From Fr. Ross…
What a GiFT!
Four years ago this fall we were just beginning our Growing in Faith Together campaign.
Our target was $441,500 – to support the ministry plans of the Ottawa Diocese ($146,500); to expand the ministry capacity of our local parish ($180,00); and to refresh our church building facilities ($105,000).
The response was enthusiastic and we pledged well over our target ($502,000), including some bequests which we hope not to collect for some time. The faithful fulfilment of those pledges has made possible ministry that we now take for granted at St. James.
Every time Rev. Andrea responds to a pastoral care call, or gathers seniors together for lunch and fellowship, or meets with our Children’s Ministries coordinator, Kelly Ellis, or helps a young family prepare for baptism, your GiFT contributions are at work.
The 10% designated specifically for new ministry and outreach programs has already helped fund our local refugee sponsorship program, the diocesan Community Ministries, our seniors’ program, and the program for autistic students at a local school. Over the next 18 months we will notice an increase in activity from this part of our GiFT fund.
From the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa’s portion of the GiFT fund we have received back support for our SupperMan cooking program and pilot funding for the Youth Internship Program, a St James initiative benefitting the whole diocese.
Our administration space has been more efficiently structured for our current use and we are in the process of upgrading the kitchen facilities to better serve our ministry groups and the community.
All of this is a direct result of your generosity. So as you write your annual contribution cheque for GiFT or see the monthly deductions leave your bank account, please know that you are making ministry possible. There is still work to be done, so be encouraged that as you continue to fulfill your GiFT pledges the work of Rev. Andrea will continue, more funds will be available to other ministry and outreach programs of the parish, and our facilities will match our ministry needs.
At this Thanksgiving season I give thanks for the ongoing generosity and support for ministry here at St James.
Fr. Ross +
Up & Coming…
Wed Oct 5 – Blessing of the Animals Service at 7 pm
Sat Oct 8 – Church Decorating for Thanksgiving & drop off of donations (9-10 am)
Mon Oct 10 – Women’s Prayer at 7 pm
Tues Oct 11 – A.C.W. Meeting at 7 pm
Thurs Oct 13 – Great Chapter Meeting at Good Shepherd, Barrhaven, at7pm
Fri Oct 14 – Jr Youth Gathering from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Sun Oct 16 – Confirmation+ Team with Fr. Ross and Donna following the 10 am service (see Youth News)
Tues Oct 18 – Parish Council Meeting at 7 pm in Tomkins Hall
Wed Oct 19 – F.A.I.T.H. Team Gathering from 6 – 8 pm in Tomkins Hall
Mon Oct 24 – Women’s Prayer at 7 pm
Fri Oct 28 – St. James’ Seniors Lunch
See Rev. Andrea if you have any questions.
Wed Nov 2 – F.A.I.T.H. Team Gathering from 6 – 8 pm in Tomkins Hall
Sat Nov 5 – Diocesan Event from 10 am to 4 pm in Tomkins Hall
Fri Nov 11 – Jr. Youth Gathering from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in Tomkins Hall
Opportunities to Give…
I know, “It’s not even Thanksgiving yet” but that is how much time and thought is put into our largest Fundraiser at St. James.
The date is Saturday December 3, same day as Olde Fashioned Christmas in Manotick.
Please mark it on your calendar so that you can bring your family and friends out for some fun and tasty treats.
This year we will have lots of tasty new food items to purchase in our Christmas Market.
We might also be asking for an hour or two of help here and there. Watch for further exciting updates.
St. James Ladies ACW
Gifts to the Community…
CLAY Thank You Lunch
On Sunday September 25th, the youth who attended the 2016 CLAY “Not For Sale”
conference held in P.E.I. in August, led the 10 am
service at St. James. Afterwards they hosted a lunch as a thank you for all the support they received from the St. James congregation. If you wish to see more photos from the service and the lunch, visit the St James Facebook Page.
If you are between the ages of 12-17, please join us for food, fun and fellowship.
In October we will meet on the 5th (participate in the Blessing of the Animal service) and on the 19th in Tomkins Hall from 6-8pm.
Our schedule for this fall (regular gathering, games night, diocesan and community events) can be found on the website
If you have any questions regarding our youth program for ages 12+ please contact Donna Rourke
Our First Confirmation +
Our first fall get together for the Confirmation+ team will be Sunday Oct 16after the 10:00 am service, please join Father Ross and Donna for a pizza lunch, some games and a lot of great conversation.
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Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A3
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