October 2014

St. James Anglican Church

October 2014

From Fr. Ross…



I have in front of me a little book entitled, ‘Children’s Letters to God’ compiled by Stuart Hample and Eric Marshall. It makes me laugh – not because the children get it wrong, but because their honesty and insights are so disarming.

Here are just three examples:
Dear God,
Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones why don’t you just keep the ones you got now?

Dear God,
Thank you for the baby brother but what I prayed for was a puppy.

 Dear God,

I am doing the best I can.

 It doesn’t matter how old we get to be, these often continue to be part of our dialogue with God: “How come…?” “What I really wanted was…” “I’m doing the best I can.” And these are also part of our dialogue with each other as part of a faith community. We are all still growing and learning how to be the people that God has called us to be.

My prayer is that as we grow together we will “consider how to spur one another to love and good deeds … encouraging one another.” (from Hebrews 10:24-25).

(If you want to read more of the ‘Children’s Letters to God’ you will find the little book on the small table in the church entrance.)


St James Feast – Saturday October 25th

Gather at 6:15   Dinner at 6:30

Roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, veggies, salad & rolls, assorted pies.

Teens and Adults: $20;  5 to 10 years: $5;  Children under 5 free.

Last day to purchase tickets – Sunday October 19th 

Notice regarding changes to parking lot…

Effective, November 12 the Bridge Street entrance to the
St James Anglican Church parking lot will be closed, except for Sunday
services and select public functions.
The parish corporation has made this decision for safety reasons.
As traffic congestion in Manotick has increased, some drivers are using
the parking lot as a quick bypass. Their speed creates safety risks for those
using the parking lot while at the church, especially young children and seniors. The Clapp Lane entrance will become the main entrance to the church parking lot. We trust this ensures the continued safety of those who use the building
in its many community functions.

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Now you can receive your year end income tax receipt electronically!

We now have the ability to provide you with your income tax receipt by e-mail.
If you wish to receive your receipt this way, please forward your request and current e-mail address to Sam Hills at office@stjames-manotick.org.


Women’s Ministry – A little about …

The next ACW (Anglican Church Women) meeting will be on Sunday, November 9 after church.  All ladies of the church are most welcome.  This is a particularly fun and important meeting/get together.

A few years ago we each started bringing in six gift items which we would put together into small 3 item groupings and wrap in cello with ribbon.  From those small beginnings, we now usually wrap up to 50 small gifts.

These gifts are taken to Harmony House and Nelson House or wherever they may be of the most use at Christmas time.  We will be bringing our own sandwiches for lunch with a short meeting after which we shall do our wrapping.  Please do consider attending.  It is fun and very worthwhile.  (Gift items can be chocolates, socks, nail polish, fancy soap, deodorant, toothpaste, scarves, mitts. Nothing overly expensive, just fun and useful).

Craft Group
The CRAFT GROUP meets each Wednesday from 10 am to 3 pm in the church hall. Everyone is welcome and we are there to teach people to knit, crochet, etc.

Drop by any Wednesday for a visit and a cup of coffee, we welcome new members.

This is our busy time of year.

Continue reading for other opportunities to join or support us!

Up & Coming…
Fri.  Oct 17 & 31 – Jr. Youth Group Tomkins Hall 6:30 pm

If you know someone between the ages of 9-12 looking for something to do every second Friday night from 6:30 until 8 pm, this is for them!

Sat. Oct 18 – Workshop on Gender Identity – Transforming the Conversation
Tomkins Hall 9 am-noon
See information under Gifts to the Community below.
Sun. Oct 19 – CLAY Team led service & Thank You Lunch starting at 10 am 

Please join the CLAY Team  after the service for a thank you chili lunch and a presentation of their experiences in Kamloops this summer.

 Mon. Oct 20 – Women’s Prayer at 7 pm.

