February 2014

St. James Anglican Church

February 2014

From Rev. Andrea…

I am the vine, you are the branches.

Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit,

because apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

Dear Friends,

The Easter season is upon us. It is a time when the snow is melting away and the trees are beginning to bud. The tulips will be poking their heads through the hard ground (I know, I’m wishful thinking).

            Continuing this analogy of the vine then we know that after a long hard winter the hard ground needs to be watered and the trees need to be pruned in order in order to get healthy shoots and new growth. Reflecting on who we are as the children of God during Lent helps us to prune away those things that keep us from growing. Walking with Jesus through Lent, both by ourselves and in community will help us to be pruned in a way that we can grow again into the healthy people we are called to be.

I invite you to walk with Jesus through Lent to Easter morning. Refresh yourselves, allow yourselves to be pruned by the Master Gardener. I know that God will wonderfully bless you.

Yours in Christ,

Rev Andrea +

Up and Coming…

Fri. Feb. 28 – Youth Games Night Tomkins Hall 6:30-9:30 p.m.

All the parish youth and their friends between the ages of 12 and 18 are welcome to bring your own system and play your (age appropriate non violent) video games on our big screen( X-box, Play Station, Wii, Guitar Hero ) or board  and /or card games.  Drinks and snacks will be available. If you have any questions please see Donna Rourke.
Tues. Mar. 4 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Tomkins Hall 5-6:30 p.m.
See below under Gifts to the Community for more information

Wed. Mar. 5 – Ash Wednesday Activity Day for Parish Youth 9-4:30 p.m.
This year’s theme is “Giving a face and  a voice to the Homeless.”
We will  finish the day with the service of  Imposition of Ashes, everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us for this service.  Drop off at the church may be as early as 8:00 am and pickup may be as late as 5:30 pm. Prior registration is necessary. Please see Donna Rourke for information.

Wed. Mar. 5th – The Imposition of Ashes
Two services will be offered: 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us for either service.

Thurs. Mar. 6th to Wed. Apr. 16th – Morning Prayer 9:30 a.m.
Weekdays in the Chancel. All are welcome.
Sun. Mar. 9th – “Way of the Camino de Santiago”after 10 a.m. service in Tomkins Hall
Join us for a presentation by Myra Conway and Nicolette Bravo on their trip.
Lunch will be provided.

Wed. Mar. 12th to Apr. 9th – Weekly Ecumenical Reflections
& Light Lunch
at Manotick United Church at 12 noon
Exploring different spiritual practices, i.e. Labyrinths, prayer beads,
each Wednesday during Lent.

Wed. Mar. 12th 7:30-9 p.m. or Thurs. Mar. 13th 1:30-3 p.m.
– Lenten Bible Study 
The Rev. Bill Byers will be facilitating this five-week Lenten Bible Studies and will be exploring the Letters of Paul, with particular emphasis on Philippians.
Please register by the sign-up sheets at the entrance to the church or by
calling Bill at 613-822-4297.  No previous experience required!
Opportunities to Give…

Manotick Food Cupboard

A big thank-you to everyone who has donated cans and non-perishable food to the Manotick Food Cupboard basket in the church lobby.  This month, the Cupboard is specifically seeking donations of ketchup, canned small white potatoes, Coffeemate, percolator coffee, laundry soap, small bags of flour, baking powder, diapers for an 11-month-old (size 5), and gas gift cards for medical appointments.


 Buy Now – Enjoy Later!

Tickets on Sale now for one or both plays to benefit our Karen refugee family.

The Classic Theatre Festival in Perth, the Ottawa Valley’s only professional summer theatre, has set aside tickets for Neil Simon’s “Come Blow Your Horn”
(a hilarious comedy that satirizes the early 1960’s swinging bachelor lifestyle)
on Saturday, July 12th at 2:00 p.m. and “Dial M for Murder”  (an all-time favourite mystery thriller, eventually made into a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock) on Saturday, August 30th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $33.50 each.
The Karen Refugee Sponsorship Program receives $15 of each ticket sold.

If you buy a ticket now, and cannot make it five months from now,
a change in date can be accommodated without any fee.

 If you cannot attend the shows, you can still purchase a ticket, and $15
of that ticket still goes to us, and the remainder will open up
a space in their Save-a Seat program, which opens up free tickets to low income folks who otherwise could not afford to attend professional theatre.

 The Classic Theatre Festival partners with Perth fine dining
establishments that can offer you group discounts if you would like
to take in a meal before or after the show as well.

For tickets, please see or phone Joan Bowler (692-2900) or Joy Clarke (692-6486).

Gifts to the Community…

Mark your calendar for March 4 – Shrove Tuesday,

Please join us for a dinner of pancakes, sausages, maple syrup, orange slices, veggie and dip, coffee, tea and juice.

Dinner will be served from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in Tomkins Hall.

Free Will offering gratefully accepted!

Everyone is welcome – bring your family, friends or neighbours!

Parish Council 2014
Rev. Ross Hammond
Associate Priest
Rev. Andrea Thomas
Honorary Assistants 
The Venerable Nigel Shaw
The Reverend Bill Byers
Roger Soler
Myra Conway
Deputy Wardens
Lynda Turner
Bob Whyte
Stephen Hellard
Lifetime Member
  Spruce Riordon
Lay Members of Synod
Todd Sandrock
Eric Harding
Marg Moloney
Myra Conway
Ron Brophy (alternate)
Altar Guild
Carol Gervais
Worship Committee
Marg Moloney
Maureen Johnson
Anglican Church Women (A.C.W.)/Craft Group
Diana Graham
Pastoral Care & Youth Ministries
Donna Rourke
Men’s Group
Darwin Turner
Derek Graham
Ray Armstrong
Members At Large
Susan Dowler
Heather Brophy
Janet Shaw
Prayer Ministry
Myra Conway
  John Collins
Douglas Frosst
G.I.F.T. Continuation
Jim Sevigny

Church Chuckles

The preacher’s 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon.

One day, she asked him why.

“Well, Honey,” he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages.”I’m asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon.”

“How come He doesn’t answer it?” she asked.

About Us…

St James Anglican Church


Please take note of our new email addresses:
Church office:  admin@stjames-manotick.org
Fr. Ross:  priest@stjames-manotick.org
Rev. Andrea:  revandrea@stjames-manotick.org

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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