September 2013

St James Anglican Church

September 2013

From Fr. Ross…
  This is a wonderfully busy time of year at St James. As we finish off September and move into October our schedules find a rhythm that will take us through this season into the next.

Everything we do as a parish community depends on volunteers and we give thanks for all of you who give your time and skills to help us minister to each other and to the world around us.

I am reminded of the words of St Paul when he was writing letters to churches which often started like this: “We always give thanks to God for all of you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3)

We are the greatest resource God has given each other, and we collectively say, “Thank you!”

Up and Coming…
Sat. Oct. 5th – Annual Diocesan Altar Guild Meeting
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tomkins Hall
Bishop John Chapman will be attending this annual event being hosted by St.James. A presentation of flower arranging will be offered by Joanne Plummer from Mill St. Florists. The fee is $12.00 which also includes lunch. Please contact Joan Hounsell if you wish to attend. Everyone is welcome to attend! You do not need to be a member of the Altar Guild to attend.

Sun. Oct. 6th – Blessing of the Animals at 10 a.m. service
Bring your favourite pet, stuffed toy or a photo to this annual community favourite. It is a howl!

 Mon. Oct. 7th – Women’s Prayer Time
7:00 p.m. We will meet every second week and it’s on a drop in basis. Join Rev. Andrea for a quiet time of prayer and reflection. Women of the parish are invited and please bring a friend.

Tues. Oct. 8th – ACW meeting
Tomkins Hall at 7:00 p.m. All ladies of the parish are welcome to attend the meeting.

Weds. Oct. 9th – Adventures with Supper Man
Tomkins Hall 4 – 6 p.m. See Fellowship section below

Sun. Oct. 13th – Thanksgiving Service

Tues. Oct 15th – Parish Council Meeting
Tomkins Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Mon. Oct. 21st – Women’s Prayer Group at 7:00 p.m.

Weds. Oct. 23rd – Adventures with Supper Man
Tomkins Hall 4 – 6 p.m. See Fellowship section below

Fri. Oct . 25th – Fellowship & Lunch for Seniors
Tomkins Hall, 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Limited registration, please contact the office if you wish to attend.

Sun. Oct. 27th – St James Feast Day
8:15 & 10 a.m. services followed by a Potluck lunch.

Sat. Nov. 16th – Christmas Fayre, 10am – 2pm.

Mon. Nov. 18th – Valdy at St. James Anglican Church.
7:30 p.m. performance and a wine/beer and cheese reception afterwards.

Blessing of the Animals Service – Sunday, October 6th at 10 a.m.
We’re inviting everyone to bring their pets; their teddy bears and 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 Manotick Feline Rescue. Please come, and bring your critters and your photographs.
Readers Requested We are looking for volunteer readers particularly for the 8:15 service. If you are able to assist please contact the church office.
Fall Bible Study
The Bible Study group 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. For more information contact Rev. Bill Byers.
Child and Family Ministries Leader
St James, Manotick, is seeking applicants for the position of Child and Family Ministries Leader. As a core component of our integrated ministries for families, our church school serves children ages 2 to 12 years. Contract terms are 10 hours a week (increasing as we grow), beginning at a rate of $16 per hour, and the job would start in the fall, 2013. If you would like more information and a complete job description please contact the church office.
Kid’s Club Leaders needed
St. James Kids’ Club is also seeking helping hands and energetic spirits 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 contact Kelly or Sam.
Coffee time
It’s not too late to sign up to do coffee after the 10 a.m. service! Please look for the sign-up sheet on the board to the left of the door into the kitchen. If you have never signed up before but would like to help just ask whoever is serving coffee that day and they will get you connected to a coffee expert!
Adventures with Supper Man – Beginning Wednesday, October 9th, 4-6pm

Hate to cook, love to cook, or don’t know how to cook? Need new dinner ideas? Join Supper Man (secret identity Douglas Frosst – shhh!) for fun bi-weekly cooking adventures in the St James kitchen. Every other Wednesday, starting October 9th, from 4-6pm, Supper Man will lead you through preparing and cooking a meal from scratch that you can take home for dinner that night, or freeze for the future.
Open to anyone age 12 and up. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available for every adventure.
Purchase tickets at, or at the church during office hours. Cost is $20, which covers all ingredients for a dinner for four. Larger portions available for additional $5 per person. Bring your own container to take home, or purchase an aluminum container from us.
For more information, contact Douglas Frosst.

