Posts by Patsy

December 9 2018

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, December 9
10:30 am We welcome our friends from St. Paul the Apostle Anglican Church for a joint service of worship.
11:30 am Ministry and Personnel will meet in the Sunday School Room.
11:30 am St. James United Church Women are packing our “Baskets Of Love” in the Meeting Room. We are looking for donations of small or individual bottles of sent free Hand Lotion, Shampoo, Powder, Deodorant, toothpaste, Soap, Kleenex, Candy, Fudge, and Cookies.

Tuesday, December 11
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour,
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
1:00 pm Orpah Unit will meet in the parlour.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group gathers in the Meeting Room.

Wednesday, December 12
10:00 Christmas Worship at Highland Crest Home. Everyone is Welcome.

Thursday, December 13
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Senior Choir Practice

Saturday, December 15
1-3 PM The Families of St. James will be hosting a Bracelet Making Party in the Sunday School classroom. Jenna Teasdale will offer this workshop; no experience is necessary and all are invited! At the conclusion, participants will have created a beautiful and meaningful piece of jewelry. It will be a lovely time to make a personal gift for a loved one, (or for yourself!), to learn a new skill, and to be creative! To cover the expense of materials, the suggested donation is $20 for an adult bracelet or $15 for a child’s bracelet.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR ST. PAUL’S
St Paul’s Anglican Church will be holding their annual Lessons and Carols on Saturday, December 15th at 6.00 pm. The change in day is to allow the CACL Concert goers time to attend both events. Featuring local singers and congregational carols, this is an event to raise money for the Antigonish Food Bank, very necessary at this time of year. There will be seasonal refreshments in the Church Hall after the concert. All welcome.

You Can Help Others on Christmas Day – Planning for this years Community Christmas Dinner is underway. Again this year, the Community Christmas Dinner is being held on December 25 at the St. James United Church hall in Antigonish. This event has been a success every year, but we can’t do it without the help of our community. This is open to anyone interested in being on the committee or looking for any information on how to get involved. We are looking for volunteers to help with set up, food preparation, serving, and clean up. We also require donations of food, including turkeys, vegetables, condiments, and desserts, as well as monetary donations to help with expenses (online donations can be made via CanadaHelps at stjamesuc.com/xmas). This is a wonderful way to help others at Christmas. If you want to be involved in any way, please call Natasha @ 902-872-2737 or email xmas@stjamesuc.com.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, December 16
1:00 pm Women of St. James are invited to Betty Webber’s for a Christmas Celebration. You are asked to share a Christmas memory. It can be funny, sad or memorable. You may hear again the story of the travelling turkey or the famous Christmas Shopping Bag. We will be car pooling, please let Barbara Gardiner, 863-1641 or Joyce Hilling, 863-5881 know if you need a drive.

Wednesday, December 19
11:00 am Christmas Worship at the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home.

Monday, December 24
4:00 pm Christmas Eve service at St. David’s
7:00 pm Family Christmas Eve service at St. James
9:00 pm Christmas Eve Communion at St. James

The final date for donations to be credited to your 2018 tax receipt at St. James will be Sunday, December 30th.

Gifts with Vision Our Congregation has multiple copies of Gifts with Vision: A Gift-Giving Catalogue from the United Church of Canada for all of us to use and share. The United Church developed the gift catalogue in response to member requests to be able to give gifts to support that support the church’s Mission and Service partners. Gifts are available in a range of dollar amounts and include projects here in Canada and around the world many different areas of need (hunger, shelter, education, health, safety, mobility, and more). An online copy of the gift catalogue can be found at www.giftswithvision.ca

COMMUNITY EVENTS
St Martha’s Regional Hospital Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who came to the Jingle Bell Frolic and made it such a success. The interim total is over $16,000 and that would not have been accomplished if you had not supported us in such numbers. We are blessed in having such a caring community, which lets us do so much for our hospital. Our blessings to you all at this joyous Christmas time.

