New Vision Notes Fri Aug 12 2022

Fri Aug 12 2022

  1. This Sunday as I take leave for my month-long annual vacation we begin more than the regular vacation time apart. At the end of my vacation I begin a sabbatical leave from regular duties at New Vision.
  2. The sabbatical leave will end January 8, 2023. I will be back for Sunday worship January 15.
  3. It has been now just over six years since I came back from my last sabbatical leave. In that leave I visited many new church or renewed church start-ups in Southern Ontario, and spent about a month visiting cutting-edge progressive church start-ups along the Atlantic seaboard of the US, from Washington DC to Boston.
  4. This year I am heading into books and journal articles and conversations with theologians. I will be centred in Toronto. The focus will be the theological and faith practice themes that we have been occupied with here at New Vision since we began New Vision.
  5. I am not planning to travel much this leave.
  6. The Regional Council has appointed Rev. Diane Blanchard to be pastoral charge supervisor during my leave. She will attend Council meetings and be available to the New Vision leadership to address any emergent issues during my leave.
  7. New Vision Notes will continue in some form on a regular (if not weekly basis) during my leave. I will look forward to receiving them!
  8. Tomorrow, Saturday August 13 at 12pm, Hamilton’s 2nd Annual Indigenous Unity Rally will take place at City Hall.  Last year’s Indigenous Unity Rally was called in response to the decision at City Hall not to remove the statue of John A MacDonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister and architect of the residential school system, from Gore Park.  This decision was taken even as many Canadians were finally facing the reality of the hundreds upon hundreds of unmarked graves at Residential School sites across the country; a reality Indigenous communities have been naming and contending with for decades. Given the inaction of elected officials, some participants at last year’s rally took things into their own hands and pulled the statue down themselves.  Everyone is welcome at this year’s rally: “Bring your good minds and your good hearts.”
  9. The pandemic-begun Gore Park Outreach Program on Saturdays continues. They are looking for 2 or 3 volunteers to join them in the New Vision kitchen Saturday mornings to help prepare the hot meal they serve at noon in The Gore.
  10. L’Arche Hamilton is looking for volunteers: They write: Would you or anyone you know be interested in engaging with us by volunteering with Inclusion Coffeehouse? We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to volunteer alongside adults with developmental disabilities in serving baked goods, pouring coffee, taking orders and cleaning the coffeehouse space. We would love to have volunteers who are committed to volunteering with us weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays in the mornings. We are a Social Enterprise where people with and without intellectual disabilities volunteer together to serve coffee and share our gifts with the neighborhood. located at the Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre and operated through L’Arche Hamilton Please email dave@larchehamilton.orgif you are able to support us!
  11. The Micah House https://www.micahhouse.ca/ Fundraising Brunch – August 20 th 10:30 AM. Come and support this local ministry to refugees and enjoy a delicious, catered brunch. You will hear from former Micah House clients and our Executive Director, Scott Jones. There is no cost to register but seating is limited at this beautiful venue, the Hamilton Steam & Technology Museum at 900 Woodward Ave. To register please email heidi@micahhouse.ca or call 905-296-4387.
  12. Another opportunity this fall: This fall, Good Shepherd will be launching a council that will engage with new projects, policies, and directives to hear how we can better serve everyone in our community. We are inviting people with living/lived experience in areas such as living without a fixed address, living with mental illness, living with a disability, and/or living through challenges related to substance use, racism, colonialism, discrimination, and other forms of exclusion from resources and equity. The Lived Experience Advisory Council will advise Good Shepherd and create a new dynamic of community involvement in social service delivery. For more info: Teresa Caterini, Lived Experience Advisory coordinator tcaterini@gsch.ca.
  13. With a very contagious new COVID sub-variant spreading in Hamilton, we encourage you to get the fourth vaccination now available to all adults. We will continue our current in-person gathering approach: i) we will form the circle again in the lower hall, distancing the seats by a metre for the time being. ii) people may join the circle if they are willing to wear a mask.
  14. The reason for the masks is that we will allow ourselves to sing, and masking reduces the distance air we expel travels with the increased effort singing.
  15. New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/782292511. Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.
  16. You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone. Call 1 647 374 4685, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.” If you can only connect by video on your computer with no audio, you can use the phone connection for audio and the computer connection for visual.

