Bulletin Announcements for April 8/2018

A warm welcome to all who have gathered with us for worship this Sunday morning. May be a time of fellowship with God and neighbour.

Greeters this Sunday are Eileen Adams and Carol Kell

Babies and toddlers who don’t want to stay in the service for worship are welcome to make use of the nursery located in the multipurpose room. The nursery has toys and a friendly adult in attendance.

This Sunday we are pleased to have the Rev. Jan Aylward leading our service of worship.

Thanks to the members of the St. James Ensemble who are sharing their gift of music this morning. Members of the Ensemble are:
Violin – Bob Murray, Amy Hendricks
Cornet – Christine Templeman
Tenor Saxophone – Kenji Omae
Trombone – Fred Davison

The Rev. Peter Smith is away on study leave from April 4th until April 17th. If there is a pastoral emergency during that time please contact the Rev. Doug Stewart at (902) 735-2102 or through the St. Martha’s Hospital Switchboard during the day (902) 867-4500.

Thanks to everyone who shared their gifts of music this Holy Week and Easter. Many gifts and skills combined to enrich our services of worship.

The latest issue of Connections, our congregational newsletter is now available at the back of the church of electronically on our website (www.stjamesuc.com). Thanks to Brenda Rose, Ruth Young, and all of the contributors for making this issue possible.

UCW is missing four fancy table cloths for funeral receptions. If anyone knows where they could have gone please call the church office 902 863 2001.

Scriptures for Next Sunday (April 15, 2018)
Acts 3:12-19 • 1 John 3:1-7 • Luke 24:36b-48

THIS WEEK AT ST JAMES
Tuesday, April 10
10:00 am No Bible Study
11:00 am Hot Meal in the Hall
3:00 pm Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.

Thursday, April 12
11:00 am Hot Meal in the Hall

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, April 8 from 2-4. The Families of St. James will go to Pins Bowling as an afternoon activity. If you would like to participate for all or part of that time, please speak to Claire or Chad. The cost is $6 per hour for an adult and $4 per hour for a child. Shoe rentals are free with a donation to the Food Bank, or at a cost of $1.50. Once we have an idea of how many people are interested, we’ll reserve the lanes. See you there!

Saturday, April 28. St. James UCW will be holding their annual Spring Yard Sale. We are accepting the usual sale items – household goods, toys, furniture, etc. No Clothing or Out-of-Season items. Donations must be in good working condition, clean, and all pieces included. Please no tv’s, printers, computers, keyboards as they do not sell. We ask that you check with Barb Gardiner at 863-1641 if you have larger items to drop off as we don’t have room to store them for any length of time. Drop-off times for all other items: March 26 – April 13, weekdays from 10 to 12 noon. These dates allow us time to sort and price everything prior to the sale. Please call Barb if you have any questions.

Did you know? PAR (Pre Authorized Remittance) is as easy to start as one-two-three. 1) Ask to sign up at the church office. 2)Fill in the amount you want to give each month. 3) Know that each month your gift goes to help the church do God’s work here in Antigonish and around the world! If you are interested in PAR speak to Pamela Cunningham or drop by the church office.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Wednesday, April 11, 8 am to 4:30 pm and Tuesday, April 17, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Palliative Care volunteer 2 day training program. Monastery Fire Hall, 995 Route 16, Monastery. To register, contact Norah-Lee@902-867-4500,ext 4419 or Norah-Lee.Goulding@nshealth.ca

Council Highlights
St. James United Church – Matrch 20, 1018
Welcome to Council Highlights! Below is information about what happened at the last Council meeting and key decisions made.
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Th Council welcomes new members: Alistair Hamilton, Ida Sarty, Irene MacLeod, Barbara Gardiner, Paul van de Weil, Betty Webber
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A search committee was formed to find a new church administrator with Andrea’s upcoming retirement this June. If anyone from the congregation is intereted in sitting on this committee please speak with Rev. Peter
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Council approved a recommendation from Worship Committee to replace the current plastic communion cups with new glass cups.
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Rev. Peter reported that the changes to the wider church which were voted on in the fall have all been approved and will be brought forward to the General Council Meeting this summer.
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Council approved a recommendation from Property and Trustees to purchase of an automatic electronic defibrillator (AED) for the church building. There was some discussion about training to use it and where it would be located. There was also some discussion about the need to clean out the storage space in the former balcony.
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Our Treasurer, Pamela Cunningham, reported that while we are ahead of where we were at this point last year our revenue is a little below budget (i.e. where we woudl like to be financially).
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The next meeting of St James United Church Council will be on
May 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

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