Posts by Patsy

April 21, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, April 21 Easter Sunday
6:30 am As the sun rises on the Bethany Grounds, our voices and prayers blend to give thanks for the Resurrection. A pancake breakfast will follow back in the church hall hosted by the Men’s Club.
10:30 am Easter Sunday service

Monday, April 22
5:30 pm St. James Men’s Club Supper Meeting (Please Note Change of Date) The guest speaker will be Wayne MacNeil who will talk about his experiences as an RCMP Officer.

Tuesday, April 23
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour.
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.

Thursday, April 25
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Choir Practice

Saturday, April 27.
9:30 to 11 St. James UCW will be holding their annual Spring Yard Sale from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

The Antigonish Cemetery Company held its Annual Meeting on Monday, April 8, 2019. At this meeting a discussion was made to increase the prices of the cemetery plots. For your information we are listing the new prices effective June 1, 2019.
Single plot, one Casket, one Urn $600.00, an additional Urn $$300.00
Two plots $850.00; Three plots $1100.00; Four plots $1350.00
The clean up of at the Cemetery will be held on Saturday, May 12th with a rain date May 19th .

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, April 28. We will be giving thanks to God for creation in an Earth Day worship service. The children of the congregation are invited to bring a stuffed animal to help us celebrate and give thanks for the rich diversity of animal life around us.

Tuesday, May 7 at 7 pm in the meeting room. General UCW meeting with guest speaker(s) from the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association. They will discuss issues related to Period Poverty and stigma surrounding menstruation in our community. All are welcome to attend.

Youth Forum (YF) & Intermediates at Conference (I@C) will take place from May 23rd-26th in Sackville NB Join other United Church youth from across the Maritimes, the Gaspe, and Bermuda. I@C (for grades 7-9) and YF (grade 10 to age 19)take place during the Annual Meeting of Regions 14 & 15. YF and I@C meet as two separate groups and create an inclusive, diverse and safe community of over a hundred youth in the name of Christ. Each provides a place for youth to explore their faith and to learn more about the United Church while sharing in music, worship and fun in a spirit-filled community. There is a cost ($295) but that covers your room, meals, and all the activities of the weekend. Don’t let the cost scare you away. There is money available to help interested youth from St. James and the wider church. Any interested should speak to Rev. Peter before April 30th, 2019.

Interested in having the weekly sermon delivered to your inbox? Just send a message to weekly.sermons@stjamesuc.com or the church office asking to join the mailing list.

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.

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.

Stewardship Thought for this Sunday (April 21, 2019)
Our lives show what we value the most.
COMMUNITY EVENTSJoin Antigonish County Warden Owen McCarron and Councillors Bill MacFarlane, Vaughan Chisholm and Donnie MacDonald at the upcoming Wardens Tour Session at the Beech Hill Fire Hall. The Wardens Tour will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 7-9pm at the Beech Hill Fire Hall. Come to meet and greet, share your ideas and connect with us!

The Annual Goods and Services Auction at the Mini-Trail Community Centre (rte. 337) in Lakevale, Antigonish Co. will take place Sunday, April 28th, 2018. DOORS OPEN AT 12:00 for viewing of Auction items and registration. Auction to begin at 1:00 pm. Canteen services on site. Admission is free. And back by popular demand, two chances to win your item for free!

MAYFEST 2019: St Martha’s Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting Mayfest on May 11 from 10 – 2 at the Bloomfield Centre on STFX Campus. Admission will be $2 (adult) but free if an entry to the Grand Raffle is purchased ($5). There are 10 great prizes, including gift certificate bundles, food and hand-crafted items such as a garden stone and a wooden bench. Offers of help will be appreciated, especially donations of cakes for the Cake Walk and bake table. Please contact Gill Hillyard (863-0937) or Pauline Liengme (863-8226) with your offer. Other items may be brought to Bloomfield on Thursday and Friday (9th and 10th May) from 10 – 6 pm. There is good parking at Bloomfield or behind Lane Hall. No item will be accepted on the day. Help the Auxiliary purchase an NICU incubator for premature babies.

Honorary Prayer & Service in memory of patients who have passed away between August 1st, 2018 – January 31st, 2019 while in the care of St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 at 7:00 pm, Claire Marie Gathering Place – Martha Centre. Refreshments will follow the Time of Prayer. Free Parking will be provided for people attending the prayer service, courtesy of NSHA Administration. If you have any questions, call 902-867-4500, 4157 or email abbey.bowles@nshealth.ca

April 14, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, April 14 Palm Sunday.
10:30 am We wave our palms and we consider Holy Week as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
Tuesday, April 16
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour.
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.

