Announcements

May 19, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Tuesday, May 21
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.
7:00pm The Church Council gather in the Meeting Room

Thursday, May 23
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Choir Practice

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Monday, May 27
6:00 pm Men’s Club Annual Ladies Night Lobster Supper will be held in the Hall. Please phone Bob Murray, 902-863-3179 by Friday, May 24th if you are attending.

Sunday, June 2
11:30am This Sunday will include a Celebration of Rev Peter’s 25th Year since Ordination and Rev Doug’s 40th Year since Ordination. There will be a reception to follow and everyone is welcome. The congregation is asked to bring a plate of sweets to the reception and a cake will be provided. Anyone willing to assist the Hospitality Committee in setting up for the reception is asked to come at 9:00 on June 2. If you have any photos or stories you would like to share please send them to Chad at chadbrazier@gmail.com or you can drop them off to the church office. Deadline is May 23rd.

Saturday, June 8 rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. James Stump Frolic is taking place. You can now drop off your donations for the silver and white elephant tables, silent auction and the book table. Please give an approximate value on silent auction items if possible. No clothing, encyclopaedias or education textbooks! Drop-off hours are 10 a.m. to 12 noon on weekdays up until Friday, May 31st”. If these hours do not work for you, please call Barb Gardiner at 908-863-1614

Monday June 10, at 6 p.m. in the hall the UCW summer break dinner is taking place. All women of the congregation are welcome! You do not need to be a UCW member. Tickets are $25 and the meal is catered by Candace MacKenzie. Main course is a choice of chicken, salmon or tofu. Tickets will be sold in the hall after service on Sunday May 19 and Sunday May 26.

Stewardship Thought for this Sunday (May 19, 2019)
All gifts are gifts of the one Spirit. Our job is to find the best way to use what we have been given.

Truth & Reconciliation Call #8 Education – We call upon the federal government to eliminate the discrepancy in federal education funding for First Nations children being educated on reserves and those First Nations children being educated off reserves. The Complete Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report along with all of the recommendations can be found at www.trc.ca

COMMUNITY EVENTS
The final meeting of the Antigonish Parkinson’s Support Group before summer holidays will be on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 2PM at Shannex-Parkland in Antigonish. We will have 2 guests. Marlene Melanson, Antigonish Recreation will share information on accessibility in our area including Pomquet Beach swimming. Lisa Frankland, Community Development Coordinator, Atlantic Parkinson’s Canada will discuss with us info about PD Canada. If you want more info please feel free to call J MacKenzie at 902-872-0660.

Tuesday May 21 The Green New Deal! Starting on May 18th, people from all walks of life are coming together in community town hall events to help shape a vision for a better future – a Green New Deal for all. An Antigonish “town hall” will be conducted on Tue May 21st at 7:30 pm in the community room of the library. This is a Facebook event you can share (https://www.facebook.com/events/427718561351822/). These town halls are set to include people of every background, every set of beliefs, every career and occupation, united behind a vision of rapid, inclusive and far-reaching transition, to slash emissions, see the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Right to Free Prior and Informed Consent, and the TRC recommendations and to meet the demands of the multiple crises we face and create over a million jobs in the process. These conversations will be challenging but powerful. A Green New Deal for Canada can build a bridge to a just and sustainable economy – but it will only work if every voice has a chance to be heard in a meaningful way. That’s where you come in. We need to include people from every community, every movement, and every region of Canada in shaping this vision. There is nobody coming to save us. It’s up to us – all of us.

A Public Forum on the Plastics Crisis St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 96 Church Street, Antigonish, will host a Public Forum on the Plastics Crisis on Monday, May 27th, at 7:00 pm. This forum on reducing, reusing and recycling plastics will feature two expert presenters: Nicole Haverkort, Regional Waste Coordinator/Educator at Eastern Region Solid Waste Management; and Debbie Feltmate, Business Manager, Small Craft Harbours, Gulf Nova Scotia, Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
A question period will follow the presentations. Everyone is welcome to attend this important public meeting! For more information, call 902-863-8226.