Hospitality to Seniors Friday, October 25th, 11am to 1pm
This program offers folks who are feeling lonely an opportunity to gather for fellowship and lunch. Our next get together will be on Friday, October 25th, 11am until 1:00pm. If you know of someone who isn’t able to get out very often please speak with Rev. Andrea so she can invite them. For more information or to register, please contact the office.

Volunteer Needed
The St James Altar Guild team is looking for a volunteer(s) to take the food used to decorate the church at Thanksgiving a to a shelter with a soup kitchen, e.g Shepherd of Good Hope or food bank which will accept fresh vegetables and fruit (note: not all food banks will take fresh produce). This is heavy work and usually there is enough food to fill a car trunk and back seat. If you are able to help please contact Margie Hartley.
Pride Parade

Over twenty people from St. James parish came to represent our church and join 8 other Anglican parishes as well as other faith groups at this year’s annual pride parade in downtown Ottawa. Together we shared the message that God’s love knows no boundaries. Along the route people stopped us to say “thank you” for our presence.

Community BBQ Fundraiser for Karen Refugee Sponsorship In spite of the rain, our Community Barbecue was a success. Thank you to the people who attended the Barbecue or who made a donation to our mission. A huge thank you also goes to James Watt, owner of the Manotick Village Butcher Shop, who organized and cooked all the food plus donated a gift certificate for our draw. Thanks, also, to Jamie Robinson of Robinson’s Independent Grocer in Manotick for generously donating all the drinks, Farm Boy in Barrhaven for buns, and to Boston Pizza in Barrhaven for gift certificates for our draw. Thanks to the volunteers from our parish who donated their time. All profits went to the Manotick Karen Refugee Sponsorship Program.

GIFT and Office Renovation Update:

One year after we kicked off the GIFT campaign, we already have two results from our efforts: the addition of Reverend Andrea Thomas, and the reconfiguration of the church administrative office space. As I write this, the renovations are nearly complete, with walls, doors, and wiring complete for the new spaces.
The final steps over the next week are to finish and paint the walls and ceiling, install the flooring and electrical fixtures, and then move the furniture. Look for an announcement in October to join us for the grand opening of the new space and our plans for the next phases of the GIFT program at St James. Many thanks to all of you who have contributed to these projects.
Check out our pictures and video!
Christmas Pudding Help
It’s that time of year again, preparation for Christmas Puddings. Please save your large elastic bands from broccoli and any tins from your coffee grounds. We bake the puddings in the tins and use the elastic bands to keep the lids of tin foil on. Please drop off in the kitchen. Thank you.
Thank You!
Youth group car wash Aug. 2013
The F.A.I.T.H. Youth Group would like to thank all those who came out to support their car wash and also Jack May GMC Pontiac Buick for offering their lot, washing supplies and water! The youth raised over $580 which mostly will be put towards the travel costs for their upcoming trip to the C.L.A.Y. Conference in Kamloops, B.C. in 2014. The youth have donated 10% of the funds raised back to St. James. Click here if you would like to see more photos!
Church Chuckles…

(taken from actual church bulletins)

The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water’.
The sermon tonight: ‘Searching for Jesus.’
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’
Come early and listen to our choir practise.

About Us…

St James Anglican Church



1138 Bridge Street

P. O. Box 220

Manotick, K4M 1A3

In case of a pastoral emergency contact Rev. Andrea at 613-799-8759

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