Announcements

Bulletin Announcements for Oct. 22 2017

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

Greeters at the door this Sunday are Wayne and Marilyn MacNeil
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 week in the nursery – Diane Theuerkauf

To recognize “All Saints Day” which is November 1, the children (and everyone else for that matter!) are welcome to come in costume for service on Sunday, October 29. We encourage participants to wear a costume which represents someone they admire, or has a quality they respect, or who may be a special person. We would ask that people do not come in scary or violent costumes, as we want to reflect on the positive qualities of people, animals and our environment. Also, there will be extra costumes available. See Claire for further info.

Today is the day for Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner. Those who signed up as guests should meet in the church sanctuary at 5:00 this afternoon. We ask for a minimum donation of five dollars per person which goes to the host to cover expenses. Any additional donations will go to the Hot Lunch Program. Tax receipts will be issued for donations over and above the $5:00. It is important that everyone be on time. You will draw a number to find out where you are going for dinner. We will arrange car pooling when we find out where everyone is headed. We hope everyone is looking forward to an interesting evening and, perhaps, an opportunity to meet someone new.

Scriptures for Next Sunday (October 29)
Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 • 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 • Matthew 22:34-46

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, October 22
11:30 am Outreach and Communication gather in the Meeting Room.
5:00 pm Guests gather in the Sanctuary for GWCTD

Tuesday, October 24
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour.
11:00 am Hot Meal in the Hall
3:00 pm Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.
7:00 pm Pictou Presbytery meets at St. James.

Thursday, October 26
11:00 am Hot Meal in the Hall

Antigonish Youth Group, meets at St. James Church Hall on Saturdays 7:00-9:30pm for young people in Grades 7-12,
Nov.10-12 –Fall Retreat:http://malagashbiblecamp.com/index.php/retreats
Saturday, November 18th: Movie Night
Saturday, December 9th: Christmas Party & Live Nativity
Dates for 2018: Events to be confirmed
Saturday, January 20th: World Religions (why Grace is so amazing!)
Saturday, February 24th: Famine Fundraiser (sleep over)
Saturday, March 17th : Games & Karaoke Night with friends
Saturday, April 21st : Baking for Hot Meal Program
Saturday, May 12th : History of Christianity
Saturday, June 16th: Closing B.B.Q.
Other possible events: Ski trip, Snow Blast @ Malagash

St. James is a busy church not just on Sunday but through the week. We have fellowship groups, study groups, and community groups meeting to do their work as well as choirs and musicians practising during the day and at night. We have space for everyone but obviously not everyone can use the same space. Please remember to check with the church office to book your room before you announce where your committee or group is going to be meeting. Thanks!

Looking for find St. James on the web? Our website is at www.stjamesuc.com. Through that page you can link to our Twitter account as well as our facebook page.

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 the Andrea know.

Stewardship Thought for this Week (October 22, 2017)
Our Second Reading comes from the opening of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. Paul personally founded the Church in Thessalonica on his second missionary journey and although he was only there a short period of time the Church there continued to thrive and be active. Paul’s love and concern for this particular Church prompted this letter.

Paul opens his letter with greetings from Silvanus and Timothy. Each of those believers was a long-time companions of Paul on the various missionary journeys. The point of this is that Paul did not work alone. Paul firmly believed in working as a team and Paul also understood that any success was the result of God working through them.

Our faith calls us to go many places and do many things. Yet God never calls us to do those things or go to those places by ourselves but sends other to share in that work and accompanies us on the way.

UPCOMING AT ST JAMES
Sunday, October 29
11:30 am M&P will meet after church in the meeting room

Sunday, November 5
11:30 am Trustees and Property gather in the Meeting Room.

Tuesday, November 7
3:00 pm Hospitality meeting in the parlour.
7:00 PM UCW General in the meeting room

 

Do you want to have a deeper faith and a closer walk with God in 2017? Why not consider one of the upcoming spiritual events posted at www.stjamesuc.com and under Community Announcements. Don’t forget that the Spiritual Enrichment Fund at our church can help cover some of those costs. For more information about the Spiritual Enrichment Fund please contact Claire (claire@stjamesuc.com) or the office (902 863-2001)

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Wednesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. in St. Columba Chapel (634 Francklyn St., Halifax) The 2017 Nicholson Lectures The Undeniable Lives of Us Sinners: For the Disappointed with Dr. Kathleen Roberts Skerrett,
This lecture explores the distress of disappointment as a resource for awareness, growth, and gratitude. This is a public lecture and everyone is welcome.

Friday, October 27 from 9pm to 12am. Family round and square dance at St. Mary’s Parish Hall – Hwy 245 Maryvale, Antigonish Co. Music provided by John Pellerin, Colin Rankin and Guest. Admission: $10. Children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Tea and Sweets Provided!

Sunday, October 29 at 2:00 pm Inspector Tony Perry Memorial Hockey Game at the Antigonish Arena. Family event hockey game, come out and watch the RCMP take on the First Responders. This game will provide laughs for everyone and some friendly competition. The event is hosted to bring awareness and funds to Helping the Helpers. Donations at the door.