Women’s Advent Reflection, led by Dorothy Ludlow, Sunday, December 9, 2018, 1:00-4:00 pm at the John Paul Center, open to all women in the community. For further information please call Dorothy, 902-863-5601.

Sunday Dec 9th, 6-8pm, at East Coast Credit Union Social Enterprise Centre (New Legion/CACL) the rescheduled launch of ‘The People’s Photo Album’ a pictorial history of the Antigonish Movement.

United Church male student in 3rd year nursing at St FX looking for accommodations for 2 months during 4th year. (Sept-Oct approx. 6-8 weeks) Looking for room, private bath and kitchenette (or use of kitchen). Contact Ethan Anderson (902) 670-2710 x2016pio@stfx.ca
I attended and sang with your choir a few times in first year. My Mom, (Krista Anderson) included in this email is a United Church Minister and suggested this might be something you might consider. I appreciate any help you might be able to offer. Ethan Anderson
THOUGHTS FOR THE ADVENT SEASON

“For outlandish creatures like us, on our way to a heart, a brain, and courage, Bethlehem is not the end of our journey but only the beginning – not home but the place through which we must pass if ever we are to reach home at last.” ? Frederick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat

“…And then, just when everything is bearing down on us to such an extent that we can scarcely withstand it, the Christmas message comes to tell us that all our ideas are wrong, and that what we take to be evil and dark is really good and light because it comes from God. Our eyes are at fault, that is all. God is in the manger, wealth in poverty, light in darkness, succor in abandonment. No evil can befall us; whatever men may do to us, they cannot but serve the God who is secretly revealed as love and rules the world and our lives.” ? Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is in the Manger

“Into this world, this demented inn in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ comes uninvited.” ? Thomas Merton

“Politicians compete for the highest offices. Business tycoons scramble for a bigger and bigger piece of the pie. Armies march and scientists study and philosophers philosophise and preachers preach and labourers sweat. But in that silent baby, lying in that humble manger, there pulses more potential power and wisdom and grace and aliveness than all the rest of us can imagine.” ? Brian D. McLaren

“One of the essential paradoxes of Advent: that while we wait for God, we are with God all along ,that while we need to be reassured of God’s arrival, or the arrival of our homecoming, we are already at home. While we wait, we have to trust, to have faith, but it is God’s grace that gives us that faith. As with all spiritual knowledge, two things are true, and equally true, at once. The mind can’t grasp paradox; it is the knowledge of the soul.” ? Michelle Blake

December 2 2018

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, December 2
11:30 am Ministry and Personnel will meet in the Meeting Room.
4:00 pm Advent Family Potluck in the Hall 4:00- 6:30 pm. Family, Food Fun. Please bring a food item to share and to avoid a lot of time in the kitchen, bring your own dishes (just like going on a picnic). It saves
a lot of clean up time. For more information please call the Hospitality Committee.

Tuesday, December 4
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour,
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group meets Multi Purpose Room.

Thursday, December 6
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Senior Choir Practice

Friday, December 7
6:30pm The closing worship service for Pictou Presbytery at Sharon St. John United Church, Stellarton. You are invited to join us on for fellowship and food (sandwiches and sweets) at 6:30. Worship will follow at 7:30pm. Please let Rev. Peter know if you are planning to attend. All are welcome!

Stewardship Thought for this Sunday (December 2, 2018)
Your use of money shows what you think of God
Once again the food bank is asking the congregation for their help in spreading a little Christmas love and cheer to others. Donations of personal care items such as soap, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, body wash, etc. are needed for the gift bags by December 9, 2018. Items can be dropped of at the church office weekday mornings or brought to church Sunday mornings. Thank you for your help with this very important ministry.