Wed. Oct 22 – Supperman – Tomkins Hall 4-6 pm.See below in Gifts to the Community for more details

Sat. Oct 25 – St James Feast in Tomkins Hall 6:15 pmCome and join us for a delicious feast of roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies, salad and rolls, assorted pies. Teens and Adults: $20;  5 to 10 years: $5; Children under 5 free.
Act fast -tickets on sale only until Sunday October 19th! 

Tue Oct 28 – Pastoral Care lunch and chat  in Tomkins Hall at 12:00
Regrets only to Donna Rourke. 

Tue Oct 28 – Caregiver Support 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the church hall.
See more information below under Gifts to the Community. 

Mon. Nov 3 & 17 – Women’s Prayer at 7:00 pm.

 Wed. Nov 5 & 19 – Supperman – Tomkins Hall 4-6 pm.
See below in Gifts to the Community for more details

Sun Nov 9 – ACW meeting after 10 am service in Tomkins HallSee above Up and Coming for details Thurs. Nov. 13th – Baking Drop Off for Christmas Fayre 1 – 6 pm
See Opportunities to Give section for more details.Fri. Nov. 14th – Baking Drop Off for Christmas Fayre 10 am – 4 pm
See Opportunities to Give section for more details.Fri Nov 14 – Family Bowling Night  at North Gower Bowling Alley 7-9 pm
6548 4 Line Rd North Gower, ON K0A 2T0  Please RSVP Kelly Ellis or Donna Rourke.Sat. Nov 15 – Christmas Fayre Tomkins Hall 10 am – 2 pm
Bring your friends and family to the annual fundraiser for A.C.W. Lots of handmade treasures, baking and other goodies! Come and have some homemade tourtiere & salad ($7) or soup and a bun ($5) for lunch. Price includes tea, coffee and dessert. See below for more details…Friday November 21 – Christmas Cookie baking from 9:30 am – 12:30
This is a  PD for both Secondary and High Schools, both boards.Friday November 21 – Games Night in Tomkins Hall. 6:30 – 9:30.
All youth and their friends between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to join us for games and pizzaFri. Nov 28 – Jr. Youth Group Tomkins Hall 6:30 pm
If you know someone between the ages of 9-12 looking for something to do every second Friday night from 6:30 until 8 pm, this is for them


Is everyone aware that the CHRISTMAS FAYRE is fast approaching,

The CRAFT GROUP has been preparing for this since last January.
We are always looking for new and exciting items for the FAYRE.
We have some wonderful projects that we are working on. This year we will have beautiful jewelry, knitting, crocheting and lovely Christmas decorations.
All of our items are handmade.

Children can do their OWN shopping in “Tiny Town” Christmas Boutique

(children only)

where all gifts will be wrapped & tagged ready to put under the tree.

This year we are also expanding our bake table and will be including
homemade frozen apple pies.  The pies are $10 each and can be
purchased prior to the Christmas Fayre through the church office.

We need the support of the congregation to make the FAYRE a success.
It is the largest fund raiser for the ACW, it is a lot of fun.
Come, stay for a hot lunch and listen to Christmas music by our own church choir.



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Christmas puddings are baked, wrapped and ready to purchase.
Tomkins Hall has been smelling wonderful the past few Wednesdays with the lovely aroma of fresh baked puddings.  They taste pretty great too!

The price is still the same, $10 for a large pudding and $5 for a small pudding.
They can be purchased after church on Sunday or through the church office,
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  They go fast, so don’t miss out.


