February 2018

From Fr. Ross…

This month two major events take place in the life of the church; one is part of our liturgical life and one has to do with the practical aspects of our life together as a parish.

Lent begins on February 14th with the observance of Ash Wednesday.

“Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence. From the Middle Ages it became the custom to being Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross. The reminder that we are dust turns our attention to the creative power of God, and God’s ability to heal the brokenness in our lives when we offer that brokenness to God. That turning to God is the work of Lent, preparation for the celebration of Easter.” (from Ashes to Go)

Just as Lent is a time of honest reflection and preparation for new life, so is our Annual Vestry Meeting, which takes place after the 10 o’clock service on Sunday, February 25th. There will be reports on what has happened in the life of the parish, opportunities to ask questions, as well as voting on a budget and leadership for this coming year.

As we move into a time of transition both are important. The spiritual and practical aspects of our lives are all part of the whole; in all things we benefit when we remember our need for God, and God’s call to us.

Ash Wednesday – Imposition of Ashes Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14thAll are welcome to attend either service.

Unable to attend a service?
“Ashes to Go” will be offered from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
A short, quiet, reflective way to receive ashes; on your own, with a friend or your family.

St James Annual Vestry Meeting – Sunday, February 25, 11:30 a.m. 
All parishioners are encouraged and most welcome to attend. (Vestry reports available February 18th.)

Up & Coming…
Check our calendar for all activities going on at the church this month and in the coming months.

Gifts to the Community…  

St James Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 13 from 5 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!
Free Will Offering at the door.

Messy Church
Our February Messy Church will be Saturday February 24 from 4-6 pm.
Please join Rev. Andrea and Donna for stories, songs and supper!

Wednesday Bible Study
You are invited to join an interactive Bible Study of the book of Hebrews facilitated by the Rev. Bill Byers on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. OR Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Any questions, please contact Bill Byers
All are most welcome!

Youth Internship Program
YIP is a St James’ initiative, developed by people within our own faith community; an innovative way of being church that delivers ministry that matters. We aim to be an inclusive and diverse ministry for an age specific cohort within the community and beyond our church walls. This new ministry is for all the youth in the Ottawa diocese. We work collaboratively with the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa and Trinity Bank Street to deliver the program.

Youth Activities…  Games Night
February 23, 6:30-9:00 pm
 in Tomkins Hall we welcome youth ages 9-17 years of age for board games, snacks and drinks.

Memory Book and “Goats for the Old Goat”
As mentioned last month, a “memory book” is now circulating among the various Ministry groups (January 28 to March 17) and will be back in the office from Sunday, March 18 to Thursday, April 26. It is hoped that all members of our congregation will have an opportunity to pass on a message, memory, thoughts or pictures to Ross before he leaves. If you wish to sign the book it can be requested by calling Sam Hills at 613-692-2082.

If you would prefer to leave a private message for Ross, please submit it in a sealed envelope to Sam in the office. Sam will be keeping all private messages and they will be put in an envelope attached to the back page of the book before it is presented to Ross.

For a gift, Fr. Ross has asked for “Goats for the Old Goat” so we hope the you will join us in giving to PWRDF for the purchase of goats in Fr. Ross’ name and in thanks for his support, humour and time spent with us these past 8½ years. To contribute to this parish gift please direct your envelope to “PWRDF in thanks for Ross.”

A potluck reception (sandwiches, desserts) will be held following his last service with us on Sunday, April 29th. It is Fr. Ross’ hope that by keeping things simple he will have a better chance to say individual goodbyes to everyone. We will keep you posted as the plans progress.

Please help us to make this a great celebration of Ross’ ministry here at St. James and to send him and Albert best wishes as they start life together on the beautiful East coast.

Planning Committee
Donna Rourke, Shirley Hilchuk, Sam Hills


Church office: 613-692-2082 or office@stjames-manotick.org
Website: http://www.stjames-manotick.org

In the event of a pastoral emergency,
Feb 6-12, contact The Venerable Ross Hammond at 613-558-8635.
After February 12, please contact Rev. Andrea Thomas at 613-799-8759.

If you have any questions regarding items in our newsletter, please call or e-mail Sam Hills at the church office, Tues – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.










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