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Welcome to

St. Stephen’s-on-the-Hill United Church

998 Indian Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5H 1R5

We worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM - You are welcome!

Phone: 905-278-9245      E-mail: office@ststephensuc.ca

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What’s Happening…

On the Hill!

Events and activities at St. Stephen’s

Off the Hill!

Events and activities in our community

Stamps for Leprosy

Many years ago Terry McClintock started collecting used stamps for Leprosy Mission Canada. Some ladies of the church have decided to carry on with this project. We have just received a letter thanking us for the last submission saying that they hope to get enough this year to provide a cure and care for 40 leprosy patients. Please keep saving your stamps. Should you have postcards or entire envelopes dated prior to 1950, kindly send them without removing the stamps as they are greatly sought after by many collectors. Thank you.

Wenleigh Home Service Volunteers

Volunteers are always welcome to assist Rev. Burkart and Sunju Koh as they lead worship at the Wenleigh Nursing home. Please speak to Dale if you would like to help.

Membership and Newcomer Information

If you would like more information about our church please check out the brochures on the table in the Narthex or speak to an elder or the minister. If you would like to join the church please speak to Rev. Burkart.

Wendy Bourgon - Part of the (im)Possible

Wendy is a member of St. Stephen’s who moved to the village of Mbayi, Zambia, several years ago. She has facilitated amazing projects in that village, improving the lives of all the residents.

St. Stephen’s supports her work with various fund-raising projects - our youth groups are particularly involved in this work.

You can read more about her work, and support her with donations, on her web site.

Help Wanted

There are a number of committees and small groups that make up the life and activity of our church. Serving as a part of one of these groups is a great way to grow in relationship with others in the congregation and express your faith. Is there a particular group or interest you would like to serve? Please give it some prayerful thought in the days ahead.


Kidzone

Each week elementary school-aged children are invited to participate in Kidzone. After gathering in worship, our Staff Associate Jennifer Auty invites you to come to Kidzone to explore and learn about our faith in a fun, safe and loving environment.


Nursery

The nursery is available during the worship service. It is located along the back hall of the church to the left of the Sanctuary. Kidzone is available for children from Kindergarten to Grade five and Junior Youth for Grades six to eight.


Church Choirs

St. Stephen’s has three wonderful choirs - the Junior Choir practices on Thursdays at 6:30-7:00p.m.; The Youth Choir practices on Thursdays at 7:15-7:50p.m; the Chancel Choir on Thursdays at 8:00, all under the direction of our Music Director, Sunju Koh.

Anyone who loves to sing is welcome - see the Choir Page for more information.


Youth Group

All Senior High aged youth are invited to participate in our Youth Group. Come on down to the Youth Room during worship for a time of fellowship and sharing. We have a great calendar of activities and events scheduled for the coming year and are gearing up for many events. Check out the full schedule on the Youth Board in the hall.


Junior Youth Group

SSOTH offers a program for all Junior High School aged youth, as well as special events and activities through the year. Check with Jennifer regarding the Junior Youth.


Prayer Wall

Please feel free to write a prayer on a piece of paper and leave it on the prayer wall on the back of the sanctuary. Prayers can be posted so they might be read by others and they can also be folded if you wish to keep them confidential.


Prayer Group

The Prayer Group will be meeting at the Port Credit Residences, 33 Hurontario Street on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am. There is plenty of underground parking. All are welcome.


Lay Readers

Each week our worship experience is enriched by the participation of members and adherents who read the Scripture.  Is this something that interests you?  Please speak to either Linda Lillak or Rev. Skinner.


Have You Got Mail?

Remember to occasionally check the mailboxes in the Narthex to the right of the Sanctuary entrance to see if there is anything with your name on it.

The Compass

Food donations to The Compass (The Lakeshore Community Outreach Centre) can be left in the blue bucket to the right of the entrance to the Sanctuary. Cash donations can be placed in the offering plate. The last Sunday of each month is our designated collection day for The Compass.

The Compass is working hard to improve the nutritional content of the foods we distribute. The Compass is in need of the following healthy, nutritional foods: cereal (non-sugary); canned meats; chicken, ham, corned beef, etc.; stews; salmon, tuna; canned pasta/noodle/rice with or without meat sauce; canned fruits (no sugar added) and vegetables; dried pasta (including whole wheat pasta); canned pasta sauce (no sugar added).

We are also in need of toiletries such as: toilet paper; tooth brushes and tooth paste; deodorant; bar soap.

The Compass is in great need of plastic shopping bags for use in the Market! Bags can be dropped off at the Compass, or left in the Food Donation Bins in the Coat Room here at SSOTH.

St. Stephen’s was one of the founding churches of The Compass, and it is our largest local outreach mission activity.

Pinball Clemons Foundation Just Give Campaign Aids the Compass.