Sunday, October 29 at 7:00 pm in the University Chapel. St FX Chaplaincy invites you to a musical evening starring “The Shining Lights” The members of this singing groups have either been homeless or at risk of being homeless. There is no admission fee but if you wish you can made a donation to the Sisters of St. Martha Street Ministry in Halifax.

Sunday, November 5 from 11:30am-1:30pm, Hip of Beef Dinner at Mini Trail Community Centre, rte. 337 Lakevale. Adults $20; Children $8. Take Out Available. For tickets call 902-863-4292. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the event.

Tuesday, November 14 beginning at 7:15pm. There will be an evening of prayer, music and scripture for families and friends of those who have died while in the care of St. Martha’s Regional Hospital from February 1,2017 to July 31, 2017. This service will be held in the Clare Marie Auditorium (former St. Martha’s Chapel) Refreshments will follow. We look forward to seeing you.

Bulletin announcements for Oct. 8, 2017

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

Greeters at the door this Sunday are Bob and Mavis Murray
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.

Thanks to the families of the congregation who helped decorate the windows of the sanctuary for this Thanksgiving.

The Rev. Peter Smith is away on Study leave from Wednesday, October 11 until Thursday, October 19. If there is a pastoral emergency during this time please contact the Rev. Meredith Marple (902-863-0452). Next Sunday we are pleased to welcome the Rev. Doug Stewart to the pulpit.

The prayers and Christian sympathy of the congregation is extende to the family of Beverly Ann MacDougall whose funeral was last Thursday here at St. James, Please keep Sean, Stacey, Jody and all of the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank You! If you enter the storage room you will see empty shelves and lots of floor space – thanks to a group of volunteers who organized a different kind of Yard Sale on Saturday. It was a fun time and we raised over $450.00 for our various U.C.W. projects. Left over items went to Brunswick St. Mission and the Diabetes Society.

Scriptures for Next Sunday (October 15)
Exodus 32:1-14 • Philippians 4:1-9 • Matthew 22:1-14

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, October 8
10:30 am Thanksgiving Service at St. James
2:00 pm Thanksgiving Service at St. David’s

Tuesday, October 10
10:00 am Bible Study in the parlour. Everyone is welcome.
11:00 am Hot Meal in the Hall
1:30 pm Orpah unit meet in the parlour
3:00 pm Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.

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

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Saturday, Oct. 21, 9am to 1 pm. St. James United Church Hall. Volunteer organizations do not survive 55 years unless they have a real purpose and dedicated members, “Committed to carrying out the groups work” – a quote from the Moderator and General Secretary United Church of Canada. Celebrating 55 years of United Church Women, Fall Rally. Please bring a food to share for potluck lunch.

G.W.C.T.D. So you want to host but not sure what is expected of you. The important point to remember is that this is not a food competition and that whatever you normally would serve for supper is perfect to serve at Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner. Lasagna and salad, beef stew, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken dinner all great choices. Serve your favourite dish! Remember the main point of the evening is making new friends and getting to know old ones better not eating a seven course meal. So step up and sign up be a host/ hostess. See you on Oct 22!!!

Stewardship Thought for this Week (October 8, 2017)
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. – G.K. Chesterton

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sunday, October 29th at 7:00 pm in the University Chapel. St FX Chaplaincy invites you to a musical evening starring “The Shining Lights” The members of this sining groups have either been homeless or at risk of beng homeless. There is no admission fee but if you wish you can made a donation to the Sisters of St. Martha Street Ministry in Halifax.

 

Bulletin Announcements for October 1 2017

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

Greeters at the door this Sunday are Bill and Joyce Stephen

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.

We are again inviting families of the congregation to decorate the windows of the sanctuary for Thanksgiving October 8th. Sign-up sheet can be found in the Narthex.

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, October 1
10:30am World Wide Communion Sunday. We gather around the table of the Lord to celebrate with Christians around the globe the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion)
11:30 am A meeting of Christian Faith& Development will be held upstairs in the Sunday School immediately after service on October 1.Anyone interested in learning more about CF&D is welcome to attend!
11:30 am A brief meeting will be held of the U.C.W. at the front of the sanctuary.

Tuesday, October 3
10:00 am Bible Study in the parlour. Everyone is welcome.
11:00 am Hot Meal in the Hall
3:00 pm Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.

Thursday, October 5
11:00 am Hot Meal in the Hall

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, October 8
10:30 am Thanksgiving Service at St. James
2:00 pm Thanksgiving Service at St. David’s

Tuesday, October 10
1:30 pm Orpah unit meet in the parlour

Saturday, October 21,
9:00 am to 1:00 pm Registration 9:00 am to 9:45 am. “Celebrating Spirit” Fall Rally, St. James United Church Hall, Antigonish. 55 Anniversary National U.C.W. Please bring a food to share for potluck lunch, Tea, Coffee, and Juice provided. Please let us know approximately how many expect to attend.

