followed by coffee after the 8:15 service and lunch after the 10 am service.
Sun. Sept. 30th – South Ottawa Race Day
The F.A.I.T.H youth group invite all members of the parish to join their team Heather’s Faith on September 30th to walk or run in the South Ottawa race day. This race is in memory of Heather Geddes a former parishioner, warden, Church school teacher. All funds raised will go to brain cancer research.
Sun. Oct. 14th – after 10 am service (tentative date)
F.A.I.T.H. team will serve a family-friendly lunch and do a presentation
on the C.L.A.Y. 2012 conference. The CLAY youth team are back from an amazing time in Saskatoon and are anxious to show and tell their parish family about their experience at the 2012 Gathering and to thank everyone for their generous support.
Launching the GIFT Campaign
Located in this growing part of our metropolitan area we as a parish are given the opportunity to be a beacon of life and hope, of help and support to an increasing population – especially the number of families with young children and the number of seniors.
Some will be living with desperate challenges; others will be looking for a foundation for their spiritual development and for direction in living out their lives to the best of their ability.
Many of them will be looking for a community which is not only comfortable with but also firmly rooted in its Christian heritage; is clearly building for future generations; has a generous outlook on the world and its needs; welcomes and engages each other as well as newcomers; and takes seriously the call to work together in community – at all levels.
That is the kind of a faith community we understand ourselves to be: Christian, growing from generation to generation, generous, hospitable and community-building. The kind of community that can faithfully live out the Gospel in a way that calls people to transform lives as we follow Jesus. Jesus, the one who called himself the bread of heaven – the source of an ever-living, ever-regenerating life that serves the world which God loves.
As we consider the practical implications of living out such a vision, the natural question is how do we manage that? Where will the money come from; who will be doing all this work; can we accommodate anything more that we are already doing here in this building?
A couple of synods ago, representatives of parishes across the diocese, including ours,voted for a major fundraising campaign – Growing in Faith Together, or GIFT. Since then, our Parish Council has been actively listening to needs of our communities and hopes of our parishioners to identify activities that will form the foundation of our participation in GIFT. Beginning with the official launch on September 23, GIFT will help us realise the vision of our parish and ourdiocese for the next five years, and ultimately into a new generation. A vision to share Jesus with our community through Worship, Fellowship, Education, and Outreach.
The prayer written for the GIFT Campaign includes these lines, which could serve just as well for our own vision:
God nurtures the church, loving communities of faith, deepening our relationship with God and with one another.
God blesses us with generous hearts so that we may support the outcast, the hungry, the sick and all those who long for intimacy with Jesus.
Please join us on Sunday, September 23 for the formal launch of the campaign at the morning services, and then for a light lunch after the 10:00 am service where you will have the opportunity to discuss in more detail with the GIFT committee, parish council, and other members of the parish.
Yours in Christ, St. James GIFT Committee
Phil Whittall, Honourary Chair
Jim Sevigny, Chair
Reverend Ross Hammond
St. James ACW
Did you know…
…that the first Ladies Guild meeting was held at St. James on 13th April, 1893? These were the early beginnings of the ACW. Here at St. James this has been a very proud tradition, since 1876.
Since 2009, the ACW has been pursuing its good works without the leadership of a President. In the meantime, the ACW hasn’t missed a beat and continues to support its many ministries.
The role of President is not such an arduous task, same agenda every month, same objectives every year. But it is an important one as St. James tries to redefine its mission for the years to come. As we reshape our parish ministries, the ACW will continue to support outreach initiatives and many other parish objectives. This is indeed a time for renewal at St. James, and an opportunity for the ACW to be re-energized with new leadership.
If you feel this is a ministry you would like to lead, please contact me.
We will be holding an A.C.W. meeting on Sunday, September 16 after the 10 a.m. service. Lunch will be provided. On the agenda will be the St. James Christmas Fayre, one of our major fundraisers. We hope to see a good turnout. Many hands make light work. (And it’s fun)
Yours in Christ
Please keep the Christmas Fayre in mind when making up your pickles, chutneys and jams.
Any donations will be gratefully received.
Everyone loves homemade!