Being Downtown Oct 27 2011

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27th Oct – Anna Lewis

:.being downtown.:

(a weekly e-letter to Sunnyside Wesleyan Church’s Downtown Congregation)

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“In him we live and move and have our being.”

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So Halloween is on my mind (funny, I know, given that it is October and everything . . .). When I first came to Canada I was surprised to discover what an “event” it is. In the UK, Halloween gets overshadowed by Guy Fawkes (or Bonfire) Night 5 days later. Initially, I thought it was a bit ghoulish or morbid that Canadians get so into Halloween but then I realised that “celebrating” the execution of someone who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament by making “Guys” out of straw and old clothes and throwing them on bonfires is also pretty macabre.

Anyway, I also appreciate that there are a variety of opinions about Halloween and what it is really all about. I don’t want to enter that debate here. I’m more struck by the way Halloween is another event that divides up our year. You can tell what these events are by watching the way the stores change their decoration and displays. Christmas, New Year, Valentine’s, St Patrick’s Day, Easter, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Halloween . . .We normally get at least a month if not more of gearing up for each of these events which means that the year gets split into periods of anticipation. It can, in fact, become easy for us to always be anticipating the next event rather than being thoroughly in the present.

I think the annual events and festivals are important. The Bible talks about the seasons and the patterns and rhythms of time and of our lives. The church calendar is divided up into specific periods, each of which have their own focus and purpose. I just hope that we can also cultivate an ability to mark each day and be engaged in the moment, the present, a day we get to spend with a friend, a relative, a neighbour, or a spouse, and a day we get to spend with God. THURSDAY 27th OCTOBER 2011! That’s a special day; it’s a once in a lifetime event.

Have a good Thursday.

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Links

Downtown bulletin

Downtown sermon

Miscellaneous Information
Sunnyside Wesleyan Church is a multi-site church:  one church in two locations.  For more information, please visit our website: www.sunnysidechurch.ca.
The Downtown location is at the Alumni Auditorium in the Jock Turcot University Centre on the University of Ottawa campus. The service time is Sunday at 10 a.m. (Map)
The Grosvenor location is at 58 Grosvenor Ave.  The summer service time is 10 a.m. (Map)
Services in both locations usually last about 75 minutes.
If you wish to be removed from this mailing list, please e-mail office@sunnysidechurch.ca .
If you know someone who would like to be added to this mailing list, please have them send a note to office@sunnysidechurch.ca.
You may email Joel Windle (Downtown Worship Pastor) at joel.windle@sunnysidechurch.ca.

Announcements

This Sunday is the last Sunday to have your picture taken for our church directory

Missions Night is October 30th @ 5pm in the church basement

November 7th is the last day to buy your Love and Respect tickets @ the early bird price

Sunnyside’s 90th Anniversary Banquette is Nov. 12th @5pm in the Church Basement

LFTS Oct 25 2011

Looking Forward to Sunday

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011                              By Brent Russett

News

Life is full. There is lots of things happening. I checked online for my school work today, and realize I have a 2000 word essay due on Friday that I didn’t know about. I missed that one. Oh well, what is a little sleep deprivation.

Matthew and family were able to move in last Saturday. Thank you to the eight of you who helped him move in. I am sure it was appreciated. Matthew takes on the role of downtown site pastor November 1st.

I was happy to perform Duana Dupuis and Greg Bergman’s wedding on Saturday at Bean Town ranch. It was a semi outdoor wedding, and the sun started to shine right when the wedding began. It was a grand day.

This Sunday night there is a missions potluck happening at 5 p.m. It is always a great time to sample international food, and hear about some of the missions we support. I would encourage you to take the time to come out and enjoy both the food and the fellowship. If you happen to be in residence, or in a place where you can’t cook, you are still welcome to come and partake.

On November 13th we are going to be celebrating our 90th anniversary as a church. It will be a time of celebrating what God has done, and moving into what we believe that God is calling us to do. On the Saturday evening we are going to be having a potluck supper and celebration. If you are gifted in music and would like to share a song in the 45 minutes program after supper, let me know. Drop me an email.

This is the last Sunday to get your picture taken for the photo directory – help us to help you to get to know people at Sunnyside.

Views

I am on my third volume of Systematic Theology by Thomas Oden. Usually Systematic Theology is a little dry. But Oden has painted a picture of God that has captured my imagination. It is a wonderful thing when one can do school work and be blessed at the same time. If you are looking for an in depth look at what historic Christians have believed about God and his work in the world, I would recommend this 3 volume set.