A donor will match donations up to $50,000.00 given in Mississauga. Half of the money will be donated to the Compass and half to the Mississauga Foodbank.

For more information, or to donate go to www.JustGive.ca.

Relax, Renew & Restore with Gentle Yoga

At St. Stephen’s on-the-Hill! Led by Certified Yoga Instructor, Noreen Isotani, this class is designed to help you let go of your stresses, to breathe, move and find your balance. Students are taught how to move their body therapeutically. All experience/fitness levels welcome.

Tuesdays 10:00 am – 11:00 am, 4 classes for $50.00, Drop in, $20.00/class.


Aerobics at SSOTH

Women of all fitness levels are encouraged to join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm in the SSOTH Common Room for an hour of gentle exercise suitable for all fitness levels. Come and try us out – first class is free, $65.00 for 10 sessions, $15.00/class.

Needed: Volunteer Cooks for Wednesday Dinner at The Compass

We are looking for volunteers to prepare and serve the Wednesday evening meal for 25 people. A weekly commitment is not required - you sign up when you have time. Maybe a group from the Church would like to take on one meal? It's a great opportunity to have a hands-on experience at The Compass and is a lot of fun.

If you are able to help please contact Sheryl at volunteer@thecompass.ca or call 905-274-9309.

Play “Name That Tune”

Hymn and anthem requests are always welcomed by the worship committee and the choir. Please let us know your favorite “tunes” and we will do our best to include them in a worship service, sometime soon. All of the hymns and anthems are selected to support service on that specific Sunday. All of the incidental piano and organ music “prelude, offertory, postlude, etc.”, come to our amazing music director Sunju Koh, by divine inspiration. You can play along with the choir “Name That Tune” every Sunday morning.

Prayer Group and Bible Study

The Prayer Group meets at the Port Credit Residences, 33 Hurontario St. on Tuesday at 10:30am. There is plenty of underground parking. All are welcome.

SSOTH Sew n Sews “Twiddle Muffs”

Our knitted/crocheted “Twiddle Muffs” provide comfort and activity for those with Autism, Dementia or Alzheimer’s. (have a look at the display case in the Narthex)

The “Muffs”:

Snowflakes on the Hill

The date is Saturday November 24 and the time is 9:30 am until 2:30 pm. We have 15 vendors PLUS a Tea Room PLUS a Bake Table. If you are looking for special gifts, Snowflakes on the Hill is the place. "Muskoka Kitchen Paddles"; "Fitment"; "Sue's Chocolate"; Liz McNally (photocards); Peggy Forde (Quilter); "White Rabbit Leggings"; "For the Love of Art and Flowers"; "Whiskey Tan"; Patricia Huson (jewellery, cards); Skin care, Embroidery, Chandra's Crochet; Diane Segger (Art); Helen Rees (knitted baby sweaters and girl’s nightgowns).

Thanks to those who have already agreed to assist - BUT still looking for congregational help: Financial (Counting) 2 more people needed [10:30 to noon AND noon to 2:30]; Greeters to welcome the public, give the Vendor list AND Christmas Services list [9:30 to 11:00 AND 11:00 to 2:30].

Also - we will have to move most of the chairs in the sanctuary to the Common Room (possibly Thursday evening [before Choir] and set chairs back to the Sanctuary after the sale (Saturday, about 3:00 pm).

Communication Challenges: Please Help Us.

There was a perfect storm which made it difficult to contact the church by telephone and we did not have students to keep the office open. Please accept our apologies for this. Communicating with you, the members of our church is our number one priority. Therefore, we are looking for volunteers to help revamp the St. Stephens on-the-Hill website and communication brochures. We also need editors for a newsletter. Thank you to everyone who has helped with these tasks until now. We still need your help. Please contact Karen Penseney or the church office if you are interested in assisting with this project. Thank you.

ARREST THESE MERRY GENTLEMEN:

A Christ Church Children's Christmas Musical

Sergeant Joe Sabbath is charged with keeping the peace in the sleepy little town of Bethlehem, and he likes things QUIET! When word reaches him that a band of rowdy shepherds is inbound from the fields outside of town, boisterously celebrating with wild tales of angels and such, he is determined to get to the bottom of this case! Of course, what he discovers is no simple “disturbing the peace” beef. It seems he’s stumbled upon the caper that changed the world!

Rehearsals: Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm (Beginning October 10th)

Dress Rehearsal: Saturday December 1, 9:30am-12noon

Final Performance: Sunday December 2nd, 6:00pm (following Advent potluck @4;30pm)

Registration forms available at the church or on our website. For more information contact Mark Chown, Youth and Families Minister at Christ Church United, 1700 Mazo Cres, Mississauga. www.christchurch-ucc.com.

SSOTH Presents A Retelling of the Charles Dicken’s Classic “A Christmas Carol” With CBC’s Tom Harrington

Save the Date! – Sunday, November 25, 7:00 pm.

