Written below you will find one of the many blessings that came out of the C.L.A.Y. gathering that I attended this past summer with the St. James’ F.A.I.T.H. Youth group.
There were several workshops available for the youth to attend, each one offering ways in which our youth could engage in a God-filled life in a way that resonated with them.
This is just one example of “Slam Poetry” and it was
written and presented by Kiera Sandrock:
Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God.
Like Caesar’s face on the coin, God’s image is in each of us, written on our bones. So when our payments come due, what do we owe to Him who created us? Our heart, our souls, everything that makes up who we are. We are far from simple, so we give to God everything that makes us human.
So give your fear to God. Give Him your nightmares, your night-lights, your hiding under the covers and your panic attacks. Give Him your sadness and rainy days and scars. Because once upon a time I was an empty shell of what I could be, brought down by everything the world thought I should be, so I put my faith in God and he upheld me. Give him your anxieties and never be ashamed to. Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you.
But also give your love to God. Give Him the hours you spend building model airplanes. Give Him shelter. Give Him the cat asleep on your lap while you’re watching T.V. and the kid knocking on your bedroom door at two a.m. Give Him the first time you saw your beloved and your breath fell out of your lungs and onto the sidewalk, give Him hope. Give him insolent spring crocuses and last chances and weeds spouting up from the pavement. Give Him Sharpie butterflies and the butterflies in your stomach when you see someone who makes you question the existence of angels. Give God your beauty. Give him children dancing unashamedly and the first laugh that breaks a bad day’s back. Give Him bad ideas that turn into really good stories. Because we are a mirror for God’s grace and his glory and each of these are puzzle pieces to the picture of His face.
Like we can’t understand infinity, we can’t understand God’s infinite beauty. God’s face isn’t unknown, it’s unknowable. God looks like kindness. God looks like a child’s enthusiastic painting and swimming on a hot day and fireworks all at once. So we have to be the mask of God’s face here on earth, showing the world what God’s image is worth. We’ve got to be his mirror and act. Shelter the outcasts, the lonely, the broken-down and worn-out. Help them find their place, feed the hungry, fight injustice, all are pieces of God’s face, welcome sinners, forgive hatred, do what God would do, because all these things make God’s face smile and when you smile, the world smiles back at you.
So give God your happiness and sadness, your love and hatred, your patience and kindness and beauty. Give God your heart and your soul and your life. Give God everything that bears his image. The rest? Let Caesar take the rest.
Services for the Season …
Sunday Services – 8:15 and 10 a.m. with Sunday Kids’ Club at 10
Service of Remembrance & Hope – Sunday, December 7 at 4:00 p.m.
Children’s Christmas Pageant – Sunday, December 21 at 10:00 a.m.
Service of Lessons & Carols – Sunday, December 21 at 4:00 p.m.
And other Advent Opportunities …
(See “Up & Coming” for details)
On the Road to Bethlehem – November 30 to December 23.
Youth Advent Retreat – December 3
A little bit about the Men’s Group…
The Men’s group meets every month, usually for breakfast on Saturday mornings. All men are welcome to join us for some fellowship and fun. If you would like to add your name to the email list or if you have any questions, please contact Darwin Turner.
Men’s Breakfast Meeting & Guest Speaker –
Saturday, November 22nd at 8 a.m. The Men’s Group invites everybody to this breakfast meeting on November 22nd. It is open to all who are interested – men, ladies & youth – who are sure to be captivated by our guest speaker, Peg Herbert. Come and hear an amazing story. Meet Peg and hear how a chance encounter in a university classroom transformed her and led to the establishment of Help Lesotho which has been instrumental in Lesotho coming back from the brink and has changed the lives of so many too as they discover the joy of making a huge difference to individuals and communities. Please use our sign-up lists posted at the front of the church or downstairs on the bulletin board to let us know how many will be attending and having breakfast.
Up & Coming…Fri Nov 14 – Bowling at North Gower Bowling Alley from 7-9 pm 6548 4 Line Rd North Gower, ON K0A 2T0
Please RSVP to Donna or Kelly. Bring a sweet or savory treat to share with others and a non-perishable food donation for the food bank. Cost to bowl? Free Will Offering.
Sat Nov 15 – Christmas Fayre Tomkins Hall 10:00am to 2:00pm
Bring your friends and family to the annual fundraiser! Come for unique handmade gifts, homemade Christmas puddings, delicious home baked treats and sweets specially packaged, homemade frozen apple pies and gourmet foods to go. Stay for lunch and have tourtiere or homemade soup & complimentary dessert.
Mon Nov 17 – Women’s Prayer at 7 pm with Rev. Andrea
Wed Nov 19 & 26 – Supper Man, between 4 and 5 pm.
Nov 19 – African Peanut Stew; Nov 26 – Macaroni and Cheese
Pre-registration required. Register at Supperman, or at the church during office hours. Cost $10 – $15, depending on the menu.
Fri Nov 21- Christmas Baking Tomkins Hall 9:30-12:30 pm
EVERYONE is welcome to join us for some Christmas gingerbread and/or shortbread cookie baking. This is a PD day for all schools, both boards. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Everything you need will be provided. Cost $2.50 for bake and decorate or – $2 for frozen dough to take home, bake and decorate. Sign up on Eventbrite or the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board near the kitchen.
Fri Nov 21 – F.A.I.T.H. Youth Games Night, 6:30 – 9:30 pm Tomkins Hall Sat Nov 22 – Men’s Breakfast Invite & Guest Speaker 8 am Tomkins HallAll are welcome. See Men’s group above for details and sign-up information.Tues Nov 25 – Pastoral Care Lunch Tomkins Hall at 12:00.
