The approaching celebration of Christmas prompts many reactions. At one end of the spectrum are those who exude, “Oh, I wish it were Christmas all year because I love all the excitement and the decorations and the presents and family and parties and concerts and midnight mass!” Others, overwhelmed by the enormity of the expectations, mutter, “Bah humbug!”
Wherever you fit on this spectrum (and some days we hit the whole range!), there is something in our December schedule for you: grand celebrations, opportunities for expressing generosity, times of quiet reflection, and this year a service of remembrance and hope for those who find this season especially difficult because of loneliness or loss.
For each of us, Advent and Christmas remind us that God is present with us whether we are weeping or dancing; relaxing or rushing; giving or receiving. Thanks be to God for this gift!
A Service of Remembrance and Hope
Sunday December 15th at 4pm
The Christmas season can be a painful reminder
of loved ones who are no longer present
to celebrate with us- whether from death, divorce,
estrangement, illness or distance.
Please join us for a service of remembrance.
Everyone is welcome.
Weekdays, December 2 to 20
Morning Prayer 9:30 to 10 a.m.
Sun. Dec. 15
Advent 3 – Holy Eucharist at 8:15 & 10 a.m.
Service of Remembrance & Hope at 4 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 22
Christmas Pageant at 10 a.m.
Service of Lessons & Carols at 4 p.m.
Tues. Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
Family Service at 4 p.m.
Candlelight & Carols – 7 p.m.
Midnight Mass with Choir – 11 p.m.
Weds. Dec. 25 – Christmas Day
Holy Eucharist & Carols at 9:30 a.m.
Up and Coming…
Thurs. Dec. 5th – Christmas Tree Lighting and Carols at 7 p.m. Bring along a neighbour or a friend to sing a few carols and officially light our Christmas tree outside the front doors of the church.
Sat. Dec. 7th – Manotick Christmas Parade at 12:15 p.m. at Manotick Arena
Calling all parishioners of all ages! Please come and participate with us on our float and make this part of your family’s Advent tradition. Our theme again this year is “Jesus the reason for the season”. Hot chocolate, cookies and carols after the parade at Hyfield Place, 5581 Dr. Leach Drive
Sat. Dec. 7th – Cathedral Men and Boys Choir 2:00 p.m. at St. James
Followed by a reception. Tickets $15 or $25 for family pack (2 adults+children under 14 yrs). Contact Joan Bowler at 613-692-2900 for your tickets or purchase them at the door.
Sun. Dec. 8th – Gift Drop-Off for Christmas Outreach
Weds. Dec. 11th – Supperman in Tomkins Hall 4-6 pm
Sign up in office or at eventbrite.ca
Sat. Dec. 14th – Men’s Group Breakfast 8 a.m. in Tomkins Hall
Sun. Dec. 15th – Service of Remembrance & Hope at 4:00 p.m.
Weds. Dec. 18th – Youth mini Advent retreat with Father Ross 6-8 p.m. All the youth in the Jr. Youth group, Confirmation Class, Confirmation Plus group and the F.A.I.T.H. team are invited to attend. Taco’s for supper in Tomkins Hall.
Fri. Jan. 3rd, 2014 – Family Bowling night in North Gower from 7 – 9 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to come to the North Gower Bowling Alley 6548 Fourth Line Rd, North Gower, ON K0A 2T0. Free will offering, Please see Donna Rourke for details. Bring a snack to share!
Sun. Jan.12th – Spaghetti lunch after the 10:00 AM service
Free will offering. CLAY 2014 fundraiser
Opportunities to Give… Supporting St. James Youth Ministry
The F.A.I.T.H. youth group would like to thank everyone for their continuing support as we move toward our fundraising goal for CLAY 2014. There is still time for personal, general donations to the St. James Youth Ministry. You can receive a tax receipt for charitable giving by clearly marking on your offering envelope and cheque: “DONATION TO ST. JAMES YOUTH MINISTRY”. Please consider supporting the Youth Ministry in this way. Note…. to be included for a 2013 tax receipt, offerings should be handed in on or before the service on Sunday December 29, 2013.
Altar Guild-Donations or Memorials for the Christmas Services.
Donations to the glory of God for the plants and flowers are welcome.
Please note your memorial request on the flower chart or the church office by December 8th. Cheques made payable to St James (memo Flower Fund) may be put in an envelope from the pew & placed on the collection plate.
Centre 454 Annual Christmas Celebration
This year again we would like to help out Centre 454 with their Annual Christmas Celebration for the men, women and children they serve by donating items listed on their Gift tag. All donations received will be delivered after services on December 8th. To help with sorting, please attach a “Gift Bag Checklist” tag (copies can be found at the front of the church or click here) to your item when dropping it off.
Youth Fundraising – Empty Bottle returns
The F.A.I.T.H. Youth Group is still collecting empty beer, wine, liquor bottles to assist with fundraising for their upcoming trip to C.L.A.Y. 2014 in Kamloops B.C. If you have any to donate, please bring them to the church or contact Donna Rourke to arrange for a pick-up at your home.
Gifts to the Community…We have been busy! Last month had multiple activities and here is a brief snapshot of some of the events that took place…
The ladies of A.C.W. were busy bees in November and put together 64 Christmas gift bags for women in local shelters. They also reviewed their annual earnings and made decisions to donate $6,250 to various charities including F.A.I.T.H. Youth Group, Rideau Seniors (R.O.S.S.) and the Red Cross (for the Philippines) – just to name a few.
On Nov. 16th, an unseasonably warm day, the Christmas Fayre brought people from far and wide to check out all the goodies for sale. Many thanks to all who came, purchased, stayed for lunch or volunteered. Although there weren’t as many visitors as previous years, the A.C.W. generously presented a cheque for $2,500 to St. James.
On Sunday, Nov. 17th after the 10 a.m. service, first annual Advent Calendar event was held. Brenda Kahler and Kate Stevenson did an excellent job organizing and preparing for what hopefully will become an annual tradition at St. James. The youth group were on hand to help families construct and decorate the advent calendars. The calendars looked awesome!
The Valdy concert held on Nov. 18th was a huge success and raised approximately $3,000 for the Karen Refugee ministry. Many thanks to all who helped out and donated food for this worthwhile cause and to those who attended the concert. A generous donation from Valdy himself contributed to the total.
Liam McGuire was the guest speaker at the Men’s Breakfast on Sat. Nov. 23rd. Liam is a hockey author, hockey trivia expert & all around hockey guru.
St. James showed off its new big screen and surround sound in Tomkins Hall for about 40 people for the Grey Cup game. The F.A.I.T.H. youth group (with the help of Douglas Frosst) made & served chili for all the attendees. Look for future announcements concerning Super Bowl and/or Olympic hockey games coming to our big screen!
Update on collections: Kathy Pitcher reports receiving: 14 glasses with cases; 14 glasses alone; 668 soup labels; 1/2 lb used stamps and 5 lbs pull tabs. Thank you to all who have dropped off these donations!
And finally this past Sunday a good crowd turned out for the annual Gingerbread Church decorating event. After a quick lunch, everyone had fun putting their own personal touches on their churches – and yes, some of the decorations actually made it on to the churches, some however ended up either on the floor or in stomachs! The funds raised at this event and the Grey Cup party will be going towards the travel costs for our youth going to Kamloops in August.
To see photographs from recent events, check out either our Facebook page or at our website under parish life – scrapbook.
(taken from actual church bulletins)
For those of you who have children and don’t know it,
we have a nursery upstairs.
The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM .
The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.