November 2015

November 2015

From Fr. Ross…
On Sunday, November 29th, we begin the liturgical season of Advent – a time of waiting for, of anticipating, of longing for the presence of God in Jesus.

We know that at some level this is all re-enactment: the baby was born long ago, and lived, and died, and conquered death in new life. “There’s nothing new here”, we can hear the cynics say, “move along – nothing to see here.”
And yet … there are some things in our own lives, and in the life of our world, which clearly need a divine healing touch. And so we pray, “Come, Lord Jesus, and bring us hope when life fills us with despair; and give us peace when we are at war within ourselves and with others; and replace our mourning for things lost with the joy of your presence; and fill us with your love, replacing the fear which paralyzes.
Besides that, we anticipate with joy the great festival which heralds the truth that God is not separate from us, but lives among us – even in the most common of situations and people. And this prompts us to consider in what ways we might act out that presence which brings hope, peace, joy and love to others.
Throughout Advent we will have time for personal reflection on the meaning of Jesus among us during our services and programmes; we will share with others through various outreach opportunities; we will welcome strangers into our community; we will celebrate the love made known to us and through us in Jesus.
Coming soon! 
A special communication from Corporation 
asking for your response 
as we plan for our 
2016 budget.
This Advent
Services for the Season…
Sunday Services – 8:15 and 10 a.m. with Sunday Kids’ Club at 10

Service of Remembrance & Hope – Sunday, December 6 at 1:00 p.m

.Children’s Christmas Pageant – Sunday, December 20 at 10:00 a.m.
 Service of Lessons & Carols – Sunday, December 20 at 4:00 p.m.
And other Advent Opportunities…  
On the Road to Bethlehem – November 30 to December 23.
 Youth Advent Retreat – December 2

Up and Coming…
Fri. Nov 20     – Community Christmas Cookie Baking, 9:30 am-12 noon
Sat. Nov 21    – Men’s Breakfast Tomkins Hall 8 am
   – Faith Leaders on Hotseat 5-10 pm (Youth Event – reserved seating only)
Sun. Nov 22   – CLAY 2016 Meeting, in the Meeting room upstairs,11:30-12:30.
All youth and their parents considering attending CLAY 2016 should attend
(Nov 24)   Mental Health Workshop CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances
Sat. Nov 28    – ACW Christmas Cake Decorating Tomkins Hall 12-3 pm
Sun. Nov 29   – Valdy in Concert at St. James 7:30 pm
Sun. Nov 29 to Wed. Dec 23 – On the Road to Bethlehem
We are inviting folks to sign up to host Mary and Joseph (figurines in our crèche) for one night during Advent as they journey to Bethlehem. You can receive them into your home one day and escort them safely to another home the next.  Anyone can participate.  If you have questions please see the blue handout or Fr. Ross.  Their presence will remind us of those who crave someone to care about them and of those who live in need.
Wed. Dec 2 – Youth Advent Activity in Tomkins Hall 6-8pm 
Sat. Dec. 5 –  Manotick Santa Claus Parade – 12:30 at Manotick Arena
– Cathedral Men & Boys Choir 2 pm
Sun. Dec. 6Gingerbread Church decorating after 10 am service
       – Service of Remembrance & Hope at 1 pm
A service of remembrance for those that have died and we miss at this time
of year.  Everyone is welcome.
Tue. Dec. 8 ACW Potluck/Meeting 6 pm
Fri. Dec. 11 – Jr Youth Group 6:30-8 pm
Sun. Dec 13 – Meet the Alsalman family from Iraq after 10 am service 
Sat. Dec. 19 – Men’s Christmas Breakfast 8 am
Sun. Dec. 20 – Children’s Christmas Pageant 10 am
   – Lessons & Carols Service & Reception 4 pm
Thur. Dec. 24 – Family Service 4 pm
   – Candlelight Eucharist 7 pm
   – Choral Candlelight Service 11 pm
Fri. Dec. 25 –  Holy Eucharist 9:30 am

Gifts to the Community…

The Men’s Group would like to thank everyone for their support and generosity with this years’ Time & Talent Auction. The Time & Talent Auction raised $2,200 and from that $250 was donated to PWRDF in memory of Father Rick Marples.
Church Photo Directory
Thanks to everyone who participated in the photo shoots for the new St James directory of our church family. It was very successful with over 225 people participating!

For those unable to make the scheduled photo dates it is still possible to be included in the directory by providing a photo plus $12.50 + tax ($14.13) to the church office by no later than

Sunday, November 29th.

Contact Sam in the church office or Carol Gervais after the 10 am service details regarding photo specifications/format required and details.

Please note – only those people who are pictured in the directory will be entitled to receive a copy (one copy per published photo).
Christmas Fayre
The ladies of the Anglican Church Women and the Craft Group would like to thank all the people who contributed, worked or visited the Annual Christmas Fayre this pastSaturday. The receipts to date are just over $3,800. For those of you who missed the event, there will be items on sale at Moncion’s Independent Grocer in Riverside South on Saturday November 21st from 10 am – 2 pm.
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 20th from 9:30 am until 12:00 pm to make, bake and decorate Gingerbread and/or shortbread cookies for Christmas. $2.50/doz for decorated cookies,$2 /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 office613-692-2082 email Donna Rourke or sign up at www.supperman.eventbrite.caChildren under 12 must be accompanied by an adult!
Decorating Christmas Baking 
Make fondant wreaths, trees, angels and more to decorate your Christmas baking. Easy and fun. Bring a container to take home what you make on Saturday November 28from 12pm – 3pm in Tomkins Hall. $15 per person.  There will be samples in the Narthex (at the back of the church).

