In Psalm 118 we read, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!”
St Paul reminds the early Christians, ” … give thanks in all things … “
In our lives we are surrounded by those people, circumstances, items and locations that cause us to stop and give thanks – the beauty, graciousness, or abundance we experience overflow into gratitude.
That’s the easy part of “giving thanks”. In October we Canadians set aside a particular time to celebrate the harvest and the promise of food enough for the winter as an act of gratefulness. We often direct our thanks to God, the name we give to the divine creator and sustainer of all that we know in our universe.
While we are offering our thanks we should also remember those who are the delegates of God in this work: those who work on the farms, who plant and cultivate and harvest, sometimes in gruelling situations; those who herd and care for animals; those who process the food as it makes its way to grocery shelves. Most of the people who work in the food industry are not highly paid, and we should remember that as we shop for the best bargains. Let us give thanks for all who contribute to the feast we share.
The more difficult part of “giving thanks” comes when life is challenging, especially when it seems that much is stacked against us at one time. Facing sickness or loss or failure may not prompt us to burst into songs of praise. In those times we pray that the one who created us and who brings wholeness to us will be present in real ways through friends or family, in acts of kindness and generosity, or by enabling us to see through to a new reality. In those times the basis for thanksgiving is our trust in the steadfast, enduring love of God.
Whatever our live situations, may we know that God is present in steadfast, enduring love. Thanks be to God.
Fr. Ross +
Up & Coming …
Weds. Oct. 3 – 7:00 p.m.
Blessing of the Animals
Bring your pets, teddy bears, stuffed animals, photos of animals who would rather stay at home, photos of animals that gave us great delight but who are no longer with us. Animals will need to be leashed or caged or, if appropriate, confined to their fishbowls.
The service will not include Eucharist – it’s all about blessing the animals that we know and love, the animals we have known and have loved. There will be a free will offering with all proceeds going to the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind in Manotick. Please come, and bring your critters and your photographs.
Tues. Oct. 9 – 7:00 p.m.
A.C.W. Meeting in Tomkins Hall.
Come and meet the rest of the women in the parish.
Sun. Oct. 14 – After the 10 a.m. service
Family-friendly Thank You Lunch & CLAY highlights Presentation by the F.A.I.T.H. youth.
Gluten-free and vegan meals upon request.
Sun. Oct 14 – 6:00 p.m.
Last Night of the Proms
St. Matthias Anglican Church, Parkdale
This year is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The “Axeman’s Pub” dinner is at 6 p.m. followed by the concert at 8 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $22 and for the concert $25. As we at St. James’ usually have a large contingent attending, we will probably get a discount on the concert tickets. For more information contact Marg Moloney.
Tues. Oct 23 – 7 – 9:00 p.m.
Cake Decorating & Marzipan Fruit Class
Hands on Christmas Cake Decorations & Marzipan.
Fruit making with Diana Graham. $15/person (includes items to take home).
Watch for the sign-up list.
Weds. Oct. 24 – 7:00 p.m.
Please contact the office, if you wish to attend.
The next baptism is Sun. November 4th.
Start your Christmas shopping earlyand come for lunch.
Tues. Nov 13
Friends of the Bishop Dinner
We are plannning to arrange for a table (or 2) from St. James. The cost is $100 per person. Those interested can contact the church office.
R.V.S.P. by October 23rd.
Opportunities to Give…
Memorial or Thankofferings for Thanksgiving
If you wish to make a Memorial or a Thankoffering gift towards the cost of Flowers @ Thanksgiving please contact Ann Coles or the office by Wednesday, Oct.3rd.
Harvest Thanksgiving – Donations Requested
On Saturday morning, Oct. 6th members of the Altar Guild will be decorating the church for Harvest Thanksgiving. Please drop off donations of washed (& polished) fruit and vegetables on Thursday, Friday or early Saturday. We also welcome donations of canned, bottled & packaged foods. Perishable food will be donated to The Shepherds of Good Hope and other donations will be divided between local food cupboards following the service.
Outreach – The BUN RUN is in need of volunteers.
The volunteers take baked goods from YIG in Manotick to Lazarus house in Mountain and a family in Barrhaven early Friday mornings. We hope to have a rotation of one or two volunteers to relieve Kathy Pitcher of her drive to Mountain in the winter. We also need one or two volunteers to help with the delivery in Barrhaven starting as soon as possible. Many hands make light work. Even taking 2 or 3 weeks over the next few months would be helpful. Please leave a message for Janet Shaw or contact Sam at the church office if you are able to help or have any questions.
Anglican Church Women (ACW)
Thank you to everyone who turned out for the ACW meeting held on Sunday, September 16th. We had a fantastic turnout and a great meeting. The exciting news was the announcement of a new ACW President. Joyce Sorensen has stepped forward to fill the vacancy and we are thrilled to have her. On the agenda was the Christmas Fayre – please watch for a sign-up sheet in the Narthex – we will need your help.
We look forward to any Christmas baking and goodies you are able to provide. Everyone loves homebaking! Drop off dates will be Thursday, November 8th & Friday, November 9th. Times to follow.
P.S. Christmas puddings are on their way…Keep a look out, they go fast!
Following the Craft display on Sun. Sept.16th, we were pleased to welcome 4 new members to the group. We have been preparing diligently over the past year for the Christmas Fayre and we look forward to seeing everyone there on Saturday, November 10th. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping!
Our Gifts to the Community…
Saturday, November 3rd – 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
St James the Apostle Anglican Church in Manotick and the community police are co-hosting an education program called “Kids and Drugs.”
This is an education program developed by the RCMP to reach out and educate both kids and their parents regarding drugs. A drug specialist will attend to discuss the specific drugs out in the community now. The presentation to the parents or youth leaders will be approximately 4.5 hours long. We are interested in targeting the parents of and/or youth leaders working with grades 5-9. Registration to be limited to 30 people. The cost will be $5 to cover coffee/tea/juice/snacks and lunch. Workshop will be held at St James the Apostle Anglican Church, 1138 Bridge Street Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A3. A follow up presentation for the kids themselves will be held at one of the FAITH Youth Group meetings in November. If you would like to register or have any questions please contact Donna Rourke.