May 12, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, May 12
11:30 am Christian Faith and Development in the Sunday School Room.
Tuesday, May 14
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour.
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
1:00 pm Orpah Unit in the Parlour. Guest Speaker will be Mary Rose Wong.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.
4:00 pm Finance & Stewardship in the Meeting Room.

Wednesday May 15
11:00 am United Church Worship at the RK MacDonald Nursing Home. All are welcome.
2:00 pm Seniors’ Fellowship will meet at the Antigonish Heritage Museum for a short presentation followed by time to tour the museum at your leisure.
Thursday, May 16
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Choir Practice

The Annual St. James UCW spring yard sale held on April 27 was a big success. Lots of merchandise for sale and lots of customers anxious for a bargain. The hall tables were filled to overflowing and larger pieces filled in all the empty spaces. At the end of it all, the sale brought in $858. Thank you to everyone who donated items and a special thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard before, during and after the sale.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Tuesday, May 21
7:00pm The Church Council gather in the Meeting Room

Sunday, June 2
11:30am This Sunday will include a Celebration of Rev Peter’s 25th Year since Ordination and Rev Doug’s 40th Year since Ordination. There will be a reception to follow and everyone is welcome.

Do you want to have a deeper faith and a closer walk with God in 2019? Why not consider one of the upcoming spiritual events posted at www.stjamesuc.com and under Community Announcements in the bulletin. 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 Rev. Peter (minister@stjamesuc.com) or the office (902 863-2001).

Stewardship Thought for this Sunday (May 12, 2019)
You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving
-Amy Carmichael
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Saturday, May 24, Way of Knowing God Workshop, will be held at Camp Geddie, 3555 Shore Rd, Merigomish @ 7:30 pm. We all encounter God in diverse ways along the spiritual journey. Dave Csionos, Asst. professor at AST will lead the workshop. Come share the workshop(s) for $10 a workshop or both for $15. For further information contact Rev. Peter.

Saturday, May 25, Children’s Ministry in the Way of Jesus Workshop, will be held at Camp Geddie, 3555 Shore Rd, Merigomish @ 9:30 am. In this workshop, Dave Csionos, Asst. professor at AST, charts a new path forward in our efforts to cultivate spiritual vitality in children and youth. By identifying areas of concern and diving into the search and responses to challenges and opportunities facing the contemporary church, he will offer innovative ideas and thoughtful practices for doing ministry with young people in ways that help form them into disciples of Jesus. Come share the workshop(s) for $10 a workshop or both for $15. For further information contact Rev. Peter.

Upcoming Educational Opportunities at Atlantic School of Theology
June 14-15, 2019 An Indigenous Earthy Spirituality
June 17-28, 2019 Indigenous Culture, History and Contemporary Issues
July 1-12, 2019 Theology, Injustice and Resistance

For more information on these courses please go to
http://www.astheology.ns.ca/con-ed/2019.html

May 5, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, May 5
10:30 am This morning we are pleased to welcome the Rev. Doug Stewart to lead our service of worship.
Tuesday, May 7
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.
7:00 pm General UCW meeting in the Meeting Room 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.
Wednesday, May 8
7:00 pm Ministry and Personnel in the Meeting Room.

Thursday, May 9
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm Congregational Life & Hospitality in the Parlour. New members are always welcome!
6:30 pm Choir Practice

Saturday, May 11
9:00 am Spring Clean Up for St. James/St. Paul’s Cemetery, Cloverville Road. We welcome all who wish to help, bring a rake along if you are able. Rain date: Saturday, May 18th.
7:00 pm Youth Group in the Hall. Missions/International Night!

