All Saints’ Day is a Christian celebration that takes place on the 1st day of November every year.
While basically a commemoration of ‘saints’ (both famous and unknown), it also reinforces the belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven, and those still living in this world.
It is the Church’s conviction – a conviction often expressed in the Anglican tradition – that the saints continue to be our partners and fellow-servants in God’s glorious presence. We pray for our present needs, and the saints pray with us – not as if their prayers were better than our own, but because they are still bound to us in mutual service as members of the one body of Christ.
Both the saints in heaven and those on earth have the same ministry: to help others become partners in the redemption of our world through God’s love as expressed in Jesus.
Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1st
for an All Saints’ Day service
which will include a special liturgy and Eucharist.
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.
St. James Ladies ACW
Blessing of the Animals Service
The choir was joined by several new voices on Sunday October 1st, some were deep and others were sharp but most of them were from four legged folks. The Blessing of the Animals service was well-attended by felines, canines, humans and even a fish in a cooler.
Many thanks to all who donated food for the Thanksgiving service. A car load of food was delivered to The Shepherds of Good Hope Soup Kitchen following the service. The staff and volunteers were overjoyed with all of the donations.
Opportunities to Give…
Christmas is coming and we’ve been planning what goodies will be sold at the Christmas Market. We would love your help to mix & measure & have some fun. No experience necessary. Be prepared to have a GOOD time. Please sign up in the Narthex.
Cornerstone Housing for Women is opening a new location
They are renovating and equipping the former Institut Jeanne d’Arc residence at 373 Princeton Avenue in Westboro. When completed, it will have 42 studio apartment units. This new development (along with Cornerstone’s 4 other facilities in Ottawa) will continue Cornerstone’s mission to provide affordable housing with supports so as to meet the needs of women in transition.
During November, St. James will be running an “Adopt-a-Room” information and fund raising campaign with the goal of raising $6500 to fully renovate and furnish one of the 42 apartments at Cornerstone’s new location. Some of you might recall that St. James parishioners supported a similar campaign in 2011/2012 to furnish a room at the Booth Street facility.
The Men’s Group will be running the coffee time downstairs after the 10 o’clockservice for the first 3 Sundays in November. There will be people at an information table each week to answer your questions. We hope you can support this important parish-wide initiative.
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Update of Our Refugee Families
Heba, the mother, is attending Algonquin College in the lab sciences. Mohanad attended a free course on home renovations over the summer, offered by the YMCA. Only 20 were chosen out of almost 300 applicants. He was top of the class, and was offered a job to install kitchens for IKEA. He decided to continue his morning English classes and look after their baby, Nora, so that Heba could attend college. IKEA told him that when he is ready, they will hire him. Mohanad currently works Saturdays in an Arabic grocery store
Yousif and Hussain are excellent students and chose to change schools this year to attend a French Immersion centre. They are determined to be trilingual – Arabic, English, French. Do you know of someone who will tutor Yousif in the French language, who is now in grade 6? You won’t meet a smarter or nicer student.
Also, their old van is dying. Do you know of anyone selling a good van or large car for a reasonable price?
The latest news of our family of 7 reports that they have had their interviews and medicals completed. They are now awaiting their Visas. This can take up to 3 months. We may only get about 3 weeks notice of their arrival. As many of you know, they already have family living near Hunt Club and Bank Streets, so we hope to settle them in that area. Are you willing to help in any way with their settlement? Please contact Joan Bowler if you are able to help with any of these needs.
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St James’ Outreach is planning a food hamper and presents this Christmas for a family in need. 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
14 & 16 yr Girl (ladies small)
Below is a list of the suggested food items (nothing with nuts please)
Stuffing & Cranberries
Juice (2 large cans)
Breakfast or Granola Bars
Jams (with no pectin)
Chips & Pretzels
Squares & Cookies
2 Lg Bottles of Pop
Serviettes, Table Cloth & Crackers (décor)
(Fruits & vegetables will be purchased using a gift card already donated for this purpose.) Your generous contributions help make Christmas a special time. Please drop off all food & gifts (unwrapped and labelled “Girl & Age”) at the church bySunday December 3rd to ensure they are delivered in time for Christmas. Any questions, contact Maureen Johnson or Sam (office) 692-2082.
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Centre 454 Annual Christmas Celebration
With your help we are hoping again to support Centre 454 by providing ‘Gift Bags’ for the men and women at their Annual Christmas Celebration. They will host close to 600 people and depend on the generosity of the greater community to gather gifts. They are hoping for 200 men’s gift bags and 160 women’s gift bags. Last year St. James provided 45 bags!
Centre 454 is one of five Community Ministries of the Anglican Diocese. They provide hospitality, counselling, crisis intervention, practical supports and social recreational activities to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The ‘Gift Bag Checklist’ tag will help you put together a complete gift bag. If this is overwhelming, please help us “build” bags using our sign-up chart to supply one or two of the many items on the list.
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 10, as they must be delivered that afternoon to be processed in time for the celebration.
#Limitless St James Youth – for youth between the ages of 12-17
AN INVITATION TO ‘BUILDING FAITH’ – SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT FOR YOUTH
Everyone needs a safe place to explore and experiment, especially when we are young.
At St. James we provide that kind of an experience for our youth – a purposely- planned series of events and discussions that provide an opportunity to explore the breadth of the Christian tradition, to ask questions and express doubts, and to discover what you truly believe. We meet next month Sunday November 19. Please join Father Ross and Donna for a pizza lunch, games, conversation and ‘Experts on the Hot Seat’
Games Night for all youth ages 9-17 years of age:
Games Night in October is Friday October 27 from 6:30-9:00 pm, everyone is welcome to wear a Halloween costume. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Friends are welcome to join us!
Our November Games night will be Friday November 24, same time and place.
If you have any questions regarding youth events, please contact Donna Rourke.
Youth Internship Program – YIP
We have 6 – 8 intern positions beginning the first week of January. All applicants will be contacted for a panel interview. To view the YIP video please open thislink.
For more information, to send your application or to donate to this program please contact the YIP Coordinator DONNA ROURKE.
In case of a pastoral emergency contact Rev. Andrea at 613-799-8759
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