September 2011

St. James Anglican Church 

September 2011


“For I know
the plans
I have for you.”
says the Lord.
“They are plans
for good
and not for disaster,
to give you
a future
a hope. 
In those days
you pray,
I will
Jeremiah 29 v 11-12
Ministry Quicklinks
 From Fr.  Ross…


That word usually brings to mind food that is harvested and gives us the strength we need for daily living. Some of you may be harvesting food from your gardens or farms; some of us enjoy shopping at a local farmers market for that home-grown taste; and these days, we can find food in our stores that is harvested in another continent and transported to us here in Canada.

We also give thanks for many other things – families, health, work, and friends, to name a few of the most popular.

Paul, one of the first great promoters of following Jesus, reminded the early Christians in the city of Philippi of the importance of a grateful, positive frame of mind:

“Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

In 2007, Colin Beavin and his young family began an experimental year of living minimally as a way of lessening their impact on the earth’s resources. His ‘No Impact Man’ blog is full of interesting experiences and insights. Here is one piece that especially spoke to me in the spirit of Paul and our Harvest Thanksgiving:

“Happiness, the research confirms, is derived from strong relationships, using your core talents, living a life according to your values, and connecting to something larger than yourself so you have a sense of meaning.”

Let us give thanks for the many ways in which God blesses us!

Ross +

 Up and Coming…  Sunday, October 2nd, Blessing of the Animals at the 10 a.m. service

We’re hoping that everyone with a pet, a teddy bear, a stuffed animal – any loved creature – will come to this joyous event. It is remarkable to observe how critters of all kinds react to being inside a church building.

Bring your dogs, cats, rats, mice, ferrets, fish; teddy bears and stuffed animals; photos of animals who would rather stay at home; photos of animals that gave great delight but who are no longer with us. Animals will need to be leashed or caged or, if appropriate, confined to their fishbowls.
Reverend Nancy Murphy has been invited to celebrate with us too.
The service will not include Eucharist – it’s all about blessing the animals. (The regular 8:15 a.m. Eucharist will, of course, be held.) There will be a free will offering with all proceeds going to the Humane Society here in Ottawa. There will also be goodie bags for four-legged friends.
St Francis
Celebrate the gift of our beloved pets!


Friday, October 21 – Trunk or Treat
6:30 p.m. in Tomkins Hall
Calling all children (ages 0 to 100) who wish to have some fun at the annual Halloween party.  If you wish to help out or have questions about this fun event, please contact: Chrisann Harding.
Saturday, October 22 – Men’s Breakfast
8 a.m. Tomkins Hall
Sunday, October 23 – Town Hall meeting and lunchafter the 10 a.m. service
This is your opportunity to have a say in the future plan of St. James’ ministries.
Parish Council has put together some ideas for us to look at  (details to come in next newsletter) and we hope that you will join us for lunch and give us feedback and further suggestions as we move forward.
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Our Gifts to the Community…
Many thanks to all who generously donated school supplies in September.  Your donations helped a local family to send their children off to school with much needed supplies.

Thank you! To all who have taken the time to drop off the following items for various outreach efforts:

9 pair – eye glasses with cases; 10 pair – eye glasses alone; 2 pair of lens; 500 soup labels; and 5 kilo of pull tabs; 1 kilo of used stamps.

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Opportunities to Give…Saturday morning, Oct.8th The Altar Guild will be decorating the church for Harvest Thanksgiving. Please drop off donations of washed(& polished) fruit and vegetables on Thursday (9-4) or early Saturday. We also welcome donations of canned, bottled & packaged foods. All food will be donated to Centre 454 following the service.Christmas Fayre

When you are making your beet pickles, grape jam etc., please think about making an extra jar for the St. James Christmas Fayre being held on Saturday November 12th.It is Christmas pudding time again and we are looking for volunteers to help measure, mix and cook approximately 210 puddings.  If you would like to assist, please contact: Heather Brophy.Please consider signing up for coffee duty after the 10 a.m. service on Sundays. The sign-up sheet is posted on the wall just outside the kitchen.

The Pastoral Care team is looking for new members.  If you are a good listener and are interested in helping out, please contact: Fr. Ross.
Cornerstone Housing for Women is looking for new or gently used bedding, winter coats and boots (sizes large, extra large and double extra large).  For further information contact: Yvonne Garvey.   (A parishioner has offered to deliver  donations dropped off at the church by 3 p.m. Wednesday October 6th. )

 “The Last Night of The Proms”

Sunday, October 16th at St. Matthias Anglican Church.

Dinner at The Axeman’s Pub (church basement) at 6 pm & Concert at 8 pm.

October 2nd is your last chance to contact Ann Coles about St. James’ group tickets.

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