January 2012

January 2012
St. James Anglican Church
 

But those who dowhat is right
come to the light so otherscan see
that theyare doingwhat God
wants.
John 3 v.21
NLT
 
From Fr. Ross:“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:5-7)It has been my great pleasure these past few months to be engaged with seven of our young people as they prepare for Confirmation on Sunday, January 29 at the 10 o’clock service.In the above quote from Paul’s letter to young Timothy we are reminded that a person’s faith does not ‘just happen’, but is often the result of ongoing support and mentoring by people of previous generations who share the stories of their experience of the Christian faith.In the liturgy for Confirmation the assembled congregation is asked this very important question: “Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?”What does this support look like? I believe that an affirmative answer to the question will mean that the parish will ensure that there are structured opportunities for these young people to grow in their faith. These will include having a youth group that provides a place to learn more about the Christian faith through study and by building personal relationships with others who are also on the faith journey. We have at St James a good youth group program that is developing and growing – and there will be more opportunities as time goes on.

But there is more. ‘Support’ means also to pray for these young people – there will be a list of names in the bulletin on January 29, and I encourage you to take that list home and pray for these people, by name, every week. That might lead you to talk with one of them to find out how life is going for them – and that would be another great support.

‘Support’ also means to show by example what it means to follow Jesus. These young people are watching what we in other generations are doing – they pay more attention than we sometimes give them credit for.

Let us embrace our young people as some of them are confirmed later this month. And let us remember that they are NOT the church of tomorrow, they are the church of TODAY, for we are a multi-generational parish growing and learning to follow Jesus together.

Ross +

* * *

Up and Coming…

Tues. January 24th at 7 pm – Movies with Meaning
Join us for some fun and fellowship as we watch Mrs. Doubtfire and talk about the underlying themes in the movie. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin boards at church. Location to be confirmed.
Weds. January 25th at 7 pm – Service of Christian Unity
Join our youth and fellow Christians from the local churches for an ecumenical service at St. Leonard’s Church, Long Island Drive, Manotick.

Sat. January 28th at 8 am – Men’s Breakfast
The monthly Men’s breakfast is a great way for new male members of the church to meet some of the men in the parish.  See below for details about this parish group.

Sun. January 29th at 10 am – Lunch with Bishop John Chapman
Bishop John Chapman will be presiding over the 10 am service and will be administering the sacrament of Confirmation to 8 candidates.  A light lunch will be served after the service.  All are welcome to visit with Bishop John Chapman.

Sun. February 5th – Parish Spaghetti Lunch hosted by F.A.I.T.H.
Help support the F.A.I.T.H. Youth group in their fundraising efforts by having lunch after the 10 am service. For a $10 donation, you can have a spaghetti lunch with a bun, caesar salad, and a cupcake for dessert.  No charge for children 10 and under.  A portion of the money raised will be used to help send the youth to Saskatoon in August for the CLAY conference and the remainder will be donated to the Humane Society.

Sat. February 11th at 7 pm – Italy is coming to St. James!
The Men’s Group is hosting an Italian-themed fun-filled evening for all to join in with proceeds going to St. James’ Adopt-A-Room at Cornerstone. Your choice of meat or vegetable lasagna, salad, rolls and dessert is only $20 per person. A wine auction and other activities will be part of the evening. Tickets can be purchased from Sam or Geoff Macmillan by February 8th.

 Tues. February 21st at 5:30 pm – Pancake Supper in Tomkins Hall
Don’t miss this very popular annual parish event!  Everyone is welcome! See church bulletin or website for more information.
Weds February 22nd – Ash Wednesday Activity Day at CCBC
Four parishes in the Deanery of Carleton are participating together on Ash Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 in a program for school children (K-12). Absent from their regular schools, children will enjoy a full day of learning, fun and faith development. For more information please contact Chrisann.
Sun. February 26th – Vestry (Annual General Meeting)
Stay for lunch after the 10 am service and have a say about the future of St. James. At Vestry, there will be a presentation by the Steering Committee on the work done to date on the future of the ministries for St. James, the 2012 budget will be presented and a vote will be taken to fill the positions for officers whose terms are ending in February.
It is YOUR church, ALL opinions are always welcome!
 
* * *

A little about the Men’s Group… The St. James Men’s Group provides a fun and relaxed opportunity for all men of the parish, young and old, to gather for fellowship outside the regular church services. From September to May, the group meets at the church on the fourth Saturday of each month at 8:00 a.m. for a hot breakfast and lively conversation. During the summer months, the group convenes at a member’s house once a month for a barbeque and fellowship. The Men’s Group is an excellent way to make new parish friends amongst a group of gentlemen with a variety of interesting backgrounds, and all men are welcome.

Although the aim of the group is fellowship and connecting more closely with parish life, the Men’s Group also participates in projects within the parish as well as community outreach. Members are not required to volunteer in these activities, but the sharing of one’s time and talent (or lack thereof) is always welcome and appreciated!

For further information about this group’s activity or meetings, please contact the church office at 613-692-2082 or Geoff Macmillan.

* * *

Opportunities to Give…

Please consider offering your time, talent or treasure to St. James in this coming year. By joining in you can have fun, learn something new, get to know your fellow parishioners and help out. This applies to kids* of all ages!      *(0 – 120 years young)

Perhaps you are a handy person and would like to help out in maintaining our beautiful church, you love to sing or play a musical instrument, or you have some ideas for fundraising- whatever gift you have been given by God, why not share it with your church family? If you have a new idea for a parish event, contact Sam and she will pass your idea on to Parish Council.

Whether you have 10 minutes or 10 hours to spare, there is always something you can do to help our church in its goal to be “A Christian Community Joyfully Serving and Growing in God’s Love“. Some of the upcoming events include: pancake supper, penny auction, garage sale, golf tournament, fashion show, Easter brunch, church picnic, movies with meaning, pub nights – just to name a few!  We will be putting sign-up sheets upstairs and downstairs as the specific events approach.

If you haven’t already signed up, there are lots of spots available for you to help out with coffee duty after the 10 am service.  The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board next to the door to the kitchen.  If you would like to buddy up with someone before actually serving coffee yourself, why not ask one of the wardens (the people who make the announcements before the 10 am service) or whoever is serving coffee the next time you are downstairs?

Points to Ponder…
We would like to thank each and every one of you
for your financial contribution to St. James last year. 
We managed to cover our costs for 2011 and for that, we are extremely grateful! 
We are seeing more and more new faces at the church and are truly blessed to have
so many people who give so much of their time, God-given gifts or financial resources to
welcome people into our parish family.
Shirley Hilchuk & Wayne Whitney
Wardens

 

Janet Harris-Campbell & Roger Soler
Deputy Wardens
* * *

 

This entry was posted in 2012 news, Newsletters, Root. Bookmark the permalink.