Announcements

Bulletin Announcements for December 10 2017

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.

A warm welcome to our Rev. Sue Channen and our friends from St. Paul the Apostle Anglican Church who are joining us for this combined service of worship. We are pleased to have Dr. Phillip Cooper, a postulate in the Anglican Church, preaching the sermon with Rev. Peter Smith this morning.

The Poinsettia at the front of the church has been placed in loving memory of Walter and Robert Barkhouse by Jean and family.

Greeters at the door this Sunday are David and Lori Young

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 Sally van de Wiel

THIS WEEK AT ST. PAUL’S
Members of St. Paul’s are invited to help decorate the church immediately after lunch today. For more information, call 902-863-8226. All welcome!

Friday, December 15th, at 7:00 pm. St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 96 Church Street, Antigonish, will host a Service of Lessons & Carols. This popular annual ecumenical service will feature the Antigonish Singers under the direction of Dr. Phillip Cooper. A reception will follow in the Hall at St. Paul’s. A goodwill offering will be collected for the Antigonish Food Bank. St. Paul’s annual Lessons and Carols service will be Friday December 15 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome.

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, December 10
10:30 am We welcome our friends from St. Paul the Apostle Anglican Church. Please join us in the hall after the service for fellowship and refreshments.
12:00 noon St. James United Church Women will meet following the reception for St. Paul’s. We will be packing our “Baskets Of Love” in the meeting room. We could use donations of small or individual bottles of sent free Hand Lotion, Shampoo, Powder, Deodorant, toothpaste, Soap, Kleenex, Candy, Fudge, and Cookies.

Tuesday, December 12
11:00 am Hot Meal in the Hall
3:00 pm Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.

Wednesday. December 13
11:00 am Christmas Service at the RK MacDonald Nursing Home. All are welcome.

Thursday, December 14
11:00 am Hot Meal in the Hall
6:30 pm Senior Choir practise

Are you interested in reading scripture at one of our Christmas Eve Services? If you are please speak to Rev. Peter after service.

FINANCIAL NEWS for St. James
Offering Last Week $4,478 Year – To – Date Offering $137,580
Required for Budget $3,719 Year -To – Date Budget $152,478

The offering for last week reflects the money received from the congregation through donations put on the offering plate and through PAR. The required for budget amount is the total collection needed to break even, if all budgeted activities took place. The year – to – date offering is the actual amount that our congregation has donated so far in 2017, to the end of November. The year – to – date budget amount is the required amount needed for all budgeted activities to take place this year as of the end of November, 2017.

Stewardship thought for this Sunday (December 10th)
Let us remember the gifts we have received from God, and in our turn become God’s giving hands in this world.

Last Sunday, December 3rd ,we revived a much loved tradition as we celebrated the beginning of Advent, and what a celebration it was. Thank you for the gift of your presence. Charlie Brown would have loved our tree! And please note the carol giving was originally prepared for a grade 3 class! We look forward to next years Advent Congregational Dinner on December 2nd, 2018.

St. James UCW held their annual Holly Tea and Sale on Saturday, November 18th. The hall was filled with happy, smiling people anxious to partake of our delicious lunch, purchase some homemade baked goods and search for bargains on our sale tables. As always, there was a wide array of silent auction items to bid on. So many people volunteered their time, not only on the sale date but on the days leading up to it. What would we do without our volunteers and everyone who contributed sale goods, as well as monetary donations? The answer to that question is simple – we wouldn’t be able to have our sale. It’s our major fundraiser of the year and we’re very appreciative of all your help. Our bottom line was down several hundred dollars this year but there’s always next year. We’ll leave you with one little thought – ‘Remember the reason for the season’. Thank you and bless you one and all. May you enjoy a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.

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 Monday, December 11, 2017. Items can be dropped of at the church office tomorrow at the latest. Thank you for your help with this very important ministry.

St. James United Church is hosting a Community Christmas Dinner on December 25 in the hall. This event has been a success every year but we can’t do it without the help of our community. 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, and desserts, as well as monetary donations to help with expenses If you want to be involved, please call Natasha @ 902-872-2737 or email natashalhines@hotmail.com.

If you are missing a dish please check the kitchen drawer between the two stoves to see if yours is there.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT ST JAMES
Sunday, December 24
10:30 am Advent Worship at St. James
4:00 pm Christmas Candlelight Service at St. David’s
7:00 pm Family Christmas Service at St. James
9:00 pm Holy Communion at St. James

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
You can bring a smile to hundreds of Guatemalan children this Christmas. You may have met Carlos Marroquin when he came to Antigonish hosted by UCW to talk about his pedal powered agricultural project. Every year he also collects and distributes thousands of small toys and candies to children in the poorest villages in the area. Many of the kids come from families that do not have a paternal breadwinner. Please join me in making a donation today, knowing that you are making a difference for a child who would otherwise receive nothing for Christmas. All donations must be received by December 10th, to allow time for fund transferring and bartering for the gift. To donate please contact Sarah at sarahclaudette@gmail.com or call 902-735-2336 (A notice with more detailed information is on the bulletin board).

Gift-a-Book Campaign. In its sixth year, the recently renamed Gift-a-Book Campaign (formerly known as the Adopt-a-Book campaign) starts November 28 and runs until December 31, 2017. The campaign’s purpose is to add to the Antigonish library’s collection in a variety of reading formats, from the traditional print formats to audiobooks, as well as DVDs. To make a contribution to the Gift-a-Book campaign, just stop into your local library or visit http://www.parl.ns.ca/events/giftabook.php pick a title and make your donation, then the library will purchase your chosen book. Carefully selected, the items include books from a variety of genres and formats, suitable for all ages and price ranges starting at $5 for early readers. To make sure donations are recognized, a special bookplate with the inscription of the donor’s name or choice of name is placed in the inside front cover of each book. Since the public library is a charitable organization, a tax receipt may be issued upon request for items valued at $10 or higher. (A notice with more detailed information is on the bulletin board).WHAT IS ADVENT?

Advent is a season observed in our church as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” which is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used to refer to the Second Coming of Christ. The season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from three different perspectives- in Bethlehem, in our hearts, and at the end of time.

Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, the Sunday nearest to St. Andrew’s Day (30 November). Throughout Advent we light the Advent wreath to remember the Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love which God brings to us through Jesus.

Some Thoughts on Peace
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
-Martin Luther King Jr. (Baptist Minister and Civil Rights Leader)

Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away.
– Robert Fulghum (Unitarian Minister)

When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.
– Fred Rogers (Presbyterian Minister and Children’s Television Personality)

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
– Mother Teresa (Roman Catholic Nun and Missionary)

 

Bulletin Announcements for December 3 2017

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 at the door this Sunday are David and Lori Young

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

A special White Gift Envelope is included in this week’s bulletin. The donations received through these envelopes will be split between the Mission and Service Fund and the Brunswick Street Mission. Envelopes can be returned at any time through December.

Connections, the quarterly newsletter for St. James United, is anxious to receive your articles, short snappers, and pictures for the December issue. This publication is often the only contact many members have with the church during the cold winter months, and is only as good as its contributors. Please send articles to brendaannerose@gmail.com or drop them off at the church office. Submissions deadline is Monday Dec. 4th.

St. James United Church Women will be packing our “Baskets Of Love” in the meeting room on Dec. 10. 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.

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 10, 2017. 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.

St. James United Church is hosting a Community Christmas Dinner on December 25 in the hall. This event has been a success every year but we can’t do it without the help of our community. 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, and desserts, as well as monetary donations to help with expenses If you want to be involved, please call Natasha @ 902-872-2737 or email natashalhines@hotmail.com.

Your Social Justice Committee has an idea for the upcoming month. If you’re already feeling stressed as we swing into the holiday season, how about forgetting the shopping and focusing on kindness? Check out the suggestions on the Action for Kindness December Calendar! You can substitute your own ideas too, but this can be a starting point. Not on line? Ask someone else in the congregation to download it for you. That could be their kind act! Remember: “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible”DalaiLama. www.actionforhappiness.org/kindness-calendar

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, December 3
4:00- 7:00 pm The first Sunday in Advent is here
As we remember all we hold dear
Family, food, friends and fun
A warm welcome to everyone
Please join us in the hall. We will decorate a tree, sing some cards, and enjoy a “Wonderful Grand” (Newfoundland expression.) Pot luck Supper. If you wish bring your own dishes (like going on a picnic) and to save time in the kitchen. Also bring something for the pot luck.

Tuesday, December 5
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.

Wednesday. December 6
10:00 am Christmas Service at the Highland Crest Home. All are welcome.

Thursday, December 7
11:00 am Hot Meal in the Hall
6:30 pm Senior Choir practise

Stewardship thought for this Sunday (December 3)
Let’s approach Christmas with an expectant hush, rather than a last-minute rush.- Anonymous

FINANCIAL NEWS
Offering Last Week $2629 Year – To – Date Offering $132,775
Required for Budget $3,719 Year -To – Date Budget $152,478

The offering for last week reflects the money received from the congregation through donations put on the offering plate and through PAR. The required for budget amount is the total collection needed to break even, if all budgeted activities took place.

The year – to – date offering is the actual amount that our congregation has donated so far in 2017, to the end of October. The year – to – date budget amount is the required amount needed for all budgeted activities to take place this year as of the end of October, 2017.