Hope to see you Sunday again, or for the first time –

Rev Ian

New Vision Notes Fri Aug 5 2022

Fri Aug 5 2022

  1. At Sunday’s worship gathering we are confirming the baptismal promises made by his parents and our faith community in his infancy with Jacob Feltham. We will once again be celebrating communion.
  2. The pandemic-begun Gore Park Outreach Program on Saturdays continues. They are looking for 2 or 3 volunteers to join them in the New Vision kitchen Saturday mornings to help prepare the hot meal they serve at noon in The Gore. Contact Linda or Helen or write me back here.
  3. L’Arche Hamilton is also looking for volunteers: They write: Would you or anyone you know be interested in engaging with us by volunteering with Inclusion Coffeehouse? We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to volunteer alongside adults with developmental disabilities in serving baked goods, pouring coffee, taking orders and cleaning the coffeehouse space. We would love to have volunteers who are committed to volunteering with us weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays in the mornings. We are a Social Enterprise where people with and without intellectual disabilities volunteer together to serve coffee and share our gifts with the neighborhood. located at the Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre and operated through L’Arche Hamilton Please email dave@larchehamilton.org if you are able to support us!
  4. The Micah House Fundraising Brunch – August 20 th 10:30 AM. Come and support this local ministry to refugees and enjoy a delicious, catered brunch. You will hear from former Micah House clients and our Executive Director, Scott Jones. There is no cost to register but seating is limited at this beautiful venue, the Hamilton Steam & Technology Museum, at 900 Woodward Ave. To register please email heidi@micahhouse.ca or call 905-296-4387.
  5. Another opportunity this fall: This fall, Good Shepherd will be launching a council that will engage with new projects, policies, and directives to hear how we can better serve everyone in our community. We are inviting people with living/lived experience in areas such as living without a fixed address, living with mental illness, living with a disability, and/or living through challenges related to substance use, racism, colonialism, discrimination, and other forms of exclusion from resources and equity. The Lived Experience Advisory Council will advise Good Shepherd and create a new dynamic of community involvement in social service delivery. For more info: Teresa Caterini, Lived Experience Advisory Coordinator tcaterini@gsch.ca.
  6. With a very contagious new COVID sub-variant spreading in Hamilton, we encourage you to get the fourth vaccination now available to all adults. We will continue our current in-person gathering approach: i) we will form the circle again in the lower hall, distancing the seats by a metre for the time being. ii) people may join the circle if they are willing to wear a mask.
  7. The reason for the masks is that we will allow ourselves to sing, and masking reduces the distance air we expel travels with the increased effort singing.
  8. New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/782292511. Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.
  9. You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone. Call 1 647 374 4685, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.” If you can only connect by video on your computer with no audio, you can use the phone connection for audio and the computer connection for visual.

