November 2016

From Fr. Ross…
Sometimes we might wonder if we have any influence beyond the four walls of our parish church. Sometimes we like it that way because we feel more secure dealing with things we can hopefully control.

This past month (October 21 & 22), six members of our parish participated in the annual Synod meeting of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa; sort of like attending a reunion of our large extended family. In addition to our two clergy, our lay delegates were Ron Brophy, Janet Harris-Campbell, Geoff Macmillan and Janet Shaw. Throughout the sessions other members of the parish dropped by to help out organizations with their displays and make presentations to the members of Synod: Donna Rourke, Jordan Sandrock, Phoenix Sandrock and Phil Whittall. St James was well represented!
This experience not only broadened our understanding of the work and ministry of the Anglican Church across the geography of our diocese, it gave us the opportunity to influence the direction of ministry that involves all of us.
One of the most important concepts that was reinforced for me was how the contributions of each parish (both finances and volunteer effort) are leveraged into something broader through the work of the diocese. We have more insights to share as a group (with each other and with our communities) and we have more impact on social justice issues because our pooled resources are noticed not only by the people we serve but also by those who can change policies.
Please take the time to read the Synod Highlights report (posted on our website and on our church bulletin board) compiled by Ron Brophy, one of our lay delegates. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of our representatives who attended. Supporting links can be found on the Diocese website.
Fr. Ross +

Friday, November 18th

, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

(For families with children up to age 12)
Join us to explore the power and mystery of the word of God through the fantasy of the Harry Potter stories.  Over the course of the evening we will share a family friendly meal and undertake various activities and crafts that will help us explore our theme.
Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

If you have any questions, comments or dietary concerns please contact Kelly Ellis 
On the Road to Bethlehem:
This Sunday we will be inviting folks to sign up to host Mary and Joseph for one night during Advent as they journey to Bethlehem beginning Sunday, November 27th
There is a blue leaflet that explains this project and a sign-up sheet for those who wish to participate.
Up & Coming…
Wed Nov 16 – #Limitless Youth Gathering, 6-8 pm in Tomkins Hall
Fri Nov 18 – Hogwarts Messy Church, 5:30-7:30 pm in Tomkins Hall
Sat Nov 19 – Men’s Breakfast, 8 am in Tomkins Hall 
Sun Nov 20 – “Building our Faith” Meeting with lunchfollowing the 10 am service. (See”Gifts to the Community”)
Mon Nov 21 – Women’s Prayer at 7 pm
Mon Nov 25 – St James’ Seniors’ Lunch   See Rev. Andrea.
Wed Nov 30 – #Limitless & Jr. Youth Advent Activity,6 – 8 pm in Tomkins Hall
Thurs Dec 1 – Set up / Drop off for Christmas Market,1 – 6 pm in Tomkins Hall
Friday Dec 2 – Drop off for Christmas Market, 10 am-4 pm in Tomkins Hall
Sat Dec 3 – Christmas Market, 10 am-3 pm
Sun Dec 4 – Gingerbread Decorating & Lunch,following the 10 am service in Tomkins Hall
Sun Dec 4 – Service of Remembrance & Hope at 4 pm
Mon Dec 5 – Women’s Prayer at 7 pm
Fri Dec 9St James’ Seniors’ Lunch   See Rev. Andrea.
Fri Dec 9 – Youth Games Night, 6-9 pm in Tomkins Hall
Sun Dec 11 – Potluck “Welcome” Luncheon following the 10 am service.
(See “Events & Opportunities to Give” for details)
Tues Dec 13 – ACW Potluck / Meeting, 6 pm in Tomkins Hall 

Wed Dec 14 – #Limitless Youth Potluck Christmas dinner
6-8 pm in Tomkins Hall
Sat Dec 17 – Men’s Christmas Breakfast at 8 am in Tomkins Hall
Gifts to the Community…
Building our Faith – Sunday November 20

Everyone needs a safe place to explore and experiment.
At St. James we hope to introduce that kind of an experience for our youth – a purposely-planned series of events that provide an opportunity to explore the breadth of the Christian tradition, to ask questions and express doubts, and to discover what they truly believe.
We invite youth, ages 12-17, and their parent(s) to join us for lunch on Sunday, November 20after the 10 am service to talk about this new program.  Please RSVP to Sam in the office or Donna.
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Please note:
Our Pre-Christmas community cookie baking planned for Friday Nov 18 has been cancelledthis year as the stove will not be connected in time.
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Our annual lunch & Gingerbread church decorating will be Sunday December 4 after the 10:00 am service. The sign-up sheet is in Tomkins Hall.
Events & Opportunities to Give…
Our Voices, Our Stories – Thursday November 24, 7-9 pm
Screening of award-winning video Our Voices, Our Stories by Barbara Cranmer about the demolition of St Michael’s (Anglican) Residential School in Alert Bay BC. An estimated 9,200 children passed throughthe doors of the school between 1929 and 1975.
 Former students share, in their own voices, their stories of personal trauma and how they have strived for healing and forgiveness. The video will be followed by discussion with a former student of the school and other former students. The film received the award for the Best Documentary short at the 40th Annual American Indian Film Festival.
Screening will be at Good Shepherd Barrhaven Anglican Lutheran Church, 3500 Fallowfield Rd, Unit 5, (at the Barrhaven Crossing Mall), Nepean.  Co-presented with the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa All My Relations Working Group
St James’ Christmas Market – Saturday, December 3,
10 am-3 pm

