December 2017

From Fr. Ross…

Sometimes I just want to shut down all the news feeds about who has done what to whom; I want to be shielded from the stories and opinions of my family and friends. It would seem the world is overcome by the horrible, the evil, and the sordid.

I know that is not the whole truth about our human existence on this planet, but there are days . . .

As we begin our Advent season of waiting in anticipation to celebrate the birth of Jesus, here are two pieces to take with you on that journey to Bethlehem.
“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in the darkness for the light that is you.” (L.R. Knost)
“God of pilgrims, teach us to recognize your dwelling-place in the love, generosity, and support of those with whom we share our journey, and help us to worship you in our response to those who need our care; for all the world is your temple and every human heart is a sign of your presence, made known to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen” (Book of Alternative Services, Anglican Church of Canada – prayer after Psalm 84)
May we be those who, recognizing that there is darkness aplenty, journey with others to find – and be – light and hope.
Jesse Tree Pageant:
Come and be a part of our Jesse Tree Pageant; an Advent story you won’t forget. Join us at Messy Church onSaturday December 9th from 4:00-6:00 pm for this telling of the story of the Bible from creation to the birth of Jesus! Dinner will be provided. All Ages welcome!
The Right Reverend Dr. John Chapman, Bishop of Ottawa,
will be celebrating with us at the 10 a.m. service on January 21, 2018.
Please plan to join us.
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.
There is a blue leaflet that explains this project and a sign-up
sheet for those who wish to participate.
Donations or Memorials for the Christmas Services
Donations to the glory of God for the plants and flowers on Christmas Eve are welcome.
Please note your memorial request on the flower chart,
or contact the church office, 613-692-2082/
by Sunday, December 10th. Cheques made payable to St James (memo Flower Fund)
may be put in an envelope from the pew & placed on the collection plate.
Up & Coming…
Check out our website HERE for the upcoming schedule of events for St. James!
Upcoming Events – For All Ages…
Christmas Market Sat. Dec. 2nd
Get your friends and neighbours together and bring them on down to St. James for our annual Christmas Market!
Doors will be open from 10 am to 3 pm. Tomkins Hall will be filled with gifts for everyone on your list. Once you have marveled at the selection of exquisite crafts made by the talented folks of St James, sampled homemade baking, jams, sauces & viewed the treasures at the Holiday Gift Emporium, take a seat and stay for lunch at St. James’ Bistro.
Don’t forget to bring the kids to Tiny Town so they can buy their own gifts without the help of Mom or Dad. All gifts in Tiny Town have tiny prices ranging from 25 to 50 cents and a couple of Santa’s helpers will be on hand to wrap these precious gifts.
Advent Gingerbread Church Decorating:
Annual Advent Gingerbread Church decorating and lunch onSunday December 10th in Tomkins Hall from 11:30-1:00 pm. $15.00 per church and we will graciously accept a free–will donation for lunch. This is an event for All Ages! Sign-up sheets in Tomkins Hall, in the office with Sam or email Donna.
All Proceeds towards CLAY 2018; #ThunderCLAY
Gifts to the Community…
Thank you!!
We would like to acknowledge and thank Isabella MacKay for the terrific job she has done over the summer watering, weeding and dead heading in the church garden. We receive so many compliments on how lovely the garden always looks.
Paint Nite!!
October 24th was a very busy night for all types of painters and the results were fabulous! Over thirty five folks produced masterpieces that were all completely unique. The A.C.W. raised approximately $500 at the first Paint Nite held in Tomkins Hall.
A.C.W. Outreach
At the November meeting of the A.C.W., the proceeds from the 2017 fundraisers were divided up and cheques will be in the mail shortly to the following worthwhile ministries (both local and abroad): Osgoode Emergency Food Cupboard, TEMBO, PWRDF, Operation Come Home, Sleeping Children Around the World, Nelson House and World Vision (two medical clinics will be stocked and a family in need will receive a rooster and hens to provide an on-going supply of food). This year we have made donations in excess of $12,000. We wish to thank everyone who has supported our fundraisers throughout the year.
Fr. Ross’ Retirement
As mentioned in past letters, Father Ross will be retiring the end of April next year.
This note is to ask you to think of memories, thoughts, wishes, pictures, drawings you would like to share with him. A “Memories” book will be available in January for each family or individual to write in (similar to the way “The Road to Bethlehem” book is done).
We are hopeful that by April 28th, 2018 all of you will have added your memories to this book as a gift to Ross on his last day with us.
Father Ross has simple wishes for his “retirement” gathering and details will be relayed early next year as they are finalized. Please mark April 29th on your calendar!
The Planning Committee
Donna Rourke, Shirley Hilchuk, Sam Hills
Opportunities to Give…
St. James’ Cornerstone Housing Fundraising Campaign
The November campaign to raise $6,500 to furnish and equip an apartment in Cornerstone’s new facility in Westboro will end December 3rd.
If you decide to contribute, just use your normal weekly offertory envelope and on the outside write “Cornerstone Adopt-a-Room”. This will ensure your donation will be automatically included in your yearly receipt.
Christmas Outreach
Food hampers and presents this Christmas for two families in need. If you can help, please use the sign-up list at the church entrance to sign your name opposite the item you are able to supply or contact Sam in the church office for items still needed.
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 3rd to ensure they are delivered in time for Christmas.
Centre 454 Annual Christmas Celebration
A reminder… All Gift Bags or individual items for gift bags should be dropped off here at the church by Sunday, December 10th, as they must be delivered that afternoon to be processed in time for the celebration.
The ‘Gift Bag Checklist’ tag, seen here, will help you put together a complete gift bag. 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.
Thank you!
Father Rick’s Memorial
Father Rick’s new classroom will be built for the kindergarten students of Kilaca
School. The community is located right on the Pacific coast, just outside of El Viejo, Chinandega. There is an existing school, but due to overcrowding, the kindergarten students are learning outside under a makeshift palm leaf rancho that is open to the elements. You can read all about the project and community at SchoolBOX.
If you would like to accompany them for the build (16 – 25 AUGUST 2018) contact
If you would like to donate to the build:
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 click on the image beside this text.
For more information, to send your application or to donate to this program please contact the YIP Coordinator DONNA ROURKE.
Youth Internship Program 2016-2017!
Youth News…
#Limitless St James Youth – for youth between the ages of 12-17
Games Night for all youth ages 9-17 years of age:
Games Night in November Friday November 24 from 6:30-9:00 pm
Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Friends are welcome to join us!
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 our Christian tradition, to ask questions and express doubts, and to discover what you truly believe. We meet Sunday December 3rd from 11:30 – 1:00 pm.
Please join Father Ross and Donna for lunch, some games, The Jesse Tree and time permitting our St James version of ‘Burning Questions’.
If you have any questions regarding youth events, please contact Donna Rourke.
About us…
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, 613-692-2082 or e-mail
to reach Sam Hills at the church office, Tues – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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