February 2017

From Rev.Andrea…
Please join us!
Mark your calendars for Sunday February 26th at 11:30 am.
Vestry is a time when we look at the past year and report on where we have been and what we have done.

This is an opportunity for you to learn more about your church.

Come, join us and meet your elected leaders.
Rev Andrea+

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St James Annual Vestry Meeting
Sunday February 26
11:30 am.
All parishioners are encouraged and most welcome to attend.
(Vestry reports available February 19th.)
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Ash Wednesday

 (March 1st)
 Imposition of Ashes services will be held at
4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 
All are welcome to attend either service.

Save the Date!
Wednesday April 19th – ACW movie night

Laughter & lovely treats!

Saturday May 13th – Confederation Tea
if you enjoyed our Downton Abbey Tea you will enjoy this too!
Watch for further details in future newsletters!
All proceeds go to supporting our Resolute Bay Community
in Nunavut
Gifts to the Community…

Bible Study

Reverend Bill Byers offers a study of the Gospel of Luke on Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., or on Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3 pm.  No previous experience is needed. All are welcome.
If you have any questions please contact Bill Byers.
Note: There will be no Bible Study on February 22 & 23rd.
ACW Welcomes The Northern Shopper
On Wednesday February 8, at 7 pm, the St. James ACW has invited other local parishes to come and learn about our new initiative of collecting and shipping goods directly to specific northern communities. Representatives from The Northern Shopper will provide information about their work and answer questions people might have.  All are welcome to attend this gathering.
 St. James Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 
 Free Will Offering at the door
Tuesday, February 28
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
 Pancakes, maple syrup, sausages,
 Fruit salad and baked beans
Coffee, tea and juice
“No cooking, no cleanup”
Bring a neighbor or a friend
ACW Fabric & Notions Sale
Many thanks to all those who helped, came or spread the word about our recent fabric sale. Over $500 was raised for our sister community Resolute Bay in Nunavut. We were able to donate several bags to a lady who makes touch quilts for people with dementia and all of the unsold fabric was donated to O.C.I.S.O. (Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization). This organization offers the opportunity to learn how to sew to  interested newcomers to Canada. The fabric will be used to help teach sewing skills and will also be donated to students in their classes. If you are interested in volunteering with this program, they can be reached at 613-249-0006.
Youth Activities…
Messy Church
Join us for ‘Messy Church”.  If you are 3 to 9 years of age, you and your family invited to come on Friday, March 3rd, 5:30 to 7pm. We have fun, we eat, and we learn about church. Bring your friends!  Please RSVP  Rev Andrea or Kelly Ellis.

Junior Youth Group
Our February Junior Youth Gathering will take place on
Friday, February 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church.  All youth ages 9 to 12 are welcome.  Feel free to bring a friend.  Please bring a peanut free snack to share and a non-perishable food item.   Contact Kelly Ellis, if you have any questions.
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 next gathering will be Sunday February 12th, from 11:30-1:00 pm for youth between the ages of 12-17. Lunch will be provided by one of the families.
# 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 pm every second Wednesday evening and usually one Friday evening a month for a Pizza and Games night.
Our February gatherings are here Wednesday February 1 & 15.
Pizza and Games night will be Friday February 24, in Tomkins Hall from
6:30 – 9:00 pm.
Ash Wednesday Activity Day – for youth ages 12-17.
Our Activity day will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1, and conclude with the Imposition of Ashes service at 4:00 p.m. all here at St. James.  Lunch is provided. Youth may be dropped off as early as 8:00 a.m. and should be picked up by 5:00 p.m.
Please contact Donna Rourke for details/registration, permission forms and the letter to the school.
If you have any questions regarding any of the youth programing please contact Donna Rourke.
Follow us on Twitter @Stjamesmanotick or @donnarourke1.
Like us on Facebook #Limitless, St James youth and /or St James Anglican Church~Manotick.
Opportunities to Give…
Outreach – Clothing Needed!
We have had an urgent request for Ladies XL-1X and size 14-16 clothing. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at in the coat room at the church entrance.  Thank you!
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.
Your Deanery:
Keep up to date by joining the CARLETON DEANERY FORUM facebook page. The Deanery council is currently planning a Forum meeting for the spring.  We are intending a full day event where we can have fun with and get to know other churches and also provide some educational opportunities.  Some ideas that are floating are ‘paint night’, musical component, current hot topics, speaker, and table discussions.
I welcome any ideas that you might have for the spring forum as well as any energy you might have towards it.  St. James currently has only 1 rep on the council and I am moving in the summer.  (Please read my vestry report.)
Janet Shaw
Manotick Refugee Sponsorship Program…
Our first family – Mohanad, Heba, Yousif, Hussain, and Nora are doing well.  Heba is working towards attending Algonquin College next September.  She is the top student of her class.  Mohanad is working on his ESL Level 5 which is quite an achievement from his starting point of ESL Level 1 when he arrived in Canada.  The oldest children in grade 5 and 2 are top students in their classes.  Yousif had the honour of being “Vice Principal” of the day recently.  Both boys were actively involved on their community soccer teams last summer.  Their teams were proud medal winners.  Nora is 7 1/2 months old now.
Our refugee Iraqi-Palestinian Almadi family of 7 has an interview on Wednesday, February 15 at 1:00 pm at the Embassy of Canada in Indonesia.  This is a 3 hour flight from where they are living.  The father and adult son are planning to attend, although finances are still being worked out.  Please pray that they are deemed acceptable for Canada.  This could mean that they might arrive in about a year’s time.
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