You Can Help Others on Christmas Day – Planning for this years Community Christmas Dinner is underway. Again this year, St. James United Church is hosting a Community Christmas Dinner on December 25 at the St. James United Church hall in Antigonish. This event has been a success every year, but we can’t do it without the help of our community. This is open to anyone interested in being on the committee or looking for any information on how to get involved. We are looking for volunteers to help with set up, food preparation, serving, and clean up. We also require donations of food, including turkeys, vegetables, condiments, and desserts, as well as monetary donations to help with expenses. This is a wonderful way to help others at Christmas. If you want to be involved in any way, please call Natasha @ 902-872-2737 or email xmas@stjamesuc.com.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, December 9
10:30 am We welcome our friends from St. Paul the Apostle Anglican Church for a joint service of worship.

Sunday, December 11
1:00 pm Orpah Unit will meet in the parlour.

Wednesday, December 12
10:00 Christmas Worship at Highland Crest Home. Everyone is Welcome.

Sunday, December 16
1:00 pm Women of St. James are invited to Betty Webber’s for a Christmas Celebration.

Gifts with Vision Our Congregation has multiple copies of Gifts with Vision: A Gift-Giving Catalogue from the United Church of Canada for all of us to use and share. The United Church developed the gift catalogue in response to member requests to be able to give gifts to support that support the church’s Mission and Service partners. Gifts are available in a range of dollar amounts and include projects here in Canada and around the world many different areas of need (hunger, shelter, education, health, safety, mobility, and more). An online copy of the gift catalogue can be found at www.giftswithvision.ca

COMMUNITY EVENTS
Women’s Advent Reflection, led by Dorothy Ludlow, Sunday, December 9, 2018, 1:00-4:00 pm at the John Paul Center, open to all women in the community. For further information please call Dorothy, 902-863-5601.

St Paul’s Anglican Church will be holding their annual Lessons and Carols on Saturday, December 15th at 6.00 pm. The change in day is to allow the CACL Concertgoers time to attend both events. Featuring local singers and congregational carols, this is an event to raise money for the Antigonish Food Bank, very necessary at this time of year. There will be seasonal refreshments in the Church Hall after the concert. All welcome.

United Church male student in 3rd year nursing at St FX looking for accommodations for 2 months during 4th year. (Sept-Oct approx. 6-8 weeks) Looking for room, private bath and kitchenette (or use of kitchen). Contact Ethan Anderson (902) 670-2710 x2016pio@stfx.ca
I attended and sang with your choir a few times in first year. My Mom, (Krista Anderson) included in this email is a United Church Minister and suggested this might be something you might consider. I appreciate any help you might be able to offer. Ethan Anderson

WHITE GIFT SUNDAY

The tradition of White Gift Sunday has its roots in a small Methodist church in Ohio in 1904. What began as a humble way to reflect on the love and devotion of the giver and not the value of the gift has grown into today’s white gift services in many churches across several denominations.

The story is told that a minister’s wife initiated the idea to solve the problem of inequity of gifts given at the Sunday school Christmas party. Instead of focusing on receiving gifts, the focus shifted to bringing gifts to Jesus that could in turn be shared with people around the world who did not have much.

All the gifts would come wrapped in plain white paper, so that no one would know which was an expensive gift and which was a more modest one. No one would feel ashamed of their gift and everyone would share in the joy of giving to others.

Here at St. James, we continue the tradition and spirit of White Gift Sunday by taking up a special offering which is given to the work of Brunswick Street Mission in Halifax and the work of the wider church here in Canada and around the world through the Mission and Service Fund.

The envelopes found in the bulletin this morning can be used at any time through December as a way of sharing with others during this season as we celebrate God’s gift to us in Jesus.

November 25 2018

You Can Help Others on Christmas Day – Planning for this years Community Christmas Dinner is underway. Again this year, St. James United Church is hosting a Community Christmas Dinner on December 25 at the St. James United Church hall in Antigonish. This event has been a success every year, but we can’t do it without the help of our community. An initial committee meeting will be held at 6pm at St. James in the parlour this Wednesday the 28th. This is open to anyone interested in being on the committee or looking for any information on how to get involved. We are looking for volunteers to help with set up, food preparation, serving, and clean up. We also require donations of food, including turkeys, vegetables, condiments, and desserts, as well as monetary donations to help with expenses. This is a wonderful way to help others at Christmas. If you want to be involved in any way, please call Natasha @ 902-872-2737 or email xmas@stjamesuc.com.

