It hardly seems possible, but on Wednesday, February 10th, we begin that time of reflection, repentance and renewal that the Church calls Lent. All of those functions call for a stillness that is mostly foreign to many of us.
Without some quietness in our lives there is no space for simply being open to God. Yet, even when we try to do that, most of us experience the constant internal chatter of our minds that seems to interfere with the experience of the Divine.
Taking the time to be still (mentally as well as physically) is a discipline well worth cultivating. In your life are there periods when you are not fully ‘on’ and can take some space to let the chatter of your busy-ness finally run down so that you can just ‘be’?
Some of us resist too much ‘quiet time’ for fear that we will be overwhelmed by the things we would rather avoid – our insecurities and fears; our mistakes and failures. That could be the ‘repentance’ part: recognizing ourselves as honestly as we can and turning our hopes for change or forgiveness over to the built-in Spirit of God who wants to lead us ‘beside still waters’, to quote the familiar words of Psalm 23.
In that move from frantic activity to quietness; from quiet reflection to unsettled awareness of self; from insecurity and fear to confidence in God’s love and power – in that is renewal of the kind we celebrate on Easter Sunday (which comes early this year, on March 27th), bursting forth with new life and renewed energy.
But the renewal is stillborn if we never stop for reflection in the first place.
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Ecumenical Service, 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 24
@ St. Leonard’s Church, Manotick.
This year we join once again with other churches in the area to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with an ecumenical service which has been prepared by Christians in Latvia. The theme this year focuses on bearing witness to God’s mighty acts in a variety of ways: healing wounds; searching for truth and unity; and an active commitment to human dignity. Please plan to join Christians of other traditions as we celebrate and pray for unity in our diversity.
The Parish Register – 2016
Baptisms: Welcome to God’s Family
Wyatt Alexander, Eide Laham, Estelle Rix
Maya Mileto, Tyler Mileto, Alexandria Orton
Jackson Brayshaw, Jaxson Clark, Leonardo Paravan
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Weddings: Live Joyfully Together
Gaëtane Laroche & Dennis Bolzanello May 9th
Antonina Scarpulla & Jeremy Kirk July 26th
Angela Declare & James Brough October 15th
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Deaths: “Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord.
And let light perpetual shine upon them.”
Audrey Thomas January 12
Evelyn McQuilla February 2
Gertrude Cole February 14
Dorine Best March 23
Margaret Buchanan April 4
John McManus April 18
Kimberly Valois May 2
Kathleen Whitehurst June 9
Chantal Lelievre-Lavossiere June 15
Thomas Nicol July 11
Landon Samek July 10
Dawn Wolski July 19
Ann Paluk August 3
Jason Keeler August 29
Douglas Weir October 3
Martin Den Haring October 8
Linda Stonehouse November 2
William Marriott November 12
Up & Coming …
Wed Jan 13 – Youth Gathering from 6 – 8 pm in Tomkins Hall
Fri Jan 15 – Adult/Family Games Night Tomkins Hall 7-10 pm
(See “Gifts to the Community” for details)
Sat Jan 16 – Men’s Breakfast Tomkins Hall 8 am
Sun Jan 17 – Confirmation Class Meets following the 10 amservice
Mon Jan 18 – Women’s Prayer Group 7 pm
Mon Jan 18 – Faith & Practice Meeting 7:30 pm
Tues Jan 19 – Parish Council Meeting at 7 pm in Tomkins Hall
Sun Jan 24 – Altar Guild Annual General Meeting & Potluck lunch
After 10 am service (See “Opportunities to Give” for details)
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
Sun Jan 24 – Ecumenical Service at 2 pm at St. Leonard’s Church. All are welcome (See above for details)
Fri Jan 29 – St James Senior Lunch see Rev. Andrea if you have questions
Fri Jan 29 – Youth Games Night Tomkins Hall 6:30-9:30 pm
Mon Feb 1 – Women’s Prayer with Rev. Andrea at 7 pm
Wed Feb 3 – Youth Gathering from 6-8 pm in Tomkins Hall
Fri Feb 5 – Jr. Youth Group meet in Tomkins Hall from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Sun Feb 7 – Spaghetti Lunch following the 10 am service hosted by the F.A.I.T.H. Team
Tue Feb 9 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 5 to 6:30 pm
Hosted by A.C.W. – watch bulletin insert or website for details
Wed Feb 10 – Ash Wednesday
Youth Activity Day 8:30 am – 5 pmfor youth aged 12-18
Imposition of Ashes Services – 4pm & 7 pm
Fri Feb 12 – Adult/Family Games Night from 7 – 10 pm in Tomkins Hall
(See ”Gifts to the Community” for details)
Fri Feb 19 – Jr. Youth Group (offsite)
Sat Feb 20 – Men’s Breakfast
Sun Feb 21 – Confirmation Class Meets following the 10 am service
Sun Feb 21 – Vestry Reports available at church
Sun Feb 28 – Vestry Meeting following the 10 am service (Reports available on Feb 21)
Games Night Fri. Jan. 15th!!!!
