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

New Vision Notes Thur Apr 28 2022

Thur Apr 28 2022

  1. Christ is risen!
  2. Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
  3. Lots of news this week.
  4. May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada – and at New Vision!
  5. Joda will be Breaking Open the Word this Sunday to give us a good start to Asian Heritage month.
  6. We will also celebrate communion this Sunday.
  7. Thanks to Dixon for his Breaking Open the Word last Sunday.
  8. 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.
  9. Supplies of Zatoun Olive Oil and Zatar spice blend from Palestine have arrived. $25 for an Oil and Spices package. See Dan Peace.
  10. Case for Kids is taking place in person this year on Sunday June 5th from 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.
  11. 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 will begin making use of our kitchen beginning Saturday May 7. I’ll have more information in the weeks ahead.
  12. All United Church of Canada Ontarians are invited to a pre-election roundtable Sunday May 1st, 2022 held on zoom from 7 to 9 pm (Eastern) on guaranteed livable income, harm reduction, housing, and long term care reform. For more info and for the zoom link click here.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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 Apr 22 2022

Fri Apr 22 2022

  1. Christ is risen!
  2. Alleluia!
  3. Thank you to everyone who made our Holy Week and Easter celebrations at once moving and so memorable.
  4. With a provincial election nearing the horizon there are a couple of opportunities to become informed on issues through a social justice lens to be had soon.
  5. The Basic Income Now campaign is holding a Zoom meet-up across Ontario to dive into actions to take this election to push Basic Income in each riding. Tuesday Apr 26, 7-8 pm. For more info and to register, click here.
  6. All United Church of Canada Ontarians are invited to a pre-election roundtable Sunday May 1st, 2022 held on zoom from 7 to 9 pm (Eastern) on guaranteed livable income, harm reduction, housing, and long term care reform. For more info and for the zoom link click here.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. New Vision Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, now virtual and 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.
  12. 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 Wed Apr 13 2022

Wed Apr 13 2022

1. Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday. We will gather for our Maundy Thursday service at 7 pm in the Music Hall. This will be an in-person gathering only. Wine and bread only will be served and the commandment to love one another observed in participants washing each other’s feet as Jesus did. Entrance to the building will be from the exterior door under the sign at the corner of Main and MacNab.
2. We will have a short Good Friday gathering on Zoom at 11 am on Friday, April 15. The link will be the usual Sunday morning link (see below). This is a zoom gathering only.
3. Good Friday Walk for Social Justice Hamilton 2022 Date: Friday April 15, 1 PM Meeting Place: New Vision United Church (enter through red pillared doors on MacNab). Coinciding with the Holy day of Good Friday celebrated in the Christian tradition, this journey towards social justice will process through the downtown core to 8 sites: New Vision United Church (NVUC), Gore Park, Living Rock, Hamilton Farmers’ Market, The Hub, Former SJM, City Hall, Central PS Peace Garden, YWCA, and conclude at NVUC. For more info follow this link.
4. Easter in-person and on Zoom at 10:30 am Easter Day. We will be celebrating communion.
5. 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.
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. 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.
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 Sat Apr 9 2022

Sat Apr 9 2022

  1. Tomorrow is Palm and Passion Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Everyone – everyone – is welcome.
  7. Primulas at Easter – last opportunity to order is tomorrow. We are ordering primulas for our Easter celebration on April 17, followed by delivery to those unable to join us in worship.
  8. To order primulas you can print, fill out and scan the form here https://newvisionunited.org/easter-flower-order-form-2022/ or send a note with the required information to officeadmin@newvisionunited.org
  9. We will gather for our Maundy Thursday service Thursday April 14 at 7 pm in the upper lobby of the Music Hall. This will be an in-person gathering only. Wine and bread only will be served.
  10. We will have a short Good Friday gathering on Zoom at 11 am on Friday, April 15. The link will be the usual Sunday morning link (see below). This is a zoom gathering only.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 Apr 1 2022

Fri Apr 1 2022

  1. 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.
  2. Here is our current Sunday in-person gathering plan: 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. iii)  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.
  3. Everyone – everyone – is welcome.
  4. Primulas at Easter – we are ordering primulas for our Easter celebration on April 17, followed by delivery to those unable to join us in worship. To order primulas you can either print, fill out and scan the form here or send a note with the required information to officeadmin@newvisionunited.org
  5. We will gather for our Maundy Thursday service Thursday April 14 at 7 pm in the upper lobby of the Music Hall. This will be an in-person gathering only.
  6. We will have a short Good Friday gathering on Zoom at 11 am on Friday, April 15. The link will be the usual Sunday morning link (see below). This is a zoom gathering only.
  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 Sat Mar 26 2022

Sat Mar 26 2022

  1. A rare Saturday New Vision Notes. I’ve held off this week to take some extra time to digest the lifting of the pandemic capacity limits in Ontario.
  2. It is up to us to decide on our own safety plan as we head into the new normal.
  3. The reality we face is much like the public school board’s. We would prefer that people mask when indoors at New Vision at this time, but to impose that in light of everyone’s diligence in following the Ontario public health orders when the province has moved away from it runs the risk of creating unhelpful pressure points between us as a community.
  4. Here is the plan: 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 of singing. iii)  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.
  5. Everyone – everyone – is welcome.
  6. Primulas at Easter – we are ordering primulas for our Easter celebration on April 17, followed by delivery to those unable to join us in worship. To order primulas you can print, fill out and scan the form here or send a note with the required information to officeadmin@newvisionunited.org
  7. We will gather for our Maundy Thursday service Thursday April 14 at 7 pm in the upper lobby of the Music Hall. This will be an in-person gathering only.
  8. We will have a short Good Friday gathering on Zoom at 11 am on Friday, April 15. The link will be the usual Sunday morning link (see below). This is a zoom gathering only.
  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