The very first story we read in the Bible is the grand account of God’s creation of light, sky, seas, vegetation, sun, moon and stars, living creatures in the seas and on land, and
the human race.
“And on the seventh day … God rested.”
From the beginning of our efforts to understand life, we have intuitively known about the rhythm of rest after work. In Canada, summer is our collective time for re-creating
rest. Wherever you go and whatever you do with your summer ‘holidays’ here are some ways to help maximize your rest:
Take some time to say “Thank you” – to your family, your friends, the
people who serve you, and ultimately to God.
Remember it’s not all roller coasters and ski boats: everyone needs some
very quiet time all by themselves to simply ‘be’.
Plan to create something – hopefully with your whole family involved –
just for the joy of it.
Tell/write stories about your life and the important things in it.
Children, grandparents, friends and travelling companions can all
participate and learn from each other.
In your resting and re-creating, remember God. A simple prayer of
thanksgiving at meal-times or joining others for worship where you
are vacationing or here at home helps add valuable context to the
rest of what you do this summer.
This prayer of thanksgiving, written by Myra Cohn Livingston,
may be very appropriate for summer:
Thank you for the sun,
the sky, for all the things that like to fly,
the shining rain that turns grass green,
the earth we know –
the world unseen –
for stars and night, and once again
the every morning sun. Amen.
Summer Programs Schedule
Sunday Services (June 16 – September 1)
8:15 a.m. – a quiet, contemplative
service with Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. – Choral Eucharist with
hymns and activities for children
Wednesday Service (July 3 – August 28)
7:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist in an informal style
New for Children
This summer we are planning to have a children’s program
taking place during the 9:30 a.m. service each Sunday.
We are pleased to have Ben Best-Cooke, one of our parishioners,
working with Rev. Andrea to develop and deliver this program.
For Youth …
Bi-weekly events are being planned, including a trip to Calypso Water Park.
For more detailed information, contact the church office or
check our website.
For Men …
Monthly BBQs are planned for June
19, July 17 and August 21.
Contact the church office to find out the location for each month’s BBQ.
Watch for information on our up-coming Confirmation classes
(one for youth ages 13+ and one for adults) to start this September.
We are making plans for our next baptism service on Sunday, July 28th.
If you are interested in a baptism please contact Rev. Andrea
Up and Coming…
Sat. June 8 – Silent Auction for Karen Sponsorship
Anytime between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Come and bid on your favourite items!
Highest bidder wins! You may take the item home that evening, or you will be phoned if you have won the item, and we can make arrangements for pick-up. Items include:
certificates for restaurants; pizza & gourmet hamburgers; rounds of golf; complete set of husband/wife wills & Powers of Attorney; Paul’s Boat Line River Cruise, gift baskets, original art work, crock-pots, inflatable giant swan & many more great prizes.
Sun. June 9 – Church Picnic
Parish Picnic Sunday June 9th, don’t forget to sign up, bring your lawn chair and the CLAY 2014 team will be operating a “make your own” sundae fundraiser.
Rain or shine after the 10:00 AM service.
Tues. June 11 – A.C.W. Potluck Supper & Meeting
The A.C.W. will be having a potluck supper at their June meeting
which will begin at 6:30 p.m. All ladies welcome!
Sun. June 16 – Special Vestry for Reconfiguration of Administration Area
As decided at our Annual Vestry meeting in February, we are now calling a Special Vestry meeting to vote on moving ahead with the reconfiguration of the Administration Area following the 9:30 a.m. service on June 16th. The Property Committee has done thebackground work of getting basic quotes for all three facilities-related projects connected with the GIFT initiative, and within that context is confident that these can all be done within the initial GIFT estimates.
Information is available for you to pick up and review in preparation for this Special Vestry at the church. Please plan to be a part of this important decision.
Sun. July 21 – Youth Trip to Calypso Water Park
The F.A.I.T.H. youth group is planning an outing to Calypso Water park (2015 Calypso Street, Limoges) after the 9:30 service. We would like to extend an invitation to our Parish
family to join us for a day of fun, sun and water. We will be leaving St. James at approx. 10:45 with an expected arrival time at Calypso of 11:25. Bring your own lunch or buy
your lunch there. For information about the water park and the rates click on Calypso Waterpark.
We recommend you purchase tickets in advance to avoid long line-ups.
Sat. August 24 – Car Wash Fundraiser
The CLAY 2014 team will be holding a car wash on Saturday August 24th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Jack May Chevrolet Buick GMC located at 3788 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa.
Opportunities to Give…
Final day for Bottle Drive is Sunday June 9th the day of the Parish Picnic, please bring your empty bottles to church and there will be a clearly identified vehicle in the parking where you may leave them. Alternately if you have many bottles at your home and no way to transport them to the church, please let anyone of the CLAY 2014 team know and we will arrange to pick them up from your home.
The F.A.I.T.H. Youth group will be organizing a “make your own sundae bar” as a fundraiser for CLAY 2014! This will be a free will offering.
CLAY 2014 is happening in Kamloops BC August 14-17, 2014. Please help
the youth of this parish get to Kamloops BC!
The stores may no longer be taking your pennies but the F.AI.T.H. Youth group will. There is a large carboy in the Narthex for you to put your pennies in.
Manotick Karen Refugee Sponsorship Program
The Manotick Refugee Sponsorship Program is pleased to announce that we have a family of 6. They are the Myint family: mother, Say Paw, father Thein, daughters Ku Moo (16) and Paw Ku Tee (11), and twin boys (13) Sar Ku Say and Sar Ku Htoo. Their
paperwork is complete and ours awaits signatures at the parish and diocesan level. We hope to welcome our family to Ottawa towards the end of 2014.
In the meantime we are working to raise the funds required. Generous donations from parishioners and community members have already met 1/3 of the required amount
needed to sponsor the family for one year which is our commitment.
A silent auction planned for June 8 will boost that total. Over $3000 in gifts and certificates have been donated for auction. We are very grateful for the generous
support we have received from the merchants of Manotick, Riverside South and Westboro. In the fall we will continue our fundraising with events that everyone will enjoy.
The Manotick Butcher will host a barbeque lunch on Saturday, September 21 to kick off our fall fundraising. In the advanced planning stages are also concerts of popular and church music, a pizza night and more. As events are firmed up we will announce them.
Watch the newsletter and bulletin for more event information and dates!
– Requests for donations…
Does anyone have single beds, box springs or mattresses in good shape that they are willing to give away; if so, the family we support in Barrhaven would be very glad to receive them.
The following tems are needed, particularly over the summer, for the Manotick Food
small-sized packages of skim-milk powder; ketchup; mustard; relish; 4-pack size
toilet paper and coffee (instant and for percolators).
Thank you for your donations over the past year to our food basket for the Manotick Food Cupboard and donations of food, clothing, school supplies and furniture given to the family we support. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Johnson, 613-692-4236 or the church office.
The Nepean Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre
would like to invite you, your family and your friends to a dinner and discussion. We want to hear from you about the strengths and challenges in your community.
$3951 was raised for St. James by the Men’s Group in a fun-filled evening for about forty people. Over 25 donated items were auctioned off by Frank Sisson and he even had his very own “Vanna White”‘ a.k.a. Sophie Turner. Click here to see photos of the event.
May 31 – Dickinson Day Parade
The theme for this year’s float was “Catch the Spirit” and we definitely got help from up above! The wind did not stop blowing from the minute we began to decorate until the
very end of the parade. Thanks to Matt Graham for skillfully driving our float around the village and also to Ron & Susie Miller of Miller Farms for lending us their trailer.
June 1 & 2 – Doors Open
We welcomed 57 people and a baby during Doors Open!
Many thanks to the F.A.I.T.H. youth group and all the other volunteers for donating their time.
Do you Collect Antique Furniture?
If so, have we got a find for
you! The Rector’s office is currentlyhome to a fine carved antique desk (59 x
A small donation to St James could makethis piece of historypart of your collection. For moreinformation contact Fr Ross.
Don’t forget grocery cards are
available from Sam in the church office