Hope to see you Sunday again, or for the first time –

Rev Ian

New Vision Notes Sat July 30 2022

Sat  July 30 2022

  1. At Sunday’s worship gathering – tomorrow – we are honouring Laura Gallagher-Doucette, the 2022 George Soutar Award winner. The Soutar Award winner is the Sanford Gold Medal winner at Emmanuel College each year. She will join us for our worship gathering and break open the word for us.
  2. On Monday from 2 pm – 3:30 pm, join the Afro Canadian Caribbean Association online for “When the Lion Tells the Story. This event is to inform the public of the vital role that Black Hamiltonians have played in shaping our community while revealing the truths of a history fraught with violence, racism, hardship, and perseverance. This event will illuminate the struggles and triumphs of Black people in Hamilton and area and celebrates the contributions of both famous and lesser-known individuals. Using the theme of people, places and things, this community mapping project will unearth stories of the Black community that has largely been hidden. This event presents a unique opportunity to bring together Black families and the dominant cultural community to teach and learn about the area’s Black History. To register follow this link.
  3. New Vision was the site of the Hamilton Fringe Festival’s Spark Teen Intensive the past 10 days. It was great to have them in the building.
  4. The pandemic-begun Gore Park Outreach Program on Saturdays continues.
  5. With a very contagious new COVID sub-variant spreading in Hamilton, we encourage you to get the fourth vaccination now available to all adults. We will continue our current in-person gathering approach: i) we will form the circle again in the lower hall, distancing the seats by a metre for the time being. ii) people may join the circle if they are willing to wear a mask.
  6. The reason for the masks is that we will allow ourselves to sing, and masking reduces the distance air we expel travels with the increased effort singing.
  7. New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/782292511. Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.
  8. You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone. Call 1 647 374 4685, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.” If you can only connect by video on your computer with no audio, you can use the phone connection for audio and the computer connection for visual.

Hope to see you Sunday again, or for the first time –

Rev Ian

New Vision Notes Thur July 14 2022

Thu July 14 2022

  • During these warm – and hot! – days in Hamilton here is an interactive CBC News article about heat islands. I typed in the first three letters of the 24 Main W postal code. You can see our building is in one of the most intense heat islands in the city. The graphic also tells important facts about our neighbourhood.  If  you can’t make out the  words  you can input the code yourself in the interactive article.The code is L8R. You can check out your own postal code too.
  • Pride ReUnited went well last weekend. Thanks to all the volunteers who joined volunteers from the three other Affirming ministries in Hamilton – Delta, St. Andrew’s and Barton-Stone/Mount Hope to person an Affirm United booth.
  • The pandemic-begun Gore Park Outreach Program on Saturdays continues. Here is a recent photo of the clients visiting the several booths.
  • With a very contagious new COVID sub-variant spreading in Hamilton, we encourage you to get the fourth vaccination now available to all adults. We will continue our current in-person gathering approach: i) we will form the circle again in the lower hall, distancing the seats by a metre for the time being. ii) people may join the circle if they are willing to wear a mask.
  • The reason for the masks is that we will allow ourselves to sing, and masking reduces the distance air we expel travels with the increased effort singing.
  • New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/782292511. Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.
  • You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone. Call 1 647 374 4685, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.” If you can only connect by video on your computer with no audio, you can use the phone connection for audio and the computer connection for visual.

Hope to see you Sunday again, or for the first time –

Rev Ian

New Vision Notes Thu June 30 2022

Thu June 30 2022

  1. Happy Canada Day Eve! May there be fireworks.
  2. New Vision covenanted with Horseshoe Falls Regional Council this past Sunday, and together the two covenanted with me. Definitely a delayed gratification — our 6 years of appointments beginning in 2014 were converted into a call in 2020 and all of us decided to wait until an in-person gathering could be held to celebrate. The day arrived.
  3. Symbols exchanged: from New Vision to Horseshoe Falls — a Pride flag and the vinyl “Do Well by Hamilton” album fundraiser for The Music Hall at New Vision. From Horseshoe Falls to New Vision (not pictured): towel and basin, cup and plate, water pitcher. From New Vision to Rev. Ian: a level, a lightbulb, and a crystal of many facets and many refractions of light. From Rev. Ian to New Vision: sticks, and stones, and a commitment to healing uses of words.
Symbols exchanged at New Vision on Sunday
  1. A correction to last week’s New Vision Note about the covenanting: Marilyn Parson who represented the Regional Council this past Sunday belongs to Port Nelson United Church.
  2. Volunteers! Pride Reunited! Let me know if you’d like to sign up to be a part of one of the two-person shifts personning a booth New Vision is sharing this year with other Affirming United Churches at Pride Reunited July 8th and 9th, Hamilton Convention Centre. There are still times available on both Friday and Saturday. Our group this year includes Delta United, St. Andrew’s United, and Barton-Stone United-Mount Hope.
  3. The pandemic-begun Gore Park Outreach Program is taking this Saturday morning off to give volunteers something of a breather.
  4. Here our current in-person gathering approach: i) we will form the circle again in the lower hall, distancing the seats by a metre for the time being. ii) people may join the circle if they are willing to wear a mask.
  5. The reason for the masks is that we will allow ourselves to sing, and masking reduces the distance air we expel travels with the increased effort singing.
  6. New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/782292511. Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.
  7. You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone. Call 1 647 374 4685, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.” If you can only connect by video on your computer with no audio, you can use the phone connection for audio and the computer connection for visual.