Gifts to the Community…
“Warming Tree” Contributions received and delivered to those in need…
For Men… For Women… For Children…
Gloves 9 14 24 Scarves 24 36 2
Socks 27 9 13
Hats/Headbands 40 22 2
Sweater 2 – 4
Boots – – 2
Other 10 toothbrushes, 1 women’s jacket, 2 baby booties.
Outreach Update on collections Kathy Pitcher reports, as of November 2015, receiving 32 glasses with cases, 35 glasses alone, 832 soup labels, 1 lb used stamps and 5 lbs pull tabs. Thank you to all who have dropped off these donations!
Diocesan Habitat for Humanity Lunch
F.A.I.T.H. & Jr. Youth met on Friday January 8th to go shopping for lunch supplies to provide lunch for a Habitat for Humanity build which they delivered the following day.
Family Games Night:
Come in out of the cold on Friday January 15 for Family Games Night. You will find us in Tomkins Hall from 7:00-10:00 pm.
Everyone is welcome, all ages! Bring your neighbours. There will be homemade soup, buns and hot chocolate provided. You are encouraged to bring a snack and some board games to share
Opportunities to Give…
CLAY 2016 Fundraiser-Annual Spaghetti Lunch
The CLAY team will be holding their annual spaghetti lunch on Feb. 7 after the 10:00 amservice in Tomkins Hall. Please join us for spaghetti and homemade meat sauce, Caesar salad, buns and dessert. Free-will offering for the lunch. All proceeds go to the youth attending CLAY this year in Prince Edward Island!
If you have any questions please contact Donna Rourke or any member of the CLAY team.
Memorial or Thank-offering Flowers
Anyone who would like to make memorial or thanksgiving offerings or a donation towards flowers, please sign the flower chart at the back or contact Maxine Whelan or Sam Hills (692-2082).
Coffee on Sunday
We are looking for people to serve coffee on Sundays after the 10 am service. Never done it before? No problem! Just ask someone who does coffee duty already and they will be able to point you in the right direction. The sign up sheet is posted downstairs just outside of the kitchen.
Altar Guild The St James Altar Guild Team is inviting members of the congregation, who are interested in offering some of their time to serve the church, to consider joining the Altar guild team. The commitment involves providing a small service once a month with a possibility of some additional duties on special occasions. The Altar Guild is responsible for preparing the church for the Eucharistic services each Sunday as well as for other services like baptisms, weddings, or funerals. No experience is required – we will share everything you need to know and more! If you are interested you are welcome to join us on January 24 at the Annual General meeting to learn more about the Altar Guild or contact Carol Gervais, Altar Guild President.
The Deanery Forum will meet at St. James on Saturday Feb. 13th, 10 am to 2 pm. Lunch is included. Everyone is welcome to participate. Considering the unique qualities of different parishes the Forum looks at how we may best share and deliver resources and ministry. It is not necessary to commit to further involvement at this level.
Anyone interested in helping to prepare or serve coffee, snack or lunch, please contact Janet Shaw.
The Deanery Council meets 3 to 5 times a year. This group works to get to know the uniqueness of the parishes in the deanery and works on the ideas presented by the Forum. It consists of 2 members from each parish. St. James is looking for another member for this council. If you are interested please speak to Fr. Ross or Janet Shaw.
The F.A.I.T.H. team
meet bi-weekly on Wednesdays in Tomkins Hall from 6 -8 PM, oneFriday 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.
Wednesday January 13
We will meet in Tomkins Hall for food, fellowship and fun from 6-8 pm. No other Wednesday gatherings in January.
Good Luck on your exams!
Friday January 29
we will meet in Tomkins Hall for a fun evening of pizza and games from 6:30-9:30. Free will offering for the pizza!
Wednesday February 10
We are hosting an Ash Wednesday discovery day for youth ages 12-18. The day will begin at begins at 8:30 with registration and a continental type breakfast, mid day we will travel to St Luke’s table for lunch to do some outreach and we will end the day with the Imposition of Ashes at 4:00. The youth may be dropped at St James as early as 8:00 am and picked up by 5:00 pm.
Lunch, snacks and drinks will be provided. We would appreciate hearing back from you by January 15 indicating if your youth would like to participate. Once you have contacted me to say your youth will be attending I will forward to you the permission form and the letter for the principal and their teacher excusing them from school for this day. firstname.lastname@example.org
Our February gathering evenings are Wednesday February 3 and 17with February 26 being the youth games and pizza night. 6:30-9:30in Tomkins Hall. Free Will offering for the pizza!
Youth Intern Program
Any youth in Grades 11-1st year post-secondary interested in applying for an internship with the ADOYIP for the session September 2016 to June 2017 is reminded that applications are accepted until April 20, 2016. Please see or email Donna for more information or call her at 613-232-7124 Ext 504
Electronic Year-end Income Tax Receipts Available!
If you wish to receive your year-end receipt this way, please forward your request and current e-mail address to Sam Hills at: