Announcements

Sunday, March 24, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, March 24
11:30 am Worship Committee in the Parlour.

Tuesday, March 26
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour this week.
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.

Thursday, March 28
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Choir Practice

Friday, March 29
The Annual Lobster Dinner will take place at St. James. Volunteers are needed to work March 27th , 28th , and 29th . Squares and Cookies will be required for March 29th . For more information, please phone Bob Murray 902-863-3179 or the Church office at 902-863-2001.

We are looking for members of St. James who are interested in serving as our representatives to the Regional Council. Members of the Regional Council represent us at the Regional meeting (the last weekend of May). The Regional Council member will provide key communication updates between the Regional Council and St. James throughout the year. If you are interested in being part of the wider work being done in the United Church please speak to Rev. Peter, Gordon Morrison, or Shaun Scott.

Your Social Justice Committee reminds you that Earth Hour is celebrated this Sat, 30 March. You are asked to turn off your lights and as many appliances as possible between the hours of 8:30 > 9:30 pm. Be kind to Mother Earth!

The latest issue of Connections, our congregational newsletter is now available in a print version in the Narthex or electronically on our website (www.stjamesuc.com). Thanks to Brenda Rose, Ruth Young, and all of the contributors for making this issue possible.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Tuesday, April 2
7:00 pm U.C.W. General Meeting in the Meeting Room.

Stewardship Thought for This Sunday (March 24, 2019)
Tithing is not giving; it is bringing- unknown

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.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, March 17
10:30 am Intergenerational Worship. There is no children’s worship this Sunday.
11:30 am Worship Committee in the Meeting Room.
11:30 am Ministry and Personnel in the Sunday School room.
11:45 am Christian Faith and Development in the Sunday School Room (after M&P)

Tuesday, March 19
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour this week.
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.
7:00 pm Church Council in the Meeting Room.

Wednesday, March 20
11:00 am United Church worship

Thursday, March 21
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Choir Practice

We are looking for members of St. James who are interested in serving as our representatives to the Regional Council. Members of the Regional Council represent us at the Regional meeting (the last weekend of May). The Regional Council member will provide key communication updates between the Regional Council and St. James throughout the year. If you are interested in being part of the wider work being done in the United Church please speak to Rev. Peter.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Friday, March 29
The Annual Lobster Dinner will take place at St. James. Volunteers are needed to work March 27th , 28th , and 29th . Squares and Cookies will be required for March 29th . For more information, please phone Bob Murray 902-863-3179 or the Church office at 902-863-2001.

Tuesday, April 2
7:00 pm U.C.W. General Meeting in the Meeting Room.

We are a church that strives to make sure that everyone is able to come and worship. Please be mindful of people who have sensitivities to scented personal care products as you get ready on Sundays.

Dishes that have been left in the Kitchen will be put on a table in the Hall. Please pick up what is yours! Remaining dishes will go in the Spring Rummage Sale.

Your Social Justice Committee reminds you that all is not gloom and doom in Social Justice. On 20 March we observe the International Day of Happiness! The theme this year is Happier Together, celebrating what we have in common rather than what divides us. What a wonderful goal to action both locally and globally. What can you do promote happiness?

Truth & Reconciliation – Truth: “not only the truth revealed in government and church residential school documents, but also the truth of lived experiences as told to us by Survivors and others in their statements to this Commission” and Reconciliation: coming to terms with events of the past in a manner that overcomes conflict and establishes a respectful and healthy relationship among people, going forward “must inspire Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples to transform Canadian society so that our children and grandchildren can live together in dignity, peace, and prosperity on these lands we now share.”

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 .

Stewardship Thought for This Sunday (March 17, 2019)
Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. – Augustine

Did you know? PAR (Pre Authorized Remittance) is the way about 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 EVENTS
The Antigonish & Area Parkinson’s Support Group will be meeting March 18, 2019 at 2PM at Shannex, Parkland. The education session this month will be addressing medications used to manage the disease. Please share this notice with anyone you think would be interested in attending. Contact Joanne MacKenzie at 902-872-0660 for further information.

The Men’s Health Centre is looking for a volunteer/s to do taxes for their clients. We had a retired man who used to do taxes for the clients from the Men’s Health Centre but he is no longer able to do so. We are looking for a new volunteer/s to fill that gap. It can look different depending on the volunteer. The man who did it in the past would pick up the information on Wednesday’s and return the next Wednesday and pick up new ones during tax season, alternatively they could set up here on Tuesdays and do them with the men. There are about 20-25 a year all told. The service is so important as many are marginalised and will not receive other services if they do not file. If you are able to help out please call Mary Bowman at Family Service 902-863-2358.

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.