Once again the food bank is asking the congregation for their help in spreading a little Christmas love and cheer to others. They will need donations of personal care items such as soap, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, body wash, etc. are needed for the gift bags by December 9, 2018. Items can be dropped of at the church office weekday mornings or brought to church Sunday mornings. Thank you for your help with this very important ministry.
THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, November 25
10:30 am We gather around the table and celebrate the Lord’s Supper on “Reign of Christ” Sunday.
11:30 am U.C.W. Planning Meeting in the Meeting Room
11:30 am Trustees and Property will meet in the Parlour
2-4 pm Family Square Dance in the Hall. No experience necessary and everyone is welcome. Basic step dance instruction will be provided.. Freewill donation to benefit World Wildlife Federation Species Adoption will be welcomed.

Monday, November 26
2:00 pm Prayer Shawl meeting in the Parlour.
6:00 pm Men’s Club Supper Meeting in the Hall. Guest Speaker: Michael Steinitz.

Tuesday, November 27
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour,
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group meets Multi Purpose Room. For more information, call Fran at 902 863 3546

Thursday, November 29
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Senior Choir Practice

There is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the wall near the back door easily accessible from both the hall and the sanctuary. Training will take place on Thursday at 10 am and Friday at 1 pm in the sanctuary to learn how to use the device. If you are interested in attending please let Rev. Peter or the office know.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES

Saturday, December 1
1:00 pm Decorating the Sanctuary for Christmas. All are welcome to help. Decorations are provided.

Sunday, December 2
4:00 pm Advent Family Potluck in the Hall 4:00- 6:30 pm. Family, Food Fun. Please bring a food item to share and to avoid a lot of time in the kitchen, bring your own dishes (just like going on a picnic). It saves
a lot of clean up time. For more information please call the Hospitality Committee.

Friday, December 7
6:30pm The closing worship service for Pictou Presbytery at Sharon St. John United Church, Stellarton. You are invited to join us on for fellowship and food (sandwiches and sweets) at 6:30. Worship will follow at 7:30pm. Please let Rev. Peter know if you are planning to atted. All are welcome!

Sunday, December 16
1:00 pm Women of St. James are invited to Betty Webber’s for a Christmas Celebration.

COMMUNITY EVENTS
Friday, November 30 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Join St Martha’s Auxiliary at the Claire Marie Gathering Place. Featuring delicious Seafood Chowder, Attic Treasures, Bake and Fudge Tables, silent auction, seasonal decorations and gifts. Admission is free. Proceeds to St. Martha’s Auxiliary funds for equipment for St. Martha’s Hospital (part of the Nova Scotia Health Authority).

The Antigonish Poverty Reduction Coalition (APRC) has been conducting People’s School sessions throughout the Antigonish Town and County communities to better understand what services and programs exist in community to address the effects of poverty, what the gaps in these services are, and what can be done going forward. We invite you to our wrap up session on Tuesday, November 27th, from 5:00 – 8:30 at the People’s Place Library to discuss the initial findings of these sessions and to continue making action plans for the future. Refreshments will be served and if necessary the APRC can provide reimbursement for transportation and child care costs to attend the event. All are welcome!

Antigonish Lions Club Pancake & Sausage Breakfast Sunday, November 25, 2018 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Lion’s Den, Highland Drive Extension. Donations at the door. Monies go to help a young Somalian woman bring her sisters to Canada.

November 18 2018

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, November 18
11:30 am Worship Committee in the Meeting Room.
11:30 am Christian Faith and Development in the Sunday School Room.
5:30 pm There will be once again a community potluck. Cultural Connections Antigonish is thrilled to be partnering with the StFX Islamic Studies students to offer a Middle Eastern themed evening. This is a welcoming time and a chance to absorb some music and other activities from that interesting part of the world. Family friendly, just bring a dish to share so there’s enough to go around. St James Hall at 5:30.