Our Gifts to the Community…
Workshop on Gender Identity-Trans-forming the Conversation
Saturday Oct. 18th 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon (Chili lunch served afterwards)
If you are interested in attending, please contact the church office (613-692
-2082) or register through Eventbrite on our website so we know how many people to plan for. There will be no set charge for this workshop, we will however, gladly accept whatever donation you feel is appropriate.  Please contact FatherRoss Hammond
Caregiver Support
Tuesday, October 28th, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the church hall.
Are you caring for a senior?  St James is offering this free Community Connect Program. Gain tools to help find your way through the health care system.  Learn how to access resources and services in the community.  Emphasis is on helping caregivers in their role and avoiding burnout. Elevator access.  Coffee and tea will be served.  For more information, call Rev. Andrea at 613-692-2082.
Supper Man is back!
Join us on Wednesdays between 4 and 5 pm. Need new dinner ideas? Hate to cook, or don’t know how? Join Supper Man in the St James kitchen, and take home dinner for yourself, your family, or your freezer. Most meals take less than an hour, so you can start anytime between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. Pre-registration required, so that we have the right amount of ingredients. See the menu choices and register at supperman.eventbrite.ca, or at the church during office hours. Cost for a meal for 4 ranges from $10 – $15, depending on the menu. Choose as many dates and menus you like. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available for most adventures, just ask! For more information, contact supperman.
Blessing of the Animals Service
For those of you absent from the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, October 5th, you missed a howling good time! One hundred and four souls (not including animals) came to have their nearest and dearest (20 dogs and multiple cats on ipads) blessed at the service.
Many thanks to all who donated food that was delivered to the Shepherds of Good Hope on Thanksgiving Sunday. The car was completely full and the food was gratefully received!
Youth News…

We are continuing our regular bi-weekly F.A.I.T.H. Team gatherings in Tomkins Hall from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. All youth and their friends between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to join us for food, fun and fellowship.  The next few  gatherings are Wednesday October 29th (come in costumes if you like), November 12th and 26th

Saturday Oct 25 – Basketball and pizza at All Saints Westboro 6:00 -9:00 pm – RSVP to Donna by Oct.20

Friday November 14 – Bowling at North Gower Bowling Alley 7-9 pm 6548 4 Line Rd North Gower, ON K0A 2T0  RSVP to Donna

Saturday November 15 – We have been invited to St. Albans from 3:00-5:00 pm to demonstrate God’s love by random acts of kindness; giving out hot chocolate to people on the street.  RSVP to Donna by Nov. 9.

Friday November 21 – Christmas Cookie baking from 9:30 am – 12:30 This is a  PD for both Secondary and High Schools, both boards.
Friday November 21 – Games Night in Tomkins Hall. 6:30 – 9:30 .  All youth and their friends between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to join us for games and pizza

Mark your calendars for the long weekend in May 2015, our very first  DYC 2015 -One, stay tuned for more details….


Opportunities to Give…

Christmas Fayre – Baking Drop Off

If you have the time, to bake some squares, shortbread cookies, pies, homemade bread or make some jams or jellies for the Christmas Fayre, it would be most appreciated.
(Please identify and label baking.)  Last year our Bake Table was one of the largest fundraisers.  Who can resist anything home-made?

Drop off times are Thursday, Nov. 13 from 1-6 pm 
and Friday, Nov. 14 from 10-4 pm. 

Plates of assorted squares and cookies will be made from donations and wrapped on Friday, Nov.14.  We would appreciate no drop-offs of baking Saturday, unless singular items such as pies, homemade bread or the like.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call Heather at 822-3097.

Prayer list
If you wish to have a name added for the Sunday service only, please write the name on the sheet provided in the prayer basket at the back of the church prior to the service, so that the Lay Assistant has time to pick the note up and add the name to the list.
If you wish to submit a name for a longer term (up to 4 weeks), please call the office with details, or fill out a form and leave it in the prayer basket.
(If a terms of more than 4 weeks is needed, please re-submit the person’s name).
For urgent and immediate prayers, please contact Myra Conway of the Prayer Chain Ministry.


Contact Us…St. James Anglican Church1138 Bridge StreetP. O. Box 220Manotick ON  K4M 1A3
613-692-2082 E-mail addresses:
Church office:  office@stjames-manotick.org
Fr. Ross:  priest@stjames-manotick.org
Rev. Andrea:  revandrea@stjames-manotick.orgIn case of a pastoral emergency contact Rev. Andrea at: 613-799-8759
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