Looking Forward to Sunday

This Sunday Mike Tapper is preaching at the Grosvenor Site and I will be preaching at the downtown site.

Links

Grosvenor bulletin

Grosvenor sermon

Sundry Information

Sunnyside Wesleyan Church is located at two sites:

The Grosvenor site is at 58 Grosvenor Ave, Ottawa, ON. The service times at the Grosvenor site are 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. (Map)

The Downtown site is at Alumni Theatre in the Jock Turcot building on the University of Ottawa  Campus. (Map)   The service time at this site is 10 a.m. Services  in both locations usually last about 75 minutes.

We are also located virtually at www.sunnysidechurch.ca, or sunnysideottawachurch.com or swc.on.ca (we are virtually very present)

If you want to be removed from this mailing list e-mail office@sunnysidechurch.ca  If you know someone who wants to be added to this mailing list have them send a note to office@sunnysidechurch.ca  If you want to email me personally write to brent.russett@sunnysidechurch.ca   I love hearing from you.

Announcements

This Sunday is the last Sunday to have your picture taken for our church directory

Missions Night is October 30th @ 5pm in the church basement

Baptism Group meets October 30th @ 12:30pm in the church basement

The Book of Acts Bible Study has been change to the first and the third Friday of the month

November 7th is the last day to buy your Love and Respect tickets @ the early bird price

Being Downtown Oct 20 2011

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October 20th, 2011 – Elf Lewis

:.being downtown.:

(a weekly e-letter to Sunnyside Wesleyan Church’s Downtown Congregation)

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“In him we live and move and have our being.”

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Hi everyone,

It’s my turn (Elf) to write Being Downtown again.  I’ve had quite the eventful time recently.  I was off work on paternity leave from January to September, which was such an amazing time.  The re-adjustment back to work took a while though – it’s funny how a complete reorientation of your life does that!

On top of this, I decided to take a couple of university courses this fall.  I just had my first two exams in fifteen years.  Which was interesting!  I now have a whole new level of appreciation for what students go through at this time of year.  My classmates (all quite a bit younger than me!) kept telling me “it’s like riding a bike”.  My answer to that was “Try not riding a bike for 15 years, then go for a three hour bike ride.  That’s what I feel like right now!”.  It’s been good though, and I’m enjoying both courses immensely.

But all this re-adjusting and learning new things reminds me of the move that Matthew Laker is just now embarking on.  He’s moving his whole family up from southern Ontario, to be with a bunch of people he doesn’t yet know very well, and in a new city far from his current friends and family.  So, it’s also an interesting time for Matthew! I think we should all be praying for his move, and that they settle down nicely here in Ottawa.  If anyone is available this Saturday, Matthew and his family need help unloading their furniture into their new home.  I’m sure they would appreciate any help you can give.  Please contact Amy at the church office for more details, and to get the address etc.

I’m sure a few other people at church are also having a similarly eventful and interesting fall.  And I pray that God will bless us in all the changes, trials, tribulations and readjustments that we are going through.

Elf

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Links

Downtown bulletin

Downtown sermon

Miscellaneous Information
Sunnyside Wesleyan Church is a multi-site church:  one church in two locations.  For more information, please visit our website: www.sunnysidechurch.ca.
The Downtown location is at the Alumni Auditorium in the Jock Turcot University Centre on the University of Ottawa campus. The service time is Sunday at 10 a.m. (Map)
The Grosvenor location is at 58 Grosvenor Ave.  The summer service time is 10 a.m. (Map)
Services in both locations usually last about 75 minutes.
If you wish to be removed from this mailing list, please e-mail office@sunnysidechurch.ca .
If you know someone who would like to be added to this mailing list, please have them send a note to office@sunnysidechurch.ca.
You may email Joel Windle (Downtown Worship Pastor) at joel.windle@sunnysidechurch.ca.

Announcements


Pastor Matthew is moving into his new home on Saturday.  Please contact the church office to help.

 

Missions Night:  October 30th, 5pm, @Grosvenor site

 

Please email Nicole Davey @ nymdavey@hotmail.com to join a Board Games Group

 

Love & Respect Conference: Nov. 18th & 19th (the cost  is 35.00 per person before Nov. 7th)

 

Please make sure you find out about “Opportunities to Serve” @Sunnyside DT site.

 

Photos for the Dec. 2011 Church Directory will be take Oct. 23rd, & 30th