Please email regrets only to Donna Rourke
Fri. Nov 28 – Senior’s Lunch Group – Tomkins Hall 11:30 – 1 pm See Our Gifts to the Community for details.
Fri 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.
Sun Nov 30 – Tues Dec 23 – On the Road to Bethlehem You have the opportunity to extend hospitality to Mary and Joseph (figurines from our Christmas crèche) as they journey on the road to Bethlehem. “They” will be making visits to many of our homes within the parish, a different one each day between November 30th (First Sunday of Advent) and December 23rd. You can receive them into your home one day and escort them safely to another home the next. Anyone can participate. (Please use our sign-up list to indicate the evening you are available.) If you have any questions please see the blue handout or contact Donna Rourke or Ross Hammond for more information. Their presence will remind us of those who crave someone to care about them and of those who live in need.
Sun Nov 30 – Grey Cup Gathering – 6 – 10 pm Everyone welcome to come watch the game. Chili Dinner – free will offering.
Mon Dec 1- Women’s Prayer at 7 pm with Rev. Andrea
Wed Dec 3 – Advent Eucharist Services 9:30 am
Wed Dec 3 – Mini Advent Retreat in Tomkins Hall from 6:00 – 8:30 pm The F.A.I.T.H. Team and the Jr. Youth Group and any other youth between the ages of 9 and 18 are welcome to participate in this year’s Mini Advent Retreat. Dinner is part of the retreat
Sat Dec 6 – Manotick Christmas parade The theme for the St James float this year is “On the Road to Bethlehem” Please join us on the float or come cheer us along the parade route.
Sun Dec 6 – Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys at 2 pm A Christmas performance here at St James with a reception afterwards.
Sun Dec 7 – Annual Gingerbread Church decorating and Shepherd’s Pie lunch after 10 am service This will be hosted by the F.A.I.T.H. team and is an activity for all ages in our parish family.
BaptismsOur nextbaptism service
January 11, 2015.Please contact
if you are
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Opportunities to Give…
St. James Christmas Fayre
Saturday, Nov. 15, 10am – 2pm
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! Last year our Bake Table was one of the largest fundraisers. Who can resist anything home made?
Drop off times for baked items will be Thursday, Nov. 13 from 1-6pm and Friday, Nov. 14 from 1-4pm.We will be making up plates of assorted squares and cookies, from donations and wrapping, Friday, Nov.14.
Please identify and label baking.
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.
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St James’ Outreach is again planning for food hampers and presents this Christmas to support two families and the Manotick Food Cupboard this year.
In addition we hope to support Centre 454 by providing ‘Gift Bags’ for men attending their Annual Christmas Celebration.Please check out our website for more details.
Gifts need to be dropped off at the church by
Sunday, December 7th.
Our Gifts to the Community…
Come Sample the Delights of Christmas
Saturday November 15
10 am to 2 pm
Unique Handmade Gifts
Homemade Christmas Puddings
Delicious Home Baked Treats
and Sweets, Specially Packaged
Homemade Frozen Apple Pies
and Gourmet Foods To Go
Tourtiere or Homemade Soup for Lunch with
Tiny Town Shopping For children 12 and under
Our special helpers will help those under 12 find the perfect gift for Mom, Dad, sisters, brothers & other special people on their Christmas list.
And we’ll wrap all of their gifts while they wait!
Most gifts are 50 cents or 75 cents.
See you there, at the Fayre!
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St James’ Seniors’ Lunch Friday, November 28th, 11:30 – 1pm
Are you new to the area?
Or attended St James forever?
Are you over 65 (we don’t check ID)?
I’d like to invite you to join us for lunch
We meet the last Friday of the month, have a wonderful lunch and conversation.
Please contact Rev Andrea for all the details.
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Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys
A Christmas performance on Sunday, December 6th at 2 pm here at St James with a reception afterwards. Tickets: $15
November 14 – Bowling at North Gower Bowling Alley 7-9 pm 6548 4 Line Rd North Gower, ON K0A 2T0 . See information above
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 and earn volunteer hours. RSVP to Donna by Nov. 9.
Friday November 21 – Christmas Cookie baking from 9:30 am – 12:30. This is a PD for both Elementary and High Schools, both boards. Come bake for your family or to donate to the church. Earn volunteer hours if you are baking to donate to the church.
Friday November 21 – Games Night & Sleep over and be present as guests at the Men’s breakfast the next morning in Tomkins Hall. Peg Herbert is the guest speaker on Saturday morning. Games night – 6:30 – 9:30 pm. All youth and their friends between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to join us for games and pizza
Wednesday December 3 – Mini Advent Retreat
The F.A.I.T.H. Team and the Jr. Youth Group and any other youth between the ages of 9 and 18 are welcome to participate in this year’s Mini Advent Retreat in Tomkins Hall from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Dinner is part of the retreat.
The 2015 PAR and WEEKLY envelopes are available for pick up at the church entrance. Please take the opportunity to verify that the address on the envelope box is correct and contact Sam Hills in the church office at 613-692-2082 to make any necessary corrections.
Please take your box of envelopes and if you can help out by delivering a box to a relative or friend, please do so. If you are not enrolled in the PAR program, now is a great time to consider doing so.
Not only is it easier for you to support the church, it also gives the church a regular, dependable flow of contributions.
Request Electronically sent Tax Receipts Wish to receive your yearend income tax receipt by e-mail?
Please forward your request and current e-mail address to the church office.
This will also help reduce mailing costs – Thank you!
St. James Anglican Church 1138 Bridge Street
P. O. Box 220
Manotick ON K4M 1A3