March 2017

From Fr. Ross…
 

During my Sabbath Leave, Albert and I spent much of the time away from home in a setting very different than we usually experience.

It was wonderful, but we didn’t know anyone.

We discovered that being part of a community is important to us; we missed the easy connections and reference points to our neighbourhood and church.
We were sure that a faith community would be a quick fix – surely there were churches around with which we could connect. We were surprised to find that even with the expressed need, it was hard for us to actually go.
There seemed to be so many barriers: new geography, which could be challenging, even with GPS; practical logistics, such as times, parking lots and entrance doors; cultural expectations and prejudices. These and many other factors left us uncertain. We did brave the new world a couple of times and headed off in search of community.
The actual church services were mostly familiar and provided welcome spiritual nourishment. And yet, it was hard for us to feel connected: sometimes things were just enough different to put us on edge; sometimes we were welcomed officially, but ignored in reality; sometimes getting there was too daunting (or too early); always we were aware of our own limited ability to commit to interesting opportunities.
For someone whose life-work is wrapped up in the community of the Church, I learned that if you are out of your usual pattern getting connected with a faith community is hard work.
Let us recognize that fact every time we notice someone who might be new or uncertain about what is happening in our faith community. Gracious hospitality will be a gift, no matter how long or how often someone is able to connect with us.
Fr. Ross
 
Multi-Parish Lenten Study
  “Half Truths” 
7:00 – 8:30 pm each Monday night
Video series by Adam Hamilton.  Simple phrases we have heard and maybe said.  They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways.  Join Adam Hamilton in searching for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus.
Mon. March 13 – “God helps those that help themselves – St Paul’s Osgoode
Mon. March 20 – “God won’t give you more than you can handle” – St James Manotick
Mon. March 27 – “God said it, I believe it, that settles it” – St John’s Kars
Mon. April 3 – “Love the sinner, hate the sin” – Holy Trinity Metcalfe
Everyone is welcome!  Come for one or all sessions.
Up and Coming…
Each Wed. – Bible Study from 7:30 – 9 pm in the McGregor Room
Each Thurs. – Bible Study from 1:30 – 3 pm in the church downstairs
Wed. March 8 – #Limitless Youth Gathering from 6 – 8 pm in Tomkins Hall
Fri. March 10 – Junior Youth Group Tomkins Hall 6:30-8:30 pm
Sat. March 11 – Men’s Group (bottling) 12-4 pm in Tomkins Hall

Tues. March 14 – ACW Meeting 7 pm in Tomkins Hall

Sat. March 18 – Men’s Breakfast at 8 am in Tomkins Hall
Mon. March 20 – Women’s Prayer with Rev. Andrea at 7 pm
Mon. March 20 – Lenten Bible Study upstairs from 7-8:30 pm
                           (see details/other dates above)
Tues. March 21 – Parish Council Meeting at 7 pm in Tomkins Hall

Wed. March 22 – #Limitless Youth Gathering 6 – 8 pm in Tomkins Hall

Fri. March 24 – Youth Pizza & Games Night 6:30 – 9 pm in Tomkins Hall

Sun. March 26 – ACW Penny Auction after 10 am service in Tomkins Hall
Fri. March 31 – St. James’ Seniors’ Lunch
See Rev. Andrea if you have any questions.
Sun. April 2 – Building the Faith 11:30 am
Mon. April 3 – Women’s Prayer with Rev. Andrea at 7 pm
Sun. April 9 – Spaghetti Lunch in Tomkins Hall following the service.

Save the Date!

Wednesday April 25th – ACW movie night “Something’s Gotta Give”
Laughter & lovely treats!
Saturday May 13th – Confederation Tea
If you enjoyed our Downton Abbey Tea you will enjoy this too!
Tickets, $15, will go on sale April 1st at the church office.
Watch for further details in future newsletters!
All proceeds go to supporting our Resolute Bay Community in Nunavut.
Opportunities to Give…
 
Outreach 
The family we support is in need of a kitchen table & chairs.  If you have a set you are willing to give please contact Maureen Johnson. Thank you!
As some of you may have read in Crosstalk, our former priest, Father Rick Marples, will be the namesake of a new school in Nicaragua. The school will be constructed in his memory through the organization SchoolBOX. In December last year, the Anglican Church Women made a donation to SchoolBOX in memory of Father Rick Marples and recently received this letter back from them:
On Sunday March 26th, after the 10 am service, the annual A.C.W. Penny Auction will start our campaign called “Brick for Rick” to help fund raise for the building of the school. The Penny Auction has been, for many years, a fun way to divest yourself of gifts, given with love but maybe not what you really need or can use, so this is an opportunity to be able to RE-GIFT for a good cause.
Items can sell usually for a matter of cents but sometimes the Auction can get quite boisterous and in the last few years we have been known to sell some items for a few dollars. We get some good stuff.
Each person who attends the Auction usually brings in one or two items that they would love to see someone else enjoy.
Please join us for something a little different and for guaranteed laughter, all are welcome!
Garage Sale
Why not take the time now to start spring cleaning early, so you have all those “treasures” collecting dust, ready to bring for our garage sale on Saturday May 6th?
Thanks to Manotick Butcher
The ACW would like to extend their thanks and appreciation for the help given by the Manotick Butcher last year to sell our well-known Christmas puddings from his location.  We had over $2,000 in sales and with this help our sales have steadily grown.
Coffee on Sunday
We are looking for people to serve coffee on Sundays after the 10 amservice. 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.
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 p.m. to 3 p.m. No previous experience is needed. All are welcome.
If you have any questions please contact Rev. Bill Byers.
Pancake Supper
Many thanks to all who helped prepare, serve, set up and take down for the annual Pancake Supper on Tuesday February 28th. And even more thanks to those who chose to come and dine with us, we collected $730 in free-will offerings!
Ash Wednesday Youth Activity Day
On Wednesday March 1st, St. James hosted the youth activity day for 12 teenagers from the various Anglican churches. The youth and their leaders discussed becoming ambassadors for Christ through restoring, repairing and reconciling relationships.
Youth Activities…
# Limitless, St James Youth  
Wednesday evening Gatherings:

Wednesday March 4

– Tomkins Hall for supper and an evening of conversation and reflection on what the Bible says about loving and caring for animals.

Wednesday March 22

-Our field trip to the Ottawa Humane Society. We will meet at the OHS at 6:30. Please bring a donation of $3.00-5.00. Please RSVP to Donna so she can send you an OHS waiver and a permission form.

Wednesday March 29

– we will meet at the Kanata Wave Pool at 6:15 for an evening of fellowship and fun. Cost $3.50. RSVP to Donna to obtain a permission form.

Friday March 24

Games and Pizza Night with Imam Delic and the youth from the Barrhaven Mosque in Tomkins Hall from 6:30 -9:00. Come and meet some new friends, eat pizza and play board games.  Free will offering for the pizza, snacks and drinks
Building Our Faith
Sunday April 211:30 am -1:00 pm please join us for lunch and faith formation. Please RSVP to Donna.
CLAY 2018
Sunday April 9 – Our annual Parish Community Palm Sunday Spaghetti Lunch hosted by the CLAY 2018 team. There will be activities for the kids.  Free will offering with all proceeds going towards CLAY

If you have any questions regarding youth events, please contact

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About Us…
St James Anglican Church, 1138 Bridge Street, Box 220,
Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A3
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