After the great Easter celebration of the resurrection, what do we do now? Just hang around, reminiscing about the great things we did with Jesus? Perhaps someone will write a book about him; maybe we should make some ‘Jesus Says …’ posters.
How about we give some serious consideration to what ‘resurrection’ means in our lives and see what happens next? As the Apostle Paul says to the Christians in the city of Corinth, “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” (1 Corinthians 15:19)
The resurrection of Jesus is about the defeat of all that would make us less than God intended for us to be – sin, brokenness and death would be included in a much longer list. The account of the resurrection takes the most extreme circumstance known to the people of that time – execution by crucifixion like a criminal – and turns it into an act of transformation.
Ultimately, the Christian faith calls us to embrace the concept that the end of this physical life is not the end, but that we will be transformed into an experience of God’s presence that will have no boundaries.
Let us embrace transformation in our daily lives: may our prejudices be transformed; may our habits be transformed; may our perception of our own worthiness be transformed; may our relationships with others be transformed; may our understanding of God be transformed; may all manner of things be transformed by the renewing presence of God, shown to us in Jesus, and now lived out by the power of the Holy Spirit in our own lives. Alleluia!
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Our next Baptism date is Sunday, May 22nd.
If you are interested in a baptism, please contact Rev Andrea or the church office.
By the Grace of God The Venerable Nigel Shaw
will be consecrated as Bishop for the Anglican Military Ordinariate
on Saturday May 28 at 2 p.m. in Christ Church Cathedral.
He will be the celebrant at the Cathedral the following morning at 10:30 and the preacher will be the Rt. Rev Peter Coffin the retiring Bishop Ordinary.
All are invited to either or both Services.
The Parish of St James will be giving Nigel a gift as he begins his
new ministry. If you wish to contribute to this gift, please make your donation through the Sunday offertory or at the office, marking your
cheque and/or envelope specifically as ‘gift for Nigel’.
We will be working with Nigel to purchase a specific aspect of
his Episcopal regalia, depending on the funds we have available.
Up & Coming…
Wed. Apr 6 – Youth Gathering from 6 – 8 pm in Tomkins Hall
Mon. Apr 11 – Women’s Prayer with Rev. Andrea at 7:00 pm
Tues. Apr 12 – Movie Night – “Calendar Girls”
(See Gifts to the Community for details)
Fri. Apr 15 – Jr. Youth Group from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in Tomkins Hall
Sat. Apr 16 – Men’s Breakfast at 8:30 am (please note the later time) in Tomkins Hall
Sun. Apr 17 – Confirmation Class following the 10 am service
Mon. Apr 18 – Faith & Practice Meeting at 7:30 pm in the McGregor Room
Tues. Apr 19 – Parish Council Meeting at 7 pm in Tomkins Hall
Wed. Apr 20 – Youth Gathering from 6 – 8 pm in Tomkins Hall
Thurs. Apr 21 – Spring Bible Study from 1:30 – 3 pm till June 2nd.
(See Gifts to the Community for details)
Sun. Apr 24 – ACW Penny Auction after the 10 am service in Tomkins Hall
All are welcome to attend this fun event where you can have a bite to eat and bid on delightful treasures!
Mon. Apr 25 – Women’s Prayer with Rev. Andrea at 7:00 pm
Fri. Apr 29 – St. James’ Seniors Lunch
See Rev. Andrea if you have any questions
Fri. Apr 29 – Bridging Games Night for FAITH Team & Jr. Youth
from 6:30 – 9:30 pm in Tomkins Hall
Wed. May 4 – Youth Gathering from 6 – 8 pm in Tomkins Hall
Thurs. May 5 – Drop off items for Garage Sale, 1 – 6 pm
Fri. May 6 – Drop off items for Garage Sale, 10 am – 6 pm
Sat. May 7 – Garage Sale, Tomkins Hall, 8:30 am – 12 noon.
See Opportunities to Give & Gifts to the Community
Mon. May 9 – Women’s Prayer with Rev. Andrea at 7:00 pm
Tues. May 10 – A.C.W. Meeting at 7 pm in Tomkins Hall
Tues. May 24 – ACW Presents “Voices in Harmony” formerly Orpheus Choir
Don’t miss out, put this date on your calendar and be sure to mention it to friends and family. Event will include amazing food. Proceeds from this event will go to our St. Jude’s, Iqaluit initiative (soup kitchen & food bank).
Opportunities to Give…
Tues. Apr 12 – Ladies Movie Night
When:Tuesday April 12th
Where: Tomkins Hall
What time: Doors open at 6:30 pm and the movie starts at 7 pm
Admission is a Free Will Offering
Ladies, bring your friends and/or neighbours for a great, fun movie about a Women’s Institute chapter’s fundraising effort for a local hospital
that becomes a media sensation when the ladies pose nude for a calendar.
British-themed treats with coffee and tea following the movie.
Seating is limited so please call 613-692-2082 to reserve your seat
All proceeds will go to our local food bank
St. James Annual Spring Garage Sale – May 7, 8:30 am – 12 pm
Get a start on spring cleaning and give those unused articles to someone else who might actually use them!
Drop off your treasures on:
Thurs. May 5th from 1 – 6 pm and
Friday May 6th from 10 am to 6 pm.
Garden plants potted and tagged are accepted.
NO clothing, large furniture, computers or baby car seats will be accepted.
**If you can give some time to help with this annual event, please see the sign-up board at the front of the church for details of where volunteer support is needed.
If you have any questions please contact Heather Brophy.
Carlos Del Junco & Blues Mongrels – Sun. May 8, 7:30 pm at St James Anglican Church
Back by popular demand, Eight time Winner of the Harmonica Player of the Year award and Winner of Hohner World Harmonica Championship
$25 per ticket (includes reception to meet the musicians).
For tickets please contact the Church office at 692-2082 or Joy or Joan
Fundraiser for St. Alban’s Syrian refugee family.
Donations to Centre 454
YIP (The Youth Internship Program) has challenged churches throughout the diocese to donate to Centre 454. They are looking for new underwear, socks, and toiletries, mostly for men. Size L would be best. Anyone who wishes to donate can place these items at the back of the church in the box marked “Centre 454”. Donations will be collected until May 22. Feel free to email Jordan Sandrock if there are any questions.
Gifts to the Community…
Spring Bible Study
Our spring Bible study will focus on the Letter to the Hebrews over a seven-week period. Beginning Thursday, April 21 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.and continue until June 2nd. Facilitated by Rev. Bill Byers. All are welcome!
A Canadian Baby! Please join us for a Potluck Luncheon to celebrate Nora, the Alsalman’s baby girl, due on June 1st (the exact date of their arrival in Ottawa).
Sunday, May 1st (right after the 10am service). Donations of “finger” food (sandwiches, goodies, etc.) would be appreciated. Everyone is welcome whether you bring food or not. No gifts, please.
St. James Garage Sale – May 7, 8:30 am – 12 pm
Garage Sale on May 7, 8:30 am to 12 pm.
Lots of wonderful items, setting up for college, great finds for the cottage or camping. Redecorating?
All proceeds to St. James Anglican Church.
Join the Global Conversation
Jennifer Fieldhouse will be holding a Potluck Dinner at her home on Thursday May 26th to share her experiences on her recent trip to development projects in Mozambique and Tanzania. The evening will begin with an opportunity to explore a Photo Gallery which introduces some of the people she met.
If you would like more information, please contact Jennifer.
F.A.I.T.H. Team Update:
The F.A.I.T.H. Team would like to thank our parish family for their generous support on Palm Sunday at our annual Supper Man’s Shepherd’s Pie lunch with Easter activities for the kids. We raised $310.00 after expenses for our commitment to the Open Table at Trinity in April and for the YIP challenge to benefit Centre 454. More details about the YIP challenge are under the Opportunities to Give section above.
The F.A.I.T.H. team will be meeting for their regular bi-weekly gatherings onWednesday April 6 and 20, from 6:00-8:00 pm in Tomkins Hall and will be hosting their monthly Youth Pizza and Games night on Friday April 296:30-9:30in Tomkins Hall.
Friday April 8 is our semi-annual Basketball night at All Saints Westboro Church beginning at 6:30. Location – 347 Richmond road, please RSVP to Donna for a permission form and travel arrangements.
Saturday April 16 is the annual service day at Christie Lake Camp. CLC is a camp which serves economically, disadvantaged children and youth by running camp programs that they can participate in at no cost. Activities for the service day may include: wide group games, painting buildings, and cleaning cabins, the campground, and sports areas. We also get a sneak peek at the location for DYC – and the opportunity to meet some of the people who will be at DYC!
Please check in with Donna for a permission form and driving arrangements.
If you have any questions about any of these activities, please email the director of youth ministries, Donna Rourke.
YIP – Youth Internship Program
Applications: Any youth across the Ottawa Diocese who will be in Grades 11-1st year post-secondary in the academic year 2016-2017 interested in applying for a paid internship with the YIP for the upcoming session September 2016-June 2017 are invited to submit their applications until the end of April 2016. Please see or email Donna for more information.
SAY A PRAYER
Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother’s house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served.
When Little Johnny received his plate, he started eating right away.
“Johnny! Please wait until we say our prayer.” said his mother.
“I don’t need to,” the boy replied.
“Of course, you do “his mother insisted.
“We always say a prayer before eating at our house.”
“That’s at our house.” Johnny explained.
“But this is Grandma’s house and she knows how to cook.”