August 2015

St. James Anglican Church
August 2015
From Fr. Ross:
‘Community’ is one of the five Core Values that we claim as a parish:

We believe that God’s relationship with us is reflected in community – our parish, the places where we live and the larger world to which we are connected in many different ways.”

 

Throughout scripture, the story of God engaged with the human race is most often placed in the context of community – some small, like Abraham’s family; and some large, like the nation of Israel.
Jesus was ‘in community’ with a group of at least twelve people (mostly the men were named, but we also know about Mary Magdalene as well as Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus). The Apostle Paul, one of the first great promoters of Christianity always travelled and worked with others, and in each new location went looking for the group of existing God Believers if he could find them.
As we make plans for this fall here at St James we are definitely thinking about Worship experiences; different Educational opportunities; and Outreach to those in need close to us, as well as far away in other parts of Canada and the world.  Many of our ministries require that we actually work together, not just be in the same building. One term for that kind of community building is Fellowship.
Please join us this fall as we continue to define and live out what ‘Community’ means for us here at St James. You will see some of the opportunities for involvement listed in this newsletter.

Up & Coming…
 
Sun Aug 23 – 
Sharing a Message of Love and Hope at Capital Pride Parade
If you are interested in joining the St James group, please contact the office or speak with Father Ross directly. The parade begins at 1 p.m.  Last year the Anglican Church had the largest religious contingent!
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Wed Aug 26 – Wednesday Summer Eucharist at 7 pm (last one)
Sat Aug 29 – Wait Until Dark: Classic Theatre Festival in Perth ON at 2 pm
Tickets:  $34.00 with $15 of this amount being donated by the theatre to the Manotick Refugee Sponsorship Program. For tickets see Joan Bowler or Joy Clarke or Sam in the church office, 613-692-2082.
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Sun Sept 6 – Sunday Eucharist Services at 8:15 & 9:30 am
(time changes Sunday Sept 13)
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Tues Sept 8 – A.C.W. Meeting at 7pm in Tomkins Hall
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Sat Sept 12 – Parish Introductory CPR Course Tomkins Hall 9 am -1 pm
St. James is offering an introductory course on CPR (not certified).
Limited space…call Sam at 613-692-2082 to register.
Sun Sept 13 – Sunday Eucharist Services at 8:15 & 10 am
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Sun Sept 13 – Confirmation Class Meeting (see details below)Mon Sept 14 – Women’s Prayer at 7 pm

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Sat Sept 19 – A.C.W. Downton Abbey Tea Tomkins Hall 12:30 pm
Traditional Afternoon Tea serving finger sandwiches, scrumptious scones and delightful desserts. Two seatings: 12:30 to 2:00 pm and 2:30 to 4 pm.
Call Sam at 613-692-2082 to get your tickets. They are $15.00 and proceeds go to our initiative in Iqaluit. Get your tickets early!
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Tues Sept 22 – Pastoral Care Lunch & Learn, Tomkins Hall 12 noon
                         (see Opportunities to Give…)
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Starting Wed Sept 23, 7:30 – 9 pm & Thurs Sept 24, 1:30- 3 pm
Weekly Fall Bible Studies
Parables, Miracles and Healings – An Exploration of the Gospels
Choose either the afternoon group or the evening group. These studies will be facilitated by The Rev. Bill Byers.  For more information or to register please contact Bill by email  or simply use our sign-up sheet at the church entrance.
All are welcome!
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Wed Sept 23 – F.A.I.T.H. Youth Gathering Tomkins Hall 6-8 pm
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Sat Sept 26 – Men’s Breakfast Tomkins Hall 8 am
All men are welcome!
Sun Sept 27 – C.L.A.Y. meeting after 10 am service

Confirmation Class, 2015/16
We are beginning a new Confirmation Class this fall for youth 12 years of age or older.This is an opportunity for young people to increase their understanding of the basics of the Christian faith in general and the Anglican tradition within the faith, specifically. This is an essential part of the process by which our young people determine whether or not they wish to claim for themselves (confirm) the promises and affirmations made on their behalf when they were baptized as infants.
Confirmation Class meets once a month on a day/time that matches the schedules of those families involved. (In 2010, the class met on Sundays after church; in 2012 and 2014 the class met on Monday evenings.) The classes are usually about 2 hours long and there are snacks.
Those planning to participate in the Confirmation Classes are invited to meet with Father Ross after the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday, September 13th.
Please contact the church office by Thursday, September 10th if you or someone in your household is interested: office@stjames-manotick.org  or 613-692-2082.

