On the Road to Bethlehem – ALREADY??!! Even as we finish celebrating Thanksgiving, the planning has started for Advent and Christmas.
Once again we will be hosting Mary and Joseph as they head toward Bethlehem, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, November 29th. Last year all sorts of homes offered a safe place to this young couple – young families, single people, middle-aged couples, older folks. In the diary that Mary and Joseph carry with them their hosts wrote poems and stories and accounts of the visit; they drew pictures and inserted photos and crafts.
Would you like to be part of this delightful tradition this year? The sign-up sheet will be available at the church the next few Sundays, so let’s get ready!
Town Hall Meeting Notes
On Sunday, September 20, a town hall meeting was held regarding the acquisition of and fundraising for a baby grand piano for the church. Corporation wishes to thank everyone who attended and in particular those who made presentations, added comments, asked questions and responded to questions. We learned a lot from each other.
If you wish to see the notes from that meeting they are posted alongside our regularly posted Parish Council minutes downstairs in Tomkins Hall and upstairs in the church entrance on our bulletin boards.
We will continue to receive specified donations for a baby grand piano, as we move toward securing the best instrument for our purposes.
Update on Fundraising for a Baby Grand Piano
This past spring we kicked off a fundraising initiative to support the purchase of a baby grand piano for the church with the choir concert, ‘Sweet Suites’, followed by a Purchase-a-Key program. At that time the piano which would fit our needs, a Yamaha GC1, was quoted at $15,003 (plus tax) with a church discount. As of October 15, contributions toward the piano had reached $13,170. We want to thank all those who have made donations and we look forward to reaching our goal soon.
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Up & Coming…
Fri. Oct 23 – FAITH Youth games night Tomkins Hall 6:30-9:30 pm
Sat. Oct 24 – Men’s Breakfast Tomkins Hall 8 am
– St. James Feast Tomkins Hall 5:45 pm
a. Click on the appointments tab at the top of the page
b. Click on Manotick St James from the list
c. Select a time convenient to your schedule and complete the requested information.
Contact Carol Gervais or see her at church after the 10:00 am service on Sunday.
All those who participate will receive a free copy of the directory and an 8 x 10 print of your selected pose. You will also have the opportunity to purchase photo packages which will be available for Christmas but this is not mandatory. If you have any questions please contact Janet Shaw, Carol Gervais or Sam Hills.
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VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS FAYRE
St. James Victorian Christmas Fayre 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday, November 14
Bring your friends, neighbours or family and enjoy a great day!
Unique handmade gifts for that special person, homemade Christmas puddings,
delicious home baked treats and sweets, & frozen dinner items. Christmas music & wonderful lunch (tourtiere) with complimentary dessert will be available.
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.
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Community Christmas Cookie Baking
Everyone over 12 years of age is welcome to join Supper Man and the F.A.I.T.H. Team on Friday November 20 from 9:30 am until 12:00 to make, bake and decorate Gingerbread and/or shortbread cookies for Christmas.$2.50/doz for decorated cookies,$2.00/doz for dough. This is a PD Day for both boards. If you prefer to just come and make the dough with us and take it home and freeze to bake another time that’s fine too. Please see the signup sheet in Tomkins Hall, contact Sam in the church office 613-692-2082 or emailDonna Rourke or sign up at: Eventbrite
A.C.W. Christmas Puddings
The ladies have been busy measuring, stirring and cooking Christmas puddings.
They are ready now. Small $5 Large $10. Don’t forget to pick yours up!
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Mental Health Workshop
What is good mental health?
Sharon York, MA, CCC, Executive Director and Psychotherapist
I’m all right aren’t I?
What is “normal”?
Everyone is Welcome! November 24th from 7pm to 8pm in Tomkins Hall.
For more information, contact Rev Andrea.
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Valdy in Concert
Back by popular request on Sunday, November 29, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and will be available from the Church Office (692 – 2082) or Joan Bowleror at the Door. Evening includes a reception with Valdy following the concert.
Proceeds will go to support our refugee family from Iraq.
Potluck Luncheon to meet and greet our refugee family from Iraq
Join us in welcoming Mohanad, Heba, Yousif and Hussain Alsalman on Sunday, December 13th (right after the 10:00 church service). A sign-up sheet for luncheon food donations will be available closer to the event. Everyone is welcome whether you bring food or not.
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Downton Abbey Tea
About a hundred or so people came to Tomkins Hall on October 3rd to have a spot of tea and some delicious sandwiches, Eccles cakes, scones with cream and jam.The event raised close to $1500 for the A.C.W.’s gift to St. Judes to reduce their cathedral’s debt.
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 any thing homemade?
Drop off times for baked items will be Thursday, Nov. 12 from 1-6pm and Friday, Nov. 13 from 1-4pm. We will be making up plates of assorted squares and cookies, from donations and wrapping, Friday, Nov.13. Please identify and label baking.
We would appreciate no drop-offs of baking Saturday, unless singular items such as pies or homemade bread.
If you are able to help out with the Fayre, please see the sign up sheet which will be in the Narthex this Sunday. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Heather.
These lovely calendars show a different Anglican Church every month and are only $5 each. You may purchase them from Margie Hartley after the 10 am service or from Sam during church office hours.
A sign-up list is downstairs for those offering to make coffee for fellowship time
after the 10 am service. Please sign-up for a Sunday to help if you are able. Thank you!!
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 November 10th at 12:00 pm.
Please contact Donna Rourke for details.
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The F.A.I.T.H. youth team meet bi-weekly on Wednesdays in Tomkins Hall from 6 -8 PM, one Friday a month for Games Night and participate in many outreach and Diocesan youth activities. All youth and their friends over the age of 12 are welcome to join us for food, fun and fellowship. If you have any questions, please email the director of Youth MinistriesDonna Rourke.
Our Games night this month is Friday October 23. In November we will meet on
Wednesday November 4 and 18. We will be hosting a community Christmas Baking morning on Friday November 20 from 9:30-12:00. Everyone is welcome to join us in the kitchen to bake. This is a PD day for both boards.
Saturday November 21 – Faith Leaders on the Hot Seat at St James from 5:00-10:00 pm – your chance to ask any burning question you have to leaders of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths. Questions can anything from religious beliefs and the world to favorite super heroes. The evening will include a supper, (vegetarian, gluten free and nut free options will be available) dessert, drinks and music (Please RSVP by November 10 toDonna Rourke)
Stay tuned for details about our field trip to Sky Zone!
St James Anglican Church, 1138 Bridge Street, Box 220,