January 2018

 

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From Fr. Ross…
As far as the church calendar goes, we are now in ‘ordinary time’ after Epiphany. It’s a short space of 5 Sundays linking the big celebrations of The Nativity, Epiphany, and the Baptism of the Lord to that long period of reflection, Lent.

It’s liturgical colour is green, signifying both stability and growth. According to the Benedictine way of thinking, ‘stability’ is not to be confused with stagnancy but is in fact an active state of being conscious of God’s presence in the here and now; whatever that might be, and whoever it might include. That awareness of God is what will ultimately transform our lives over days, and weeks, and months, and years.
I heard the following prayer for Epiphany for the first time about 15 years ago and it has challenged and haunted me since:
Radiant Morning Star,
you are both guidance and mystery.
Visit our rest with disturbing dreams,
and our journeys with strange companions.
Grace us with the hospitality
to open our hearts and homes
to visitors filled with unfamiliar wisdom
bearing profound and unusual gifts.
Amen.
May this prayer give us all some clues as to how God might be present and seeking to transform us so that we continue to grow more and more into the image of Christ, into our baptismal identity and purpose as Christians, and into the wholeness of our humanity.
Wednesday Bible Study
You are invited to join an interactive Bible Study of the book of Hebrews on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. OR Wednesday evenings from7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. beginning on January, 17.
This study will be facilitated by the Rev. Bill Byers. To register in advance please use the sign-up at the back of the church or contact Bill Byers
All are most welcome!
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25)
Once again this year we join with other Christian congregations
to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Date & Time: Thursday, January 18 at 7 p.m.
Location:    Manotick United Church
The theme this year comes to us from the Caribbean region:
“Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power” (Exodus 15:6).
The contemporary Caribbean is deeply marked by the legacy of slavery. Today, Caribbean Christians of many different traditions see God’s saving action bring freedom from many forms of enslavement. The song of Moses and Miriam (Exodus 15:1-21) is a song of triumph over oppression and the motif of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Please join us for this time of prayer and reflection with our fellow Christians.
Up & Coming…
Click here to see the calendar of what is happening at St James in the month of January and on.
Mark Your Calendars:
The Right Reverend Dr. John Chapman, Bishop of Ottawa, will be celebrating with us at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday January 21, 2018. Please plan to join us.
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The Altar Guild Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday January 28th,following the 10:00 am service in Tomkins Hall.
Anyone interested in learning more about or joining the Altar Guild Team is welcome. Please bring a sandwich for your lunch if you plan to attend. For more information please contact the Altar Guild President, Carol Gervais
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ACW Annual General Meeting will be held after church on Sunday February 4th.
          Bring a sandwich, soup will be provided.
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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – Tuesday February 13 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Opportunities to Give...
As mentioned in a previous email, Father Ross will be retiring this year on April 29th, 2018.
We wish to provide an opportunity for parishioners to contribute their memories, thoughts, photos or drawings to a “Memory Book” which will be given to Ross on his last day. The book will be circulated among the individual church ministries (Altar Guild, Anglican Church Women, Choir, Craft Group, #Limitless, Men’s Group, Parish Council) on a week by week basis starting on Sunday January 28th.
If you are not involved in any of the groups listed above, the book will be back in the church office on Sunday, March 18th and will be available until April 26thfor signing.
There will be a potluck lunch at the end of his last service on Sunday April 29th. Father Ross was asked if he would like any specific gift from the parish and has provided a response. We will be honouring his request and will provide further details in a future newsletter.
 
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. Most dates open!
PWRDF in Action
As we in Canada “suffer” through an extremely cold start to 2018 The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund continues its work around the world. As 2017 came to a close PWRDF, in concert with its partners, was on the ground supporting several significant relief programs.
In the South Sudan war torn and ravaged by famine your financial contributions helped to provide more than 200 tonnes of high protein food in one of the hardest hit areas. This was achieved with the assistance of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank with which the PWRDF has enjoyed a 10 year relationship. Also in the South Sudan we are supporting a KAIROS project that will help women learn to advocate for their rights and the rights of others, with the goal of narrowing the gender gap.
Closer to home PWRDF is working with the Anglican Diocese of the North East Caribbean and Aruba helping to organize and facilitate to distribution of relief material supplied by other donors. Our expertise in organizing, prioritizing and distributing relief is an important aspect of PWRDF’s capabilities.
As the devastating stories of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh continue to emerge, PWRDF is pleased to report more than $46,000 in donations have been received during the federal government matching period which ended November 28 2017. These funds will defray grants already given and enable PWRDF to continue to support ongoing programs, and the matching funds will go to the federal government’s Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund, to be disbursed accordingly.
None of this important humanitarian work would be possible without the generous support of Anglicans such as ourselves. We are blessed to live in a prosperous and peaceful country, we can share and leverage those blessings by supporting the work of the PWRDF. Please consider making a regular contribution to PWRDF either through your envelope or through PAR.
For further information please contact Garry Smith PWRDF Coordinator
 Gifts to the Community…
Messy Church
Our January Messy Church will be Saturday January 27 from 4-6 pm.
Please join Rev. Andrea and Donna for stories, songs LEGO and supper!
Youth News:
Building Faith
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 on Sunday January 21 from 11:30 to 1:30 pm.
Please join Father Ross and Donna for some lunch and faith formation.
Bishop John will be joining us for our version of ‘Faith Leader on the Hot Seat’
Games Night
January 26, 6:30-9:00 pm in Tomkins Hall we welcome youth ages 9-17 years of age for board games, snacks and drinks.
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