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

Wednesday, December 13
11:00 am Christmas Service at the RK MacDonald.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES
Sunday, December 24
10:30 am Advent Worship at St. James
4:00 pm Christmas Candlelight Service at St. David’s
7:00 pm Family Christmas Service at St. James
9:00 pm Holy Communion at St. James

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sunday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. Lights of Love Campaign 2017. This year marks the 20th anniversary of our Lights of Love campaign. You can dedicate a bulb in memory of a deceased loved one or honour someone presently in your life. Monies raised will support the second phase of a dementia friendly healing and sensory garden in the R.K.’s courtyard.. If you wish to make a donation in memory of a loved one and are not currently on our mailing list, please call the R. K. Foundation office– 902-863-2578, Extension 223. Please join us in the R. K. Chapel for the tree lighting and dedication ceremony.

You can bring a smile to hundreds of Guatemalan children this Christmas. You may have met Carlos Marroquin when he came to Antigonish hosted by UCW to talk about his pedal powered agricultural project. Every year he also collects and distributes thousands of small toys and candies to children in the poorest villages in the area. Many of the kids come from families that do not have a paternal breadwinner. Please join me in making a donation today, knowing that you are making a difference for a child who would otherwise receive nothing for Christmas. All donations must be received by December 10th, to allow time for fund transferring and bartering for the gift. To donate please contact Sarah at sarahclaudette@gmail.com or call 902-735-2336 (A notice with more detailed information is on the bulletin board).

Gift-a-Book Campaign. In its sixth year, the recently renamed Gift-a-Book Campaign (formerly known as the Adopt-a-Book campaign) starts November 28 and runs until December 31, 2017. The campaign’s purpose is to add to the Antigonish library’s collection in a variety of reading formats, from the traditional print formats to audiobooks, as well as DVDs. To make a contribution to the Gift-a-Book campaign, just stop into your local library or visit http://www.parl.ns.ca/events/giftabook.php pick a title and make your donation, then the library will purchase your chosen book. Carefully selected, the items include books from a variety of genres and formats, suitable for all ages and price ranges starting at $5 for early readers. To make sure donations are recognized, a special bookplate with the inscription of the donor’s name or choice of name is placed in the inside front cover of each book. Since the public library is a charitable organization, a tax receipt may be issued upon request for items valued at $10 or higher. (A notice with more detailed information is on the bulletin board).WHAT IS ADVENT?

Advent is a season observed in our church as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” which is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used to refer to the Second Coming of Christ. The season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from three different perspectives- in Behtlehem, in our hearts, and at the end of time.

Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, the Sunday nearest to St. Andrew’s Day (30 November). Throughout Advent we light the Advent wreath to remember the Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love which God brings to us through Jesus.

Some Thoughts on Hope
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
– Corrie Ten Boome (Holocost Survivor)

Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.
-Thomas Aquinas (Early Church Writer)

The law works fear and wrath; grace works hope and mercy
– Martin Luther (Protestant Reformer)

If you can’t fly, then run, If you can’t run, then walk, If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.
-Martin Luther King Jr. (Baptist Minister and Civil Rights Leader)

Relying on God has to start all over everyday, as if nothing has yet been done.
-C. S. Lewis (Christian Writer)

Bulletin Announcements for November 26, 2017

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 at the door this Sunday are Bill and Jessie Detweiler

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 Ida Sarty.

St. James United Church is hosting a Community Christmas Dinner on December 25 in the hall. This event has been a success every year but we can’t do it without the help of our community. 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, and desserts, as well as monetary donations to help with expenses. There will be a meeting at St. James United Church meeting room November 29th at 6pm. Anyone wishing to volunteer this year is welcome to attend this initial planning meeting. If you want to be involved, please call Natasha @ 902-872-2737 or email natashalhines@hotmail.com.

Connections, the quarterly newsletter for St. James United, is anxious to receive your articles, short snappers, and pictures for the December issue. This publication is often the only contact many members have with the church during the cold winter months, and is only as good as its contributors. Please send articles to brendaannerose@gmail.com or drop them off at the church office. Submissions deadline is Monday Dec. 4th.

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, November 26
10:30 am We gather to celebrate Holy Communion.
11:30 am Congregational Life/Hospitality in the Meeting Room.
5:30 pm. Men’s Club Supper meeting in the Hall. Guest speaker Bruce MacDonald. All men welcome.

Tuesday, November 28
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.
Thursday, November 30
11:00 am Hot Meal in the Hall
6:30 pm Senior Choir practise

FINANCIAL NEWS
Offering Last Week $2,498 Year – To – Date Offering $132,775
Required for Budget $3,719 Year -To – Date Budget $152,478

The offering for last week reflects the money received from the congregation through donations put on the offering plate and through PAR. The required for budget amount is the total collection needed to break even, if all budgeted activities took place. The year – to – date offering is the actual amount that our congregation has donated so far in 2017, to the end of October. The year – to – date budget amount is the required amount needed for all budgeted activities to take place this year as of the end of October, 2017.

