and get seed sown by the weekend!
John was interviewed as part of last week's Spirit Gathering and talked about the measures being taken to remediate the soil and improve organic matter with some different crops this summer/fall.

Meanwhile, our Visions New Ministry Team is meeting with and interviewing other churches in the area of the Hub. We've identified 9 congregations and are speaking with them about their experience of ministry in this part of Moncton, what programs they offer, and seeking to build relationship with these other churches. The interviews are also part of the Community Hub Engagement Team's learning about the community.

Tilling - Hub Garden


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Tilling

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

Visions in the Cloud – June 6

June 6, 2021

Spirituality of Gardening: "Soil of God, You and I"

In the beginning....from humus - soil, dirt, mud of the earth, we are formed and shaped by a gardener God. (Genesis 2)
All life begins and ends with soil. We are Holy Ground. How do we tend the soil of our soul? Join us this week as we explore the spirituality of gardening.

Two of our Visions' friends - John Russell and Fernand Daigle - share wisdom from 'backyard gardens'. We will also have a moment of pause in remembrance for and reconciliation with our Indigenous relations.

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06-02 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.

 

There's more colour on the Hub side of the building this week as siding continues to be installed around the area of the Multi-Purpose Room.

Last week, John Russell was onsite helping to prepare the soil in the area where trees and gardens will eventually be planted. John writes

"We got the tile drains in, loosened the soil down to 60 cm and got most of the rocks and concrete slabs picked and hauled away. I was really happy with how the ripping seemed to perform. I think it looks really good and ready for a light tilling to break up the compacted clods of subsoil and get in some buckwheat seed (and hopefully compost)".

Last fall, John worked with the site engineers to modify the proposed storm-water retention to include farmable slopes for water retention into the design. Tune in to our June 6 Spirit Gathering and hear John describe what's happening to improve the soil quality and create arable land at the Hub.

Siding MultiPurpose Room

Hub Garden Soil Prep - Concrete slab lifting while ripping

Hub Garden Soil Prep - drain installation


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Hub Siding Competed

Hub Garden Soil Prep - Ripping Completed

Hub Garden Soil Prep - Soil compacted at 50 cm depth just above organic (black) layer

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

Visions in the Cloud – May 30

May 30, 2021

Trinity Sunday-  “The Many Face(t)s of God”

God in Three Forms Being Served in Many Ways

The three-in-one nature of the Trinity is confusing for all of us. We look at a few explanations that help our understanding of the incomprehensible, and think of ways we can use our skills to serve God.

  • Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12: 4-12

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A Spiral Shaped God © Jan Richardson

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05-26 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 week we walked on the floor of the Multi-purpose room and you can see a video tour of the room! Watch by clicking the picture Great Room below.

The staging is now removed and crews are installing drywall on the lower wall. This room is a wide-open space, just under 2000 sq.ft, is where Visions will host our weekly Spirit Gathering.

Also included in this week's update is a photo of the Children's Program & Small Meeting Room (now dry-walled), kitchen and the upstairs storage closet for our long term storage.

 

The HUB common area

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Childrens Program & Small Meeting Room


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Kitchen

Storage 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 – May 23

May 23, 2021

Pentecost is Now!

This Sunday we celebrate the fiery, windy festival of the Spirit.

After reading through the book of Acts, and those first stories of being church, we have circled back to the story of Pentecost, yet again. The Spirit is always on the move! We celebrate the Pentecost that is happening, NOW, today in our time and space.

Bring your Pentecost colours of red or orange to worship.

We will celebrate Communion.
Please prepare food for yourself: some bread and a cup of juice - perhaps grape or cranberry - or wine, with or without alcohol. We will bless the elements together with prayer and song.

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05-19 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.

 

Great progress with construction inside these last few weeks!

Dry wall of the second floor and installation of door frames is almost complete, which you will notice in a few photos of the upper hallway and a view into an office.
You can see the duct work in the ceiling of the Multi-purpose room, and the light from the upper windows. We are looking forward to seeing the room once the staging is removed and work begins on the walls below.

The elevator lift is now installed! This ensures accessibility to the offices and work spaces on the second floor.

Downstairs, there are photos of the electrical room, views down the hallway of the first floor and a view into the reception area looking south to the front door. There's lots of construction materials lying around.

Brian Affleck was on site this week attending to some of the AV wiring and installation for the teaching kitchen. Thanks for your work, Brian, on this project!

Finishing work has begun on the apartment side. Flooring is laid and the Kitchen cabinets are being installed. We can begin to imagine the finished look of the apartments!

The HUB common area

Upstairs - Offices

Upstairs - Offices/Hallway

Reception - View south-to-front

Multi Purpose Room - Ceiling


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Apartment Side of the HUB

Apartments - Kitchen cabinets

Electrical Room

Elevator Lift

Lower level -view down hallway

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