Hope to see you Sunday again, or for the first time –

Rev Ian

New Vision Notes Fri June 24 2022

Fri Jun 24 2022

1. We will mark the covenant between Horseshoe Falls Regional Council, New Vision United Church and me as ordered minister this Sunday, June 26, as part of our Sunday morning worship. New Vision and I have been together since New Vision began eight years ago, but it was only two years ago that we and the Regional Council moved from an annual appointment by the regional council to a permanent, called relationship in New Vision’s ministry and mission. We delayed the celebration of our covenanting until we could gather in-person for it. Horseshoe Falls Regional Council will be represented by Marilyn Parsons of St. Mark’s United in Dundas in the celebration of our covenant together this Sunday.

2. New Vision is also covenanting with Horseshoe Falls Regional Council on Sunday. This is a new kind of thing for the United Church to be doing. The Church’s aim is for the work between the regional council and the local faith community to be done in a more independent and yet more mutual way. These covenanting liturgies between regional council and local faith community are intended to be enabling and empowering of the mutuality of the work of faith communities and of regional councils. Rev. Diane Blanchard will be representing the Regional Council in New Vision’s covenanting with the Regional Council this Sunday.

3. It’s Case for Kids through to the end of June. We’ll continue through the month to collect for Wesley Urban Ministries’ Case for Kids. Wesley reports that donations are now at $80,000 closing in on their $90,000 target. Linda Waugh is collecting for New Vision.

4. Coordinating team opportunity for a booth shared with other Affirming United Churches at Pride Reunited July 8th and 9th, Hamilton Convention Centre. Contact me at this email address if you would like to join in.

5. New Vision is joining in with the pandemic-begun Gore Park Outreach Program on Saturday mornings by providing them use of our kitchen Saturday morning for the hot meal they serve their guests at noon in the Park. They have begun! There will be more news as our pilot project with them develops.

6. Here our current in-person gathering approach: i) we will form the circle again in the lower hall, distancing the seats by a metre for the time being. ii) people may join the circle if they are willing to wear a mask.

7. The reason for the masks is that we will allow ourselves to sing, and masking reduces the distance air we expel travels with the increased effort singing.

8. New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/782292511. Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.

9. You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone. Call 1 647 374 4685, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.” If you can only connect by video on your computer with no audio, you can use the phone connection for audio and the computer connection for visual.