Wednesday, April 17
2:00 pm The Seniors’ Fellowship will meet in the Meeting Room to enjoy listening to Rev. Doug Stewart, our guest speaker. Refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you all.

Thursday, April 18 Maundy Thursday
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Choir Practice
7:00 pm Come gather around the Table in the Hall as together we remember and share the events in the Upper Room.

Sunday, April 21 Easter Sunday
6:30 am As the sun rises on the Bethany Grounds, our voices and prayers blend to give thanks for the Resurrection. A pancake breakfast will follow back in the church hall hosted by the Men’s Club.
10:30 am Easter Sunday service

Monday, April 22
5:30 pm St. James Men’s Club Supper Meeting (Please Note Change of Date) The guest speaker will be Wayne MacNeil who will talk about his experiences as an RCMP Officer.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Saturday, April 27. St. James UCW will be holding their annual SPRING YARD SALE from 9:30 to 11 a.m. We are accepting the usual sale items – household goods, toys, books, furniture, etc. NO CLOTHING or OUT-of SEASON items. As well, NO TV’S, printers, computers or related accessories. The FINAL DROP-OFF DAY is this Thursday, April 18th. Someone will be in the church storeroom to accept your donations from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. If you are unable to go between those hours or have large items to donate, please call Barb Gardiner at 863-1641 to make drop-off arrangements.

Sunday, April 28 We will be giving thanks to God for creation in an Earth Day worship service. The children of the congregation are invited to bring a stuffed animal to help us celebrate and give thanks for the rich diversity of animal life around us.

Youth Forum (YF) & Intermediates at Conference (I@C) will take place from May 23rd-26th in Sackville NB Join other United Church youth from across the Maritimes, the Gaspe, and Bermuda. I@C (for grades 7-9) and YF (grade 10 to age 19)take place during the Annual Meeting of Regions 14 & 15. YF and I@C meet as two separate groups and create an inclusive, diverse and safe community of over a hundred youth in the name of Christ. Each provides a place for youth to explore their faith and to learn more about the United Church while sharing in music, worship and fun in a spirit-filled community. There is a cost ($295) but that covers your room, meals, and all the activities of the weekend. Don’t let the cost scare you away. There is money available to help interested youth from St. James and the wider church. Any interested should speak to Rev. Peter before April 30th, 2019.

COMMUNITY EVENTS
“An Adaption of Clarence Enzler’s Everyone’s Way of the Cross” Directed by Carol Ann MacKenzie & Donald MacGillivray Music Directed by Emery van de Wiel
Jesus: Nat Tecle Christ Speaks: Sheumais MacLeod I Reply: Briana Lynch-Rankin
Saint Ninian’s Cathedral
Holy Week Tuesday April 16, 2019 Wednesday April 17, 2019 Good Friday April 19, 2019 All performances are at 8:00 PM A free will offering will be taken

The Annual Goods and Services Auction at the Mini-Trail Community Centre (rte. 337) in Lakevale, Antigonish Co. will take place Sunday, April 28th, 2018. DOORS OPEN AT 12:00 for viewing of Auction items and registration. Auction to begin at 1:00 pm. Canteen services on site. Admission is free. And back by popular demand, two chances to win your item for free!

The Antigonish & Area Parkinson’s Support Group will be meeting April 15, 2019 at 2PM at Shannex, Parkland. Several members will be attending The Atlantic Parkinson’s Annual Conference in Halifax on April 13th.The attendees will share information from the conference with members at the Monday regular meeting. Please share this notice with anyone you think would be interested in attending. Contact Joanne MacKenzie at 902-872-0660 for further information.

Honorary Prayer & Service in memory of patients who have passed away between August 1st, 2018 – January 31st, 2019 while in the care of St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 at 7:00 pm, Claire Marie Gathering Place – Martha Centre. Refreshments will follow the Time of Prayer. Free Parking will be provided for people attending the prayer service, courtesy of NSHA Administration. If you have any questions, call 902-867-4500, 4157 or email abbey.bowles@nshealth.ca

April 7, 2019

April 7, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, April 7
11:30 am A Congregational Meeting will be held at St. James after worship to appoint our Regional Council representatives.

Monday, April 8 
            7:00 pm    Annual meeting of the Antigonish Cemetery Committee will meet in the Meeting Room.

