Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Below are our congregational announcements for the week of Feb. 5th – Feb. 12th.
IMPORTANT WORSHIP UPDATE!!!
As had been previously announced, the Session met this past Wed. (Feb. 2) to reassess our worshipping situation in light of the province’s COVID-related restrictions and other factors. At present, the Session realizes that 1.) no changes to the government’s most recent COVID related restrictions can be expected any earlier than Feb. 14, and 2.) that while live-streaming on FaceBook has been helpful, many in our congregation are deeply missing that sense of community that comes with being able to see and to speak with each other (something that, unlike ZOOM, our live-streaming on FaceBook does not really allow for).
And so, after prayerful consideration, the Session believes our best way forward is to continue to worship online for the Sundays of Feb. 6, 13, 20, & 27.
HOWEVER, rather than live-streaming our worship services on our FaceBook page, the congregation will be invited to gather online each Sunday morning @ 11:00 a.m. for worship and a time of fellowship together via ZOOM. (please see below for the link that will allow you to join each Sunday’s Zoom service)
For those unable to join us each Sunday morning on ZOOM, a pre-recorded worship service will be posted to both our regular Church website, as well as our Facebook page, in time for each Sunday morning @ 11:00 a.m.
It is the prayer of our Session that restrictions will ease in time for us to return to in-person worship services beginning March 6 (which will mark the start of the Lenten Season in the church).
On-line Worship for FEBRUARY
As announced above, our Sunday services for the Sundays of Feb. 6, 13, 20, & 27 will be held each Sunday morning @ 11:00 a.m. on ZOOM. Following the service, people are invited to remain online for a time of fellowship together.
Annual Congregation Meeting POSTPONED:
Our Annual Congregational Meeting is currently scheduled for the evening of Sat. Feb. 12. However, in the hopes of the province’s COVID-related restrictions being soon eased enough to allow for an in-person Congregational Meeting, the Session has decided to postpone the Congregational Meeting until Sat. Mar. 5 @ 6:30 p.m. Please watch for further details!
ANNUAL REPORTS available:
The ANNUAL REPORT for 2021 has now been completed. And by now, you should have received a digital copy in your email. If you are in need of a print edition, limited hard copies are available at the church for those in need of one. Please be sure to contact the church office for a suitable pick-up time.
What to do about OFFERINGS???
Offering envelopes can be put through the church’s mail slot at the front door and will be checked daily. During February Harold & Marian Smith be in to pick up and deposit money at the church each Sunday around noon. E-transfers and PAR are helpful! E-transfers can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Room for READERS, PRAY-ers, and SINGERS:
If you would be open to taking part in one of our Sunday morning worship services (perhaps reading scripture, leading in prayer, or even singing as a part of our music ministry) please let us know. You can email the office (at email@example.com) and let us know how you’d like to participate, and we’d be happy to make plans to include you!
Coldest Night of the Year 2022:
This year Calvin Presbyterian Church is putting a team into the Coldest Night of the Year walk in support of the Ark in Halifax. Our team’s name is “The Calvin Crew” and we will be walking 2-5km around the Calvin neighbourhood on Sunday, February 27th. Time to be determined.
Click here for more information on the Ark: http://www.arkoutreach.com/
Click here to join our team or to donate: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=973731&langPref=en-CA
If you are unable to join our team or donate, prayers are also a valued way to support.
Any questions please contact Chelsey Joudrie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bible Study Set to Return!
It’s been a while, but Bible Study is set to return. The plan is to offer 2 request-based studies this winter/spring. The first will be a 6-part series on the Old Testament Book of Daniel. Our plan is to begin this study in either late February or early March in the hopes COVID-related restrictions may have loosened enough by then to allow an in-person afternoon group, followed by an evening online session. This study will provide an opportunity for us to explore the life of faith as a counter-cultural element amidst ongoing pressure to conform to the world around us! How do we live our faith in a world where it’s not always popular…or welcome? This study will also serve as background to help ready us for a 6-part post-Easter study on the Book of Revelation. Please watch for more details!
The Mission and Outreach Team is looking for knitters to knit hats and mittens for the Nova Scotia Native Council. Any questions or to make arrangements to drop them off at the church please contact Chelsey Joudrie.
2022 Offering Envelopes:
For those who participate in the envelope program, you can pick up your 2022 envelopes from the church. Please be sure to call ahead to ensure someone is at the office to assist you!
Food Cupboard & Food Bank Requests:
Plastic Flyer Bags: The Missions Team is asking for people to please save the plastic bags that weekly fliers are delivered into their mailboxes, and to donate them to the church. These bags are the perfect size for packing up 2 rolls of toilet paper together for placing in the Food Cupboard for people to make use of. These bags can be either left in the cupboard or given directly to Allison Power. Your help with this would be greatly appreciated!
Food Cupboard donations: If you would like to donate food – please consider cereal, rice, pasta, soups, canned milk, granola bars, canned vegetables, flakes of chicken and ham and canned tuna, dish soap, soap and shampoo. Monetary donations can be made with “Mission and Outreach Food Cupboard”.
FOOD BANK donations: Halifax West Ecumenical Food Bank donations are to be placed in the grocery cart in the narthex and monetary donations marked “Food Bank” Please contact Allison Power at email@example.com or at 902-445-9161 with any questions or if you would like to arrange a pick up for any food donations. Thank you
Financial Corner – To Jan 31, 2022:
To date To date
2022 Last Year
- Envelope & Par Donations $ 6,354 $ 7,295
- Presbyterian Sharing $ 1,778 $ 2,032
- Other Income $ 656 $ 5,641
Total Income All Sources $ 8,788 $ 14,968
Total Expenses $21,773 $ 18,765
Income – Expenses – $12,985 -$3,798
*Note: Shortfall of $ 12,985 was covered from last year’s surplus.
Rev. Michael Koslowski