Hope to see you Sunday again, or for the first time –
Rev Ian

New Vision Notes Fri June 17 2022

Fri Jun 17 2022

  1. It’s Case for Kids throughout June. We’ll continue through the month to collect for Wesley Urban Ministries’ Case for Kids.
  2. We will be celebrating many things this Sunday, June 19. It will be New Vision’s Eighth Anniversary, The Indigenous Day of Prayer in the United Church of Canada, and Christian Family Sunday Part II (ie. the father aspect of the gender spectrum).
  3. I was reminded in a letter of appreciation from our Moderator a few weeks ago that this year is the 30th anniversary of my ordination: I am grateful to the Worship Committee’s invitation to be New Vision’s anniversary speaker this year, and I promise not to do a retrospective.
  4. We will mark the covenants between Horseshoe Falls Regional Council, New Vision United Church and me the following Sunday, June 26, as part of our Sunday morning worship. New Vision and I have been together since New Vision began, but it was only two years ago that we moved from an annual appointment by the regional council to a permanent, called relationship. This is a great example of “better late than never” in two ways: i) from the beginning the people of New Vision just made it happen and the wider church has been catching up and ii) two years ago when New Vision “called” me (after 6 years of ‘living together’) we decided we would mark the shift in relationship we had when we were able to do so in person. The moment has come.
  5. Coordinating team opportunity for a booth shared with other Affirming United Churches at Pride Reunited July 8th and 9th, Hamilton Convention Centre. Contact me at this email address if you would like to join in.
  6. New Vision is joining in with the pandemic-begun Gore Park Outreach Program on Saturday mornings by providing them use of our kitchen Saturday morning for the hot meal they serve their guests at noon in the Park. They have begun! There will be more news as our pilot project with them develops.
  7. Here our current in-person gathering approach: i) we will form the circle again in the lower hall, distancing the seats by a metre for the time being. ii) people may join the circle if they are willing to wear a mask.
  8. The reason for the masks is that we will allow ourselves to sing, and masking reduces the distance air we expel travels with the increased effort singing.
  9. New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/782292511. Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.
  10. You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone. Call 1 647 374 4685, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.” If you can only connect by video on your computer with no audio, you can use the phone connection for audio and the computer connection for visual.

Hope to see you Sunday again, or for the first time –

Rev Ian

New Vision Notes Fri June 3 2022

Fri June 3 2022

  1. Christ is risen!
  2. Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
  3. This Sunday is Pentecost – last Sunday in Eastertide, the big celebration of the infusion of the Holy Spirit.
  4. It’s Case for Kids down at Bayfront this Sunday too – you might drop by for the festivities in the early afternoon…
  5. This Sunday is a Pride Sunday at New Vision. We are going to have another in our years and years of empowering annual Pride services. I hope you are able to attend.
  6. Team opportunity for organizing and staffing a booth shared with other Affirming United Churches at Pride Hamilton Reunited July 8th and 9th, Hamilton Convention Centre. Contact me at this email address with offers to help out.
  7. We will be celebrating all kinds of things on Sunday, June 19. It will be Father’s Day. It is New Vision’s Eighth Anniversary. It is Indigenous Day of Prayer in the United Church of Canada.
  8. We will celebrate the covenant between Horseshoe Falls Regional Council, New Vision United Church and me (Rev. Ian) on Sunday, June 26 as part of our Sunday morning worship.
  9. New Vision is joining in with the pandemic-begun Gore Park Outreach Program on Saturday mornings by providing them use of our kitchen Saturday morning for the hot meal they serve their guests at noon in the Park. They have begun! There will be more news as our pilot project with them develops.
  10. Public Health still recommends that the best step towards protecting each other is to wear a well-fitted mask, maintain physical distance when possible, staying home if you feel unwell, and ensuring you are fully vaccinated
  11. Here our current in-person gathering approach: i) we will form the circle again in the lower hall, distancing the seats by a metre for the time being. ii) people may join the circle if they are willing to wear a mask.
  12. The reason for the masks is that we will allow ourselves to sing, and masking reduces the distance air we expel travels with the increased effort singing.
  13. New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/782292511. Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.
  14. You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone. Call 1 647 374 4685, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.” If you can only connect by video on your computer with no audio, you can use the phone connection for audio and the computer connection for visual.