Tuesday, November 20
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour,
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group meets Multi Purpose Room. For more information, call Fran at 902 863 3546.
7:00 pm Church Council gathers in the Meeting Room

Wednesday. November 21
11:00 am United Church Worship at the RK MacDonald Nursing Home. Everyone is welcome.
2:00 pm The Seniors’ Fellowship will welcome Brian MacLeod who has agreed to join us and be our guest speaker this month. Refreshments will be served. Please feel welcome to participate.

Thursday, November 22
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Senior Choir Practice

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, November 25
10:30 am Wel gather around the table and celebrate the Lord’s Supper on “Reign of Christ” Sunday..
11:30 am U.C.W. Planning Meeting in the Meeting Room
11:30 am Trustees and Property will meet in the Parlour
2-4 pm Family Square Dance in the Hall. No experience necessary and everyone is welcome. Basic step dance instruction will be provided.. Freewill donation to benefit World Wildlife Federation Species Adoption will be welcomed.

Sunday, December 2
4:00 pm Advent Family Potluck in the Hall. Family, Food Fun. Please bring a food item to share and to avoid a lot of time in the kitchen, bring your own dishes (just like going on a picnic). It saves a lot of clean up time. For more information please call the Hospitality Committee.

Friday, December 7
6:30pm The closing worship service for Pictou Presbytery at Sharon St. John United Church, Stellarton . As of December 31, 2018, Pictou Presbytery (and Maritime Conference) will cease to exist and our pastoral charges will become part of Region 15; Nova Scotia and Bermuda. Honoring the life, work and ministry of our presbytery as we bring it to a close is important. As people of faith, we mark such times of transition with ritual and by gathering together to share in fellowship and worship, acknowledging that amidst all the changing seasons of life, we are not alone. You are invited to join us on for fellowship and food (sandwiches and sweets) at 6:30. Worship will follow at 7:30pm. Please let your minister know if you are planning to attend so that we can be prepared. All are welcome!

From the Archives: A binder containing notes, etc., depicting the organization of the GWCTD events from its inception in 2007 to 2014 has been placed in the Archives. A binder detailing events held & other pertinent information relating to Seniors’ Fellowship since its inception in 2008 to 2017 is now stored in the Archives. Marlene Groenenburg is your go-to person for help in finding them.

Gifts with Vision Our Congregation has multiple copies of Gifts with Vision: A Gift-Giving Catalogue from the United Church of Canada for all of us to use and share. The United Church developed the gift catalogue in response to member requests to be able to give gifts to support that support the church’s Mission and Service partners. Gifts are available in a range of dollar amounts and include projects here in Canada and around the world many different areas of need (hunger, shelter, education, health, safety, mobility, and more). An online copy of the gift catalogue can be found at www.giftswithvision.ca

The Promise Bursary is a $100 award from the Pine Hill Divinity Hall, given to a person whose congregation has recognized in her or him significant promise for leadership within The United Church of Canada in the future. Nominations are submitted in the form of two letters from members of the congregation detailing the contributions of the nominee. The deadline for nominations is Dec 1st. See more information on the bulletin boards, talk to Rev. Peter or email the office for more details.

A Note from Linda Darwish: Cecilia Ockling was a Coady participant from Ghana in 2011 and attended St. James on a regular basis. You might remember her bright smile. We have kept in close touch over the years. A couple of months ago, her only son (35 yrs. old) had kidney failure, requiring numerous medical procedures, including dialysis twice weekly, blood transfusions, lab tests, medical reviews, medications, and more. Finally, he needs a kidney transplant, which can be done only in India or the UK, requiring many additional expenses. Cecilia and her family do not have the means to pay for all of these expenses. She devotes all her salary to his care and has raised about $3000 in donations. But she needs 10s of thousands more. I agreed to help her raise some financial support. If you can help, any amount will be very much appreciated. I will happily accept your donations and send them to her after the end of November.

COMMUNITY EVENTS
Friday, November 30 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Join St Martha’s Auxiliary at the Claire Marie Gathering Place. Featuring delicious Seafood Chowder, Attic Treasures, Bake and Fudge Tables, silent auction, seasonal decorations and gifts. Admission is free. Proceeds to St. Martha’s Auxiliary funds for equipment for St. Martha’s Hospital (part of the Nova Scotia Health Authority). Stewardship in our Christian Life

The Bible reminds us that God has richly blessed us in our lives. God gives us time to live our lives, to grow and learn, to be friends and family together. And God asks us to share our time, talents, and treasures.

All of us have time we can share. So consider how you are spending your time within St. James and the wider community and ask yourself “How can I faithfully offer my time?” Sharing your time might mean being part of a committee or group in the church. Or it might mean giving some time at noon to help out at the Hot Meal. Or being part of the prayer circle, prayer shawl ministry, or even the Sunday School leadership.

All of us have talents we can share. So consider how you are using your gifts within St. James and the wider community and ask yourself. “How can I faithfully share my talents?” Sharing your talents might mean singing in the choir or baking for a funeral reception, or telephoning and emailing to organize an event. Or it might mean lending your experience and wisdom to a committee of the church. Or helping to count the offering, distributing posters for a sale, or even to putting tables and chairs away after fellowship time.

All of us have money we can share. So consider what you have been given and ask yourself “How can I faithfully use my money to help others?” Sharing your money can be done in many ways. There are offering envelopes for cash and cheques, pre-authorized remittence, or even donating stocks and securities. The money goes to make sure St. James continues to be a place for children and families to worship and so we can reach into the community with the gospel message. Your offering can also go to the programs and activities here in Canada and around the world through the Mission and Service fund.

All of us have time, talents, and treasures which God has entrusted to us. When we offer and use those things in the service of God we learn how to be good and faithful stewards and we help spread the good news of Jesus Christ with the world.

November 11 2018

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, November 11
10:00 am Morning Worship. Please note the change of time for Remembrance Sunday only.

10:50 am Community Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph.
4:40 pm The Bells of Peace. To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the first World War church bells from across the country will be run at sunset. The bells in our church will join that act of remembrance and holding up the need for peace in our world by being rung 100 times at sunset. If you would like to be one of the people who takes part in this effort please speak to Rev. Peter.

Tuesday, November 13
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour,
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
1:00 pm Orpah Unit will meet in the Parlour
3:00 pm Congregational Life and Hospitality in the Parlour.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group meets Multi Purpose Room. For more information, call Fran at 902 863 3546.

Thursday, November 15
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Senior Choir Practice

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Sunday November 18th
5:30 pm There will be once again a community potluck. Cultural Connections Antigonish is thrilled to be partnering with the StFX Islamic Studies students to offer a Middle Eastern themed evening. This is a welcoming time and a chance to absorb some music and other activities from that interesting part of the world. Family friendly, just bring a dish to share so there’s enough to go around. St James Hall at 5:30.

Tuesday, November 20
7:00 pm Church Council Meets in the Meeting Room.

Wednesday. November 21
11:00 am United Church Worship at the RK. Everyone welcome.

Sunday, November 25
11:30 am U.C.W. Planning Meeting in the Meeting Room
11:30 am Trustees and Property will meet in the Parlour

Sunday, December 2
4:00 pm Advent Family Potluck

If you would like to sponsor the bulletin in celebration or memory of a loved one or a special day, please call the office at 863-2001 and let Patsy know.

Stewardship Thought for this Sunday (November 11, 2018)
We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.
– William Gladstone

The Promise Bursary is a $100 award from the Pine Hill Divinity Hall, given to a person whose congregation has recognized in her or him significant promise for leadership within The United Church of Canada in the future. Nominations are submitted in the form of two letters from members of the congregation detailing the contributions of the nominee. The deadline for nominations is Dec 1st. See more information on the bulletin boards, talk to Rev. Peter or email the office for more details.

