December 2015

 

 
St. James Anglican Church
December 2015
From Fr. Ross…  
 
Why does the celebration of the birth of Jesus affect us the way it does?
Is it because this reminds us of ‘simpler’ times? Actually, there was nothing
at all simple about that birth: a not-normal pregnancy; forced travel for census-taking; crowded conditions with no place to stay; birth in very rustic setting; strangers suddenly arriving… I’m not sure that even a choir of angels could turn this into a simple, calm event; only nostalgia can do that.
Increasingly, I believe that what appeals to us about Christmas is the sense that even when life is too complicated and sometimes terrifying, God does
something so wonderfully amazing that we cannot explain it away.
Sometimes we just need to pause and revel in the possibility and behind the
scenes God is working on a great surprise that we will not have to understand, just accept.

Merry Christmas!   

 

        

Our Piano has Arrived!
Thanks to the generosity of many donors, St James now owns a Yamaha GC1 piano. The piano will be played publicly for the first time during the
Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 20th at 4 p.m.
This is a wonderful service of seasonal music and will provide a beautiful context in which to hear the new instrument. Plan to join us then.
In a few weeks we will officially dedicate the piano during a Sunday morning
service.


December Services
  



Sunday December 13

 
Advent
3 – Holy Eucharist at 8:15
& 10 a.m.
 

Sunday, December 20

Advent 4 – Holy
Eucharist at 8:15
a.m.
Christmas
Pageant at 10
a.m.
Service of
Lessons & Carols at 4
p.m.
 

Wednesday, December 24
 
Christmas Eve  
Family
Service at 4
p.m.
Candlelight &
Carols – 7
p.m.

Midnight
 Mass
with Choir – 11
p.m.
(Carol
Singing at 3:45
pm and 10:45 pm
.)
 

Thursday, December 25
 
Christmas Day
Holy Eucharist at 9:30
a.m.


Sunday, December 27
 
First Sunday After
Christmas
Holy Eucharist at 8:15
a.m.

Holy Eucharist & Carols at 10
a.m.


Up and Coming…

 
Sun. Dec 13
 
Meet & Greet for the Alsalman Family from Iraq 
after the 10 am service.
Pot luck lunch


Mon. Dec 14
 
Faith & Practice Meeting 7:30 – 9 pm


Fri. Dec 16
 
Jr. Youth Group in Tomkins Hall 6:30 – 8 pm

Sat. Dec. 19
 
Men’s Group Breakfast 9 am in Tomkins Hall
 

Sun. Dec 20
 
Confirmation Class following the 10 am service

Mon. Dec 21
 
Altar Guild Church Decorating 9 am
 

Mon. Jan 4
 
Women’s Prayer Time 7 pm
 

 



Christmas Gifts to the
Community…
 
 
Members of the ACW gathered small items which a woman would like to receive to make up 37 wonderful little packages for Christmas. The gift
bags will be donated to residents of a couple of local women’s shelters.
Thanks to many generous parishioners, 18 gift bags were delivered to Centre 454 for their Annual Christmas Celebration.  In addition, donations of gifts and two large food hampers were received for two families we support.
Don’t forget we are still collecting items of warmth for our Christmas Tree of
Hope inside the front door. New or gently used hats, mittens, scarves and socks will be delivered to the refugees coming to Canada in the next month.

Merry
Christmas!
 
from
the St. James’ Wardens
Ron
Brophy, Lynda Turner, Susan
Dowler, Cheryl Sevigny
  

*  *  *
 
The
church office will be
closed Dec. 24th to Jan.
4th.
 
To be included for a
2015 Tax Receipt, 
offerings
should be 
handed in on or before the
service Sunday,
December 27th
. 
If you wish to
receive tax receipts
electronically,
 
please e-mail the office with
your request.
 
In case of a
pastoral emergency contact Rev.
Andrea 
at 
613-799-8759
 
St James
Anglican Church, 1138 Bridge
Street, 
P. O. Box 220, Manotick,
Ontario, K4M 1A3

           

 

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