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #6 Education – We call upon the Government of Canada to repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada. [This is sometimes referred to as “The Spanking Law” and reads: Every schoolteacher, parent or person standing in the place of a parent is justified in using force by way of correction toward a pupil or child, as the case may be, who is under his care, if the force does not exceed what is reasonable under the circumstances.] The Complete Trust and Reconciliation Commission Report along with all of the recommendations can be found at www.trc.ca

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, May 12
11:30 am Christian Faith and Development in the Sunday School Room.
Tuesday, May 14
1:00 pm Orpah Unit in the Parlour. Guest Speaker will be Mary Rose Wong.
Tuesday, May 21
7:00pm The Church Council gather in the Meeting Room

Stewardship Thought for this Sunday (May 5, 2019)
Legalism focuses on how little to give while love focuses on how much can we give.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Saturday, May 11 MAYFEST 2019: St Martha’s Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting Mayfest on 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.

Saturday, May 11 at 4:00 pm Music for Mom, Celebrating Moms Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers. Fundraiser for VON Antigonish
A Spring concert of old favourites … Irish Scottish and Maritime folk songs. Featuring local musicians and singers. Concert is about an hour long with tea and sweets to follow. Tickets 10.00 in advance at the five to a dollar or at the door.

Upcoming Educational Opportunities at Atlantic School of Theology
June 14-15, 2019 An Indigenous Earthy Spirituality
June 17-28, 2019 Indigenous Culture, History and Contemporary Issues
July 1-12, 2019 Theology, Injustice and Resistance

For more information on these courses please go to
http://www.astheology.ns.ca/con-ed/2019.html

April 28, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, April 28
10:30 am We will be giving thanks to God for creation in an Earth Day worship service.

Monday, April 29
2:00 pm Prayer Shawl Ministry meet in the parlor.

Tuesday, April 30
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, May 2
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm Congregational Life & Hospitality in the Parlour. New members are always welcome!
6:30 pm Choir Practice

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 .

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #5 Child Welfare – We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate parenting programs for Aboriginal families. The Complete Trust and Reconciliation Commission Report along with all of the recommendations can be found at www.trc.ca

Do you want to have a deeper faith and a closer walk with God in 2019? Why not consider one of the upcoming spiritual events posted at www.stjamesuc.com and under Community Announcements in the bulletin. 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 Rev. Peter (minister@stjamesuc.com) or the office (902 863-2001).

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, May 5
11:30 am Christian Faith and Development in the Sunday School Room.

Tuesday, May 7
7:00 pm General UCW meeting in the Meeting Room 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.

Saturday, May 11
7:00 pm Youth Group in the Hall. Missions/International Night!

Tuesday, May 25
7:00pm The Church Council gather in the Meeting Room

Stewardship Thought for this Sunday (April 28, 2019)
Let God’s grace and gifts flow freely: from God to us, from us to others.

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 the way almost half the families in St. James make their offering. Once per month the amount you designate is transferred to the church to ensure that our work and witness to the good news of Jesus continues here in Antigonish and around the world. If you are interested signing up for PAR or in learning more please speak to Pamela Cunningham or drop by the church office.

COMMUNITY EVENTSSunday, April 28, Lions Club Pancake Breakfast from 9-1 at 13 Highland Drive. Our Lions Pancake Breakfast is in aid of the Antigonish Skate Park Association this month.

Sunday, April 28 Blessing of the Boats. Fishers and people from the community will gather at the wharves to pray for the safe and prosperous lobster season. 12:00 noon at Cribbon’s Point then at Ballantyne’s Cove, and at Livingston’s Cove. No reception this year because of the event at the Mini Trail Centre.

Sunday, April 28 The Annual Goods and Services Auction at the Mini-Trail Community Centre (rte. 337) in Lakevale, Antigonish Co. 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!

Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm 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,, 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

Saturday, May 11 MAYFEST 2019: St Martha’s Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting Mayfest on 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.

Upcoming Educational Opportunities at Atlantic School of Theology
June 14-15, 2019 An Indigenous Earthy Spirituality
June 17-28, 2019 Indigenous Culture, History and Contemporary Issues
July 1-12, 2019 Theology, Injustice and Resistance

For more information on these courses please go to
http://www.astheology.ns.ca/con-ed/2019.html

February 24, 2019

A warm welcome to all who have gathered with us for worship this morning. May this time be one of fellowship with God and neighbour. Following the service there is a time of refreshments and conversation in the hall and everyone is welcome.

Greeters: Wallace Polson and Family

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.

Income Tax receipts for 2018 are now available and may be picked up in the Narthex.- Finance and Stewardship

Next Sunday’s Scripture (March 3, 2019)
Exodus 34:29-35 • 2 Corinthians 3:12-18 • Luke 9:28-36

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, February 24
11:30 am The Congregational Annual Meeting will be held after worship and following a congregational meal in the hall. Everyone is welcome to stay for the meal and the meeting.
5:30 pm Soul Food Potluck in the Hall. Celebrate African Heritage Month by enjoying an evening of African cuisine, fun, and laughter. All are welcome, bring a dish to share (any dish). Hosted by Antigonish Parents in Action Education Committee in collaboration with Cultural Connections Antigonish.

Monday, February 25
5:30 pm Men’s Club Supper Meeting in the Hall. Guest Speaker: Bill Detweiler, Topic “The Legion”

Tuesday, February 26
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour this week.
11:00 am Kitchen Committee in the Parlour.
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.
Thursday, February 28
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Choir Practice

The St. James UCW held their first fundraiser of the year, a Valentine tea on Saturday, February 9 to a full house. Within a few minutes of opening the door, 100 guests were seated and looking forward to a hot cup of tea to accompany their assorted sandwiches and dessert. As with any new venture there were a few glitches, but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Many thanks go out to the many volunteers who set up tables, made desserts, washed dishes (our dishwasher is under repair), served and worked in the kitchen preparing and plating the sandwiches. We couldn’t have done it without you.

The Maples are looking for a volunteer to drive some seniors to St. James on Sunday mornings. They have a minivan which can be used and if you are interested in helping out please contact Sarah @902-735-2220

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, March 3
10:30 am We will gather around the table to share in the Lord’s Supper as we begin the journey through Lent.
Sunday, March 10
CF&D Committee will meet following morning worship.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Children’s Worship on March 17th

Do you have a story to tell? An upcoming event to publicize? A reminiscence to share? A special someone to acknowledge? A rant to get off your chest (nicely)? If you have something to say, Connections would love to hear about it. Please submit your contributions to the church office or to brendaannerose@gmail.com The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 4, 2019.

World Day of Prayer, March 1, 2019. Please note: There will be no World Day of Prayer service held at St. James this year

African Heritage Month in the United Church- The General Assembly (GA) of the United Nations has declared 2015–2024 to be the International Decade for People of African Descent. In proclaiming this Decade, the international community is recognizing “that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected.” As people of faith, we know every part of humanity is a reflection, an embodied wisdom and the power of God, and yet all of our collective humanity has been diminished and ruptured through the enslavement of African peoples and the colonization and exploitation of those same peoples land. Chinua Achebe shares the African proverb that states, “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” It is important for people of African descent to tell their/our own truths, stories and histories. It is important for all of us to protect and preserve, to celebrate and enjoy the wisdom and beauty of God in our siblings of African descent, and by doing so, know God and ourselves in a deeper way.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Antigonish Lions Club Pancake & Sausage Breakfast Sunday, February 24, 2019 9:00am to 1:00pm Lions’ Den Highland Drive Extension. Donations at the Door for Salt Springs Dance Society.

“Stories Round the Stove”will take the form of a “Potluck Supper” on Thursday, February 28th at the home of Betty Webber. Sharing Fore-runners, Fey and other strange happenings. All are welcome. For more information please call 902-863-1301.

Sunday, March 3rd from 6 pm to 8 pm The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library will be holding a “Dining Among the Stacks” fund-raiser at the New Glasgow Public Library. The event will include fine dining, music, a silent auction, and entertainment. Catering will be by Pantry Kitchen. Tickets ($60 per person, of which $30 is a charitable donation eligible for a tax receipt) can be purchased at People’s Place Library in Antigonish until February 28th. Everyone is welcome.