Exploring Faith Within the Anglican Tradition
Are you new to the Anglican Church, or just exploring the Christian faith for the first time? Maybe you’ve been part of the church for many years, and would welcome a refresher on some of the basics. We are beginning a once-a-month session for adults interested in learning more about the Anglican tradition within the Christian faith.
We will be looking at the basic aspects of Christianity as well as those characteristics which define the Anglican tradition. Starting with key topics such as the nature and work of God, the role of scripture, private and public prayer, liturgy and worship, parish structure, and serving the world, the group will be invited to help build an agenda for each session that keeps the discussion relevant and interesting.

These sessions are a parallel to the Confirmation Class for our youth. Once we know who might be interested, we will establish a meeting schedule that works for everyone. The Reverend Bill Byers has agreed once again to be the group facilitator. Please contact the church office by calling 613-692-2082 or by email if you are interested.


Opportunities to Give…
Fundraising for a Baby Grand Piano
A “Purchase a Key” program is under way to raise funds for an acoustic grand piano. Each key is $150. Purchase one for yourself, your family, your group or to honour someone special.  Forms are available from Jane Venus or at the back of the church.  Please place the completed form, with a cheque payable to St. James in the offertory plate.
Also…
Copies of the book Pomeroy’s Quay by E.G. Forward can be purchased for $20 and $10 will go towards the piano fund.
Wide Fat Elastic Bands & Coffee Tins
PLEASE save all wide fat elastic bands off your bunches of broccoli and coffee tins.  They are needed for the boiling of Christmas puddings.  They can be dropped off in the kitchen.  Thank you!
Downton Abbey Tea
Join us on Saturday September 19th for a spot of tea and some lovely treats!
The Anglican Church Women will be serving tea and a selection of finger sandwiches, scrumptious scones and delightful desserts. 
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There will be two seatings:
12:30-2:00 pm and 2:30-4:00 pm.
To order your tickets call Sam at 613-692-2082 (no children under 7 please). Tickets are $15 each and proceeds will go to their initiative in Iqaluit. Invite your friends or neighbours!
Pastoral Care
Interested in becoming a member of our pastoral care team?  Please contact the coordinator of our team Donna Rourke or the Associate Priest, Rev Andrea.
Our next pastoral care lunch and learn will be Tuesday September 22 at 12:00. Please see Donna Rourke for details.

Youth News…
The F.A.I.T.H. Team resumes their normal Wednesday gatherings on Wednesday September 23, from 6:00-8:00 pm in Tomkins Hall. All youth over 12 are welcome to join us for food, friendship and fun!
Sunday September 27 after the 10:00 am service there will be a CLAY 2016 meeting. All youth considering coming to CLAY in PEI in August 2016 should attend and bring their parents.
Saturday October 4 from 6:00-9:00 pm the F.A.I.T.H. Team and their friends are invited to All Saints Westboro for pizza and basketball.
Please email Donna Rourke, Director of Youth Ministries, with any questions.

Gifts to the Community…
St.James Annual Golf Tournament
 
St James’ folks on their way to tee off
 
This year’s Golf Tournament raised a profit of $621 after expenses. We had the largest number of golfers and dinner guests than we have had in the past. Next Year’s Golf Tournament has already been booked at Manderley and hopefully we can get out even more people for a great day of socializing and raising money to help in and outside the parish.
Anglican Church Women – Shipment to Iqaluit
A new venture has now been started by the Anglican Church Women. Twenty five boxes of food, material, school supplies, diapers and assorted other items have been delivered to The Northern Shopper  who will be shipping the crate to Iqaluit. The food is going directly to the food bank at St Jude’s Cathedral and the other items will be given to the Thrift Shop also located at the cathedral. Thank you to all those who contributed. Watch for information coming regarding our Christmas shipment which will be sent by air!
Boxes enroute to Iqaluit


Church Photo Directory
St James is planning to have a photo directory created for our Parish members, beginning this Fall. The last photo directory was created in 2008, and we would like to offer an updated version for new and existing parishioners. This would also allow the optional purchase of family portraits in time for Christmas. Taking part does not mean that you have to purchase family portraits, but does mean that your family will be included in the directory. Our hope is that all members of the Parish will want to be included.

Did you know….
Like us on Facebook
If you have Facebook and you “share” or click “like” on a post from the
you automatically share our Facebook page with all of your friends?
What a great way to share our world with your friends and let the community know that there are programs and activities for all ages!

About us…
St James Anglican Church, 1138 Bridge Street, Box 220,
Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A3
613-692-2082
In case of a pastoral emergency contact Rev. Andrea at 613-799-8759
 
If you have any questions regarding items in our newsletter
please call or e-mail Sam Hills at the church office, Tues – Thurs, 9 am – 4 pm.
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