UPCOMING AT ST JAMES
Sunday, December 3, 4-7pm Advent Pot Luck Supper. One more week until our Advent Pot Luck Supper, are you asking, “What will I Take?”, a casserole, salad or even a cake? And if you wish pack your dishes too, then there won’t be so many dishes to do! If you have any questions please contact any member of the Hospitality Committee.

Sunday, December 10, We welcome our friends from St. Paul the Apostle Anglican Church for a combined service of worship.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sunday, November 26, 9am-1pm, Sausage & Pancake Breakfast, Lions Den Highland Dr. Ext. Donations at the door. Monies to go to diabetes

Sunday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. Lights of Love Campaign 2017. This year marks the 20th anniversary of our Lights of Love campaign. You can dedicate a bulb in memory of a deceased loved one or honour someone presently in your life. Monies raised will support the second phase of a dementia friendly healing and sensory garden in the R.K.’s courtyard.. If you wish to make a donation in memory of a loved one and are not currently on our mailing list, please call the R. K. Foundation office– 902-863-2578, Extension 223. Please join us in the R. K. Chapel for the tree lighting and dedication ceremony. Celebration of Holy

 

Palestinian children in the Occupied Territories live in fear of being snatched and detained by Israeli authorities. This is a child’s nightmare. Children aged 12-17 in Israeli military detention are often subjected to physical, emotional and psychological harm. The 50 year long Israeli occupation has developed a systematic and sustained pattern in which abuse of children is the norm.

Each year about 700 Palestinian children – most accused of throwing stones – are prosecuted in Israeli military courts. From the moment of arrest, children encounter ill-treatment, in some cases torture, at the hands of Israeli soldiers, policemen and interrogators. This has been documented by UNICEF and United Church partner Defence for Children International-Palestine. The campaign, “No Way to Treat a Child” hopes to change this illegal and horrific situation.

Palestinian children have the right to a safe and just future. Israel signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991 yet Israeli legislation and military and police practices routinely contravene international law – including torture of children. The No Way to Treat a Child campaign believes the Canadian government must take concrete steps toward protection of these children and their rights. For the past several years many churches, including the United Church, have been promoting this campaign in the US. Now the United Church, Mennonites, Quakers, Unitarians, Amnesty International and others are supporting the campaign in Canada.

You are invited to sign the online petition to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs on behalf of the Palestinian children who live under military occupation and don’t have a voice in what happens to them. This petition can be found on the United Church website by searching for “No Way to Treat a Child”. Also see:

 

Communion
for Reign of Christ Sunday
St. James United Church, November 26, 2017

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

We do give you thanks and praise, Eternal God, for your son Jesus Christ,

the baby born in the humble stable,

the child who grew in wisdom and stature,

the Messiah who shared the good news of your love,

the Good Shepherd who sought the lost sheep,

the Saviour who died upon the cross for our sins,

the Christ who rose from the grave to reign as our Lord forever.

Through Jesus Christ you open for us the way to salvation, show us the truth of your love, and promise us eternal life.

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!

We thank you, Gracious God, that you chose us to be Christ’s people. Through your Son you make us a holy church- blessed to know the truth of the gospel and commissioned to share that truth with the world.

We thank you, Almighty God, that you send us into the world bearing Christ’s message of grace and peace.

Your Word proclaimed by the church challenges us to live the justice and mercy of your kingdom.

Your people working through the church help us to witness to the gospel through word, prayer, and action.

Your Holy Spirit moving within the church inspires us to profess the hope and salvation of Jesus Christ.

For as the people of the crucified and risen Christ we gather in faith before this meal of bread and wine.

In the name of Jesus Christ, who died and was broken on the cross for the redemption of sins, we break this bread and remember his words,

“This is my body broken for you.”

In the name of Jesus Christ, who rose from the grave to shatter the powers of sin and death, we drink from this cup and proclaim his words,

“This is the new covenant which God makes in my blood.”

We eat the bread of life and drink from the cup of salvation remembering the life of Christ and the mystery of our faith.

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

Almighty God, send your Holy Spirit, we pray, upon these gifts of bread and cup that through them we might see and hear and taste and know again the truth of Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen, Amen, Amen.

Prayer after Communion (together)
God of grace and love, we have eaten the bread of life
and tasted the cup of salvation.
Send us forth now to be your people,
living, serving, and loving, in Jesus’ way, Amen

This prayer is from All Things are Ready by Peter Andrew Smith © 2007 CSS Publishing. Used by Permission. “No Way to Treat a Child”
In Matthew 19:14 Jesus says “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
And Matthew 25:39 asks the question “When did we see you in prison?”

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