From the Archives: A binder containing notes, etc., depicting the organization of the GWCTD events from its inception in 2007 to 2014 has been placed in the Archives. A binder detailing events held & other pertinent information relating to Seniors’ Fellowship since its inception in 2008 to 2017 is now stored in the Archives. Marlene Groenenburg is your go-to person for help in finding them.

As of December 31, 2018, Pictou Presbytery (and Maritime Conference) will cease to exist and our pastoral charges will become part of Region 15; Nova Scotia and Bermuda. Honoring the life, work and ministry of our presbytery as we bring it to a close is important. As people of faith, we mark such times of transition with ritual and by gathering together to share in fellowship and worship, acknowledging that amidst all the changing seasons of life, we are not alone. You are invited to join us on Friday, December 7, at 6:30pm at Sharon St. John United Church, Stellarton, for fellowship and food (sandwiches and sweets). Worship will follow at 7:30pm. Please let your minister know if you are planning to attend so that we can be prepared. All are welcome!

Gifts with Vision Our Congregation has multiple copies of Gifts with Vision: A Gift-Giving Catalogue from the United Church of Canada for all of us to use and share. The United Church developed the gift catalogue in response to member requests to be able to give gifts to support that support the church’s Mission and Service partners. Gifts are available in a range of dollar amounts and include projects here in Canada and around the world many different areas of need (hunger, shelter, education, health, safety, mobility, and more). An online copy of the gift catalogue can be found at www.giftswithvision.ca

A Note from Linda Darwish: Cecilia Ockling was a Coady participant from Ghana in 2011 and attended St. James on a regular basis. You might remember her bright smile. We have kept in close touch over the years. A couple of months ago, her only son (35 yrs. old) had kidney failure, requiring numerous medical procedures, including dialysis twice weekly, blood transfusions, lab tests, medical reviews, medications, and more. Finally, he needs a kidney transplant, which can be done only in India or the UK, requiring many additional expenses. Cecilia and her family do not have the means to pay for all of these expenses. She devotes all her salary to his care and has raised about $3000 in donations. But she needs 10s of thousands more. I agreed to help her raise some financial support. If you can help, any amount will be very much appreciated. I will happily accept your donations and send them to her after the end of November.

COMMUNITY EVENTS
SAFE is looking for Volunteer Conversation Partners for our new Syrian-Canadian community members. If you would like to make a friend while helping someone practice conversational English in a friendly and relaxed way, please contact Jack Beaton (jackbeaton7@gmail.com) for more information. No prior experience necessary, just a willingness to have a good chat. Time commitment is flexible. Criminal record and vulnerable sector checks must be completed.

HOLLY TEA AND SALE

The HOLLY TEA and SALE is this Saturday, Nov. 17th from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. If you’re a candy or fudge maker, the ladies working on
that table would love to have a plateful. We hope all the jam and pickle makers have a few bottles set aside for the preserve corner. The bake table will gratefully receive any homemade baking – bread, rolls, muffins, squares, cookies, loaves, cake or pies.
VERY IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to note the name of the recipe and any special ingredients that will help in pricing (eggs, cream cheese, nuts, chocolate, etc.) and, more importantly, to alert buyers to possible allergies.

If you’re unable to contribute in any way, a monetary donation would be appreciated as this is our major fundraiser of the year and we do have a lot expenses associated with it. Just put your contribution in an envelope and drop it into the church office any weekday morning or put in the collection plate clearly marked “Holly Tea and Sale.

We are no longer accepting donations for the New to You and Christmas tables. Monday, Nov. 12th the church will be closed but Silent Auction and Jewellery items can still be dropped off this coming week on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. Bake table donations can be left at the church on Friday between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. or on Saturday NO LATER THAN 10 a.m.

*******Don’t forget – Squares are needed for the Tea Tables.******

If you are not working at the sale, we hope you will still come to enjoy our delicious lunch, shop at our tables and bask in the warm friendship of friends and neighbours.