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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. McGill and Sunju Koh as they lead worship at the Wenleigh Nursing home. Please speak to Debra 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. McGill.

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.

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.

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.

Confirmation

Calling all young people. Are you in Grade 7 or above? Join Rev. Debra as we explore our faith, God, Jesus, creation, science and evolution, the United Church, being who God created you to be, living in community, living in the world and getting to know one another. It’s called Confirmation as we search ourselves and confirm what it is we believe. Let Rev. Debra know you are interested (phone or e-mail or tell her in person) and we’ll set a day/time that works best.

Join the SSOTH Youth Group!

Hey, High School Aged Students! If you are interested in joining us for games nights, popcorn & movie nights, bowling, all while make new friends and having tons of fun, come out to SSOTH’s Youth Group Nights, happening bi-weekly on Fridays!

Our Youth Group is also committed to helping and serving and is planning to lead some amazing outreach initiatives here in our church community.

We want to make sure it’s as easy as possible for everyone to be involved and connected. If you have any questions, please contact our Youth Leader, Manuela Wemegah, by email (manuela.wemegah@ryerson.ca), or by text (647-787-6710).

Sign Up To Volunteer at the 2019 Garage Sale!

Help make the 2019 SSOTH Garage Sale a success! Sign up to volunteer – the sign-up sheet is now in the Narthex. If you volunteered last year, your name will be listed under the department you worked in last year – if you wish to switch departments this year, please cross your name off under the department you wish to leave and add your name to your desired department. If this is your first year volunteering, add you name to the department that interests you!

Also the time has come to spread the news with your friends, family and neighbours that we will soon be accepting donations of gently used household items, books, clothing etc. Anyone wishing to donate items may contact the church office to coordinate a drop off.

Upcoming Mississauga Festival Choir Concert! May 4 At 7:30 P.M.

After a busy day at the SSOTH garage sale why not enjoy the Mississauga Festival Choir’s last concert (entitled ‘Building Bridges’) of the season! Come hear Chancel Choir members Leslie Bentley, Ruth Hopkins, Kathryn Howard, Peggy McLaren and Carolyn Piitz sing with this amazing community choir at the Living Arts Centre on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available through the Living Arts Centre website (livingartscentre.ca), calling the LAC Box Office at 905-306-6000 or even showing up at the box office the night of the concert. Tickets: Adults - $37.00, Seniors/Students - $32.00, Children 12 and under - $17.00.

MFC (a 150+ voice choir) presents a programme featuring music from South Africa, South Asia and Canada’s Far North. Guest musicians include the spectacular Juno-nominated group, ‘Autorickshaw’!

St. Stephen’s Golf Tournament

Our annual golf tournament will take place on Tuesday, June 4 at the Oakville Executive Golf Club. Tee times will start at 1:00 pm followed by dinner at the clubhouse. Non-golfing spouses and friends are encouraged to join us for dinner. The cost for 18 holes of golf on the Mystic Ridge course and dinner is $70 including all taxes and gratuities (power carts extra). Dinner for non-golfers is $20. If you would prefer to play nine holes, please let me know and I will do my best to put a group together to play the Angel’s View course starting around 3:00 pm. Please contact Tom Leishman at 905-274-4423 or leishman@sympatico.ca to sign up.