Advent is about anticipation – a particular type of waiting. This is not the waiting for a dreaded exam; or for brussel sprouts (if you hate the little cabbages); or for yet another scarf when you already have too many.
Advent anticipation is more like longing for water when you are parched; or looking for light in a completely dark space; or a warm blanket when you are shivering with cold.
For some of us, Advent is best observed quietly to balance the frenetic nature of our society at this time of year; and to remember how badly we are in need of the hope that Jesus brings.
For others, Advent is a time of peaking ahead with delight to what we already know is coming, as a way of reminding ourselves that even in difficult times the stars shine, the music soars, and the Kingdom of God is near to us in all that is good and hopeful.
The celebration of Christmas is not like a surprise party – we already know this story. This annual celebration is an acknowledgement that God shows up regularly in unexpected ways to fulfill our longings for hope, peace, joy and love.
May you be blessed in your anticipation and delighted in your celebrations this Advent and Christmas.
Sun. Dec 11 – Advent 3 Holy Eucharists at 8:15 & 10 a.m.
Sun. Dec. 18 – Advent 4
Holy Eucharist at 8:15 a.m.
Christmas Pageant at 10 a.m. Service of Lessons & Carols at 4 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
Family Service at 4 p.m.
Candlelight & Carols – 7 p.m.
Choral Eucharist – 9:30 p.m. (new time!)
(Carol Singing at 3:45 pm and 9:15 pm)
Sun. Dec. 25 – Christmas Day
Holy Eucharist & Carols at 9:30 a.m.
Sun. January 1 – The Naming of Jesus Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m.
On the Road to Bethlehem:
We are inviting folks to sign up to host Mary and Joseph for one night during Advent as they journey to Bethlehem. (December 12 to 16 dates are still available!).
There is a blue leaflet that explains this project and a sign-up sheet
for those who wish to participate.
Up and Coming…
Fri. Dec. 9th – #Limitless games night Tomkins Hall 6-9 pm.
Sun. Dec. 11th – Welcoming luncheon for baby Nora Alsalman & family after 10 am service. (See “Opportunities to give” for details.) All are welcome.
Tues. Dec. 13th – ACW Potluck & Meeting
Set-up at 6:00 p.m. Start 6:30 p.m.
Weds. Dec. 14th
Altar Guild Brass Cleaning 9:00 am
#Limitless Youth Potluck Dinner Tomkins Hall 6-8 pm
Sat. Dec. 17th – Men’s Christmas Breakfast Tomkins Hall 8 am
Sun. Dec. 18th
Children’s Pageant – 10 am service
Building the Faith Lunch – 11:30 am(for youth 12 – 17)
Lessons & Carols Service – 4 pm
Mon. Dec. 19th – Women’s Prayer Group 7 pm
Weds. Dec. 21st – Altar Guild Church Decorating 9 am
Sat. Dec. 24th – Christmas Eve Services – see list of service times above Please note change of time for last service
Sun. Dec 25th – Holy Eucharist & Carols 9:30 am
Fri. Dec. 30th – St. James’ Seniors’ Lunch (See Rev. Andrea)
Sun. Jan. 1st – Holy Eucharist at 10 am only
Mon. Jan. 9th – Women’s Prayer 7 pm
Weds. Jan. 18 – #Limitless Youth Gathering 6-8 pm
Opportunities to Give…
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 6 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.
All are welcome!
# Limitless, St James Youth
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 December Youth Games Night: is in Tomkins Hall from 6-9 pm on Friday December 9. Pizza, drinks, snacks and games – free-will offering for the food.
In December we will be meeting on the 14th for a Family Pot Luck Christmas dinner.
We will resume Wednesday January 18, 2017 in Tomkins Hall for food, friendship and conversations 6:00-8:00 pm.
Pizza and Games night will be Friday January 27, 2017 in Tomkins Hall from 6:30-9:00 pm.
Advent Lunch & Gingerbread Church decorating:
Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual event on Sunday December 4. See our Facebook page for pictures! All proceeds from this event go to our CLAY fund!
Is It Just Me?Is It Just Me?
Conversations about Mental Health Inspiring conversations. Raising awareness. Transforming youth mental health. January 30, 2017 at St James Carleton Place from 11 am – 2pm ( its a PD day)
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.
Building Our Faith:
The premise behind this new program is: Everyone needs a safe place to explore and talk about their faith.
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 extent of our Christian tradition, to ask questions and express doubts, and to discover what they truly believe.