Youth Advent Activity 
Wednesday December 2nd at 6 pm.

An evening with Father Ross! (Kelly and Donna too). Youth between the ages of 9-18 are welcome to join us for supper and an evening of Advent reflection and activities. Contact Donna for more information.

Manotick Christmas Parade
Saturday December 5th.
Please join us at the Manotick Arena to be a part of the St James float, Jesus the Reason for the Season! 12:30 at the Manotick arena. Everyone welcome!
6th Annual Advent Hot Dog Lunch & Gingerbread Church Decorating Event
Sunday December 6th
Everyone is welcome to join us! $15.00 per church, free-will offering for the lunch. Sign-up sheet in Tomkins Hall, contact Sam in the office or Donna.
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 Bowler or at the door. Evening includes a reception with Valdy following the concert. Proceeds are for our refugee family from Iraq.
Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 5th at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets $15. Reception included.  Tickets may be bought through Church Office 692-2082 or Joan Bowler or Joy Clarke or at the Door.  Doors open at 1:30 pm.  All proceeds go the Choir and the Manotick Refugee Sponsorship Program.
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 “finger” food donations (sandwiches, goodies, etc.) will be available closer to the event. Everyone is welcome whether you bring food or not.

Opportunities to Give…
Prayer Chain for Paris:
Canadians are praying for climate justice every hour of the COP21 climate change talks in Paris. What do we pray for? We pray for Canadian leadership to act with boldness, compassion, and fairness at the Paris negotiations. We pray that international leaders will agree on international emissions reductions targets that will limit climate change. We pray for an international agreement that will meaningfully help developing nations and island states anticipate and adapt to climate change. We pray for those across Canada and the world who are, and will be, displaced from their homes, exposed to violence, and threatened by hunger because of climate change.
What’s expected of you? Pray however you are comfortable. An hour of Prayers for Paris can be offered by one person in their bedroom, a family around a candle in the living room, a congregation gathered in a sanctuary, or a group of friends going for a walk in the park — it’s up to you. Please join the F.A.I.T.H. Team (wherever you are comfortable) in prayer on November 30 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. as they add their voices. If you have any questions please email Donna.
We have a request for baby gates to fit 3 separate openings (35, 43 and 58 inches).
Please contact Sam in the church office or Maureen Johnson if you have one to donate.
Christmas Outreach 
St James’ Outreach is planning two food hampers and gifts for our families.
If you are able to help, please sign your name opposite the item you plan to supply.
Sign-up lists are located on the bulletin board at the church entrance. (Note: In lieu of produce – and to avoid spoilage – we gratefully accept any monetary donations you may wish to give towards the purchase of these items). Your generous contributions help make Christmas a special time.
Please drop off all food & gifts (unwrapped and labelled “Girl or Boy & Age”)

at the church by Sunday December 6th

to ensure gifts are delivered in time for Christmas.  Any questions may be directed to Maureen Johnson or Sam in the office, 692-2082.

Centre 454 Annual Christmas Celebration
 Adult (Male)
** A complete gift bag would include all the following items:
  • o   Deodorant
  • o   Toothbrush & paste
  • o   Hairbrush or comb
  • o   Razor & Shaving Cream
  • o   Hat/mitts/scarf
  • o   1 pair of Socks + 1 pair of underwear
  • o   Candy/pre-packaged treat
With your help we are hoping to also support Centre 454
by providing ‘Gift Bags’ for the men at their Annual Christmas Celebration.
Centre 454 is one of five Community Ministries of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa and one of eight City-funded Day Programs in Ottawa. They provide hospitality, counselling, crisis intervention, practical supports and social recreational activities to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They also offer space for other organizations to provide specialized services to the community.
We hope you will donate Gift Bags that contain items especially needed by men since Centre 454 serves mostly men. You will find ‘Gift Bag Checklist’ tags(shown above) to help you with your shopping. Please attach a tag (in the church entrance) to your Gift Bag when dropping it off to help Centre 454 with sorting.
All Gift Bags must be here at the church by Sunday, December 6th,
to be delivered that afternoon.
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Next Baptism Service – Sunday, January 10th.
Anyone wishing to be baptized this day please contact Rev. Andrea. 
Coffee time  
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!!
Offertory Envelopes

The 2016 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 year-end income tax receipt by e-mail?
Please forward your request and current e-mail address to Sam Hills
This will also help reduce mailing costs – Thank you!

Youth News…
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.
In December we will be meeting on the 2nd and the 16th. Our gathering on Wednesday December 2 will be a Jr Youth and F.A.I.T.H. Team Advent activity evening with Father Ross! (Kelly and Donna too). Youth between the ages of 9-18 are welcome to join us for supper and an evening of Advent reflection and activities.
Saturday December 5 – We will be participating in the annual Manotick Christmas parade. Please be at the Manotick Arena at 12:30
Sunday December 6 – 6th annual Advent hot dog lunch and Gingerbread church decorating event
CLAY 2016 – Our next CLAY meeting is Sunday November 22nd in the Meeting room from 11:30-12:30. All youth and their parents considering attending CLAY 2016 should attend.
If you have any questions, please email the Director of Youth Ministries, Donna Rourke.

About us…
St James Anglican Church, 1138 Bridge Street, Box 220, Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A3
Church office: 
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 email  Sam Hills  at the church office, Tues – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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