Sunday, October 22 G.W.C.T.D. Yes!!! Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner Is Back This Fall!! Reserve the evening for this getting to know your “pew” friends. It will be an evening of great food, as you get to know the people within the church. So think about it would you like to host a dinner or come as a guest. Sign up will be in a few weeks. Stay tuned to the weekly bulletin for more information. This year the proceeds will be going to help out our Hot Meal Program.

Stewardship Thought for this Week (October 1, 2017)
It’s never too early to teach your children about the tool of money. Teach them how to work for it and they learn pride and self-respect. Teach them how to save it and they learn security and self-worth. Teach them how to be generous with it and they learn love.
— Judith Jamison, African-American dancer and choreographer

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sunday October 1, at 2:00 pm The Annual Blessing of the Pets at St. Theresa’s Garden in Bethany. All are welcome please make sure your pets are in a carrier or on a leash.

Monday, October 2 and Tuesday October 3 at 7:30 pm The Christian Culture Lectures this year will feature one the world’s leading Dead Sea Scrolls scholars, Sr. Eileen Schuller, speaking about “The Dead Sea Scrolls after 70 years: What have we learned?” On Monday, October 2, the lecture will be held in Room 205, Schwartz School of Business (at StFX) On Tuesday, October 3, the lecture will be held in Room 156, Schwartz School.

 

Celebration of Holy Communion on
Worldwide Communion Sunday
St. James United Church, October 1, 2017

The Lord be with you
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give God thanks and praise.
It is good to give God thanks and praise.

You call to us, Eternal God. From our homes, our lives, our families, you call us to be your people. You call us to be rich through your grace. You call us to be bold in our witness.

You call us to be living examples of the words of Jesus Christ and to walk together in faith.

You give us food, Lord of all creation. From the earth you call forth plants and animals to feed us. Each day we sustain ourselves on the bounty of your gift.

We hunger for more than food to nourish our bodies.

You give us the bread of life, Jesus Christ. On the cross Jesus was broken so that our sins might be broken by your love. The bread of life is our promise of new life here and eternal life in heaven.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might; heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest!
Bless’d is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!

The bread from this table gives us the spiritual strength to face an uncertain world in the certainty of your grace.

You give us drink, Lord of the rivers and vine.

On the earth you give us the waters and fruits of the land to quench our thirst. Each day we sustain ourselves on the bounty of your gift.

We long for more than earthly drink to satisfy our thirst.

You give us the cup of salvation, Jesus Christ. On the cross the blood of Jesus was shed, sealing the new promise made for us.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

The cup from his table gives us a physical sign of the bond which exists with you and between each one of us because of your love.

So we come, Gracious Lord. As imperfect people, we come to share in the perfection of your kingdom.

As unsure people, we come to be a part of the certainty of your purpose for us.

We have come to this table at your invitation, to eat and drink the bounty you have placed before us and to remember what you have done through Jesus Christ.

Send, we pray, your Holy Spirit upon these gifts of bread and cup. Grant us the presence of the living Christ that we might taste again the spiritual food and drink for our lives. For we ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever… Amen. Amen. Amen.

Prayer after Communion (together)
Gracious God, we have tasted your goodness this day.
Send us forth filled with the Holy Spirit
to live and serve as people of the Resurrection.
Allow us to be both witnesses and agents of your grace,
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen

This prayer is from All Things are Ready by Peter Andrew Smith © 2007 CSS Publishing. Used by Permission.

 

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
October 22nd 2017
This event is designed to encourage members of our congregation to mingle with other congregants they may not normally have a chance to get to know. All members of the congregation are welcome. Children, spouses and partners of members of the congregation who may not normally attend St James are also welcome.

Participants sign up either as guests or hosts. Hosts may accommodate between 2 and 10 diners for a simple family meal. To preserve the integrity of the event, participants are encouraged to not form groups, except in the case of close family, but to take the opportunity to spend social time with new people. Some hosts are only able to entertain a small number of people. Guests have no idea who their hosts will be until they set out on the night of the dinner itself and hosts have no idea who their guests will be until they arrive at the door.

Although the evening is primarily to allow us all to get to know each other in a social setting, guests are encouraged to make small donations for their evening of dining out. To help defray the cost to hosts, a nominal sum is offered to each. Remaining donations will go to St James’ Hot Lunch Program.

Hosts are asked to offer family meals. This is not a cooking contest, so diners and hosts can enjoy a relaxing social time together. During the sign-up process guests can indicate any difficulties relating to transportation, dietary requirements, allergies and/or physical limitations. All can be accommodated.

Guests meet at 5:00 pm at St James on the evening of the event and hosts are advised earlier in the week how many diners to expect and any dietary restrictions.

More information will be given out prior to the event. Members of the group whose names are listed below are happy to answer questions.
Please don’t hesitate to talk to any one of us.
Michèle Ashby (232-3473) Pamela Cunningham (863-3816)
Linda Darwish (735-2856) Doug & Paige Hunter (863-6737) Randy Lauff (863-8341)

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