Tuesday, April 9
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour.
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.

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

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Saturday, April 27 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, April 1-April 18, 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.

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, April 14 Palm Sunday.
10:30 am We wave our palms and shout our Hosanna’s as Jesus enters Jerusalem and we consider the events of Holy Week as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

Thursday, April 18 Maundy Thursday
7:00 pm Come gather around the Table in the Hall as together we remember and share the events in the Upper Room.

Friday, April 19 Good Friday
10:30 am As disciples of Jesus, we experience through story and song the emotions, events, and meaning of the crucifixion.

Sunday, April 21 Easter Sunday
6:30 am As the sun rises on the Bethany Grounds, our voices and prayers blend to give thanks for the Resurrection. A pancake breakfast will follow back in the church hall hosted by the Men’s Club.
10:30 am Easter Sunday service

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #2 Child Welfare – We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with the provinces and territories, to prepare and publish annual reports on the number of Aboriginal children who are in care, compared with non-Aboriginal children, as well as the reasons for apprehension, the total spending on preventive and care services by child-welfare agencies, and the effectiveness of various interventions. The Complete Trust and Reconciliation Commission Report along with all of the recommendations can be found at www.trc.ca

Youth Forum (YF) & Intermediates at Conference (I@C) will take place from May 23rd-26th in Sackville NB Join other United Church youth from across the Maritimes, the Gaspe, and Bermuda. I@C (for grades 7-9) and YF take place during the Annual Meeting of Regions 14 & 15, which is a gathering of representatives who make decisions and set policies for the United Church of Canada. YF and I@C meet as two separate groups. Each group creates an inclusive, diverse and safe community of over a hundred youth in the name of Christ. Each provides a place for youth to explore their faith and to learn more about the United Church while sharing in music, worship and fun in a spirit-filled community. There is a cost ($295) but that covers your room, meals, and all the activities of the weekend. Don’t let the cost scare you away. There is money available to help interested youth from St. James and the wider church. Those interested should speak to Rev. Peter soon because registration needs to take place before April 30th, 2019

COMMUNITY EVENTS
Bach’s St Matthew Passion for Passion Sunday – Paul Halley and the University of King’s College Chapel Choir present Bach’s magnificent St Matthew Passion on Sunday, April 7, at 4:00 pm in the Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Lane, Halifax. With renowned British tenor Charles Daniels as the Evangelist, chamber orchestra Ensemble Regale, the boy sopranos of Capella Regalis, and a stellar line-up of soloists from Canada’s early music scene. One performance only! Tickets and information at www.ukings.ca/concerts.

Honorary Prayer & Service in memory of patients who have passed away between August 1st, 2018 – January 31st, 2019 while in the care of St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 at 7:00 pm, Claire Marie Gathering Place – Martha Centre. Refreshments will follow the Time of Prayer. Free Parking will be provided for people attending the prayer service, courtesy of NSHA Administration. If you have any questions, call 902-867-4500, 4157 or email abbey.bowles@nshealth.ca

The Annual Goods and Services Auction at the Mini-Trail Community Centre (rte. 337) in Lakevale, Antigonish Co. will take place Sunday, April 28th, 2018. DOORS OPEN AT 12:00 for viewing of Auction items and registration. Auction to begin at 1:00 pm. Canteen services on site. Admission is free. And back by popular demand, two chances to win your item for free! Southern Africa Devastation: Cyclone Idai
Cyclone Idai swept through Southern Africa in March 2019, leaving terrible disaster in its wake. Severe flooding and devastation has affected an estimated 2.6 million people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The current official death toll is 350; that number is expected to rise exponentially, particularly in Mozambique.

United Church Mission & Service partner ACT Alliance, together with local partners, are assessing the impact of the crisis on the ground in order to provide immediate assistance, minimize loss of life, and ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable are met.

The United Church sent an initial contribution of $20,000 to partners and is launching an church-wide appeal to respond to massive emergency needs and support eventual rehabilitation and rebuilding. Immediate priorities are basic food items, potable water and water purification tablets, blankets, clothing, soap, medical items and mosquito nets.

How can you Donate?
-Online https://www.united-church.ca/cyclone-idai

  • Phone 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.
  • Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:
    The United Church of Canada
    Philanthropy Unit – Emergency Response
    3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
    Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
    Please note “Emergency Response—Cyclone Idai” on your cheque.

Note: As part of the United Church’s Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.