As we move more deeply into the Fall season, the periods of darkness lengthen and the weather is more challenging and already we are dreading the hard parts of winter and longing for the brightness of Spring and Summer.
Most of us know periods of life which have the same characteristics. Sometimes we are living it ourselves, sometimes we are accompanying a friend or relative through the dark season and other times it is as though we are watching a slow painful movie of someone else’s horror.
In all of these situations we can be reminded of a concept which runs throughout the scriptures: God is faithful and present in all the situations of life, and God’s presence leads to hope.
“The eternal God is your resting place; and underneath are the everlasting arms.” (Deuteronomy 33:27, KJV)
“Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5b, NRSV)
My prayer is that we may each know that we are surrounded by God’s presence so that we may be able to endure the darkness and not give up just before the new season of warmth and light. And may we be the source of strength for those whose season seems too dark to bear.
Up and Coming…
Friday, October 28th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Church School Halloween Party & Trunk or Treat Event
Calling all goblins, witches, superheroes and princesses!
Join us in Tomkins Hall for some eerie entertainment and then check out the goodies offered in the car trunks in the parking lot!
Thursday, November 10th, 1 – 7 p.m.
Drop off baked goods, jams etc. for Christmas Fayre
Friday, November 11th,
9:30a.m. – Legion Ecumenical Remembrance Day Service at St. James. All are welcome.
1 – 4 p.m. – drop off baked goods and other donations for the Christmas Fayre
Saturday, November 12th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tell your friends and family to mark this date on the calendar! This very popular annual event is the perfect occasion to start your Christmas shopping! The Ladies Craft Group have been working hard all year long to produce unique hand-made items. The morning will feature a chance to join the choir in singing Christmas Carols, a visit from Santa, a “kids only” boutique with all items under a dollar, a silent auction, a bake shop and the opportunity to purchase a coffee and a muffin in the morning or a light lunch from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 3rd
Manotick Christmas Parade
Children of all ages (0-100 years) are welcome to join the St. James family in the annual Christmas parade.
There will be a post-parade gathering at the church for hot chocolate, cookies, carols and tree lighting.
Sunday, December 4th
Lunch/Gingerbread House Decorating
The F.A.I.T.H. Youth group are planning a fundraising event for CLAY 2012. Hopefully this will become a new Advent tradition. A very kid-friendly lunch will be served with time afterwards to decorate your own Gingerbread house. Tickets will go on sale in the beginning of November.
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Gifts to the Community…
Many thanks to everyone who came to the Blessing of the Animals service on October 2nd. Just over $300 was raised for the Humane Society during the service. It was great to see so many new faces (some furry, some not) and to hear all the new voices joining in the service. It was a real howl!
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The church looked absolutely wonderful at Thanksgiving and we would like to thank everyone who donated food, time, talent and money. A car full of food was taken down to Shepherds of Good Hope and given to the kitchen staff. They had served over 500 people for lunch that Sunday and were very grateful for the food from St. James as the shelves were just about empty!
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Opportunities to Give…
Chrisann will be collecting canned goods at the Church School Halloween Party and Trunk or Treat Event this Friday, October 28th at St. James from 6 – 8 p.m. The House of Lazarus is in desperate need of such items as peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, canned meats, vegetables, soups, Kraft dinner, cereal and coffee.
If you have any jams, jellies, pickles, relishes or baking that you would like to donate to the Christmas Fayre, please drop them off at the church on the dates and times listed above in “Up and Coming”.
Don’t forget to purchase grocery cards after the 10 a.m service or from Sam in the office Tuesday to Thursday. If you have children or grandchildren away at a Canadian university or college, they make a great, easy to mail Christmas gift!
2 Cor. 10 v. 4
Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, October 23rd
Many thanks go out to all who attended the lunch and town hall meeting this past Sunday.
The Youth group did a great job serving hot dogs, salad and dessert to over 60 people before the meeting started.
The Youth raised $230 which will be put towards transportation costs for the 2012 C.L.A.Y. conference being held in Saskatchewan.
Those attending the first of several future town hall meetings were asked to review the core values, purpose and vision for St. James, as drafted by Parish Council.
If you were unable to attend but would like to contribute, please check future newsletters for town hall meeting dates.
We would like to get as much feedback as possible – whether you have just joined the parish or have been coming for over 25 years.