Have you ever noticed that when your feet get really cold, the rest of you is also affected? That’s because all the parts and systems of our bodies are interconnected.
The Sunday readings for three Sundays in January and February comment on how interconnected the church is as it lives out its role as the ‘body’ of Christ in this world. There are many applications of this concept for the local parish, but one springs to mind for me just now.
Each part of the body has a special function, and that function cannot be delegated very successfully to another part of the body – for instance, the role of the eye cannot be taken on by the foot. In the church we need each other’s gifts and skills to accomplish what we are called to do in the world.
At the end of February we have our Annual Vestry meeting. This is a time for us to consider what we have accomplished in the past year and to plan for implementing our vision into the coming year. It is a time when we elect people to positions of leadership, approve a budget for the year and make other decisions about priorities for our work together.
Which brings me back to the ‘body’ concept; we will not be able to do all that God calls us to do if we are unable to make use of the gifts that God has put in our midst.
Please consider how you might help us fill positions of leadership. Is one of these areas something you would like to help with:
Deputy church warden
Lay member of Synod
Or perhaps you would want to volunteer in one of the areas of support such as
Pastoral Care Team
As always we need everyone’s help with meeting our operating budget so that we can maintain the positive momentum we have set by the generous response to the GIFT appeal for new ministry initiatives.
Please share your various gifts with the body – and if we aren’t asking the right questions to open the door to your gift, go ahead and offer it to us anyway.
The body of Christ will not be the same if you are not a functioning part of it.
Up and Coming…
Sun. Feb. 10 – Parish Spaghetti Lunch
Tomkins Hall – after 10 a.m. service
Hosted by F.A.I.T.H. youth group following the 10:00 service. Everyone is welcome to attend. The menu includes; spaghetti, homemade pasta sauce, Caesar salad , buns, homemade desserts and juice, coffee or tea. A meatless sauce and rice pasta will be available upon request. There will be a sign up sheet in Tomkins hall beginning January 23rd. Good will offering will be gratefully accepted.
Tues. Feb. 12 – Pancake Supper
Tomkins Hall – 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Everyone welcome to a delicious supper of pancakes, maple syrup, sausages, fruit salad.
Only $5.00 each and no charge for children 5 and under. If you would like to help out in the preparations or cleaning up, there is a sign up sheet in the Church Narthex.
Wed. Feb 13 – Ash Wednesday Activity Day
To be held at Christ Church Bells Corners for children from pre-school to high school. This program will be great for families and we would welcome any parents or grandparents who would like to volunteer their time during the course of the day. Please register by Weds. Feb. 6th either through Chrisann or directly on-line.
Tomkins Hall – 4:30 p.m. A discussion series (for 18-45 yr olds) including a light supper and discussion on important issues as we explore our own spiritual perspectives on life. This month’s topic is Relationships.
Starting Weds. Feb. 20th – Lenten Study
Tomkins Hall – noon or 7:30 p.m.
Join Fr. Michael Fleming for a reflective time based on the Rembrandt painting “The Return of the Prodigal Son“. Through our eyes, our hearts and our minds, we will enter the world of brothers and outsiders, of parents and children and, in the journey, hopefully discover new insights into our personal and corporate spirituality.
Weds. Feb. 20th – Supper & Games Night
Tomkins Hall – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The F.A.I.T.H. youth group will be hosting an inter-generational evening of fun for all ages in Tomkins Hall. Watch the weekly bulletin for details.
Sat. Feb. 23rd – Men’s Breakfast
Tomkins Hall – 8 a.m.
Join us for breakfast & conversation. Our guest speaker this month is Trefor Munn-Venn, President of Social Catalyst Inc.; husband & father; committed Christian. All men are welcome!
Sun. Feb. 24th – Vestry Meeting
Following the 10 a.m. service
Stay for lunch and have a say about the future of St. James. (GiFT Plans, the 2013 budget, filling positions for officers whose terms are ending are the focus of the agenda.)
We ask that you prayerfully consider serving in some way – if you are interested please contact either Wayne Whitney or Marg Moloney, of the Nominations Committee.
Tues. Feb. 26th – A.C.W. Meeting
Tomkins Hall – 7 p.m.
All ladies of the parish are welcome to attend!
Tues. March 12th – Flower Arranging
Tomkins Hall – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Everyone is invited to bring a friend to a flower arranging demonstration given by Joanne Plummer from Mill Street Florist. Refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes. Only $10 each.
Over 8 boxes of mittens, hats, coats, scarves were taken to the Well, Cornerstone and Centre 454.
Many thanks to all who contributed to Christmas gifts for our community!
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Did you know…
The ladies of the A.C.W. (Anglican Church Women)
gave over $7,755 to outreach in 2012 thanks to various fundraisers!
The following is a list of all the beneficiaries:
Tanzania Education & Micro Business Opportunities (T.E.M.B.O.)
Primates World Relief Development Fund
Operation Go Home
Diocese of the Arctic
Rideau Seniors Centre
Ottawa Food Bank
Sleeping Children Around the World
Memorial to Taib Koulmiey (2 boys who lost their mother to cancer)
Ottawa Diocesan A.C.W.
Bales for the North
F.A.I.T.H. Youth Group
Opportunities to Give…
Douglas Frosst has agreed to lead a small group to develop some suggestions and plans to increase revenue at St James. He has already heard from a couple of people, and would like to meet with any others that have ideas for new or increased revenue at the church.
Please contact Douglas Frosst if you would like to meet, and when you would be available. If you are interested in being part of the plan development, so much the better.
Volunteers needed to help with the pancake supper! Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex.