August 2013

 


August 2013

St. James Anglican Church
From Fr. Ross…


In a few weeks we expect to be starting the reconfiguration of our administrative offices. These days we are sorting through things in the office in preparation to move out of the way for that work. While organizing some papers I came across the notes for a sermon I preached last August as we were getting ready to embark on the GiFT Initiative:


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 in 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 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.”


This is a vision that we as a parish have embraced and are continuing to work toward fulfilling. As you read through this newsletter you will see that we are getting ready for our
fall programming with some new offerings joining our staples for people in a wide range of ages and stages of life.


Come and join us as together we let our lights shine: love, hope, life.



Up and Coming…
 


Sat. Aug. 24th – Car Wash at Jack May Chevrolet Buick GMC

3788 Prince of Wales Dr.

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Come and support our youth for C.L.A.Y. fundraising. $10 per car, $20 for trucks/SUVs/vans. Interior cleaning an additional $20.


Sun. Aug. 25th – Pride
Parade downtown Ottawa – 1:00 p.m.

All are welcome to join a group from St. James who will be walking in the parade.

We will meet after the 9:30 a.m. service to co-ordinate travel.


Tues. Aug. 27th – Parish Council Meeting – Tomkins Hall 7:00 p.m.

Sun. Sept. 8th – Kid’s Club & registration begins during 10:00 a.m. service.

Tues. Sept. 10th – ACW meeting – Tomkins Hall at 7:00 p.m.
All ladies of the parish are welcome to attend the meeting.

Sat. Sept 21st – Community BBQ Manotick Butcher Shop Main St. Mall

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


All profits go to the Karen Refugee Sponsorship program. Enjoy organic, grass-fed hamburger & hot dogs



Sun. Sept. 22nd – 8:15 & 10 a.m. services – “Bring a Friend to Church”

Fri. Sept. 27th – Fellowship & Lunch for Seniors – Tomkins Hall
11 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
Limited registration, please contact the office if you are interested.


Mon. Sept. 30th – Pastoral Care lunch/meeting – Tomkins Hall
12:00 p.m.

This meeting’s discussion “Do Unto Others”


Sat. Oct. 5th – Annual Altar Guild General Meeting, Tomkins Hall

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This year St James is proud to be hosting the Diocese of Ottawa Altar Guild Annual General meeting. We are expecting 60-80 Altar Guild members from churches across the Diocese to
attend as well as Bishop John Chapman and his wife
Everyone from St. James is welcome to attend. The registration fee is $12, payable on the day and includes lunch. To register or to volunteer please contact Carol Gervais

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Worship

Service Times

We will be returning to regular service times, 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. effective Sunday,
September 8th.

Kid’s Club

St. James Kid’s Club (formerly known as Church School) and registration will begin Sunday, September 8th during the 10 a.m. service.

Kid’s Club Leaders needed –
Helping hands and energetic spirits are sought to lead our kids’ faith journey.
St. James is in need of Kid’s Club leaders for ages 2-3 years and up as we build our program.  If you think you may be able to help out, please speak with Kelly, e-mail or call the church office 613-692-28082. 

Music at St. James

The Choir will be back in full force on Sunday, September 8, with our first choir practice of the season taking place on Thursday, September 5 at 7:15 in the chancel.

If you are musical and would like to contribute to our Music Ministry, we are always delighted to welcome new members to the choir.  Or, if you play an instrument, you may wish to consider collaborating with Ellen to provide some service music, either before or after a 10am service, or during Communion.  If you are interested in joining the music team please speak to Ellen, or contact her through the church office .



Education
 
Confirmation Classes
 
For Adults:
Exploring Faith Within the Anglican Tradition

Are you new to the Anglican Church, or just exploring the Christian faith for the first time? Maybe you’ve been part of the church for many years, and would welcome a refresher on some of the basics. We are beginning a once-a-month session for adults interested in learning more about the Anglican tradition within the Christian faith.

We will be looking at the basic aspects of Christianity as well as those characteristics which define the Anglican tradition. Starting with key topics such as the nature and work of God, the role of scripture, private and public prayer, liturgy and worship, parish structure, and serving the world, the group will be invited to help build an agenda for each session that keeps the discussion relevant and interesting.These sessions are a parallel to the Confirmation Class (and Confirmation Plus) for our youth.Once we know who might be interested, we will establish a meeting schedule that works for everyone. The Reverend Bill Byers will be the group facilitator.

For Youth:
We are beginning a new Confirmation Class this fall for youth 12 years of age or older.This is an opportunity for young people to increase their understanding of the basics of the Christian faith in general and the Anglican tradition within the faith,specifically. This is an essential part of the process by which our young people determine whether or not they wish to claim for themselves (confirm) the promises and affirmations made on their behalf when they were baptized as infants.Confirmation Class meets once a month on a day/time that matches the schedules of those families involved. (The 2010 class met on Sundays after church; the 2012 class met on Monday evenings.) The classes are usually about 2 hours long and there are snacks.

UNVEILED: Confirmation Camp 2013

For one weekend in September (Sept 27-29), confirmation students from the Ottawa St Lawrence Conference and the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa will gather together for the love of the world to experience the Joy of God as unveiled through
Word, Sacrament and Worship. This camp experience is open to youth 12 years old and up. The cost is $50.00 per camper. For more information, or to register, please contact Father Ross, Donna Rourke or the church office by September 10th.


Fall Bible Study
The explosion of Christianity across the Mediterranean world was due to its extraordinary ignition in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. But there were many challenges and hurdles to overcome as the Christian church struggled to come into existence in the first century
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All are invited to explore how this happened  by journeying through the Acts of the Apostle
this fall. The Bible Study group will meet on Thursday afternoons  from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m at the church, beginning Sept. 19 and continuing until  Nov. 28. The Rev. Bill Byers will be the group facilitator. To register in advance please contact Bill Byers.  All are invited.


Fellowship

Hospitality to Seniors
This is a new program St James will be offering to those folks who are feeling lonely and would like to gather for fellowship and lunch. Our first get together will be on
Friday, September 27th, 11am until 1:00pm.  If you know of someone who isn’t able to get out very often please speak with Rev Ross so he can invite them.  For more information or to register, please contact the office.  Please note that we can
only accommodate 15 to start, so please register early.


Outreach

 

School Supplies

If you signed up to help provide school supplies for the family we support, please drop them off at the church by this Sunday, August 18th.
Many thanks to all who have graciously offered to provide assistance.


Community Barbeque –

In support of our Karen Refugee Sponsorship Program
Saturday, September 21st from 10:30 until 2:00 p.m. at the Manotick Butcher Shop(in the small Main Street Mall). Enjoy organic, grass-fed hamburger and hotdogs.
All profits go to our Karen Refugee Sponsorship Program. Hope to see you there!
Thanks from the Karen Refugee Sponsorship Program Committee


Blessed are those who can
give
without remembering
and
take without forgetting
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