We are calling this new program ‘Building Our Faith’. Our expectation is that this program will replace our current ‘Confirmation Class’ and ‘Confirmation Plus’ with an ongoing faith formation opportunity that any youth can join at any time. If a person has participated in the monthly meetings for two years, then they will be confirmed when the Bishop next visits us if they so wish. Some will be at the end of the two-year cycle, some will be in the middle; each will be confirmed and each will be expected to finish the cycle.
Whether you hope your youth will be confirmed the next time the Bishop is here, or they were confirmed in the last two classes, we hope they will want to continue to explore the Christian faith with us.
Our first gathering will be Sunday December 18 from 11:30-1:00 pm for youth between the ages of 12-17. . Lunch will be provided by one of the families
If you have any questions regarding any of the youth programming please contact Donna Rourke.
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We have been busy! Last month had multiple activities and here is a brief snapshot of some of the events that took place…
Outreach – Update on collections
Kathryn Pitcher reports receiving:
20 glasses with cases, 17 glasses without cases (prescription & sun),
476 Campbell soup labels, ½ lb used stamps + 1 box special collector stamps,
1 Hearing aid, and 2 lbs. pull tabs.
Thank you to all who have dropped off these donations and continue to give!
Christmas Gifts to the Community…
Thanks to many generous parishioners, 45 gift bags were delivered to Centre 454 for their Annual Christmas Celebration. More than double the amount last year! In addition, donations of gifts and two large food hampers were received for two families in need of help. An additional $100 has been donated to the Manotick Food Cupboard to help with their food hampers.
Anglican Church Women
The ladies of A.C.W. reviewed their annual fundraising receipts and made decisions to donate $2,750 to various charities including: Manotick Food Cupboard, Rideau Seniors (R.O.S.S.), Remembrance Park (beside the Mill at the Cenotaph) and the school in Nicaragua that will be built in memory of Fr. Rick Marples – just to name a few. An additional $12,000 will be given to St. James to assist with the three new appliances in the kitchen.
The ACW would like to thank all of the hard working volunteers who made our Christmas Market so amazingly successful. Many hours went into all the beautiful and unique handmade crafts, the incredible baking that was donated and the baking that was done up by the wonderful Bake Table Team. The Men’s Group helped out by getting all the signs out in the community, thank you folks!
Many thanks should also go out to our fellow churches in Manotick, St. Leonard’s Roman Catholic church and Manotick United church for letting us use their kitchens to do much of the baking.
Thanks to Shelley for her awesome tourtieres again this year, and Diana’s Attic Treasures table had some amazing gifts this year.
There was a new team in Tiny Town this year, except for Faith Hilchuk, who used to do her shopping there, and they were kept exceptionally busy. I think they might have been a bit shell-shocked but in a fun way.
Others not mentioned worked many long hours and it was all worth it as we brought in over $6,000.
Thank you also to all of you who made it out to support our Market.
We hope you had a fun time!
New Gas Stove!
You may have noticed that we now have a gas stove in the kitchen. If you or your group will be using the oven you will need some training. Instruction will include operational and safety procedures for;
1. Stove Operational – how each burner is operated – stove top, griddle, lower ovens, upper oven etc.
2. Cleaning instructions – especially the griddle
3. Cautions on cooking/heating some items i.e cooking oils in pots, fry pans etc.
4. How and when the fan system should be engaged
5. The fire suppression system including the auto gas shut off valves.
6. Manual gas shut off valves.
Key group leaders should be trained first, ie. from ACW, men’s group, who will then train others in the groups or other users.
Please contact Sam and she will forward your request for training to Terry Tomkins or Douglas Frosst.
To see photographs from recent events, check out either our Facebook page or at our website under parish life – scrapbook.
Sabbatical Leave for our Clergy
During 2017, both our clergy – Father Ross and Reverend Andrea – qualify for Sabbath Leave. A Sabbath leave is typically 3 months long, during which time the priest takes time for reflection, rest, and renewal.
To provide the least amount of disruption to the parish while providing this necessary time of renewal for our priests, Ross and Andrea have asked for, the St. James Corporation has recommended, and Bishop John Chapman has approved the following schedule of leave time:
December 27, 2016 – February 28, 2017: Father Ross’s Leave
June 7 – August 7, 2017: Reverend Andrea’s Leave
We pray God’s blessings on them during their time away.
St James Anglican Church
1138 Bridge Street, P. O. Box 220, Manotick, K4M 1A3
In case of a pastoral emergency contact Rev. Andrea at 613-799-8759
Please note that the church office will be closed Dec. 21st to Jan. 3rd
To be included for a 2016 Tax Receipt, offerings should be handed in on or before the service Sunday, December 25th. If you wish to receive tax receipts electronically,
please e-mail the office with your request.