Hope to see you Sunday again, or for the first time –

Rev Ian

New Vision Notes Fri May 13 2022

  1. hrist is risen!
  2. Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
  3. We are in Asian Heritage Month – May!
  4. This Sunday (May 15) you are invited to remain after our worship gathering to work with Rev. Christine Jerrett and your Church Council on updating our New Vision Living Faith StoryBring a lunch if you are coming in person; you can participate by Zoom as well if you like. We are planning for an hour and a half including lunch.
  5. Our Breaking Open the Word this Sunday will be a shared initiative by members of the Church Council.
  6. The Al-Zahra’s, our Syrian refugee family has arrived!
  7. Supplies of Zatoun Olive Oil and Zatar Spice Blend from Palestine have finally arrived. $25 for an Oil and Spices package. See or contact Dan Peace (email address).
  8. New Vision is joining in with the pandemic-begun Gore Park Outreach Program on Saturday mornings by providing them use of our kitchen Saturday morning for the hot meal they serve their guests at noon in the Park. We expect they will begin to make use of our kitchen beginning Saturday May 21.
  9. Public Health still recommends that the best step towards protecting each other is to wear a well-fitted mask, maintain physical distance when possible, staying home if you feel unwell, and ensuring you are fully vaccinated
  10. Here our current in-person gathering approach: i) we will form the circle again in the lower hall, distancing the seats by a metre for the time being. ii) people may join the circle if they are willing to wear a mask.
  11. The reason for the masks is that we will allow ourselves to sing, and masking reduces the distance air we expel travels with the increased effort singing.
  12. People who are uncomfortable masking will be invited to join the worship gathering by Zoom in the lounge at the south-west corner of the addition on MacNab. There is a flat screen television there that we will hook up to a laptop.
  13. New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/782292511. Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.
  14. You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone. Call 1 647 374 4685, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.” If you can only connect by video on your computer with no audio, you can use the phone connection for audio and the computer connection for visual.

Hope to see you Sunday again, or for the first time –

Rev Ian

New Vision Notes Thur May 5 2022

Thur May 5 2022

  1. Christ is risen!
  2. Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
  3. We are in Asian Heritage Month – May!
  4. The Al-Zahra’s, our Syrian refugee family is finally arriving! They are landing in Toronto at 4:20 pm on Tuesday May 10. Please contact Karen M if you would like to help us get them settled into their new home. More news will follow.
  5. Supplies of Zatoun Olive Oil and Zatar spice blend from Palestine have finally arrived. $25 for an Oil and Spices package. See or contact Dan Peace (dgpeace1@gmail.com).
  6. Case for Kids is taking place in person this year on Sunday June 5thfrom 10 am – 3 pm.  Drop by anytime between 10am-3pm to participate! If you or your team isn’t ready to gather in person yet, we understand.  You can still participate and complete the walk, run or ride in your own neighborhood.   The event feature “grab and go” style refreshments and activities bags for pets and kids.
  7. New Vision is joining in with the pandemic-begun Gore Park Outreach Program on Saturday mornings by providing them use of our kitchen Saturday morning for the hot meal they serve their guests at noon in the Park. We expect they will begin to make use of our kitchen beginning Saturday May 21.
  8. Two Sundays (May 15) from now you are invited to remain after our worship gathering to work with Rev. Christine Jerrett and your Church Council on updating our New Vision Living Faith Story. Rev. Christine has joined us in our development as a new birth congregation from time to time to help us unfold our shared life. She is remembered among us particularly as our missional consultant when we first began in 2014 down the path of redevelopment of our Holton and MacNab sites.
  9. Public Health still recommends that the best step towards protecting each other is to wear a well-fitted mask, maintain physical distance when possible, staying home if you feel unwell, and ensuring you are fully vaccinated.
  10. Here our current in-person gathering approach: i) we will form the circle again in the lower hall, distancing the seats by a metre for the time being. ii) people may join the circle if they are willing to wear a mask.
  11. The reason for the masks is that we will allow ourselves to sing, and masking reduces the distance air we expel travels with the increased effort singing.
  12. People who are uncomfortable masking will be invited to join the worship gathering by Zoom in the lounge at the south-west corner of the addition on MacNab. There is a flat screen television there that we will hook up to a laptop.
  13. New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/782292511. Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.
  14. You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone. Call 1 647 374 4685, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.” If you can only connect by video on your computer with no audio, you can use the phone connection for audio and the computer connection for visual.

Hope to see you Sunday again, or for the first time –

Rev Ian