In celebration of the season and the 60th anniversary of our church, you are invited to enjoy an evening of spoken word and music with a retelling of Charles Dicken’s classic, “A Christmas Carol”. The event features CBC personality Tom Harrington, and members of our congregation.

Admission is free. Suggested donation is $10 per person with proceeds going to The Compass Food Bank (thecompass.ca). For more information please contact the church office.

2019 Stewardship Campaign

We are fortunate to have Jerry Beniuk and Keith Noltie co-chairing our annual Stewardship Campaign for this year. Over the next 5 weeks we will be providing information and insight through Sunday Services and our annual campaign letter / package to assist you with your pledge for 2019. If you have any questions, please contact either of these individuals or anyone on Council. Thank you for your continued generosity.

"A New Kind of Christian" Book Talk

Are you interested in delving deeper into faith issues in a small group setting? Searching for a way to energize your walk with Christ in the middle of the work week? Perhaps a Book Talk is right for you?!?

We will meet casually on the occasional Tuesday evening from 6:45-7:45 pm to discuss a Christian text. Our first read will be "A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey" by Brian D. McLaren. Winner of the "Christianity Today Award of Merit," this "stirring fable captures a new spirit of Christianity" wherein personal, daily interaction with God is at the core.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Kim Schnarr at kimjsummers@yahoo.ca

Save The Date

GOOD NEWS! St. Stephen’s on-the-Hill has new group to host the Lunch Bridge & Euchre, on April 24th, 2019. Please pick up some of the bright pink flyers from the Narthex table and share the event details with your card groups! Funds raised will help support needed improvements at St. Stephen’s on-the-Hill – such as improving storage areas for the church committees and replacing the front doors. For tickets, or for more information, please contact the church office.

Save the Date! Save Your Stuff!

The 2019 Garage Sale will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019! The GS Steering Committee will be scheduling a kick off meeting in January 2019 - date TBD. We invite one and all to attend, and we look forward to launching another successful St. Stephen's-on-the-Hill Garage Sale.

SANTA'S BRUNCH!

Ho, Ho, Ho, Santa's on his way to our church! Mark your calendars for Saturday December 1st, 10:30am for our annual Santa's Brunch and Workshop. This year our workshop will benefit Youth Without Shelter. We will be working on Intake Kits. These are given to the youth when they arrive and consist of a set of twin sheets, warm twin blanket, bath towel & reusable water bottle, all packaged in a laundry bag. Tickets remain $10/adult, $5/child, toddlers are free and can be purchased in the Narthex after the service or from the church office.

Youth – Save the Date

Youth (high school aged kids) please join us for a Make Your Own Pizza/Catch Phrase game. November 18th, 11:30 – 1:30, at the church.

United Church Women Joint Advent Evening

Come share the Christmas Spirit with friends! Wednesday, December 5th, 7:00pm at Christ Church.

Compass Open House

Our Compass renovation is now complete! Our food bank market is almost double the size, and we have extra offices available, so our partner agencies have more space to meet with clients. This is a big change and will help us serve our clients even better.

Would you like a tour? Always been curious about what The Compass looks like inside? Please drop by on Sunday, November 18th from 1-3 pm. Our Women's Group is hosting an Open House and will be serving coffee, tea and baked goods. Donations gratefully accepted. (310 Lakeshore Road West).

The Compass – Winter Survival Program

Please show your support by donating both new and lightly used items: sleeping bags, jackets, boots, snow pants, insulated foam mats, sweaters, and new mittens, underwear, balaclavas. For complete details please consult TheCompass.ca. Planned pick up for these items is Monday, November 19th.

Mississauga Festival Choir Concert

Come enjoy the December 1st concert (7:30 p.m.) of the Mississauga Festival Choir at the Living Arts Centre! Five of our Chancel Choir members (Leslie Bentley, Ruth Hopkins, Kathryn Howard, Peggy McLaren and Carolyn Piitz) sing in this wonderful 170 voice choir. This year’s annual holiday program will include Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” accompanied by the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. In addition, there will be many seasonal classics that will surely put you in the holiday mood!

SSOTH 2018 Photo Directories Are Ready!

The highly anticipated 2018 SSOTH Photo Directory is now available! Please pick up your copy in the Narthex - if you do not see a copy with your name on it, please see Karen Penseney or contact the church office to get a copy.

The Dam Open House

The Dam invites you to attend an Open House on Tuesday, November 27th from 6:30 - 8:30pm at Portico Church 1814 Barbertown Rd. Mississauga. Come hear stories from youth about the impact of The Dam in their life, eat s'mores by the fire, purchase a Christmas gift for a youth, and more interactive experiences. It's a great time to learn more about The Dam in this fun casual drop-in experience. RSVP at www.thedam.org/events