Baked Treats & Sweets; Frozen Dinner items and Hors D’Oeuvres for easy entertaining; Unique handmade gifts for that special person; Homemade Lunch with Dessert; “Tiny Town” Christmas Boutique (Children Only – children can do their own shopping).

Please mark it on your calendar so that you can bring your family and friends out for some fun and tasty treats.

We might also be asking for an hour or two of help here and there.
Please see sign-up at the church entrance.
St. James Ladies ACW
Christmas Outreach
St James’ Outreach is again planning two food hampers and presents this Christmas for our families.
If you are able to help, please sign your name opposite the item you plan to supply. (Sign-up list for gifts & food is on the bulletin board at the front entrance of church.)
Suggested gift  items socks, underwear, pjs
9 yr (Yth size 12), 11 yr (ladies small) & 14 yr (ladies Medium)Girls
14 & 16 yr Girls (ladies small) socks, underwear, pjs
Below is a list of the suggested food items(nothing with nuts please for one family)

Stuffing & Cranberries    Juice (2 large cans)        Breakfast or Granola Bars
Jams (with no pectin)      Peanut Butter                Pancake Mix
Cereal                           Chips & Pretzels            Squares &Cookies
Chocolates                    2 Lg Bottles of Pop          Surprise them!
Serviettes, Table Cloth & Crackers (décor)

To prevent spoilage of produce, fruits & vegetables have been removed from the list and will be purchased for the families prior to delivery.
We gratefully accept any monetary donations you may wish to give for these items. 

Your generous contributions help make Christmas a special time.  Please drop off all food & gifts(unwrapped and labelled “Girl & Age”) at the church by Sunday December 4th to ensure gifts are delivered in time for Christmas.
Any questions, contact Maureen Johnson or Sam(office) 692-2082.
Centre 454 Annual Christmas Celebration 

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 here) to help you with your shopping.

Please attach a tag (a copy can be found 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 4, as they must be delivered that afternoon to be processed in time for the celebration.
Adult (Male)
** A complete gift bag would include all the following items:
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush & paste
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Razor & Shaving Cream
  • Hat/mitts/scarf
  • 1 pair of Socks + 1 pair of underwear
  • Candy/pre-packaged treat
Potluck Luncheon
The Alsalman family, Mohanad, Heba, Yousif and Hussain, have been in Canada for just over a year and a half.  They love Canada and they are all achieving high marks in their education.
St. James is hosting a Welcoming Luncheon for our congregation to meet baby Nora who is now 5 months old.  This will take place after our 10 a.m. morning church service on Sunday, December 11th.  It is a Potluck finger food only luncheon.  No red meat, please, unless it is halal meat.  A cake will be ordered from our fund.
Please keep the date in mind, and if you are able to help by contributing some finger foods, helping out with the set up or clean up, please let us know.
Hope to have lots of you on board.  Many hands make light work.
Offertory Envelopes

The 2017 PAR and WEEKLY envelopes are available for pick up at the church entrance.
Please take the opportunity to verify that the address shown is correct and contact Gaye Scott  or Sam Hills at 613-692-2082 to make any necessary corrections.

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.
Youth News…
# Limitless, St James Youth:
The St James youth group has a new name #Limitless, with our theme scripture being Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”
We are the new youth group and if you are between the ages of 12-17 you are welcome to join us for food, fun and fellowship in Tomkins Hall from 6 – 8 p.m. every second Wednesday evening and usually one Friday evening a month for a Pizza and Games night.
Our November meetings are November 2, 16 & 30, with November 30 being our joint Advent activity evening with the Jr. Youth group.
In December we will be meeting on the 14th for a Pot Luck Christmas dinner for the entire family and a guest parishioner. We will not meet again on a Wednesday until the New Year!
Youth Games Night:
Tomkins Hall, 6-9 pmDecember 9Pizza, drinks, snacks & games – free will offering for the food.
Evening at Funhaven:
Are you between the ages of 12-17 and interested in spending an evening at Funhaven?
See the sign-up sheet in Tomkins Hall to indicate your date preference!
Follow us on Twitter @Stjamesmanotick or @donnarourke1
Like us on Facebook #Limitless, St James youth and /or St James Anglican Church~Manotick.
If you have any questions regarding any of the youth programing please contact Donna Rourke.
About Us…
St James Anglican Church, 1138 Bridge Street, Box 220,
Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A3
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 e-mail Sam Hills at the church office.  
(Regular hours: Tues – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

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