Announcements

October 14 2018

Tuesday, October 16
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour All are welcome.
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, October 18
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Senior Choir Practice

Saturday, October 20
7:00 pm Youth Group gather. Each night features fun, games, activities and food with a Biblical lesson!
This Week: “Q& A with special guests”
Teens in Grades 7-12 welcome!

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, October 28
“Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner.” Watch for the sign up sheets and more information

Next Sunday’s Scripture (October 21, 2018)
Job 38:1-7, 34-41 • Hebrews 5:1-10 • Mark 10:35-45

Would the person using Envelope #20 please contact the Church Office (902-863-2001 or office@stjamesuc.com) to confirm your contact information.

FINANCIAL NEWS
Offering Last Week $2,966 Year – To – Date Offering $106,670
Required for Budget $3,785 Year -To – Date Budget $132,462

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 2018, to the end of August. 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 August 2018.

Envelopes have been placed in the Narthex and may be used during the next 6 weeks as part of our fall offering appeal. Your contribution will be much appreciated and will help ensure the programs and ministry at St. James will continue without disruption.
Also, we remind you about the PAR option for providing your offering gift to St. James. 85 members have now signed up for PAR and this has had a significant influence on how we manage our monthly obligations. Please contact the Church office for further details.
Thank you and God Bless.
Your Finance and Stewardship Committee

COMMUNITY EVENTS
Tuesday, October 16th from 6:00-8:30 p.m please join the Antigonish Poverty Reduction Coalition at the People’s Place Library in a discussion about issues facing those who live in poverty in our community. Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, November 4th from 11:30am-1:30pm, Hip of Beef Dinner at the Mini Trail Community Centre, rte. 337 Lakevale. Adults $20; Children $8. Take Out Available. For tickets call 902-870-5528. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the event.

Antigonish Youth Group
Saturdays 7:00-9:30pm in the St. James Church Hall

The Antigonish Youth Group is an ecumenical ministry of St. James which welcomes teens from all churches including St. James, St. Paul, Full Gospel Assembly, and Grace Harvest Church. Each night features fun, games, activities and food with a Biblical lesson! Teens in Grades 7-12 are welcome.

2018
Saturday, October 20th Q& A with special guests
Saturday, November 17th Baking & Eating
Saturday, December 8th Christmas Party

2019
Saturday, January 19 Karaoke with L’Arche
Saturday, February 9th Movie Night
Saturday, March 9th Swim & Beach Party
Saturday, April 13th Mission/International night
Saturday, May 11th Surprise Night
Saturday, June 15th Closing Barbeque

September 30 2018

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, September 30
11:30 am The Info Fair happening this morning in the hall is a chance for newbies to see the wide range of activities offered at St James. It’s a chance for you to ask questions and share what your interests are. Our many groups will have tables set up with a display and information about their focus. You can find out a contact number to ask further questions, as well as a sign up sheet. Come, get a sense of St. James by browsing. Each table will have some snacks to encourage you as you make your way around the room..
Tuesday, October 2
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour All are welcome.
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group meets Multi Purpose Room. Based on the practices set out by John Main, the group seeks stillness in our busy lives. Not esoteric or quirky, we have been an interdenominational group since 1994. For more information, call Fran at 902 863 3546.

Thursday, October 4
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Senior Choir Practice

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Tuesday, October 2
7:00 pm. St James United Church Women General Meeting, Meeting Room, Please note, this will be the last Business Meeting until the Annual Meeting and elections of officers in January. December will be special with the emphasis on the Christmas Season.

Sunday, October 7
10:30 am Our Thanksgiving service will include the celebration of Holy Communion.
2:00 pm Thanksgiving service at St. David’s.

COMMUNITY EVENTS.
Sunday, September 30 9:00am to 1:00pm. Antigonish Lions Club, Pancake & Sausage Breakfast, Sunday, Lions’ Den, Highland Drive Extension. Donations at the Door. Monies to go to help a person for medical equipment.

Sunday, September 30 from 1-3pm, at Keppoch Mountain, the annual “Jordon’s Warrior Walk”. This is a walk held to remember those warrior we have lost, and to raise awareness about mental health. Registration is free, and donations are gladly appreciated. There will be also be a Silent Auction starting at 1pm, as well as t-shirts for sale.(cash or cheque only) Please bring along a item for our “YOU MATTER” care bags (ie: socks, slippers, fleece blankets, deodorant, protein bar, etc…) If you have a loved one that you would like to have remembered on the walk please contact us by messaging the Jordon Myles Foundation on Facebook or calling Michelle at 902-863-0820.

Sunday, September 30 at 2:00 The 10th Annual Blessing of the Pets Service will be held in the Garden of St Theresa on the Bethany property. This ceremony is a tribute to St Francis of Assisi and to honour our companion animals who bring so much to our lives. All pets are welcome, but must be crated or leashed. Clergy will be available to administer blessings to all pets. In case of inclement weather the service will move to the hall at St James United Church (please use the rear door off Church St).
Council Highlights
St. James United Church – September 18, 2018
Welcome to Council Highlights! Below is information about what happened at the last Council meeting and key decisions made.
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Council decided that on Sunday, November 11th that our morning worship service would start at 10:00 am in order to allow congregation members to attend the Remembrance Day service at the cenotaph.
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Council acted on a request from Pictou Presbytery and affirmed that the policy of St. James is that the called minister is responsible for all weddings, funerals, baptism, and pastoral care for people in the congregation.
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Trustees and Property reported that the exterior work to the steeple is finished and necessary repairs were made. There is further work which will have to be done next year. Clean up of the storage space in the balcony has also been started.
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An Automatic Defibrillator is being purchased and will be installed later this fall. An information session will be offered to ensure interested people will know how to operate the unit.
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Congregational Life and Hospitality is planing another Advent Potluck for early December and considering some fun nights early in 2019. Keep an eye on the bulletin and Connections for more information.
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Council formed a committee to invite representatives who attended the last General Council come and speak about the changes happening in the church. More information will come as those plans progress.••
The next meeting of St James United Church Council will be on November 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm